Little things: to market, to market

On Sunday Dave and I went to the local Vietnamese fresh food market ‘Little Saigon’ to have lunch and stock up on fish, fruit and veggies for the week. It’s one of my all time favourite domestic things we do. Obviously I love Vietnam so I get a kick out of seeing and tasting all the things I’ve encountered on my holidays but I love the energy and the honesty of this place. I don’t know if that sounds stupid but there are no fancy signs, there are no pristine shelves or 2 for 1 deals. There are plates of fruit cut up for tasting and people just use their fingers and help themselves. There are people shouting out their prices loud and fast in Vietnamese. The herbs are 99 cents a bunch and there are live mud crabs lined up in rows in plastic tubs. The food stalls on the sidelines sell crispy fried calamari, dumplings, rice paper rolls and all kinds of other tasty things.

We go there for the experience and the fruit tasting as much as the cheap prices and fresh produce. I get more excited than a normal person should about grocery shopping but I just think it’s the best part of living where we do. 20130429-220507.jpg20130429-220537.jpg20130429-220546.jpg20130429-220555.jpg20130429-220604.jpg20130429-220619.jpg

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Where I’m at on the little things

Penang, Malaysia trip, 2012

This is one of those ‘let it all out’ posts. A more riveting post about what I did with some copper pipe and an old stool will be up after that!

Well, to say it’s been a little while since I blogged is an understatement! I think for me, the ingredients for successful blogging are having the time, energy and feeling creative. All three, all at the same time. Lately, I’ve been lacking at least one of those ingredients, usually all three as they seem to feed each other. It’s a sad day for me when I don’t have the energy to be creative but I need to remember that I don’t need to undertake a huge project just to get creative satisfaction. So I’ve been trying to find little things I can do that don’t take too much preparation or time. I bought myself a little pallet of half pan watercolours and have been painting pieces of fruit. I’m not very good but it’s something I can do while chilling out on the couch after a long day at work.

I am also going to try and blog about life more. About my second-hand scores or my little house updates or what I did on the weekend. The little things. I want to keep the momentum of my blog going and remember why I’m doing it. I’m doing it for me primarily. I want to share what I make and share what inspired me to make it but mostly, I like documenting the things that make me happy and I like the satisfaction I get when I post regularly.

Sometimes I don’t post things because the photos aren’t that good. The internet is full of gorgeous, beautifully curated blogs with posts that go up daily and professional looking photos where everything is bright and white, white, white. The kind of white I will never achieve in our little house that doesn’t get much sunlight and has a yellow glow cast over it by our energy saving bulbs. I know I’m not the only one who suffers from blog envy, or as I like to think of it ‘Blog Comparison Syndrome’. I’ve read plenty of articles on other blogs of people feeling the same way and it does make me feel better to know I’m not alone. I also need to remember that for a lot of the bloggers who manage to post 5 days a week and whose pictures are pretty near perfect, they obviously have amazing creativity and I envy their energy but they must also have the other essential ingredient time. In other words I dont think some of them work in a non-blog related job doing 9.5 hour days, 5 days a week. Im not trying to sound bitter, rather I’m trying to remind myself of what my blogging goal is and also allow myself to admit that I just can’t set my sights too high; I’m tired. And sometimes I want to hang out with Dave and watch Mad Men rather than upholster a chair. And that’s ok.

So, my new blogging goal is to relax, not aim for perfection and to try to blog more frequently about the little things.

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