Feb 27, 2020

Lovin' Life 27/2/2020: Gelato!!

This week I'm lovin' the simple joy of gelato bars.  A branch of Anita Gelato recently opened at our local Westfield (Bondi Junction) and Master SSG and I finally got the chance to sample their wares over the weekend.

I love that 'sugar wonderland' vibe that rows of perfectly sculpted trays of gelato radiate.

So many flavours, colours, textures and possibilities.

And if it wasn't already hard enough to choose your gelato flavour, the second half of the counter featured an array of toppings that run the full spectrum of 100% artificial flavours and colourings to

'dark chocolate is good for you'

to 'it's topped with fresh fruit, nothing to see here'.

No prizes for guessing where we sat on the topping scale.  At least it was mango gelato underneath...

What's your favourite gelato flavour?  Do you go hard with toppings as well?

Feb 25, 2020

It's Tuesday and I'm Restored.

What a difference a day (and a good night's sleep) makes!

It's been so long since I've been truly sleep-deprived (The Toddler Years, if I remember correctly) that fronting up for work on Monday with 'way less than one hand's fingers' worth of sleep totally threw me.  It felt like being hungover and jetlagged simultaneously only without the fond memories of a European destination (because it's always Europe that breaks me) or the lavish inflight beverages.  Still, it was what it was and I did what I had to do.  Mum life, work life, more mum life and then finally, bed life.

Yes. That is a can of Coke No Sugar. Consumed at 0900 on a Monday. 

And then, dear readers, I woke up to this. 

An absolute pearler of a day.

And on my day off too!

It was a beautiful run

a civilized trip to a nearly empty supermarket to stick up on such household essentials as premade Aeroplane jelly

before heading onwards to Surry Hills for coffee at the recently opened Shenkin cafe.

I love Surry Hills.  Its energy, people, sights and sounds are a refreshingly unusual mix for this old woman from the suburbs.  It's that place that embodies  'a change is as good as a holiday' for me.

Cheeky daytime bubbles?  My hairdresser made me do it.

Here's to restorative Tuesdays!!

Wednesday through to Friday? 

Here.  I.  Come.

Feb 24, 2020

Life This Week 24/2/2020: Unusual.

Things that were off the beaten track for me this week:

I stumbled upon this VHS videocassette that had been put on the verge for bulk rubbish collection.  It was a sobering moment trying to explain to Master SSG what they are and they did way back in the day.  How can the eighties be so long ago?

This roundy-spinny thing I was put onto at Mitre 10.  It's unusual to me as I only own a very basic set of tools for odd jobs around the house.  It was cheaper than buying a wrench and socket to secure the one hexagonal screw I had to attend to over the weekend.  I wonder when I'll ever use it again?

Is it a cute fluffy-tailed panda or is it a tape measure?  It's both and its new home is in my knitting bag.

Because knitting is the new running around here, another knitting moment is next up in the post.  I wonder if a knot in your ball of wool from Spotlight is like finding a double-yolked egg in a carton from the supermarket?  A sign of good luck, perhaps for the knitting project the blessed ball of wool is about to become a part of.  Even tensioned stitches, no lost stitches....  I can only hope.

Unusual for this week but not for much longer than that was the official start of my career as Director of After School Activities slash Personal Assistant to a preppie.  I have bought so many things for so many different activities these last few weeks.  Dance stores, sporting goods stores, tabs on Amazon I've never clicked on before.  It's a busy life being seven these days.

Over to you.  Anything unusual from your week just gone?

Feb 18, 2020

A Colourful Eight.

After the rain and heat that's battered our city, Sunday was a gift.  Not too hot, not too cold.  The perfect conditions for getting out and about without getting soaked.

We stopped for coffee and a cupcake (not pictured as it was eaten well before this photo was taken) in between our morning errands.  The placement of the orange Haribo bear was Master SSG's idea.  I think he's onto something there.

Tourists in our own city?  As if we needed any further encouragement.  We took the light rail to Circular Quay, an activity and a destination that always spell adventure for me.  The bobbing of the carriage as it twists and turns through the city and the knots of people holding cameras and maps... their anticipation is contagious and never fails to make me relllaaaaxxxxxx....

The QVB saw in the Year of the Rat in style.  A pagoda painted in warm and regal red was festooned with golden cards bearing messages of good fortune and prosperity.

These golden rats cheekily chased each other down the central  hall of the building in search of this wedge of cheddar, I presume.

How cruel to then have the cheese boxed up in perspex!  So close, yet so far....

We stopped for tea at T2 and investigated what lay beneath the glass-domed testers.

The City of Sydney is gearing up for Mardi Gras 2020 and there were nods to rainbows in stores and on staircases.

Isn't the weather glorious right now?  Are you as excited as I am about the clear skies returning?

Feb 17, 2020

Life This Week 17/2/2020: Self Care Stories.

Things I've done just for me or enjoyed 'just because' this week....

Laps at the pool.

A coffee after those laps.

Discovering the first tomato on the vine I've grown from those Woolworths Discovery Garden seeds.

Another coffee but this time I found it at a new cafe I discovered on a walk I took around the suburb when I was a little early for a meeting at school.

It's been the week for little walks in between engagements.

It's been a huge recharge being away from screens and devices for these pockets of time during the day.  Nature always gives me energy and finding the unexpected as I walk makes me smile, imagine and reminisce.

Many local councils are doing their bulk rubbish collections for households right now and it's a visual feast on many front gardens!

Using my hands to create rather than scroll and tap is the newest addition to my self-care toolkit.

Knitting is tactile, it's structured and it's proven to be very soothing.  Keeping track of my stitches and looking out for errors are defined tasks for my mind and I am growing to enjoy, even prefer, these blocks of time I spend knitting over scrolling on my phone (which often leaves me wanting, wide awake or worried).

I'm currently trying to master the brioche stitch in this scarf I'm loom knitting.  Can't wait to wear it this winter.

I know.  I know.  I hate Valentine's Day but this year, I gave it a chance.  The day itself was one of those crazy Fridays at work which left me drained but throughout the day, I was given love in so many forms.  Kindness from people at work, warmth and gratitude from others, a big hug and a strawberry 'heart' from Master SSG, that intense and deep love from my family....  I despise the commercialized overtones that February 14th has taken on in our world but it is also a day that encourages me to see, appreciate and pass on the other kinds of love I see around me. 

To love is to care for both oneself and others.

It wasn't entirely fancy, it definitely wasn't romantic but our Valentine's Day dinner was a celebration of all the kinds of love we'd been shown and had shown through the day.  The bubbles were also a just reward for surviving the day in general :-)


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