Monday, February 23, 2015

meal planning monday.

phew, it's been an age since i've had the mental energy to pre-plan a week's worth of meals. or anything else for that matter.
after a good night's sleep on saturday night, i woke up with a wee bit of energy. energy enough to go and get a bit of grocery shopping done, and get organised for this week. it feels GOOD!
any who, meal plan time!



for tonight, i grabbed out some chicken kievs out of the freezer yesterday. i'll mix up a whole lot of salad to go with them i think, feeling the need for some greens!

grocery shopping yielded us buying some DELICIOUS fresh veal ravioli. i think i'll keep it super simple sauce wise... a little bit of olive oil, maybe some lemon juice, a handful of spinach, and some roasted cherry tomatoes if i can be bothered/remember to pick some up from the grocer.

wednesday night, i'll find some fresh lamb at the butcher and cook it up with a myriad of vegies. sounds perfect!

thursday's dinner will be chicken from the freezer, fashioned into some kind of stirfry type number... maybe teriyaki chicken? yep!

friday night, i'll be working late. last week i made some osso bucco with meat i picked up from my local butcher (as opposed to the supermarket) and it was SO good! same again this week for sure.

saturday is the last saturday i'm due to work (after 5/6 weeks of saturdays on the trot) i'll leave it up to bb to organise dinner, and look forward to next weekend where i can spend the whole day cooking if my heart desires. can not wait!

sunday, i think i'll take advantage of having the day off by popping some pork in the oven to slow cook in the morning, so that i can pull it for lunches for the week. though that won't be dinner... for dinner we'll be popping out to a japanese place to farewell a co-worker who is moving inter-state. should be a good day all round!

what are you eating this week? where do you buy your meat (if you eat meat that is)?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

taking stock.

why hello! it's been a little while, complete radio silence on this here blog...
working an extra day a week has certainly eaten into my free time for blogging, as well as my energy reserves for such things too.

i thought i'd join in with pip tonight and take stock with what's going on in my brain and life at the moment...



Making: myself crazy thinking about buying a house. i just kinda want it to be done and dusted and simple and ours. buying a property is complex shit man.

Cooking: not a lot. big lack of meal plans happening around here at the moment, hence my radio silence. struggling to think too far into the future at the moment.

Drinking: chamomile tea. trying to shush the loud in my brain at the moment.

Reading: blog posts. trying to catch up and stay on top of my reader.

Wanting: a few more hours in the day.

Looking: forward to march and a few less work hours.

Playing: the waiting game.

Deciding: to try and avoid dairy for a week or two. i have a theory it might help my flaky and psoriasis-y scalp. fingers crossed.

Wishing: my nails would stop peeling. they keep catching on everything!

Enjoying: sleeping. it's not happening for quite long enough on a day to day basis, but it's nice when it happens.

Waiting: for what seems like eternity... waiting for paydays and real estate agents and interest repayments and work days. adulthood is not so fun actually...

Liking: lots of photos on instagram. always.

Wondering: how long i could actually last working 6 days a week. physically, mentally, emotionally...

Loving: this quite mild summer. i am not a fan of endless spells of super hot days. at. all.

Pondering: what to get up to on my day off this week. i have a feeling it might be a little bit of exercise, and some grocery shopping. excitement plus!

Considering: playing along with chantelle and her photo a day challenges for the whole year... would be cool to have a photo for everyday. well most days anyway, i tend to run a little behind ha ha!

Buying: as little as possible. though food. that's where all the money goes!

Watching: all of the reality tv. well not all of it. the block and my kitchen rules and the great british sewing bee. that's it but it's keeping me busy!

Hoping: my mumma might come for a visit this weekend, i haven't seen her for nearly a month!

Marvelling: at how my kombucha is doing. i am churning out the stuff now that i'm in the groove! just need to remember to drink it!

Cringing: at how much housework is piling up around here. washing, ironing, cleaning, dishes, vacuuming... it never ends!

Needing: to ride my bike more. it bothers me that it's languishing in my garage.

Questioning: decisions made, words spoken. constantly.

Smelling: fresh, sun-dried linen on the bed. the best!

Wearing: one of bb's t-shirts. so comfy and cosy.

Following: along with fringe association hat-a-long, and contemplating casting on an audrey hat.

Noticing: how i can't seem to focus on just one thing today. it's annoying and i feel like i'm doing many things poorly. and forgetting important things.

Knowing: i should be going to sleep.

Thinking: about all the things i want to be doing, but don't seem to have the time at the moment... baking, cooking, experimenting, gardening, visiting. endless list really.

Admiring: people with their shit together.

Sorting: out nothing. i have all these organisation-y plans, but no time!

Getting: creeped out by mr. sampson. he enjoys jumping around and making strange noises to keep things lively.

Bookmarking: lots of wedding related bits and pieces.

Coveting: time in the garden. it's seemingly hard to come by at the moment, but i love when i'm out there.

Disliking: early mornings, late nights. it's really dumb but i keep doing it.

Opening: the new issue of pompom magazine. i bought a subscription last year, and they wrap up each copy and put a little thank-you sticker on it. it is adorable and never fails to make my day.

Giggling: at kayte's posts. she is a funny lady!

Feeling: a bit silly for forgetting to take water to work with me today. i barely drank anything all day. very very silly! Snacking: on dark chocolate with mint. and being annoyed when i realise after munching away that over half the block is gone. and that it contains dairy. gah!

Comforting: myself with lots of hugs from bb and sampson. the latter of the two is not so generous with his hugs, but they're nice when he feels like bestowing them on me.

Helping: my full brain by brain dumping a whole heap of stuff here in this post. well done if you've gotten this far.

Hearing: bb heading to bed. it's late, i should be heading there myself.

are you taking stock too? do you have enough hours in your day? have you ever bought a house and found it tricky to navigate? do you think these questions at the end of a post are a bit silly? (i like them, but my brother thinks they're silly, we'll see little brother, we'll see! :P)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

february.

whoa. january is over? seriously? could that month have gone any quicker?
i feel like i did get quite a few of the things done that i had planned for the month... as well as a couple of things on my 2015 list too!

i finished up the linen stitch scarf which is now up in my shop, as well as the socks i wanted to get done. i whipped up a beanie for my brother for his birthday, picked up some passport forms and had my photos taken too (rest assured, they're awful!).
i also started and finished (last night, just in the nick of time) the m.1. scarf i blogged about on thursday. i did end up sewing it into a cowl, and i love it! i've had it on all day today as we're having a rather unseasonably cold summer day.

i've gotten approximately ZERO baking done but the kombucha is well on it's way.
oh and i've made a start on my reading too, with the maze runner being the first cab off the rank.



throughout february, i'm working a set roster for the first time, well probably ever. it's six days a week, but i have EVERY sunday off. and late starts a couple of days a week so i'm hoping to get a little bit of exercise happening in my schedule too. a little run on my sunday morning off, and hopefully some yoga on the days that i'm starting a little later.
just a couple of things to get and keep me moving.

on the knitting front, i've got not one, but two projects planned for the #summerofthesingleskein, a whorl cowl and a hitchhiker shawl, the former being a quite pretty lace pattern and the latter being a simple, yet effective, garter stitch shawl. i figure i'll need something simple to knit if i'm also trying to knit something complex and lacy.
oh and i think i could do another beanie or two as well... we'll see!

i've fallen off the wagon with my 5 minutes a day in the garden at the moment, so i'm hoping to get back to that this month, keep everything tidy and growing and happy.

what's on your to-do list thing month? are you a lace knitter?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

my creative space.

this week, i've been working on this little number.



it's the m.1. scarf from shibui knits and it is knitting up a treat.
i'm knitting it up in some of the wool i found last time i went to bendigo. i don't have a huge amount of it, potentially not enough to make a decent sized scarf...
but i should have enough for a lovely squishy cowl... the ends will definitely be sewn together.

even though this wasn't on my january list, i really want to get it finished by the end of the month, and maybe knit up another of these bad boys...



there's still time right? right?!?

i've got these two yarn cakes out too...



ready to knit up some projects in the new month ahead, as well as join in on the summer of the single skein.

what are you making at the moment? are you knitting anything for the single skein kal?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

green love.

this week could be called the flower edition. there's lots of pretties around my garden at the moment.



part of me wants to plant a whole heap more roses here, but another part of me knows that i might not be here to see them grow up and bloom. the fun part of renting, i guess.
luckily past me had the foresight to plant this beauty though. yellow loooooove.

now, this is really a little plant that keeps on giving.



i'm pretty sure i bought it reduced, most likely very unhappy... and i've planted it in probably the most inhospitable part of my yard, where i've always had trouble growing stuff...
but it just keeps growing and flowering. such happy blooms too.

and i love the delicate pink of these beauties.



they look so precious. and i like that they're pink. supposedly they were supposed to be yellow.

and for a distinct lack of flowers...



my tomato plants are all getting bigger, but no flowers in sight. despite my best efforts with my early seed planting, i think it'll be another late crop this year, if any!
oh well. all part of the learning experience.

and no flowers expected here any time soon...



a pineapple update for my cousin. it's getting biiiiiiiiiiger!

what's growing in your patch at the moment? much flowering? how are you tomatoes doing?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

spring socks.

one of my goals for this month was to finish up the 'twilight' socks i started back in october and i'm SUPER happy to say that they are all done!



they're absolutely massive on me, but they're done!



the heel flap looks a little silly on me, and i've managed to make them too long, as well as not quite working enough gusset decreases, ending up with more stitches on the sole of my socks, than on the instep. oh well. they're still warm.

and i LOVE the colours.



i've got quite the collection of hand knitted socks building up and it's rad.

do you wear hand knitted socks? do you knit socks?

Monday, January 26, 2015

meal planning monday.

oof, monday again!
i am trying to get over the fact that there's less than a week left of january, but i can't! slow down please 2015!
anywho, best get on with this meal planning lark...



tonight, we're eating a nice roast dinner. we've got a bit of pork in the fridge, ready to be slow cooked in the oven for a pretty good portion of the day. can not wait.

tomorrow night, we'll be munching on some bolognaise bb put together yesterday while we were both off work. i'll cook some pasta when i get home and reheat the sauce. dead easy.

for wednesday night, teriyaki pork with some noodles should do the trick.

thursday, i'll grab some lamb chops from the butcher on the way home from work and serve them up with some vegies. classic and simple.

friday night, i'll finally put on that osso bucco i wanted to last week. hopefully.

saturday, imma leave bb in charge of dinner, as i'll be working. maybe we can finally go and see the hobbit movie? and grab something for dinner while we are out of course!

and sunday? i'm hoping to get a bit of a cook up happening, so that we'll have lunches sorted for the week, i'm thinking perhaps a curry, or some kind of pasta dish. that'll probably be dinner for the night too ha ha!

what are you eating this week? do you batch cook for lunches too? have you seen the new hobbit movie yet?