Taking Stock – January 2018

Taking Stock January 2018

It seems like I blinked and I missed January – it went by so fast but it was pretty fabulous. If January was anything to go by, I think 2018 is going to be a greaty. Before February rolls around, I’m going to take a breath, take a moment and take stock. Won’t you join me?

Welcoming: In the new year on the harbour.

Taking Stock Jan 18 - NYE2017

Deciding: Not to choose a word or make any resolutions for 2018 and here’s why.

Eating: Roast dinners with the air con on!

Drinking: All the best gins at the Gold Bar in Hobart.

48 hours in Hobart - Gold Bar 2

Snacking: On dried apricots. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Freezing: This Tomato Pasta Sauce. It’s great on pizza bases too!

Filling: The freezer with all the cookies – Nigella’s Totally Chocolate Chip Cookies and these yummy Freezer Biscuits.

Baking: Some of these Gooey Chocolate and Cranberry CookiesAnd of course, freezing some for later!

Gooey Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies 1

Smelling: Cookies baking in the oven. YUM!

Making: This Easy Cheese and Pesto Tart

Weekending: In Hobart and loving it.

Staying: At the Ibis Styles.

Meeting: Caramello Koala and Freddo Frog at the Cadbury Marathon 10K.

Taking stock - Caramello Koala

Remembering: When I was fit and fast enough to run the Cadbury Half Marathon. Sigh.

Running: The Cadbury Marathon 10K. I will run for chocolate.

Bringing: Home the bling and the chocolate from the Cadbury 10k.

Admiring: Julie. She’s so inspiring!

Visiting: My favourite patient, Belinda in hospital.

Taking Stock January 18 - Belinda

Delivering: Chicken soup for the patient and a plethora of baked goods for the nurses.

Sending: Happy mail and good vibes to Gabriella who is kicking cancer’s ass in hospital.

Looking: Up.

Marvelling: At summer skies – true blue!

Taking stock - blue skies

Taking: Our godchildren to the movies to see Ferdinand. So much fun!

Enjoying: A movie under the stars and on the harbour at St George Open Air Cinema.

Falling: In love with Sydney over and over again. Because… This view!

Taking stock - open air cinema

ReadingMen I’ve Loved Before by Adele Parks and The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty.

Frequenting: The library.

Watching: The True CostWhat an eye opener!

Thinking: A lot more carefully about the clothes I purchase in future.

Loving: All the Netflix comedies – The Good Place and Grace and Frankie(Oh, how I missed those two!)

Wondering: What to watch next on Netflix. Any ideas?

Revamping: Old recipe posts (like this Flourless Coconut and Almond Cake) and making them shiny and new in the 10 on 10 project. 

Flourless Almond and Coconut Cake 5

Feeling: Hot and sweaty most of the time. Sydney is so sizzly!

Disliking: The heat.

Liking: Air con. A lot.

Celebrating: A wedding, a friend’s birthday and Australia Day.

Spending: Time with good friends.

Attending: The opening night of Open Air Cinema in Bondi. FUN!

Taking Stock Jan 18 - Bondi Open Air Cinema

Giving: Spin classes another whirl.

Wishing: Spin bike saddles weren’t quite so uncomfortable!

Packing: Lunch boxes like a boss.

Taking stock January - lunch box

Ticking: Another thing off my 101 Things in 1001 Days List – making sushi!

Buying: A new Tapas Yumbox for myself. I have totally outgrown my Yumbox Original.

Finding: These super cute sauce bottles on ebay! You can see one in action in the lunchbox!

Singing: All the songs from The Greatest Showman. Can’t stop, won’t stop!

Fangirling: Over Nigella Lawson at the School of Life.

Life lessons from Nigella Lawson

Learning: Life lessons from Nigella… But that’s a story for another day.

Coveting: The Nigella books I haven’t got. I think I just need Feast and Kitchen

Bookmarking: Recipes with almond meal – I have so much as a by product of making my own almond milk.

Cleaning: The pantry… Finally.

Writing: My will. Another thing ticked off my list of 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days.

Seeing: Muriel’s Wedding on stage. So much fun!

Listening: To the podcast – My Dad Wrote a Porno.

Laughing: Out loud to said podcast.

Hosting: Mochi Elliot – our favourite furry house guest!

Taking stock January 18 - mochi elliot

Trying: To walk 10,000 steps every day in January, with varying degrees of success.

Missing: My mum.

Hoping: I get to see her soon.

Planning: A trip to back to the mother country, just need to work on dates and logistics.

Volunteering: Back at the Asylum Seekers Centre for the first lunch of the year.

Looking forward to: February. With Valentine’s Day and our anniversary, it’s the month of love!


Tell me about your January? Has month number one been fun? How did it get to be (nearly) February already?!


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