Hello there and good morning. I am sitting here at my little desk, doing some journalling, with my bergamot essential oil a'burning. "Bergamot uplifts the spirit and emotions. Beneficial during times of stress and irritability", says the box. Right now is feeling a little like this: really, it's okay.

A few months ago I wrote a couple of posts on the matter of career indecision, and the fact that, I have it. I had made what I thought was a well-planned and sensible decision to go back to uni for a year to get my Bachelor of Education to become a primary school teacher. I went to uni for six weeks and it just started to feel wrong. Well, it never felt completely right... I'd talked myself into it being right, and made the best possible, most thoroughly thought-out decision at the time. But, more and more, it felt like I would get to the end, and still be thinking I was in the wrong place. I am glad that I had the opportunity to look into this line of work a little further. If I hadn't at least looked into it, I may have been left wondering. To a degree, I am back at Square 1... but that's okay. It's tricky finding a balance between having to get work, for, you know, living and eating and stuff, and wanting to find a place you'll enjoy. And also, finding a location, for I am a couple of hours away from the city now. Hence the ocean-like state of flux... but just have to keep remembering that it is just that, in flux, not a permanent state of tumbling. It might take some chopping and changing and exploring to find my feet, but I'll get there.

Anyway... here are some things I have been enjoying lately... (cake)

Last week, Lindsay and I hopped in the back of the car with Mum and Dad, and my two dogs, heading for the relos at Grafton. My cousin Steff and I decided to whip up this teacake to take on a visit to Nanna (this is before it went back in the oven and the topping went all oozy and sticky). It was sooo yummy. Um... and made on sugar. Shh. Steff and I always do a little baking when we're together. :)

We took a drive to Yamba... we were checking out the ocean view when I looked down and noted that our feet were dressed very much the same, and this amused me enough to do a photo shoot. Kindred spirits, we is! Also I need to moisturise my cankle.

Here we are.

We made like tourists and took a trip to The Big Banana. Somewhat underwhelming inside the 'nana, however I commend Coffs Harbour for keeping on top of the paint work. The shading on the banana tips was particularly nice.

And here with the mister.

The other day I went to Priceline to get one or two things, and then THIS happened. Priceline does it to me everytime! It's really a good thing that they have those pink baskets at the entrance and not trolleys. But, to be fair, I was merely stocking up on the essentials (essential oil counts as essential, it says it right there). I've been thinking more about what I put on my skin and what's soaking in, so I spent time perusing the non-mainstream stuff (what you can't pull off the shelf at Coles) and picked some more organicky products. If you run a google search on "What are parabens and why are they bad for you" the top few articles all have different spins on the matter - evidence either way seems inconclusive. Some draw links between parabens and cancer and others say the quantities are negligible and are detoxed by your bod. Either way, I figure that it can't hurt to try some things that are a little more natural. They smell guuud, too.

And this is just a pointless photo of what my home desk looks like this morning. Special mention for the pen tin, which I've had for about 15 years... every couple of years I wrap a new sheet of scrapbooking paper around the tin to spruce it up. Good story, hey? And that's about all I have time for today -- au revoir!

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