Sentence a day – October…

October. It was a month of family birthdays, of more rain than I’ve seen in a long time, of bad days in the office, and a lot of miles – both air mails and road miles. Aside from getting through a mountain of stuff in the day job, I finished my copy edit for my new novel, agreed the cover, and signed off on a new logo and  social media banner.

Anyways, here’s the month that was October.

1. Marvellous Melbourne – catch-up with an authorly friend, lots of steps and dumplings. 2. Home again – and some much needed rain.

3. More rain – and some planting in the rain.

4. Belly dancing starts back – shimmy shimmy.

5. End of month reporting in the corporate gig and a late afternoon coffee with a friend.

6. Haircut and Guru Life for lunch – there’s no connection between the two. 7. Markets, housework, and an afternoon cooking – including a spiced ginger cake from my new Darren Purchese cookbook. The recipe is here. 8. Checked out Rick’s Garage at Palmwoods for lunch and a late afternoon visit from a Sydney colleague. 9. Morning walk, evening walk, gym in my lunch hour – and a full day in the office.

10. Whales off the beach this morning – what a great start to the day. Followed by a talk on the health of the reefs around the Sunshine Coast with Reef Check Australia.

11. Best whale off the beach sighting yet this season.

12. Awful long, long, long, day in the office – my head hurts.

13. Lunch at Chances – fabulous mussels in laksa broth. 14. Maryborough and Bundaberg, Mary Poppins and rum…and rain, lots of rain. 15. Bargara and a drive past Hervey Bay – and more rain.

16. More rain – in fact we’ve had 3 times the October average rainfall in just 3 days – with more on the way.

17. More rain, flight to Sydney delayed. 18. Sydney, for work…enough said.

19. In the office office and a catch-up with one of my besties for dinner.

20. Home – to the sun.

21. Guess what, it’s raining again – a great day to whip up an Indonesian feast: chicken satays, beef rendang and coconut ice cream all from scratch.

22. Bar snacks and cocktails at Hong Sa at The Spirit House – an early birthday lunch for hubby. 23. Long and awful day in the office. This is becoming a habit.

24. Take yesterday and repeat – but with sun.

25. Belly dancing – I’ve missed the last 2 weeks due to work. We did things with sticks.

26. Happy birthday to my wonderful hubby. Dinner at Bella Venezia at Mooloolaba to celebrate.

27. Nailed my copy edit.

28. Sydney. That’s all.

29. Shopping in the city, Christmas ornaments, and a family catch-up to celebrate my Dad’s birthday.

30. Man, it’s hot! Up to 36C today with a southerly this evening. I have a headache.

31. Still in Sydney, still have a headache. I want to go home.


36 Replies to “Sentence a day – October…”

  1. It must be satisfying to finish your copy edit and choose the cover. Here’s to more wonderful whale sightings, sunshiny days, yummy meals, and fun belly dancing in November!

  2. Hopefully you’ll get some nice weather in Qld for a while – not too hot / too much rain!

    It sounds like a frantic month but you’ve gotten so much done and achieved so much.

    I’d forgotten how quickly weeks pass when you’re working full-time. I mean, sometimes the days (hours) drag but Thursday or Friday keeps coming around pretty quickly which I’m appreciating.

    And as it’s early in the month I might try to document my sentence / day for November!

    1. I was thrown onto a particularly demanding project last month, so madly juggling. Look forward to your sentence a day 😉

    1. That’s the best thing about sentence a day – it puts the messy months into perspective. You sit back & marvel at how much you’ve done.

  3. Lots of travelling back and forth this month Jo! So excited for you about your new book! Not looking forward to more hot days and the onset of summer. Thank goodness for my pool and aircon! #TeamLovinLife

  4. I got tired reading that. Sorry! I do think Sydney (and what is there for you….) no longer holds much love but more duty but that is a conversation for another time. I hope that you do have some R&R time coming up…and I now remember it is close to the anniversary of your putting the house on the market, because it was close to Christmas and you said “not yet” OMG..nearly a year. Love to you! D xx

    1. I know! This time last year we got it ready for photos & then pulled back until Feb. How quickly time flies. As an aside, I got tired living last month lol.

  5. It sounds like work got in the way of an otherwise perfect month Jo. It did rain a lot last month but I think it was very welcome after such a dry winter. Your new book cover looks fab by the way. #TeamLovinLife

    1. Thanks Jenni, it is what it is I think – a number of things in flux, balls in the air, blah blah blah. All will be good.

  6. Oh my goodness, congratulations on the book, and the completed cover design! And I’m smiling reading about your rain even as we are getting our first little bit of it here, though it’s very light and will likely stop soon.

    Sydney? Oh my how I love Sydney! We spent five glorious days there in 2010 and I may never get over the ensuing love affair, so hope you are enjoying your time there once the work day is done. 🙂

    1. Hi Tamara. I’ve lived in Sydney for most of my life – with the exception of a few years in my early 20s. My family is still there – as is my work. We moved about 1000kms north back in March. It’s a glorious city to visit & a tough & exhausting one to live in. I don’t enjoy going back now – even though I do get to see my family. I’m having way too good a time in tropical Queensland! Have a great November.

  7. All that rain at the beginning, you might as well have been living in England! I tried and failed at belly dancing once but still had fun.

    1. Lol re the England comment. The rain here is weird. Normally it sheets down and then it’s blue. This is our first summer in sub tropical Queensland, so I suspect there’ll be a few things to get used to!

  8. That was indeed a lot of rain. No wonder your head was hurting! We had an unusually rainy summer for the desert. Hoping that translates into some snow for us this winter.

    Yay for nailing the copy edit. You are inspirational.

    Hope your day gig (job) becomes less of a drag. I have been kind of bummed with my substituting over the last month. Not sure if I want to keep doing it.

    1. I didn’t realise that it snowed in the desert – although there’s probably a lot that I don’t realise. Yeah the day gig is a bit of a drag at the moment, but I’m sure that it will settle…or I will learn to fake it a tad more…glass half full and all that. Hope your November is fab.

  9. I feel for you because my day job has been hectic also. I love that you belly dance. I love all kinds of dancing, but thats one I’ve not tried yet.
    🙂 gwingal

    1. I don’t write about my day job a lot – nor do I mention my daily walks etc -they’re just business as usual, so I know it’s been a tough month when I see mention after mention of it in my sentence a day. Wishing you a great November.

Comments are closed.