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.

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:


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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!