Friday, 21 July 2017

Day 51

July 21 2017

Little Miss Penelope Wonderwoman is now enrolled for school next year. 😐 😐

Our school year starts at the beginning of Feb and today we walked the literal few hundred metres and enrolled her.

Mixed feelings.

Her and I then planted a little garden, and upon proudly admiring our work came inside, only to find an hour later that the dog tried to eat the plants and they were no longer in said garden bed. 😑😑

Today I also painted the fireplace. It looks AWESOME. 😁😁

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Days 49 - 50

July 19 - 20 2017

Yesterday was bedroom day! Although ... it isn't done.

We can see the floor and I did take up all the carpet tacks (successfully, without personal injury. Yay, go me!)

Today is errand day plus Miss Penelope has her 4 yr old immunisations in preparation for both enrolling in kindergarten (🤤🤤), and not catching a deadly preventable disease that was thought to be erradicated years ago but is back cause of crazy people who think they are smarter than medical science.

Sorry for the too long sentence there 😂

Anywho ....

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Days 47-48

July 17-18 2017

Monday was less than productive but in the spirit of #smallwins, we did get a couple of small but significant things done. 

One, we got a new toilet and the leaking (well, constantly dripping more like) kitchen tap both got fixed. The plumber is seriously my Superhero of the Week. Such a gross job, but now we have a shiny new white non grungy, non leaking (yes, it was) toilet!! YAY!! 

Very little got done in the way of unpacking, however we managed a walk / ride out in the winter sunshine to make sure the kids knew which way to go to get to school from our new home. We are less than 2km and they've been catching the bus (which they hate and was costing us $12 a week for the two of them. 

Seeing as we are so close, they can ride (or walk, as apparently 15 year old girls are too cool to ride). It took 12 minutes to walk and obviously less than that for The Dude to ride. Aaaaaaand it's free. Cue happy dance hahaha. 

So then yesterday was a great day. Back to school (yay!), and glorious sunshine! I got a tonne of reorganising done and the house is looking more like a home and less like a hoarders haven. 
My goal for today (Wednesday), is to get our bedroom organised. 

Wish me luck!! 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Days 42 - 46

Aaaaaannddd we're in.

I know I missed 4 days but I literally couldn't function 5 minutes after sitting down every night.

I swear, this has been THE most disorganised, chaotic, crazy move in the history of crazy moves.

Also, there may have been a few moments of yelling/frustration/exhaustion/fear-of-being-actual-hoarders. We have SO MUCH STUFF.

I do feel like we are finally getting somewhere though now. And Penelopes' room is finished except for some black line re-doing on her mural.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Day 41

July 11 2017

Tired doesn't begin to describe our current state. Literally spent all day painting then came back here and spent hours mlore packing.

My back feels like I am an idiot, but I was wearing my back brace all day.

Tomorrow is move in day!!!

We got most of the Dudes' bedroom stuff in, and got the kitchen painted - on its' way to being finished, and Ems' room is done except for the floor.

Now for sleep. Glorious sleep.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Day 40

July 10 2017

Today Penelope Wonderwoman turned 4. FOUR!!
Can you believe it?!

Despite the chaos, she had a good day - a kind of interactive video chat with Grandpa kicked off the day after presents (kind of because while Grandpa was interactive, Miss Penelope was of course far more focused on toys 😑).

We got a little done on the new house, hers and the Dudes' rooms are very close to finishef, with almost all of her toys and furniture in and her mural 50% complete.

Then we came back here to cook dinner, while the Ever Awesome Husband took her and the Dude to the playground. Dinner consisted of cake number 1 with dino-snacks, fries, peas and corn. Cake no. 2 nearly disappeared when Hurricane (the hurricane 😂),  jumped up on Miss Em as she was carrying itq candles blazing to the table, and the cake went flying to the floor!

Luckily it was ice cream cake and a quick scoop of the top layer and some fresh strawberries meant it could be salvaged. Phew!

Later Penelope and the Ever Awesome One read her story book that goes with one of the records she got (with a record player), before crashing into bed exhausted.

It's hard work turning 4. 😁😁😁

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Days 37 - 39

July 9th 2017

So yeah, I missed two days. That is what happens when you are tired and then add alcohol haha.

Anyway ...

I've been driving!!

Not at the same time as injesting said alcohol though. 😑😑

And I haven't been driving anywhere exciting. Just between houses and stuff. But it was a bit like driving when you first get your licence, I was excited and nervous and a bit worried I might have forgotten how hahaha.

That of course was not the case, and after the first trip I was great again.
Yay for independence!!!


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Day 36

July 6 2017


Packing freaking sucks. That is all.

On another note, look at how long and beautiful Penelope Wonderwomans' hair is.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Day 35

July 5th 2017

You know life's funny sometimes.  Yesterday we saw our neurologist, and oh my lord he is a freaking awesome human being! 
The last year and a half has been  so messed up and miserable - we had weird diagnoses all over the place about why my leg and foot weren't working and why I was in so much pain - and in the end it's been something oh so simple. 

I was on some medication called Cymbalta (Duloxetine), which is a type of anti-depressant. I was initially put on it because it has an off label use as relief for nerve pain which I have been getting in varying degrees for the last three and a half years with my busted discs in my back. 

I had wondered here and there if it was the medication causing issues with my nerves but kept taking it as prescribed. And the more we couldn't figure out what was wrong with me, the more miserable I got. The more miserable I got, the more I needed an anti-depressant. So my dosage was increased, and increased again. And my leg function deteriorated, and deteriorated more still. 

Seriously people, I was in a bad place. I thought I was losing my mind. And some of the doctors we saw, encouraged me in that belief. Then we saw the marvellous Dr. Cunningham. 

He listened. 
He cared. 
He investigated. 

And one of his first suggestions was to come off the Cymbalta because he as a neurologist, does not recommend or like prescribing those kinds of drugs for off label use. He said come off it. 
So I did. And it was a nightmare. I felt like what a full on drug addict must feel like going through withdrawal. It. Was. Awful. 

But now, now I feel amazing. 
I feel like me again. My leg and foot work again. I definitely have back pain and some nerve pain, but my body works

I came off that medication about three months ago now, and we saw Dr. Cunningham yesterday. He said I have Tarsal Tunnel in my ankle and my back is toast with 3 out of the 5 lumbar discs buggered. But we knew my back was toast all along, and he doesn't think it will always be toast. It might go back to being bread at some point, just not really great bread. 
And my ankle might get better with time, or he might do cortisone injections and failing all else surgery on the tendon down the track. But that's it. 

All that time, all that frustration, and it's something so ridiculously simple. 

And so I've been thinking about the fact that I can go back to driving, I can have my independence back and thinking about all that time that I 'lost'. And you know what? I am actually grateful for the time I lost. 

Because life is funny. If I hadn't had all these issues crop up, I would have gone back to uni and would have only had a year and a half left of my teaching degree. BUT, I wouldn't have my business, I wouldn't have the plan for our business and I wouldn't have the clarity about where we are headed in our lives and business. And who knows if we would've bought our house either? 

There is so much to be grateful for, and to appreciate about the position we are currently in, and about the future that we can see because of our business. If I hadn't experienced the last year and a half the way I did, I wouldn't have been in the position I was in to make decisions I have made. 

So while I might be frustrated at the events of the last 18 months, I can appreciate where we've ended up, and the strength that time has given me. 

So life is funny. Sometimes all that shit that gets thrown at you is just preparing you for something great  down the track. 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Day 34

Today, I questioned my sanity. Several times. 

We (I) chose this gorgeous blue for Penelope Wonderwomans' walls and it is such a stunning colour. 

However, it is a nightmare to use. 

The coverage is so bad - I love the colour so much, but I did find myself thinking today "what if I just chose another colour and redid the whole thing". I actually think it would have been done in the same amount of time haha. 

But I got there! Her walls resemble the deep of the ocean blue and her door is a lovely bright orange. The pink ceiling just finishes it off and I am so happy with it! More importantly though, Penelope is so happy with it. The Eldest One and Little Dude helped her put her new big girl bed up, and while the teal of that looks greener than I'd like against the blue walls, it still looks amazing. 

She lay on her new bed (looking ridiculously tiny) and declared "I LOVE MY NEW BIG GIRL ROOM AND BED!"

The Ever Awesome Husband spent the day softening old lino flooring with a heat gun to loosen the adhesive and has gotten about half way there I'd say. The flooring underneath is such a gorgeous red hued Jarrah, it is going to look amazing! And yay for Jarrah being an extremely hard wood, so it will stand up to the dogs no problems. 

I might be feeling a tad overwhelmed and feeling like we (I) are/am insane for painting/ripping up flooring/running a business/winter rain/school holidays/taking the dogs with us to the new house everyday/boxes everywhere/chaos reigning supreme ... BUT ... it is so worth it. 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Day 33

July 3 2017

More painting today - and the Ever Awesome husband managed to get all of the horrible old security screens off tbe windows.

Which meant we could actually see the layers of filth. Years and years of grime built up on them - once the screens were off and they were cleaned it was amazing the difference it made to the light in the house.