It’s been a bit quiet on the blogging front from me, although I’ve probably noticed this more than you. I haven’t read a book in at least two weeks, so while a couple of reviews went up this week, they were scheduled ahead and I likely won’t have any next week. I haven’t even been watching all that much to comment on either, just catching up on season 4 of This Is Us here and there.
What I have been doing is relocating from Mount Isa to Rockhampton. Within the last two weeks I was successful in obtaining a new, hopefully exciting, definitely challenging, role within Education Queensland (my current employer of 10 years). I have said goodbye to some truly terrific people, packed my car (and my life) up, temporarily said goodbye to my children who will join me closer to Christmas, organised what seems like a billion things to do with moving, wrapped up one job while mentally preparing for another, and driven 15 hours over two days with my little parrot Mordy by my side. I’ve never driven more than 4 hours alone, so this, I consider, a major achievement. I’ve arrived back in Rockhampton and have begun reuniting with friends who I haven’t seen much of in the eight years since I left (although have kept in close contact with) and moved into an unfurnished house with minimal stuff. I keep reminding myself that I have time to do ALL THE THINGS and get ALL THE STUFF, plus, my own stuff is on its way, just in stages. I have some great friends all offering help and if I just remind myself to breathe, slow down, and take it all one day at a time, it will all work out.
I am in a short term rental, for about 6 months, as my own home is currently tenanted. The house I’m going into is quite nice, freshly painted, new kitchen and bathroom, same neighbourhood as my own, big enough for us all. A couple of disappointments, which I just need to get over, but even so:
1. The garages are so low, my car can’t fit. I don’t know what car could, they’re so low! So my lovely brand new car has to now sit out in the open in the driveway for six months. I’m worried about storms, hail specifically, as we are going into storm season and hail already seems to be showing up around Queensland.
2. The house is living all upstairs and downstairs/underneath is the garages, laundry and an enclosed rumpus room, all of which is disappointingly filthy with spiders and crap left from painters and tilers, not at all what the photos looked like. I keep telling myself it’s downstairs, I’ll only need to use the laundry, although the rumpus room would be ideal for storage of boxes I’m planning on unpacking until I get into my actual house. I’ve taken a lot of photos of the downstairs conditions and noted everything on the entry condition report, but still, at some stage, me being me, I can see myself cleaning it and I wish I didn’t even have to deal with it. Thank goodness the upstairs was not like that!
Anyway, other than that, I am quite satisfied with the place and am looking forward to giving it a good vacuum and mop and then I can begin to set up and unpack.
Monday I start my new job! Wish me luck, I am feeling quite daunted right now.
Here’s a few shots of my road trip. By the way, Mordy was a dream traveller, just incredible. I had visions of screeching the entire journey. He chatted from time to time, but otherwise just played or slept. It was nice for me to have ‘someone’ to talk to along the way as well. What a bird! 🐦
Until next week… 😊📚☕