Gratitude: February 2018

February has been a cross between me being moody and picking myself back up and getting stuff done. I’m putting my moodiness down to the heat and the heat making me tired more easily. Compared to January the month has passed quickly and I’ve still found at least one positive thing in each day.

Here’s what made me smile:

February 1: Shania Twain announces NZ shows for the very first time.

February 2: Enjoyed my afternoon nap.

February 3: Toffee Nut Latte in my kitty cup.

February 4: Had a good first official Sunday at the library.

February 5: Roast pork dinner.

February 6: Wore MAC’s Silver pigment for the first time.

February 7: Bright pink lips for the second day in a row.

February 8: Made my first ASOS order for 2018.

February 9: Got tickets to see Shania Twain in December! Row 15!

February 10: Cosy, weekend rain.

February 11: Showing Sunday who’s boss with a bold lip.

February 12: Making an effort to use my Copper Spice palette from Morphe more.

February 13: Painted my nails red for Valentine’s Day.

February 14: Straightened my hair for the first time in ages. I don’t like my fringe straightened though.

February 15: Received a cute card from my valentine.

February 16: First time playing mini golf and it was fun!

February 17: Music always helps improve my mood when it’s not the best.

February 18: Anti-Flamme is a godsend for sore muscles.

February 19: Why is loungewear so comfortable?

February 20: Tried a Rocky Road Latte.

February 21: Evening sing-a-long to Vanessa White’s Chapter Two EP.

February 22: I really like how today’s Instagram turned out.

February 23: Nothing better than getting stuck into a good book.

February 24: Wearing dungarees and my Saturdays t-shirt.

February 25: Productive Sunday afternoon, getting me ready for the coming week.

February 26: Mini marshmallows are so cute!

February 27: I’ll never get tired of purple lipstick.

February 28: I like the way my work vest looks.

What were you grateful for in February?


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Gratitude: January 2018

I am pleased to share that I will be continuing my monthly gratitude posts. If you are unfamiliar with these, each day I write down one thing that makes me happy and at the end of each month I share them all in a blog post. I have done this for two years now and it’s a beautiful thing to be able to look back on.

Here’s what made me smile this month:

January 1: Steps sing-a-long.

January 2: Bought a bullet journal!

January 3: Getting to see my favourite little face after work.

January 4: I like rain and grey days.

January 5: Tango’s day 💔

January 6: Double episode of Pretty Little Liars.

January 7: Murder mystery tucked up with a warm blanket.

January 8: Long hugs.

January 9: Chocolate eclair after work.

January 10: Received a lovely compliment and sweets from a lady at work.

January 11: Saw some cute kittens on my SPCA visit.

January 12: Filmed my first YouTube/blog video.

January 13: Dark eye makeup.

January 14: Lots of giggles.

January 15: Frozen Fanta Blueberry drink.

January 16: Blogger friends are so kind.

January 17: Work uniform arrived – the vest and pullover fit so nicely.

January 18: Started my London jigsaw puzzle.

January 19: New Kylie music.

January 20: Wore MAC’s Tan pigment for the first time – LOVE.

January 21: My New Look playsuit is one of my favourite items of clothing.

January 22: Productive afternoon/evening.

January 23: Sponge cake for my birthday tomorrow!

January 24: Treated myself to donuts after work, so good!

January 25: Making good progress with the jigsaw.

January 26: Cinema and late night Dominos.

January 27: Cuddles are the best way to start a day.

January 28: Had the tastiest drink, sparkling white grapefruit flavour.

January 29: Uploaded my second YouTube video.

January 30: We are getting a new little kitten.

January 31: Finished the London jigsaw.

What were you grateful for in January?


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Gratitude Journal: December

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the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

December went by tremendously fast and looking back over some of these highlights they don’t seem like they were only a couple of weeks ago. December mainly involved shopping, eating and felt quite hectic if I’m honest. The holiday break at the end of the month was nice and it meant I could wind down and get ready for the new year.

Here’s what made me smile in December:

December 1: Rose gold nails.

December 2: Watched the Santa parade after work.

December 3: So much sleep today.

December 4: Smashed out 50 squats after not doing them in forever.

December 5: Bought OPI’s Tiramisu For Two.

December 6: Sugar Plum by Revlon is so pretty.

December 7: All caught up with I’m a Celeb, gutted Vanessa is out.

December 8: I liked the rain today.

December 9: Nachos for dinner.

December 10: Put up the Christmas tree.

December 11: Pretty Little Liars is back.

December 12: Started another Poirot book.

December 13: Purple lip!

December 14: Fun evening getting ready to go shopping.

December 15: Ate too many Celebrations chocolates but I enjoyed them.

December 16: Reunited with him.

December 17: So proud I didn’t nap this afternoon.

December 18: FaceTime chat with my brother.

December 19: Wore a sparkly cardigan.

December 20: My good vibes playlist picked me back up again.

December 21: Love my Christmas nails!

December 22: Work breakfast and Secret Santa gift exchange – I got pink makeup.

December 23: Sweetcorn for dinner.

December 24: Relaxed day involving lots of reading.

December 25: Received lovely presents and had a nice day.

December 26: Big sleep in.

December 27: Got complimented on my lipstick; Show Orchid by MAC.

December 28: Highest number of daily views on my blog since it started back in 2014!

December 29: Omelette for breakfast.

December 30: Why are leggings so comfortable?

December 31: Pizza and movie night.

What were you grateful for in December?

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Gratitude Journal: November

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the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

November feels like it was more of a slower pace compared to some other months this year. I started watching a couple of new shows and finished a few others. The weather is definitely warming up (bring back the cold I say) and I made a start on my Christmas shopping. I’ve pretty much just got my boyfriend left so any suggestions for gifts are welcome!

Here’s what made me smile in November:

November 1: Looking forward to my sleep in in the morning.

November 2: Had a fun afternoon shopping.

November 3: Naked Attraction is becoming a guilty pleasure. I blame Zalfie.

November 4: Sparkly pink lips!

November 5: My lunch was so yummy; pie and chips.

November 6: The final of Doctor Foster was gripping.

November 7: Rocked a red lip!

November 8: Loving a smokey eye lately.

November 9: Did some Christmas shopping online.

November 10: Chilled kind of productive day all in one.

November 11: Revlon’s Black Cherry lipstick was a winner with the boyfriend.

November 12: Apple crumble for dessert.

November 13: Good mail day!

November 14: One of my Christmas presents arrived; the Morphe Copper Spice palette.

November 15: Won a prize in Lotto!

November 16: Started a new book.

November 17: Painted my nails using Bahama Mama by Essie.

November 18: Nice to wear a skirt for a change.

November 19: Pizza is a good time.

November 20: Dannii For Target clothing day.

November 21: Wore my hair in a bun.

November 22: Glitter lips.

November 23: When you’re frustrated and your boyfriend makes you feel better.

November 24: Getting into I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, mainly watching for Vanessa.

November 25: My Shania Twain album bundle finally arrived.

November 26: Quick road trip with the boyfriend.

November 27: Bought Dua Lipa’s album, been listening on Spotify but it’s nice to have my own copy.

November 28: Helped with a computer class at work, the people were very appreciative.

November 29: Agatha Christie mystery on TV.

November 30: iTunes clean ups are so satisfying.

What were you grateful for in November?


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Gratitude Journal: October

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the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

It seems as though October has been a cross between online shopping/spending and reading books. My brother came down for a long weekend and we ended up going shopping which also resulted in me purchasing things. I was good on the makeup front thought, I only bought one eyeshadow. October flew by so fast and I can’t believe it’s only two months until Christmas!

Here’s what made me smile in October:

October 1: One year exactly since I saw Ellie Goulding in concert.

October 2: Zayn Malik’s voice is gorgeous.

October 3: Did over 13,000 steps today!

October 4: Fish and chips for dinner.

October 5: Getting my hair done always makes me happy!

October 6: Ordered another pair of dungarees.

October 7: When Claire Richards likes your comment and replies on Instagram.

October 8: Afternoon of reading.

October 9: Loving Sunny Seoul from MAC lately.

October 10: Una (from The Saturdays) liked my birthday tweet to her!

October 11: Cute wake up call from my cat.

October 12: Mary-Lou arrived!

October 13: Big Little Lies is good. 

October 14: A MAC Show Orchid day.

October 15: When your boyfriend makes dinner for you.

October 16: I love finding new books to read!

October 17: Leftover pizza and garlic bread for lunch.

October 18: Pink Opal by Max Factor is really very pretty.

October 19: Today’s makeup was on point!

October 20: So happy with my dungarees, only took three tries!

October 21: Watched an Alan Carr comedy show on TV, he is so funny!

October 22: Bought some cute craft paper.

October 23: Left over butter chicken for lunch.

October 24: My signed copy of the Steps album re-release is on it’s way.

October 25: Bright pink lip day, I have a lot of those!

October 26: Listened to some music throwbacks today: Vanessa Amorosi and Adam Rickitt.

October 27: Spent most of the day in bed, it was cold.

October 28: Got to see my favourite person after a week!

October 29: Sitting with a warm blanket makes me feel cosy.

October 30: Pink sparkly eyeshadow matches ones of my scrunchies. 

October 31: My Feel Unique order finally arrived! 

What were you grateful for in October?


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Personal Growth Exercise

I was browsing Pinterest and came across a list of personal growth questions. Lists like this always get me thinking and evaluating how to be mindful and grateful for what is going on in my life and what I want to achieve. I clicked through to the website the questions are from and also did a quiz about my strengths, gifts and insights into my personality. My result is accurate. I encourage you to take the quiz and leave your results in the comments with whether or not you agree. Click here to take the quiz!

My quiz result:

The Deep Thinker

“You’re driven by the pursuit of knowledge, and you have some special talents up your sleeve that really set you apart. You love exploring new theories, concepts and ideas. You’re able to be objective and logical, and understand the complexities of things others may not give a second thought.”

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1. What does your ideal day look like?

A sleep in to start, not the whole day in bed but enough sleep so I feel well-rested followed by breakfast/lunch. After eating, maybe a nice walk and an afternoon spent reading or cosying up watching movies. Sometimes I like grey, rainy days so if it was one of those days I’d love to order pizza and make a blanket fort and just talk and spend time with my love.

2. What did you want to be when you were younger?

Accountant, hairdresser and singer. I still want to be a singer.

3. Who are you most inspired by? Why?

My mum. She has taught me a lot of life lessons. She never had it easy and she is proof that you can make it. Her strength is to be admired. I am a lot like her and I’m proud.

4. Who would you love to meet? What would you ask?

All of my musical inspirations. I would ask for advice and any queries I have about the music industry.

5. What habit would you most like to break? What habit would you most like to start?

I wish I wasn’t such a worrier. I’d like to start being more spontaneous and not having to have everything planned in so much detail. I think being organised is part of the reason I worry so much.

6. Think of a person you truly admire. What qualities do you like about that person?

I continue to admire Shane Filan. He went through bankruptcy and lost everything except for his voice, his wife and children. Shane invested money into property and started a property development company with one of his brothers. During the recession the Irish market and banks crashed and it was a devastating for Shane. Singing is his biggest love and it’s what keeps him going. He is so kind and generous to his fans, he is humble and hardworking and he’s honest. He didn’t shy away from the problem and refuse to talk. What happened to him was unfortunate but he keeps going for his family.

7. How do you like to relax?

Reading, singing, doing jigsaw puzzles, watching TV.

8. When was the last time you did something you were afraid of?

When I told my boyfriend I loved him for the first time (I actually wrote it). I hadn’t experienced love and those feelings before so I was thinking, “is this what love is?” and worried I was interpreting my feelings wrong. At the time it was scary but now it makes me smile.

9. What are you most proud of?

My kind heart.

10. What are you most afraid of?

People not listening to you and believing what you do and what you say. Not being happy. Liars.

11. If life stopped today, what would you regret not doing?

Telling people what I think of them; good and bad.

12. Who would you like to connect (or reconnect) with? Why?

A few of my old work colleagues. We would have some of the craziest chats but I really felt like they ‘got’ me and I felt included. I’ve been thinking about paying them a visit.

13. What qualities do you admire in others?

Honesty. Loyalty. Thoughtfulness.

14. What practical skills do you wish you had?

I wish I could drive and I wish I was a better cook.

15. Imagine you’re in your 90s. What memories would you like to have? What stories do you want to tell?

I’d like to be able to say I fulfilled my dream of traveling to The UK and talk about the things I did during my time there. I’d tell beautiful love stories and remember the music I listened to and what my life was like. I’d talk about my inspirations, my goals and life lessons.

16. What is your favorite book/movie/song? Why?

Book: Claire Richards – All of Me – She is the lead singer of my favourite band and similar to the Shane Filan story, she’s never lost her voice despite all she’s been through. She is one of the reasons I want to be a singer. There are lots of musicians I look up to and admire but they haven’t all made me want to sing.

Movie: Grease or Titanic. They are both classics! The music in Grease is fun to sing a long to and the love story in Titanic is acted so beautifully.

Song: Shania Twain – From This Moment On – I’ve loved this song since I was three years old and I want it to be my wedding song.

17. If you could make one change in the world, what would it be?

That people wouldn’t be so cruel. They would think about their actions and imagine what it’s like from the other person’s point of view. People wouldn’t be taken for granted.

18. What do you love to do for, or give to others (not an object – something from you personally)?

I make people feel important when they mean a lot to me. If they need someone to talk to I want them to know I’m there. There are things I do naturally and it’s not until I’m made aware of them that I realise how big my heart is.

19. What excites you?

Love. I think I will always be a romantic.

20. What do you wish you did more of?

Went outside and explored nature.

21. Pretend money is no object. What would you do?

Travel, see as many artists in concert as I can and make sure my friends and family are comfortable. I’d love my mum to have her dream house.

22. What area of your life, right now, makes you feel the best? Which area makes you feel the worst? Why?

The answer for both is social. Best because I am enjoying my job and have met new people and my relationship is going well but worst because sometimes I feel lonely and the amount of people I can depend on isn’t a huge number. I’m not close with many people.

23. Let’s jump forward a year. What would you like to have achieved in the past year?

I’d like to be happy. Happiness is my main goal and if I’m not doing what makes me happy, what is the point? Being able to lose some weight would be a bonus. I’d like to think I could get my Restricted Licence in that time too.

24. What piece of advice would you give to five year old you? Sixteen year old you? Twenty-one year old you? Right now?

Five year old me: Enjoy being young, make friends with everybody and be carefree.

Sixteen year old me: Focus and work hard at school, you’ll thank yourself later.

Twenty one year old me: You are doing fine.

Right now: Whatever makes you happy, just do that!

25. How do you want to be remembered in life?

The short redhead who wore bright lipstick and giggled a lot. I want to be remembered for having a smile on my face and always being warm and friendly.

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Gratitude Journal: September

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the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Health was at the centre of most days in September. I didn’t feel the best but I am on the mend slowly – I explained more in my September Favourites. (Please read if you haven’t already). There were also two big events in September, it was my boyfriend’s birthday and my aunt had a heart operation after getting put off and cancelled numerous times. I’m proud I was there for her and I know she is grateful.

Here’s what made me smile in September:

September 1: So nice to see my old work mates.

September 2: Bakery treats.

September 3: Waking up to weekend cuddles.

September 4: Good hair day.

September 5: There’s no place like home!

September 6: Relaxing afternoon in bed reading.

September 7: Brainstorming session for the blog.

September 8: First coffee in a little while. 

September 9: Navy blue fluffy jumper loving. (The one featured in my September Favourites).

September 10: Trip to the cinema to see IT.

September 11: My favourite BBQ Rodeo burgers from Burger King for lunch.

September 12: Chatty phone call with my brother.

September 13: First time wearing a bold lip at my new job.

September 14: Nachos for dinner.

September 15: The sun was out in full force.

September 16: Treated myself to Dominos after work.

September 17: I love my boyfriend SO MUCH! (Soppy highlight).

September 18: Painting my nails is one of my favourite things.

September 19: Afternoon mocha  ☕️

September 20: When you’re not well it’s important to take time out for yourself.

September 21: Blew up 25+ balloons. It’s not the blowing but the tying that’s hard work!

September 22: Berry lip day.

September 23: Boyfriend’s birthday celebrations.

September 24: Chilled Sunday complete with nap.

September 25: First day at work after completing training. 

September 26: Wore a new Juicy Couture perfume for the first time.

September 27: Blue lipstick day.

September 28: Spent the morning shopping.

September 29: Shania Twain album day!

September 30: People who compliment your perfume are the nicest!

What were you grateful for in September?


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Gratitude Journal: August

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the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Compared to July I have felt in control of my emotions and been happy on the whole. I am still getting my head around having free time in the afternoons (which I didn’t have with my old job) and how best to fill it but everything will settle down over the next few weeks. I am enjoying my new job which is the most important thing!

Here’s what made me smile in August:

August 1: Lots of cuddles, lucky me!

August 2: Getting better with the manual settings on my DSLR.

August 3: Afternoon Tea by Tanya Burr ❤

August 4: My boyfriend visited at work and stayed for an hour.

August 5: Big changes are a happening!

August 6: Nescafé’s Vanilla Lattes are delicious! I’m not a coffee drinker but I could get into them.

August 7: Fancy underwear day. No occasion, just felt like it.

August 8: Cheeky, happy mood.

August 9: Vanilla ice cream!

August 10: When the name of your lipstick reflects how you feel that day; Brave by MAC.

August 11: Wore a ring I bought yesterday for the first time and it is stunning!

August 12: I love mum’s homemade hot chips.

August 13: One more week of work!

August 14: Got some photographs done for my secret project.

August 15: Jeans and jumper day.

August 16: Had my hair braided by my boyfriend’s mum. I wish I could braid my own hair, French and Dutch braids are so pretty.

August 17: Last 10 hour Thursday at my current job!

August 18: Surprise gifts from work colleagues – so thoughtful!

August 19: Got given a chocolate cake.

August 20: Lots of hugs today, end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one.

August 21: Made an omelette for breakfast and it was tasty.

August 22: Jigsaw filled morning.

August 23: First day at my new job.

August 24: Such nice sunny weather.

August 25: My Dannii For Target top matched my lipstick.

August 26: Not often I get to see my boyfriend at the weekend.

August 27: Felt like pizza for lunch so that’s what I had!

August 28: Uploaded photos to Google Drive to clear space on my phone.

August 29: Picked up some chocolatey treats in the supermarket; Maltesers and a chocolate caramel muffin.

August 30: Heard I’m doing well at the Library and picking things up quickly.

August 31: Carbonara for lunch. 

What were you grateful for in August?


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Gratitude Journal: July

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the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

I honestly don’t know how to sum up July. Part of me feels like it has passed quickly but then part of me also remembers these memories/highlights very clearly. I treated myself to new items this month, a DSLR was the big one but I also bought clothes and makeup. My emotions have been weird which is why I’m not sure what to say about July. I’m glad it’s over I guess?!

Here’s what made me smile in July:

July 1: When you get given chocolate cake at work.

July 2: Finished another jigsaw puzzle.

July 3: Kitty cuddles in bed.

July 4: When your boyfriend sees a ‘Tag a girl who looks beautiful without makeup’ meme on Facebook and says, “you” – he’s so sweet!

July 5: Unexpected trip to the MAC counter, came away with two items.

July 6: Thought provoking chats with the boyfriend.

July 7: After researching DSLRs for the past week and a bit I keep going back to the Canon 700D.

July 8: The Body Shop’s Cocoa Butter body butter smells delicious – almost like chocolate!

July 9: Wore Show Orchid for the second time and I’ve only had it four days.

July 10: Butter chicken leftovers for lunch.

July 11: Rose gold eyeshadow.

July 12: Wearing a bright pink fluffy robe on a cold evening.

July 13: Finally caved and bought the Canon 700D camera – can’t wait to use it!

July 14: Had a hot chocolate made for me at work.

July 15: Up to date with PointlessBlogVlog’s videos… again. Sometimes I fall behind but I catch up eventually.

July 16: Out of work on time and ready for my days off after working six days (52 hours) in a row!

July 17: Got to see my love for the first time in a week.

July 18: My camera arrived!

July 19: Wearing a pair of ponte pants I bought yesterday.

July 20: Chenille cardigan arrived, it’s so soft and warm!

July 21: I blimmin’ love Show Orchid!

July 22: Took my first photo for the blog with my camera. (The photo in my July Favourites 2017 post).

July 23: Changing into comfy clothes after work is such a relaxing feeling.

July 24: Pepperoni pizza for lunch.

July 25: Cuddles when you feel sad help you feel better.

July 26: Louie Spence on The Chase is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while.

July 27: Kept myself busy meaning the day passed quicker. Burger King for dinner was also a treat!

July 28: Wore my go to lip colour and eyeshadow today, such a winning combination.

July 29: Steps were on New Zealand TV!

July 30: Bought a very bling nail polish on my lunch break; Glow Your Own Way by Essie.

July 31: Ticking tasks off to do lists is rewarding.

What were you grateful for in July?


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Gratitude Journal: June

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the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

June zoomed by super quickly! My time away from work was nearly a month ago already and ever since my return everything has been go, go, go. For the past couple of months I was feeling tired and didn’t have a lot of energy but I purchased a bottle of B vitamins this month and I have noticed a difference since taking them. I’m more focused on everything and less tired.

Here’s what made me smile in June:

June 1: Discussing fun plans for next week.

June 2: I much prefer Burger King to McDonalds, probably an unpopular opinion.

June 3: One more day of work then time off.

June 4: Mum’s homemade vegetable soup is the best!

June 5: Gloomy day spent inside, managed to get little jobs done.

June 6: Haircut! Shorter than usual but it’ll grow.

June 7: Got to see my boyfriend after a week. It’s also our 9 month anniversary 🙂

June 8: Didn’t feel the greatest today but I was well looked after and got to eat delicious scones.

June 9: My nap this afternoon was delightful!

June 10: Successful morning blog planning.

June 11: Fun shopping trip; bought vitamins, mini shampoo and conditioner, underwear, socks and books.

June 12: Escaped from a zombie room and ten pin bowled – badly (bowling not the zombie room).

June 13: My boyfriend always looks after me and makes sure I’m ok, he’s the sweetest. 

June 14: Baked shortbread – yum!

June 15: New Shania Twain music.

June 16: Homemade pizza after a long day at work.

June 17: Bought a scrunchie and a pair of fluffy gloves, both are so cute!

June 18: Finalised something I’ve been working on for a couple of months.

June 19: Leftover food seems more tasty, does the fridge magically do something?

June 20: The weather was beautiful – lovely and warm in the sun.

June 21: Relaxing day with my favourite person.

June 22: Parcels galore when I got home this morning.

June 23: I love planning things to make other people smile and surprise them.

June 24: Pork crackling is so delicious!

June 25: Surprise visitor at work!

June 26: Such a good, restful sleep last night.

June 27: I always get to do interesting things with my boyfriend. Was using power tools and I didn’t mind drilling but didn’t like the scroll saw.

June 28: Played Monopoly for the first time in years.

June 29: More secret project elements coming together.

June 30: Browsing DSLR cameras online, I want one!

What were you grateful for in June?

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