Sunday Seven

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Each month I will be sharing a Sunday Seven post, which will be a round of a few of my favourite things I’ve seen on the web. I like the idea of celebrating some of my favourite sites, along with new sites that I discover and find inspiring.

  • This looks like such a fun technique to try on a scrapbook or art journal page!
  • I think these hanging planters would be perfect for my bedroom. Anyone know where I can get these bowls in Australia?
  • These daily habits for a clutter-free home look pretty straightforward and like they could become good habits
  • This post has me inspired to clean and organise my craft room
  • All the heart eye emojis are needed for this quilt! Rainbow for the win!
  • I will be starting on a new fitness routine this month with my sister, and this post will hopefully help me to stick with it a little longer
  • These lettuce wraps look super tasty!

Hope you have all had a lovely weekend!

BOLD Intentions || September

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As part of my One Little Word for 2015, I am setting a handful of BOLD Intentions each month. These are areas that I am going to focus on each month to try to make some good progress with my One Little Word.

During August, I managed to do quite well at documenting my Week in the Life (you can see my posts here). I celebrated a year of being engaged with a breakfast date with my favourite guy, and read The Book Thief (and started WomanCode and The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up too). I have also made travel notebooks for Melbourne and wedding planning, I just have the covers to decorate, which I am looking forward to finishing this month.

For September, my BOLD Intentions are:

  • Complete my Week in the Life album, now that the photos and journalling are done
  • Explore, relax and enjoy Victoria
  • Book a wedding! I have a rough location and a date, now to choose the venue
  • Put together and share my Winter Manifesto. Debating whether to do a photo book or 4×4 We R Memory Keepers album
  • Complete 5 art journal pages. I’m feeling an urge to art journal again!

I will report back at the start of September with an update as to how I go :)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. You can see my posts about my 2015 word, Bold, here. If you don’t know what One Little Word is, you can read more about it in this post from Ali Edwards. I will be undertaking Ali’s One Little Word class again this year, and creating an album about my word and the changes it’s manifesting in my life. You can also listen to Elise Cripe’s podcast episode about One Little Word here.

Book Review: The Book Thief

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I’m going to start by saying that I loved this book! Right from the start, I was hooked, and I think it was because of the interesting writing style, since this book is narrated by Death.

The Book Thief is based in Germany between 1939-1943 during World War 2. It centers around the life of 9-year-old Liesel Meminger, who is sent to live with a foster family, the Hubermann’s. She makes some great friends while there, and develops a love for books with the help of her foster-father when he teaches her to read. She starts to collect them early on, picking up the first one, The Gravedigger’s Handbook, from the snow just after her brother’s death, and then stealing more as she comes across them on her journeys, and eventually turning to writing her own.

Death narrates the story after encountering her multiple times starting with her brother’s passing, and on the final time, when he picks up her journal, leading to him retelling her story about the political situation in Germany deteriorating and her exposure to the horrors she encounters in a war-torn world.

It is very well written, and jumps between Death’s thought’s and Liesel’s experiences quite seamlessly. Markus Zusak is quite talented to write in such a way and paint such a vivid picture. Right from the start I was captivated with the story, and was only disappointed at the very end since I felt like the book ended a little too early for me and could have had a bit more detail about what happens to Liesel at the end of the story. Overall, I give this a 4.5/5 though.

 

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I’m not sure how I managed to it, but I closed of this years Week in the Life with 85 photos. Usually by the end of the week I’ve had enough of using the camera and manage very few of them! I’m pretty sure that Michael will be happy with the camera going away again though!

Today was quite a relaxing one… I slept in till 10.30am, Michael made us pancakes for breakfast, I lounged around reading and on Instagram, we headed for coffee just so I could buy some paint at Bunnings and cardstock at Office Works, I made avocado and poached eggs for lunch, housework was completed along with preparing work clothes and food for next week, we went for a long walk in the rain (the first time it’s rained all week, too!) and spent some relaxing time online. It was nice to have a day of doing very little, especially since we’ve been away for the last 2 weekends.

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This week I am following along with Ali Edwards (and many others around the world!) as she undertakes documenting a Week in the Life. This is project where I will be recording the details of the week with photos and words, and this will be my 6th year playing along!

You can see all of my Week in the Life posts here. I have also shared some Tips and Ideas for Documenting a Week in the Life here, and here is another good post by Elise Blaha with Tips for Fun Everyday Photos.

Week in the Life 2015 || Saturday

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Today I have managed to take the most photos so far this week… 162 to be exact!

I’m not surprised to have had so many photos today… We had a guy with a bobcat out to remove a heap of dirt from our front yard, went out to lunch, explored a new to us nursery (the best one I’ve ever been to, as well!) and had afternoon tea and dinner with Michael’s parents. There was also an awesome sunset, and it was perfect skirt and t-shirt weather, which makes me happy!

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This week I am following along with Ali Edwards (and many others around the world!) as she undertakes documenting a Week in the Life. This is project where I will be recording the details of the week with photos and words, and this will be my 6th year playing along!

You can see all of my Week in the Life posts here. I have also shared some Tips and Ideas for Documenting a Week in the Life here, and here is another good post by Elise Blaha with Tips for Fun Everyday Photos.

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Only 47 photos taken today. To be honest, I’m not surprised since it’s usually around this time of the week my photo taking starts to die down a lot!

Today was a pretty average day all round… Commute to work, full on busy day at work since my team leader is off next week and we needed to organise the handover of tasks, dealing with customer complaints and needing a good break at lunch to get away. I sat by the river reading and enjoying the stunning weather. I ended up finishing work about 20 minutes late, which is pretty unusual for me, but it happens every so often. Lots more time reading in the evening as well. I’m hooked on this book (The Book Thief) and kind of hope to finish it this weekend.

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This week I am following along with Ali Edwards (and many others around the world!) as she undertakes documenting a Week in the Life. This is project where I will be recording the details of the week with photos and words, and this will be my 6th year playing along!

You can see all of my Week in the Life posts here. I have also shared some Tips and Ideas for Documenting a Week in the Life here, and here is another good post by Elise Blaha with Tips for Fun Everyday Photos.

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I managed to take 49 photos today. Not a lot, but still enough to cover my day pretty well overall! A couple less to share here today though, since there were a few work photos I can’t share.

It was a fairly typical day here. I enjoyed the sun at the platform while waiting for trains. I enjoyed reading on the train (especially since I don’t have much data left for the month and need to minimise using my phone while I’m out and about!). We did have a food day at work though, to celebrate one of the girls last days as she will be off on maternity leave for the next year, and another guy leaving for a new role tomorrow. The one thing that was really out of the ordinary was going to get a pedicure. This was my way of celebrating 30 days in a row of completing 10,000 steps! I was going to go with white nail polish for it, but when I saw the bright purple, the decision was instantly changed!

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This week I am following along with Ali Edwards (and many others around the world!) as she undertakes documenting a Week in the Life. This is project where I will be recording the details of the week with photos and words, and this will be my 6th year playing along!

You can see all of my Week in the Life posts here. I have also shared some Tips and Ideas for Documenting a Week in the Life here, and here is another good post by Elise Blaha with Tips for Fun Everyday Photos.

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I had another 80 photos today. I’m surprised that day 3 has had more than the previous days so far!

Today was super cold, so it was really hard to get out of bed. It was long and stressful at work, with a few tough but crucial things I’ve been working on today. I managed to get out for a walk on my lunch break though, and finished on time, which is good! Michael made us an awesome dinner of con carne wraps with avocado and it was so good! I also managed to go through my inbox at home… I had 170 emails all up, and now I’ve deleted most of them, unsubscribed from a heap and actioned a heap, so I only have a couple of to-dos left from them, so it makes me happy! I spent some time painting a couple of plant pots too, so they are almost ready to rehome a couple of plants I have on our kitchen windowsill.

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This week I am following along with Ali Edwards (and many others around the world!) as she undertakes documenting a Week in the Life. This is project where I will be recording the details of the week with photos and words, and this will be my 6th year playing along!

You can see all of my Week in the Life posts here. I have also shared some Tips and Ideas for Documenting a Week in the Life here, and here is another good post by Elise Blaha with Tips for Fun Everyday Photos.

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Today I took another 49 photos. Not as many as yesterday, but I still have a couple of favourites here, which is always a good thing!

Today was long and stressful at work, starting out dealing with a customer complaint. I spent most of it with a headache, which was not fun, and the last hour of my shift was a struggle. Thankfully my headache was mostly gone after getting home. I had more success at the chemist today, and since I only had to stop for a couple of groceries today, I was only home a few minutes later than usual. I spent more time reading The Book Thief on the train, so it was nice to have some time at home this evening catching up on my emails and blogs. Michael also surprised me with a fancy rolling-pin he brought me, so tonight we had an impromptu pizza night, although based on his expression in one of the photos, he was not a fan of me making him wait to eat!

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This week I am following along with Ali Edwards (and many others around the world!) as she undertakes documenting a Week in the Life. This is project where I will be recording the details of the week with photos and words, and this will be my 6th year playing along!

You can see all of my Week in the Life posts here. I have also shared some Tips and Ideas for Documenting a Week in the Life here, and here is another good post by Elise Blaha with Tips for Fun Everyday Photos.

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Today involved 66 photos. Some good ones, some not so good. A pretty good representation of my day though, especially considering I can’t really take photos at work!

Today involved my sister getting her motorbike licence, frustration at the chemist trying to pick up a script, super late lunches, lots of reading of The Book Thief on the train since I’ve almost gone through my data allowance for the month, a trip to Spotlight for their 30% off sale, a clean kitchen, and Michael buying new pots to plant up some orchids we got over the weekend. We had great weather, and I really wanted to focus on the details of my commute to work since I’ve only been doing it a year and it’s quite different to previous years.

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This week I am following along with Ali Edwards (and many others around the world!) as she undertakes documenting a Week in the Life. This is project where I will be recording the details of the week with photos and words, and this will be my 6th year playing along!

You can see all of my Week in the Life posts here. I have also shared some Tips and Ideas for Documenting a Week in the Life here, and here is another good post by Elise Blaha with Tips for Fun Everyday Photos.