G’day, everyone! Seeing as I missed my regular Hayley Lately post in February because, you know, I was enjoying myself too much in Bali, I thought I would do another Taking Stock post. I quite enjoyed doing it last year and I may try and do it more regular in 2016. So this is what I have been up to lately (warning: lots of Bali-ness ahead).
Making: money so I can fly the Australian nest (again) next year. All I know is I am able to obtain an Ancestry Visa to enter the UK, and I want to take full advantage of it.
Cooking: an Indian curry for dinner tonight. I am slowly broadening my cooking horizons thanks to regular visits to the Queen Vic Markets. That place is the best.
Drinking: a lot of Bintang Radlers in Bali. There are two combinations: beer mixed with grapefruit or lemon. I am pretty sure there is probably about 2% alcohol in them, but damn they were refreshing. And only $2.50 so, what’s a girl to do?
Reading: quite a bit in February: We Were Liars (YA novel with heartbreaking ending); Ruby Blues (just as good as its prequel); What Alice Forgot (excellent Liane Moriarty novel); and Crown of Midnight (catchy YA fantasy series).
Wanting: to go back to Bali, obviously.
Looking: at buying flights to Brisbane in May to see friends, my bro and my football team play. Just one of the many old homes of this nomad.
Deciding: what posts to write about Bali. I have a lot of ideas swimming around this head of mine.
Wishing: I could have stayed in Bali longer.
Enjoying: the fact that Quantico and Blindspot are finally back on TV after such a long hiatus.
Waiting: inevitably for the cold weather to slowly make its way back to Melbourne. Sigh.
Liking: the fact March is all about the public holidays in Victoria. Score!
Wondering: what will happen in my 27th year. Beginning it on holiday what a perfect start.
Loving: all the good stuff I bought in Bali: jewellery, dresses, shoes and maybe just a couple of bags. One of the dresses was $6 and has a pineapple print. I’m in love.
Pondering: my next Melbourne shopping trip. It’s been awhile since I’ve scoped the outlets, so I might make time for this one coming weekend.
Buying: Easter chocolate for myself soon. Red Tulip bunnies are my favourite.
Watching: quite a few Youtubers these days. Check out fellow Aussies and daily travel vloggers Stephen and Jess from Flying the Nest. They went on one epic adventure last year.
Hoping: to catch some shows at the International Comedy Fest in Melbourne, which begins next week.
Marvelling: at epic sunsets.
Cringing: at the fact my rugby team lost this weekend. Not a good start to the season.
Needing: to edit some photos on Lightroom. Have I told you how much I love that software? Game changer.
Questioning: the OJ Simpson case thanks to the new TV series, American Crime Story. Has anyone else been watching it, really, for the first time like me? I was only 5 when it happened, and in Australia.
Smelling: incense in Bali. It is used in many of the daily God offerings the Balinese display on the street, and it just makes me think of Bali.
Wearing: a lot of black. It is kind of hilarious looking at my weekly clothes wash — it’s just a sea of black, thanks mostly to my work uniform.
Noticing: the leaves are slowly turning brown and falling off the trees in Melbourne’s CBD.
Knowing: I will be back home on Magnetic Island at the end of May makes me happy. The three days off work isn’t horrible, either.
Thinking: the Balinese are just super friendly and beautiful people. How they remember us year after year blows my mind.
Admiring: my current semi-tan. I may be using some of that amazing Dove gradual tanning lotion to keep it around a little longer. I never tan, so this is pretty impressive, guys.
Sorting: my room. It is actually looking quite tidy today.
Getting: sad as I finish watching Downton Abbey. Although I think the first few seasons were definitely the best, I will miss the Crawleys, and the period drama. There isn’t really another show like it.
Bookmarking: Mindy Kaling’s book, Why Not Me? So far all it is making me want to do is watch The Mindy Project. That’s good marketing.
Coveting: a pair of Nike runners after feeling just how lightweight they are. I now know why everyone owns a pair.
Disliking: that this week the season finale of How to Get Away with Murder airs. If you haven’t watched that show, do yourself and favour and binge-watch it this summer/winter.
Opening: birthday presents at the end of February. My grandad gifted me money, which I spent on getting a skirt and pants tailor-made in Bali. My parents also got me a 50mm lens for my camera. I am already impressed with the photo quality.
Feeling: hungry right now. I think it’s lunch time.
Snacking: on choc chip hot cross buns from work. Yes, they are delicious.
Helping: my sponsor child in Bali. I was not only able to see him on my birthday, but I was able to give his family a parcel of rice and other household items. His mum was so thankful, which made my day. I also gave him a small Lego kit and he was so impressed.
Hearing: good music lately thanks to Jack Garratt. Have you heard this guy yet? Check him out!
What have you been up to lately?