The temperatures we’ve been seeing of late here in Sydney are just unheard of. We’ve come incredibly close to getting into the minus degrees with temperatures of two, four and so on in the mornings. Combine that with significantly shortened days compared to what we were enjoying during daylight savings and you’ve got the perfect recipe for seasonal effective disorder.
As a night owl, the comforting blanket of dark stillness that is evening should be up my alley. I just miss the luxury of a long snooze in the morning and ample time to seize the day. The sun has been setting around five thirty pm here whereas before we’d have daylight until eight thirty. I know the trick here is to adjust, adapt and therefore thrive but i enjoy my extended lie ins on non college days. I can’t seem to strike a balance and actually optimise the hours I do have.
On that note, we have three weeks left of trimester one with enrolments for trimester two having started last week. Being that I’d just started college at the beginning of this year and wanted to make friends and get a feel for the environment, I opted for all my classes to be on campus. Now that I can hold my own and am familiar with what’s expected of me, I’ve challenged myself to go predominantly online, two of my three classes being from home. I would’ve preferred the third was also but my schedule would’ve conflicted as I had another class on the same day and at the same time.
This way, I won’t have to rush back and forth between the apartment in Parramatta and my house in the Blue Mountains. While I’ve completed my renovation project at home for the most part, I haven’t been able to enjoy the space as much as I’d like to. I’m a homebody and feel my best when I’m let be. For the next few months, after the three week holiday break, I’ll have my classes on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Monday is online from eleven thirty in the morning to two thirty in the afternoon, Tuesday is on campus at the same time in Ultimo, the City, and Friday is an evening class from six thirty to nine thirty- something a little different!
This week my grandma and I stayed at the apartment until Thursday morning and then left early in the morning. I had a chiropractor appointment in the area as I’ve been experience some neck pain, probably from sleeping in an odd position or being hunched over my laptop tracing drawings for a long time. I can only do this in the dark as it’s easier to see outlines than with so much light pollution. The next specialist I will have to see is an optometrist at the rate I’m going! All jokes aside, I do take regular breaks as I know their importance and only feel my best when I’m adequately rested.
For Monday’s Graphic Communication class, our assignment is to complete a variety of five, ten and fifteen minute timed drawings with reference to pictures we took of different pieces of architecture around the City. They each correspond to different drawing techniques and have to represent their features. For instance, line, colour, texture and so on.
On Tuesday I have yet another presentation for my Product Knowledge class. We’re sharing our final instalment of the apartment decoration scheme we put together for a couple wanting a modern, industrial chic home. This time we’re picking bedroom furniture and linens, a task I’m confident in as I undertook the same process when choosing hard and soft furnishings for my own room.
Anyhow, I digress- back to Thursday morning. We then headed to the Mechanic in a suburb called Penrith, halfway between my two homes. Our car lately has been quite the source of trouble. It’s on the way out, stopping and starting eight or so times on the way to college on Monday. We were very literally about to turn the corner and park when the car broke down at the set of lights. A kind man nearby thought we were out of petrol and gave the car a push which got us out of trouble for the time being. The engine just keeps overheating. Eventually the mechanic cleared the car after testing its brakes and renewing the insurance. He did say he’d need to take it in overnight though and that it should be driven less. That’s part of the reason I didn’t make it to college on Wednesday as planned.
Eventually we got back on the road and made up for that frustrating stop with a quick drive in to the local Starbucks. I’m used to getting iced lattes from McDonald’s so it’s always a treat to pick up a drink here. A few years ago when I lived locally to a Starbucks I’d go there in the afternoons with my mum and brother. I’d have a chocolate Frappuccino and cheesecake. That was my order last week but I wasn’t a fan of the consistency and mountains of crushed iced. This time around I opted for a simple iced chocolate and enjoyed it much more.
Next we went to Kmart. It’s basically a lesser version of Target but they’ve really stepped up their quality lately. Home decor trends have steered towards being more environmentally friendly, earthy and neutral and I’m happy to say they’re delivering. I picked up a copy of Ellie Bullen’s Global Vegan for the highly competitive price of nineteen dollars. I’ve seen it be sold in boutiques for fifty. So glad I held out and waited for a better deal. I then found a striped linen geometric tufted ottoman for twenty nine dollars and couldn’t pass on it. It’s so comfy, fairly large and just generous overall. Lastly I got a brushed gold jewellery stand, some makeup products and, of course, some iced coffee. Have to get the goods. I picked up a new palette, an eyelash curler and a reusable face halo cleaner cloth. My old one was dyed in the wash accidentally and I didn’t feel comfortable putting it on my face.
We arrived home to a couple of packages having been delivered. I got one from Mejuri and another from Review with a dress and pearl earrings I’d ordered the previous week. The rest of the day was fairly relaxed. I took a long, hot spa bath and felt rejuvenated. Then my grandma and I continued watching New Amsterdam, our latest binge on Netflix. The television quit on us last week but it’s okay since we don’t view the channels anyway.
On Saturday we went out around mid afternoon and had a look in some local boutique stores, first stopping at Bakery Patisserie Schwarz. They have an incredible range of freshly baked bread, cakes, muffins, flans, tarts and the like. We ordered a cappuccino and a thick slice of carrot cake with cream cheese icing. It’s just delectable with the perfect mix of spices. Next I went to the Bespoke Florist up the road in search of a dried flower bouquet. I found the perfect one with lots of Australian natives- Proteas, wattles, cottontails and more. It also had hydrangea stems and other tonal foliage. At home I added a bunch of dried lavender to really fill out the bunch and give it some volume as my vase was quite large. I also picked up some wrapping paper to use for prints in my room. I like to cut out sections to frame as affordable wall art.
To end the perfect slow Saturday we ended up going to dinner at the local club. I wore my favourite chunky knit sweater with jeans and a new pair of hoops I got from one of the stores earlier that day. We’d originally planned to try out a new restaurant but hadn’t booked ahead of time, whoops. By the time we stopped by, all tables were reserved. Ultimately, dinner consisted of these incredible chicken wings with spicy sauce, garlic bread and fettuccine. Very pleasant!