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After a few days’ break, we are renovating again.  The timing of the purchase of these two properties hasn’t been ideal – it would have been nice to have more of a break, especially as I only had a day or so where I was off work.  This meant we spent a lot of our weekend and after work time doing renos.

And of course the same thing has happened with this one.  I can’t take any time off work at the moment, either – I’m heavily involved in a legal case that’s taking up all my time and energy, and I also have not one, but two new people starting who I’ll be directly responsible for.  One of them starts this week.  So no time off for me.

Plus my mother is getting married on the 15th of October, in a small country town that’s a two-hour drive away.  The whole family (Mum, her other half, myself and brother and our partners, plus her other half’s five kids, their partners and the grandkids) have the whole weekend booked in the small town.  This will be lovely, but it’s rotten timing.

We had an unfortunate event occur earlier this week.  We’d just got home from work when my mobile rang.  It was one of the tenants from our new property.  He’d called to say he couldn’t get in the kitchen door when he got home from work – as one of the wall cupboards had pulled out from the wall, and everything was blocking the door.  C wasn’t happy about it, as he installed those cupboards.  As I said to C though, we have had a very good run with our renos, and we’ve had remarkably little go wrong with them, it was bound to happen at some point.  He wasn’t convinced though 😉

Oh well, these things are sent to try us I guess!  At least it’s keeping me out of trouble.

Work is still going well, if somewhat stressful.  I am starting to find that the CEO and the legal guy have different views on stuff.  This wouldn’t normally be a problem, but neither of them will call the other, meaning I need to try to explain each of them to the other.  This is exhausting and stressful.  But we’re getting stuff done, and it’s all going well so far.

I can’t wait until I can actually kick back and relax.  Roll on November.


Today was a good day.  I got up early and went into work early (C was unwell, so I left him asleep).  I churned through a heap of stuff, had two successful meetings with my manager, managed my anxiety really well, and generally was on top of my form physically, mentally, emotionally, workwise – every possible way.

I can’t remember the last day I had which was so good.  Probably back when I was at uni, which is about eight years ago now.  Since then, I’ve either been mentally sub-par, or not had work which I find challenging and interesting when I was functioning well (my short time as a policy officer comes to mind).  I’m not sure whether to feel glad or sad.  Glad, obviously, because today I really was on top of my game; sad, because once a decade isn’t enough to get me through the tough times, either qualitatively or quantitatively.

After hours and hours of slaving away, we finished our latest little project today.  After our latest property became ours, we basically spent every waking hour there, painting, cleaning, installing stuff, moving in furniture, and generally acting like busy little bees.  We had our first proper viewing today at 4pm, and it looks like we have tenants moving in this coming Friday.  Whew!

There were, of course, a few hiccups along the way…. such as finding out at 1pm today that the king single bedframe was actually a single bedframe.  Luckily, we had a spare single mattress at home, so C and his dad went and got it.  I’ve never been so glad to have a formal lounge room that is a furniture dumping ground before. 

It all looks good, I think we’ve rented it out, and our hard work has paid off.  I’d write more, but am about to pass out from sheer exhaustion.  More later in the week.