Until I can feel ‘normal’ once again!
I’m so exhausted these days I don’t know whether I’m coming or going … although I certainly know which way my stitching is going, and that’s nowhere fast! I don’t have time to sit and blog (I now have over 1500 unread feeds in my newsreader), and my email inbox is full to overflowing, with no chance of catching up any time soon. I owe dozens of people emails, and I haven’t even written any Christmas cards this year – I’m feeling ever so slightly overwhelmed in general.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying life in Sydney on the whole, but I’m finding the commute time is really getting me down. That 3 ½ hours spent commuting each day is leaving no time whatsoever to do anything at home in the evenings – and in the weekends Brenda and Nigel have been filling my days with social functions (not that I’m really complaining, as it’s been wonderful … it’s just that I’ve had absolutely no time whatsoever to spend doing my ‘old’ daily routines like blogging and catching up on the world of my online friends in general).
Anyway, as the title states, there is a light at the end of the tunnel … we have the deposit put down on a little wee apartment closer to work, where I’ll be sharing with another girl who’s moving from Melbourne for 12 months. We pick up the keys on 24 January, and I’m going to be freighting my furniture etc out of storage at that time (as long as I can find the money, which is another issue!!). We’ll be living in Ramsgate Beach, a sum total of about 20 minutes by car to work … I see a bit of stitching happening at the end of January, and I really can’t wait!!!
As as last night, I’m housesitting for a work colleague for two weeks (well, actually it’s now turned out to be only one week, which is a tad awkward, as Brenda and Nigel have family staying for two weeks, which means my bedroom is given over to them for that time … but they’re OK for me to stay here in the spare room for the extra week). Hence the reason I’m finally able to spend a quick 10 minutes writing this quick line. I’m pretty exhausted tonight, so it’s truly a speedy drive-by as normal … I’ll be having an early night, and tomorrow I have the entire day to myself so I intend actually stitching – Snapperville here I come!!! Sunday will be spent at a BBQ with Brenda, Nigel, family and friends, then it’s back to work for one day on Monday before taking Christmas and Boxing Days off work. It feels quite strange being a ‘day worker’ again and having all the public holidays off work … the pay packet is missing it, though my body isn’t 😉
Anyway, time to head off as my eyes are seriously trying to close on me (and it’s only 8pm yikes!!) … time to curl up and have a sleep so I can be fresh for stitching tomorrow. And with any luck this week I can finally catch up on some outstanding thank you emails and other correspondence that is SERIOUSLY overdue!!!
11 thoughts on “The Countdown is On”
Nice to hear from you Anne. I was just thinking this week that you hadn’t updated for a while and I was wondering if you were OK. Sorry that the commute’s a bugger, but glad you’ve got a new place organised for January. Have a wonderful Christmas and hope to catch up with you soon!
I hope you get some time off over Christmas to relax! I do miss your updates (though I know I’ve been very remiss at commenting this year).
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas! x
Hang in there, my friend! I’m glad that you have a solution that will trim your commute down to a much more reasonable number. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! *hug*
End of January will be here sooner than you think, I’m glad you have found a place reasonably close.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
3 1/2 hour commute sounds exhausting! I am glad you are able to find something closer. Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year!
Just popping by to wish you and yours a VERY Merry Christmas!
Looking forward to hearing all your news in 2008!
Moving in with someone else is a great idea and only 20 mins to and from work, all that extra time, we should be seeing lots of happy dances from you LOL. Sounds like things are going well for you Anne, I am pleased for you after the troubles that you have had, have a great christmas and a wonderfu new year, you deserve it.
Well that new commute time sounds a lot better. I know the feeling, a few years ago I ha to travel also around 3 to 4 hours, well I have to say it was good for reading, but for the rest not so. But now with travelling less time, I don’t know yet were that 3 to 4 hours went, I don;t have really a feeling I have more time and well my reading is suffering on it.
Good luck with the move.
Congratulations on finding an apartment this is much closer to work! Merry Christmas, Anne!
So glad that commute time will be cut real soon, Anne! Once you’re settled I hope you can get some stitching time in. 🙂
Oh yes, that long commute is the killer – I was doing that in Paris for six months, and the only positive result was that I could knit a scarf in a couple of weeks on the train! It was hell for everything else, like health, sanity, social life, stitching. Ramsgate Beach sounds nice, I hope it really IS a beach, and great to have your own things around you again, of course. All the best for Christmas and New Year!
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