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February Roundup: A Month of Twists and Turns

February 28, 2019

What can I say about this month? It’s been a tough one. This month the universe has thrown a whole bunch of curve balls at me and my family? But what do we do when things get tough? We catch those balls and add them to our juggling act. 

 

Work

 

This month started with a new freelancing gig that kept me guessing all the way through. Their offer wasn’t great, but I was interested as it is a young company started by a South African in London. They sent me tons of work that, to be frank, was not really my cup of tea. It quickly became apparent that it was not going to work out for me. The pay was not good, the hours were long, and I was so stressed out. In my opinion, no job is worth being so anxious that you can’t breathe half of the time. 

 

I made the decision to cut my ties with this particular business to place my focus on the work I enjoy. For the last half of this month, I have been just as busy, but when you are writing about the things you love it comes so easily that it does not feel like work. So, I have made a decision to only focus on the work that brings me joy from now on. 

 

 

Life

 

My husband and I celebrated 10 years of being together. That’s a big one, isn’t it? We kept it pretty low-key. It was a weeknight and I had millions of deadlines, so Bennie just grabbed us a pizza on his way home from work. After the toddler went to bed and I switched off my laptop, we had a glass of wine and a Netflix marathon. I really wanted to make a big deal out of this anniversary but life totally got in the way. 

 

Then there is a whole list of little things that happened this month that were slightly on the rotten side. A couple of months ago, I dropped my phone and cracked the screen quite badly. Well, this month I managed to break the screen entirely. This is a total first world problem, but downgrading back to an old phone is really sad. Luckily, it is not a permanent thing and I should be able to get my broken screen sorted out this month. (This is me trying to look at the bright side.) Other than that, there were tax issues, scammers, and more stress. 


Dogs

 

We got a noise complaint about our dogs. We have two puppies, a dachshund and a Basset hound. If you know anything about hound dogs you should know that they are howlers. Luckily, I work from home for the majority of the time so I try to keep them as quiet as possible. The problem is that we have neighbours who are not as fond of dogs. It’s terrible if I can’t get my dogs inside before they walk past our gate the scream and swear at my poor puppies. I’m so frustrated, now I feel like I need to keep them in the house at all times. 

 

 

 

Papaya

 

This month Papaya turned a whole 21 months old. How even? She’s talking up a storm, running around, and becoming more adventurous than ever. This month is also rather monumental for her because she has willingly started letting other people pick her up. She is incredibly shy so she has only ever really been comfortable with my husband and me as well as my mom. This has really been difficult for me. I don’t want her to be shy and scared of other people. Hopefully, it was just a stage that she has finally started outgrowing.

 

Watching

 

This month we’ve been all about the series. We have been re-watching How I Met Your Mother in the evenings while Papaya is awake. But I’d definitely say that our favourite this month was the Netflix original Perfume. It was so incredibly riveting. I was a really big fan of the movie and this fresh new take was absolutely brilliant.

 

Listening to… 

 

I am the biggest creature of habit when it comes to the music I listen to. Give me some Cake, Alt-J, and Red Hot Chili Peppers and I’m happy. I have been doing a lot of walking since the beginning of the year and an hours worth of listening to music each day while I walk has become incredibly addictive. I love it. I walk in time to the music and just get lost in it. 

 

Excited About…

 

Meat-free March! I’ve slowly been prepping my family to go meat-free for the whole of March. I’ve never been able to kick my meat eating ways entirely and firmly place myself in the flexitarian category. But for the past year or so I have found myself buying and eating more meat than ever before. I’m not crazy about that idea, for ethical reasons as well as for sustainability reasons. 

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