20 October 2015 | Taking stock

Taking stock – October

Young woman sitting on rope above city and reading book

This is a list from Pip Lincolne’s blog, Meet me at Mike’s.

Making: chocolate brownies with grated sweet potato – shh, don’t tell the kids there’s vegetables in it!
Cooking: blueberry and quinoa salad
Drinking: lots of water in this hot weather
Reading: The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Wanting: some more time
Looking: at house plans for our renovation
Playing: with animal cards from Woolies
Deciding: which dress to wear to a fancy lunch this week
Wishing: for more time – see above
Enjoying: lovely weather
Waiting: for a new craft book to arrive
Liking: walking every day
Wondering: how to fit everything in
Loving: my daydreaming Mr 6
Pondering: whether there’s time to clean the study tomorrow
Considering: the details for two writing workshops I’m presenting soon
Buying: lots of berries
Watching: the red roses in my garden
Hoping: Mr 11 makes it into a graded basketball team
Marvelling: that Miss 9 and I have the same size shoe!
Cringing: every time someone sniffs! (Use a tissue!)
Needing: an early night
Questioning: the wisdom of four afternoon/evenings of kid activities
Smelling: the red roses in my garden
Wearing: summer dresses
Following: the weather
Noticing: the leafy, green trees lining the streets
Knowing: how quickly the fridge is emptied on a weekly basis!
Thinking: about how much I want to fit into my days
Admiring: women who do manage to fit in a lot
Sorting: papers on my desk
Getting: prepared for NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
Bookmarking: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Coveting: a pair of pink and tan sandals from Bared
Disliking: rude drivers
Opening: the doors to let in some fresh air
Giggling: at Miss 9 singing her heart out with her ipod
Feeling: positive about a productive writing day
Snacking: on homemade cheese and paprika biscuits
Helping: in Mr 6’s classroom for literacy
Hearing: Girl on fire by Alicia Keys – my 12 year-old protagonist’s theme song

Taking stock – June



There’s never enough time but smelling the roses and listening to the music gives you that little respite.
Playing golf 7 days and catching up with the people you haven’t seen for 12 months doesn’t sound like a holiday but it is!
That’s what you’re training for now Karen – later life!! Amazing what a workout having children , working, running a family, being creative can be!

October 20, 2015 at 7:28 am


Reading someone’s taking stock post is such a lovely way to get a glimpse into their world isn’t it. Sounds like lots of good things happening in your life at the moment Karen. Spring is such a beautiful season, think I’ll add writing a taking stock post to my to do list ( sorry overloaded list) .

October 20, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Karen Comer

    Thanks, Emily – I think taking stock definitely reflects the seasons – no slow cooking or winter jumpers going on now! All about salads and ice-cream and summer dresses!

    October 20, 2015 at 11:20 am


I love this Karen. Its such a lovely insight into your day…. funny how a few words can convey a lot! I completely relate to the constant feeling of needing and wanting more time and to fit more in. That is exactly what I’m wanting and wishing for at the moment too. I hope your brownies turned out well – it has made me think I might need to find some of that elusive time to do some baking!

October 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Karen Comer

    I hope we both gain some extra time this week, Bec! Baking is one of those tasks that you can perform with your hands while your imagination is elsewhere … could be a win win situation?

    October 20, 2015 at 1:19 pm


Love reading Taking Stock posts.
I am TOTALLY with you on what’s making you cringe – I have been known to offer people tissues, even complete strangers in the library! I even sent a young man to the toilets for a make shift tissue once, true story.

November 2, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Karen Comer

    Yes, I offered a teenage boy in the library a tissue once! Sniffing is the equivalent of someone scraping their nails down a blackboard for me!

    November 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

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