It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Life has just been such a messy, unsatisfying rollercoaster lately, and the inspiration to write or to share has been non-existent. But I thought as life continues, so should I. On Sunday we went Christmas decor shopping – the first properly here in Australia. We (by we, I mean me) thought it was time to start incorporating the Christmas feels into our home and life, even if it’s nothing like Christmas back home in Sweden. Start to adjust to how it’s celebrated here. So we went and bought a white Christmas tree, beautiful black and golden bulbs, and listened to Frank Sinatra while we put it together and guess what? It really felt like Christmas is coming up.
How good is this lamp from IKEA which makes it possible to have a lamp over the couch / dining table without attaching it to the ceiling. It gives the most cosy feeling ever and the lamp shade we chose to it goes so well with the rest of the dining table and chairs. In love!
It’s the week 2 of lockdown here, it was meant to be lifted tomorrow but it has been extended for another week. My routines are completely off, I’m not wasting enough energy throughout the day so when I’m going to bed I can’t just fall asleep as I usually do as soon as I put my head on the pillow, and I’m dreaming alot and I wake up exhausted.
A couple of weeks ago I went to have my blood test done, and it came back last week. My cholesterol was a bit high, not much, just need to make a few changes, but was also lacking in b12, Iron and Vitamin D and my immune system was a bit down.
As I went vegetarian for about 3 months, I really increased my saturated fat I think as I’m not the best to cook wholesome food without meat, so now I’ve started to incorporate meat again – only organic though, and will exclude dairy and unhealthy fats as much as possible instead.
These are now some of my favourite food staples.
I’ve been doing 30 minutes of HIIT workouts in the morning for a couple of days, and tries to spend 30 minutes in the sun too. It’s just really hard with the lockdown as well, I don’t leave the apartment unless I absolutely need too. I just really hope that it will be over next week.
It’s been raining for the last couple of days, and it’s been itching in my fingers to do a complete home make-over. Yesterday we went window shopping, originally looking for a new bed frame. Instead, we found the couch of our dreams. It’s not our style at all as it’s quite coastal, but it’s really deep and it’s the comfiest couch I’ve ever sat in. So, we’re just waiting if it’s gonna come up any EOFY sale and order it. So no bed frame it is for a while…
As always I’m off on Mondays, and I made a trip to Bunnings. Was supposed to just buy a paint roller, but as I wasn’t in a rush I just walked around the store and found some bits and pieces. I have wanted a tray for the dining table for a long, but haven’t felt like paying 50$ for one, and while walking along with the terracotta pots, I found a perfect coaster, for only 7.95$. Stick some furniture pads underneath. I might spray paint it matte black, but for now, I will stick with this.
I also made a little garden for the cats to nibble on when they’re out on the balcony. They have a tendency to eat our indoor plants so I hope that they will understand that this is the only one that they’re allowed to snack on?!
Tonight I’m going on a pottery class with a friend, slightly nervous and excited. Let’s see how hard it is 😀 xx / Lina
Ok, as we know, I’ve been dealing with my hair on my own since.. pre-lockdown last year? I have a complex relationship with hairdressers, or not hairdressers themselves but hair salons. As a kid, I rarely had professional haircuts and usually, it was our next-door neighbor cutting me in their kitchen, or as an option to that – going to the cheapest hairdresser in town, which, wasn’t the much better option. I have been crying over my hair many times, as you might understand.
Hair salons are loud, lots if people, and you spend 4/5 hours staring at yourself in a massive mirror while the hairdresser is wet combing your hair and you look like a drenched, miserable cat. So the slight anxiety I feel around hair salons have made me to a self-appointed hairdresser which education from Youtube.
But as my hair got thinner, drier, and just…sad I decided to pull it tigether and just book myself an appointment. So first I went for a haircut (the hairdresser wasn’t rather impressed with my DIY), and we cut a fair bit off. Rebooked in another 2 months for a trim and color so my hair could have a chance to recover from my own experiments. And, here’s the result. Super happy and I am so glad that I finally let my hair into the hands of a professional. No more at home-experiments.
Today it happened. The news we have been waiting for, for like 6 months!! So happy and relieved, finally. It’s never as hard as to go around and just be waiting and not knowing if one can stay in the country or not.
So we celebrated with Korean BBQ. I haven’t been eating much meat and basically have been cutting it out of my diet completely lately so it was really delicious. That’s my cheat in life once in a while. As well as ice cream. Always ice-cream.
On Sunday we woke up a bit later and had a really slow morning before making a move to Lane Cove National Park as I’ve seen they have a tiny waterfall there. As we walked along the river there we passed by a place where you can rent paddle boats (or whatever they’re called) and I screamed out of excitement and we just had. To. Do. It.
So peaceful to just float around the river, even if our legs got quite sore.. The rental time was for an hour but think we were back within 30 and didn’t even go chasing the tiny waterfall afterwards.. Haha.
Tomorrow is the first day off work week, today I have just been cleaning and doing laundry, went down to the pool in the building for a few laps to work on my conditioning as I’ve been a lazy muffin since… Can’t remember so quite a while.
Added a few other little gems into my routine. You can never have enough right?… My skin has been a bit of a wreck lately, bad diet with way too much sugar and unhealthy fats has really showed its effect. I’m really excited about the clairty peptides and blemish control pads, please fix my skin!
I also stepped up from crystal retinal 3 to 6. Will slowly incorporate it in the next month to not overwhelm my skin before I start to use it daily 🙂
This day hasn’t been very exciting. The full moon really affected me and my mood has been a bit off. I slept nine hours and woke up tired. I feel low and slow. Tomorrow will be a better day. But for now, look at this little lady. She brings so much joy to my heart.