Job hunting

Wow does job hunting dredge up so many yucky thoughts.

So many jobs that list tasks that sound dry and boring and not at all what i want to do.

Or a list of tasks that I have no experience in doing. Or I have some, but not all, and you can’t help feeling you’ve failed if you don’t tick everything on what is realistically their wish list!

Or a qualification I don’t have.

Or I have the qualification but not the level of technical proficiency they are seeking.

Then there’s development and overseas jobs. At first blush: adventure! At the second: one day, I hope to have a partner, have children.  Is this running away from being a grown up? It is tossing away established friendships (not even romantic relationships) to do something that will be physically uncomfortable, and emotionally challenging? It’s enough to return to looking for a nice office job. With that pesky list of tasks I don’t warm to.

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Verging at Church

During my time not working, I’m doing a lot of things I often wished I could do when I was full time employed.  One of those things is called verging.  It is the act of staying in the church during business hours, so it can remain open.  It also allows informal ministry to homeless, as well as people who pop in for a prayer or a look.

There is a formal roster, but I let the convener know I had availability until some unknown time, and would happily fill in should someone be sick or unavailable as a one off.  I mentioned this on Sunday, and not ten days later, I’ve been trained and done two shifts! Training is simply a tour and a guide to the keys and where different things are stored.  Given I regularly do flowers for the church, and have served refreshments after church, I’m pretty well versed on what is where.

Yesterday, I did an afternoon shift again.  I took in my phone, laptop and a magazine.  The laptop never left my bag, similar to the first shift. Yesterday’s shift had far more interactions – more people who asked for a sandwich or a coffee. It seems that the homeless know what services are where.  Others, come in for some quiet and come to see what’s on offer and when they see they aren’t the only one, are happier to accept the hospitality.

One gentleman, who I’ll call Sam, came in and asked if he could sit in the chairs beside me.  I welcomed him.  He was of a Catholic faith – our church is Anglo-Catholic, which to me, means we’re Anglican but you’d easily confuse us for Catholic with the details of our church – candles, copes, incense, Hail Marys. Sam admitted to mental health struggles with paranoia, but also indicated he worked in building and labouring and painting. He asked hundreds of questions – really deep, thoughtful questions.  Did I believe in Hell?  Would this person or that person go to hell? What about people who follow other faiths – do they go to hell?  These sorts of conversations I LOVE! I will admit that some of my responses were tempered by the conversations we had around men, whether they were more sinful.  I said, they are definitely more violent.  We reflected that more men are in prison.  So I didn’t want to have a response that I felt might trigger a violent reaction, given his disclosure about his mental health.

I realise that this time off work, it’s been golden. To have these chats.  To help the community.  To help those closer to me – babysitting for friends.  Dropping off excess meals to a friend with a baby. Baking again, and visiting friends. Working out. Enjoying slow coffees. Feeling entirely unhurried in life. But still contributing to my community and my society.  It’s quite lovely.

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!