Here you will often find my thoughts of the day, with the occasional vent - but first and foremost this is where I can share my passion for stitching.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Feel free to skip this post ...

This post may be exceptionally boring and draining, so you may want to skip it today! Don't say I didn't warn ya!!

First off, though, this piccie is for Wendy ... I keep forgetting to answer your question about where my stitching spot is (from the lounge Christmas photos) - in fact I don't sit on any of the lounge suite at all, but rather in my recliner which is facing the TV and the rest of the lounge ... I have a special stitching corner which is permanently made up all the time, just ready to plop down into - and my 2nd most critical corner of the flat is off to the right of my stitching chair in this photo - my computer desk :D



Well, today was an interesting day, and I've had some very interesting discussions. I finally pulled my head out of the sand today before work to get my tyre replaced (I was on a 2pm start, so plenty of time) ... lucky me, though, ended up having to get not just one, but TWO tyres replaced!!! Yup, it seems the right-hand front tyre was getting rather bald and needed to be replaced ... what can I say, but life just keeps on getting better and better! LOL. I had to get on my mobile to transfer over the $100 Mum had paid me back from a credit card charge I did for her as my emergency food money if I ever got totally desperate (thanks Mum, love ya!) ... I had refused to touch it, as I may need it down the track ... well that day was today. The rest of Mr Taxman's money I'd put to one side plus the emergency money has totally wiped out my bank balance yet again - woohoo!! I had to warn the sales guy I'd just had to transfer the funds across, so hopefully it will go through ... leaving me $5-10 in the account double woohoo! So now Mr Taxman has to wait longer, and I'm back to square one again trying to find $500+ ... and in my rebellious mood today I say "b*gger you Mr Taxman, I'm going shopping for veges this payday, and I don't care less what you think about it!" {{big raspberry}} Thank goodness Payday is overnight tonight!!!

I've also come to the realisation that I just can't get ahead living on my own, and I've started putting out some feelers about options. Sheree from work, who was looking for a flatmate months ago, is apparently looking at moving out yet again, as her new male flatmate is really inconsiderate with her being on shift work (at least we have that in common, so there's a basic understanding there between us). The only problem is that she's really fussy and wants a really 'flash' place to live, so it wouldn't necessarily be a 'huge' saving overall (she's paying $200 per week for rent at the moment in a sharing situation as opposed to my $245 on my own yikes!!). Anyway, I've set the seed for her today and I guess we'll chat about it more at some stage after Christmas.

The 2nd alternative is to pack up all my stuff into storage and go house-sitting for a while. One of the girls from work is doing it (she's the one who used to flat with Sheree before), and the outgoings are very minimal, but the downside is that you're constantly on the move to different places. Still, there's no rent to pay, and unless it's a 'longer term' sitting job there are no other bills (apparently most people if its 1-2 weeks sitting don't charge you for electricity usage etc, but she's in one now where she's there until February and the charge is $30 a week to cover bills ... that's pretty minimal considering there's no rent to pay as well!). I used to do house sitting for my boss back in Auckland every now and then when I was younger, so that's not a major issue for me - the big downside would be not having internet access regularly, and I'd have to go to a library or somewhere to get online ... and a major part of what's kept me from going insane here is the support and friendship of you guys online!

Then again, if I'm saving that much I could look at buying a laptop and signing up with "Unwired" which is wireless internet - and my internet connection would travel with me ... while it may be incredibly inconvenient for a while, it would also give me a better chance of getting ahead financially for the longer term, and I'd definitely have to take that into consideration, I guess. I'd have to cost up putting my things into storage etc too ... anyway, it's all food for thought I need to mull over ... 'cos at the moment I'm just going backwards every month. This option would still give me the sense of freedom in that I'd have 'my own space', but there would be the odd day where I wouldn't have a roof over my head (although Ali at work has said I'd be more than welcome to stay with her in Seaford during those times - that's incredibly sweet of her!).

One thing that almost brought me to tears today was the generosity of a fellow blogger ... I have some extra Christmas prezzies now sitting under the tree - and after the shock of having to buy two brand new tyres this morning, opening my mailbox afterwards was a huge morale lifter. I'm being good, though, and not opening anything until Christmas Day - then the contents will be revealed both to me and you :D But I have to say, Katrina, you really really made my day today - you're just gorgeous, and it couldn't have come at a better time! {{hugs}}

In fact, I'm now sitting here in tears writing this. So much for that fighting spirit, huh? I think I'm finally reacting to the stress I've been feeling just lately, but repressing ... and just writing about Katrina's generous gifts has sent me over the edge emotionally ... but in a nice way haha.

Anyway, sorry for the waffling - just the thoughts running through my head today ... as is typical of me, I don't hide anything, and you get the full story with everything - putting things in writing is a great method of 'purging' for me, so this all helps. I'm so sorry I'm not as full of life as I usually am ... and I was hoping to get over all this negative stuff a lot more quickly than I have - I think I'm coping really well, then something else happens to knock me sideways ... hopefully I'll get the fighting spirit back again tomorrow, 'cos tomorrow's another day!

Thanks for all of your comments, and hanging in there with me through all this 'cr*ppy stuff' - it has really helped! {{hugs}}

13Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anne~ thanks for posting the pic of your stitching chair! Hmm, recliner - check, ott lite - check, table full of goodies, check and check. Yup, same as mine!

Sorry to hear the tire replacements set you back again. Hang in there! Hopefully things will look better in the new year.

12:06 AM  
Blogger KarenV said...

I was thinking about the laptop idea whilst I was reading your post and then saw you'd already thought of it ;)

I'm sorry about the two tyres, as opposed to just the one - that's a real pain! I do hope things sort themselves out for you soon Anne, even if your living arrangements have to change in order to do so. Thinking of you and sending you loads of {{{{{hugs}}}}} - take care!

12:22 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

What can I say gorgeous girl????Life's a bitch - and then there is more... I wish I could do something to make it easier for you... Like KarenV I am sending you lots of loves and hugs... XXXXXXXX

6:26 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

oh Anne, you just brought tears to my eyes, and I wish I could jump on a plane to come and give you a big hug. Just know that I'm thinking of you.

and hey, if you do end up going house sitting and occasionally need somewhere to stay, you'd could always give my rellies a call :)

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Jenna said...

You are most definitely allowed to break down and cry for a bit. You need the release! What a crummy time this has been for you. I will be glad when this year is over and you can start with a clean slate! 2007 WILL be better. :)

7:30 AM  
Blogger Nicki said...

Oh {{{{Anne}}}} What a terrible couple of months and end of year. I'm so sorry things aren't getting better. As Jenna says - 2007 will be better :)

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there sweetie! When it comes rain, it comes in buckets!

9:34 AM  
Blogger Isabelle said...

((((Anne))))... I so wish I could give you a hug for real. In fact, I wish you could come over for a real vacation from everything! All you'd be allowed is stitching, cuddling Violette, strolling in Paris... and being taken care of :)

I so hope everything will get sorted out... ((((hugs))))

Love your stitching corner... Looks so comfy! I really need a light like that... especially if you do come over!! ;)

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your stitching spot looks totally comfy to me!! :)

9:56 PM  
Blogger Irish Church Lady :) said...

It's good to purge your thoughts once in awhile. Thank you for being so honest with us internets! I hope you come to a decision that's right for you.

{hugs}

11:12 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Just keep your chin up - this will all work out, although it doesn't seem like it sometimes. You are an amazing and clever woman and will figure out exactly what you need to do to get out of the backslide. Big hugs to you and please let me know if I can do anything for you!

6:10 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Hang in there Anne, we are all with you!

5:31 AM  
Blogger Meari said...

Hang in there. Hopefully, you'll come up with a solution that will help you get ahead a little bit. Good luck.

10:15 AM  

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