Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Things I've been doing


Sewing, but not photographing myself.
Sometimes I'm just not in the mood. I'm sure you all know how this feels!


(On the other hand, I made Vogue 8815 last year and hated it so much that I never blogged it. Hideously unflattering, boxy shape, and unappealing nipple darts.)

House-hunting.
Even if you've only searched for rentals, you'll know why I'm exhausted. When you factor in that the "average" house sells in just one month, and that the "average" house in Auckland costs $649,945... it's intense.

We've spent a steady few months inspecting a dozen dumps every weekend, hoping to eventually find a diamond in the rough. There have been some extremely nasty real estate agents thrown into the mix, which makes the whole process more disheartening.

The light at the end of the tunnel is that there is a place we've offered on, and are quite happy with. It looks directly across a small reserve to the Manukau Harbour (think more "mangroves" than "ocean views"). Fingers crossed that the sale goes unconditional this Friday!

Working.
I mean, I've always had a job. It's just particularly busy and complicated at the moment. Next Wednesday my boss has decided to bribe the engineers with beer and pizza so that they will complete the work that I require of them. At least there's beer and pizza...

If we start shotgunning the beer, I won't end up with much quality assurance documentation!

Planning for my father's visit.
Dad and his wife don't like to plan anything for their yearly weekend sojourn. This is stressful for me, because I'm not good at planning non-stop fun. However, all things going well, they will be visiting the same weekend that we move house. So there's an activity for everyone!

They are, I think, visiting for my 30th birthday (as they'll be here the weekend before it) so I guess we'll go out for a nice dinner, too.

Anticipating a trip to Akaroa.
I haven't really been to the South Island before (just one overnight business trip to Christchurch, pre-earthquake). Chris is taking me at the end of August, under the guise of it being my birthday present... but I think it has a lot more to do with the model aeroplane convention that is happening there!

To give him credit, we are staying in a motel and not a tent, and he is taking two extra days so we can do fun stuff. But I can't help but feel that my birthday has been hijacked by everyone planning holidays for themselves and then claiming it's for my benefit...

Akaroa doesn't have any motorways. So that will be a nice change of scenery.
I'm sorry if this post sounds depressed. I guess I am, a little. Normally I'm quite cheerful, but being tired really wears me down! Until I recover my mojo, I'm reading all of your blogs and trying to get plenty of fresh air and sunshine - such as one can during an Auckland winter.

What (low-cost) activities do you do to cheer yourself up?

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  1. My first choice activity when I am feeling less than thrilled with life, is to go thrift store shopping. My second choice, and really it should be my first because it works so much better, is to go to the gym and kick my fat ass on the treadmill.

    Sorry you are having a difficult time right now, I have my fingers crossed for you about the house. At least if your Dad is there when you move in, you have another two free helpers, right?

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    1. Thrift store shopping... I wouldn't have thought of that, but I like the idea!

      Thanks Elle, if/when we do move house it will be great to have some extra people helping. I'm definitely pleased about that :-)

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  2. Houses are like that in Sydney too. Crazy. Good luck with it. Hope you recover your mojo soon.

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    1. Thanks - it is crazy! I'm hoping with a few good night's sleep my mojo will return :-)

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  3. When I'm feeling low, running always make me feel better. It may take a while to convince myself to put on the running shoes and get out of the house, but it always helps.

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    1. That's a great suggestion, and some fresh air might help me get a better night of rest. It's true that the motivation is lacking, but maybe if I focus on how it will make me feel better... :-)

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  4. There is nothing worse than house hunting - it is very wearing - next you have the renovations - plenty of toxic builders out there too (and I've used the beer bribe on them, in the past).

    And on top of that, having to entertain people is no fun (never is for me, but then I'm a proud card bearing introvert). I don't think you are moaning, you are just overloaded in a way that doesnt suit you. I am not surprised at how you feel about your birthday - mine was nearly hijacked this year - but I now say NO very loud and clearly. Sounds like you had very different ideas about how you wanted to spend your first married birthday - quite understandable. You are going through a lot of life changes all at once, so now wonder you are a bit out of sorts. Be as kind to yourself as you can.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz - I think you really understand where I'm coming from! That makes me feel a little better already.

      I spent a long time thinking that I was an extrovert, but I'm not so sure that's true. I really just like to sit quietly amongst other people and things.

      I didn't have any grand plans for my birthday, but the small ideas I had definitely didn't involve entertaining house guests or watching model aeroplanes ;-)

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  5. Running raises the endorphin levels, so does walking - that's why your mood improves.

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  6. *squish*
    I hope you have a fabulous birthday- regardless of everyone hijacking it! I hope you find some time to do something just for yourself!

    I tend to either force myself into some kind of physical activity- running, kickboxing, just getting outside and being by myself- or the other extreme of just vegging out and giving myself some time off to eat crap and just be. Either way, be gentle with yourself. <3

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts! I agree, a combination of getting the blood pumping and giving myself a good mental break sounds like a good idea :-)

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  7. Happy birthday Kat. Wish you a wonderful year. And I hope you got the house.

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    1. Thanks Suzy - we did get the house! There will be a post about it soon, when we move in :-)

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    2. Awesome. Congrats. Will look forward to the post.

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