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I have recently been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the wonderful Tara at 1alive and I only just discovered it today as I have been very slack with my blogging as of late (I will make another post regarding why very shortly!).

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who awarded you.

A big thank you very much to Tara!

2. Share 7 things about myself that you may not know.

I’m always so bad at thinking up things like this but I’ll give it a go:

1. I very much love cats and have an evil but wonderful one of my own named Charlie (I speak of him as though he is my own child, which in my eyes he is) and we very sadly have to be separated at the moment because he is living with my parents.

2. I am a vegetarian and am passionate about eating well and living a healthy body, mind and eco-friendly lifestyle.

3. I absolutely love books (always have) and am an avid reader. As generic as this might sound, my all time favourite is Harry Potter and I would feel very disloyal claiming it was anything else.

4. I love to cook and I do so a lot. My favourite food is Italian (pastas, pizzas..) but I also love curries.

5. I am about to start studying psychology in Brisbane and am quite excited.

6. I’ve never really travelled but it’s one of my main goals in life- first destination New York City!

7. I am a big big partier but at the same time I really really love (sometimes even prefer) to be curled up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea or spending a night in with my family/best friends.

3. Nominate 15 Bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.

5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

I’m only going to list a few, because this might be weird but I tend to search topics and look at heaps of different blogs instead of following select ones. In general, I love vegetarian food blogs and they’re the main ones I look at.

Project Granola Mom– I love the idea behind this blog and it has heaps of super healthy and delicious recipes.

Fork and Beans– again, lots of great vegan food!

Fashion Forward– this blog has a great outlook on life and it’s against animal cruelty/supports vegetarianism.

Free Page Numbers– this is a friend’s blog, she mostly blogs about books and she’s an absolutely fantastic writer. 

I have recently…

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Being productive whilst half dead

The past few days I have been under attack from an evil, merciless flu. Apart from feeling overly sorry for myself, dramatically complaining to anyone who would listen (even unwilling victims), utilising all tumblr, facebook, and now here to let the world know of my misery and stuffing myself with so much vitamin C I will probably soon turn into an orange, I have actually had a quite productive few days of what has felt like looming death.

I took Wednesday off work to recover and wallow in my own sorrows and snot, and as well as catching up on some much needed sleep and doing some quality stuffing my face with comfort food, I am now able to finally cross off another book on my to-read list: The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Which was an excellent, thought-provoking read including a few good lessons to learn, which took my mind off my self-sympathy for a little while. I am very much looking forward to reading other works of Mitch Albom. One positive thing about being so sick- being able to curl up under blankets at home all day, doing whatever you feel like. I also scored two job interviews in Brisbane (where I’m moving in a week’s time).

Thursday I had to take off work as well (unfortunately- I don’t want to use up my leave so it’s paid out when I finish at this job, damn it!) to go to said interviews (plus I was also still in the deathly clutches of the flu from hell). So I hope they appreciate me dragging myself out of my warm bed all the way to Brisbane in my awful state just to talk to them for a few minutes. If I don’t get the job I will snap and unleash my fury upon them, which will not be pleasant. Not for them anyway- I’m sure I’ll get a sadistic kick out of it. However, I also got to see the best friend, so it was worth it.

And now it is Friday already- I love weeks that go super quickly- and I have dragged myself to work, croaky-voiced, runny-nosed, watery-eyed and miserable but still here. Obviously I’m super dedicated, good hearted person. Obviously it has nothing to do with me wanting to not use up more sick leave so I get more money. Or not wanting to take three days off so I get a good reference. Obviously. They better all appreciate me.

However, I think just getting out of bed and to work is enough for 10am in my current condition and I need to ease myself into getting to the actual doing work part, which is why I’m currently writing this instead of doing my job. Happy Friday everyone!

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A New York Dream

http://www.gofundme.com/newyorkdream

A close friend of mine has recently been offered the incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity to study at New York University. As we both live in a small city near Brisbane, Queensland, moving to New York and being able to study at one of its major universities would be an amazing adventure and a dream come true for her.

Go check out her blog (freepagenumbers.wordpress.com) and see for yourself how wonderfully talented she is and how much she deserves to make this a reality.

However, there is one challenge that she needs to overcome- find $65,000 to pay for it. Which is why she’s set up this page (above link) to help achieve that. So if you could all take a small moment to go like/tweet/share the page on your blogs and facebook we would both appreciate it very, very much! And of course donate if possible, or spread the word around to people you think might be interested in donating and supporting this cause. Every little bit counts! Also, if you have any ideas for fundraising etc, please share to fuel some brainstorming 🙂

As the saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light’

Albus Dumbledore

Just had to share this one because it’s one of my favourite quotes and so inspiring and true, and of course because Dumbledore said it, therefore it has to be of infinite wisdom.

“Happiness can be found …

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Progression with to-read list

I have been doing a fair bit of reading lately and have finished The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 1984 and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I very much enjoyed The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and especially Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. From the first page I fell in love with the characters and their intricate, fascinating and damaged personalities. Although I found the concept of 1984 interesting and am certainly glad I’ve read it, I didn’t find the story particularly enjoyable to read, and was very glad when I finally got through to the end. It was only in the last quarter or so of the book that it started to get at all exciting and even then I couldn’t say I was riveted in the slightest.

I have also invested in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (which is next to read), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robinson Crusoe and The Help. I ordered three of these off Fishpond and while the prices were fantastic, they took forever to arrive which made me incredibly frustrated as I have very little patience. So probably won’t be doing that again, I am now on a mission to find one that delivers them quickly. I love having this many books piled up waiting for me to read!

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Pizza: the healthy way

My current hardcore dieting unfortunately means that I can’t eat a lot of the delicious food I love and crave. Actually, it means I can’t eat food very much at all. I am a massive Italian food lover- and if I ate as much of it as I desired I would literally be an extremely massive Italian food lover. As Italian food is generally ridiculously high in carbs and calories and fat and everything else, and as I am the type of person who generally manages to find a way around everything, I have come up with a solution for me not allowing myself to eat carby high calorie favourites: pizza and pasta. Pasta is my favourite food ever.

The pasta one is super easy- it’s called Slim Pasta. While perusing a local health shop recently and gazing longingly at the pasta section, I came across a little package labelled Slim Pasta. Which for obvious reasons caught my immediate attention. Upon further investigation I discovered it had only 34 calories in the entire pack, which had two serves. It’s $4 for a pack, which is kind of expensive for pasta, but still not too bad and definitely worth it. It’s made from ‘konjac flour’ and even though it doesn’t exactly taste like normal pasta and it’s quite noodle like, it’s still pretty great. Definitely better than no pasta. I just mix it with a bottle of pasta sauce and a sprinkle of cheese and it’s like a 100 calorie, super duper filling meal! So fantastic.

Now on pizza: last night I was on cooking dinner for the family duty, and as I am vegetarian and they are the complete opposite, I try to find something that all of us like and will eat. Last night’s solution: healthy pizzas.

How do you make an actual healthy pizza, you wonder? Pretty simply, actually. All I did was use wholemeal pita breads as a base, spread them with tomato paste and pile on whatever veggies I desired- I used mushrooms, pineapple, olives, asparagus and capsicum, but I’m sure there’s plenty of delicious combinations. I put some ham on everyone else’s and left my share nice and meat free, and covered everyone elses with an abundance of cheese while only putting a sprinkling on mine, as it’s super fatty and high calorie. It was incredibly delicious and really filling, and it’s a fantastic meal to make to cater for a number of people who don’t eat the same things, because you can vary the ingredients on each one.

Needless to say, I am extremely pleased I have found a way to include my favourite foods in my current crazy dieting mode!

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I wondered, for the first time in my life, if life was worth all the work it took to live. What exactly made it worth it?

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I wondered, for the first…

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Hump Day Complaint

Each Wednesday morning typically goes like this:

-Wake up and think ‘yes! It’s hump day, end of the week is not too far away’
 -Sign into facebook and see status after status along the lines of ‘happy hump day!’ ‘week is halfway over!’
-Get into the office and again hear ‘happy hump day!’ ‘week is halfway over!’ ‘so glad it’s wednesday!’ (the last one actually mainly occurs on Fridays, but point still valid)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m also a hump day lover. But lately it’s got me thinking that I really, really wish I wasn’t. Wouldn’t it be great to have a lifestyle in which you weren’t constantly waiting for your weeks to be over, dreading your weekends to end, constantly waiting for something instead of enjoying the present?

One of my biggest goals/wishes/hopes in life is to create a lifestyle and career that makes me generally happy with my life and what I am doing, every day. Not just the weekends. Because at the moment, and I’m sure many people can relate, I absolutely despise Monday mornings as they signal the beginning of an entire week ahead. I go into the office Monday to Friday, wishing it was the end of the day and even more so, the end of the week. I wait it out the entire week for it to be Friday afternoon and the weekend is so short that before I know it I’m back for another five days of not wanting to be there.

And the more I think about the more I realise; that’s ridiculous. You only live once and it only makes sense to get the most that you can out of that one life. There’s not enough time to be spending five out of seven entire days of every week wishing time would pass quicker, wanting for the day and week to be over. I want to get out of bed on a Monday morning and be glad that it’s a Monday. I want to be happy to do whatever I have to do that Monday, instead of having to drag myself to the office for another day of constantly checking the clock that is obviously ticking twice as slowly on weekdays and twice as quickly on weekends just to torture me. What a waste of life to live for the weekends.

I don’t know, I just think living like that is wrong, and not how life should be. So many people accept that this is the norm and the way it has to be, but I completely disagree. Those people need to open their eyes to the importance things in life, and realise that doing what you want and being who you want is so much more important. Life is art.

As uninspiring and non motivational as this as, I do not have an immediate plan to fix this. Current plan is to wait it out until I start uni halfway through the year, which I am very much looking forward to and will hopefully enjoy more than what I’m doing currently. After finishing my degree I very much hope to land a job that I love and that makes me want to go to work every day, unlike my current menial reception/administration assistant bore. I refuse to be a slave to the ‘rat race’ and I am determined to be free.

In the meantime, things like this blog, which makes me feel like I am actually doing something creative that I enjoy, helps to keep me sane.

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