Let's catch up on what's been going on recently, shall we?
Oh my wordy lordy how I love me some tea, ESPECIALLY when I serve it all fancy-like out of my gold trimmed teapot and matching cup. I had got into the habit at work of buying a coffee each morning which was DELICIOUS but also cost $5 a pop. What a rip! And seeing as I am one of those annoying do-gooder types, once a week I'd pay for the coffee of the person behind me. Other than the fact that it caused all kinds of confusion, that's $30 a week just on coffees! So now I'm backing off on the coffee and celebrating delicious, fragrant and not-a-rip-off tea that I make myself.
2. Biggie Smalls
Master Smalls is as irrepressible and incorrigible as ever. He's taken to biting me really hard so I have started biting him back. He doesn't enjoy this at all (amazingly) but I'm collecting less puncture wounds by the day.
3. Learning a language
Saya belajar bahasa Indonesia! I said I was going to learn Indonesian and I did! Well, I learnt about eight sentences and forty words. But that's more than I used to know! I'm chalking it up as a win! I can't wait to get to the Gili Islands next month and test out my skills on the locals. The most important phrase I've committed to memory is this: "Bisa kurang?"
Which means "Can the price be less?"
Also, "Wah! Mahal!" ("Whoa! Expensive!"). You have to say it with feeling.
It has been such good exercise for my brain to learn something new. It's been a long time since I mastered any new skills or knowledge so it felt great to do so.
Oh look, there's Biggie Smalls again. The cuteness is palpable.
Holy lord are the sunsets spectacular this time of year. We've had the most refreshing burst of cool(er) weather, and it even poured with rain a couple of weeks ago. Nothing since, and it's currently about 35 degrees, so I'm guessing that wasn't our autumn break. But it's coming! IT HAS TO BE. Hang on, wait, this was supposed to be about sunsets. The autumnal sunsets and sunrises have been top notch. Blair is MOST embarrassed about all the time I spend standing out the front soaking it in but I don't care.
5. OH EM GEE… we have passionfruits!! We were totes prepared that the vines would flower without fruiting this year since we were told not to expect fruit in the first 18 months. But believe it or not there are two bitty little green passionfruits ripening on the vine as I type. I can't believe it. I am beyond thrilled. And aren't passionfruit flowers the most amazingly complex structures?
It really boggles my mind that in one of those little shiny black pips is all the information needed to create not only the vine, but these amazing flowers and potentially hundreds more delicious fruit.
Think about any kind of vegetable seed. Those tiny little seeds the size of a grain of sand contain everything needed to create broccoli, or cabbage, or carrots, or whatever. It is AMAZING when you really think about it.
I hope I never lose that sense of wonder at how incredible it is, something we all take for granted. Nature is amazing.
6. The Year of Ethical Fashion
I've been going really well with the YOEF. As I discussed on Facebook the other day, I haven't been shopping in months. And I don't even miss it! One thing about not going to the shops is that you don't see all the things you might want and therefore start wanting them.
But I also seem to have changed my mindset in a really fundamental way. Even when I do go to the shops, or see clothing ads on TV, or scroll past fashion photos on Pinterest, I don't care. I'm not interested. I buy what I need, which at the moment is nothing. I haven't even sewn any clothes on the machine. I don't need anything and for the first time ever, that has translated to not wanting anything either. It's a great feeling and instead of coveting things I don't need and probably can't afford to buy, I'm spending my time and energy on way more fulfilling pursuits: gardening, staring at sunsets and learning Indonesian to name a few.
If I achieve nothing else by participating in the YOEF, this change in attitude alone has made it so worth it. Stuff can fill your house but it'll never fill you up. Life should be about relationships and experiences and all those things that money can't actually buy for you.
And on that philosophical note, I'll sign off.
Tell me one cool thing that you've done recently?