Thursday, 3 September 2020

Taking Stock - August

This half life is dragging on and really messing with my head. I have to access the numbers each day, only buy tickets the day before once I deem it 'safe', limit invites and destinations. If I was in those closed states that were pretty much life as usual, I'd not be wanting to risk infection either. (And the country will need their taxes more than ever so it's beyond me why you would try to hamper that).

However, putting together this list, there was quite a lot of fun in August, for which I'm truly grateful!
For Ruby Tuesday and Blue Monday

Making : A pottery planter in a Wednesday Club Wine & Clay at Clay Sydney.

Laughing: At the comedians at Giant Dwarf on a Thursday night.

Cooking : Nothing of interest and what feels like far too much....I'm so over cooking!

Drinking : Too many cocktails - keeping those COVID pounds in place. Not quite prepared to give them up. Part of my husband's father's day present is two bottles of the fabulous Mr Consistant Margarita Mix, so that's not likely to stop any time soon. (Drs, out there, it's only one drink a night with one or two alcohol free nights a week but the sugar in those drinks is like a daily dessert!)

Reading: Loving Color Me Flo on the fabulous Flo Kennedy (she's only briefly in Mrs. America but far more important than that). Just started Burial Rites for book club, otherwise it's been a month of duds.

Wanting: My old life back.

Looking: At art. After feeling so reinvigorated by the excursion to Cockatoo Island for the Biennale, I've been on a rampage to see all of Nirin. Just got Art Space and Art Gallery to go. Best idea I've had in a long time....

Playing: Karma. We got a new game post lockdown as we'd exhausted interest in our collection. (Was on sale at Dymocks in the city). Will be playing Mah Jong tonight - we had to cancel the last get together as I was still waiting on COVID results. 

Listening: Still on my Timmy Trumpet kick starting my day. Pump my self up with any of his songs in the shower and I'm pretty much set myself a good head space.

Wasting: Time - my focus is hopeless and I get so easily distracted.

Wishing: Things went back to pre COVID.

Enjoying: Being in the city or near the harbour.

Liking:Ted Lasso. Hate this weekly stream business though.

Loving: Had a weekend away with some girlfriends at Culburra and long walks on the beach really took all my stress away. 

Wearing: Summer clothes as of yesterday!!!

Feeling: Very proud that I got a story published in the Grieve anthology again and my Rom Com for the NYC story competition came third in my group. I've submitted my Spy story for round two and am hoping it's enough to get me through to round three....fingers crossed everyone.

Needing: to finish and submit three half written stories for three other competitions (and Furious fiction this weekend).

Missing: Concerts. So much, And dancing in a crowd. Paid for a live stream of a Max Frost gig that he put on in an empty theatre. The live chat that went on between all of us from all over the world was a really lovely unifying thing.

Feeling: Pretty good but not quite right. Not quite me.

What about you? Have you taken stock lately?

Linking with #Allseasons purely for the photos
Smiling about: My Insta looking more like it used to.


  1. Hi Lydia I used to live in Sydney and always appreciate photos of my home town. I took stock last week and was surprised at all I had done in August. I really can't complain despite COVID, my life is good. Have a lovely week. #lifethisweek

  2. I hear you on so many of these responses Lydia! Lovely photos and hoping things get better sooner rather than later. #lifethisweek

  3. Congrats, Lydia, on your writing achievements! Looks like you had a good August despite covid-19. Beautiful blue skies and Sydney harbour. #lifethisweek

  4. Feeling pretty much the same Lydia. It’s a stressful time. But it does help to stop and take stock

  5. You’ve done a great job of describing the discombobulation (is that a word? If not, it ought to be) of Covid time. But I feel that writing the monthly review helps keep some perspective. I recently bought a planner - not because we have any plans - but so I could remember what I’ve actually accomplished. It all runs together. So more of a diary than planner. Congrats on your publication!

    From one margarita gal to another! Cheers!

  6. Hi Lydia - that last line summed it up "Feeling: Pretty good but not quite right. Not quite me." I think that's the way of it for a lot of us and we just wish it would all go away. I'm so tired of it all....

  7. Hello,
    Congrats on being published. Your outings sounds great, I love the views of the beach and water. The garden is lovely. I am trying to stay calm, but I do wish for things to go back to normal. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a great week ahead!

  8. Thanks for sharing your photos with Pictorial Tuesday. I'll be glad when people can be comfortable again. Always love the wate and skyline photos. Congratulations on your writing. :)

  9. Gosh lovely Lydia, I feel a bit sad reading some of your comments but understand them too. You miss what was and now can't have. Tough one alright. Don't think life will be what is was but let's hope some freedoms that we took for granted are back. Gosh I miss Dymocks in George St. Always a great place for a browse and may be a buy. Thank you for linking up for life this week. Next week's optional prompt is 37/51 Remembering Sydney 2000. 14.9.2020 Hope you link up and maybe, write something of YOUR memories! Denyse.

  10. I'm on Drs orders to try and lower my blood sugar and have to say the thought of sipping on that margarita had me drooling #KCACOLS

  11. It seems like you've done some lovely things in August. It's a weird time and I wish we could just say goodbye to 2020 already x #KCACOLS

  12. Looks like you've been busy doing lovely things despite Covid. #KCACOLS

  13. Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 16, open until September 26!

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  15. Wow it sounds like you have had a really busy month! Congrats on your work being accepted in an anthology and I love the sounds of that clay and wine club - my kind of club. :) Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS and I hope we will see you again next time.

  16. It’s certainly strange times but you seem to be keeping pretty busy. One point I must disagree with, you can NEVER drink too many cocktails!

  17. Half life is a very good way of putting it & now we've got the winter to contend with... #KCACOLS

  18. What a busy month.
    Love the phrase half live.
    I can definitely relate the the wasted time. It’s tough to be motivated.

  19. Congratulations for getting a story published! I agree that I wish covid would be over but sadly i think the world will never be totally rid of it, we will just need to fight it with vaccines and boosters.

  20. Oh a big congrats!!!!! That is amazing....Michelle