Hey you guys! There’s a new linky uppy thingy that Helen’s doing called Head and Heart. This is the first h’official month of it and because I’m in need of a bit of direction when it comes to blogging here… I’m jumping right on in. Helen wants us to focus on the positives, but, um, you’ll see where I’ve struggled on that point and got my ranty pants on a bit. Whoops.

You should join in, too! C’mon, you know you want to. All the cool kids are doing it…;) All you have to do is blog (!) and hook your post into the linky at the bottom of this post. Easy peasy, bum squeezy!

What I’ve been grateful for

  • The universe giving me a giant kick in the pants. I needed it. Keep reading, you’ll start to see what I mean, though it’ll get its own post when I sit still long enough to process it all
  • Long lunches and long coffee shop runs with friends. Very overdue and very good for the soul
  • Free stock image sites like Pic Jumbo and Jay Mantri. Saving the pennies of tight arse self-publishers around the world :)
  • Warm autumns in Sydney and ALL THE SUNSHINE! It’s been so nice getting about in jeans and thongs

What I’ve been thinking about

  • I’ve been thinking about the latest speech by my ladycrush, Sheryl Sandberg. She’s given a commencement speech at Harvard and has focused on honesty and feminism. It’s got me thinking about my level of honesty to others and to myself. I’m a pretty realistic person, but dunno how honest I actually am. Hashtag food for thought

  • I’ve also been spending a lot of time thinking about blogging and the current place it’s at in Australia. Monetisation, promotion, content creation… the whole lot. Whether there’s a need for more robust ethics discussions within the community. Whether we blog too much in this day and age. How sustainable is it as a business model? I love talking about this stuff
  • And I’ve been spending FAR too much time thinking about Tony Abbot and getting stabby. It’s… just…ugh. It’s truly awful. And then there’s the international coverage. You know it’s bad when America is giving us shit:

What I’m excited for

  • Fijiiiii! We fly out on Saturday with Jarod and Liz for a week of sunshine, cocktails and naps. And I cannot frigging wait. At this point my plan is to stay completely offline the whole time we’re away (yeah, I know. I don’t think I can do it, either, heh). I’m hoping that it’s as relaxing as our honeymoon cruise, sans seasickness. But let’s be realistic, there’s every chance the hangovers will rival any seasickness.
  • A NEW BLOODY JOB! I can’t even begin to tell you the most bizarre three weeks I’ve had, you guys. I went from not job hunting, to being interviewed by the side of an indoor pool, to signing a contract for an amazing job that I can’t wait to start getting my teeth into. I also can’t wait to go on the roller coaster at Luna Park in my lunch break. Yup
  • I’m also v excited about the block of Cadbury Picnic chocolate that’s sitting in the pantry. Because this arvo I’m gonna eat the whole damn thing and I’m gonna love it!

What I’ve been doing

  • An apparent burger/retro eating research assignment. We’ve been to (former nudie joint) The Oxford Tavern in Petersham, Mary’s in Newtown, Daisy’s in Petersham, Skyline Drive In in Blacktown and the Hub House Diner in Dulwich Hill. The Tav and Daisy’s are my top picks
  • Turning 36! Which, while far more sedate than turning 35, was just what I needed after a frantic few weeks. I spent the weekend sleeping and eating amazing food with people I love :)
  • We re-arranged the furniture in the bedroom (this is something we NEVER do without moving house first) and it’s about the best thing we’ve done. We now face our big, east-facing window and get to sunbake while we’re hitting the snooze buttong on our alarm apps. Best of all, I can see the planes about to go into finals to land at the airport. I grin like an idiot every time

What I’ve been reading

  • All the books on my new Kindle! Okay, in reality I’ve got 3 books on the hop on my Kindle atm: How to Stop Being LazyHabit Stacking and Mortuary Confidential
  • Sub-category: what I should be reading – I have Mary Roach, Sheryl Sandberg, Audrey Nifferegger, MalalaYousafzai, Graeme Simsion and a tonne of others on my bedside table

What I’ve been spending money on

  • Well, I’ve been trying to buy things for Fiji, like reef shoes and new summer clothes cause mine don’t fit anymore. Do you know how hard it is to find summer clothes in autumn? Huzzah for internet shopping!
  • Twitter apps for Android. Because Plume just isn’t doing it for me anymore. I bought about 3 paid apps before settling on Tweedle, which is, um. Free. Good work, Rah!
  • 48 glass spice jars. Yup. To clean up the dog’s breakfast that is our pantry. Except we bought the wrong jars. Anyone need a box of mason jars?
  • Hands-down the best thing I’ve spent money on this month is professional oven cleaning. HOMIGOD IT WAS AMAZING. I dunno if I paid too much, but you know what? I don’t bloody well care! While I felt SO uncomfortable (read: white and privileged) to be sitting around like Lady Muck while a lovely couple worked wonders on our oven, it saved me hours of grief, swears and stinging eyes. Totally worth it, will do again

Are you gonna join in on Head and Heart? Helen wants to reconnect personally with bloggers and I reckon she’s hit the nail on the head with this idea. Yeah! Do it!

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6 thoughts on “Head and Heart – May 2014

  1. Enjoy your Fiji holiday :) will give the feminism video a watch tomorrow :)

    Posted on 4 June 2014 at 3:56 pm
    1. Thank youuuu! I’m gonna come back with an epic hangover, haha

      Posted on 5 June 2014 at 7:30 am
  2. RAH! You made me actually LOL when reading your post – golden!
    Let me first say thank you for being a part of this, super glad I got the chance to connect with you at that Blog Chicks meet up at Grill’d!
    So I had NO idea you got a new gig at the Writers Centre? Am I seeing things right? If so, HUGEEEE congrats! Will you be working with Valerie Khoo? She seems like an amazing force.
    Oh and yay for reading more! When I realised at the end of last year that it had been years since I last read a physical book, I decided to take action this year. I signed up for Goodreads and made it a goal to read at least 1 book a month (i.e. 12 books this year), I’m on target! And it’s been great finding other book ideas to add to my to-read list from people I follow on Goodreads. Highly recommend it!
    x

    Posted on 4 June 2014 at 10:38 pm
    1. My absolute pleasure my dear! I need some inspiration for my personal blogging (okay, ALL blogging, haha) and this is working a treat… thank you!!
      And yeah, new gig is with Valerie! I literally cannot wait. It’s taking so much strength to not just turn up three weeks early!!

      Posted on 5 June 2014 at 7:40 am
  3. What an entertaining post! I’m so excited for you that you will be heading off to Fiji soon. Have an awesome time! And congrats on the new job, it sounds like a lot of fun if you will be working at Luna Park?! Is that for real? Because if it is, that would top all jobs! And now that you said hiring a professional oven cleaner was the best thing you ever did, I want to call one in too. Mine you can hardly stare through the window.

    Posted on 11 June 2014 at 1:00 pm
    1. Aww, thank you E-von! New job will be up the hill from Luna Park, so not quite topping all jobs, but pretty damn close!
      And yeah, totally get an oven cleaner, it saves you swearing for hours on end while you try to do it yourself (then give up halfway though!)

      Posted on 15 June 2014 at 3:54 pm