A bullet journal-style recap of December, using this awesome concept from another blog (check it out here) and thought it’s a great way to keep track of my personal habits. So here’s kicking off and tracking what’s been happening before the end of the year and a new year of adventures begins!
Making: Goshuin-cho out of traditional washi paper (traditional Japanese book to collect stamps and calligraphy from temples and shrines).
Cooking: Lasagna! Missing having an oven like the huge one I had in Australia, so it took two attempts but I’ve perfected lasagna in a toaster oven :P.
Drinking: Whiskey & green tea! Thanks to two of my favourite people in Japan, I got a bottle of aged single malt whiskey, and traditional Sencha tea from Kyushu that’s unbelievable.
Reading: Still on Game of Thrones (re-read). 2500 pages down, 5000 pages to go.
Next read: Something inspirational or adventure-y. Any recommendations?
Wanting: Summer to come back.
Looking: At the hoards of busy people rushing by, wondering where they’re all off to.
Playing: Podcasts – specifically This American Life. Love great journalism!
Deciding: Where to go for my next vacation – Kanazawa or Shizuoka?
Wishing: I could have longer sleep-ins with my sweetheart.
Enjoying: Cooking new traditional Japanese recipes (whilst staying easy on the salt).
Waiting: For the new year to begin.
Liking: Katharine McPhee’s new jazz album ‘I Fall In Love Too Easily’
Disliking: My new local train station that doesn’t show English on train signs.
Wondering: What my irreplaceable best friends are up to right now.
Loving: Onsen and public baths in winter – OMG what a life saver!
Loathing: Freezing Japanese winters. 😨
Pondering: What to cook to take to Japanese Christmas lunch, that I can cook with a single hotplate and toaster oven.
Considering: Streamlining and syncing all my digital $hit. Not one for all tech synched up. #ScaredOfBeingASlaveToTechnology
Buying: Christmas presents for my extended Japanese family.
Watching: My tone when I get frustrated or angry.
Hoping: To get into a better blogging habit (regularly)
Marveling: How much has happened this year.
Trawling: Through websites of Nagano, for my next winery trip in January
Cringing: How I left my apartment this morning, rode my bike 20 minutes into the city, had a coffee at café, and only realized when I went to the toilet I had toothpaste on my face. #Gold
Needing: More patience. One can never have enough.
Questioning: Why people artificial cream in Japan. Gross.
Smelling: Sencha green tea sitting next to my compuer.
Wearing: My favourite Bonds Trackies. #AlldayErryday
Following: through with my decisions.
Noticing: The more active you are, the less cold you are in winter. Too bad I love bingewatching Netflix.
Knowing: I have to cook something to use up the left over veg in the fridge. Capsicum, red onion, chinese cabbage. Hrmmm…
Thinking: About my girl Emma in New York for Christmas. Jealous.
Admiring: People who can admit when they were wrong.
Sorting: Through bags of crap from moving places.
Getting: New hooks to hang up wet towels in a shoebox apartment.
Bookmarking: Sites to read regarding optimizing blogs for speed.
Coveting: Rose gold, turquoise and aquamarine instagram aesthetics. Check out Peter Yan
Opening: Individually wrapped mini chocolates constantly. Why Japan wraps everything individually drives me nuts!
Closing: The bathroom door and leaving the ceiling fan on. #NoMouldHere
Trouble-shooting: My $hitty Ical not pulling calendar from my phone.
Resigning: I have to get up early even though I can work from home.
Embracing: TV shows that I necessarily wouldn’t watch.
Suffering: Headaches. Like 4 in the last 2 weeks. Maybe I’m having coffee withdrawals.
Giggling: At hilarious GIF’s my partner in crime sends me.
Anguishing: That it’s unlikely I’ll go snowboarding this year 😣
Feeling: Like I need a break. 4 hours in front my computer ATM
Eating: Nabe. Perfect for chilly nights.
Snacking: Delicious cakes made from the super cute older lady that works at the little Japanese cake shop down the street.
Hearing: Feedback that’s literally not helpful.
Bingeing: Walking Dead Season 5 (re-watch)
Focusing: On staying tidy – new apartment, new self-imposed rules.
Dreaming: Of a Maldives vacation. Would be nice wouldn’t it?!
Realizing: I have no money to go to the Maldives.
Pretending: I’m a fully functional human who has their life together.
Admitting: That I’ve worn these socks for 3 days, and it’s time they go in the wash.
Accepting: It’s ok to take a breather when you’ve worked hard.
Rejecting: The urge to nap.
Celebrating: Christmas overseas with my new partner!