2013 – Through the eyes of my iPhone

Another year done and dusted… and once again it’s time to reminisce on what the year has brought.  It’s kind of overwhelming to look at the year in one go like this.  In many ways it feels like 2013 just started, but when I look at all the things i’ve done this year, it feels like a long time.

2013 has been another busy busy years, with lots of excitement, fun and laughter, some tears and sadness but it has all played an important part in the year that was… and without it.. it would have been pretty boring.  There are still things I wish I had have achieved this year, but there is lots of things that I have done which have been bigger and better than I could have imagined.  And just like the last couple of years I have taken a photo everyday, some good ones, some boring ones, and some in-between, but it gives me a good recap of all that happened in 2013… so here is 2013 through the eyes of my iPhone…

JANUARY

Jan

Highlight: January was fun month full of all good things about summer… sun, friends, family and the beach.  There was a lowlight of my computer dying, but that was outweighed by weddings, new puppies, dinner with family and some time at the beach with rellies from overseas… well played january.

FEBRUARY

Feb

Highlight: All things outdoors – my new herb garden, a new sleeping bag, moonlight cinema, young adults camp, oh and an indoor night with Keith Urban…

MARCH

Mar

Highlight: New apple products – a new laptop and my iPad mini… Fun weekends in Inverloch where Dex met Abe oh and Kate got married… March was a winner month.

APRIL…

Apr

Highlight: My Birthday and everything that went with it… crossing things off my list… although I am not sure if bikram yoga is a highlight or lowlight… but the most exciting moment of all is getting the call that said my best friend was engaged!  So much love and joy in one call.

MAY…

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Highlight: Dave’s school production of Les Mis… hands down… it was simply the best, such a wonderful bunch of talented kids and teachers… well done WCC…. Also Jake got enrolled as an adherent and that was pretty awesome.

JUNE…

Jun

Highlight: Camping… I have decided I love it… I love the tent, I love the adventure and I love our new tradition of timer photos.

JULY…

Jul

Highlight: Jake turned 21… and it was fun!  Oh and there was more camping which was also fun.

AUGUST…

Aug

Highlight: Well actually it’s a lowlight, in August we said goodbye to Dave’s Nanny, which was sad, but it did mean I was able to learn a whole heap about Dave and his family, look through lots of pictures and reminisce which I love.

SEPTEMBER…

Sep

Highlight: September was a big month, we went on another road trip, I got an awesome Tupperware haul, the Hawks won the flag and I finished my teaching rounds.  Overall a pretty impressive month.

OCTOBER…

Oct

Highlight: The highlight for October definitely has to be upping the anti on 2012 and completing my 21.1km half marathon at the Melbourne Marathon Series with my Dad and Davo.

NOVEMBER…

Nov

Highlight: Kempy got married, I got a veggie garden and we crammed in a whole lotta date days…

DECEMBER…

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Highlight: Another December, another year of Christmas being the highlight… In particular this year a special mention goes to Carols by Candlelight, the fireworks and Bruce, my penguin snow globe.  Man I love Christmas.

So that’s it… another year condensed into pictures and a highlight or two… so much madness compacted…

Here’s to 2014… I’m hoping its even better…

The 2013 List Wrap Up

The List 4I am finding it really hard to believe that another year is over… This year seems to have gone quicker than the rest, especially the last couple of months… seriously it felt a little like warp speed.  But despite the fact that I am not quite ready for 2014… it starts tomorrow and so this years list must come to an end.  This year I have done pretty well, well I think so anyway, there are still a few left, but lots that are done and dusted… but it’s been a while since there was a list update so once again I am including it all in the wrap up.

Those that have a blog of their own have a hyperlink so you can just click it and read all about it… and the ones that don’t are all listed below with either an explanation of what happened… or why it didn’t.

Here we go… the 2013 wrap up…

  1. Have a Star Trek Movie Marathon – completed: 11/5/13
  2. Cook all meals at home for a fortnight (no buying take-away, or going out)
    I am almost embarrassed to admit that this didn’t happen… I am not even sure we had two weeks when we were both around… it’s been a busy busy year.
  3. Finish my Dip Ed – completed: 1/11/13
    All done and dusted… and it feels pretty good… now just to get my registration completed.
  4. Go in two fun runs/walks – completed: 13/10/13
    First the Sunset series run, then the half… fun run challenge complete.
  5. Complete a month’s photo a day challenge without missing a day – completed: 31/1/13
  6. Attend a Step Class – completed: 4/12/13
    Thanks to a free pass from a friend to the gym next to work this made it off the list fairly late in the year, but it is done.
  7. Read 12 books – completed: 13/12/13
    1. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkin
    2. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
    3. Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
    4. Does This Church Make Me Look Fat – Rhoda Janzen
    5. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire – Jim Cymbala
    6. Inferno – Dan Brown
    7. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
    8. The Land Between – Jeff Manion
    9. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
    10. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
    11. The Color War – Jodi Picoult
    12. The Christmas Grandma Ran Away From Home – Nancy Warren
    and just for good measure 13. Mocking Jay – Suzanne Collins
  8. Stop buying breakfast regularly – completed: 31/12/13
  9. Complete a half marathon – completed: 13/10/13
  10. Use my diary more effectively – completed: 31/12/13
    It may not have been my paper diary like I would have hoped, but my little iCal on all my apple products has certainly had a work out… and I think its been quite effective in keeping Dave and I at the right places at the right times.
  11. Start a list of restaurants Dave and I like to go to – completed: 31/12/13
    Its not a long list… but it has been started… and now we can just continue to add to it.
  12. Watch all of my Disney Movies – completed 29/12/13
    It turns out I have a lot of Disney DVDs and it took forever to get through them… all year in fact…. but it is done… all watched.
  13. Clean out my wardrobe – completed: 20/1/13
  14. Go to the beach at least 5 times – completed: 19/1/13
  15. Get a herb garden – completed: 3/2/13
    Ok so I got a herb garden… but it died… but then I started a veggie patch which is still going… so I guess it still counts.
  16. Be deliberate with my TV time – completed: 31/12/13
  17. Go Camping – completed: 8/6/13
  18. Do something I have never done before – completed: 9/4/13
  19. Be on time to things – completed: 31/12/13
    Well maybe not everything, but I am definitely getting better.
  20. Build something from Ikea – completed: 22/12/13
    It was just a box… but it was from Ikea.
  21. Throw something old out/give something away every week
  22. Go to the library – completed: 20/3/13
  23. Visit Mum in Mornington – completed: 13/3/13
  24. Start a list of all the common dishes Dave and I like to eat – completed: 31/12/13
    Again its not a long list… but it is a list and now we add to it as we go.
  25. Blow Bubbles – completed: 7/1/13
  26. Smash a Piñata – completed: 21/10/13
  27. Play Badminton – completed: 27/12/13
    I was lucky enough to do this twice… the first with an up coming champion of the sport… my cousin Jack and second in the streets of Inverloch.
  28. Try Yoga or Pilates – completed: 25/4/13
  29. Get down to my goal weight… and stay there
    Yet again this goal has been left unachieved… but I will get there… even if it kills me.
  30. Establish a morning routine
    I tried… but it didn’t stick…
  31. Establish an evening routine
    Same as the morning routine… I tried… but it’s still on the list.
  32. Exercise 3 times a week – completed: 31/12/13
    So again this year it wasn’t every week, but on average I am pretty sure I achieved this, so I am crossing it off  as done.
  33. See the Myer windows – completed: 30/11/13
    Lovely as always… and a Christmas must.
  34. Wash my car regularly
    Well I washed it… but it wasn’t very regularly
  35. Eat 5 new foods/dishes I haven’t tried before – completed: 25/12/13
    1. Roasted Beetroot
    2. Bubble Cup
    3. Dahl
    4. Salted Caramel
    5. Egg Nog
  36. Finish a puzzle – completed: 20/12/13
    Ok so it was a tiny puzzle I got in a Christmas Bon Bon, but it was still a puzzle.
  37. Make Home Made Jam – completed: 14/7/13
    It exploded all over the microwave, but it tasted pretty good.
  38. Make a gratitude jar and use it – completed: 14/3/13
  39. Do a clean out of my Kikki.K folders
    They are still sitting there, some have been cleaned out, but not all
  40. Make something out of origami – completed: 25/4/13
  41. Exercise everyday before work for a week – completed: 24/10/13
  42. See Dave’s school production – completed: 16/5/13
  43. Hear a big band live – completed: 30/11/13
    Davo playing in the Salvo Big Band with Idea of North
  44. Finish our Wedding guest book
    Um… it’s still not done… next year… next year.
  45. Sort through my Cooking magazines and take the recipes I like for my folder
    I started… but I haven’t finished so I can’t cross it off… but it is started and that is a good step.
  46. Make something I have seen on Pinterest – completed: 14/3/13
  47. Lie on the ground and look at the stars – completed: 7/6/13
  48. Have high tea somewhere – completed: 13/4/13
    A winner birthday surprise from my besties.
  49. Crack 5 eggs in a row without having any shell accidents – completed: 28/4/13
    I have finally nailed it… no more digging out shell.
  50. Try at least one exercise from each of my Women’s Fitness Magazines
    It started and got pretty close, but I didn’t do them all.
  51. Have a spa – completed: 6/7/13
  52. Actually stop pushing the snooze button
    Another year… still a lot of snoozing.
  53. Go to a Trivia night – completed: 15/6/13
    Well it wasn’t quite what I had imagined, but we did play trivial pursuit so I think it counts.
  54. Paint my nails and toenails regularly
    Not this year…
  55. Take a photo everyday – completed: 31/12/13
  56. Clean out my computer properly – completed: 31/3/13
  57. Hear live music – completed: 6/9/12
  58. Have 5 different groups of people over for a meal – completed: 24/11/13
  59. See some fireworks – completed: 8/12/13
    And they were Christmas fireworks which makes it even better
  60. Pack up after myself more often than I don’t
    Sorry Dave… I didn’t do this.
  61. See a Musical – completed: 7/3/13
    I saw a few this year… Jersey Boys and Les Mis were highlights though.
  62. Try at least 1 recipe from each of my Donna Hay subscription magazines – completed: 30/12/13
    There was a lot of cooking in December just to make this happen
  63. Actually go into the Zoo – completed: 20/2/13
  64. Cook a three course meal – completed: 30/12/13
    It helped me cross no. 62 of the list.
  65. Go through my house/lifestyle magazines and cut out or throw out – completed 26/12/13
    All in my dream house kikki.k folder now… or in the bin.
  66. Follow through with Dave’s Christmas present – completed 12/12/13
  67. Visit a country town I haven’t been to before – completed: 12/1/13
  68. Give Dave back his bedside table – completed: 4/2/13
  69. Actually stop picking
    This one is going back on the list for next year because it has to stop.
  70. Stick to a devotional/reading plan the whole way through without missing a day – completed 21/1/13
  71. Be more deliberate with my fruit and veg intake – completed: 31/12/13
    So this wasn’t a very measurable goal… but I am pretty sure I was.
  72. Participate in another table tennis tournament – completed 21/12/13
  73. Tidy up my iTunes library – completed: 31/3/13
  74. Ride my push bike more than once – completed: 14/4/13
  75. Go away for a full weekend – completed: 1/4/13
  76. Get a library card – completed: 20/3/13
  77. Have fish and chips on the beach – completed: 11/3/13
  78. Hear Keith Urban live… again – completed: 2/2/13
  79. Do my chores before Dave does more often than not
    Sorry again Dave…
  80. Go to two different Christmas carols – completed: 8/12/13
    I actually went to probably 5 Christmas carols.
  81. Take Dex to the park – completed: 2/9/13
  82. Have a picnic – completed: 15/12/13
    At a Christmas carols… it was delicious
  83. Eat breakfast outside at least 5 times – completed: 26/9/13
    Mostly while we were camping, so there was no other choice, but it was still lovely… and I should do it more often.
  84. Get the new Star Trek movie on bluray – completed: 3/5/13
  85. Have a milkshake – completed: 5/1/13
  86. Floss once a week
    Sorry Dentists of the world… I am a really bad flosser.
  87. Cook something on the BBQ, by myself – completed: 16/12/13
  88. Eat red meat at least twice a week
    I am really bad at this… I need to lift my game
  89. Use a sewing machine – completed: 22/11/13
    Thanks to Mum on trip down to Mornington
  90. Fly a kite – completed: 6/1/13
  91. Walk along the Inverloch beach to Eagle’s Nest and back – completed: 1/1/13
  92. Pop a cork – completed: 9/11/13
  93. Play a gum leaf – completed: 31/12/13
    I can’t really do it… but I did have a go
  94. Go to 7 open house inspections – completed: 5/10/13
  95. Mow some lawn – completed: 7/4/13
  96. Do some colouring – completed: 3/5/13
  97. Write to our sponsor children – completed: 31/12/13
  98. Try something other than a McChicken or nuggets from McDonalds – completed: 15/4/13
  99. Go to a live sports event – completed: 29/6/13
  100. Drive a bus
    Not this year… maybe next time.

So there you go another year and another list over… 82 out of 100… that’s a high distinction I believe.

3 Things I learnt while smashing a piñata

One of the most random things on my list this year was number 26. Smash a piñata… this also turned out to be one of the most fun… and an educational experience… in fact I learnt at least 3 things…

1.  Garden stakes aren’t a good choice of whacking stick… in fact it’s actually quite dangerous, they have a pointy end

2.  Smashing a piñata is loud… And it turns out at night it is loud enough to scare the neighbours dogs… oops.

3. Piñatas are hard work… in fact they are quite a work out.  It turns out the cardboard is reinforced with more cardboard and then more cupboard after that…  but once you’re in… it’s worth it!

Thanks Julia for my piñata… it was super fun.

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2012 – Through the eyes of my iPhone

Once again I find myself reminiscing on the year gone by, still finding it hard to believe that another year is over… This year, just like all those gone by has been busy, filled with all things that tell me I am alive, highs, lows, fun, laughter, tears and sadness.  I find this time of year really both happy and sad, I love looking back on what I have achieved, as well as planning some adventures for next year.  Yet I also feel sad about the things I couldn’t or didn’t do, or perhaps the time that I wasted on things that I shouldn’t have, but I know that really this is what makes up a year, it’s all just part of it.

Anyway, I really enjoyed using my project365 photos to help me capture all that happened in 2012… both the good and bad… so here is 2012 through the eyes of my iPhone, with a highlight for each month some big, some small but all highlights… oh and maybe some special mentions…

JANUARY

Jan

Highlight: January was a list frenzy, everything from cleaning, baking, getting fit and eating… and all of it was heaps of fun, especially because it most of them were crossed off with friends and family.  Time well spent.

FEBRUARY

Feb

Highlight: Weekend’s away at the beach.

MARCH

Mar

Highlight: Taylor Swift with some very excited young girls… oh and great food…. Steak Sandwiches… yum yum.

APRIL…

Apr

Highlight: My Birthday and everything that went with it… including my kindle… man I love that thing.  Special Mention goes to the Inverloch house which we said goodbye to in April, I have lots of fond memories and while it may not have been a highlight of this month, that house certainly has played a big part in summer and holiday highlights of years gone by.

MAY…

May

Highlight: Our trip to New Zealand, and being able to celebrate Brian and Jean’s 60th Wedding anniversary… oh and our first one.  Oh and a special mention to my first classroom teaching placement.

JUNE…

June

Highlight: A few bonus trips to Bendigo and all the fun that that brings… it’s a fun place to be especially when you have friends like mine.

JULY…

July

Highlight: Getting my Donna Hay on, not once, but thrice.  July also has a few important birthday’s in it which always deserve a special mention.

AUGUST…

Aug

Highlight: Dave’s Secondary Performance Dinner (SPD) with Jake.

SEPTEMBER…

Sep

Highlight: Getting stuck into my exercise and loving it… no sarcasm, actually loving it.  Oh and finishing placement is worth a special mention.

OCTOBER…

Oct

Highlight: Completing my 10km run at the Melbourne Marathon Series.

NOVEMBER…

Nov

Highlight: Dust and Jess got married… doesn’t get much more exciting than that… although the colour run does get a special mention.

DECEMBER…

Dec

Highlight: Christmas… the food, the gifts, the carols and the fun… always a winner especially the town hall lights… that was very cool.

So there you go… my year… it seems simple when you put it all together like that, but it wasn’t, it was good though and I am hoping that 2013 is just as good… maybe even better.

The 2012 List Wrap Up

Here we are at the end of the year… every year I am pretty sure it gets quicker, but 2012 is almost done and dusted… So it’s time to have a look at the list… to see what is done and what is not… and maybe even offer up some kind of reason for those that remain… so here it is the 2012 list wrap up…The list border

  1. Lose 10kgs
    Well I have lost weight, but not quite this much… but at least it’s going in the right direction
  2. Make my own ice cream – completed: 9/1/12
  3. Read 6 books – completed: 25/4/12
  4. Exercise at least once a week – completed: 31/12/12
    Well it depends which way you look at it, it averaged at least once a week, but there were a few weeks which had none.  Either way it was more exercise than I have done in a long time.
  5. Do my devotions at least 3 times per week
    Once again I have failed on this… I thought I was getting better but turns out no… it might have to go back on the list for next year
  6. Take at least one photo everyday – project 365 – completed: 31/12/12
    Check it out here ‘2012 – Through the eyes of my iPhone’
  7. Finish scrap booking old stuff – completed: 4/11/12
  8. Make photo book with wedding pictures – completed: 20/6/12
  9. Stop pushing the snooze button
    Another bad habit I couldn’t shake… maybe in 2013
  10. Leave my phone out side my bedroom at night – completed:31/12/12
    Well it may not have been out of the bedroom… but it hasn’t been on my side of the bed
  11. Plan my week each week
    Nup, no excuses just didn’t do it
  12. Eat with Dave at least once a week – completed: 31/12/12
  13. Make breakfast muffins – completed: 16/1/12
  14. Stop eating chocolate at breakfast – completed: 31/12/12
  15. Blog once a week – completed: 31/12/12
  16. Bake meringues – completed: 3/2/12
  17. Drink a bottle of water everyday – completed: 31/12/12
    If it wasn’t everyday, it was pretty close to
  18. Keep my car free of rubbish – completed:31/12/12
    Better than any other year anyway…
  19. See some fireworks – completed: 12/3/12
  20. Get a Massage – completed: 25/12/12
  21. Have 2 ‘Diet coke free’ days per week
    Nup… I have certainly had less, but probably not two whole free days a week if I am honest.
  22. Watch a sunset with Dave – completed: 4/2/12
  23. Buy a new dress – completed: 1/11/12
  24. Finish watching Mcleod’s Daughters – completed: 14/4/12
  25. Fix up my super stuff – completed: 24/1/12
  26. Ride a push bike at least once – completed: 15/7/12
  27. Go on a picnic – completed: 4/11/12
  28. Go and hear live music – completed: 12/3/12
  29. Dance with Dave – completed: 10/12/12
  30. Go camping – completed: 7-9/5/12
  31. Go to the museum – completed: 11/2/12
  32. Stay at the Langham – completed: 19/5/12
  33. Get our wedding pictures framed – completed: 21/7/12
  34. Have a bath – completed: 15/4/12
  35. Make a mocktail – completed: 27/1/12
  36. Do a fun run/walk – completed: 26/8/12 (Walk), 14/10/12 (Run)
  37. Go on a road trip – completed: 29/6/12
  38. Stop biting my nails – completed:31/12/12
    Well most of the time… except when I am really stressed… either way I now have nails… and most of the time the stay on, untouched by my teeth.
  39. See a musical – completed: 29/2/12
  40. Have a rainbow paddle pop – completed: 27/1/12
  41. Try 1 recipe from each of my Donna Hay subscription Mags – completed: 25/12/12
  42. Finish unpacking my stuff in the study – completed: 3/3/12
  43. Make up our wedding guest note book
    Almost… all the pictures are stuck in, but it doesn’t have a cover and it isn’t bound… yet
  44. Go without TV for a week – completed: 28/10/12
  45. Go to a Trivia Night
  46. Respond to text Messages asap – completed: 31/12/12
    It’s getting much quicker, certainly better than a year ago
  47. Tidy my study and keep it clean all year
    Well it has been tidy for periods of time, but not the whole year
  48. Paint my toenails at least once a month – completed:31/12/12
    Again… if we go by averages… it’s done
  49. Eat red meat at least twice a week
  50. Deal with my mail asap – completed: 31/12/12
    I’m even learning to through things I don’t want out straight away.
  51. Eat 1 piece of fruit everyday
  52. Be true to my date days
    Well, we didn’t really have any… so I guess not
  53. Cook dinner for Dave at least once a week – completed: 31/12/12
    I’m not so sure about this one, but Dave thinks so, so who am I to argue
  54. Use every appliance in my kitchen at least once – completed: 9/12/12
  55. Clean the gunk off the baby havaiana in my car – completed: 27/1/12
  56. Eat at 10 different breakfast places – completed: 12/3/12
  57. Bust a move in a random location – completed: 27/1/12
  58. Visit a country town I haven’t been to before – completed: 7-9/5/12
  59. Go to a wedding – completed: 22/9/12
  60. See the fire balls at crown – completed: 18/5/12
  61. Do my chores – completed: 31/12/12
    When Dave didn’t get there first I did 🙂
  62. Learn a new joke – completed: 26/5/12
  63. Visit Castlemaine – completed: 26/1/12
  64. Visit Bendigo – completed: 24/6/12
  65. Do my own washing once – completed: 2/4/12
  66. Spend an afternoon playing with Dex – completed: 7/12/12
  67. Play my flute – completed: 20/11/12
  68. Wash my own car – completed: 7/2/12
  69. Stop picking
    I wish I had crossed this off the list… I really do
  70. Send 5 cards by post just because – completed: 2/7/12
  71. Play with play-dough – completed: 27/1/12
  72. Have a hot jam doughnut – completed: 10/3/12
  73. Got to a football game – completed: 10/3/12
  74. Floss once a week
    I also wish I had crossed this off, I have certainly done it more frequently, but perhaps not every week… and certainly a far cry from every night like I am supposed to.
  75. Try listerine mouth wash – completed: 20/11/12
  76. Go a term without macca’s – completed: 30/3/12
  77. Sing in the shower – completed: 7/2/12
  78. Swing on some swings – completed: 20/11/12
  79. Go to the beach at least three times – completed: 4/2/12
  80. Go up to a look out and look over the city – completed: 7/7/12
  81. Have a pot of tea – completed: 1/1/12
  82. Moisturize regularly – completed: 31/12/12
  83. Bake something for work – completed: 27/2/12
  84. Do 3 exercise classes – completed: 6/3/12
  85. Have one BBQ Wednesday – completed: 19/12/12
  86. Get an exercise piggy bank – completed: 23/1/12
  87. Go on a boat
  88. Go to the zoo – completed: 22/12/12
  89. Go to a concert of Dave’s – completed: 3/8/12
  90. Buy that whistle song off iTunes – completed: 6/11/12
  91. Master the cracking of eggs
  92. Fly a kite
  93. Make a gingerbread house – completed: 15/12/12
  94. Pump up my own tires – completed: 13/10/12
  95. Check my car’s oil – completed: 12/6/12
  96. Swim laps at the pool – completed: 27/8/12
  97. Do a water aerobics class – completed: 25/6/12
  98. Play with sparklers – completed: 18/7/12
  99. Try an espresso – completed: 14/1/12
  100. Have a dinner party – completed: 25/12/12

So there you go the list for 2012… 84 out of 100 is pretty good… even if I say so myself.

Bring on the the 2013 list.

Not How I Imagined…

Ok so before I get stuck into this post let’s be clear on one thing… my list, my rules… got it? Good… Now with this in mind I do need some help… I can’t decide whether or not this is cheating… There have been a few things on the list that haven’t happened they way I imagined they would in my mind… What I mean by that is when I put them on the list I imagined them to play out a certain way… But they haven’t… I have still ‘completed’ them and so they come off the list, but just not the way I had originally intended… Maybe I am making a mistake, I don’t know… What do you think?

20. Get a massage…
What I imagined: I nice relaxing half hour… maybe even an hour… relaxing while listening to meditation music and experiencing a sense of ahhh…
What actually happened: A quick 2 min massage in the kitchen from my brother, while I kept preparing Christmas dinner

29. Dance with Dave…
What I imagined: Well I had two weddings on the cards this year and at most weddings there is an opportunity to slow dance… So I went ahead and imagined myself slow dancing with Dave in the lovely atmosphere of a wedding…
What actually happened:
Well neither wedding was dancing kind of wedding… So we did not dance… Instead we danced in the kitchen… Dave under sufferance while I attempted to have a beautiful moment… technically we danced… but not for long and perhaps only coz I said we had to…

And… 88. Go to the Zoo…
What I imagined: Dave and I would actually go into the zoo, spend a morning, an arvo or a whole day wondering, looking at the animals, generally enjoying each other’s company… I would whinge about the smell, and refuse to go in the butterfly room, but it would be fun.
What actually happened:
Dave and I took a small detour on our way home from Bendigo and I went to the zoo… that is I stood outside and Dave took my picture… we were there, went out of the way to go there… but didn’t actually go inside…

So there your go three more off the list… but perhaps not exactly the way I thought it would.

The Girl Can Cook

December has escaped me… well and truly.  It has disappeared in a whirlwind of work and festive goodness.  But it has been good, and fun and worth it, even now as I sit here and type with heavy eyes, a full stomach and with one Christmas dinner to go.  I have also learnt some things this December and impressed myself a little in the process.

This December has been a month of cooking so I thought I would take a moment to brag a little because I really am quite proud of myself.  I think one of the reasons I am so proud is while I am not a bad cook, I am not a confident cook.   Cooking and baking take me a long time, I am meticulous with recipes and even then things don’t always turn out all that well… in fact you can read about some of my past kitchen adventures here… anyway, this year as part of my list I added a couple of cooking challenges and throughout the year I have been able to cross a few off the list

2.  Make my own Ice Cream
Ice Cream
13. Make Breakfast Muffins
Breakfast Muffins
16. Make meringues
meringues
35. Make a mocktail
Mocktail
83. Bake something for work
Cookies

But at the beginning of December there were still a few left… some of them on purpose, but not all… And while all the cooking things on the list were things I had wanted to do for a while, or things I felt might stretch me and my skills… and hopefully increase my confidence in the kitchen, in December I got my chance to shine… This month I have been able to knock another 4 cooking things off the list…

41. Try 1 recipe from each of my Donna Hay Subscription Magazines
This one has taken all year, mostly because it was a yearlong subscription… but it has been fun.  I still lean towards baking biscuits and sweets rather than dishes and meals, but I have tried to vary it up a little and this was the result:Donna Hay

54. Use every appliance in my kitchen at least once
I don’t have pictures of every appliance so you will just have to trust me that I did… and it was fun…

93. Make a gingerbread house
This is probably the one I am most proud of, if I am honest.  Previously even just the gingerbread alone has been a disaster… missing ingredients and not tasting all that good.  But not only was the gingerbread delicious, but the house went together and stayed together… and looked pretty good too, even if I say so myself…Gingerbread

100. Have a dinner Party
I am also very happy about this one… this year I hosted Christmas dinner at my house, with my Dad, my brothers and my sister-in-law, and it went well… nothing was a disaster, all had a good time, and it all came together perfectly… dinner party complete.

So after it has all been crossed of the list, how do I feel about my cooking skills? Well… pretty good.  I can cook… I can cook good food and amazing dessert.  Of course, I am not chef quality and it still takes me a while, but I feel like I have proved to myself that if I just give it a go I can do it, even the more challenging ones… the skills are definitely there and it can only get better from here.