Life this week… err fortnight

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Permalink

I’m sure you all noticed I was AWOL last week. And yes, that question was rhetorical as I’m also sure your world was bleak and unappealing without my words of wisdom; barely worth the effort of extricating oneself from one’s bed without me to brighten your day with my random blitherings.

In all honesty I was having a shocker of a week at work. It was pretty much the culmination of the big project I’ve been working on for the past year, plus some other bits and pieces.

On a positive note, that project – well my work on it – is basically done. On a negative note, I’ll soon be unemployed.

Obviously however there’s a silver lining because before the looming unemployment is…. MY ITALIAN HOLIDAY!

The holiday

I must confess I’m actually almost as excited about the break from work as I am about the trip to Italy. For almost all of my last decade pre-seachange, I didn’t travel during holidays. I just took a break from work and stayed at home, or visited my parents. Time away from work was enough for me.

Of course this time around I’m off to Italy and I’m finally getting organised. Which is a good thing as I leave in just a few days.

Sure, I’ve not yet packed but I’ve made a list of what I’ll take. I’m also yet to do any pre-writing retreat prep – put things on USBs or print stuff out… but I’ve got at least 2 nights left. #eek

Books and stuff

Of course the horrible week at work, plus a visit from the prodigal son (aka my big brother) meant I did no reading last week. Like none. So it means I’m at least 3 books and 2 reviews behind in my pre-holiday reading and reviewing.

Interestingly I’m more stressed about that than I am about the packing thing. (Which my friends think is weird!)

I did read the new Liane Moriarty (Nine Perfect Strangers) on the weekend which is due to be released while I’m away, but yet to read the epic Kate Morton. I’m running out of time but loath to have to take it with me (unless I can get an electronic copy) cos it’s friggin’ huge and I don’t have the luggage space. Also I’ve heard such good things about it I’m sure I won’t want to leave it in the northern hemisphere.

Walls

You’ll obviously recall (given you’ve committed all of my posts and incredibly eloquent prose to memory) that I’d pondered on doing something with my walls. Since much of my project management day job has centred around capital works, building, furniture etc, I’ve collected ideas for stuff at home. If money permitted I’d get the exterior of my far-too-white house painted, but as that’s not the case I’ve been fantasising for a while about getting a dark and atmospheric wall (or two) painted INSIDE.

I recently guilt-tripped my brother enough (ie. ‘poor me, no man to look after me and do the heavy lifting’ type thing) that he came and painted walls during last week’s visit to my mother. I felt bad when I discovered it was more than an hour or two’s work (apparently he cleaned the bloody wall and taped around things…. *sigh*) but I’m very happy with the result. I’d gone with the Dulux colour Enterprise though been worried it was too dark. In retrospect I could have gone darker, but love this. I’m yet to rearrange the art on those walls but with limited headspace (white space for thinking and creativity) at the moment I’ll have to do that on my return.

Life this week

Post holiday planning

I actually had a job interview last Saturday for a part-time job. I’m not sure how it went as they seemed to be worried about me being satisfied with the rate of pay and the type of work, but I’m looking forward to a change of pace. Of course there is something in my current organisation I’m also thinking of applying for…. but who knows?!

And that’s it. I had other ideas for posts over the last week or two. One was particularly interesting and about the ‘branding’ of my blog (and myself to an extent) but… fuck it, I couldn’t get my arse into gear to write it, so this is what you get.

Are you insanely jealous of my holiday and / or my trip?
Any packing suggestions or last minute things I ‘might’ (ahem) have forgotten?

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24 Comments
  • Rebecca Bowyer
    September 6, 2018

    That wall looks gorgeous! Have a fabulous trip. Kindle all the way for travel I reckon. And good luck with the job hunting.

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      Thanks Rebecca! I have my kindle with me and one book. I’ve got a few books on the kindle but would actually like to have a bit of a reading break I think! x

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    September 6, 2018

    Lovely walls!
    I did miss you last week, Not that I noticed until this week … coz it wasn’t until this morning at dawn that I went looking for your last week’s post(s). But that is how I roll at the moment. Always on catch up!
    Can’t wait for Italy photos and Italy posts.
    Can’t believe it’s been a year since you took that contract!!!!! Really? Oh how the time flies.
    And yes, I do commit your posts to memory – Confession: Facebook helps to jog it from time to time, Which is how I knew about your walls 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      I can’t believe it’s a year either. I’ve certainly made the most of the extra money over the past year so I have absolutely no regrets about throwing in the permanent part-time job to take it!

  • Jo
    September 6, 2018

    Insanely jealous! The wall looks fab & my tip would be to take the kindle. As for packing? Day before I say…

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      As you now know… my packing did indeed wait for the day before. In fact my mother arrived at my place after 9pm on the night before my 6.45am flight (to Brisbane) and I had my bag open and needed her help to cull stuff!

  • Jodie
    September 6, 2018

    I do love the color of the wall, Deb!! I think paint is the easiest way to add some fun to a room. Now in my humble opinion….that art? Could you hang them close together so they look intentional? And then you need another one as the 3rd. And it should be totally different…you have a traditional piece, an artsy piece, and now you need something maybe black & white?? Or something of a different style. Then it’s like you on the wall….different arms of your personality!!!
    As for packing, I can relate. We leave on an Alaskan cruise tomorrow, and I finally got everything together. Of course I’m that anal person who has to try everything on before I go. Only because I’ve had fiasco’s when I didn’t!!!
    HAVE A BLAST (and yes, I’m yelling)….you deserve it!!
    OXOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      Ah yes Jodie, I completely agree my walls need some work. I’ll focus on that when I get home and thank you so much for your kind words re my holiday. I’m responding to this from the airport waiting for my flight(s) to Rome…. xx

  • Jan Wild
    September 6, 2018

    I’m always jealous of others’ travel plans and Italy is fabulous. So are those blue walls – love it, great choice.

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      I love my blue walls too. Rarely am I jealous of others’ travel though, other than envying that ability to frivolously take off somewhere! (And now that’s me!)

  • writeofthemiddle
    September 6, 2018

    Yes, I’m insanely jealous of your Italy trip … but very excited for you too. You deserve it! I love your dark wall too. Your brother did an excellent job. The bright colourful artwork really pops on the wall. Don’t worry about the books you haven’t read. They can wait. Have a fantastic time on your trip. Make sure you post photos all over Facebook to ensure we are adequately insanely jealous and envious! #TeamLovinLife

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      Thanks Min…. I’m at the airport now, awaiting my flight. It’s weird that it’s the one place I’ve always wanted to visit. And probably the only place…. and here I am.

  • Vanessa
    September 6, 2018

    I’ve had those interviews about part time and lower pay too …it’s very hard to tell how they go. But forget that – HOLIDAY! YAY.

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      Oh yes… I’ve recently put in for three casual / part-time jobs and can’t help but think they might be the way to go! IF they came off!

  • leannelc
    September 6, 2018

    You always give me a laugh Deb (except when you’re naval gazing – then I just feel sympthetic!) Loved that you imagine us all waiting eagerly for your next post hot off the press (I think we all wonder if anyone actually notices if we miss writing a post – I doubt it in my case and too scared to find out!) Glad you’re starting to make trip plans and future work plans – and love the new paint job.

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      I used to notice the absence of regular bloggers when I participated in certain linkups religiously and I remember someone being very grateful when I checked on them after an absence. Of course I’m so ‘hit and miss’ now that’s not the case!

  • Denyse Whelan
    September 6, 2018

    You do have quite the tick a box list here…not all done but on their way. I so hope this longed-for trip is all that you hope and more. The wall is a great look. Happy travels. Denyse x

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      I’m actually trying to expect the worst when it comes to my holiday Denyse, because I’m so cynical I’m trying to plan for it NOT to meet expectations so I won’t be disappointed!

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    September 7, 2018

    Love the new wall colour, Deb! Enjoy your trip and best of luck with the interviews.

    SSG xxx

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      Thank you so much. Very much appreciated. xx

  • Sue
    September 7, 2018

    Paint’s a funny thing, it can look frighteningly dark on the swatch but then much more tame when it’s all over the wall. We’ve gone in completely the opposite direction, with all white walls for our place – anything to lighten and brighten an old house, I say.
    Looking forward to reading about Italy. Relax and enjoy xx

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2018

      My place has white walls everywhere and it is white on the outside. One entire side is windows and glass doors overlooking the ocean so it’s VERY white. Too white I think. Too sterile. I’d like to paint the outside as well, if my budget ever permitted!

  • Natalie
    September 8, 2018

    The walls look great. Safe travels, Deb, and enjoy Italy!

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