These monthly recaps give me the chance to keep you updated on what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been, and what’s to come on the blog. It also gives me a chance to share more about myself, my interests, and current obsessions.
I feel like I start each of these posts like this, but November really has gone by in a blur! It doesn’t help that I lost a full week, knocked out with a terrible cold. I didn’t have the energy to do much besides read books and watch television. Not even the thought of uninterrupted Zelda time could get me out of bed or off the couch — it just felt like too much effort.
In saying all that, upon looking back through my photos from November, it does feel like it was a very long month, haha. Oh time, how you like to mess with us mere mortals.
One of the great things about November — aside from the increase in warmer weather — is that we got a public holiday. Melbourne Cup Day falls on the first Tuesday in November, which is kind of annoying. Everyone here calls it a long weekend when clearly it’s not. We don’t actually get the Monday off at all. And usually, I work that day. But, this year we decided to make it a long weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed having four days off.
As per usual when we take a long weekend, we hired a car. We spent Saturday doing a bit of Christmas shopping, but on Sunday we went regional, driving down the coast to Apollo Bay.
What’s for eating?
Omg, so much good food was had this month!
We had a work morning tea early in the month, and I decided to make Lolly Cake. My NZ peeps will know what I’m talking about 🙂 It wasn’t as easy as you might think — regular shops in Australia don’t sell the right kind of lollies required, so I ended up ordering online, haha. Dedication, people!
Also, I can never resist a Joy cupcake when I see one. This bad boy was pavlova flavoured, with passionfruit filling, and a meringue on top.
While on the Surf Coast, we popped into Riverbank Cafe in Lorne for brunch. So good! I opted for a flat white (natch) and BLAT. Yummo.
I also thoroughly enjoyed a banquet lunch at Red Spice Road with my colleagues this month. There was So. Much. Food.
Finally, we stumbled across a new cafe (literally new – it had only been open for a week) not too far from our neighbourhood. Tartisan make great coffee, had a delicious range of goodies available, and the staff were lovely!
So last month I had embarked on a new young adult series called White Hart. I literally breezed through the second and third books within a week. Although they weren’t as strong as the first novel, I really did enjoy reading this series. It had all the magic, suspense, drama, and action I could ask for in a fantasy series.
While at the library one day, my eyes were drawn to Since we Fell. A quick skim of the blurb told me this was right up my alley, so I took it out then and there. I finished it in two days (while cooped up in bed, sick), and although it had a lot of promise, it felt a little lacking for me, unfortunately. In saying that, I actually could not put it down, so it still managed to somehow hook me in!
The good thing about being sick for a week? Binge-watching tv! I’d seen bits and pieces of The (original) Office, but never actually watched it, so that was top of my list. I’m only four or five episodes in so far, but I’m enjoying it.
Closer to home, we’ve recently discovered No Activity. Hilarious!! Filmed in Melbourne, it’s full of Aussie humour, and the characters are really relatable. If you have Stan, definitely check it out. We have literally laughed out loud watching this one. There’s also a US version (of course), but I’m almost reluctant to watch it, as I don’t think it will be as good — thoughts?
And of course — Stranger Things. Wow. Aside from the controversial episode, I really do think season two was even better (and who would have thought that was possible?!) than season one. In particular, I loved the Steve/Dustin pairing. I kinda hated Steve last season, but now he’s totally my favourite.
In gaming news, my Breath of the Wild Champion Amiibos arrived this month! Although I (*cough* Chris *cough*) have only completed two Divine Beasts (and therefore freed two Champions), I was super keen to get my hands on these. First of all, the attention to detail is incredible. They’re also great collector items, and give you some pretty cool loot, in the game.
Christmas is just around the corner! This year, we’re staying local. We’ve spent the past three Christmases on the other side of the world, but this year, we’re going to see a bit more of Australia instead. More on that, in due course!
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A second a day is back! I finally got back into the groove of recording a second a day, during November. Sure, some days nothing overly exciting happened, but I made the effort to record something. Toward the end of the month, I started getting creative with it, and I’m really happy with how this video turned out. Enjoy!