To finish off this series, these are the 8 things I loved the last month of the decade.
Rounding out my ‘8 things’ series, these were the final 8 from last year. I’ll keep the intro brief and dive right in. Some are definitely along the same lines as the list in November, but all the same…
HIGH TEA AT THE WESTIN
In December I was treated to the Festive themed high tea at my favourite, The Westin Perth. You can read about my stay at The Westin here, it’s such a stunning hotel! Anyway, each season, they have a high tea on the lobby level at The Haven Lounge which I’ve been to a couple of times now. They always put in the effort to create a clever, delicious menu. Over the Christmas period, they had the cutest cakes and lovely savouries.
They have just launched their limited Summer high tea, incorporating sunshine drenched flavours like passionfruit, coconut, mango, lime, strawberry and guava. If you are looking for something nice to do as a treat, it’s worth booking!
Oh my gosh, I had the best time. Unfortunately in December, I had to head home to Adelaide for a funeral, but the upside was that I got to spend time with my family. The day after I flew in, I woke up, got dressed and my Mum and I drove to the old Ice Area. I grew up skating at the arena but hadn’t visited in a long time. Mum and I got there nice and early and had a great time on the ice. It was such a fun thing to do together too since I lot of the time she would be there while I was in classes or training but would go to her own classes at other times. The place wasn’t very different from what I remember, so it really was like a step back in time. Skating still gives me the biggest rush and I just can’t take the grin off of my face. I’m very happy I packed my skates!!
LOSS AND FAMILY TIME
Of course, this is a given. Last Christmas we flew to Adelaide in the morning on Christmas Day so I got to spend time with my family and it was one of the best Christmases I’d had in years. Knowing I wasn’t going to be there again I was pretty sad. Sadder again, when we lost my beautiful Auntie Joan, I was just upset that I would miss the chance to say goodbye. She was so lovely and meant a lot to me. In 2019 I’d already missed my Uncle’s funeral which was upsetting so I didn’t want to miss another chance to see family. Loss is so difficult, but knowing that someone is suffering is worse, so I was okay to say goodbye. If you are interested, I’ve written about dealing with loss a couple of times, see here. Every time is different, but having people who love you around makes a huge difference.
I spent almost a week in Adelaide and it gave me time to spend a day one-on-one with my Mum, another with my Dad and a lot more time than I feel like I’d had in years with my brother. He was in addition, going through a lot that week as he had to put his pet down. Without going into much detail, he is very sensitive and I was glad I could be there for him too.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IRL
While I am generally an online shopper and one who will get in and out quickly if I do have to hit the shops, while I was in Adelaide I had an afternoon running errands and Christmas shopping. And I actually enjoyed it. Perhaps it was just the atmosphere since it was pre-Christmas with all of the decorations or people celebrating on a Friday after work. It might be because I got to go into Sephora which we still don’t have in Perth. hehe But all in all I liked the chance to wander along Rundle Street and down Rundle Mall. I stopped at Haigh’s to buy truffles and ran into some old friends. It’s a small town after all!
It made me want to spend next Christmas in Europe or a split between London, Vienna, Prague and Paris.
FINISHING THE ANNE BOOKS
Before the end of the year, I wanted to have finished reading all of the books in the Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne series. I’d started them as a kid when I was given a set of them but some of the later ones weren’t as interesting to me. I was a bit young for them. So, before the year was out I made sure to finish them. And, despite the first book still being my favourite and thinking there were some dull moments in between, I loved the final book, Rilla of Ingleside. It’s one of those long series which build-up to something you couldn’t have skipped through. I cried SO much toward the end of that final book, set during World War 1. I’m glad to have finished it in time to watch the final season of Anne with an E.
EYE SHADOW PALETTES
It occurs to me that I will not be able to buy any new eye shadow palettes in a loooong time. I have so many now, which I don’t think I realised until I shifted them into a new storage space. So, now I have tasked myself with using them and I am very okay with that! So many colours!!
THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL
While the ending of the most recent season left me in shock I loooooooved this season as much as I had the previous two. I think this is actually the best show I’ve ever seen.
Lucky last on this list, I realise I’ve yet to actually embrace dressing for summer. We had a very hot week or so followed by some mild weather, which I was glad for. Adelaide was cold too. And as such, it gave me a chance to wear some of the woolen pieces and knits I wasn’t yet ready to stop wearing.
I am still not feeling summery clothing. So, that’s an issue.