Taking Stock – November 2019

taking stock december 2019

I know November was a short month and all but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from packing in all the things. All up, it was a pretty busy month with work, play and even a break away but it was definitely a November to remember and thankfully for all the right reasons! Before I open any more doors on the advent calendar and get stuck into December proper, I thought I had better take some time to take stock. I’d love it if you joined me! 

Eating: These 4 ingredient Parmesan and Pesto Twists! They’re going to be on high rotation over the holidays.

4 ingredient puff pesto twists

Drinking: Coffee and lots of it. 

Needing: More sleep because if I slept more, I’d need less coffee!

Revamping: This delicious Christmas Hedgehog Slice. It’s so easy but so yummy!

christmas hedgehog slice 2 
Doing: A lot of baking, Christmas is coming!

Making: This delicious Pear and Almond Mince and using it to make this yummy Easy Christmas Fruit Mince Slice.

christmas fruit mince slice

Sharing: 11 fun and festive books to read this holiday season! 

Going: With Teddy on his first road trip!

Visiting: Dog friendly wineries in the Hunter Valley. 

Tasting: All the wine. It was totally delicious! 

Loving: The warm welcome we received in the Hunter. 

Weekending: In Port Stephens.

Ticking: A few things off my list of 101 things to do in 1001 Days including going on a dog friendly road trip!

Playing: On Birubi Beach and making lots of new friends! 

dog friendly birubi beach

Enjoying: All the firsts with Teddy Roosevelt.

Discovering: All the best pet friendly places to eat, drink and stay in Port Stephens.

Staying: At this fabulous pet friendly Airbnb in Anna Bay.

ruby tuesday port stephens

Considering: Wearing a blindfold in the car as a passenger, I’m that anxious! 

Coveting: All the dog gear in Soapy Moose. I want Teddy to have one of everything! 

Buying: A Christmas collar and lead for Teddy Roosevelt. He has to look the part, right?! 

Shopping: Up a storm in the Black Friday sales.

Ordering: One of these hand embroidered Christmas decorations from Chilly Creates. 

chilly creates crossstitch decoration

Liking: Air conditioning. I’m just not built for Australian summer.

Disliking: The bushfires. Disliking the political response to them.

Knowing: That something needs to happen about climate change and it needs to happen now.

Wondering: When our politicians will take action and do what’s right for the planet and not what’s right for their pockets.

Thanking: The firefighters who put their lives on their line to keep everybody safe.

Going: To the dog park for the first time.

Taking: Teddy to doggy day care. He loves it!

Meeting: Up with Teddy’s old mates from puppy school. They totally got stuck in!

puppy playdate

Walking: 10,000 steps a day – just another benefit of having a dog.

Reuniting: Teddy with his siblings and their hoomans – we’re one big happy fur-mily!

hidden valley cavoodles family

Reflecting: On how a dog is a real conversation starter.

Loving: Having a dog. So much. 

Laughing: At Teddy’s first puppy cut…. Not because we’re cruel but because he’s so cute! 

puppy first groom

Celebrating: Our meetaversary (15 years) and David’s strokeaversary (5 years) and yes, they fall on the same day!

Putting: Up the Christmas tree – I couldn’t wait a moment longer! 

balsam hill christmas tree

Watching: The last season of Jane the Virgin. This is one series I wish would never end!

Reading:  The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini. It’s a masterpiece albeit a heartbreaking one.

Crying: Reading The Kite Runner and watching Jane the Virgin – it’s a double whammy!

Subscribing: To Disney Plus. First up, Lady and the Tramp! So good! 

Listening: To all the Christmas tunes on Spotify.

Smelling: This amazing Christmas Pudding scented candle. It’s probably my most favourite smelling candle ever! 

christmas pudding candle

Seeing: Billy Elliot – it was outstanding! 

Supporting: Troops serving overseas by sending a Christmas care package.

ADF care package

Admiring: Rochelle – she’s so inspiring!

Preparing: Two bags for this year’s Share the Dignity It’s in the Bag Campaign.  

Dropping: Off my 2 bags at Bunnings – if you want to make a bag, there’s still time! 

Testing: My blood and scanning my neck – it’s check up time. It always makes me a bit antsy.

thyroid ultrasound

Waiting: For my test results. For me, the waiting is the worst bit.

Getting: My test results and it’s good news! Another 12 month clean bill of health!

Worrying: About my people in the motherland. It’s hard being so far away. 

Meeting: Denyse in real life and catching up with some other lovely bloggers for her birthday morning tea. So much fun!

Hosting: Friends for dinner – we love having such fun having people over.

Planning: A getaway to Merimbula on the Sapphire Coast. What should we see, eat and do?

Looking: Forward to Christmas especially because it’s Teddy Roosevelt’s first! 

Was your November a month to remember too? Tell me all the things!

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