Aug 5, 2019

Life This Week 5/8/2019: Gratitude.

This week, I am grateful for all the disparate things that make up an average week in my life.

A Sunday morning birthday party in the park for my nephew.

Finding a new friend nesting on my weights the other morning after my run.  This particular snake hisses when you press its head.  It scared the living daylights out of my mum the other day....

I couldn't walk past these pencil lamps at Ikea the other day without bringing one home for Master SSG.  They can glow all the colours of the rainbow or stay on your favourite.  It just depends on how many times your press the power button.

I've found a more economical Australian made option to Queen's Vanilla Extract.  At Aldi, of course.  I can't wait to test it out in my next batch of baked oats.

There's an abundance of US cherries at the supermarket right now and a bag or punnet comes home with me with alarming regularity.

I'm positively revelling in the way the sky is looking over Sydney these days.  We're at that point in winter when spring is tantalizingly close.  And then it will be summer.... Swoon.

I'm grateful for the lead up I've had to this year's City2Surf.  I've had more time on Heartbreak Hill than I had planned for.  A mixed blessing really because while I now have a healthy respect for it rather than hate it with a passion - I've done it one too many times now and I have a touchy left hamstring to prove it.  Whatever will be will be on race day so in the meantime, I'm enjoying the taper in my running distance and intensity as well as putting some serious thought into just which superfoods exactly will end up in my finish line bag of recovery essentials.

What are the random things you've been grateful for this past week?


  1. I love those pencil lamps - how gorgeous!! Good luck for the city2surf!!

  2. Oh that lamp looks awesome! Good luck with the big race!

  3. That lamp is so cute and yes, I am loving the blue skies we've been enjoying in Sydney. It's hard to believe it's winter, not that I'm complaining. I've been using that vanilla extract from Aldi and it's pretty good. I am pleased you have made your peace with Heartbreak Hill, hills are my nemesis and HH is one of the many reasons I'll never run the City2Surf, although the main turn off for me is the huge number of people! Hope you have a super fun run!

  4. Looks like you had a good week. Random things I've been grateful for: glorious August weather, good health, free summer music festivals, and more. #lifethisweek

  5. Yes spring is getting ever closer SSG!! yay for that as we have snow expected again for this weekend :) I wish you well for the City to Surf - I'll do it one day, it's on my list!! #Lifethisweek

  6. Good luck with the City 2 Surf. I decided against it this year as it's too close to me going away. Some of the days have been gorgeous, haven't they? Hope you have a fantastic week!

  7. Ooh I kinda want that pencil lamp for me !

  8. Oh that price for vanilla extract is good. Had to buy some at Woolies the other day and its price shocked me. I would want a pencil light in every colour. How good are they! best wishes for the City to Surf. Once that comes around, hello Christmas!

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week's optional prompt is 32/51 What Makes You Laugh? 12/8/19. Hope to see you there too! Denyse.


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