This and that

So long time no post, I know.

Here’s all the scattered thoughts in a post!

  • I get one day off a month.  Last month, I did my annual ‘scale and clean’ at the dentist.  But this month, I got my first ever filling 🙁  And I’m still sore now, about 6hrs later, but no longer numb.
"Practical" heels
“Practical” heels
  • I made a ‘buy nothing new‘ pact with my mother post our US trip, for a year.  I did buy a $5 dress in Thailand, but chalked that up to the BF buying it 😉  Mum then bought a pink coat online.  Today I bought shoes from Camper, reduced from $270 to $189, for a style that’s unheard of for going on sale (it’s a staple, which is changing)


  • I’m reading and watching a lot of non fiction at the moment.  The documentaries seem to all gravitate around sex workers, I’m not sure why.  But I’m seeing all sides – from the law enforcement and people trafficking, to those that chose the life, to the youth involved.  As to reading, I’m reading about the Fast Diet.  With the dentist, I figured today was a good day to try it.  You eat 500 calories for two days in a week, and normal the rest of the time.  It’s ok, but not exactly easy on a day off, but we’ll see.
Pretty right? via
Pretty right?
  • My mother’s having a milestone birthday in August, and is planning to make it as awesome as mine was.  Our inspiration picture came from BetterAfter.  So for that, I have scowered many a store for black and white striped card.  Zazzle will make them online for 20 guests for $90 which is a little re-dic.  In the end, the local Kmart had something in the theme colours I can work with.  As for the table cloth?  Thanks Ikea Sofia fabric.  And the 8km walk I attached to the outing.  Yep, if I have a ‘plan’ of where I am walking to, and I really want to go there, then I can walk and walk.  Got me a blister tho!


  • Money.  I set part of my mortgage as variable, and part as fixed. The idea was to set the variable part to an amount I might be able to pay off during the ‘term’ of the fixed part, which was 3 years.  18 months in, I hit that target (on Wednesday).  I’m mighty impressed with myself!  So next up is some $$ to the shares, like I try to do annually, and then maybe the ‘trip of a lifetime’ plan – at least my idea if 6 weeks in Europe next summer, with a week in each of the following: Russia, Croatia, Iceland, France, Romania, Bosnia.


  • I’ve been on a mending frenzy.  Gosh I love mending.  I added gold buttons to a navy blazer, replacing the rubbering black ones that got stuck on the desk when I was typing.  I also sewed a different clasp on press stud pants to stop the awkward ‘pop open’.  Darned some socks.  Seriously though, there’s nothing I like more.  I reckon I should letterbox the neighbours, just for my own entertainment in front of the TV!

There we have it – a scattered collection of life from LivetoList.  How’s things with you?

7 Replies to “This and that”

  1. Huzzah! At last an update 😀

    Congrats on the Mortgage progress, that is an awesome effort. I would have bought those shoes, too – very much my prescribed 'teacher look', although we're supposed to wear all-enclosed, no strap shoes (dowdy!) Love the theme/look for your Mum's B'day (but as you know, I am a black-and-white/neutrals girl.) On the mending front – I'll send you mine?!

    First filling ever – at over 30?! Well done. I had 3 fillings in one day earlier this school term, but my dentist wanted me to try his special method of 'no anaesthetic.' Surprisingly no pain I guess due to the type of filling and drilling involved (no nerves were hit!) It was great to *not* have a numb face and to be able to go straight back to work afterwards. I'm sold!

  2. Ooh, cute shoes! Congrats on meeting your mortgage goal! That's fantastic 🙂

    I really like the 6 weeks of travel idea. Lots of cool places on the list too! (Not that I know from experience, but I've heard/read good things!) Do you mean to travel when it's summer in Australia or summer in Europe?

    1. Thanks – the shoes gave me two blisters on one heel today, so I'll let those heal before another wear. At least with Campers, I know they will soften up as they always have nice supple leather.

      Any cool things you'd see/do if you were going to those destinations, so I can try to plan to do them! I plan to go in their summer, and escape the chill here.

  3. Fantastic news on the mortgage pay off! I love that idea of splitting the mortgage between fixed and variable. I should check to see if we can do that here or not.

    1. It's pretty standard here, I think, and with low interest rates, people like to have more variable, as they are ever hopeful the rates will drop, and for the past few years, they have. For me, I mostly prefer the certainty of my bill, so most is fixed. Good luck!

  4. Hi Sarah, I am thankful you are back – I was getting worried! I can't believe you made it this far with only one filling. That is a great track record. I remember trying a diet that recommended a couple of days a week at 800 calories. On those days I felt so weak I was in danger of passing out, so I think it only lasted 2 days. So I would say, make sure you are at home when you try it! That is a beautiful party theme, and you have proven you can rock party planning. Congrats on meeting your mortgage goal in 50% of the time allotted! Your travel plans sound amazing. Personally, I can't say I love mending, but there is some satisfaction in getting it done!

    1. Ha – I'm alive and well. Working hard and long hours, trying to eat healthy, exercise, and some how, blogging has fallen by the wayside!

      800 calories, or even 1200 calories I did a while back, is hard. I did day one of 500 cals at home, and it was ok, but I was hardly a bundle of energy. To think sports stars who fast for Ramadan can play games without a sip of water from sunrise to sunset – it's insane! Tomorrow is day two, everything is prepped and work is busy, so hopefully it'll bode well :s

      Thanks for all your enthusiasm about all my different little updates 🙂 Enjoying your Paris posts!

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