Hi. It’s been a while.
I haven’t posted here for nearly two years and I’m not even sure where to start…
We’ve been in China almost three years now. Guangzhou is home. I don’t miss Australia as much as I used to but I think that is just because living here has become normal. It’s our real life – we work, kids go to school, we shop, see friends, buy our groceries, take kids to activities.
Life is great here but the highs are high and the lows are low. Expat life can be a bit of a fish bowl…we live in one of the biggest cities in the world but sometimes it feels like a very small town.
The intensity of life here has forced a lot of change and I’ve left my sewing and creative pursuits behind. I’d like to find a way back. I thought posting here might be a good start. I’ve started a Christmas quilt, just one block at a time…baby steps. I don’t want to put myself under pressure, it needs to be pure enjoyment.
Maybe a quick round up of current life would be a good way to reconnect?
Making – I’ve started a Christmas quilt. I want it to be quite big so I might just make a top and send it home to Australia to be long armed.
Cooking – I’m hosting Christmas dinner for a group of friends so I’ll make the Jamie Oliver make ahead gravy. It’s a bit of a chore but the end result is worth it.
Drinking – Moscow Mules. Festive and delicious.
Reading – A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. The writing is beautiful but I’m not sure that I’ll finish it…it’s about grief and I think I need a more uplifting read at the moment. Any suggestions?
Wanting – a wider selection of english language books to browse. I’ll have to be satisfied with kindle and my e-library catalogues for another year.
Looking – on my doorstep to see if anymore packages have arrived…Christmas has been all about the online shopping this year.
Playing – Scrabble.
Wasting – time on social media. Do you ever scroll blindly when you are bored and then thing “wow I saw absolutely nothing of value in the last 15 minutes.” It’s such a trap.
Sewing – 12 1/2 inch blocks for my Christmas quilt. I’ve made three so far.
Enjoying – Reformer pilates classes.
Waiting – for the real winter weather to begin so we can get cosy and wear jackets and beanies. It never lasts long here in the tropics.
Liking – how Christmassy it feels here in Guangzhou considering Chinese people do not celebrate the holiday.
Wondering – if I’ll finish my Christmas quilt.
Loving – my kids now make their own breakfasts on the weekend! Parenting goals.
Needing – some new socks.
Watching – Gavin & Stacey
Smelling – my favourite perfume, Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt. I wear it everyday.
Wearing – jeans, tshirt, converse. It’s like a uniform for me.
Following – Mrs Hinch, an instagrammer from the UK. Her main topics are cleaning, her home and her dog. I feel like a weird voyeur but I think she’s awesome.
Feeling – Mental health and wellbeing has been a struggle for me in the last couple of months. I’m no stranger to it so I know how to manage it but it’s tough. It’s not something I share easily but I have a trusted few who I can discuss it openly with. It’s a big reason why I want to find my way back to this space.
If you just got to the end of that, thanks for reading! I am seriously wondering if anyone will read this at all given the break has been so long…
Do people even read blogs anymore? Or is everyone on instagram? Or somewhere else? I am so out of touch. Where is your favourite place on the internet these days?
I’m hoping it won’t be so long before I post again!