We’ve turned our lives upside down, there is no doubt about that! While I’m having a great time so far, my cheery exterior can be a cover story for moments of doubt, anxiety and the odd pang of homesickness.
There is some serious fun to be had here and my husband has started calling me Dora The Explorer because whenever there is a spare few hours I’ll strap on my back pack and walk somewhere – anywhere – just to see what’s around the corner.
I also do that because the apartment is so empty. I’ve spent the last 7 years with children at home or I’ve been at work. When home alone (so rare!) I always had the company of the dog. Now, I’m completely alone. Every day. The quiet can be oppressive and I’d rather be out amongst the chaos and traffic.
A few things that are keeping me from going crazy are:
- Working out. I’ve never been a gym junkie and I never will be, but my sister and I do a particular routine three days a week. On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays I drop the kids at their school bus and go to the gym. It has helped me find a basic structure to my week.
- Snickers bars. They sell half size ones here. Nice little pick me up.
- Streaming ABC radio. So many apps and websites don’t work here, but good old ABC radio does and in the mornings I’ll tune into Melbourne 774 and get a little dose of home. We also listen to the Hamish & Andy podcast.
- Reading. I’ve joined a book club here, I’m reading along with my book club at home and have recently bought a few books that have been on my list for ages. I’ve just finished The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Not a title I would normally choose but it was for book club. Loved it and read most of it in one evening. Now I’ve started The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). It’s great so far – the first in her murder mystery series featuring Private Investigator Cormoran Strike.
- Say Yes To The Dress – I’ve never had Foxtel (cable TV) at home and thanks to Netflix blocking access to anyone using a VPN I can’t watch that here. (Was fine for the first 2 weeks.) I’ve been watching lots of rubbish TV especially on the channel TLC. Say Yes To The Dress and Love Lust or Run are my faves!
Two more days and the girls are on school holidays for Chinese New Year, and hopefully sometime in the next week we’ll be moving into our permanent place. That will give me a new neighbourhood to explore and I’ll feel a little more settled.
What’s keeping you sane this week?