AUTUMN 2016 || PINNING THINGS STEPPING BACK

I AM in multi-tasking overdrive, but in a good way. I have projects on the go everywhere - in the garden, on my sticks, in the mending pile....

I AM in multi-tasking overdrive, but in a good way. I have projects on the go everywhere - in the garden, on my sticks, in the mending pile. I am hunting down new recipes. Trying new exercise routines. Exploring new cafes. I have a stash of books on my bed and am backtracking through unwatched favourite shows. What's so good about all of this is that none are remotely related to my work.

I posted an article about Rushing Women's Syndrome this week and it resonated with readers, friends and family. Two friends even mentioned it when we spoke on the phone, all of us agreeing we had to do something about it.

I feel like I have. I took the brakes off a crushing daily work commute and removed myself from a tricky work environment to reset and refocus. It's been healthy. I was worried sick about leaving a well-paid, full-time job when my partner and I started talking about it more than a year ago. Now that I've made the leap, I'm thrilled. It's offered me new opportunities and new insights. I've booked a trip to Sri Lanka later in the year, applied for things I never thought I'd have the opportunity to do - and am now doing- and signed on to do more training. I'm even thinking about post-graduate study.

Autumn's a good month to be quiet and potter away at my many projects and ideas, all the while thinking and plotting for the future.

Are you thinking about stepping back, or are you already in hibernation? How's it going?


THINGS TO MAKE AND DO: I have seen enough blog posts and Pinterest pins now to suggest that potpourri is making a comeback. The stuff permeated my late 1980s teens. It was everywhere. My mum made it and sold in her nursery gift store, often with my sister and I stuffing drawer and wardrobe hangers and sachets. I'm not sure I can stomach another round of the loose stuff, but I do have a soft spot - along with embroidered handkerchiefs - for the sachets.

THINGS TO COOK AND EAT: This is actually on the menu this weekend. Garlic basil chicken with tomato butter sauce. I still have the last of the basil on in the garden and though there's no more tomatoes from our crop, I have set aside the last of the garlic. Some will be plated out this weekend and the rest will be used in this dish. What's on your menu? Please do steer me to new recipe sites. Quick, easy, tasty. I'm pretty bored with my current menu selections.

THINGS TO DROP DOUGH ON: I think these bottoms would go rather nicely with my new top. My pants either have to be poo catchers, like these, or slim line. I can never go the middle ground. Bootleg? No can do. Do you have a favoured style for pants?

THINGS TO HANG ON THE WALL: Speaking of slim line pants, they'd look even better if my legs - or anyone's legs - were this long. I do love me a vintage retail poster or advertisement.

#flashback: This time last year I was preparing to be away for three big months of travel. Gosh, was that only a year ago. So much has happened since then.


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  1. http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/ is one of my favourite place to find recipes. They are always tasty. My favourites are the chocolate brownies and the carrot cake but there are some delicious savoury meals too.
    And it sounds like you are going to have an incredible year of discovery. What an exciting and exotic place to visit. Sri Lanka is on my wishlist for travel.
    The potpourri brings back strong memories for me too. I am excited if it makes a comeback though. Love all the fragrant witchy poo stuff! m,

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    1. Checking your recipe source out right now. Ta. Sri Lanka has been on my bucket list for some years too. Thrilled to be making it a reality.

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  2. How exciting to be travelling to Sri Lanka Kate :) Let us know if you need any tips, though most might be out of date by now! Mel x

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    1. Mel, I will. I have a few days to spare when I fly in but I don't want to stray too far. I haven't booked any hotels yet and will do so over the coming weeks. The most of my trip is on a tour, but tips would still be very welcome.

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  3. Wowsers, that Rushing Women Syndrome description nails it. Unpleasantly, eerily so. I'm not much help in the recipe department, I'm in a bit of a rut too, although every man and their dog is loving the Community cookbook around this neck of the woods. I've been caressing it each time I meet it in a bookshop, so it may be time to give in! (http://www.arthurstreetkitchen.com/communitycookbook/)

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    1. It does, doesn't it? Oooh, let me know. I've seen that cook book but haven't invested. I did pick up a cheap $10 taste.com.au Cook Ahead title last week with tasty treats inside. Sometimes those Women's Weekly and Taste recipe books are the ones I go back to for ideas the most.

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