I’ll admit, there’s been some cabin fever. I have learnt that I need an outing a day, and ideally something either social or mentally engaging. Monday week ago I settled for a few errands but then felt under house arrest. To alleviate that, this is what I did the other days:
Went to the Art Gallery of NSW and saw the graduating high school student art. Some was necessarily juvenile, or at least, not my taste. I walked from home to the gallery, via the library (to collect a book about the frugal art of hedonism!). When I got to the gallery I made a bee line to the cafe, and slowly sipped my pot of chai tea.
Wednesday, I went back to the same precinct that the Art Gallery is in, but this time to read and swim at Andrew Boy Charlton Pool. It is on the harbour, with views of the naval base, so it’s lovely even if you don’t swim.
Thursday I’d found a $10 deal for a movie ticket – far better than the $20+ it can sometimes be, for the film Escape Room. I went to a lunch time session and then browsed other shops around the city. I’m incredibly good at restraining from impulse purchases!
Friday I caught up with two friends. After a coffee with one friend, we walked the street and browsed the old wares and second hand shops as we discussed our job less state – hers being a bit more recent, and a bit of a shock. Another friend came over for a swim.
I ended up so busy, I didn’t think of job hunting!
OK, first, WordPress backend looks oh so different. Let’s see how I go?
For my readers who I comment on your blogs, you might know that I’m currently not working. My government contract was cut short. It was due to run til mid April but due to budgetary issues, and a looming March election, they cut it short to the beginning of February.
I was actually perfectly OK with this news. This time in 2018, I took four weeks of leave at half pay, to explore boredom and hopefully be inspired as to what to do next in my career. Following that time off, I was offered the contract role, and left the company I’d been at for nine years. Of course, I was paid out the long service leave entitlements (if you have no idea what I’m on about, international readers, this is a helpful post). I started at the state government after Easter 2018.
I was given one week’s notice. Many were aghast it was such short notice – for me, it felt right. My last employer required only a week’s notice. The kicker was that I was told a DAY before both my birthday AND the day I was moving back into the loft. The loft being the property I blogged a lot about in 2012 and 2013. I actually worked my birthday, and Dad supervised the move of furniture. I’d slowly moved all non furniture items in car trips. The property was actually vacant a brief while, as I got it repainted and laid new carpet. The last tenant’s dog damaged the first three stairs (and a few more other things). So I’ve asked the agent to recover costs for repairing those stairs, and the cost of carpet cleaning – which I’ll put towards the new carpet.
In the three weeks I’ve been off, I’ve spent a bit of time getting things sorted around the house. I scoured Facebook Marketplace and have found cheap and free items I was missing. Weird stuff like ice cube trays and some storage in the bathroom/laundry area. I’ve also got rid of strange items – a collection of three cutlery trays.
I’ll try to post more regularly, though I don’t have the internet at home. It’s an intentional decision, to stop me from being a recluse with Netflix. So I take myself to various libraries in the City of Sydney – they are amazing! There’s a whole new on in Green Square, and a beautiful one in Custom’s House. And I’m going to skip the blogging recommendations and post without photos. Might remove some of the road blocks to me posting more often!
Every year in late October and early November, the famed walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach is used as a backdrop for a sculpture competition (though it ends at Tamarama Beach). Most years, I delay and delay until I’ve missed going. This year, I went on the morning of the last day. Which means I just missed our latest Prime Minister!
Somehow, I stumbled across a Cup of Jo series on motherhood around the world. Fascinating (except for Australia, naturally). It’s title is # of surprisingly things about motherhood in…
Here’s what I’d like…
– 3 hours every day with a kraamzorg for the first eight days after birth in The Netherlands. How helpful would that be?
– On a lack of tantrums: I have never ever witnessed a public meltdown. If a baby were to get fussy in public, a bunch of strangers would immediately swoop down to pick him up, bounce him and play with him before it reaches a fever pitch – Who wouldn’t want to live in Turkey?
– it seems Islamic cultures often are in desert cultures which are HOT, so you see the similarities int he night time life, and kids not sleeping early in the evening, such as in Abu Dhabi
– how cool does this playground look, even as an adult. Again, great Netherlands
– I was surprised that Norway was criqued for their ‘sameness’. They often seem ‘the’ way in life, in fairness, in social equality. But $3o0 for a month of care for a 1 year old from 8am to 5pm? That is awesome!
– sushi is (not surprisingly) not off limits in Japan! Well, naturally, right?
– finding out the baby’s gender in India is against the law. I’m sure the reasons aren’t just cause they are ‘surprise loving’ but still…
– it blows me away to get maternity leave asking for you to leave your job four (Norway) to six (Germany) weeks before birth. Mum had my youngest brother on her last day before school holidays started! I’m convinced I’d rather have the time with bub, but we’ll see!
– Germans are hilarious – they aren’t all about ‘sharing’ but standing up for your rights. So when a toddler snatches a toy, they kids are encouraged to make a stand and take it back! Ha!
– the minimalist in me loves The Netherlands and their kindermarkets – where kids, on Kings Day in April, sell their toys, or somehow otherwise ‘sell’ fun like lemonade. How great is that, a system for secondhand kids toys!
Before anyone says I’m clucky, it’s true. But at 21, I wrote about the experiences of L’Ecole Maternelle in France. It just fascinates me how different countries manage children, childhood and the world around them.
There’s also reports on Congo, Northern Ireland and Mexico. Eat your heart out!
Sorry all if you haven’t been able to use my site lately – some hiccups on a few things lately. If you ever have the time and inclination, please email me at livetolist AT gmail.com and I’ll get right onto it!
Dearest readers, thank you for your considered responses to my last post. For the first time, ever, I will not reply to each comment individually. I think it would be more vulnerable that I’m willing to be. But I would like you to know that the comments you made created some serious food for thought that I have been mulling over since I read them until today.
With that air cleared, I hope to get back to my blogging soon!
On Saturday, like most weekends, I went with the BF in the car to the gym. He has a membership, so he works out, and I walk to the co-op if needed, and then walk home. Usually, I walk with exercising in mind. This weekend, I had a few shopping errands or missions to attend to, and I thought I’d share them with you.
First, the co-0p has some new stock, and I couldn’t be happier:
Then, I thought I might buy myself a beeswax candle with Christmas money. As you remember, they were on my wish list, so I went to a store that might sell what I was looking for. It took a while to find them in the store, but once I did, I found the one candle that wasn’t marked down, and (of course) asked if it could be reduced, seeing it was dusty. All the other candles in the range were marked down too. For asking, I got 30% off, so I was pretty chuffed with that, as I would have bought the candle no matter what!
Next up, I headed to the Chinese discount store. I always feel a little uncomfortable about shopping in these discount retailers. I feel like everything is so cheap, but at what cost. But then, I also think that $2 for a pair of sports sock is about the right price – is it? Truly?
The black socks in Target were $3 per pair – made from bamboo. The BF likes how super soft they are.
Whilst collecting as many various coloured socks, I noticed something I’d been thinking I’d look out for. Some of my bras straps *always* fall off (no matter how tight). Rather than tossing the bras out, I thought getting a contraption to make them racer back style, might fix the issue. I also have a few tops that reveal the straight over straps, so this would also solve that issue. Enter, the bra contraption:
There were 6 above contraptions for $2 in the discount store – but they came in a plastic package, so I opted for the all cardboard option for the 50c more.
Nothing earth shatteringly stylish, but all these wants and needs will solve some long standing frustrations. I’ll now have enough socks for my daily walks between loads of washing. And my annoying bras will return to being fully functional. The BF’s threadbare socks can find a new home, and more soft bamboo socks take their place. And now I have a lovely, natural beeswax candle. Supposedly, they deionise the air?!
What was the last ‘little thing’ you bought that helped reach your goals, like generating less waste or walking every day? What was the last ‘little thing’ that brought more life to something you own?
Lately, I feel like my posts have been a little less bright. I certainly haven’t felt like I’m my usual self. So I’ve thought about it, and think I need to create a habit of gratitude – something that I’ve done before and it works really well. Now, dear readers, at the bottom of every post, or maybe as a side post each day, I’m not sure, I’ll add a short list of things I’m grateful for. I hope, over time, it’ll help me to continue looking up!
Beautiful sunshine all day – from the moment I was on site at 7am!
Seeing all my immediate family for dinner
Caught up on my back log of unread blog emails (and commenting) from the beginning of the week