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It occurred to me the other day that I’m starting to look after myself a bit better, in a few different ways – physically, mentally, etc.  Some of the examples that spring to mind:

  • I’m trying to make sure I eat at least one piece of fruit every day.  This sounds simple, but for me, it’s something that actually requires brain space.
  • I’ve started going to zumba classes 2-3 times a week (other life stuff permitting).
  • I’m finally doing something about my lovely case of toenail fungus.  (Sounds appealing doesn’t it?!)  I ordered three bottles of Funginix and have been religiously applying it twice a day, as per instructions.  I’ve had toenail fungus for years but it’s got to the point now where I won’t wear any shoes that show my toes, so it’s time to actually sort it out.
  • I’m taking it easy when my body tells me to.  For example I should be sorting out the peeling bathroom/laundry in one of our properties today; but instead I’m going to kick back at home, do some laundry, and have a substantial nap.
  • I’m being a bit more proactive than I usually am in having time off work.  This means I plan it ahead and allow for it, with my boss’s knowledge.  This makes me feel more in control and less subject to the vagaries of depression.
  • I’m making the effort to actually appreciate the fantastic relationship I have with C.  A guy at work is going through all kinds of dramas in his marriage, and it has brought home to me how well C and I get along, and what a great life we really do have together.
  • I’m trying to enjoy the little/simple things – the lovely weather, gardening, etc.

I’m sure there’s other stuff, but this is all that springs to mind at the moment.


Wow.  Busy few days.

I went to a zumba class on Wednesday night, and again yesterday morning (Saturday).  After the first twenty minutes on Wednesday, I thought I was going to die.  Talk about unfit.  However it’s already getting easier – after yesterday’s class I didn’t feel so bad.  Tired, yes, but ready to peg it, no.  There’s another class on Monday night but there’s stuff I have to do for one of the properties, so I don’t think I’ll make it this week.

Interview on Friday went okay.  Not amazing, but okay.  I should find out in about six weeks whether I’ve been appointed or not.  Until then I just need to not think about it.

It’s been a social week, too.  We had my brother and sister in law over on Thursday for pizza, and we had my in-laws over last night for roast lamb.  I now feel like I’d be perfectly happy not to interact for a couple of weeks with anybody other than C.  However, I’ve been a good sister/daughter in law, the house got cleaned so it was decent, and I’ve covered off on my family obligations for a little while, so it’s all good.

I got a head start on the cleaning on Friday night – I did both bathrooms and toilets.  Then I got up early and did laundry and food shopping before my 10am zumba class.  I don’t know if I can keep this up, but I do like the precedent it set.  I kept on with the good work this morning, by ironing three of C’s work shirts.  In theory I need to get to the apartment today to continue work on the bathroom, but I don’t know if I can be bothered, to be honest.  I’m worn out from all the housework, entertaining and exercise!!

Really the title should be ‘day off paid work’, but I’m not quibbling – any day off is a good day!  I realised yesterday at work that I had some flexi hours up my sleeve, and that I was on top of my workload, so I asked the boss if I could have today off as a day in lieu, and he said yes 🙂

I spent most of the morning sleeping (how sad is that?!) then did some food shopping and had lunch.  After that I went to the property we’re working on and did some more sealing and patching work in the bathroom/laundry.  I’m really hopeful this is going to sort it out, the bits I patched today I’d sealed the other night, and they looked really good, and gave a great surface to put the polyfilla on.  Hoping for the best!

I even have some plans in the pipeline for exercise.  I randomly did a google search the other day for zumba classes in my suburb, and a few popped up.  One is on tonight at the local hall, from 7pm and the best part (apart from being just down the road) – it’s only $12 per class!  At that rate I can happily justify going twice a week.  Whether I do or not is another story, but location and price wise it’s ideal.  I’ve only done zumba before on the wii, but I love high-energy aerobic based stuff, so I’m sure to love it.

I spoke to my brother last night, who informed me that he’s leaving on Sunday to go to the UK for work for ten weeks.  I was a bit sad as I haven’t seen him for ages, so he and his wife will be coming over tomorrow night for pizza for dinner.  I even thought ahead enough to buy some garlic bread today when I was shopping that we can have with the pizza.

Finally, I have an interview for a permanent position on Friday.  I keep forgetting about it.  That’s probably not a good sign, is it?  I’ll have to make sure my brother and sister in law don’t stay too late on Thursday night.  The good thing about my brother is that we do have that relationship where I can kick him out at 10pm and he’ll understand perfectly. 🙂

I must admit, I’ve felt a bit blah for about a week or so.  Not really sure why, but all I’ve wanted to do is sleep – more so than usual.  This weekend has been particularly bad.  Both days I woke up early, did a few things, then went back to bed for three hours.  Then awake again, did some stuff, then back to bed.  Then up again for dinner and back to bed.  I haven’t counted how many hours I’ve actually been sleeping per day, but it would have to be around the fifteen hour/day mark.

As I said, not really sure what’s happening.  The depression isn’t worse than usual; I’m not coming down with anything; and I haven’t started a new exercise program that would explain the tiredness.  So yeah, out of ideas.

In my few waking hours, I did manage to start sorting out one of the properties.  The bathroom/laundry in this property has been a problem since we bought it.  The walls and ceiling won’t stop peeling.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sanded, filled gaps, sealed and repainted, but I’m starting to play hardball now.  Sanded and crack filled as per usual yesterday, and today I did a coat of oil-based sealer/primer on the worst spots.  We’re going to stop by after work and see how it’s looking tomorrow.  If this doesn’t work, I don’t know what to do.  The good news is we have until Sunday 2nd October to get it sorted, so there is some wiggle room in terms of time.

One other thing to note – I stumbled on the funniest blog ever written by a cat tonight, Urban Underbelly.  I added it to my links, so check it out.  Talk about black humour.  It’s great stuff.

Yet another busy weekend.  We had one lot of tenants move out yesterday, and new ones move in today.  Even though the place was left very clean, it still takes a fair bit of work to do a turnover.  However the new tenants are in and appear to have settled in well, so that’s a relief 🙂

Apart from the property turnover, today was Fathers’ Day.  My dad is dead, and my stepdad J is overseas with mum at the moment, but C’s dad is still around so we had him and C’s stepmum over for a cooked breakfast.  I did bacon, eggs, mushrooms and toast, followed by buttermilk pancakes with strawberry coulis and maple syrup.  It turned out well and was very much appreciated, which is always nice.  I was smart this time and had breakfast before they arrived – I can’t eat savoury stuff in the mornings and I knew I was doing all the cooking, so I was prepared!  (I’ve done this before but not eaten first, and just about passed out from low blood sugar by the time I do eat something.)

I was particularly happy with the buttermilk pancakes – I’ve made them before, but not with gluten-free flour (C’s dad is a coeliac) and they turned out beautifully, which was great.  So many things don’t taste ‘right’ with gluten-free flour, but these were lovely and tasted ‘normal’ so to speak.  The only thing was the mix went flat pretty quickly.  Still tasted fine, but just very flat, more like pikelets than pancakes.   It was also the first time I’d made strawberry coulis and that also worked out well.  Very easy – a small punnet of strawberries, three dessertspoons of castor sugar, and juice of half a lemon, whizzed up in the blender.  It made HEAPS, easily double of what we used, so I’ll also have to remember that in future.