Round Up: January and February 2021

Hey everybody! It’s been a minute since I last did one of these round up posts. In fact, I completely skipped January for no other reason than pure laziness. For that reason I’ve decided to combine January and February this time around and get myself back on track posting to this site.

What I’ve Done

January started quite slowly before picking up pace in the last few weeks. Thanks to ‘rona I was unable to do what I usually do with the gift of school holidays which is to go on an epic holiday so I ended up staying home. I was all good with this until boredom struck. And when it, it was ferocious. I pushed through it for a couple of weeks before taking my partner up on his advice to get out of Alice for a week and go to Adelaide to see my family. I didn’t get up too much outside of spending time with my Aunty, but I did go on a Ferris Wheel and got a terrible sunburn.

I returned home at 1pm on Saturday 16th January, only to step off curb less than 2 hours later and fracture my ankle!

Luckily it wasn’t a major fracture, really I just chipped a bit of bone off, but it meant I was confined to a wheelchair and crutches for almost two weeks…just as my partner had to leave to work elsewhere for a while.

School started back up at the beginning of February and I’ve had a whirlwind month trying to work out where I fit in my new position and how I can make it work. I can’t say after 4 weeks of work that running the Polly Farmer Follow the Dream Program is my cup of tea, but I’m prepared to see it out and be open to whatever experiences I can get from it.

Highlights

  • Visiting my aunty in Adelaide and spending time with my grandparents.
  • Getting back to work – schools are terribly lonely without students!
  • I discovered a new waterhole – Wiggles. It was an extra bonus since it had water in it!
  • Purchasing a Roomba! This was a life saver while I was stuck on the coach RICE-ing my ankle while Baxter’s fur began to build up causing me to have the WORST hay fever. You know the type right? The one where not even antihistamines work.

Lowlights

  • Obviously fracturing my ankle was not great.
  • Having to get used to living alone when I am used to sharing the home maintenance burden with someone else.
  • I found out that one of my best friends and favourite adventure buddy is moving away in mid-April. I don’t think I can write about this just yet.

Photo of the Month

This is my Grandma and Grandpa. It was such a treat to see them again. Last time I was in Adelaide I couldn’t see them because I’d started developing a sore throat which turned out to be the result of spending too much time yelling and laughing in an arcade, but better safe than sorry!

I also bought my Grandma one of those expanding balls to help her remember to breathe when she starts to have panic attacks. Apparently, she’s still using it!

Quote of the Month

“Emma, get over it.”

One of my friends said this when I started to downward spiral after fracturing my ankle. It was rough but valuable advice and reminded me that (a) there are worse things in life, and (2) I can survive this.

My Favourite Things

Bridgerton – I didn’t think the Netflix series was really that great but I enjoyed watching it anyway. I even read a couple of the books which were honestly a bit hit and miss.

Book club – my friend and I started our own special book club where we get together to talk about the NSFW books that we’ve been reading. It’s the first real ‘book club’ I’ve ever been part of and I’m really enjoying being able to intellectually discuss what I’ve read with someone else.

Stardew Valley update on the Switch – I’ve been waiting for this for ages! And despite one glitch on the island, it’s been the best.

Audible – I’ve had a subscription with Audible for a while, but thought I should add it to the list since I’ve been using it pretty relentlessly lately.

Health & Fitness

When I returned from Adelaide I felt refreshed and recharged to start exercising seriously at a gym again but had to put these goals on hold while I recovered. Now that I can start exercising for real again, I’m feeling pretty uninspired. I’ve set a goal to help me get back on track for the remainder of the month of March.  I’ve started using the Fit On  app to help me do this and did my first barre class this morning.

Goals for Next Month

  1. Exercise using the Fit on app 3 times a week.
  2. To enrol Baxter in doggy day care (for his sanity and mine!)
  3. To keep a gratitude jar on my desk at work and add to it when I start feeling stressed or frustrated.

Wandering at Wiggles Waterhole

As mentioned in some of my previous posts, the Red Centre has recently received a lot of much needed rain, and as a result many of the surrounding waterholes that are usually dirt dry are full. One of the little known waterholes in Alice is called Wiggles Waterhole. Unlike many of the other waterholes, this one is only located about 20 minutes out of town.

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Bucket List: Ride a Ferris Wheel

Have you ever forced yourself to do something even though you are scared boneless? I’ve done quite a few things that have made me feel this way, but the most recent was last week when I decided to take a ride in a ferris wheel.

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SUP Boarding at Ellery Creek Big Hole

If you’re anything like me, you have probably seen all of those amazing photos of people magestically gliding across the water on stand-up paddle boards. Seeing these photos ignited a dream for me and SUP boarding became a hot item on my bucket list.

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2020 in Review: Chasing Emma Through Photos

I think it’s fair to say that 2020 was nothing like anyone of us could have imagined it would be. It really came out of the left field (did I use that spring reference correctly?) and has affected so many people in so many different ways.

I am blessed to say that I have been fortunate to live in Australia in an area outside of Melbourne and Sydney and haven’t been affected too terribly COVID-19. That’s not to say I haven’t experienced my share of ups and downs over the past 12 months, but it had been comparatively smooth sailing.

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Meet Baxter Jones

Baxter Jones chilling in the garden

I was so gosh darn excited I could hardly sit still in the car as we drove out to the local animal shelter. I was finally going to have a dog. Ever since I moved out of home I have wanted my own dog. Unfortunately, apartments with tiny back yards, no grass, and exposed to the hot desert sun all day are not the best environment for a dog. When I moved into a house with an actual yard I got excited and began planning on a dog. Despite my enthusiasm, it took over a year for me to finally bring a new doggy friend home. Why? I put it down to the fact that the right dog just hadn’t come up yet.

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Round Up: November 2020

After the fast pace of October, November was a much more relaxed month. It provided plenty of time for personal reflection and thoughts of Christmas.

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Disconnecting from Instagram for a Week

Wednesday morning last week I was browsing my podcast app looking for something new to listen to when I came across Crappy to Happy – 3 Mindful Minutes by Cass Dunn. I don’t usually go for these types of podcasts because I find them to be a bit too woo woo for me. You know what I mean right? The fake sounding voice, the calming music in the back ground and the constant reminder to “just take a breath.” However, I decided to give this one a go on account that each episode was only 3-4minutes long. That’s a manageable amount of woo woo. Given that I am seriously struggling with body image atm, the most recent episode which coincidentally was on this very topic seemed like a good place to start.

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30 Day Challenge: No Soft Drink

Chasing Emma at the Trephina Gorge Ridgetop Walk Lookout

Tomorrow I embark on my first 30 day health challenge. From tomorrow, Thursday November 12th, I am giving up soft drink.

It all started when I watched Matt Cutt’s Ted Talk Try Something New for 30 Days. In this video he talks about how he began adding new things into his life and setting himself the small goal of making a change for 30 days. As he says, “I figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for thirty days.”

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Round Up: October 2020

Mt conner and red sand dunes

As I welcome the start of a new month and begin the race towards the end of 2020 I’m enjoying the opportunity to reflect back on the month that was. In my goal to improve my mental health and better manage my stress, I took to writing these monthly round ups to help remind myself of all the wonderful things in life that I have to be grateful for.

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