Last Saturday we had 14 kids to a sleepover. They were meant to all be outside in tents, but the weather had other ideas, so instead they were all in our lounge room. Last year I swore I would never again host a slumber party and yet, there I was pleading for mercy at 2 o’clock in the morning. Gorgeous girls go crazy when you jack them up on yellow and orange icing and set them free. Good times.
Basically, I had a mega-shit week this week. A mega-shit week happens when you’re having a generally shit week and then the school announces that there is a costumed mufti day happening next week. The kids have to go as their favourite book or movie character. I mean, we practically chose the kids’ school because they didn’t participate in book week or Easter hat parades, and now this.
The girls, being the troupers that they are, have decided to go as Ruby Redfort (she wears jeans, a tee and Converses – tick) and Violet Mackeral (who is just generally crafty and awesome and wears whatever the hell she wants – tick). Max informed me that it’s a good thing he’s moved onto high school as he would have been attending as Papyrus from Undertale. I don’t know what the hell that is either.
So, a drink, no? It feels needed this week. Let’s pour a glass of comfort and catch up.
I’m loving: clarity. There is nothing quite like a shit week for stripping back the layers and reminding you about what is fundamentally important.
I’m enjoying: my work. There is a ton of it and mostly I feel like I’m drowning, but still I love it. That’s a good sign, right?
I’m watching: Big Little Lies. We have Foxtel freebie access for 10 days, so we had better crack on with it. I’m struggling a little with privilege, entitlement, gender and superficality issues, but will persevere.
I’m eating: this stupid chocolate brownie ice cream called Flatbush by Connoisseur that is basically irresistable madness.
I’m reading: Brene Browne’s Darling Greatly. I’ve concluded that all along vulnerability has been the skill that has made my life a particular joy. It feels natural to me to just be me.
I’m making: actually, the girls are making, Bake Play Smile’s Raspberry and Ricotta Cake and it is wonderful. We halve the sugar and use brown sugar instead and it is perfect. They are tackling a blueberry version this afternoon.
I’m discovering: after the goings ons of this week, I simply must repeat what I said last week, because I need to not just ‘discover’ it, but live it: “We really do just have to go with the flow. We can’t overthink the ‘what ifs’ because that just hurts your head and maybe your soul a little bit too. We just have to accept whatever comes our way and make the most of it. Plan a little, but not a lot.”
I’m listening: to the wonderful The Mae Trio. We discovered them at the National Folk Festival and they are great company with a glass of wine as I cook dinner.
Hope you’ve had a good week. If you have, that will be balance enough for me!