|New Years Breakfast - buckwheat pancakes|
of a funk. While its true I'm not the biggest fan of Christmas (I'm more "ho-hum" than "ho ho ho" due mainly to the commercialism and saccharine idealism of family life in the media) Mr Duncan and I enjoyed a picnic in the park on the day and it passed uneventfully, so its not that.
I have been spending a lot of time on the internet trying to figure out where we should rent, and Mr Duncan and I have pounded the pavements relentlessly evaluating different neighbourhoods. The rental market is quite tight here and most properties have only a 10 minute inspection window once a week in which all prospective tenants visit the property and then run to be the first to get their application in.
I'm pleased to say we signed a lease on Monday and will be moving on 18th January. I'm less pleased to say the container of our belongings (which I'd been enjoying tracking on the internet) has been offloaded in Singapore and is now scheduled to arrive three weeks later than originally planned so we wont have any furniture until February at the earliest. I need to sort out renting some furniture temporarily and buying a fridge and washing machine but I'm pretty uninspired to get on with it. I've not even been motivated enough to read the blogs I follow (sorry guys, I'll get to you, I promise) or the library books I have borrowed - and I know I still have the Creme waiting for me. I need to be in the right frame of mind, but I'm not sure how to trigger it...
This is probably the longest period of unemployment/inactivity I've had since early in high school. You know that saying 'if you want something done, give it to a busy person'? That busy person is usually ME. I actually enjoy juggling tasks to meet deadlines, but the less I have to do, the less I actually do and the more flat I feel. Its a bit of a vicious circle.
I think I'll probably look for some work once we move - if they'll have me. There is a lot of competition for jobs here, especially at this time of year and I'm not sure anyone is going to want to employ me at five months pregnant. But I have to do something or I'll end up going insane with self-inflicted boredom/churn.
I have also been slightly anxious about Pickle. Its been ten weeks now since any concrete evidence of a growing baby, although to be fair, my belly has definitely been growing. We have the anomaly scan next week, maybe that will help kick-start me into some activity and enthusiasm again.
We have signed up for an organic veggie box service and I've been cooking to the best of my ability with the limited tools available to me in this apartment, but its just the same old stuff. I can't wait to have a proper kitchen full of my own cooking gear again.
|Thai Beef Salad|
|Egg fried rice with green beans|
|Beef and noodle stir-fry with beans and red pepper|
|Roast root vegetable salad with feta|
|Butternut squash soup|
|Chicken and green bean coconut curry|
|Another Thai Beef Salad|
|Roast summer veg couscous salad|
|Barramundi on ratatouille with broccolini|