Musings of sorts

January Reflections

January 30, 2017

I’m still getting used to writing 2017. The other day I accidentally wrote that it was 2019. Time is just going too fast. It has been six weeks now post surgery and the recovery journey is going strong for The Ginger Hunk. When I tell people my husband had a hip replacement, it is like they wonder if I have married an elderly person.  I can see it in their eyeballs. Nope, just a worn out one, I want to say. He goes from strength to strength each week and I can start to imagine life coming back, working, travelling, going for swims, doing all those things before that I took for granted. Coming off the painkillers has not been pleasant, and there were a few weeks there he sat in silence on the couch that were a little testing for us all, but we have almost come out of the other end of that now in time for the big 4.0. in a few weeks. Piper is happy about that one.

January has been a planning and booking things in for the rest of the year. I’m taking two lots of long service leave, six weeks in Bali to do my free-diving training in April, and four weeks in Europe in September. Sounds exotic, and like we are rich….. but we are not. I’ve just decided that life is too short to wait to do the things you love. Especially after spending all this time waiting for things.  Give me travel over a big house any day, I say. The Europe flights are some long gone tickets we have had to change three years running cause of hip problems, it went from Japan, to India, to Hawaii, and now Europe. We are going to be seeing friends in Greece, Rome, and then spending 8 days in the Dolomites doing all those outdoorsy things we could not do before then heading to France for a week with the in-laws. I love the booking and the planning, almost as much as the holiday itself! I’ve found little hotels and Air B and B places to stay, so freaking excited! It’s been a while since I have been to Europe, about 5 years in fact.

Other than that, I had a glorious day a week or so ago with my nephew at The Powerhouse.  We had loads of fun, running around, testing things. His little mind really is a sponge and the day made me feel like a kid again. Museum’s are so much cooler than they used to be! It has been also a month for me of beach time and yesterday cheering my big sister who swam 2.7km yesterday while raising money for cancer research! (Go sis!) I’m keeping on going with my training and walking and hit the 7kg mark last week, although I am on a slightly adjusted diet (more carbs and greens). Apart from that I’m trying to de-clutter and read more (with limited success.)

February brings for me a month of working full time again. I had a brief stint at four days a week in an attempt to be creative, but it appears things are just too busy (and I need the money), and a very special birthday next week for a certain Ginger Hunk.

How was the month for you? 

Isn’t this weather just amazing?

Ashleigh XXX


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  • Love catching up on your news – and how cute is Piper! I’m not loving the heat, esp now the a/c is broken in the family room & kitchen area, AND my car … wtf …

  • I do love summers normally but this year is a killer. I wonder though if it’s because the house I live in is a fricking sauna too while my unit in Sydney was always cool. Glad to hear about your weight loss and the Ginger Hunk’s recovery. And yay for the big 4-0 for him 🙂 Hope Feb is good for you!

  • I don’t want to sound like a winging pom, but this weather is just a little on the hot side for me! I feel like Olaf in summer, every day! January has been jam packed with fun stuff – highlights being two visits to the outdoor cinema, a trip to Tassie and learning to ride a bike! Your 2017 sounds awesome and as for the Ginger Hunk, I think 40 is going to be fabulous.