2019

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

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Sydney

It’s been a big week.

The kids and I had colds, I was solo parenting for most of the week, my uni semester winds up today and I had a final assessment to complete before we flew to Sydney on Wednesday. None of those things on their own seem like a big deal, but when you add them all up you need a lot of coffee.

So the week that was…

There’s bulbs popping up all over our yard, and I can’t for the life of me remember what they are, so I’m looking forward to when they flower.

The kids were Where’s Wally obsessed for most of the week.

Miss 4 has been carrying a container of rocks around with her all week and they’ve been arranged in all kinds of interesting ways all over the place. A little container of rocks even made it to Sydney with us!

Miss 4 packed her own suitcase for Sydney

It may not look much, but she has two different types of wand in there, so as my Mum pointed out, she should be able to conjure up anything else she may require!

We flew to Sydney on Wednesday, and though I wouldn’t say the two hour flight with a 3 and 4 year old was ‘easy’, it was definitely much easier than a couple of 16 hour flights I once did with a 1 and 2 year old!

It’s been all puppy cuddles and Sydney things since then…

There’s lots of coffee, no assignments and the adult to child ratio has gone from 1:2 to 4:2. The week ends much better than it started.

How has your week been? Have you measured your days in cups of coffee?

Wishing you all relaxing weekends.

Abby x