I know, I know, we’re eight days into February and I’m only now doing my January catch-up post, but hey ho and all that.
My mother always says, “if you can’t say anything nice, Joanne, talk about the weather,” but even that has been dire. We’ve had a lot of rain since Christmas and the humidity in January was off the scale.
I don’t think I’m the only one who got to the end of January and decided that February was going to be the new January. I’m already feeling cooked. Granted, I worked through the Christmas break and didn’t take any time other than the public holidays and I’ve had an office relocation to project manage since then. But even people who have come back from holidays are feeling the same. Again, hey ho.
Anyways, without further ado, here’s the catch-up.
Speaking of both office relocations and my mother, I hopped on a plane and flew to Sydney. Originally I was going down to spend the weekend with my parents, then manage the office relocation, before celebrating Mum’s 80th the following weekend.
Covid, however, had plans with other family members, so the party was cancelled, I cancelled Grant and Sarah’s flights and I came home early.
On the upside:
- I got to spend time with my parents who I hadn’t seen in a long while
- The office move went as well as these things tend to go
- I came home covid free
- I managed to score some rapid antigen tests (RAT). (If you live in Queensland – or, in fact, pretty much anywhere on the eastern seaboard, you’d know just how valuable and highly sought after these things are.
Also, because Sarah and Grant and I had taken annual leave days in order to fly home from Sydney, we treated ourselves to a day away from teh office and lunch at Sunshine Beach Surf Club. (That’s Grant’s taco in the pic below.)
Definitely not the tennis. I’ve really never been able to get into tennis – I think it’s because there’s no defined beginning or end time to the games and who wants to start watching a game at 7pm only for it to finish at midnight? Hello, I have a 4.30am alarm! Having said that, I do believe that Wimbledon – the romcom – is one of the most underrated movies out there and I watch it whenever it’s on.
What I have been watching is (and before you say something about how much television I watch, this is also December – I just forgot what was on when):
- The second series of All Creatures Great and Small (on Britbox, but the first is now on ABCTV)
- The second series of Queens of Mystery (Acorn)
- Great British Bake-off and now Great Australian Bake-off (Foxtel). As an aside, there’s going to be Great British Bake-off The Musical. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
- Under The Vines (Acorn)
You’ll need to tune into What’s On Your Bookshelf for more details here (Friday Feb 18…this is your reminder if you want to link up), but here’s a preview:
Writing and Blogging
In terms of blogging, in January I wrote:
- Something about my word of the year.
- The January episode of What’s on Your Plate was a most unseasonal beef casserole with parsley dumplings – and a sneak peek at my new book.
- In What’s On Your Bookshelf I wrapped up the reading year that was 2021.
- And stayed focused on my word of the year with this post.
Not as much as I’d like, although I did manage a January instalment of the Kitchen Diaries here.
In addition to that, in book club we cooked Parkin, and I tried my hand at double baked cheese souffles. The pic below is what they looked like when they came out of the oven the first time.
Okay, that was January and we’re all caught up! How was your month?