Well hello there, faithful blog reader … I’ve been away for a while, something I am very aware of … it feels very strange not to blog regularly.
It’s been a very busy year end for my family, we’ve shifted and started new jobs, left a daughter behind, and are anxiously waiting for tenants to move out of our home so that we can move in!
We’ve been living in the city for the last four/five weeks, and then will be moving east out of the city a way for another three/four weeks, then finally, we can take ownership of our home.
The boy and I are particularly twitchy at the moment, as we’ve been kind of living out of suitcases since the beginning of December, and without most of our ‘stuff’ around us since April of 2013, so I’m not sure who will be the most excited when we finally get to unpack and spread out again. It will be close between the two of us … at the moment, we are like three sardines packed into a very small tin, me, the boy, the DH.
That said, I’ve discovered that living in the city does have its advantages when you work in the city … foremost, of course, is that fact that commuting time is slashed. I walk 600 m to a ferry, enjoy a 2 minute ride across the river, then walk another 600 m to my work place. Most afternoons I am home by 5.15 pm, well before the man who has to commute out of the city!
However, my enthusiasm for the commute trip waned a little yesterday afternoon, when we ‘enjoyed’ a fierce summer storm round about going home time, and I had to walk, umbrella-less, home … when I eventually made it to the front door, the boy almost didn’t recognize me! I’ve trained him well though, as the first thing he did was take my photo! My poor bag will never be the same again, and is not water-proof, I’ve discovered!
Things I am loving about living in the city … apart from the obvious commute, I’m enjoying the convenience of spending an hour in the shops each lunchtime, if I so choose. I’ve been four years without shops (living in the country, you see!), so I am making up for lost time. I am shopping with intent, though, and take a list with me when I venture into the city centre malls, so I don’t get tooooo out of control.
I love how some of the streets have clear ‘overhangs’, for want of a better term, which I can’t think of. You know the part over your head, when you walk along the street? The clear glass/plastic ceiling lets all the light and view through, but not the heat and the rain. It’s like walking in the bush, with the trees that line the streets visible through the ‘ceiling’. I noticed it particularly today, as there were raindrops on the overhang. Very pretty! Our city streets are lined with trees.
I love the way everyone dresses up in the city for work. I have a new appreciation for the LBD (little black dress) that I see daily in so many different variations every day. I have always loved black, and don’t find it boring … so crisp, and professional, and classy! I think more black will be creeping into my wardrobe.
Of course, the funny thing is that the classiness only reaches to just above the feet, because many commuters wear their joggers or casual shoes to work for comfort reasons, then change into heels in the office. I wear my running shoes … yesterday, they got very, very wet, so they are having the day off today, sunning themselves on our apartment verandah.
I love that there is always something going on in the city … this really has to be one of the healthiest cities I’ve been in for a while. While living on the riverfront, we’ve noticed that there are always city folk walking/running/cycling along the boardwalks, so we have made the most of it too while we are here, and are joining in on a daily basis.
Even though my mind says, ‘Let’s get out there and run 5 km before work!’, my body is not so excited about the 5 am start, and refuses point-blank to do it. DH often does 5 or 10 km before he heads off for work, and I applaud him wildly from my lounge chair! That’s exercise, isn’t it?
Adventures are always just around the corner … one night after an excessively hot day, we walked down to the ferry, and rode around to South Bank, where we treated ourselves to an ice-cream. Admittedly the ice-cream cost us, but the ferry ride and view on the river at night were free.
We flirted briefly with the idea of buying an apartment in the city, rather than living out in the suburbs, but once reality kicked in, we realized that there wouldn’t be enough room for our boy, and of course, our budget didn’t support the sort of place I thought I might like to live in; price tags are around a million (or two) dollars for nice apartment. Living on the river wouldn’t be cheap. I really liked the apartments in the photo above … the third or fourth floors looked nice!!!
Work is progressing well … I have reached the end of week three, and I’m still smiling. I am a library manager, looking after two business libraries, and I basically manage myself. I am ‘jack of all trades’ so I never have time to get bored. I do some circulation stuff, some teaching, some purchasing, some processing of new books, some ‘crowd control’, some fixing IT issues, some tidying up … lots of different things to do, and best of all, I chose what to do when. It really is a lovely job.
We have most of our students online, but do have some ‘face to face’ classes, so I get to interact the the students on a daily basis too. All in all, I think I have done pretty well for myself, and I’m looking forward to settling in, learning the routines, then refining the processes as I better get to understand what I’m doing.
So I guess you are up-to-date for now … scrapping-wise, I haven’t done any for a while, though I did purchase some digi products last week, and might scrap soon, as we have a long weekend this weekend, when we celebrate Australia Day. Quilting-wise, I’m working on my green and white hexagon quilt. It has kept me sane while all the chaos of the last few weeks has been happening around me. Cheap therapy, I keep reminding my DH!!!