Taking Stock : December 2015

December 30, 2015

So I lost track of the day. This post probably should have gone up on Sunday but what with it being holidays, house and cat sitting for my sister, and just general wanting to let me brain relax-ness, it slipped my mind. But I’m not going to whine about how little there is left of 2015; I’ll save that for another post. For now, here is the last Taking Stock post for the year 2015 – and it’s the full list!

Making: a craptonne of lists. See previous post about too many things to do.
Cooking: nothing right now! I have leftovers for lunch and am out for dinner – hooray!
Drinking: what else – Lady Grey tea!
Reading: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith/J. K. Rowling. It is, as expected, excellent so far.
Looking: at a very cute but cheeky kitten by the name of Scout finally settle down and snooze next to me.
Playing: the “I’m going to make as little noise and movement as possible so the sleepy kitten doesn’t get hyped up again” game. So far so good.
Wanting: to stroke Scout’s itty bitty baby paws. SO PINK AND CUTE.
Realising: that’s completely contradicting my game of not disturbing the kitty. So I won’t *SIGH* I’ll be good.
Wishing: I had more time off so I could make things!
Enjoying: the little break I do have – very grateful that I get at least some time off.
Liking: my little spot on the couch where the heat hasn’t managed to reach just yet.
Wondering: if I want to take my blog in a slightly different direction for the new year…
Loving: how quiet this street is. I don’t think I could live on a main drag – I like me some peace and quiet.
Buying: nothing currently! I’m being good 😀
Watching: the clock. Can it just be lunch time already please?
Hoping: I can be highly productive today.
Marvelling: at the movie Suffragette. I haven’t seen many movies that make me think quite as much as that one did.
Needing: a debriefing session to deal with all my anger and frustration after seeing that movie. Or a punching bag. Or both.
Wearing: pants. (And a top, don’t fret).
Questioning: my decision to wear pants. It is 35 degrees after all – pants are a bit much, I feel! (The top is okay).
Following: up on my many lists and, slowly by surely, getting things done.
Noticing: how this house creaks and cracks in different ways and freaks me out.
Knowing: these holidays are going to ZOOM by.
Thinking: there should be a pre-holiday period where you just get used to the idea of being on a break and not doing anything and once you’ve settled into the right frame of mind then, and only then, do your actual holidays start. Who’s with me??
Admiring: people who live alone. Seriously, I’m so twitchy!
Sorting: through my many notes and mini lists I have scribbled on post its and in my phone.
Getting: out of my good habit of getting up at 6am every day. Slowly slipping back to the 7:30am wake up…this will be interesting once uni starts back up again!
Bookmarking: too many things! I should really get into the habit of simply reading or watching whatever it is I see on Facebook or elsewhere right then and there.
Coveting: the idea of having my own house one day.
Disliking: the heat we’re expecting over the next few days. And mozzie bites.
Feeling: good. How about you?
Hearing: Underflow by Emma Louise. Highly recommend it for light, flowy kind of days.

So tell me, how was December for you? Are you on holiday? Have you been enjoying time off or are you ready and rearing to get back to it?

These Taking Stock posts are based on an idea by the wonderful Pip Lincolne over at the Meet Me At Mike’s blog. Head here to check out her Taking Stock posts and to find a blank copy of the full list.


    1. Chuffed to see that I have your admiration! Living alone is wonderful, new house creaks become commonplace after a while. I’ve experienced that first hand. Am with you on the secondary debrief post-Suffragette – I stayed up LATE because my brain was going grrrrr, what the hell, grrrrr, patriarchy (shakes fist) and so on.
      I am very jelly of your tweed chair. Looks like a great bogging spot.
      Another fab stocktake, hope 2016 is a fab one for you.

      1. You definitely have my admiration, and not just for living alone! 🙂 I am proud to say that I am now, three nights in, almost entirely used to the house creaks. Almost.
        I couldn’t think about anything else as I was watering the veggies afterwards! I just kept thinking “How lucky am I to live here and now, how lucky I am that women in the past were willing to make those sacrifices, how lucky am I” round and round.
        The tweed couch is brilliant, both for blogging and bogging (I sank into it and stayed there for a good few hours yesterday) 😛
        Thanks Annette! I hope 2016 is a brilliant year for you too!

    1. I am on holiday! We are at Apollo Bay and I am sitting looking out over the bay and the rolling hills, thankful the fires have not touched us here. I am reading, crocheting, drawing and catching up on lots ofvtv viewing. Nice times!

      1. Oh my lord, Carolyn, that sounds absolutely perfect! I am very jealous right now. Also glad to hear the fires haven’t touched you – hope it stays that way but do make sure you’re safe please! Thanks for your comment 🙂 x

    1. Jacquie! I am totes with you on the pre-holiday-to-get-used-to-the-idea-of-being-on-holiday-period, and then the real holiday begins. For sure! Man, I also wake up at 7.30am every day, even in the hols, even if I went to sleep at 1am. My body just wakes up then. At least it’s not 6am (although that is very admirable). I really want to see Suffragette too. Scout is the cutest name for a cat. Exciting to hear about your blog plans for 2016. I for one am looking forward to seeing you later in Jan and discussing possible photography projects…lots of ideas brewing! Have a lovely break and just let your brain stroll about and relax, I know that’s what I’ll be doing over the next two weeks. Happy new year! xx

      1. Excellent. We should make a petition for this pre-holiday period! I’m glad you’re with me on it 😀
        7:30am is a pretty good time to have your body clock set to. 6am is probably a little unnecessary on my behalf but I do like beating the traffic to uni!
        Yes, I’m excited for some changes – all quite minor really, but still excited. Also excited for seeing you and brainstorming 😀 Can’t wait!
        Thanks Isabel 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your break. Happy new year to you, Steve, and Neo too! (also a very good cat name) x
        Oh, and I highly, highly recommend seeing Suffragette. Well worth it.

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