B – eauticious and B-elievable

Sizzle says had a fun post up the other day which is another fun meme (I’m getting a bit obsessive let alone sidetracked).

Ten things I love brought to you by the letter B (as chosen bySizzle).

1. Bread – I know kind of lame particularly because it’s kind of obvious. But I love it. I really do. The chewier, denser, sourer, the better. I love it as toast especially with the butter dripping through the little air pockets. Yum yum. It’s comfort food and party food. It’s there in the good times and the bad. What more can I say?

2. Beach – I’m not a great swimmer and sand kinda pisses me off but would you believe, my moments on the beach are definitely amongst my most special, my most revelatory and my most awakening. I love that first dive, the tumbling wash, the early morning slate sky which meets the steely horizen, the tingle of salt that remains on my body afterwards. Sometimes, if everything else feels slush, if life’s a bit jagged and my brain a bit rattled, diving into the ocean at the beach is like a rebirth….is this too much? I’m sorry but you know, the beach…..ROCKS.

3. Blogs – wow I LOVE them. I’m slightly obsessed and have now restricted myself from adding anymore to my favourites. I discovered blogs about 3 years ago so I’m a relative newbie. I still read daily the first ones that I found. They are like old friends. Fact: I had never left a comment until this year. Fact: my reading of other people’s blogs means I never write enough on mine. Fact: blogs have made me feel less alone. Fact: blogs can make me feel inspired and very daggy at the same time.

4. Books – this probably should have been one because it’s held my passion the longest. I am obsessed and have been since a tiny tot. I read voraciously and become very distressed unsettled if I don’t have a book on me at all times. And that’s as the mother of two kids as well, a situation not remotely conducive to random flicks of a book during a downtime. There ain’t no downtime. I would have to say (and this is kind of embarassing) but this is one of the things I have struggled with most since having children. I just don’t have the same time for reading and the few drowsily turned pages prior to lights out at night just doesn’t provide the same experience as curling up on the bed mid-morning with a coffee and downing a few hundred pages in one go.

5. Beer – yep, I lurve it. When you develop the taste for beer (and it took me a little while – 18? ok not that long) you can’t look back. It’s damn refreshing and just generally cool. I committed myself to exploring more micro brewery beers this year. Australia has many and I always want to support the little guy. Beer’s just part of me and C too. Enjoying a beer together is fun fun fun. A likes to tell people that “mummy and daddy LOVE beer”. We don’t drink much anymore (that shit happens when life gurgles away with the arrival of children) but we’ve decided to try and brew some of our own soon. Ah happy days.

6. Balance – the ever elusive but most satisfying. Funnily enough, I have greater balance in my life now than I’ve experienced previously. Not necessarily because I give myself time to focus on all aspects of my life but rather, that I am now aware of what these aspects actually are. I have developed a much better understanding of myself and therefore now what things I like to focus on in order to make me feel at peace. While 5 years ago, I definitely had more time for myself, I didn’t spend it wisely. I have less time now but I know how to spend it. Anyway, true balance in life feels BRILLIANT! And isn’t equilibrium a beautiful word?

7. Bookclub – you might think I’m kinda cheating but honestly, this group of amazing women simply has to find its way into the top 10 of B things in my life. I started the group 4 years ago (wow, I had no idea it had been that long).  We started as a group of 4 and now are 7. Seriously, this group of women is hot. They are so well-read, beautiful, funny, soo soo soo smart. Our evenings together are always a laugh whether we’re at someone’s home, in a nice fancy wine bar or in the dim back room of the pub. Our book choices leave just a little to be desired – I think we’re so busy trying to push ourselves and do something ‘different’ that we lose sight of the joy of reading but on the whole we have a varied and challenging reading list. This is seriously one the best ventures I’ve begun in my life. These women have bought so much to me.

8. Best of Chet Bakerbest-of-cbI’m loving this album I recently downloaded. It is thick coffee, deep red wine, luscious chocolate. He is the bomb. Sooo beautiful chet-bakerand his saxophone is incredible. For some reason, this album always makes me feel completely myself. I slip into my skin when I put this on. I’m always stuck on one album in this way. One that brings everything home.

9. Bed – obvious but true. I’m smitten. It always feels soooo good. Bed takes on new meaning after children. I don’t get enough of it and strangely, the more I get, the more I WANT!! Day bed probably feels even better than night bed. During those black first months of S’ life, bed and I went through an ambivalent patch. Every time I got in, S would cry. No fail. I stopped going to bed (especially for those catch up day naps) and you know what, S stopped crying. It was wierd. It was hard not to assume S was just trying to come between me and bed. Now, in our cuddling glory, S and I share beautiful time in bed. So it’s really the perfect menage e tois.

10. birdThis is such a great book. I love Anne Lamott’s writing soooo much and this is also her one book that starts with B! I wanted to fit her in somewhere. She’s at the top of my list at the moment. Her writing is pared back, simple but weighty with meaning. She’s ponderous in the most unself-indulgent way. She’s open and she’s honest. All the things I really admire in a non-fiction writer. I also love that you don’t get the sense that she has complete knowledge of how wonderful her writing is. That rings through her sentences which are unselfconscious but lyrical and thoughtful.

 

Ok, I’m done. That was fun; hard but great fun.

**If you want to participate, leave a comment on this post and I will assign you a letter. You then write about 10 things you love that begin with your assigned letter and post them on your blog. When people comment on your posted list, you give them a letter and the chain continues on and on.

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