Taking Stock: February


Making: sure that I put the right colour bins out on Thursday night.

Cooking: for myself. Hubby and daughter have already moved north.

Drinking: way too much alcohol. Still. I’m loving all of these farewell thingies.

Reading: Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment by Isabel Losada. I’m such an Eat Pray Love sort of girl, so how did I not know about this one? My neighbour’s daughter brought it over the other night for me and I devoured it on my afternoon commutes.


Wanting: to be in Queensland with my family instead of at work down here.

Looking: forward to visiting my family in Queensland. I’m heading up for my birthday weekend.

Deciding: whether the container I’ve pulled out of the freezer is leftover bolognaise sauce or leftover chilli con carne.

Wishing: I’d made more time for the gym this month… Yep, same as last month.

Enjoying: the space and quiet at home, but missing my family like mad.

Waiting: for my turn to move.

Liking: the new pooch Paddy on this series of Midsomer Murders.

Wondering: why they killed off Sykes in Midsomer Murders. Sorry if that’s a spoiler alert.

Loving: the new look of this site.

Pondering: Cook Islands or Samoa. I know…one thing at a time…but a girl can dream, right?

Listening: to Gustav Holst’s The Planets – as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. You weren’t expecting me to say that, were you?

Considering: why my husband would be looking at a clothes dryer that has wifi capability.

Buying: nothing. Apparently hubby is managing enough of that as he and Miss almost 19 set up temporary house.

Watching: Newton’s Law on the ABC. It’s light drama that’s just this side of comedy – and Claudia Karvan is fabulous. Oh, and 800 words…

Hoping: he doesn’t buy the wi-fi dryer

Marvelling: that someone thought to pop in wifi capability when they were designing a clothes dryer

Cringing: at the thought of an app on my phone that would allow me to turn on the dryer remotely at some point after loading it. Yep. Seriously. Why?

Needing: to get over the dryer thing.

Questioning: when I can fit in the whole moving more thing.

Smelling: the coconut and lime diffuser my neighbour’s daughter gave me. It smells like the tropics.

Wearing: a cotton maxi skirt, t-shirt and bare feet. In case you’re interested, a couple of my toenails are beginning to grow back. Eeeeeeeeeuw? Too much information?

Following: my insta follows this month were, as usual, a mix of travel photographers, sunny coast peeps, kiwi peeps and a couple of writerly friends. Including:






Noticing: that my dog has developed a liking for ice cubes.

Knowing: that as I write this (5pm on a Friday afternoon) it’s almost wine o’clock.

Thinking: that I might mix myself a negroni instead.

Admiring: the powers that be at Trip Advisor for ranking Mooloolaba Beach at no 8 in Australia..

Getting: excited about Mooloolaba Beach being my morning walk soon.

Bookmarking: so much – you mean you haven’t been following my weekly wraps?

Disliking: having to put my own bins out. Yes, I know that I’ve been seriously spoilt.

Opening: the freezer container and finding that it’s chilli and not the bolognaise I took a guess on.

Giggling: at a very rude joke my friend just sent me on Facebook message.

Feeling: surprisingly ok about living on my own for these few weeks.

Hearing: my dog crunch on ice-cubes.

Celebrating: goodbyes – or rather the privilege of having people to say goodbye to.

Pretending: not to be sad about the whole goodbye thing.

Embracing: lots of people – the up-side of goodbyes.

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

12 thoughts

  1. Ooh, I’ll have to keep an eye out for that book! I’m always on the lookout for a great read 🙂

  2. Oh gosh I had no idea G & S had already moved… so you’re home alone!

    So many things in this post. I’m enjoying Newton’s Law as well – though yet to watch last week’s episode. Not sure about the colleague / love interest… there’s something ‘prickish’ about him!

    I think the farewells will be sad but you’re likely to travel back a bit once you move (unlike me who’s got no interest in going back to Bris!).

    1. I am home alone- just me & my pooch. They’re in a rental until the house settles. Yeah, I’m a tad if-ish about the colleague too…

  3. So you are at the weeks left stage now..and trying to fit things in as well. Pretty hard that still going to work thing..hope you get some time off (as in I am guessing you are actually leaving and NOT commuting!!) so you can do “all the things”. It’s tough being in transition so the sooner it is ALL done, the better. Dryer with wifi…no idea why. Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 9/52. Next week: Must Watch TV.

    1. Yes, not long now. I’m actually not completely leaving work, but will be remotely working on a few projects…& in between I have my next book due to the editor. You know what they say about rest & wicked!

  4. Yr moving to the Sunshine Coast right….why do you need a dryer? What you need is a washing service tee heehee.

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