A morning at the zoo

Last week we had a little visit to Melbourne Zoo. Thanks to being members we don’t need to make it a day trip, and can happily go for an hour or so, see a couple of things and then come home.

G loves all the animals and there is lots of pointing and “wows”.

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To do: February

imageI’ve decided that 2016 officially starts today, and January was just a bit of a trail run. That’s cool, right?

It’s flown by me and I feel like I wasn’t quite ready and now it’s over and I’m like… Wait, what just happened? February I am hoping will be different, and to help myself feel slightly more in control I’m giving myself a little to do list.

  • complete all runs in my 10k training
  • read 1 book
  • pracice yoga (at least) once a week
  • take G to the pool once a week
  • practice gratitude daily

It may not be a long list, but it doesn’t need to be. Just a few things that I’d like to do over the next 29 days.

Ok February, let’s hang out.

To blog or not to blog…

I’ve stared this post numerous times. Generally in the shower or while I’m making little G’s bottle, or any other time when actually getting it out isn’t really possible.

Right now, I am on the couch watching Rage (an Australian weekend institution for those of you not familiar) with a bowl of half eaten yogurt, strawberries and banana beside me, and a sleeping baby lying across my lap- hence the half eaten breakfast.

Little G is now 7 and a half weeks old- by the time I actually post this she’ll probably be 2 months or more. And since her arrival time has gone by in a bit of a blur and my days have suddenly become strangely full, and yet not at all productive. It’s difficult to explain. And when I have a moment to myself I think about this little corner of the Internet and I miss it.

I didn’t realise just how long it had been… more than 3 months. That’s too long, way too long. And I’d like to say that it won’t happen again but I can’t guarantee it, unfortunately.

My problem is that no matter how much I enjoy rambling away here I find myself wondering if I really have very much to say. This morning though, while on our morning walk I realised that all I need to write about what’s going on with me, it is Erin Maynie Everyday after all…

So that’s what’s going to happen! But first… here’s the source of all the distraction

Me and Little G

 

Time out.

walk

Sometimes you just need to call “time out” on life. Which is precisely what I did yesterday.

A walk in the sun and fresh air. A treat or two. Feet up couch time. And today, I am feeling so much better for it.

My days recently have felt really slow, but the weeks seem to be passing in the blink of an eye, I mean… 35 weeks pregnant, how did that happen? Work has been strange/boring/overwhelming with me being the only one in the office 90% of the time. And then there is planning for baby (we bought a pram and Ergobaby carrier, and have a cot sorted too), along with our quickly approaching house move- yes it’s only across the driveway but everything still needs to be packed! It just feels like there is a lot going on generally. So it’s not all that surprising that I needed to press pause and take a little time for myself.

The one thing that seems to be getting side-lined more than anything else in my advanced stages of baby-growing is exercise. I have accepted that this is a fact of life (and does not require stressing over) until I finish work in 2 short weeks! (!) after which I will have more time to myself and hence more time for movement. Yesterday’s walk felt so restorative that I am really looking forward to getting back into a (hopefully) daily routine of outdoor movement.

What do you do when you need a time out?

Over the weekend 1

I had one of those moments on Saturday morning, where I was just stoked with where we live. I had enjoyed my favourite chai, finished the grocery shopping,  visited a new local organic grocer – Aunt Maggie’s- where I was able to refill my Grateful Harvest Kombucha bottle (win!), and was on my way to a new little donut place that is only open between 8am and 3pm on Friday and Saturday, when it just occurred to me that I love Brunswick. And I am so very happy that we don’t have to leave this little hood (that’s a post for another day).

Brunswick Food Store- soy chai

The Brunswick Foodstore does THE best soy chais.

Aunt Maggie's Brunswick

Aunt Maggie's- Brunswick

Aunt Maggie’s has opened up right near where I do the grocery shopping. Organic, whole foods heaven.

Grateful Harvest Kombucha

Ginger Kombucha. Be still my heart.

the bump: 31 weeks

All Day Donuts

I went with… the OG Glaze, Lime Brûlée, Coffee glaze with chocolate crumb and passionfruit curd filling, and the Raspberry glaze with raspberry and white chocolate crumble. I have been dreaming of donuts for a couple of weeks now, but not just any donut, I wanted a Doughnut Plant donut. When I saw photos of the All Day Donut numbers in instagram during the week I thought I might have found an alternative to Doughnut Plant. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The donut themselves were plain and relied on the glaze and filling for flavour, they were also a little dense for my liking. But I’m glad I tried it. Next weekend I might have to go in search of Doughboys…

All Day Donuts

My productive Saturday continued once I arrived home- at 9.30am!- and whipped up some raw chocolate bliss balls (recipe coming soon) and pumpkin soup (recipe here).

raw chocolate balls

Pumpkin soup prep

The rest of the day was spent attempting to do an essay that was due on Sunday. I got about 200 words in before my brain pretty much shut down and I knew nothing else was getting done.

Sunday Breakfast: Small block

Small Block is, and may always be, my favourite breakfast place. The staff are lovely and know that the BF and I both want English Breakfast tea before we sit down and the bacon is second to none. I am really looking forward to having a runny egg yolk once baby arrives…

Once breakfast was done it was time to get back to essay writing… instead I did two loads of laundry and baked some banana-blueberry muffins (another recipe I will get to you soon). I never feel the need to do laundry as much as when I have homework to do. I almost folded everything too, but resisted- which yes means there is a pile of clean clothes on our living room floor (no need for photos of that).

Banana-blueberry muffins

I have decided that I think I prefer exams to essays. There is something comforting about having a answer that is either right, or it’s not. Essays are all about how you argue, and maybe I’m just not that good at arguing… at least it’s now done and submitted.

Essay writing

What did you with your weekend?

Two. Months.

The countdown continues, but now I feel like we’re at the business end.

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Yesterday I ticked over 31 weeks, so our weekly countdown is now into single digits and today it’s precisely 2 months until this little life is due to enter the world. As this is my first I am well aware that it could stretch out a further week, but that’s not the point, the point is that it’s due in 2 months. Holy cow.

So what’s been going on in preggo-land? Well…

– I am in love with these dresses (which I wear as tops) I have 2 in black, one black and grey stripe and one burgundy. A number of my old tops have now been officially retired for the moment because they no longer cover the bump
– I have discovered that you can camouflage two liquid iron sachets in a green smoothie no worries
– Baby is kicking and wiggling like crazy, and I love it
– There are still some foods that I just don’t want to eat, risotto and tostadas being the main ones (much to the BF’s disappointment)
– Getting up in the morning to exercise before work is increasingly difficult (ie. impossible)
– Lunch time walks at work are a must
– I am back tracking my steps and sleep on the fitbit. I dropped my step goal considerably but it still encourages me to move more during the day
– A mental list is already forming of all the things I would like to eat once baby is here, the list includes: poached eggs, soft cheese, bbq chicken
– Most of the time I pretty much feel like a supermodel… seriously in love with my pregnant belly
– Not in love with the sore back and ribs

I could go on… and on, but that’s about enough for the moment.

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A long weekend

Like everyone else on the planet, I love a long weekend. There is something so delightful about getting to Sunday night and realising that you don’t have to be in the office the following morning. Bliss. Serious bliss.

This weekend we down here in Australia (apparently with the exception of Perth for some reason) celebrated the Queen’s Birthday. Even though the actual Queen’s Birthday is not in June. It’s weird. But I will not object to a day at home.

It wasn’t a terrible eventful weekend but it was lovely nonetheless… here are a few photos of this and that…

Homemade lemonade- The Local Burger Co

I remembered to order the homemade lemonade at The Local Burger Co. on Friday night. Tangy, delicious and super cute!

Small Block breakfast for 2

Small Block. Our breakfast venue of choice.

East Brunswick street art

East Brunswick street art

A little East Brunswick street art.

sunshine strolls

It was a perfect day to walk home in the sun.

Saturday baking: raspberry white chocolate loaf and banana loaf

And any day is perfect for baking. These two loaves- raspberry, white chocolate and coconut on the left, and banana and milk chocolate on the right- went off to a friend who is a new mama six week olds don’t leave a whole lot of time for anything aside from feeding and nappy changing…

Loving Earth caramel

I’ve been meaning to try Loving Earth caramel for ages… it was pretty impressive.

Breakfast quesadilla

Sunday breakfast. There is cheese, avocado, mushrooms and ham in that puppy. I’m a sucker for a quesadilla.

Mojo ginger kombucha

For some reason the grocer near my work has stopped stocking the ginger number… why, oh why!? It’s the best one!

perfect avocado

PERFECT AVOCADO. This went into yet another quesadilla…

mermaid yogi

For the month of June I decided I’d take on an Instagram yoga challenge. The one I picked is Mermaid Yogis. This is days 7, 8 and 9. There was also a 45 minute flow on Yogaglo. I am really enjoying yoga at the moment. White tshirts seem to make me look particularly pregnant… the bump is even poking out on the top left!

vegie fritters

Vegetable fritter mix. The only thing I dislike about making fritter mix is that you need to squeeze out the liquid from your veggies. No matter how much I squeeze there is always juice in the bottom of the bowl. Why? I tried to compensate with quinoa flour, I think it went pretty well. I’m already looking forward to chowing down on these puppies with avocado, and tuna for lunch. Yum.

Today I have also managed to knock off a lecture on carbohydrates. It’s nice to have started subjects that are more nutrition focused rather than the general biology and chemistry. I’m looking forward to getting into more of the nitty-gritty of nutrition.

And that’s it. The weekend is pretty much done. And as much as I do not want to go into the office tomorrow, at least I know it’s only for 4 days and then we’re back to the weekend again.

Enjoy your week!