The new house to do list

I think I need a catchier name for the ‘new’ and the ‘old’ house.  Let’s call the old house the loft, and the new one… well, I’ll take votes!

I thought I’d share a snapshot of my Day 1 list (the day after move day), when I took the day off to ‘catch up’

Unpacking list

Moving house aftermath – the list from the day after (opps and some random phone message notes… sorry, that won’t make sense!)

Now, for the list going forward. I drafted this post a few days ago, so there’s already some updates:

Generally

  • complete the condition report for the agent
  • start taking photos for the blog (and the condition report!)

Entryway

  • oil hinges (pronto!)  canola spray worked a treat
  • hooks for scarves Ikea seems most promising
  • remove wardrobe shelf to get use of existing rail
  • use large hooks on rail for coats and jackets – so far no luck at our big hardware chain
  • location for big mirror (previously in the bedroom in the loft)

Bed 1

  • buy hardware for bed head ledge Thank you to the bf for taking me to the hardware store on Wed night
  • remake bedhead ledge (and modify as needed)
  • maybe mount mirror here (if not in entryway)
  • get power situation sorted with lamps, phones etc bought stuff on Wed night…
  • plane door so it closes!
  • buy more Ikea hangers so the BF’s things are all hung consistently (one of my ‘things’)

Bed 2

  • rationalise all things stored here (in case we rent it out)
  • get floating shelves fitted
  • new desk?
  • plug in lamp

Lounge/dining

  • get approval to hang framed scarf
  • reconstruct sofa
  • reconstruct arc lamp
  • place stools once the two above have settled
  • rehouse the cleaning box (rationalise contents too) put it in the laundry cupboard
  • plane floating shelf to fit adjusted location

Kitchen

  • store condiments (maybe rearrange shelves/cupboards to get ideal location) <- I did exactly that, simple!
  • find a storage place for manuals

Laundry

  • get approval for a vacuum hanging apparatus?
  • move dryer to floor – need extension cord The BF’s task for the weekend!

General stuff to sort out

  • where to hang additional towel?
  • buy (small) outdoor furniture & BBQ?
  • buy new TV (& cabinet) as old TV been recalled

Rationalise/sell etc

  • second washing machine
  • second vacuum
  • second microwave listed on Gumtree, should offer it also through Facebook to friends
  • second mop
  • second hand mixer and on and on…

So it’s nowhere near as comprehensive as when I moved into the loft.  I wanted to paint walls, and replace tap ware and all that sort of ‘big’ stuff.  So it’s definitely more manageable, but I have to resist the internal pull to get it all done ‘NOW!’  And this list says nothing of the ‘quirks’ I haven’t worked out how to maximize – weird walls, and centering stuff etc.  I took a bath for the first time since I was a kid last night, and I’m thinking ‘those hooks above the TV aren’t centered, they look weird, I need to fix that’.  Evidently I need more baths and less thinking about hooks!

This weekend should get a few more things ticked off, combined with a birthday dinner for my mother and a lemon meringue pie.  Yummo!

The medical rollercoaster

It’s been an interesting few days, and not just cause I’ve been moving house.  I’ve been medically around the rollercoaster…

Let’s start with Friday night – I headed out with the BF’s colleagues for some dumplings.  His colleague commented that she needed some bleach, and I chuckled.  Never a truer word…

Saturday, at about lunch time (as we signed our lease), I was doubled over with stomach pains…  but still proceed to grab a burger for lunch from a nice cafe.  I skipped the bread roll, as I am starting to think gluten makes me feel super full, and lethargic.  Shame, it was a nice looking bun roll.

The remainder of Saturday afternoon, I felt sluggish and took it easy on the sofa, with a nap (I think).  It sort of frustrated me, as I wanted to get more packing and organising done.  The bf went to the gym, and came back with everything I could want – my fave wine, chocolate, and on my demand, ginger beer and lemonade as some pureed apple to settle the stomach.  Rest assured, my ill feelings stopped me from the wine or the chocolate – true indicators of how bad I felt.  I had a few mouthfuls of stewed apples, as that’s part of the BRAT (banana, rice, applesauce & toast) plan you use with food poisoning/stomach upsets.

Sunday morning, I figured I’d take it easy on breakfast, and had some dried medjool dates and apple puree (again).  I then walked to church to teach Sunday School (I walk every week, the same route).  I got to ‘class’ with drippy nose and eyes, but that’s not actually that unusual for me, as I do have allergies.  So I take my nasal spray and hope for the best.  The best… didn’t come.  Next, my head was all itchy.  Again, not uncommon – I have psoriasis on my scalp, and it can be incredibly dry and itchy.  Only on the second bathroom visit (to blow my nose) did I notice the red welts on my neck… and my red ears.  And red face.

I texted the BF and suggested a pick up – this was probably about 9.30am and I’d told him I’d be done at 10.30am.  He asked if I wanted a coffee, I politely replied ‘no just come asap’.  As I got in the car, I burst into tears – my eyes and nose already had me halfway there, combined with a slightly constricted throat, and welts on the inside of elbows.

Here’s some phone photos (for my worried mum, and now my readers!)

Allergy - just after the meds.  Happy, but scared!

Allergy – just after the meds. Happy, but scared!

We went straight to the hospital… I was in the triage ‘standing’ area with a man with his head split open (thanks to moving house – ominous or what!), and a guy with a sore back (he had a small kid come in with his wife later, so?).  Anyhow, after the lady in the dress gown and a hockey injury, and the head gash guy, I got seen.  They weren’t too worried, and asked me to get registered and then I could have some anti histamine.  They also gave me a steroid too.  The BF was just darling the whole time – seriously, even the nurses and doctors knew he could be counted on.  After the drugs (and some blood work), I was told to wait for an hour.  After an hour, the Dr gave me a letter for my GP and sent me on my way.

After an hour, when the drugs set in.  Sitting the opposite way, but still have that droopy eye!

After an hour, when the drugs set in. Sitting the opposite way, but still have that droopy eye!

To this day (four days on) I have no idea what caused such a severe reaction.  My left eye lid stayed droopy for the rest of the day, and I had a rest and a nap, before back to car packing etc.  I settled for ‘simple’ food – hahaha! McDonald’s fries and Dominos Pizza.  Yes, healthy I was not, but it was what I thought was least threatening.

I’ve seen my GP and I now have an appointment with a allergy specialist in about two weeks time.  I’ll have a prick test, where they see what I react to.  I’m looking forward to discussing allergens, and my recent dislike of gluten, where I used to eat it with gay abandon.

Actually, I’ve drafted a post about gluten just the other week…  I am planning, once the house moving dust has settled, to set a more rigid eating plan, which I will, of course, share the trials and tribulations here.  So, expect to hear more!

Waste Wednesday update

For anyone new here, I like to weigh my waste every week.  My aim is to one day be zero waste.  I only way landfill waste,  recycling and composting (i use a Bokashi bucket) are not weighed. Monday and Tuesday this week, I moved house – so there’s a lot more than usual in this week’s weigh in!  Let me start with some photos:

slim your bin zero waste

Bag 1 coming in at 562g

This was the weekly waste leading up to the move, so meat trays and similar items.
562g

slim your bin zero waste

276g for the second bag

The overflow of day to day trash (with some McDonald’s food soiled carboard that STANK!)
276g

slim your bin zero waste

987g from bag #3

Things are getting heavy! This was mainly packing tape, with a pair of the BF’s old shoes that the leather had started dying a painful death
987g

Zero waste slim your bin

Leaving the heaviest to last at 1277g

And the final collection of ‘stuff’ at the old house – there’s a plant in there, and a homemade mozzie trap made form a plastic soft drink bottle, sugar syrup and yeast… what a sticky mess!
1277g

So, the grand total is 562 + 276 + 987 + 1277 = 3102g = 3.1KG!

Wowzers! To think I was down to single digits recently… Such is life.  There’s no ‘everyday’ waste from the new house (such as food, as Bokashi’s on a holiday to my parents to get buried and returned empty).

More on the new house and new lists tomorrow…  And the drama of Sunday and a hospital visit.  Oh yes, I like to keep it interesting!

My house review

Today I’m moving house, so in light of this momentous occasion, I thought it time to shine a light on all the things I loved in my ‘old’ place.

When you select your home, you do so based on lots of factors.  Obvious things like number of rooms, location, proximity to amenities, and mostly: the price!  Then there are things that as you start to live in a place you realise you’re lucky to have. First, let me share with you my list of things I was looking for when I was looking to buy:

  1. Close to public transport, as I don’t own my own car
  2. Linen closet
  3. Pantry
  4. Bathroom with a window (compromised on this!)
  5. No lift (keeps the fees down, also compromised)
  6. Character – such as a loft, or oversized windows, timber or polished concrete floors etc
  7. Close to amenities, like a grocery store

But here’s all the things that I love, and hadn’t even considered!

  1. The double height bedroom railing makes drying sheets easy, so I don’t need a clothes dryer!
  2. The hallway orientation allows me a landing station, and a great place to store all my outwear and accessories
  3. Over sized kitchen drawers mean I can store more than the usual drawer
  4. My carspace have two walls and a pillar keeps cars safe (even if it took a while to master parking in it).  It also makes storing things in the spot easier
  5. I live walking distance to my grocery store, the GP, 3-4 friends, butcher, beautican, baker, green grocer AND an Op shop (thrift store).  I can also walk to church
  6. The bus from the city stops RIGHT outside my door – so shopping til I drop is possible (why is the city so exhausting?)  And the train is only 3 blocks.
  7. My bathroom makes it possible to use a tension bar, solving how to air out running clothes, hang things to be ironed etc

I’m sure once I settle into my new home, I’ll realise more things I miss about this charmer, but for now, these are the things I know, love and will miss!

My morning routine

Today, I am moving house, so I queued this post up, to give you something to read.  Rest assured, this won’t be today’s routine!! Back soon!

A real life friend reads my blog, and she suggested I post about my morning routine.  I didn’t think it was particularly interesting, but as we got talking, I realised it’d probably change in the new house, so I might be able to do a before and after post for those who might be interested.

Morning time routine

Not what I look like… ever!
source:www.charterworld.com

My single person morning routine

Now, I’ll run through my usual process, then I’ll review it (using italics) to change what I did when the boyfriend stayed.

At 5.45am my alarm goes off.  I get out of bed immediately, removing my phone from the charger and always turning the charger off at the wall.  I must pull up the bed now…

I switch on the light over the stairs, and I go downstairs and shower, always washing my hair and my face (yes everyday).  Once out, I put on deodorant and perfume.  Then I’ll blow dry my hair if the mirror’s not too steamy.

Next I head upstairs to put my uniform on, and hand my towel over the balustrade (sigh, I’ll miss those!).  Once I’m dressed, it’s lights off upstairs and back down to the kitchen.  Sometimes, there’ll be washing that finished overnight, so I’ll hang this out whilst I’m upstairs, where the rack is.

In the kitchen, I go to my breakfast cupboard, removing the oats, and taking my hair and nail supplement (since the head shave).  I add water to my oats, and put it in the microwave for 2 minutes.

Whilst it cooks, I’ll empty the dishwasher if need be, or I’ll start on reading blog posts I get to my inbox.  I’ll also get my lunch out of the fridge, and anything else I need to take to work, or for my breakfast fixings, like milk.

Once the microwave ‘tings’, I get milk and my chosen topping to the table.  I like to have frozen berries, or banana or sometimes pureed strawberries.  I’ll always have a water bottle too, to help wash it all down. And I’ll always continue my reading, and sometimes commenting.

I linger at the kitchen table til 6.15am, then I make myself rinse my bowl, sometimes refill my water bottle, and get ready to go.  I know I have up to 15-25mins up my sleeve, and I can STILL be at work on time.

Realistically, I’m usually in the car by 6.30am and then it’s off to work, which is a 20 min drive in minimal traffic (woo hoo!)

Now… this was all going swimmingly, til the BF.  I hated people keeping me awake, or waking me, in boarding school, so I try to be conscious of the sleepy one!

5.45 awake

5.45am never looked so nice
source: paulthepotter.blogspot.com

And now with the BF

So, on the mornings the BF is there, I make sure I lay out my uniform and underwear the night before, often on top of my towel.

When the alarm goes off, with the light of the phone, I find said outfit, and stumble down the stairs.

I dress in the bathroom, and delay hair drying til right before leaving.

Once I finish breakfast, I’ll usually go and dry my hair, knowing the noise will likely awaken the BF.

I’ll head back upstairs to hang my towel (if I’ve remembered, it often ends up over some kitchen chairs)

If there’s washing, I’ll hang it out now, once the BF is ‘more’ awake… though usually he has no idea I’m standing in the bedroom hanging things!

Irrespective, the trip upstairs will result in me lying down for another cuddle and a quick chat about the day with the BF.  I chat, he makes grunts… Then, it’s on the road!

Now

To be honest, I’ll need a new routine in a new house – but we’ll have doors, and more proper rooms, so that might make it easier.  I’ve never been a ‘get your outfit ready’ person unless it’s a really early start, but it’s not hard, especially with a uniform.

How does your morning routine compare?

Goals Update – July

Every month, I like to check in with the ‘New years goals‘ I set.

Financial

$20k $26k target by 22 Decah, maybe this will need to be adjusted again with the move.  I’ll leave it for now, and see how things settke
June: $17,938.69
July: $18,035.56 (+$96.87 thanks to moving costs :()

12 in 2 Adventures: failed: not done any adventures, working on the two long term ones, and no adding to savings
June: $898.81
July: $749.93 (how’d that go down?)

Grocery spend

I thought I’d add a quick update, seeing my July challenge was no eating out, I figured my grocery spend would go up.  It hasn’t, it’s about the same.  Although, I probably ate at the bf’s more this month, so that might be why?

Volunteering hours
Tue 2nd: 4.25hrs at the co-op
Sun 7: 1hr at church
Sun 14: 2hrs at church

Health

Cook at home twice a weekdefinitely achieved with my ‘no eating out’ month, but records are patchy!

week 1 –
Leek tart(Mon)
Coop food provided (Tue)
Wedding meal (Sat)
no more records?

week 2 –
no record for the rest of this week, except:
Multi course birthday dinner (Sat)
Chinese roast beef with vegies (Sun)

week 3 –
Another forgetful week!
Dinner @ parents (Sat)
Pizzas (ready made from grocery store) (Sun)

week 4 –
Gnocchi with tomatoes (Mon)
Sweet potato chips (Tue)
Fried Rice (Wed)
Sushi (Thu) <- yes bought out
snacks/leftovers (Fri)
Macaroni & cheese (Sat)
Spaghetti bolognese (Sun)

Week 5
Quesadillas (Mon)
Leftovers from Mon (Tue)
Beef with rice noodles (Wed)

Sugar – so so, not commited like I have been, but not entirely a free for all
It started well, but ended poorly, with lots of cakes at work, including me trying a gluten free sponge recipe, making a GF chocolate cake, using a packet mix for brownies (just to use it up). I also made a vegan cheesecake with dates and a touch of sugar. Then I also ate dessert at the fancy friend’s b’day dinner, and we bought ice creams in the past week. Sigh!

Train for polo – Training to run a half marathon: just platueaing! Something I want to achievely work on once I’m settle in my new home
2nd – couldn’t run 3kms to Co-op, so mainly walked with some jogging stints
9th – home to co-op, 2.93kms with some running
12th – 1.23km walk to the bf’s work
13th – 2.83km jog with hills around the bfs, with running
15th – 4.8km run back from dancing, some walking
22nd – 4.4km est, home to pole dancing, more walking than running
23rd – 4.3km mostly walking to/from hair dresser
29th – 1.53km jog/walk to appt

Cultural

2 films a month: failed (though did see two DVDs)
I can hardly believe I’ve not seen a movie in a cinema in a month – that is SO unlike me. I did mention to the BF that perhaps we could see something last night. I did watch two DVDs recently, one based on the IRA (slow burner, not really recommended). The other one was called The Factory and was better than I expected – it stars John Cusack and Jennifer Carpenter (from Dexter), and follows serial abductions of prostitutes, until John Cusack’s daughter also get abducted. There’s an awesome twist too!

2 books a month: achieved
I read Bottlemania, which you can read the review of here. Other than that, I finished The Heart Broke In by James Meek, and here’s my review (gosh that seems like a long time ago I read that!). Lastly, I’ve started on a book about called Nice Girl by R.j. Chin about Keli Lane. Keli Lane has been convicted of murder of her second child, who disappeared after an informal adoption. This is one of three children she had in secret, the other two being formally adopted. Her fourth child lives with her. This story is compelling to me, because… Keli was my boss at the school she was employed at during the years much of this drama happened! She was an Olympic water polo hopeful, and recruited me as a casual coach at her school. She left suddenly during my time working at the school. Based on the half of the book I’ve read, most people who knew her, myself included, do not believe she killed her baby. I think it’s rotten you can be convicted of murder when there’s no proof of murder. I’m sure there’s crimes committed, but murder is certainly not one of them! Here’s some more background in wikipedia

Social

Call/connect with an out of town friend: achieved
YES! A friend I made in Paris, who at the time lived in Wollongong, has been in Sydney since Feb. So I finally had her around for a cuppa, before moving out of my place. I also spoke to a number of school friends with the bad news of a friend’s death. Lastly, I semi spammed my nearest and dearest (but not local) with the link to my new house, so they could ooo and ahhh… So all round, a great month on social connections.

Career

Certification: minimal progress

Seriously, other than three hours spent at talks for continuing professional development (I need 150 hours).  I booked into a pricey course to get another 16 hours.  I’ve also been meeting with both my mentors, I’ve really not moved forward with this one as much as I could have. I need to set some time to get onto this and get it DONE!

Looking for next roleachieved, will remove from goals list

I’m in the new role, and I’m swamped. Let’s say I was under utilised in the last role, and now I hardly can think straight! But I love being busy, just perhaps not at the same time as moving house!!

Moving day tips list

Just a quick post to note what I think might make this move seamless, and then, I can come back and dispel the naivete next week, post move!

  • wear pants with pockets – failed at this last weekend, and spent my life asking for things out of other’s pockets, namely keys!
  • label boxes on two adjoining sides – at least one should be accessible/viewable when stacked/moved then
  • use as many uniformly sized boxes as possible – they stack easier
  • consider a ‘car load’ for odds and sods – I have a list of what I think will be in this load
    • birdcages
    • lamps
    • magnetic notice board
    • ironing board
  • keep cleaning and hardware products at the ‘outgoing’ house for the final touch ups
  • make sure you have all the tools you need for your flat pack items (thanks Ikea, I have so much Ikea in my house!) – allan keys, shifting spanners etc
  • create a list for the order of packing, starting with the least used items (like linen closet stock piles, out of season clothing etc)
  • consider the order of stuff onto the truck vs off the truck, therefore, I’ll pack my entry buffet first, so it comes off last – in both cases, it’ll keep the entryway clearer in both homes.
  • remember to have toilet paper (more than one roll!) at both houses.  Thankfully there’s a four pack left at the new home!
  • as above, it’s useful to have scissors/knives for opening boxes and cutting tape at both locations
  • work out a ‘food plan’ cause at some stage eating will be needed <- ekk something I’ve not done yet!
  • roughly hash out what will go where (furniture items particularly, but you can get crazy and go down to cupboards!), and where ‘other’ stuff will go, such as all the boxes!
  • spend the ‘pre’ move time getting things back to their rightful owners, dropping stuff at recycling centers or thrift stores etc.  The less the move the better! (I’ll be rehoming my bokashi compost box to my parents, my sewing machine, 1 microwave and a toaster to some friends in need, excess craft stuf went back to the Co-op, and I have a box to give the op (thrift) shop already)

That’s all I have for now…  I’ll report back!

As for picking a mover – well I’d have welcomed advice.  I feel like cheapest isn’t best.  But then how much is too much?  And what about insurance? Why do they all offer insurance, even though I have contents insurance, and they’d have third party insurance…  Just seems like a gorge for money – your thoughts?