Just like every year, this year is flying and without really any warning at all we have reached July… which is the halfway point… so what better time to do a quick list update. I think the list is actually traveling along quite nicely… but I will let you decide for yourself. Like always, those list tasks that already have a blog or a picture of their own have a hyperlink, so you can go back a read all about it… but I have included the ‘official’ list picture too, just for some fun. Oh and any that have been completed but seemingly flown under the radar you can read about here…. ok, here we go halftime update.
Eat something I have planted – completed: 27/01/15
The veggie patch is still going strong, although I think we have enough chillies to last a life time.
Go to two weddings – completed: 21/02/15
(wedding 1, wedding 2)
Two beautiful weddings I might add, the first our friends Ben and Annie and the second my Mums.
Work as a classroom teacher – completed: 13/03/15
Yep it’s happening, at the moment it is just emergency relief teaching, but it is teaching in a classroom all the same.
Do some trivia – completed: 17/01/15
Ok so it wasn’t quite the trivia I had in mind, but there were several rounds of buzz and it is a trivia game, so it is off the list.
Ride a rollercoaster – completed: 09/04/14
Winner birthday inclusion from 1 Dave George! It may have just been the scenic railway at Lunar Park, but its a coaster of sorts and was enough fun to warrant crossing this off the list.
See a movie at the drive-in – completed: 14/02/15
What better way to celebrate valentines day than at the drive-in? There is none, seriously I don’t the drive-in will ever go out of fashion
Go to the beach at least 5 times – completed: 26/01/15
Split over 2 countries in the once summer means 5 different beautiful beaches.
37. Make a playlist for each season
Well we are now into our third season this year… so two playlists are done.
– Burn Like a Star – Rend Collective
– My Lighthouse – Rend Collective
– Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
– Style – Taylor Swift
– Out Of The Woods – Taylor Swift
– Blank Space – Taylor Swift
– Welcome To New York – Taylor Swift
– I Am Australian – Travis Collins
– Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) – Mark Ronson
– Ever Be – Bethel Music
– American Honey – Lady Antebellum
– Forever – Bethel Music
– Wasn’t Expecting That – Jamie Lawson
– Trouble (feat. Jennifer Hudson) – Iggy Azalea
– Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
– Sexual Healing – Hot 8 Brass Band
– Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor) – Charlie Puth
– You’re The Voice – John Farnham
– How Can We Be Lovers – Michael Bolton
Knit a scarf – completed: 30/05/15
Hand knitted… as in… with my hands… as the knitting needles… and it turned out ok…. but took a lot longer than the 30 minutes the YouTube I watched told me it would.
Read a book on a subject you wouldn’t normally choose – completed: 08/06/15
This year I have been part of a new bookclub… which I mention breifly here… and I love it, I have read 3 books now that I probably would never have read without prompting and one I chose. 2 of the 3 were books that I would have read if recommended to me, but probably would other wise not come across and one was completely not on my raider. I had heard of it… mostly because it’s title is my name… but it was in a genre that I just never really got into. I think probably because I found them more challenging to read, and couldn’t do it as a little mind escape… it took effort. But May’s bookclub book… which turned out would also become June’s as well was Emma by Jane Austen, a classic. And even though I would have never chosen it myself… I am glad Kirsten did, because it does share my name and once I got used to the style of writing I actually loved it. So time well spent and no. 45 off the list.
Learn something in sign language – completed: 08/06/15
So I have always had a fascination with Auslan and how incredible it is… so I popped learning some of it on my list this year. Conveniently one of my besties recently did an Auslan course and shared some of her knowledge with me… and we made a little video. Click the link to check it out.
Eat a Feijoa – completed: 15/04/15
Delicious and sweet… I really don’t understand why these don’t take off here. Seriously they are delicious
See a Musical – completed: 07/02/15
January date night at Once with Davo. Quite different to the musicals I usually go to, but still a winner, let’s face it musicals usually are.
71. Read 15 books
Ok so it isn’t quite completed yet, but it is on it’s way… I’ve read 10 so far, 5 to go, but here are the ones I’ve read to date:
- The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult (finished 26/01/15)
- Still Alice – Lisa Genova (finished 09/02/15)
- Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult (Finished 22/02/15)
- Wild – Cheryl Strayed (21/03/15)
- Divergent – Veronica Roth (02/04/15)
- Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith (10/04/15)
- Useful – Debra Oswald (05/05/15)
- Emma – Jane Austen (08/06/15)
- The Burnt House – Faye Kellerman (18/06/15)
- If I Stay – Gayle Foreman (25/06/15)
Have a mocktail – completed: 17/02/15
Thanks to a fun hen’s night for my mum this is now off the list!
See Big Hero6 – completed: 30/05/15
We didn’t see it on the big screen like I thought we would, but we did see it in the comfort of our lounge and it was wonderful as all disney movies are… seriously I can’t think of an animated dud.
Do some colouring – completed: 08/05/15
Apparently adult colouring is a thing now… just another thing that I seems to have been into before it was cool… so much before that I was uncool… but now I can embrace it… seriously embrace it because its a thing… a real anti-stress thing.
Have High Tea – completed: 07/02/15
Celebrating mum as a bride to be also meant that we got to have high tea, and as all high teas are it was beautiful and delicious.
Do something handy at home – completed: 14/02/15
Now that we have our own home we can change it whenever we want… so at the moment we are preparing the backyard for a deck, so far I have drilled, hammer, shoveled and use some power tools I don’t actually know the name off, but it is fun… and you’ll get to see some pictures when it is done.
I have never thought of my self as creative or crafty, it’s always been my mum’s gig… or one of my friends many talents, but since we moved into our own place (which is just over a year now… crazy!) I have been trying my hand at some homemade goodies. I think it’s happened because I have looked at a lot of things I have wanted for our house and thought to myself, ‘Gee that’s expensive, surely it wouldn’t be that hard to make, I could probably do that myself’. So in a spirit of thriftiness I have had a crack, and while they probably aren’t designer quality I think they have turned out pretty well… and I am pretty please with myself.
Here is a list of my DIY crafts and what I used to make them and because I can’t think of the actual word for this group of needed items I am going to call them ingredients….
- Bathroom tiles (just little ones about 10cm x 10cm)
- Some fun printed paper
- Medium glossy varnish (you can use Mod Podge as well – I just couldn’t find any at the time)
- a paint brush
- round stick on felt for the bottom
- plastic cups for the coasters to sit on while they dry
- free time
2. Personalised front door mat
- Plain door mat from good old Bunnings or Masters
- Spray paint of choice (I just used black)
- Cut out of letters – I printed mine off in a fun font and then cut them out using my trusty Stanly knife.
3. Door Stop
- Cotton material (enough for 4 x triangle, a square and a rectangle to make your tassel top)
- Ruler and pens
- Sewing machine (and if you are a newbie like me, some lessons on said sewing machine from someone wiser and more experienced… like my mum… thanks mum!)
- Rice to fill
4. Family Photo Wall
- Frames ranging in size
- selected photos of family members
- paper cut to the size of the frames so you can play with the design before hanging the frames
- post-its with names/photo descriptors, so once you are happy with the frame design you can move people around with out having to start from scratch.
So there you go… not bad, even if I say so myself. Now, I must give credit where credit is due… and even though I would have liked to have done these all from scratch… I didn’t. These were all done with my good friend Pinterest… which is a wonderful time sapping internet beast! Sometimes it was just for the idea, sometimes for instructions, and sometimes for the whole process from where to source items and what to do with them once I had them in my possession. Oh and the doorstop wouldn’t have happened without mum… she got me the sewing machine for my birthday and set me up with a quick lesson… I did the rest. But not bad for a non-crafty or creative frugal home owner.
It has definitely encouraged me to keep being tight and do something myself… although I am sure the limit of my skills is not far off… but here’s to a few more home projects before I find it.