16 March 2018 | Uncategorised

Taking stock – March

The weeks are sliding by so quickly, I needed to slow down for a moment and have a good think about where I’m up to! This is a list from Pip Lincolne’s blog, Meet me at Mike’s.

Making: chocolate raspberry ripe bites – actually, that’s the plan for the weekend!
Cooking: slow-cooked bolognaise sauce with Miss 11, the type with a dozen ingredients that takes an hour or so to simmer away
Drinking: chai latte, my usual beverage of choice
Reading: The book of dust by Phillip Pullman – so amazing!
Wanting: more weeks before the holidays start
Looking: at my flourishing new garden with purple salvias, mauve clematis and waterfalls of silvery-green diacondra
Playing: with my butterfly quilt – a bitΒ lot to undo before I can start again
Deciding: to let Mr 8 sleep in his homemade fort of sheets and chairs for a little bit longer
Wishing: for some long-term projects to come to fruition
Enjoying: listening to podcasts in the car
Waiting: for the May Kidlit festival
Liking: walking every day, especially along the Yarra River
Wondering: how I will feel if my three kids all make their basketball grand final on the weekend I’m away
Loving: my creatively organised Miss 11 with her hair in her two long braids
Pondering: whether to keep planning my book or start writing it
Considering: how to promote a new project
Buying: food that disappears the moment Mr 14 spies it in the fridge
Watching: This is us – my one hour of television a week!
Hoping: my husband has some good news about work soon
Marvelling: that autumn is here already
Cringing: every time someone sniffs! (Use a tissue!)
Needing: an early night or two
Questioning: whether I made the right choice in working from home fourteen years ago
Smelling: the first gardenia in my garden
Wearing: my favourite rose-gold sandals while the weather still allows it
Following: street artists on social media
Noticing: how the scent of my rose noir candle fills my study
Knowing: the truth of Brene Brown’s words – Don’t shrink. Don’t puff. Stand your sacred ground.
Thinking: about how much I want to fit into my days
Admiring: women who do manage to fit in a lot
Sorting: things out in my mind
Getting: organised for my Sydney writing course
Bookmarking: street artist websites
Coveting: a fabric belt
Disliking: drivers who don’t wave after you’ve let them in
Opening: a well-loved cookbook and rediscovering old favourites
Giggling: with my girlfriends at a kombucha workshop
Feeling: sad about a friend’s illness
Snacking: the leftover bits of prosciutto from the bolognaise sauce
Helping: a grade five class with their narrative writing
Hearing: the sound of the washing machine churning through yet another load of dirty washing

Maybe you’d like to copy and paste this list for yourself into a file, or write it in a journal or the back of an envelope. Or tell me one ‘ing’ in the comments!

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Finishing: A Wrinkle in Time and the Tattooist of Auschwitz…
Pondering: the planning of Easter weekend with my mum
Wondering: how you, Karen, manage it allπŸ™

March 16, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Terri Dixon

Doing nothing or not much while on holiday.
Enjoying beautiful weather.
Reading lots.
Wining and dining with friends.

Enjoy your writing course, Karen.

March 16, 2018 at 4:59 pm


Dreaming, planning and doing – holidays!
Thanks for sharing your wonderful collection of ‘ing’s. Go, Karen!

March 16, 2018 at 6:20 pm


If you ever need a Yarra walking buddy, Karen, I’m here! I am wondering if I will ever get any sense of routine back into my weeks! I’m finding it tricky to find regular daily markers at the moment!

March 16, 2018 at 10:54 pm


The scariest people I know are ones who never doubt their decisions. The unhappiest are those who know they have a certain talent and have never utilised it and the least stressed are those who have followed their dream. And it only mattered that they have tried.
Sleep soundly.

March 17, 2018 at 10:52 am

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