Friday, March 27, 2015

march so far.

excuse me march, how exactly are you nearly over already?
so many posts in my brain, but i'm totally struggling to find the time to actually get anything down at the moment. every spare second is spent in bed or knitting!
speaking of which, this has been the month for getting things happening knitting wise...



my whorl was finished in the first half of the month. i LOVE it! though there was some pretty strange colour pooling that happened, as i got closer to casting off. such random splattering of colour to start with, and then giant swathes towards the end. still like it though.



beanie knitting has finally started! just in time for the beanie festival entry forms which arrived yesterday.
i was impressed i managed two beanies from the one ball of yarn i had bagged up for beanie fun.
i knitted the first in stockinette, and got inspired so the second has a kind of rotating moss stitch happening. it used up a little more yarn though so it's a little shorter in the crown. hope it fits someone at the festival!
there's another on my needles at the moment, though i'm not sure it'll be done by the end of the month, being that the end of the month is in FOUR DAYS! stranger things have happened though.



i've also had the benefit of having wednesday off this week and last week which has given me the time and mental space to start work on a pattern that has been banging around in my brain for a couple of weeks. the above yellow ball became a teeny weeny prototype, and i've cast on a bigger version in a blue to test whether or not my shaping technique grades well. exciting stuff!

what has your march looked like so far? have you been doing any knitting or creating?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

meal planning monday.

on a tuesday. oops. i am struggling to plan head at the moment, i won't lie. i can cast my brain ahead maybe a day or two if i'm lucky ha ha.
let's see how we go with this meal plan though, considering i'm already almost two days into the week, maybe it will go ok.



last night, i grabbed some ravioli out of the freezer and served it with some reduced passata with some fresh basil stirred through. it was delicious!

tonight, i'm about to cook up some burgers. i grabbed a couple of buns from the supermarket and some fresh salad mix from the green grocer. should be yummy!

tomorrow night, i'm heading into the city for a trivia night and to catch up with some pals. i believe that food is provided, but being in the city, i'm sure i'll find something to munch on if it's not...

thursday night, i'm working late. i'll pop some osso bucco in the slow cooker before i leave. should be awesome to come home to.

friday night, i have the night off from work! my second friday night off in a row! i've got a wee hankering for pasta (every. single. day.) so i might grab some chorizo and fennel and make a meal of it. yuuuuuuum!

saturday night, bb can cook! i'll be working so i think that's only fair ha ha!

and sunday? sunday? well... i think i might cook a roast of some description... maybe chicken? then i can make chicken stock over night yeah! my freezer stocks are running a little low...

what are you cooking this week? how good are you at thinking ahead?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

march.

ok so this post is a few days later than i would have liked... work life balance isn't going so well at the moment ha ha.
i'm slowly getting there though... while simultaneously recovering from an ear infection. not surprisingly a little run down from working a little too much.
it's ok though, as march is set to be a pretty rad month!

but first, february...



i set myself a pretty big list for february, considering i knew i'd be working 6 days a week...
i think i managed ONE session of yoga, and only ran on 2 of the sundays... definitely room for improvement in the month ahead.
i'm still very much off the wagon with the 5 minutes of green time a day. but i'm desperate to get back into it! mornings will be key once we lose daylight savings time i think...
on the knitting front i got a little done. my hitchhiker is done! and my whorl is well on it's way. no beanies unfortunately though...
oh and i managed another book too! the second book in the maze runner series. quite a compelling read.

and for march? i'd love to finish up my whorl, as well as actually get some beanies on and off my needles.
5 minutes a day in the garden wouldn't go astray to keep things ticking over out there... i feel like i should be getting some seeds happening for some wintery crops so they can be planted once my tomatoes are done.

i'd also like to make a little more headway on my passport too... i've realised i have NO idea where my birth certificate is, so will probably need to apply for another, gah! and bb has never ever gotten his... birth certificates needed all round!

what are you plans for march? any tips for passport applications?

Monday, March 2, 2015

meal planning monday.

it's that time of the week again. already. surely it was monday just yesterday? no?

slow down 2015!



tonight, we're having pulled pork. it's been in the oven all day, and i've just spent almost an hour pulling it. it smells DELICIOUS!

tomorrow night, i'll cook up the rest of that veal tortellini. it was delicious last week so i think i'll do a similar thing this week.

wednesday, i'm heading into town for ncb. i missed last fortnight's catch up, so i'm very much looking forward to it!

thursday night, i'll grab out some bolognaise, and boil up some pasta. simple and easy.

friday night, i'm working. satay chicken in the slow cooker. done and done.

saturday is my first saturday off in weeks! i'll celebrate by requesting bb takes me out for dinner. perfection ha ha!

sunday, i'm hoping to have a wee cook up to get ready for the week ahead, maybe whip up some sourdough wraps? and perhaps some curry to go inside them? yuuuuuuum!

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?