wall clock

Today's the first day that feels like a new season. I find January to be a bit of a depressed and deflated continuation of December, while what I look for in my new year is a sense of fresh new beginnings, awakening and inflated sense of purpose.

It's all creativity and moving on on our end, settling into a new place (and space) and tiding up business in the old. Also, the last of the family visits will be over this coming weekend. I love to see everybody, but when you have  a full month and a half of that, and all the holiday celebrations, you run out of ideas what to cook.

I just bought a wall clock before New Year, only to discover they do wall clocks now on Society6. Damn. I really liked this one:

It's one of the first photos I took with my first dSLR camera I think in 2007. It's one of those photos that turned out absolutely perfect, and today, because of its abstract nature, makes the best merchandise. It's nice to look back now on the collection of art I've made over the past few years. It all happened spontaneously and I'm glad it did.

Here's a few others, I'm really happy with them:



January is almost gone, and I'm still not fully organised. When we moved, I pushed and pushed until I had all the boxes unpacked, all the clothes washed, every room set out the way I liked it, and still it took me a month to settle in. I hate moving, but this move was to such a dream location that I really can't complain.

My january essentials:

1. Glass water bottle. The water here is superb, sweet and pure, and it would be a shame to pollute it with chemicals from plastic, so I bought a glass bottle.

2. Vitamins. I was taking Vitamin C (esther-C, because it doesn't acidify the urine) and Zinc, for immunity, but didn't realise I was getting seriously deficient in B12 and Magnesium. It wasn't until I could no longer think clearly, was complaining about sore muscles, aches and pains, pins and needles in my leg and something they refer to as 'brain fog' that I tried B12 and literally within days my symptoms started to improve and now they are completely gone.

3. Gluten-free diet. I read Novak Djokovic's new book "Serve to Win" and decided that, with my number of allergies, I really should try gluten-free diet to see if it helps. Well, a week or so into it, it actually does help. Even though gluten-free bread doesn't make me feel as full as normal bread, overall my digestion feels a lot more comfortable and because I tend to eat more protein to fill up, I actually eat less overall. Yay for Novak, may he become world No. 1 again :)

4. JR Ward's 'Black Dagger Brotherhood' books. They are pretty lame at first glance. Supernatural romance/erotica with alpha male vampires, crappy female characters and really annoying teenage jargon. I picked it up because I wanted to improve my own erotica-writing skills, and I do have a vampire novel on a back burner which has been beckoning me. Anyway, now I have to read the whole series, or at least have to get to the Blaylock/Qhuinn gay romance which is the next book. Even though it's a bit painfully lame at times, the books are actually good fun, if you like that sort of thing, and I do. Who's my favourite? Probably John Matthew and Xhex, they are the least lame of them all.

5. Frankincense essential oil. Not only is it really good for asthma, it smells divine. I was always a fan of shoe polish/turpentine smell, and this is the nature's own version. So calming and meditative, I put it in my air purifier, diffuser, bath, pillow etc. I drew the line at buying a frankincense perfume though, didn't want to be smelling like church, that would be a step too far.

6. Coconut oil. Thanks to Blake Lively, I too now have shiny fabulous hair. All you need to do is put a little bit of coconut oil on your ends before washing your hair. Wash, condition and style as usual. I have tried everything - moroccan oil, olive oil, hair masks, silicone-based smoothers, mooses, conditioners, sprays, everything. And this simple remedy achieves tv-commercial hair effortlessly. Incidentally, it functiopns as an awesome face and body moisturiser, and it got rid of a nasty dry patch on my elbow in under 24 hours. It's insanely good!

January playlist:

Drinking From the Bottle - Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah
Hearbreak Make Me a Dancer - Sophie Ellis Baxtor
Work Bitch - Britney Spears
Bonkers - Dizzee Rascal
Roar - Katy Perry
Applause - Lady Gaga
Get Lucky - Daft Punk feat Pharrell
Rude Boy - Rhianna
Wild - Jessie J
Burn - Ellie Goulding
Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia
Pink - Try
For My Lover - Tracy Chapman
Twist in My Sobriety - Tanita Tikaram
Marlene On the Wall - Suzanne Vega

Yes, I spent the entire holidays listening to MTV, and yes, I'm still dancing.