This Week: Inconsistent

Wine tasting at the Howse House
Wine tasting at the Howse House

You may or may not have noticed I’m struggling to write the This Week posts. It’s the second week of February and I’ve actually not written one all year.

There is a good reason for that and it’s pretty simple: I’m struggling to think of anything to say that isn’t “I’m busy” and “I’m tired”. That seems to be my whole life at the moment and, interestingly, I’m not the only one.

Everyone at my work is tired and busy, everyone at the Viking’s work is feeling the same way. It’s like all of us have been smacked in the face with a brick wall and we’re struggling to get past it.

But here we go…


My boss is really supportive of me and my career and is currently encouraging me to pursue a master’s degree. My mother has jumped at the idea and everyone around me is telling me to just do it. I know it’s an amazing opportunity to be supported in studying by your work but I am hesitant given the enormous cost involved and the amount of time it would take.


I can’t seem to shake this funk I’m in.

This Week’s Pic

big white dog samoyed

Can I please have one of these? Pretty sure it’s a samoyed. My next door neighbour has two samoyeds but so far has not allowed me to snuggle them. Wasted opportunity, I think.

Around The Web

This blogger let her toddler dress her for a week and not only were the outfits pretty damn cute (those polka dot leggings? Yes please!) but it was very interesting how he got bored of doing it after a time or two.

Kelly Exeter wrote this post about the bravest thing she’s ever done and it really tugged at my heart strings. I know what it is to be exhausted.

I was overjoyed to discover Sydney is getting it’s first Cat Cafe but wasn’t thrilled by the space theme. It seems a bit weird.

Smaggle’s post on what to wear to walk to work was a really practical guide, particularly the part about wearing comfortable shoes.

On KiKi & Tea

The week was kicked off by Sophia Russell’s amazing piece on being a food legalist and how we are not what we eat which resulted in record high stats for 2015. The Tuesday Tip was from Jessica on the proper way to wash windows and our recipe from Sally was corn and bacon fritters with tomato salsa.

Last week we learnt how to make an at home first aid kit, how to read and comment on an article, 20 amazing sandwich ideas and I asked if your parents lied to you.

How was your week? Best and worst? 

  • Gary

    I’ve noticed Tamsin. I hope you’re okay. I know the feeling. It’s like there was no CNY break. Hang in there. I really like your blogging, tweeting and Instagram feed.

  • Monique Fischle

    As a fellow of “I’m busy” and “I’m tired”, I’m feeling for you and I hope you find some decent rest and relaxation soon. Everyone at my work is also feeling the same. It sucks to see so many struggling, mostly because of the sheer amount of things to do and not enough hours in the day to do them. I think you do an incredible job, for what it’s worth :)

    • Tamsin Howse

      I think we need to be tired and busy in shift so we can all help each other.

  • John James

    It’s funny (probably not HaHa funny) but I blogged about not having much to write about at the moment, but for the opposite reason… I’m in a really good spot at the moment – not busy, not stressed, no worries… and consequently, I don’t have much to blog about either – but I’m not going to complain… it’s a good place to be…

    Re your masters – I think you should embrace the opportunity to get your Masters… I remember when we first met online – how you were “drifting” through life – but ever since you started working in your current job, you’ve become so much more excited and engaged in your work… you love what you do – you’d be crazy not to take it further… you found a passion that you never use to have… just do it! 😉

    • Tamsin Howse

      I’m still drifting! But excited 😉

  • Kelly Exeter

    Aw thank you for the mention lovely. And I am hearing all the tireds in your voice xxx nothing kills creativity and mojo faster than tired :(

    • Tamsin Howse

      It’s deadly!

      • Kelly Exeter

        It really is. Take care of yourself ok?!

  • Maryann

    I have a masters degree which I completed while working full time. It is all consuming, you will need to fit the rest of your life around work and the degree. Also it would be marginally easier to complete the degree when there are no babies in the mix. But I am glad I did it. I really enjoyed being extended intellectually and taken out of my comfort zone. Whatever you decide it needs to be right for you now.

    • Tamsin Howse

      That’s kind of what I’m afraid of! I already fit my life around work.

  • Sally

    I’m nodding away here at the “I’m busy” and “I’m tired” comments. (Who isn’t, right?) I am trying to make little changes to my day such as stopping work at 8:30pm to do a bit of sewing and try to relax before bed. The deceased estate we’re working on is now involving multiple lawyers and most likely some very lengthy court processes because it’s an “unusual situation”. It has left us both mentally drained. And I won’t go into what else has been going on because it’s just way too depressing. I’m sensing much wine tonight…..

    • Tamsin Howse

      Oh dear :/

      What is going on with everyone? The Viking suspects aliens.

      • Sally

        I think the Viking might be onto something….