just a minute in june.

this is no makeup, sick as a dog, stuck on the couch.
Eating: today? Lentil meatballs with lemon pesto. It's a real good day.
Cooking: my love of cooking has returned! The fact I'm cooking at all should be celebrated! 
Drinking: green tea. Black tea. Ginger tea. Tea tea.
Learning: (still) the integral lesson - to listen to my body.
Reading: since last we spoke, I finished The Fry Chronicles, and also Pollen by Jeff Noon (one of my favourite authors), and am currently reading Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. (No, there are no little Nancys and Rufus' on the way - I just find childhood incredibly interesting to read about!)
Wanting: to make date biscuits. I've had a craving for the past few days! I'm liking the look of this recipe.
Looking: forward to August! We're heading back to Adelaide for our family engagement party and I'm equally as excited as I am nervous. I get to buy a new dress! 
Listening: to the new Death Cab album. (Thanks Keren!)
Wasting: compostable trash. I need to get my butt into gear and start composting again. Save a tree, man.
Wishing: for a weekend away. 
Liking: my return to health. I've been quite sick for the last week - the bed-ridden, not eating kind of sickness - and I'm so relieved to be back in the land of the living.
Feeling: renewed, positive, hopeful, excited, and alive.
Watching: just finished Suits, now watching Person of Interest. Also recently finished Revenge (and am rewatching, for funsies) and Silicon Valley, which was hilarious!
Needing: to see the sea. Some time in nature in general.
Smelling: woodfires. 
Wearing: my trackies, a lot. 
Noticing: my lactose intolerance getting worse. Puppies. Fog in the mornings. The desire to journal. A slowing down.
Grateful for: my handsome fiance and his photoshop skills.
Loving: uni holidays.

just a minute in April/May.

Oh, man. How is it the end of May?! Life is very busy, often stressful, but things are good. I've had some sad diagnoses in my family, a blissful week away, and a really, really, really happy engagement. 

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Yup! We got engaged! Overlooking the Indian Ocean in Bali - the day after our 5-year anniversary and the day of my 24th birthday - Rufus asked me to marry him. We both laughed and cried and laughed some more; then drank some beers and danced in our hotel room. It was the happiest moment of my life. I'm going to marry my best friend!

Eating: I just finished a mini Snickers bar, and now I feel sick. Live and learn, right? (Or live and never learn, in this case...)
Cooking: Well... look. Admittedly I haven't been great at the whole cooking thing lately. I've been going with old stand-bys: sweet potato with kale and eggs, pasta with broccoli and chickpeas, stir fry with tofu and soba noodles.
Drinking: heaps of green tea and Berocca; I'm trying to get rid of a cold.
Learning: that I need to slow things down to enjoy life more.
Reading: Following my last catch up post (3 months ago!), I'm reading Stephen Fry's The Fry Chronicles. Since February, I've also finished the Maze Runner trilogy, which I really, really enjoyed, and Damned by Chuck Palahniuk (super strange: classic Chuck).
Wanting: my eyelid eczema to go away.
Looking: forward to heading home to celebrate our engagement! The girls I work with have been 100% amazing about making me feel special and loved... but it is a little sad that we can't celebrate with our family just yet.
Listening: Mostly I've been working to the sounds of my missed Uni lectures. 
Wasting: time trying to multitask.
Wishing: I was a better gardener... everything keeps dying! Partly because I'm lazy and inattentive, partly because I don't plant things at the right time and/or bugs.
Liking: pear season. :)
Feeling: unbelievably happy.
Watching: Rufus and I just finished the latest season of Dr Who (sah gahd). Also watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which is fun, and catching up on Suits.
Needing: a long hot-yoga session. 
Smelling: Sukin's Hydrating Mist Toner. My skin is super dehydrated this winter, which is fun.
Wearing: layers. Preppy layers. 
Noticing: the way my new ring sparkles in the sunlight. It acts like a disco ball, and that pleases me. 
Grateful for: the girls I work with. They've been absolutely amazing - decorated my office and planned a surprise morning tea and are genuinely excited for me. I'm so, so lucky!
Loving: my fiance. Naw, what a sap!

#ttt. (six)

This post is part of a little weekly feature to highlight some awesome things that happen during the week. Three thankful things on Thursdays... because alliteration is my jam.

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- Colder mornings and evenings; with enough sunshine during the day to go about in jeans and a t-shirt (check out my Pinterest board for more stylish autumn inspo). Autumn is my favourite! I'm looking forward to dirty chais at the farmers market (and with not a care about the blatant judgment from the barista), hot cross buns with butter, spaghetti squash with chickpeas and kale, and ankle booties 24/7!

- Cinnamon pancakes by Rufus on a lazy Sunday. 

- Radical Face.

- Renewed creativity and spark. My work and study are science-based, so it's important for me to get out of my left-brain space and explore my right-brain. I'm looking at doing a photo project (besides the self portrait one I'm already doing, as the latter is on my phone and doesn't count) in the next few days. Know of any fun ones that aren't too difficult to adhere to?

- I finally did the thing and purchased a new battery and power adapter for my laptop! Old faithful has had a dodgy power supply for the last couple of years (thanks to a certain somebunny who nibbled through the cables), and I've only just got around to buying a new one. 

- Festival season in Adelaide. A few weekends ago, Rufus and I went back home for a family function, and managed to fit in some friend time while we were there. We spent the Saturday wine tasting in McLaren Vale, eating in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, and dancing at the TREv artist's party (where we saw some pretty spectacular stuff...). We have some awesome friends and families.

- Olivia's Good Morning Journal project. 

- Instead of pie on Pi day, I made blondies and cookies. I'm cool with it.

- My little garden. It's small, it hasn't produced much, and I often oscillate between drowning and parching the poor things... but it's my space in which to nurture green things and I'm so grateful for that.

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Rufus made me pancakes when I was feeling blue. I ate them in my purple hiking socks and Malaysian genie pants.
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Hints of autumn.
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Amazing - beers and meatballs (vegetarian, for me). And the most delicious garlic bread I ever did eat.
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#ttt five.

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- Dancing with complete abandon (flailing limbs) with favourite friends at a wedding in Adelaide. I had so much fucking fun this weekend! Congratulations to Leon and Kate (and apologies for all the hideous photos you're going to discover on those disposable cameras).

- These blondies. A little too much sugar for my sugar-phobic tastebuds, but I'll adjust the recipe and they will be perfect.

- Breakfast with my Mum, Dad and Aunty this weekend. So grateful for the opportunity to be together - talk crap, talk science, talk personal.

- Live music. We've seen 24 bands this year. 24! It's only February! This equates to 2 festivals and 3 gigs; still impressive though!

- I'm feeling super grateful for my diary-keeping habits. I found the diary I kept in Malaysia (KL, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Langkawi) last night, and spent a good long while flipping through the pages; reminiscing with Rufus about things we'd forgotten. Such as the time that we were on a bus, and a huge, heavy suitcase fell on a European backpacker (she was okay - Rufus helped her climb out from under it), which had a tiny, ancient Chinese lady next to us in hysterical laughter for a good five minutes (which, in turn, had me in a gigglefit).

- Also feeling super grateful for lazy nights on the couch with Rufus - bingeing on TV shows and cuddling up against the unseasonably cold evenings.

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(L to R) photo from DisneyWorld, tiny lucky pig, Buddah from Malaysia, copper candles from the market, Grimes album, crappy record player - already broken, love fern, alcohol bottles. 
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I could pretend that I'm embarrassed about my clothing choices, but I'm not. I didn't get sunburned, and if the cost of that was looking like a dick in a stupid hat, I'm cool with it.

just a minute in February.

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Eating: too much sugar - my skin hates me for it.
Cooking: Moroccan sweet potatoes and rice (adaptation of this recipe).
Drinking: coffee, and my new favourite tea combo: one peppermint teabag, one green teabag. 
Practicing: daily meditation. 
Mastering: daily journaling.
Learning: the importance of pursuing my own hobbies, and how those hobbies contribute to my becoming the person I want to be.
Reading: Stephen Fry's Moab is my Washpot. I really enjoy it! But there are many British references I don't quite understand.
Wanting: to go camping! I need some more nature in my days.
Looking: for a pair of good quality, ethical, not completely break-the-bank-expensive black flats. Tips?
Listening: The Smashing Pumpkins - since catching a bit of their set at Soundwave this weekend, I've been on a Pumpkins binge!
Wasting: energy worrying.
Wishing: for an easy way out.
Waiting: to finish my degree. I know it's a long time. I know it's not good to constantly be looking forward and waiting... but I just cannot wait to be finished.
Liking: my bullet journal. It really suits the way my brain works.
Wondering: what I should do with my life. How I could possibly manage to make all the money I need and still have the time and energy to do the things I love. And how to be happy with what I have.
Feeling: anxious, restless, happy.
Hoping: that this weekend will be restful.
Watching: I just finished re-watching The Gilmore Girls. Also watching Bob's Burgers (hilarious) and Person of Interest.
Needing: apart from black flats? Trousers, a lightweight jacket, and some colourful, work-appropriate tops. (Can you tell I'm in the process of refining my wardrobe?)
Smelling: literally? Right now? Tahini and apples - my afternoon snack.
Wearing: layers. 
Noticing: a blossom on my pumpkin plant. All my zucchinis died - it's been a wet summer. Sad. 
Grateful for: after-work TV time.
Loving: Rufus' happy face.