Nov 16, 2017

Lovin' Life 16/11/2017: An Unusual Thursday.

Last Thursday was a bit back to front for me.  It's usually my day off but a change in my schedule saw me front up for work for a half day.  Where's the element of 'Lovin' Life' there, you might ask?  Well, the weather was lovely and I managed to achieve that elusive work life balance.  For the day, at least.

I was blessed with ideal departure conditions that I managed to pick up a coffee along the way.  It was just what I needed to help my merge onto the Cross City Tunnel a smooth one.  I don't know what it is about being a working mum (actually, I do but that's perhaps a tale for another day) that makes me think of each working day in the way that a pilot may approach their day's flight or a sailor their course through the seas.  No matter how much I plan or attempt to be mindful and search for perspective, there's something about getting to work that throws all my common sense and patience out the window.

Invariably, I leave the door in a state of panic with one eye on the clock but nothing ever bad happens as a consequence of not hitting the road at the precise minute I had in mind as being the time.  The day unfolded more or less as it should and I got home in time to take Preschooler SSG out for the afternoon.

At his request, we took the train to some of his favourite stops.  I think it's the names he loves most about the stations he selects because it's often enough for him to read their names on the wall before he's satisfied he's seen all there is to see.

Afternoon tea was a couple of all day breakfast hash browns from Maccas and a few sips of a hot pink slushie.

Then we stopped by at the Hobby Co QVB window to shoot the breeze with the model train display.  It's a ritual that never gets old with us.

We I then made the decision to visit H&M on our way home.  I was curious to see if there was anything left from the Erdem X H&M collaboration that launched earlier this month.  The campaign photos were gorgeous.  So much theatre and rich textures. 

Alas, all that remained were menswear items.  What beautiful hangers, though.

How do you control the tension that rises as you try to get your family and yourself out the door on a work day?


  1. Luckily I've only ever had to worry about just me and I'm pretty efficient in the mornings. I'm a pre-bed bather so don't need a shower or anything and at the moment I take a shake for brekkie so it's really just a matter of getting dressed, grabbing my lunch, diet coke and heading out of the door.

    I used to always be early for work, but now I work in a town 30mins away I keep finding myself stressing about being late. My commute used to take way more time than that when I lived in the city, but I guess I'm still pretty new to my job and unsure how much flexibility I've got re start times etc. No one keeps an eye on me / my time so I suspect I'll become more casual about it.

    I should mention I'm far more precious about my post-work (end of day) time than I am about pre-work time. #teamlovinlife

  2. Those ARE some beautiful hangers. Wow. And it seems like just yesterday that boy of yours was a newborn. Time flies, my friend. If anyone can juggle that out the door chaos, I'm sure it's you. ;)

  3. I try to have as much of my stuff pre-prepped. Food's ready to grab in the freezer, clothes are hung up the night before ready to quickly put on. At least, in theory :) Sure doesn't happen every day!

  4. I'm so glad you had a lovely day together and got the balance just right. I love hashbrowns so there was a little drooling from me over the Maccas pic :)

  5. What a lovely afternoon you spent with your little one. St James Station - I haven't seen that for years (I was born in Sydney and always loved the Museum train stop name). We went to H&M in Barcelona as we ran out of clean clothes - Oh I'm boasting now LOL:) Enjoy your weekend SSG. xx
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  6. How special are these memories you are making with PreSchooler SSG before he becomes...what will his name be? School SSG maybe or KinderSSG...I am sure you will come up with something. I loved St James Station too, walk through the tunnel and come out at Elizabeth St opposite DJs. They havent changed that part of Sydney i hope!! Denyse x

  7. Sounds like a good day out. I am jealous of the McD's as we only get them when we go on holiday x

  8. I'm so sad we never had a chance to check out that store in QVB - I'd heard nothing but good things about it, but we never got the time.

    I've found the only way to get up out the door on time with day care drop off and work is to wake up much earlier than I'd like, ha! I'm getting a little worried about how I'll handle school drop offs on top of it all but have a couple years yet before that's an issue!

  9. Sounds like a perfect afternoon with your preschooler, cherish those times before heads off to school. thinking back to the day's when the Teen Techie was that age and it was just the two of us, i'm sure it was the planning that got me through. knowing that the basics are done, is a lifesaver when you are juggling so much.


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