Taking Stock: March

The rainforest walk near our place

It’s the end of March, so time to take stock. This month’s taking stock comes to you from the departure terminal at Sunshine Coast Airport on Wednesday morning where we’re waiting for a (delayed) flight to Sydney in order to fly to Vietnam this morning.

By the time this goes to press, registrations will have opened for this year’s Romance Writers of Australia Conference which means that I can finally tell you all that I’ll be speaking at it. When I got the call I actually did a happy dance on the bus.

Anyways, I wrote some more about it on the author page.

Making: sure I have all the travel documents I need for this holiday.

Cooking: nothing yet in our new kitchen.

Drinking: less than I was. That’s a good thing.

Reading: The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty. I think I must be the only person alive who hasn’t read anything by Liane Moriarty, but picked this one up at the airport last week. It’s not really holding my attention, but I have had a lot of other things on my mind.

Wanting: to be in in Vietnam already.

Looking: forward to catching up with friends in Hanoi.

Deciding: whether I’ve packed enough undies.

Wishing: I’d finished this article I’m working on before now.

Enjoying: the birdsong and the swish of bamboo over morning coffee in the new house.

Waiting: for a Jetstar flight to Sydney. It’s delayed.

Liking: the rainforest sanctuary down the road from our new home.

Wondering: where my husband has disappeared to – the terminal isn’t that big.

Loving: my new office.

Pondering: whether I should be writing the article I have due instead of this post.

Listening: to announcements about flight delays.

Considering: how I didn’t manage to fit this article in over the weekend.

Buying: active wear.

Watching:Re-runs of The Good Wife on Netflix on my laptop.

Hoping: this flight isn’t delayed any longer.

Marvelling: at the number of tattoos the lady sitting across from me has managed to fit onto her body.

Cringing: at how there doesn’t seem to be a theme to any of them…the tattoos, that is.

Needing: to hubby to come back so I can go to the bathroom. It’s becoming urgent.

Questioning: how much longer I can hold on.

Smelling: coffee.

Wearing: a paisley maxi skirt, t-shirt and my limited edition Liberty of London havaianas.

Following: New follows include:




Noticing: that the plane we’ll be leaving on has just arrived.

Knowing: that I have 8 hours on a plane tomorrow to get this article written.

Thinking: that I should work on it in the hotel this afternoon as well.

Admiring: Pip Lincoln for coming up with this list and getting through it each month.

Getting: excited about the possibilities of discovering somewhere new.

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

Disliking: feeling so disorganized and rattled.

Opening: my bag and checking the passports for the millionth time.

Giggling: at the reading glasses my husband just bought at the airport shop.

Feeling: relieved that the house settlement went through before we left on holidays.

Hearing: the news of the destruction of Cyclone Debbie.

Celebrating: being a speaker at this year’s Romance Writers Conference in Brisbane. Yes, I’m pretty excited.

Pretending: not to get caught checking out the lady all in pink – including her hair.

Embracing: imperfection and exhaustion.

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Author: Jo

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8 thoughts

  1. So. Much. Happening. I hope you have a great time on your trip. I guess it’s come at a good time – you need a break; and difficult time – you’d probably prefer to have more time to settle into your house. Guess there’s no rush with that though.

    1. I had the same conflicts – is it the best or worst time? It wasn’t planned, but somehow fell that way.

  2. Ha ha! Don’t you just love people watching at airports? It sounds as though you have had an exhausting 3 months and it is now time to relax and enjoy your holiday. You will fall in love with Vietnam. Enjoy! 🙂

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