A week of doing things

I’m currently on a break before I start a new job next week. At the beginning of my break, I wrote down a list of things I wanted to do1. It was mostly about getting back into my hobbies, which I stopped doing what with all the moves the past few months.

So this week, for the first time in a long time, I have finally:

  • Finished a dress! I actually had most of the pieces cut up months ago. I finally got around to putting it all together. And just in time, too, with the weather getting warmer.
  • Made shorts. Alas, I don’t think I’ll be able to sew my own shorts from scratch like I envisaged at the start of the year. Instead, I realised that I’m better off upcycling old pairs of jeans. I have a number of misshappen, formerly-skinny jeans that would make very serviceable pairs of shorts (and less misshapen that the shorts I’ve currently got which need to be retired!)
  • Juggled. Since we now have a backyard, I don’t have to worry about hitting the ceiling with my clubs. Yay!
  • Upped my financial literacy. A month ago, I wrote about how I wanted to learn more about saving for retirement. Although I’d begun reading books, this past week I’ve been devouring online courses, articles, spreadsheets and podcasts about the topic. I’ll probably write more about this in the future, but in summary, I now feel a lot more confident about S and I preparing for the future.
  • Given S a haircut. And he gave me one, too! Our one rule was: no blaming each other no matter what the outcome! Haha! I’m lucky I’ve got wavy hair so can get away with it if my hair’s not super even. And as for S — next time I think I can be a bit more aggressive with the clippers. 😛
  • Baked something. Believe it or not, I didn’t touch the oven for an entire month after moving in. Whilst S has always done the cooking, I used to at least bake, but there’s always that hesitation when dealing with a new appliance… Well, I finally mustered the courage to use the oven to make raisin bread. I had to put it back in the oven twice, but I know that’s part of getting used to a new oven.

Another thing on my list is to make dinner one of these days… another thing I need to work up to!

1 This is a shout-out to Nir Eyal’s “Indistractable” where he writes that the opposite of distraction is not focus, but rather it’s traction. Being clear on the things I want to do in place of being distracted is better than just thinking “I’m not going to waste time on the Internet today.

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