I haven’t done one of these posts in ages! It’s always a fun way to get a quick snapshot into what’s happening. Life in China has been so fast paced – I cannot believed we’ve been here for over 4 months now.
I’m not sewing and blogging as much as I’d like, but I’m slowly chipping away at it and I’l get back to more creative pursuits as we settle here and things start to feel more like home.
Making – a rainbow and low volume quilt (see my progress here). Word has got out that I sew and a couple of people have brought things to me for adjusting and mending. Hmm. They obviously don’t know my feelings about it…for my own sanity I better let them down gently.
Cooking – lamb chops. It’s been ages since we’ve had them and I finally bought some at a frozen export meat market. It’s funny the things you miss! If only I could find some decent sausages and I’d be set!
Drinking – vodka & soda.
Reading – Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin.
Wanting – To find somewhere to buy quilting fabric here in Guangzhou. Haven’t found anywhere yet.
Looking – Out my window at the river. We have a great view from our apartment.
Playing – Snakes & Ladders. Lucy’s current favourite board game.
Wasting – Money. On imported foods. Certain favourites are very expensive here.
Sewing – Once I’ve done my quilt, I need a few cushions for the sofa.
Wishing – That I could zip home to Melbourne just for a day or two.
Enjoying – Riding my bike everywhere.
Waiting – For mail. Our Australian mail only comes once a week.
Liking – Instagram’s new look. (yes I think I’m the only one)
Wondering – how long until I feel settled here?
Loving – eating Chongqing style noodles at my favourite restaurant.
Hoping – To really improve my Chinese skills. My verbal communication is growing quickly, but learning characters is very hard and I can’t read anything.
Marvelling – At the fast pace of progress here in China. I think many friends and family think we live in a small village. Nope. Check out this video – this is where I live.
Needing – To sew more, but my motivation is quite low.
Watching – Just finished bingeing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 and Penny Dreadful season 1. Kimmy not as good as season one. Penny Dreadful was really good.
Smelling – Let’s just say that a day in China involves smelling good things (mainly food) and very very bad things. Very bad. In public toilets, people do not flush toilet paper. Instead, it is put in a bit next to the toilet. Enough said.
Wearing – I bought some new light weight harem style pants three days ago and I have only taken them off to sleep. So comfy and perfect for this heat.
Following – Humans of New York. This week has been breaking my heart into pieces with the stories from the cancer hospital.
Noticing – Lucy is now taller than Anna, who is more than two years older than her.
Feeling – Up and down. Some days here are so exciting, some are an exercise in frustration and some days I just miss the ease and familiarity of home. I feel guilty for not keeping up with this blog as much as I would like.
Bookmarking – Australian newspapers to keep up with what’s happening at home.
Opening – My yoghurt maker to check that I’ve managed a nice thick and creamy consistency! A 500g tub of Greek yoghurt costs about $15 here so I make my own. I use an Easiyo yoghurt maker – I recommend!
Laughing – at all sorts of things. Laughter is a great way to communicate when you can’t always speak the language or make yourself understood.
So hopefully I’ll get back to more regular posting here soon. Slowly slowly – it’s important to feel settled. I find sewing and blogging is only something that comes easily when I’m feeling relaxed and all my other family and home commitments are up to date!
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