Happy dancing (but no stitching) – and 2008 goals

I can’t believe what a simple phone call can do to make a person feel so ecstatically happy as a phone call did for me today!  We heard from our new real estate agent that the tenants in Ramsgate Beach are vacating earlier than expected, and we have the option to move in ahead of the scheduled time … after a few extra phone calls to the removal company and my new flatmate, I’ve decided to accept a week’s rent on my own, and to take up the offer of picking up the keys a week early!  We were already going to sign the lease and pay the money up front (bond plus advance rent) on 15 January as Lisa is here in Sydney for the day for work, so I’m going to pick up the keys now on the same day and have a full week there on my own before she arrives.

The furniture won’t be arriving until 19 January, so I thought I’d pop in and spray the place with surface spray in the unit and garage (those of you who know me well know my abysmal spider phobia, so this is an absolutely essential routine for me to move into a new place!!) on the 15th, then I’m taking Thu 17/Fri 18 Jan off work to actually drive over from Nigel and Brenda’s in the morning on the 17th – that means there’s plenty of time to do the unpacking of what few items I have with me, as well as any cleaning that is outstanding, and the property condition report.  Then I just have to sleep on a blow-up mattress for two nights until the rest of the furniture turns up – at last by then the surface spray smell will have disappeared 😉

I have to say I’m really surprised at how thrilled and ecstatic that phone call made me – I’m incredibly excited to be moving into my own place again … I’ve truly surprised myself at how relieved it made me feel today.  I have a tendency to push my feelings and emotions below the surface, but it’s amazing how quickly the good feelings surface again 😀

And one of the best things is …   Very very soon I’ll be driving 9.5km each way to work, instead of 53km each way – WOOHOO!!!!!

Aside from that, all I keep thinking about is that I will finally have a stitching corner back again, I will be able to spend those wasted 3 hours commuting by walking up the beach and stitching, and … the biggest of all … I will soon be able to sleep in my very own bed again – I have missed that the most of any of my belongings, like you just wouldn’t believe!

So, that now means it’s 12 more sleeps left before I pick up the keys, and 14 more sleeps before I physically start moving in … YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!  That also means getting back into a stitching rotation again … well, quite frankly, just stitching regularly again will suit me for a wee while, seeing as I can’t come up with a rotation that works just yet.  I’ve been trying to plan a new rotation for the new year, and there are just way too many projects I want to start – I’m like an alcoholic craving a drink, I just want to grab everything at once and take a long drink! 😛

On the other hand, I do have a couple of resolutions/goals that I want to meet this year:

  • Increase my fitness level by exercising 4-6 days a week … be it walking on the beach, doing yoga/pilates, or using the rowing machine, but at least 10 minutes every day, with the preference being at least 1/2 an hour each day
  • Eat more regularly and healthily … with the goal of losing at least 10kg during the year
  • Be more socially active … I can be quite a shy recluse, so I need to make an effort to get to know people here in Sydney and get out of my comfort zone – I already have tickets to see the Sound of Music and Michael Buble in concert with Brenda, Nigel and friends, and two work colleagues from Melbourne are hoping to come visit at the end of February, plus I want to meet some more fellow stitchers here
  • Stitching goals are easy – after such a horrendous year in 2007, I just want to relax, have fun, and enjoy the simple pleasure of just sitting and doing my stitching … to that end I’ve decided not to set specific goals, aside from completing at least 2 of my current UFO’s or WISP’s
  • And finally, to keep in touch with my friends, both online and in real life, more regularly … something I’m often very guilty of neglecting!

So that’s it, in a nutshell … pretty simple goals for a simple life in 2008!  I’m looking forward to a year of no stress, no dramas, and no catastrophes … just simple pleasures and a simple carefree life …

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29 thoughts on “Happy dancing (but no stitching) – and 2008 goals

  1. That’s wonderful news Anne! I’m so happy for you and I can imagine getting back into your own bed will be a deliriously happy occassion!

  2. To be happy again is wonderful. It seems that you are getting back to your old self. Congratulations . Happy Stitching Hugs, Kathy

  3. Congratulations, Anne! That’s such great news. I know how much a long commute can take out of you, as it’s one of the reasons that Rob and I bought this house last year. Aside from getting more time to stitch, it will be better for your sanity!

  4. Congratulations on your new abode — Real Soon Now. I’m sure the housesitting helped your finances (and even helped you make the decision to move to Sydney, not having a lease to cancel), but it is time to have your own place again. I hope you enjoy it as much at the end of the year as you do now.

  5. Anne I am so happy for you! I have an inkling of how you might feel after 3 years renting and finally getting back into our own home. And you’ve been living out of suitcases – don’t know how you’ve done it! I was so pleased to see our bed too after only 2 months without it last year – so I understand that as well!!!

    2008 is going to be a great year for you! I can just tell 😀

  6. Congrats on getting to move in early! I know what you mean I lived with my daughter’s family for 2 months when my job promotion took me back to Missouri. It’s not your own things and as you said your own bed. Will be watching for lots of stitching pictures once you are settled.

  7. Fabulous news on the apartment! I’m so glad that you’ll be getting back that wasted commute time even sooner than you expected. Enjoy the stitching time!

  8. Best of the New Year to you, Anne!!! 😀 So glad yours has begun with the happy news of being able to move into your own digs earlier than expected. That must feel SO good!!

    Your resolutions are great. Fitness is also high on my list …

  9. Happy New Year! Good success on the move. I hope you find lots of lovely things that you forgot you had (particularly stitching stash!).

  10. That’s great news Anne. I’m sure you’ll love Ramsgate, it’s a really nice area. There’s a good bead shop there too! 😉 Oh & did you know you can get an odourless surface spray??

  11. Happy dancing with you! I share your spider phobia! i am so terrified of them I can not even look at a picture of them or if they are on t.v.. I spray the house throughly every week and more if I see one!

  12. Lovely news on getting the keys early. Just think how nice that first night’s sleep will be in your own bed. Good luck with all the moving.

  13. I thought I’d commented on this, but I obviously dreamt it…:lol:

    That’s great news about being able to get the keys early! 😀 I can’t imagine what it’s been like for you over the past few months, not having a permanent home – I know I couldn’t do it so congratulations to you on surviving so long.

    I’m sure 2008 will be a much better year for you {{{hugs}}}

  14. Anne, I am so happy for you. Congratulations on your new home. I look forward to catching up with you soon:)

  15. Thanks for visiting my blog! The info on the stocking ornament is: Designer: Nutmeg Needle …Design: Mini Stocking.
    Good luck with your move and your 2008 goals!

  16. I love catching up on your blog. I just read your Stash List and it is almost a duplication of what is in my stash. What a brave person you are for listing it all. Do hope 2008 is a very happy year for you and free of stress and that you have lots of hours enjoying your stitch. Best Wishes Marg

  17. I’m keeping my stitching goals in 2008 to a minimum too. That way, everything is a bonus! lol.

    Whoo Hoo on your imminant house move! I envy you! We’re hoping (praying) that a house move will be on our cards in *early* 2008 but in the meantime I’ll just feed on your excitement to keep me going, lol.

  18. Wonderful news, Anne! I was happy to see and sleep in my own bed last night and we’ve only been away for two weeks! I don’t know how you’ve done it but I’m glad you’ll have your own place again soon.

    Happy New Year to you too!

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