How Is Your April Going?

How Is Your April Going?
Carly Jacobs

Today I’m taking stock of April. Pip from Meet Me At Mike’s does this every month and it’s such a lovely way to stop and have a think about where you’re at, where you’re going and how you’re feeling about the whole she-bang. Here’s my month… don’t forget to add yours in the comments.

Making: Granny squares! I’ve become quite the crochet addict recently and I’ve been doing at least 2 to 3 squares most evenings.

Cooking: Big batches of soup and vegetable bake for easy weeknight dinners. #futuremesaysthanks times a billion.

Drinking: Tea and Lemsip – I’ve got a horrific cold at the moment and so I’m main-lining sick person drinks like a maniac.

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 7.49.14 pmReading: The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up. Marie Kondo is my spirit animal.

Wanting: Some chocolate actually…

Looking: Forward to the weekend when I get to hang out with Chrissy and teach our workshop. We had to increase our ticket numbers yesterday! So stoked.

Playing: Rayman. I NEVER play computer games but this one is awesome. I can’t make 3D games work but this one is nice and flat like Sonic The Hedgehog. I’m rather good at it to be honest but then I’m good at any game where the aim is to save a cute thing.

Deciding: Which project to focus on! I have three front runners at the moment and they’re all totally different. Must brain storm more.

Wishing: For safety for women everywhere. My heart is so heavy with the tragedy of the last few months.

Enjoying: My evenings – Mr Smaggle and I move to the couch to work at about 6pm and we watch Antiques Roadshow while eating our dinner at pensioner hour. It’s bliss.

Waiting: For my new laptop! I’ve been overdue for a new one for a while now and I can’t wait to start over with a freshie. I’m going to come up with the best damn filing system you’ve ever seen.

Liking: The cooler weather… I’m a bona fide summer hater so the second I can break out the uggs I’m a happy camper.

Wondering: Do pets of famous people know they’re owned by famous people? I feel like Taylor Swift’s cats know. They’d HAVE to know.

Loving: Broad City. ‘I’ve figured out that my eyebrows are sisters… not twins.’

Pondering: Whether or not to hire a (paid) intern. I can almost afford it which is apparently the exact time when you should do it… hmmm…

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 7.48.29 pmConsidering: Doing a winter bootcamp. I have so much energy in winter I might as well take advantage of it!

Buying: My first pair of Merrells. They are brilliant.

Watching: Better Call Saul and it’s fantastic. I think it’s the only spin off I haven’t hated.

Hoping: My cold totally effs-off by the weekend. It’s looking good so far…

Marvelling: At my beautiful suburb. Every morning Mr Smaggle and I go and get a coffee and it’s just the best place ever. I love Fitzroy.

Cringing: About that time I met my friend’s mother-in-law and I gave her a hug and I thought I was squuezing her elbow but it turned out to be her boob. *facepalm*

Needing: New underwear. The situation is getting dire but I’ve been burnt by the last few pairs I’ve bought so I’m at a bit of a loss. I like giant, nude, seamless, full briefs. Super sexy right? Any recommendations?

Questioning: How anyone can hate corriander. I love the stuff.

Smelling: My clean, clean house. Fresh sheets, freshly vacuumed floor, freshly scrubbed kitchen. I love it when things are clean.

Wearing: Ugg-boots. I don’t do tracksuit pants but I definitely do a soft pant and a sleek, sophisticated black ugg boot.

Following: Crazy Jewish Mom on Instagram. I’m not religious at all but I swear Jewish women seek me out like I’m one of them and it pleases me greatly.

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 7.48.07 pmNoticing: That I’m drinking more coffee this week than usual… what’s that about?

Knowing: I’m jumping straight back into #20minutesaday when I start to feel better.

Thinking: About growing my hair long again… I’m in two weddings this year and it just makes styling it so much easier.

Admiring: People being awesome at stuff. Our local barista won an international award and shyly came over to show us his trophy the other day. What a legend. That shit is just so cool.

Sorting: My taxes. ALL. THE. TIME. It’s one of the curses of being a business owner. Drowning in receipts and invoices.

Getting: Better sleep these days! I think it’s all the crochet.

Bookmarking: Nothing really! I tend to read things as I go.

Coveting: Marimekko everything. When I’m a millionaire I will wear Marimekko every day and McQueen every night.

Disliking: Being sick. I never take my health for granted so I get very cranky when I’m sick.

Opening: Packets of porridge! Such a great way to start a chilly day when it gets too cold for smoothies.

Giggling: At Mr Smaggle and his sleep talking. Follow me on Facebook for updates. #sleeptalkingboyfriend

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 7.48.48 pm Feeling: Excited about running another Little Blog Big workshop this weekend!

Snacking: On carrot and celery sticks and boiled eggs. I spent Sunday preparing snack packs for the week and it’s been brilliant. I need to do this every week.

Helping: Mr Smaggle not lose the plot. If you know an app developer, give them a hug. They’ve got a big few weeks coming up…

Hearing: Hip hop. It’s the best thing to listen to while writing because I can’t hear the lyrics and they won’t seep into my work!

Here’s the list for you to do your own –

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Cooking :
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You can complete the list in the comments or on your own blog if you like!

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How’s your April going? Swell? Or is there room for improvement?

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  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid 6 years ago

    I love me a Taking Stock post. I’m not religious but I am a bit crazy, and I am Jewish so I too am off to stalk Crazy Jewish Mom on IG, even though I have a crazy Jewish mom all of my own in England. I too am excited about Saturday and I am loving that Game of Thrones is back. Because life is better with Jon Snow in it!

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Oh I haven’t watched the new episode yet! Hoping I’ll have time before the weekend! Are you really Jewish? Will you adopt me?

  2. Shannon Morrow 6 years ago

    Oh Sammie I have one of them too (a cray Jewish mum). In the best kinda way but cray all all the same.

    Great list Carly. I love your mention if your sophisticated ugg boots. Cracked me up.

    I’m so excited for Saturday. Feel better! Xx

    • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid 6 years ago

      We will have to compare notes on the mum front when I see you!

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      They are extremely sophisticated as only a Smaggle ugg boot would be.

  3. Shan@FortyUp 6 years ago

    I like those kind of undies too. I’m a Bonds girl. Black or skin colour, seam free, just enough coverage & comfy as! Now I feel a little weird…..

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      We are underwear twins. I’m the same. Nude or black is always the way to go. I have no time for lace. That shit itches.

  4. merilyn 6 years ago

    saying hi to smags! … she is soo cute!
    laughing at and with you!
    hoping you feel better soon hun!
    wishing you success on the blogging weekend!
    making lots of chicken broth with garlic, lemons, coriander, ginger, zinc znc vit c remedy for a cold!
    drinking lots of green tea with lemon myrtle
    sending love m:)X

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Ha thank you! I’m definitely on the mend but it’s slow going… can’t wait to hit the treadmill. I’ve been slamming tea! Thank you!

  5. Lisa 6 years ago

    I totally love Rayman 🙂

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      How good is it??? Might play a round or two tonight actually!

  6. Cilla 6 years ago

    have you followed @thefatjewish on IG? Funny as.

  7. Anna 6 years ago

    Thanks for your the taking stock list. It is just what I need at the moment. I have had a crazy month and we are only half way through! I need to take stock of where I am so that I can reflect on the last two weeks and make sure that I actually enjoy the rest of April – rather than being grateful that I made it to the end of the month in one piece!

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      April has been a huge struggle for me but I’m totally back on track now. The taking stock thing totally works!

  8. Tahlia Meredith 6 years ago

    Am I too old to be an intern…? 😉 What’s happening in app developer land?!

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Certainly not!!! Would you be interested in interning for me??? I’ll email you! The launch of the Apple Watch is happening in developer land – it’s quite out of control!

      • Tahlia Meredith 6 years ago

        Yeah man! And ooooh of course – I’m not a iPerson so all that kind of goes over my head

  9. nonnuclearmaven 6 years ago

    Cooking : chicken pot pies with cauli and leek mash instead of cheese sauce
    Drinking : soda water – I needs those bubbles!
    Reading: text books and trash Stephanie Plum novels
    Looking: fly after getting my hair did again
    Playing: Alt-J, Alt-J, Alt-J
    Waiting: for more GOT
    Loving: the 10 minutes of snuggle time with the D man between first and alarm
    Pondering: babies, yes , no, maybe
    Watching: Harry Potter, again
    Hoping: for good marks in my assignments
    Questioning: why do I attract needy people
    Smelling: essential oils
    Wearing: cardis and maxi dresses
    Following: Smaggle! and her sleep talking boyfriend
    Noticing: a calmness I have right now
    Knowing: that I am loved
    Thinking: about our next holiday
    Bookmarking: articles on child anxiety
    Coveting: mala beads from Tiny Devotions
    Giggling: about being a mummy dinosaur and chasing my little guy around, after 8 years it’s still not old, for me anyway
    Feeling: a bit tired
    Snacking: apple slices with peanut butter and loving earth coco choc butter
    Wishing: for a tiny bit more motivation

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Oh god yes! The baby ponder! I’ve been doing that myself a lot these days… I really could very easily go either way.

  10. missellie13 6 years ago

    QuestionIng: Hw anyone can like coriander – it tastes like bad breath!

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Ha! You know it’s a genetic thing? People are born liking it or hating it. How cool is that?

      • missellie13 6 years ago

        Really? How bizarre – so you couldn’t train yourself into liking it. If you even wanted to bleuch. I’d better not let my husband know, I make him eat lots of stuff he doesn’t like and I tell him he’ll get to like them hehe.


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