It has been a bit of a mixed bag of a week in Seeking Victory land. There were some truly lovely things as you will see below but also a funeral, illness of loved ones, multiple days in a row of puffy eyes from too much crying, feeling lost and floundering about in the big scary universe. But Happy Monday is all about finding the happy (especially when it seems like it is hiding) so let's dive right in.
Things that made me happy this week:
:: Seeing these little guys. It is winter, and it has been damn cold (significant wind chill!) yet these fellas popped up in a grey day to remind me to smile. They are clearly delusional and all kinds of cray cray but that's Melbourne for you.
:: I advertised on Cider with Rosie this month and have had a lot of her delightful readers pop by and leave sweet comments on my blog. If you want to read her interview with me you can check it out here.
:: Not far from my house, just before you get to the main cafe strip is a pretty little wall. On the pretty little wall is a tiny little cupboard. Inside the tiny little cupboard are books of all kinds that you can borrow, or keep and swap for books you no longer want. The Flemington Tiny Library makes me happy every time I walk past- that it exists, that it is always filled with books and that I live in a neighbourhood where people respect and share, and read. I don't always look inside but over the last few years we have borrowed a couple, swapped a couple and every now and then the right book is sitting there waiting for me.
:: Tuesday night after a twelve hour day at the Pharmacy, this was on my doorstep
amazing friend made me some business cards for Seeking Victory, reminding me that she believes in me and I need to keep on seeking :)
:: Dinner at the house of a new friend. One of those people I met and like instantly (I'm pretty guarded, so this is unusual). Crushes, even the friend type are pretty cool.
:: Making this amazing and easy Teriyaki salmon rice bowl from one of my favourite local blogs, A Splash of Vanilla. It is my go-to when I want something healthy and comforting. If you get organised you can whip it up in about 20 minutes too.
Hang on. I nearly got through a Happy Monday without a food picture. How remiss of me.
:: Lamingtons are one of my favourite cakes but it is hard to get good ones. This was a SERIOUSLY good one from my favourite little bakeshop, Beatrix.
Non-Aussie readers- have you tried a lamington before? Would you be interested in a recipe? They are delightfully messy to make (and great fun for little people to help with).