I've done it... January

Sydneysiders, have you noticed the absence of a Southerly Buster? One is forecast for early Wednesday morning. Thank goodness, because I am ...

Sydneysiders, have you noticed the absence of a Southerly Buster? One is forecast for early Wednesday morning. Thank goodness, because I am missing that sweet, blustery cool wind that marks the end of a hot spell.

With no Southerly Busters, a manic workplace going through the annual pre-budget cycle and a virus that hit hard when I should have been paddling Myall Lakes, it's been a strange start to the year.

In short, I am writing January off as a false start and getting back on the horse for another take at 2018 in February. 

IN JANUARY:

I WENT TO... Melbourne for a quick work trip. I was not feeling the best when I left but by the time I came home I was one hot mess of snot, fever, aches and pains. Days later, despite dosing myself up with cold and flu tablets and hoping for a miracle recovery, I was cancelling a three-day kayak trip I'd been really looking forward to. Instead of days of paddling and nights around a campfire, I was flat out on my couch liking Instagram pics posted by my fellow paddlers. Eughh. 

I ATE... It's mostly been easy barbecues of snags and salads this past month. I did do a curry last week and had a craving for a Vietnamese sweet, che chuoi, which I've been eating cold with mango. I scored a copy of Bill's Basics for $4 at an op shop last week and will be trying out dishes from that in coming weeks.

I OP SHOPPED... January might have not been the start to 2018 I was hoping for, but I can't complain when it comes to the Op Shop Gods. They've shone a light on me this month. There was this $5 silk Easton Pearson dress, this $5 linen skirt and a stash of reels of rug wool, apparently discarded when the woollen mill at Parramatta closed in the mid-'70s. 

I MADE... A strappy camisole using an op shopped pattern and fabric, a summer playsuit, again with thrifted pattern and fabric and I've picked up the knitting again.

I READ... Emma Cline's The Girls and Jennfier Egan's Manhattan Beach. I'm going to try and squeeze in a little more 'fun' and 'beach' reading before the textbooks lob in coming weeks. Got a recommendation from your summer reading you'd care to share?

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  1. I hope you get to go kayaking again soon! We have been doing some evening kayaking in the Menindee Lakes purely to escape the ridiculous heat. It sounds like you have found some gold in the op-shops!

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    1. I feel the op shop gold is due. I've been feeding them some pretty good fodder. It's the cycle of goodness.

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