Some of the things that have been happening around here lately:
1. Waking up to an ear-worm of “Go tell Aunt Rosie” is a rather odd experience. Quick check of what it could mean. The old grey goose is dead. The only association I can make here is that Australia’s goose is cooked in the cricket. I’ve been exchanging a few brief emails with an Aussie cricket-writer and I’m feeling a little smug that the South Africans look set to win this test after a crushing defeat in the first one. I’m also pretty sure that this writer would not appreciate being referred to as Aunt Rosie
2. We’re under the 100 days to go mark with our new house! Here’s a picture of what it looked like a few days ago. As you can see, it’s rubble, rubble, rubble.
3. Leah turned 3 and we had a Tinkerbell party for her. A colleague’s wife made this gorgeous cake …
4. Reading-wise, I’m struggling to keep a good momentum going. Partly this is because I’m not reading any fiction this month. I’m limiting my reading to books that I’ve already started and they don’t flow as easily as novels do. With our renovations taking up every available cent, I’ve resisted any new purchases but next month I’ll allow myself one new novel.
5. One book I am enjoying is the audio version of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. I’ll review here in due course but a quick point which I’ve enjoyed: Rubin says there are four stages of happiness: anticipation of the event, savouring the experience, the expression of the feelings and then remembering the event afterwards.
Applying this to Leah’s birthday for example, much of the happiness was spent in anticipating Leah’s enjoyment of the party and her presents and then remembering the event afterwards. The party itself was pretty tiring.