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A bit exhausted!
"A bit exhausted" is bad phrasing; I should really just state that I'm tired.

Work has really kicked in and I'm getting shifts like whoa, which means lots of moneys (good!) but a whole lot less time (bad!). My priorities have shifted accordingly and I've shelved some things for the time being - blogging, the novel, art, mostly the impractical / creative stuff. It'll all get time from me again eventually, but right now I'm focusing on working, saving money, and fitness. I've lost almost 10 kilos now, which puts me nearly at the halfway mark. I'm working out with weights heaps and have a respectable set of biceps, but I've still got fat on my upper arms that disguises just how awesome my biceps are. That's a shame, so I'm working on cutting that down. Aside from my home weights, I've been gleefully using a free trial at a gym in Kingston, and it's gone so well I think I'll join. Zap Fitness is one of those new 24 hour, no-contract gyms. You pay a month ahead (it's about $11 per week) and then you just pay by the month, and you can leave at any time. Handy! The equipment is top-notch too; the weight machines have some of the smoothest movement I've ever experienced, and the aerobic machines all interface with iPods and the internet so you can keep track of your workout stats. We live in the future!

Another thing keeping me away from Livejournal and the internet in general is our upcoming move. Mum's heading back up to QLD in early December. Joe and I have given notice to the real estate for the end of November. We're terminating the lease early, but it's not a lease break. The real estate failed to make requested repairs for months on end. Legally if they fail to make repairs within 28 days of the request, we're entitled to end the lease with only two weeks notice. We gave them a month. As we're jointly earning more money now than we ever have before, this time we're going to hire a bond cleaning company (we've requested the real estate recommend their own preferred cleaners) so that the final clean will be flawless, saving us time, effort, and potential loss of bond.

What else... I'm still art tutoring the next-door neighbor's son and nephew, though they're selling their house so they'll be moving on soon too. Hopefully the arrangement can continue in some way, but if not, I'm earning plenty elsewhere.

I purchased a HUGE cat run from another next-door neighbor (we have five... it's an oddly-shaped block). It's in compartments joinable by tunnels so right now we've just extended our existing run by adding a tunnel out to a large compartment on the lawn, so the cats can nom on lawn salad after every meal. They're loving it! The other bits are in storage, no point putting them up when we'll be moving so soon. The next place is going to be cat-tastic, though. I also got a scratching pole for them. Jangles was over the moon the instant he saw it. Nami no longer gets velcro'd to the carpet by her own claws. My washing basket is no longer being clawed to pieces. Everyone's happy. :D

So Joey and I are looking around Kingston and Huonville for our next rental; both are further out from the city, but in both places you get nicer houses for the same money. Particularly Huonville. That's where we want to wind up buying land and building a small shack, so we think that renting there for a couple of years while I study will be a good way to get to know the place, and see if it's what we hope it is.

Joey's going well - Subway is still paying too little for the amount of crap the job involves, but it's a job and Joe's getting plenty of hours, so for now it's enough. He's keeping an eye out for new opportunities, though. I think we're both content to pretty much do whatever for money right now. Our dreams seem to have perfectly aligned; all we want is a couple of acres of bushy land where we can build a small shack and start crafting awesome gardens. Good land is cheap down here so this is actually achieveable for us. We have one small debt each to clear - his is about three grand, mine is $1500 - and when that's done we're going to start saving for our deposit. Then I'll go to uni, Joe will consider what he wants to do longterm, I'll finish uni and (hopefully) get a steady job with the ambos, and sometime after that we plan to have a baby. Wow, it feels odd to write all that down. I was so blase about it the first time around, when I was engaged - I was doing it all because it was what I thought people were supposed to do. Now each step in that plan is something we've weighed up, and will continue to weigh up. Slow and steady does it.

In other news, we've met a really nice local couple - read into that what you will. We've got a whole lot in common with them and I look forward to getting to know them better.

Mum, inadvertently, is a source of stress at the moment. She's lovely and she's been a pleasure to live with, but since she got here she's been depressed for one reason or another - homesickness, job stress, and now her long distance boyfriend has broken up with her. I'm doing my best to comfort her, but she's taking it very hard, and I know firsthand that only the passage of time will really help. It's difficult watching her suffer so much in the meantime.

So yeah, tiredness has meant we've missed more than one social engagement lately in the name of giving ourselves some downtime. I am sorry for that. But for November, at least, I just need to focus on working, earning, planning and keeping fit. And that one little trip, heh.

STILL no word from the university on whether I've been accepted in the B Paramedic Practice. I work with a girl who's applied as well (which is nice; if we both get in we'll both already know one of our classmates) and she says she's been told we won't find out until late November.

I seem to have gone off coffee for no reason at all. Suspect it's a side-effect of getting healthier and a lower body mass - now when I drink caffeine I get a bit too buzzed and feel ill, and my appetite is generally pretty low anyway. That could just be worry about mum and my full-on work hours, I don't know.

Good things ahead: despite the fact that we're going to be busy as whoa with the move at the end of the month, we're taking a few days in the middle of November to fly to Melbourne and meet up with a whole bunch of beloved Brissie friends. We're nominally there to attend the Glen Keane Masterclass being held as part of the Dreams Come True exhibition at the Australian Center For The Moving Image, but I think we're mostly there to see each other. Damo is going to be there, hyperventilating over the chance to meet his animation hero. Helping Joey and I restrain him will be Mark, Rosa, Katie, JB, Amanda, Adele, and anyone they tow along with them. We're staying for five days so there's definitely going to be drunken karaoke and, for Joey, family visits. For anyone reading who isn't into animation (are there any of you who aren't??), Glen Keane is the artist who animated the Beast's transformation at the end of 'Beauty and the Beast'. He's also responsible for Aladdin, Ariel, Marahute the eagle, and a number of other beloved characters and Disney moments. The man is a genius with a pencil, possibly the foremost working animator in the world, and once upon a time I would have been pants-wettingly excited about meeting him. I'm not so supercharged over animation anymore - most of the appeal of this trip for me lies in seeing some of my very best friends - but I'm still pleased I'll get to meet him. I've got Andreas Deja's autograph in The Art of Lilo & Stitch, and I fully intend to add Glen Keane's signature to Bruce W Smith's drawing of Kerchack inside the front cover of The Art of Tarzan. Somewhere inside me, there's a twenty-year-old me geeking out a little. :D

Speaking of family (a bad segueway but I DID mention them somewhere in that last long paragraph), Joey's gran had a bad fall and is in hospital right now, so visiting her while we're in Melbs is essential. As for my extended family: my dad called recently to let me know that my Poppy's cancer has returned and this time there's nothing they can do. He only has six months to two years left. Nanna, in the depths of dementia, isn't much better off. So sometime early next year I expect I'll be organising to meet Dad in Sydney to say my goodbyes. I don't know how to feel about it. I never got the chance to get close to any of my grandparents. Truth be told, Poppy is the only one of the four who isn't either crazy or mean - and I don't say that lightly; two of my grandparents are literally crazy, and another is one of the cruellest men I've ever known. Poppy, on the other hand, is lovely. I wish I'd had the chance to know him better, so I'm not going to miss the chance to see him for what will probably be the last time.

I'm still reading everything you guys write on here.

Time to get ready for work!
4 have fought ~ fight the power!
leggz From: leggz Date: November 1st, 2010 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Woahhh, epic post is epic!

Great to see things are going well with you kids. The cinema job looks awesome, as does the training and gym stuffs!

Jealous re: your Melbourne getaway! Enjoy it. : )
rahball From: rahball Date: November 1st, 2010 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Glen Keane is the artist who animated the Beast's transformation at the end of 'Beauty and the Beast'.

And I hope he feels properly guilty about it! :D
darkwingpsycho From: darkwingpsycho Date: November 1st, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, chica, you are one busy gal! I hope your move goes smoothly and that everything pans out in Huonville!

That's SO awesome you'll be meeting Glen Keane!! I would LOVE to even just SEE the man! Have a great time. :)
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: November 3rd, 2010 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
So good to hear, that work is back in gear!!
4 have fought ~ fight the power!