At any rate, have an entry now!
Studying is going well; I'm getting awesome grades across the board. Am studying a 2-year Diploma of Professional Writing & Editing. Given how easy a lot of these assignments are, I probably could have applied for recognition of prior learning and skipped the first year, but it's too late now - and besides, the Editing subject is new to me, so I couldn't have skipped it. And I wouldn't have wanted to; it's difficult compared to the rest. I'm comfortable in doing all this from the start. I'm still chasing them for my enrolment paperwork despite being most of the way through the first semester, and that's becoming urgent, as I need to provide it to Centrelink ASAP.
I've almost reached the end of my novel's draft 2, act 1. Trying something different, I'm going to go back and do an initial edit when I hit the end of act 1, see how short I can get it. Length is worrying me. I recently submitted the first three chapters to Hachette's YA department (they allowed unsolicited submissions for a brief period) but I don't expect to hear back for months, I doubt I'll be lucky enough to get serious consideration this early on, and I'd be more comfortable getting an agent before a publisher anyway. Still, it's an opportunity and I grabbed it.
Finances are variable, as always. Neither Joe or I have a full-time workload. I average 20-25 hours per week, he averages 30-35, so we have good weeks and bad weeks, but we get by. I can't work any more than I do, as I'm supposed to be studying full-time (ha!). Fortunately I have nearly no debt - just the mortgage on my little block of land, which is an investment, and some overdue rates for the same) and I seem to have all the equipment and shinies I want/need and enough money to write in cafes a couple of days per week, so I'm content.
Joe is thinking about going back to uni next year to study surveying. It's a three-year full-time degree built on a mixture of science and practicality that appeals to him. There's tons of work for it down here (and everywhere you find urban development, construction and mines) and entry level wages amount to more than I'll ever earn in any creative job, without question. So as you can imagine, I'm fully supportive. Actually, I honestly don't know what we'll do if one of us starts earning decent money; it's not a situation we've ever faced. We're not really into luxuries. Cars, for example... given unlimited money we'd still probably buy a year-old secondhand ex-government-fleet vehicle. We would, however, like a little cottage on a block bordering wilderness. Down here, even that won't require much money. Joe's taking the rest of this year to get his head together and make sure this is what he really wants to do. Three years is a big commitment, but in this case it comes with big rewards.
My fitness drive is going nicely; I'm down to 65kg, so I've lost roughly 13kg so far. Got about ten to go. My lowest weight was 53kg but I don't anticipate going that low again; I've got a lot of muscle mass these days from all the weights. Accordingly, and judging by old photos, I look better at 65kg now than I did at 53 back then. My skin then was saggier, no real muscle tone, just skinny and wan. Fitness-wise, taking up weights was the best decision I ever made. My metabolism burns faster, my whole body works better, I can lift heavy things and open jars, and I'm starting to like the way I look nekkid.
Speaking of naked, I stopped wearing bras a couple of months ago. You'd think, given my DD boobies, this would be an unmitigated disaster... but it's actually been awesome. My back and shoulder pain has decreased, my breasts sit higher, my nipples are tougher and they look and feel better. Apologies for the TMI, but I think this knowledge is worth spreading around: you don't NEED to wear a bra (although I'd recommend one when jogging, haha). According to recent research, bras are actually making our boobs saggier because the muscles meant to support them are weakening due to bras carrying the load - similar effect to what happens to your eyes if you constantly wear glasses when you don't need them.
Joe's sister Lucy is coming to stay with us for a week, starting tonight - so that'll be fun! Last time she was here we carried a picture of Patrick Swayze to the top of a snow-covered mountain, used it as a toboggan, then hung it in the ski shelter as a parting gift to others. Good times.
Due to the whole 'internet mostly on mobile phone' situation, I'm primarily active on Twitter these days. My username there is 'TaniaWalker'.
That's all I've got for today. Much affection, my LJ-friends. :)