Less than two months left until I’m 30. Crazy to think of it really – nearly a whole year elapsed. Got a bit demoralize mid-June, feeling like there are so many things from my list that I haven’t yet accomplished. But fortunately for me I have a lovely optimistic husband who gave me a much-needed reality check. I mean – I saw the NORTHERN LIGHTS – how can I complain??! I am so grateful for my amazing, simple life, and all the opportunities I have been given and have for the taking.
This month we started off SCUBA DIVING! Followed by a mini Father’s Day BBQ at our house to christen S’s birthday BBQ and use up the last of our tortillas from America. So, so tasty…
The following weekend, we adventured/explored our city, going to Edinburgh Zoo Nights with Handsome S’s folks. Great fun! Lots of people wearing animal masks and facepaint. I had the most DELICIOUS bratwurst style hot dog and enjoyed a fresh orange & lemonade, since I am still carrying on with #nobooze2014 (You booze, you lose! Nearly 6 months now!). Next day we went to our local town fair (QUAINT!) which was lovely – our friend had a stall selling cakes, and we ran into loads of S’s school friends (since all their families still live in the same ‘hood). Love it.
Later in the month we celebrated the first of two of our pals’ hen parties. Finally both Stuart and I got to go on a hen party together! Ended the night at karaoke for an epic 3 hour session – so this puts me up to 24.5 hours of karaoke now! Nearly there!
I’ve been a bit disappointed with my focus on my writing lately. Really haven’t been making time (would rather play with my new house!) I had submitted my ever-in-progress collection for a competition but no luck this time (setback!). Still, optimistic as ever – I contributed a poem for a local ‘stories of home’ literary event. You can read it here if you fancy it. You can also still contribute if you have a story (or poem!) to tell.
Regular update on coding and language stuff: have pretty much dropped off with both. Thought booking a cheeky trip to Germany might be the thing to encourage me to get back into the German lessons, but in the end changed my travel plans and will be heading back to California again in September to hang out with my mom. She’s retiring and moving back to Japan to retire so we’ll need to do a MASSIVE ‘spring cleaning’ and it’s all hands on deck in my clan in the run up. Spannend!
That said, I did manage to tick off a couple of things from my back-burner list:
I made an ace throw pillow using my silkscreened print (from my screenprinting class last winter) which now adorns the new sofa!
And I may be close to adopting a pet. =)
You’d think I’d be more productive though now that it’s off-season for my basketball team, but perhaps it’s better just to take things slow and recuperate my ankle (and life!).
Still, lots to try and get done in the next month(!): archery, silversmithing, two-finger whistle, hot air balloon, dining on coins, and quilting!
Listened to The Complete Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes. AMAZING.
Looking forward to picking up my volunteering at the Scottish Poetry Library soon. Just got a message they’ll be back open for business from 1 July! Meaning my poetry reading list will be mega-long next month with all the new additions.
Take care & seize the day!