Thursday, August 4, 2011

10 things in my life right now....

1. Listening

There seems to be a glut of incredibly sad but absolutely AMAZING songs out there at the moment.  I am loving "Someone Like You" by Adele, "Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perry and "Nobody's Perfect" by Jessie J.  These are heart wrenching, belt them out in your car and shower, kid wincing type songs.  Loving them.

On the subject of Adele, how gorgeous is she?  It just goes to show you do not need to be a stick thin, bra-wearing-in-public or booty shaking individual to be beautiful and talented.  Yay for Adele!
2. Eating

Oooo, one of my favourite subjects....well in the last two weeks I have had Curry Crab twice.  My hubby's family are from the Seychelles Island and their traditional Creole food IS TO DIE FOR!  Curry Crab has to be my favourite.  The crab goes in, shell and all, so its definitely finger food and not something I would recommend on a first date hahaha.  Expect to have yellow fingers afterwards.
3. Drinking

Still have not managed to wean myself from my coffee addiction.  Not being a lady of leisure (and generally having at least two of the monsters in the car with me at any given time)  I have mostly resorted to grabbing takeaway espresso from my local Maccas *hangs head in shame* which is drinkable about 3 times out of 5.  I am seriously considering getting one of those Nespresso coffee machines which takes the pods.  My sister has one and it's fabulous.  Now if only  George Clooney actually came with it :)  As I seem to have some kind of problem with drinking anything and spilling it straight down the front of my shirt, I have lately taken to drinking my coffee with a straw.
4. Wearing

Last weekend I bought something I have wanted for years - a pair of tan leather riding boots - so as you can imagine I have been wearing them with everything.  I even considered pulling them on over my tracksuit pants.  They are the most expensive shoes I have ever bought ($200 on sale from Sandler at DFO) but as I have spent a lifetime trying to find boots that will actually zip up over my calves, I just had to have them.  I am in now riding boot heaven.
5. Reading

On the weekend I finished reading "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque.  Originally published in German in 1929, it's one of the best known novels about World War I.  Remarque was a veteran of the war and the story is told from the point of view of German soldiers.  I really enjoyed the book and had tears in my eyes as the main character, Paul, sits by the side of his dying friend.  It's not a cheery read by any means but really portrays the futility and brutality of what a generation of young men did (on both sides of the wire) and how it changed them.
6. Weather

After months and months and months and months of cold, grey wintery weather Melbourne has finally had some lovely "almost spring" days.  Yesterday it reached 22 degrees and was apparently the warmest August day in 4 years....which is far better than a couple of weeks ago when it was the coldest July day in 3 years.  Coming from lovely warm WA I have struggled with Melbourne's weather over the last 18 months and I am dying to sit outside and feel the sun on my back.

This photo was taken by my gorgeous friend Cat while out on a walk and is a hint that spring is on its way!
7. Wanting

More hours in a day.  That's it.  I'm not asking for too much, am I?   My problem is that I have so many things I want to do vs. so many things that I HAVE to do, that I can't fit it all in.  Which inevitably means I stay up until 3 or 4am every night doing the things I want to do and get up again at 7am to start doing all the things I have to do.  This situation cannot continue or I may start losing my mind.  I did dream that I had grown a beard the other night so maybe its already started!
8. Feeling

The last few days I have felt fine.  The weekend, however, was a complete write off.  I felt miserable.  MISERABLE.  I was over the cold weather, I was homesick for Perth, I missed my family and I was involved in a confrontation with someone that really hurt my feelings.  I am an Aquarian so confrontation is something I try to avoid at all costs.  What did I learn from this?  Sometimes "saying it how it is" doesn't make you honest, it just makes you mean.
9. Thinking

I'm thinking I need to get my butt into gear and be more organised around the house - either that or get a full time slave/valet/hairdresser housekeeper.  I have never been a domestic goddess - it just doesn't seem to gel well with my creative side - and frankly I can  think of a 1,000 things I would rather do than clean.  When I worked in an office back in Perth we had a full time nanny - the amazing Karen - who not only looked after the little two and picked the big boys up from school/kinder, but also managed the house.  She was marvellous.  I barely had to do anything for 2 years.  But having been extremely spoilt for all that time I am now struggling with having to do it all myself, while still working full time.  Something has to be done!
10. Enjoying

I am loving Pinterest.  Its brilliant and has kept me up until 3am more nights than I can remember. Basically it allows you to create virtual 'pin up boards' where you can 'pin' images from websites that you like all in one place.  Renovating your kitchen?  Pin all those pictures of taps and butler sinks and scrubbed French farmhouse tables on your Pinterest board for inspiration.  Interested in fashion?  Pin all the cool style ideas from fashion blogs that you like in one place to create a style guide.  Pinterest is currently in beta development and is invitation only but I am allowed to invite 6 friends so if you want to get on board with Pinterest send me an email at eloise (at) webbi . com . au

Are you a blogger?  Link up and tell me 10 things that are going on in your life right now!  (I will be doing fortnightly updates)


  1. What a fun idea for a post Eloise! I may take you up and post something like it soon. I haven't ventured into Pinterest (for fear I may never come out!!!) but I love the idea of a place to keep ideas for upcoming renovations! Thanks for your email. I will read your posts with interest too. Four boys! I take my hat off to you :-)

  2. ooohh! I've heard those Nespresso's are good too! As for the confrontation babe, don't let it get you down- I'm sure they had it coming anyway!

    (and I totally need a housekeeper too!)

  3. @MultipleMum its great to hear from you! I have been on the warpath with No.s 3 & 4 as they have shoved something into the DVD player - Im sure you know all about it :)

  4. @wait until the sunset thanks for stopping to say hi! My big idea is to refrain from buying coffee everyday (currently an $8 a day habit um ah!) and eventually I will have enough to buy the Nespresso....if I can last that long!

  5. Ooooh - I like you. I just saw your post about 30 for 30 and now this! On Tuesdays on the bbeingcool blog I do a list of 10 Things. Today's post is '10 Cool Places I have been'. I am going out on a limb here, I don't normally do this... But I am gonna just bite the bullet and be a follower of your blog. Love your work!

  6. Loving your work too B! Thanks for following me - I guess all the cool people are doing it now hahahaha


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