Thursday, 21 November 2013

Midmonth Musings- The Simple Women's Day Book

Today I'm joining with a new meme for me, The Simple Woman's Daybook. I stumbled across this via Eileen at in my playroom -a fellow photo scavenger hunt follower and really liked the idea, which all came from this site-  thesimplewomansdaybook. 
As you know, I'm much more of a photo person , than a wordy person, but thought it was about time I added a little bit of variety to my blogposts. There are very loose rules about how often people post, but I decided just to do it monthly,somewhere round the middle of the month this month, when things tend to be a little bit quite. So here are my thoughts and Midmonth musings for November.


Outside my window...It is pouring down! It's been torrential for the last couple of hours but has now subsided to just a light rain. Obviously being in the tropics it rains a lot- and usually later in the afternoons and evening. The clouds are grey and heavy and the light is fading. It will be dark within the hour,(It's 5:30 now) and I can hear birds tweeting along, as they begin to roost for the night.

I am thinking...about lots of changes that will be happening over this next year, and about making the most of my time here in South East Asia

I am thankful...That I have a job that I love, one that  allows me to live in a great part of the world and with family that support me in doing what I do. I am thankful that for the time being, I have a simple and very selfish life, with really only myself to consider. Being on your own on the opposite side of the world, does have it's advantages, when you only have yourself to think about. So I am thankful that I can appreciate this now, knowing that this will not always be the case.

In the kitchen...I have a sink full of dishes after making chocolate chip cookies at school and bringing home the bowls. The ingredients for a quiche are laid out, ready for when I get the urge to go and make it and in a while there'll be a pot of pasta on the boil, that become the mainstay of my dinner.

I am wearing...A grey and green floral skirt from Whitestuff, a sage green fat face t shirt, grey ballet pumps and a bead necklace I made at a workshop on Monday evening! I actually decided what to put on in order to match the necklace!

I am creating...A mess! I'm in the midst of a wardrobe purge- too many clothes, that are too old, or too big- so my bedroom floor looks like a jumble sale! 
Other than that I am starting to make some little felt Christmas decorations and also trying to finish a cross stitch that I found lurking in some cupboard or other.

I am declutter my apartment- starting with the aforementioned wardrobe and moving onto the rest of my bedroom- How on earth I have managed to accumulate so many clothes shoes and accessories in 2 and a half years is a bit of a mystery (Well actually it isn't for those who know my shopping habits!) but I must do something about it. We had a clothes swap party a few months ago- it maybe time for another one. 

I am also going to try and organise my computer files- back them up, sort them out and try and delete a few to find some space on my hard drive- The thought of doing this fills me with dread- where on earth do I start?

I am wondering..What to do with my holidays this next year- so many places to go, so little time- or money-to do it!.

I am reading... the next book on my book club list- "The 100 year old man that climbed out of the window..", I know I have a deadline to read it, but I'm getting side tracked into reading a thriller or two as well!!

I am buy an oven this weekend- my last one gave up the ghost a couple of weeks ago and I am itching to get back to baking things. I keep popping round to my friends apartments to use theirs!

I am looking forward to..getting all those little jobs done around the house that I've been meaning to do-I'm obviously in that sort of mood! 
I'm trying not to look forward to the Christmas Holidays this early- as then, the time will drag.

I am learning..Not to get distracted by other things when on the internet, when I should be doing work. My marking pile is getting higher whilst i get seduced by lovely looking blogs and websites that are far more colourful and creative than this weeks math's assignments- I must do better!!!

Around the house...There's a big pile of marking on the dining room table glaring at me, clothes and jewellery are scattered on the spare room bed. I can hear the shouts of kids in the swimming pool (despite the rain) a distant rendition of Jingle Bells, being played on my neighbour's piano - (Obviously practicing early!) and the thud, thud, thud of a ball being bounced down on the wet basketball court.

I am pondering...What I really want my next few years to look like... 5 year plans have never been a strong point- in fact planning for anything- full stop!

A favourite quote for today...

One of my favourite things...Just sitting on the balcony in the morning sun with a cup of tea- It only happens at weekends!

A few plans for the rest of the week / Month-
I must organise a trip to Sarawak for my friends and I for February. The whole process of finding flights and accommodation via the internet is a biggie!
To go and get my eyes tested- age is catching up with me!
To try to fit in some yoga sessions and hit the treadmill once again- albeit- very slowly.
To make some different cookies and a quiche
To go to the Cinema to watch the second Hunger Games movie
To babysit for my friend's little two year old
To complete ( and then remember to upload ) various photo challenges.
A peek into my day...

Breakfast at my desk:6:45, What I'm wearing, Maths lesson, Teaching Literacy, A writing session. Cooking with the after school baking club, Last car out of the car park about 5:15, A rainy evening so watching dvds and marking maths!
So there you are - My first Simple Woman's Daybook.
Until Next time,
Amanda :)


  1. Wow! I'm glad that you didn't choose a Complicated Woman's Daybook! The moment you said, "big pile of marking" I knew you were a teacher. The SWD meme looks interesting, but my plate is overflowing already! Outside my window is SNOW! But I'll take snow over rain any day! Take care!

    1. The snow sounds great- but I would have to be in thermals to enjoy it! Its now 30 degrees c and a bit sultry:) And yes, the marking never seems to go away:)

  2. what a lovely thing to do. I enjoyed reading about your day,
    Sarah x

    1. Thanks, once a month is pretty easy to write, so I enjoyed doing it.
      Amanda x

  3. I really enjoyed reading this. It looks like a very interesting meme, I may consider joining in.

    1. You should have a look over- it's interesting how so many people have so many different ways of sharing the same ideas:)

  4. I really liked this idea and reading your answers. How about: I am thinking...Amanda promised to tell us what the lacy thing was. I am hoping I was right. I am wondering..when she's going to put us out of our misery and tell us! :)

    1. Just looking for a better photo of the whole thing- if I have one!- post later- hopefully!

  5. I've been thinking about doing this myself. It's such a great way of getting to know people more. A little peek into others' lives. Thank you for sharing

    1. It's a nice one to do- it does make you stop and think for a while:)

  6. What a lovely idea, it's nice reading about a bit more about you. Have a great weekend.

    1. I liked the idea of something structured- I often prattle on about nothing- so being focused on what to say was a nice change:) Have a good weekend too :)

  7. I just finished a closet purge! It was a lot of work but now it is so much easier to find something to wear! I love your pictures! Have a wonderful week.

    1. Thanks for popping by. I've now started on the shoes! Have a good week.

  8. Lovely to read a little bit about what you get up to Amanda. Hope that you are having fun with your list of things to do. You know I love a list! xx


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