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In seven days I will have changed my address big-time. From one side of the planet to the other. This time next week I will probably be sprawled on my sister's couch with a mug of tea, smothered in cats, and the pair of us will be talking our heads off for at least another hour. Well, that's how it happened last year and given my flight lands at the same time as it did last year... :)

The last few weeks... heck, the last few months... this whole year... have been crazy, emotional, uplifting and have gone so fast.

It all started with the health issue. That is now nicely settled down even though my scar is still very red, but at least it is all healed and I am still being careful with how much stuff I lug around.

Then Mr DM landed his work problem on me and that straw was what broke this camel's back. I am still amazed that he has taken this whole separation so well, amicably and relatively calmly. Of course, I have no idea what he says about me behind my back, and I'm not going to stress over that! I'm also pleased to know that the cat is settling in well at her new home, and first encounter with one of her canine siblings went well - no hissing or language. Mr DM is taking her introduction to the whole house very slowly, and was quite surprised when I told him I'd had her micro-chipped so if anything did go wrong, she would be returned to her owner and not become lost in a totally strange place.

I've really only let the tears flow this week... when the dog-man came to collect the cat on Monday she got rather soggy... when Mr DM drove away that night I nearly flooded the living room because I will never see him or hug him again... and as the house emptied quite a few tears were shed.

This afternoon I will be back there to oversee the plasterer fixing up the mess the painter left - honestly, I cannot believe what he did. The living room ceiling is stippled, so you would think he would repaint the repairs with a roller that leaves the paint stippled - right? Nah, not this bloke. He simply repainted the whole ceiling leaving the repairs standing out like dogs whatsits! If I didn't check up on this and just paid the plasterer, the final inspection on Wednesday would result in the contract being ripped up and I'd be back where I started.

The motel I'm staying in is lovely and comfortable - small room but big bathroom and they are providing little extras for me given I'm here for 12 days all up.

My car gets picked up on Thursday - bit of walking will ensue after that but that's no problem.

I spoiled myself yesterday when I noticed Target had the same style of jeans I adore... tried on a size smaller because my current jeans were getting loose, but I'm not quite there yet, and luckily they did have a pair of the right size, so those and 2 new bras came back with me yesterday. Weight loss is progressing... I think... won't know until my shipment arrives and I can unpack my scales.

It is slowly sinking into my brain that I can do whatever I want now... go learn taiko drumming (I've already looked up where the nearest place is for that!), get back into drama, whatever I darned well please!

Welcome to my new life!


murasaki_1966 wrote:
Sep. 8th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Welcome to the rest of your life, and may jt be fantastic
tropic_dm wrote:
Sep. 10th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! With all that history to explore (I have been told by one friend I will be her tour guide when she gets there next year) and country and family... it'd better be bloody good or I'll be a cranky camper!
dawtheminstrel wrote:
Sep. 8th, 2014 11:12 am (UTC)
Wow. Big changes. May all the good fortune in the world follow you on your new path.
tropic_dm wrote:
Sep. 10th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I may well be able to make more visits to the US as I will be so much closer.
eneit wrote:
Sep. 8th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
and wherever you go and whatever you choose to do, you carry our love with you :)
tropic_dm wrote:
Sep. 10th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
Knowing I have a bunch of friends out there who support me is what has kept me going the last few years - just a pity we couldn't be located closer but them's the breaks.

A couple of times lately someone has asked me why I couldn't move in with friends until I leave the country - I've giggled and explained that while I do have a wide circle of friends, they range from up in Cairns to the NSW/Victoria border with the odd one or two in WA and SA and Melbourne!
little_foxy wrote:
Sep. 10th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
You already sound happier, but don't forget to let yourself grieve over things. It can take time and surprise you at when it can hit.
tropic_dm wrote:
Sep. 10th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
I know, just a simple thing sets me off at the moment, including typing this reply.

I have already forewarned my family to expect me to turn fragile 3 weeks after I arrive, because that's the time when I would normally be returning to Oz to work... and I won't be!

murasaki_1966 wrote:
Sep. 10th, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
When it hits, let if flow. IT might be embarrassing when it happens, but it is best to let it out.



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