I was getting bored of my wardrobe, which I curated to 30ish items at the start of August. Of course, I didn’t blog about this, and it helped me donate a few items that kept being passed over in the winter season. I suspect my lack of blogging about it was due to me not expecting the August decisions to last a full three months as per the Project 333 rules. It really helped me think more critically about what wasn’t included and why.
Anyhow, I continue to gravitate the cheap prices of thrift stores (op shops here in Australia). I collect armfuls of items and often find half don’t fit. But with a much more limited supply of items in any one store, I find I am more open minded to styles and colours, and give anything a chance in the fitting room. If it fits, it can be bought. The losses are low if it doesn’t end up fitting in my wardrobe as a star.
Today, I started at my favourite store (Red Cross Paddington) then continued to Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul) also in Paddington, before heading to the Vinnie is Glebe as I had another errand to do there.
I’m headed out to dinner tonight, and now I’m seriously stumped on what to wear! It’s a great problem to have, given how ‘blah’ I was about my wardrobe choices yesterday.
And the best part? All this for $100. I’d be lucky to get 1.5 items at ‘new’ retail for that price.
In the month of August, I didn’t make it to any’cultural’ events (yesterday’s post was in Septemebr). I did put two book talks into my calendar, and then got analysis paralysis. You can purchase an annual membership and then book talks are included. I always want to ensure I get the value for money. Perhaps I need to ‘treat’ myself the $40 for a year – it also garner’s a discount on book purchases, but I know that’s a habit I don’t have.
I met with Mum, on her birthday, to complete two urns of flowers for the church for our ‘feast day’, St Laurence, who was burnt on a grill if I recall correctly!
After laying low one day (ie a sick day) I was starved for company and said yes to a drink nearby. It turned into dinner and he was generous to pay for the whole event. That being said, we were not a match. For me, there’s one thing I’m not ‘liberal minded’ about and it’s drug use. I’m all for them being legalised, and reducing harm. But they aren’t for me, and they aren’t for someone I would share a life with. So it was a lovely night out, easy conversation and no awkward follow up.
Recently spending a day with a friend with a baby, who I don’t see regularly, she said ‘you’ve not been happy in your job for a while now’, and even mentioned a year! It was shocking to have this reflected to me. I do admit that it’s been more challenging since Easter when there were big changes in management. I was definitely refreshed by my three week holiday in May. I took the step of telling my boss this today – he didn’t offer much reassurance. I actually drafted a long post about work, but figured there was nothing to be shared but it did help me process and sort my thoughts a little.
I seem to persistently have a niggling cough or sore throat. I took 3.5 sick days, around what would have usually been a weekend I’d have worked, due to a huge wind storm. One upside of the bed ridden time was seeing my weight down to my target weight (72kg), and it hasn’t stayed that low, but it was a small reward.
I have noticed that I often only need two meals in a day. That helps reducing my eating out expenditure at least :p
In between the on again off again cold, I went to F45. My three months is rapidly approaching, and so is water polo season. I’m trying to decide if I do one or both. I am intending to change water polo clubs to be closer to one closer to where I live.
I had set myself a weight loss reward, and I met it, so I went and purchased more work out gear. I went planning to buy ‘a top’ and ended up with two tops and a sports bra. Two were on sale. I can’t even recall when I last bought a sports bra, so I’m hardly being reckless.
I also bought
two part epoxy to mend a glass bowl I store pegs in
flights, a night’s accomodation and car hire to Byron Bay for a wedding at the end of September
hair cut and colour <- MY FIRST HAIR DYE EVER
I’m noticing other than the above, eating out and targeted savings, there’s nothing too interesting in my expenses: some fuel, public transit card top up, phone credit & insurance for my scooter. I feel reassured that I’m not cluttering up my home with things,
Oh so many times! It seems predominantly on the weekends, and almost all meals! Thankful for a ‘sick’ weekend, but I still went out to savour some social contact! I tallied up as best I could, and it comes to about $500, and 5 a piece on b’fasts, lunches and dinners, and then some ‘drinks’ either coffees, alcohol, or dessert/cake. I’m not sure the numbers are enough to see me start havign people over for meals – I just get such anxiety about their comfort, but also waste.
The hyperlinks are to Goodreads – I don’t believe in buying books remember
From Sand and Ash – Amy Harmon. This was read in ONE SITTING. This isn’t at all common for me – I was off sick, but I just loved this book. Reading about war was interesting, especially after reading about war last month too, by Scott Turow
As per my 2017 goals, I’m trying to make an effort to do cultural things, that I enjoy but often pass me by. If I’m smart, I can time my visit to the Archibald portrait prize with the weekend for complimentary tickets for people who bank with the major sponsor, ANZ. Last year, I went a weekend late, but there’s been a black out and so they were extending the generous deal in the following weekends! Again, I mis-timed this visit, but they did reduce the price to concession, which was a nice bonus.
Going to the exhibit alone, I had so many thoughts, so I started drafting this post (in notes in my phone).
Australia seems so small sometimes – none more so that attending the annual portraiture prize this year.
For example, Ahn Do is a well known comedian, whose written at least one book “the happiest refugee”, his family having migrated from Vietnam. But also, he’s more recently had a tv show where he paints portraits – usually known characters so there’s interest in the conversation as much as the outcome. Therefore; not at all surprising one of his works is in the exhibit.
Then there were staid paintings, and on reading the blurbs, all dull and boring in their similarities: chairman of this board or that. Largely conservative but redeemed by philanthropy. The conservatism, politically, was actually expressed by listing the subjects family line. It just bored me. And it was a commission for one of the board he sits on. How is it that people have high executive roles 9-5 and also chair boards? It’s just not something I’m buying into.
There’s also a lot of artists painting other artists (the next picture). That figures. Like fashion designers modelling. And then there’s pieces that I think “I saw this last year” or was it last prize, when the style remains consistent if the subject has changed.
It’s not to say the prize wasn’t without some stunning pieces but overall, there weren’t many I loved or appreciated.
Another coincidence was a stunning portrait of an old (you can surely say that of people older than a centrists?) women, a dancer and choreographer. What surprised and delighted me was that she was painted by a plastic surgeon. The juxtaposition of a wrinkly old lady by a person whose career in some part is about refining and restoring skin.
Some pieces do not seem to indicate any talent. Even any real investment of time to make something – be it thoughtful or beautiful. I wonder if that art is just someone making a joke at the expense of the gallery or the ticket buyers?
The black with white writing was plastic sheeting with ‘unstirred’ house paint. Seriously? And the blurb was as inane. At least the bottom right was related to Cane and Abel and a self portrait, and it seemed a little more considered at least.
In addition to the Archibald, there’s the Sulman and Wynne’s – one is indigenous art, another is landscapes.
Lastly, they have (outside the exhibit) children’s contributions. I loved the one below:
As I expected, I’m thankful I took the time to look at this art (and then the gift store – I love museum and gallery gift stores). It helped me think and ponder what I do and don’t like. Do you have a favourite of the art I photographed?
Oh, and Lucinda, I couldn’t help but think of you: