Things I love Thursday 9/2/2017

Welcome to another Things I Love Thursday.  In my opinion, Thursday is the perfect day to take stock of the things I’m grateful for and that bring me joy.  By the time Thursday rolls around, I’m beginning to lose momentum from the long week behind me and I’m usually truly ready for the weekend.  Taking the time to think about the good things from the past week really gives me a chance to look at things with fresh eyes.


This week I love:

  • Playing with the Macro settings on my camera.  I found this rad beetle-exoskeleton thingy that had been abandoned by it’s owner on the bark of the huge tree in my backyard.  I had a wonderful time photographing it.



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  • My awesome boyfriend who rescued me from an enormous spider that was crawling across the bedhead at 4am last weekend.  We both hate spiders, so very very much.  And the fact that he was willing to stay in the room with the spider to make sure I was out safely and calmly meant the world to me.
  • Rain storms to break the oppressive summer heat.
  • Making veggie pies for dinner that taste amazing and look way fancier than they actually are.
  • Iced coffee
  • Starting work on my first knitted jumper.  It’s going to be super chunky and TARDIS blue.
  • Singing along to Blink 182 in the car and reminiscing about my teen years.
  • Saving Mr Banks
  • The new fennec fox kit who was born at Taronga Zoo last month.  This little dude is crazy cute and so energetic!
  • Finding a book I’ve been dying to read and a big ball of Noro silk yarn at a trash and treasure market.  I spent the princely sum of $3.
  • Watching a bunch of Lucy Worsley’s documentaries on Youtube.  In particular I’ve been enjoying History’s Biggest Fibs and also Fit to Rule.  Lucy is so lovely and makes history sound so cheeky and magical.
  • Dexter.  I’m finally getting around to watching this after so many years and I’m really enjoying it.

What do you love this week?

Things I Love Thursday 5/1/2017

Happy Thursday gorgeous-face!  I hope that the first week of 2017 was smashing and that you’ve got lots to be smiling about.  Because I sure do!  Here we go…

This week I love:

  • Grill’d.  I have been a fan of their burgers for years, but this past week they won me over completely.  I called into Grill’d at Southern Cross Station to grab some dinner on New Years Eve.  I chose the Field of Dreams burger, minus the cheese and mayo, and sat down to wait for it.  While I was waiting, one of the chefs approached me and asked if I was vegan.  She had noticed my docket and wanted to check because the pesto on the burger also had parmesan cheese on it.  She made a bunch of vegan-friendly suggestions and together we build the most delicious burger on the planet.  I was so appreciative of her assistance.  As a new vegan, it can be hard to know what to order in restaurants and so it was awesome to have someone help me out.
  • Rogue One.  Wowza, I was not prepared for the amazingness of that film.  David and I went to see it last week (on the same day that Carrie Fisher’s passing was announced.  *sob!*) and I was blown away.  It was crazy good.
  • Kitty head-boops
  • American Horror Story: Hotel.  I’ve been blazing through this series and I’m enjoying it a great deal.  I’m addicted to Gaga’s glamorous costumes and the art deco styling of the Hotel Cortez is making me drool.  The story is pretty good so far, and reminds me more of season one in the way it’s been jumping around in time.  I plan to finish it off over the next day or so.
  • Yarn shopping.
  • My herb garden.  I’ve got three plants growing strong, and I can’t wait for them to get big enough for me to start using them in my cooking.
  • Frozen cola slurpees
  • Raspberries
  • Crop tops
  • Throwing away a stack of threadbare bed sheets and frayed towels.  I no longer need to fight my way into my linen cupboard every time I need something.
  • Cool breezes through the open windows of an evening.

What do you love this week?

Things I love Thursday 29/12/2016

It’s the last Things I love Thursday for the year.  So let’s make it a really good one.


This week I love:

Missed this girl like crazy. #benallaishot

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  • This dude.  Honestly, so many things have changed in the past year, and so many of them flow back to David.  I’ve made a tonne of new friends through him, he’s encouraged me to start going to gigs and exploring new music and he’s given me some incredible experiences.  Most of all though, I feel utterly blessed to have his love.  He is the kindest, most hilarious, sweetest person on the planet, and I feel like we are totally on the same page. I never have to pretend to be cooler or smarter or better, because I know that he loves me just as I am.  He’s fantastic.
  • Crop tops and shorts.   The perfect around-the-house summer ensemble
  • Three weeks of work
  • Spending Boxing Day decluttering.  I usually go shopping on Boxing Day, but this year I’m trying to live a more minimalist, mindful life.  So instead, I spent the day cleaning out my fridge and DVD collection.  It was brutal, but I made so much space and got rid of things that were weighing me down


  • This incredible Harry Potter soup cauldron that I got from my brother for Christmas. I have been looking at soup mugs in the op shop for a long while, but I never found one that I really loved.  I eat a lot of soup in the cooler months, so this baby is going to get a lot of use.
  • True Blood.  I’m revisiting the series and finding it even better than I remember.
  • Playing with my little cousins on Christmas day.  Eve and Olivia are just the sunniest, sweetest kids and I had an absolute blast looking at their new toys from Santa, chasing them through the sprinkler and making pictures with them.
  • Additionally, the mermaid tail sleeping bags my cousins got for Christmas from Santa.  Mr Kringle, if you’re reading this, I’d love one in a grown-up size for next year’s gift.
  • Floor sleeping.  It’s been crazy hot lately, and I’ve been sleeping camped out on my loungeroom floor in front of the air conditioner.  It’s actually surprisingly comfortable on the floor and I’m tempted to start doing it more often even when it’s not face-meltingly humid.

Elefennick has been pilfered by Ringo. #thief #ginger #zootopia #toottoot

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– My Zootopia Fennick stuffie that David bought for me.  The only way he could be better is if he made an adorable “Toot toot!” sound like in the movie.


  • Finding Dory.  Darn that movie was hilarious.  I had very low expectations, but I should not have been so doubtful.

What are you loving this week?

Things I love Thursday 20/10/2016

I am overflowing with joy this week.  Although I’ve been really busy, there are so many wonderful things filling up my days and I just can’t hold in my happiness.

This week I love:

  • Mr Selfridge.  I started watching this show a few weeks ago and I’ve blown through three seasons.  I love it for the vintage fashions and the way it highlights how much shopping has changed in the last century.  By far my favourite character is Miss Mardell.  I can’t get enough of her.  She’s tough and ballsy while still being romantic and kind.  Single and childless, she’s still one of the most successful characters in the show and manages to turn the stereotype of the lonely old spinster onto it’s head.
  • Having a song written for me.  My boyfriend, David, and I celebrated our six month anniversary last week.  He is just the bees knees and he makes me so happy.  He wrote this song about me, and I was crazy excited to have a song with the word “shit” in the title dedicated to me.

  • Mr Ringo.  My poor little man has been very unwell with a urinary tract infection but he is all better now.  We had to take an emergency trip to the vet which was very frightening, but our new vet was exceptional with my anxious little dude and he’s now fighting fit again.
  • Roses, geraniums and daffodils, which are all popping up in my garden.

Stocking my drawer with hand crocheted dish cloths. #crochet #dishcloths #eco #green #craft

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  • Working on some handmade cotton dishcloths.
  • Decluttering.  I’m on a real minimalism kick, which has meant doing some ruthless clearing out of drawers and cupboards.  I have gotten rid of bags and bags of items that I don’t use, and I’m doing quite well with resisting buying more items to fill the space I’m creating.
  • The Conjuring.  I watched it last week and it was so scary!  If you like creepy stories of hauntings that re based on true stories, this could be one for you to check out.

Scored this adorable cardi at the op shop on the weekend. #thrifting #cardigan #outfit #hearts

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  • Sweater clips.  I’ve never gotten into them before now, but I was gifted this awesome Erstwilder set for my birthday.  This new (to me) cardigan was the perfect companion to my lipstick-and-mirror clips and I now can’t get enough of them.
  • Dark nail polish.
  • Finding PG Tips teabags in the import section at the supermarket.
  • Leaving work at the end of the day with my desk completely clear of paperwork.
  • Dr Pepper and 90’s slasher flicks.

What do you love this week?

Things I Love Thursday 28/7/2016

Thursday is here again, so it’s time to lay down a list of the things that are bringing light into my life this week.  It’s been pretty mental over in my neck of the woods, as work has been uber busy and I’ve felt like I’m drowning in paperwork a lot of the time.  Being so occupied has worn me out a bit, and made me even more grateful for the glimmers of awesomeness that have speckled my week.

She's in training for the cat olympics #catstagram #calico #gymnastics

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This week, I love:

  • Dragging a blanket and some pillows onto the loungeroom floor for snuggle time with my dude.
  • The new 50’s style diner that has opened up two blocks from my house.  I took myself for a dinner date the other night and had the most exquisite bacon burger.
  • Getting an awesome performance review and a pay rise.  Go me!
  • Horrible Histories.  I know it’s meant for kidlets, but I’m really enjoying the silly humour and awesome songs. And I’m learning so much!

Spent the evening colouring on front of the heater. #colouring #bright #babushka #cute

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  • Colouring with the new pencils I got for my birthday.
  • Knitting socks.  I’ve currently got four different pairs on the go, and I keep finding more yarn that I want to turn into cozy socks for my friends, myself and also my shop.
  • Looking forward to punk rock gigs.
  • Waking up wedged in between Jelly and Ringo as they try to snuggle close to me to share my warmth.
  • Rainy weekends at home alone. I’ve been very social lately, which is awesome, but it’s so nice to have some quite time to indulge my introverted nature.
  • Tina Horne’s podcast Why Are People Into That?  Tina takes an in-depth look at a variety of fetishes and sexual practices and delves into what makes them so appealing to the people who are into them.  It’s a fascinating listen.
  • My new lube. I bought a bottle of Sliquid Sassy lube, and it is gosh-darn amazing.  It’s designed for anal play, and while I do use it for that, it’s also great to use for other sexy exploits.  It’s so slippery, it lasts for ages and it is kind to my lady parts.
  • Hanging with my friend Tom, eating weird cheeses and chatting about books.
  • Big, giant, sweet cups of coffee.
  • Waking up to the sound of rain.
  • Fuzzy jumpers.

What do you love this week?

Things I Love Thursday 26/5/2016

Yippee for Thursday!  I’m brimming with gratitude this week, so let’s not waste another second with chit-chat and jump right in.


This week I love:

  • Going Facebook official with my boyfriend.  Yep, I have a boyfriend now, and it’s awesome and scary and fantastic all rolled together.  We’ve been seeing each other for a few months now, but on the weekend we made our relationship Facebook Official.  Which seems like an important step in a modern relationship.

My new hoodie arrived, just in time for Friday night chills. #balalala #baymax #bighero6 #Disney #iamnotfast

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This rad new Baymax hoodie I got from Snarky Shark Studios.  It’s so soft and fleecy and I imagine I will wear this all winter long.

  • Coming home from a weekend away to find that my Mum had cleaned my flat for me.  I’ve been really flat-out at work the past few weeks and I’ve struggled to keep up with housework and chores.  So Mum surprised me by giving the flat a once-over while I was gone.  It looks amazing and I feel like I can manage to keep it looking good now.
  • My new markers.  I got a set of cheap fine-point felt tip pens for colouring with and they are fantastic.  The colours are so vibrant and they’re perfect for getting into the tiny spaces in some of my adult colouring books.
  • New (to me) vintage clothes in the mail.  I decided to treat myself to a few special pieces to kick off winter.  I found this amazing green Pendleton wool pencil skirt in Aviena’s etsy store and I had to have it.  I’ve been after an emerald-green pencil skirt for a long time,and this one was just perfect.  In the same store I found a red wool pencil skirt and a 60’s wool dress in bubblegum pink.  The items arrived in pristine condition and perfectly packaged.  So far, I’ve only worn the green skirt but it made me feel like a foxy bombshell.
  • Cadbury hot chocolate
  • Daiso shopping sprees
  • Coffee and pancakes with old mates
  • Getting the ball rolling on my birthday plans.  I turn 30 next month and it was one of my new-years resolutions to celebrate in style  Well, I’ve got many very special things planned and I’m very much looking forward to it.
  • Tea on the balcony.
  • Quoting Red Dwarf and giggling like an idiot.

New recipe 18: Vegetarian chilli con carne. #dinner #resolutions #vegetarian.

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  • This vegetarian chilli con carne.  It was a brand new recipe and my goodness was it easy and scrumptious.  I’ve added this to my recipe file (which is a very high honour, as very few recipes are deemed delicious enough to go in my regular recipe rotation).

What do you love this week?  Leave a comment and tell me all about the awesome things that have been happening in your world.

Things I Love Thursday 14/4/2016

Thank goodness it’s Thursday!  The weekend is just around the corner and it’s time to kick back, pour yourself a cup of tea (or something stronger if need be) and reflect on the week behind you and all the things that made you smile.


This week I love:

  • Haircuts.  I got a big trim last week and it was amazing.  I didn’t have anything drastic done, just a few inches off, my layers tidied up and my side shave cut neatly.  But I feel lighter and bouncier.  Sometimes it just takes a little bit of self care to breathe a bit of life back into our tired selves.
  • The cooler weather.  I’ve been so pleased to break out some of my warmer jumpers and boots.
  • Red leaves.  The house on the corner of my street has the most gorgeous maple tree in their front yard.  The leaves are beginning to turn this incredible rich red and it’s stunning to behold.
  • Finding this Hello Kitty onsie at the op shop.  I stopped into the thrift store for just a second during my lunch break and saw this burst of fleecy fabric poking out from between two pastel nightgowns.  It was just $6, is a perfectly comfy fit and it has pockets.  It’s my new favourite after-work outfit.
  • Long train rides with trashy vampire books.
  • Making my first ever baked risotto. It’s so much yummier than when I do it on the stovetop, not to mention faster and easier.
  • Attempting to be kinder to myself and my body and it’s changing shape.
  • Pushing Daisies.  Whimsical, cute and a bit dark.  Not to mention the adorable styling.
  • Flicking my new shorter ponytail back and forth.
  • Warm showers

What do you love this week, sweet pea?