Happy New Year folks!

I hope that 2019 holds enough pockets of sunshine to see you through the inevitable storms of life (did anyone else’s thoughts just turn to Easy A?)

2018 ended on a great note for us. We spent Christmas in Sydney with family, and packed in all sorts of fun activities while we were there. We were home before NYE and I saw in the new year, sound asleep in my own bed. Perfect!

Miss E had a birthday while we were away, and so we’re now preparing for a small scale birthday party for our big five year old this weekend and enjoying a few more weeks of freedom before she starts school at the end of January!

This year I plan to continue:

  • relief teaching occasionally,
  • studying for my Master in Communications,
  • selling crocheted items in my Etsy store,
  • volunteering in our Defence community
  • keeping an eye out for any opportunities for study or employment relating to education, communication, writing and/or sustainability.
  • and Blogging. Hopefully a little less sporadically!

I have also resolved to cut take away / fast foods out of my life this year, for health, financial and environmental reasons. Wish me luck!

If you have made any sustainability goals for 2019, here is a great piece from Reusable Nation about zero waste options, and you may find my name mentioned in there.

Another goal I’ve set for myself this year is to read 52 books. I set the same goal last year, and reached 39. I’m hoping to improve on that next year.

If you’re setting reading goals this year, and looking for some inspiration, here are a few of my favourite reads from last year:

  • One hundred years of dirt by Rick Morton
  • Calypso by David Sedaris
  • Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
  • Any ordinary day by Leigh Sales
  • The wife drought by Annabel Crabb
  • The museum of modern love by Heather Rose
  • Manhood by Steve Biddulph
  • The Dry by Jane Harper
  • The narrow road to the deep north by Richard Flanagan
  • Reckoning: A memoir by Magda Szubanski

If you notice a bit of a theme there, you might be a Chat 10 Look 3 podcast listener, and if you’re a bookworm but haven’t heard of Chat 10 Looks 3, please check it out!

What was your favourite read of 2018? Are you a chatter too?

Hoping you’ve all had a restful summer break.

Abby x

A tale of two boots

All the way back in 2008, Matt and I planned our first overseas adventure together. It was to be my first ever overseas trip, and we were certainly not doing it in halves. In December 2008 and January 2009, we visited the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Singapore. We left a stinking hot Australian summer, and headed to the cold and snow for two months.

Growing up in Australia, I’d never before seen snow, and didn’t have a wardrobe suited for that kind of cold. In my shop-up before I went, I bought some leather boots to keep my tootsies warm. At the time (I was only 21) their $150 price tag seemed crazy to me, even if they had been marked down from an original price of $300. Little did I know, they would be worth every cent of that $150, with me wearing them for another seven years, and taking them on another trip to Canada and New Zealand as well!



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They’ve since become a staple in my winter teaching wardrobe and served me well in all kinds of settings.


IMG_2581for Book Week at work.

IMG_4521These boots have even kicked down walls.

So it is with deep sadness that these old lovelies be replaced and retired.

IMG_4393These two new pairs have a lot to live up to!

2 bootsAbby xx