Life update

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Oh, hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The past few months were a blur of classes, meetings, late nights and academic referencing (but like… a slow, painful blur?) and I didn’t have a lot of time to spare. And when I did find a few precious hours I spent them lying in bed staring at the ceiling, unable to muster up the energy to do anything fun or creative. THANKFULLY the semester is over – and my hard work has paid off as I got the grades I wanted! I still have one semester to go and a thesis to write, but if I play my cards right (i.e. make a schedule and actually stick to it) I hope I’ll have a little more time and energy to get back into blogging (no promises though – putting extra pressure on myself is really the last thing I need right now).

In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to lately (minus the essays and deadlines, of course):

Travelling: I went to the States! Immediately after my classes finished (and with one assignment still to hand in…) I jetted off to L.A. for VidCon, and then to Portland for a week of shopping, exploring and waterfall-viewing. Despite a few little hitches it was a wonderful trip, and one that I desperately needed after such a stressful six months. VidCon was a very fun experience full of friendly faces (I have a lot of opinions about how the event is managed but I’ll save those for a future post) and Portland was quite possibly the coolest place ever. I absolutely adored the wild green Pacific Northwest, and I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there to do some proper hiking and exploring.

Trying: To get motivated for all the work that lies ahead. I love academia! Writing is fun! My job is fantastic! Etc etc. (Only 4 months to go.)

Listening: To the Mama Mia soundtrack – I watched the movie on the plane home and now I’m having an ABBA moment (Super Trouper is my fave).

Feeling: Cold. The transition from American summer to Perth-in-a-cold-snap winter has not been an easy one.

Thinking:  I seriously can’t understand why anything Yassmin Abdel-Magied has said is worthy of all (or any) of the hatred she’s received. I am very sad and ashamed at the way the Australian press has ‘handled’ something that shouldn’t even be newsworthy – one girl who happens to be brown saying what many of us were thinking. Also I went to see her speak a few weeks ago and she is lovely and funny and clever and the fact that she has been reduced in the media to one or two comments is pretty crap, honestly.

Buying: Clothes. I’m ashamed to say that I recently broke my no-new-clothes resolution. While I’ve made excellent progress in buying more things secondhand and decreasing the amount I buy overall, I have slipped up a few times as I needed smart things to wear to the office and the op shop selection just wasn’t cutting it. I did choose fairly expensive, classic, and (hopefully) well-made pieces, so with any luck they’ll last me a long time.

Enjoying: Said new clothes. Arghh! I hate admitting this but I’ve really been feeling that buzz you get from owning nice new things. It’s been so long.

Making: A travel journal to stick things in from my trip. This was my first attempt at making a sketchbook from scratch, and it was surprisingly easy to do. Tbh can’t wait to never shell out for a Moleskine ever again.

 

(This post was inspired by Pip’s taking stock series!)

My weekend went a bit like this

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I started making a hand out of clay. I don’t know why. I just saw this pin and thought they looked cool.

I enjoyed the blue blue blue sky and the (finally) warm summer days.

I started a beanie for the boy. I am using this pattern, which is nice and simple (although I still messed up and had to unravel about half of it when I realised I had dropped a stitch somewhere and my rows had magically gotten shorter. Sniff.)

I went for a walk with an old friend. We went to our favourite bushland reserve, which has beautiful views of the sea in one direction and the city in the other. It was hot in the valleys but every time we reached the top of a hill we were rewarded with the most delicious breeze. I would also like to note down for posterity that I  felt very happy in the simplest way as I drove towards the reserve with the windows down and the radio on and the car full of that sunscreen-summer smell.

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I also: went to a cute cafe for lunch / had a nap / did my weekly volunteering / chatted with my cousins / made plans to see La La Land / read a magazine / went to the library / put on a face mask / watched Youtube videos & somehow all of these things combined to make me feel very content and refreshed and ready for the week ahead.

Which is just how a weekend is supposed to make you feel, isn’t it?