Aghhghghhh! A whole month has gone by and I have to go back to work tomorrow! Ugh! So unfair! Why didn’t I win the lottery in that time? Possibly because I didn’t buy a ticket, but hey, let’s not let reason and sense get in the way here! I can’t believe four weeks has passed and I have little to show for it. OK, so I have new-ish boobs (or, at least, smaller ones) which are healing nicely, thank you, but not much else has been accomplished. To be fair, I wasn’t able to do much for the first couple of weeks, being sore and ouchy and so tired (I think my body just went “Ahhhhhhhhh” and wanted to recuperate and rest and sleep) but, really, I was hoping to get a few more things done. To be honest, it was nice to be forced to relax and NOT do anything. I actually read three whole books. Woo! I love reading but never take the time these days to actually curl up with a book and spend a hour or three lost in its pages. I read “Sufficient Grace” by Amy Espeseth (oh so good – I couldn’t put it down), “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd (also excellent – my Mum read it straight after me and she loved it too), and “The End of the Alphabet” by C. S. Richardson (Oh, such a sad but beautiful book. I finished it in a morning. I made my Mum read this too and she also cried ha ha. We are a pathetic pair).
These final few days, as I went into “Oh God I have to go back to work!” panic mode, I tried to pack as much entertainment and activity as possible, so as not to waste the time. A couple of days were spent getting my house in order, doing mundane things like ironing, tidying up and sorting out paperwork (who am I kidding? I just ended up watching thrifting haul videos on Youtube! There was no tidying or sorting!) and trying to get ready for the routine of the working week.
On Tuesday, I met my cousin for lunch and spent a nice afternoon with her, chatting and eating too much. We dined at Yocal, one of my absolute fave places to eat. Their menu is excellent – lots of vego and vegan choices, reasonably priced and the staff are super friendly. It’s hip and cute and the food is DELICIOUS! My cousin and I shared the Mushroom and Haloumi burger – so yummy!
On Wednesday, after having my dressings removed and surgical wounds checked to make sure they were healing ok (they were, thankfully), I did a bit of op-shopping with Mum. We visited 3 or 4 stores but neither of us had any luck in finding anything.
We also went to a second-hand book store and found a few bargains there. I got some nice decorating and craft books plus a handy guide to succulents. I particularly liked the title of one of the books :
Mum got some lovely gardening titles and a couple of novels. We visited IKEA and had lunch before grabbing a few bits and pieces (can’t leave IKEA without getting SOMETHING) including some awesome journals with lovely blank pages, perfect for journaling or drawing or painting or whatever! (We just like notebooks – it’s a sickness).
On Thursday, Mum and I went down to the port town of Fremantle for the day. Lots of lovely shops, markets and places to eat. Our first stop was East West Design – a treasure trove of furniture and home wares from every corner of the globe.
We had not been before, but the owner is a friend of my cousin’s, so I had heard about it and was keen to have a look. Oh Mylanta! So many pretty things! And it went for miles and miles! The stock was floor to ceiling, pretty much, in a huge warehouse-size shop, with every taste catered for. I spotted a cute little shelving unit, white and so pretty, as soon as I stepped in the door. I really had to convince myself not to buy it, but in the end I knew I really had nowhere for it in my little house. However, Mum did purchase a matching magazine rack that was really nice and will look great in her place.
She also got a Buddha head – she’s been searching for one for ages. It’s for her garden – this one was just the right size and colour and an amazingly inexpensive price. Perfect. The one pictured below was a very large version – nearly as tall as me and weighed a tonne (a bit like me ha ha). It was $900…a bit out of our price range but I would love to have had it in MY garden! Oh well, I know where to get one from if ever I come into money!
Afterwards we pottered around Fremantle and had a look in some little shops, including the Oxfam store, which always has some lovely things. Mum is currently redecorating her lounge room in blue and white so her eye was quickly drawn to the goodies on display here. She ended up buying a little candle holder – so pretty and the blue is just right (you can see it in the photo below – second from the right, top right corner).
Fremantle itself has some lovely street art, decorating even the most mundane of items, like rubbish bins and plant boxes. Check out these gorgeous mosaic planters :
I noticed that the majority of shops and cafes also had these recycled wood plant boxes – so rustic and chic! :
Even the boring old bollards on the corner of the street were jazzed up :
We had a lovely day just walking around and window shopping, before heading home to beat the traffic.
Wish we could have more days like this – it’s so nice to just wander around, having nowhere you need to be and nothing urgent that needs doing. If only pesky work didn’t get in the way all the time!
So it’s back to the grind for me tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing my workmates but not relishing the idea of getting up when it is cold and dark. Ugh. I should have been practicing my “getting up when the alarm goes off” routine but, alas, I have been sleeping in super late every day. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll get used to the daily drudgery soon enough!