The Little Things #22 – Sydney and Spontaneity

Sydney Opera House
Happy Labor Day weekend! Somehow it’s September, the final weekend of summer (if you’re American, at least) and therefore time to reflect on the month of August. It was ticking along as a fairly standard month and then all of a sudden an opportunity to travel to Sydney came up, and I found myself in the Southern Hemisphere for a week. Now I’m back, jet lag-free (finally!) and it’s time to recap some of the Little Things that made my month…

Blogging about: Erm, very little – I blame Sydney. Posts from Down Under coming soon though.
Watching: So many good films, notably Blindspotting, which is one of the best films I’ve watched all year. It was funny, thought-provoking, tender and tragic, all rolled into one. The performances by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal were incredible, and I hope this is an Oscars contender, because it is flippin’ brilliant. I also enjoyed the Alexander McQueen documentary, McQueen. My friends and I pored over his work as uni students, so getting to see behind the scenes of some of his boldest collections was a bittersweet joy. Shoutouts also to Sorry To Bother You (ten times weirder than I thought it would be), Puzzle (heartwarming and a brilliant performance by Kelly Macdonald), Call Me By Your Name (a beautiful love story) and The Handmaid’s Tale season two, which we finally finished this month. Honestly, I don’t know if my stress levels can handle a third.
Making: A trip to Mount Tam, about 45 minutes north of San Francisco, to try to photograph the fog seeping across the Bay. Unfortunately for us there wasn’t much fog, but it was fun to dust off my DSLR.
Buying: Well aside from a rather hefty plane ticket to Australia, not much. It was colder than I was expecting so I did have to make an emergency jumper purchase while I was there, which M told me unaffectionately makes me look like a blue marshmallow.
Reading: How to Be Famous by Famous by Caitlin Moran, The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, and The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett, which was just lovely. I also started The Lido by Libby Page, which I’m currently on the fence about. This GQ profile on Chris Hemsworth was also a delight, and not just for the copy…
Listening to: Peggy Sue, Glass Animals, Janelle Monaé and Odesza.
Wearing: Aside from my blue marshmallow jumper, my mustard trousers had a comeback in Sydney. And aside from a little moaning on Twitter, I’m pretty impressed with myself that I managed to fit a week’s worth of clothing into a single carry-on suitcase.
Eating: This is 100% Sydney based because when I go on holiday I’m constantly thinking about what to eat, even more so than usual. There were the sweetcorn fritters from Bills in Surry Hills, delicious ricotta hotcakes from The Little Kitchen at Coogee Beach, and almost-as-good-as-British fish and chips from The Fish Shop in Potts Point.
Enjoying: Sydney, obviously (there’s a Sydney story on the Highlights section of my Instagram, if you want a full visual recap) but also the weekend beforehand, which was spontaneous and full of sunsets, brunches and other good stuff.
Looking forward to: September always feels like the start of a new school year, and I feel like this one is going to be a particularly good one, with an exciting project on the horizon, and some more travel plans towards the end of the month.

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