Taking Stock – The Homecoming Edition

Taking stock the homecoming edition

I know it was only a few weeks ago when I took a breather and took stock after all the excitement of San Francisco, but life has been pretty full since I got back down under and apart from anything else I thought if I didn’t write it down I’d forget it! So here it is taking stock, the homecoming edition!

Sleeping: In my own bed. It’s so good!

Making: Multi faith gingerbread with my niece and nephew – where Chanukah meets Christmas!

Needing: These Shabbat cookie cutters to add to my collection. Jewish gingerbread is totally a thing!

Shabbat cookie cutters

Enjoying: Being back in the kitchen.

Eating: Food that’s fast, fresh and fabulous like these Herb and Tomato Fish Bundles.

Herb-and-tomato-fish-bundles 3

Drinking: Sparkling water and coffee (but not together, obviously!)

Baking: This Caramel-Fest Celebration Cake. Recipe coming soon!

Caramel mud cake

Craving: Dumplings. Nothing new there then!

Dusting: Off the barbecue for steak night! This Steak with Smashed Peas is David’s speciality a la maison!

Steak with smashed peas 3

Remembering: What fun we had at the Exploratorium  in San Francisco.

Losing: My blogging mojo and I don’t know where to find it.

Forgetting: My 7th blogaversary!

Celebrating: All the -versaries. Our meetaversary, David’s strokeaversary and now that I’ve remembered my blogaversary.

Admiring: Patti – she’s so inspiring!

Marvelling: At Sydney’s Martin Place Christmas Tree – it’s a beauty!

Christmas tree Martin Place 2018

Contributing: To this year’s Share the Dignity’s It’s in the Bag campaign – it’s one of my favourite charities.

Filling: My bag with personal care, sanitary items and a few value added extras.

Hoping: That this bag is going to make one woman know that they matter.

its in the bag - Share the dignity

Going: Back to work.

Getting: Poked and prodded in my annual battery of test results.

thyroid ultrasound

Playing: The waiting game for the annual test results.

Trying: To think positive!

Catching: Up with my furry friend Mochi Elliot.

Mochi Elliot

Loving: Daylight savings!

Liking: Spring sunshine.

Disliking: The caterpillars who think my balcony plants are an all you can eat buffet.

Watching:  Killing Eve and Pine Gap on ABC Iview- so good!

Seeing: Bohemian Rhapsody at the movies – BEST!

Listening: To Queen’s Greatest Hits.

Singing: Queen songs – can’t stop, won’t stop.

Crying: At A Star is Born – should have taken out shares in Kleenex before!

Buying: These Matching Christmas PJs – I couldn’t resist.

Reading: I am, I am, I am and the The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Running: Rings around Sydney – a harbourside run has to be one of the world’s prettiest running routes!

Returning: To the gym and my trainer, Kathy. It was very ouchy.

Training with kathy bananas

Noticing: That the colour of my face matches the colour of my boxing gloves – I’m that out of shape!

Starting: The 5:2 diet.

Fasting: 2 days a week, trying to eat healthy for 5.

Dreading: Weighing in.

Sending: These Barack Obama postcards!

Barack Obama postcards

Wishing: We could bring back Barack. Wouldn’t that be nice?!

Receiving: These gorgeous Aussie Christmas baubles from I Still Call Australia Home. Aren’t they oz-some?


Putting: Up the tree. Yay!

Reliving: So many happy memories with Christmas decorations from our travels. No prizes for guessing where this one is from!

Hawaii Christmas decoration

Deciding: On no presents this year, experiences not things. I love a minimalist Christmas!

Missing: San Francisco. It’s my happy place!

Knowing: That the best way to overcome Post Holiday Blue is to plan a new trip.

Planning: A trip to Hobart in January. Got any tips for me?

Has your November been a month to remember? What’s happening in your world?

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT

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