Was it really LAST APRIL that we played the ‘Taking Stock’ game?! Jeez. Apparently! Let’s farewell July (yes… already!) with another round, shall we?!
Making : Changes, to my beauty regime (like actually implementing one!), to my bedroom, to my aspirations… all good things!
Cooking : FAR more than I’m exercising (this must be resolved), and I need to part ways with chocolate cake-in-a-mug. Have you ever tried one?! Wait… what am I saying?! Run! SAVE YOURSELF! Do not become seduced by the ease and excellence of mixing ingredients such as flour and cocoa powder together to produce a tantalising confection, and GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN! (It’s too late for me, *sob*. I’m hooked!)
Drinking : Hot water with lemon, in an attempt to ward off the cold that’s been lurking… but I’m losing the battle. There is minimal difference between Barry White’s speaking voice and mine today.
Reading: The readings for my ‘Human Development’ paper, and feeling major brain strain. But this is going to be one of those testing periods that I eventually look back on (“awww, look how stressed I was… cute!”) with euphoria that it’s completed and conquered, right? (Right?!)
Wanting: I tell you, I would not refuse return airfares to a tropical island right about now…
Looking: Outside, at the big, blue sky. HALLELUJAH! After 24 hours of heavy rain, the sunshine’s appearing again!
Playing: Amy Winehouse’s In My Bed (“you’ll never get my mind right; like two ships passing in the night…”) (“In the ni-ght, in the niiighhht!”).
Deciding: What this afternoon’s priorities are. That ‘Academic Writing’ assignment? Oh, alright. A walk? Well, I should fit one in…
Wishing: Sometimes, that there were just a few more hours in the day.
Enjoying: Having an iMac desktop computer; it is magical.
Waiting: For Charlie to wake up, so that we can venture to the supermarket for more sickness supplies. I know. “Tone it down, you wild woman,” you must be thinking. “Your life is out of CONTROL!” Liking: Florence & The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful album.
Wondering: What answers await the next edition of ‘Taking Stock’…
Loving: The month that has been July. So much has happened!
Pondering: Nosy Corrine is pondering what’s become of the gang headquarters nearby. The house has been empty for weeks, and as of yesterday, what appeared to be contractors were removing all of its contents… but there’s no sign of the family? Hmmm! (Mind your own business, Corrine!)
Considering: Taking the aforementioned stroll I’m contemplating to K-mart, you know, “just for a look”… (Next minute I’ve returned home with a vase, a clock and three pineapple lamps that I never knew I needed!)
Buying: Equipment to kit out my “office”, and by “office” I mean “that wall beside my bed where my computer sits”.
Hoping: For a “YES!”
Marvelling: At how the addition of semi-dried tomatoes – not sun-dried (ick!); semi-dried – instantly amplifies the taste of a meal. They’re my new favourite pantry item!
Cringing: At how some can only see what’s “wrong”, and not right, in everything, every day, always…
Needing: To wriggle into bed at a decent hour this evening.
Questioning: When Charlie will take her first unaided steps…
Smelling: The vanilla candle I just lit after reading this question and realising how snooze-worthy “um, nothing” would be for an answer!
Wearing: Leggings, pink tartan socks, a fleecy black jumper and about a thousand layers underneath it. Surely it should be illegal to be this sexy?! (Ha!)
Following: A whole heap of marvellous people, on Twitter, on Instagram, on Facebook… (And then I wonder why I can’t put my phone down at night. It’s because you’re all too interesting!)
Noticing: That even though my sprog has an infant-sized laptop, tablet and an assortment of other expensive toys, she’ll still only gravitate towards old catalogues and dirt. Children. Honestly!
Knowing: That if something doesn’t pan out, it simply wasn’t meant to be. On to the next ambition!
Thinking: The feedback that I’ve received on ‘Gee, I’m Glad I’M NOT Single‘, both here and in a community for solo parents that it was shared in, has been FASCINATING. This pearler (from a gentleman himself) in particular stuck with me: “it’s totally backwards, Corrine. You know that photo doing the rounds of that hunky dude wearing shades and rocking a baby strapped to his waist? If you took that guy he’s attractive enough, but add a baby and suddenly his hotness rating shoots through the roof. But to take an attractive woman and add a child to her picture is apparently less attractive? It makes no sense…”
Admiring: How – in a multitude of ways – 2015 has turned out better than I even could have comprehended.
Sorting: Perpetually! I’ve become so anal and order-orientated (who is this imposter, and what have you done with the former me?!) that even Sheldon Cooper would be weirded out!
Getting: That nervous, butterflies-in-my-stomach sensation that only potential shake-ups can bring.
Bookmarking: Small, inexpensive white desks, which are surprisingly challenging to find!
Coveting: SUMMER. Never again will I take you for granted, warmth! (Has this winter been brutal for you too?!)
Disliking: Excessive negativity.
Opening: Microsoft Word in the background, because then I can pat myself on the back for “starting” my next essay, can’t I? Yippee!
Giggling: Often, and usually at messages from Lena. She’s hilarious!
Feeling: Proud that the word “no”, within reason, is becoming easier to utter.
Snacking: Forget snacking, I’m blitzing pasta with crushed tomatoes, basil, garlic, spinach, onions and chilli in the microwave for lunch, YUM!
Helping: There’s room for improvement in this area. While I did swoop down to pick up an item that an elderly man had dropped at the shops yesterday, it’s hardly medal-worthy…
Hearing: The washing machine beeping away. What timing! Time to skedaddle and hang it out, but I hope that you have a terrific day!