Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sundays are for savouring

This week, I have been grateful for...

1. Baking my Dad a pumpkin pie (pictured above) for his birthday. As you can see, it was a bit "well done" around the edges. But not bad for a first attempt... and it tastes pretty good too. The recipe is from Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar, shared here. A few too many steps (and utensils!) for my liking, but a good challenge nonetheless.

2. Heading off to celebrate Dad's birthday today! Husbands have other commitments, so it will be just my dad, mum, sister and me (and my little 'un), just like old times.

3. A lovely Saturday afternoon spent with dear friends from work. They came over armed with Irises and Lebanese sweets and happily engaged in a few rigorous rounds of Hungry Hippos with my little 'un.

4. A great Friday night with my bff. Enjoying a decadent dinner with altogether too many bottles of prosecco, followed by a fun band.

5. This incredibly moving short film made by Dove. Made me cry, cry, cry. Because it is so true.

6. Having a bit of a breakthrough with my novel. My inner critic is still committed to informing me of its craptitude but, in all honesty, she sorta has a point: the plot is moving too slowly, with too many diffuse details. But I have an idea that may help focus the narrative and move things along. So that inner critic of mine is proving quite helpful, even if she can be a bit of a beeeyatch.

7. Reaching out to an amazing artist/poet/writer whose work/blog/tweets/instagrams I have enjoyed for years. We're going to meet up when I'm in New York! Swoon!

8. Reaching the nadir of depletion but quickly building myself up again. Becoming more of a protagonist in my wellness story.

9. Natalie Goldberg's The True Secret of Writing. OMG, this book is turning my world upside down. More on this soon.

10. Settling back into our routine now that school holidays are over. Spending a morning blitzing the pre-travel-panic To Do list. Committing to maintaining a steadier pace between now and then. Knowing that what this actually means is showing up, getting it wrong, showing up again. Life.

Each weekend I link up with my dear friend Bron aka Maxabella and her brilliant 52 weeks of grateful project. You really should get in amongst it: it'll hone your vision during the week for all the things you're grateful for; and you'll meet some totally gorgeous kindred spirits along the way. Promise!


  1. Yay you! You inspire me. I am a fledgling writer, I took a creative writing course and fell in love. Not sure what to do about it...shy of submitting anything, but I will eventually.

  2. wonderful list Kat! Thanks for the link to the Dove film - I saw it on Facebook this week through the Face Value project I participated in last summer, which was very fitting...Thank you for your posts reminding us all how WORTHY we are!