Let’s catch up?

Well it’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I last posted on this corner of cyberspace almost 12 weeks ago. 12 weeks! It feels like forever, and also like no time at all. So in that most trite of phrases, shall we catch up on everything that’s happened to me in those 12 weeks?

Enjoying a gluten free chocolate mousse in Cote Brasserie, Marlow, UK. I love having my own special flag.

I moved house

You may remember I mentioned we’d been evicted by our landlord – sadly no juicy story, they just wanted to move back in. We had a lengthy 90 days to make the decision, but then some unexpected trips got scheduled and all of a sudden I had 3 weekends left to seal the deal.

Apartment renting here in Australia can be a bit stressful, and although the market has gotten a little less competitive just recently, showing up to viewings with a small crowd of other potential renters is still common. I was also trying to save some money and the cheap apartments go quick – no surprises there.

I did see some absolute doozys in my search, though. Check out the missing floor tiles. Not pictured: the mouldy walls, splintered medicine cabinet and broken tiles on the windowsill. And that was just the bathroom.

Yeah that’s a no, thanks.

Luckily, our new place is a bit of a find. It’s in a nice leafy suburb, fairly newly refurbished and to a high quality, plenty of storage, and it’s even got a tiny garden attached to it. Luckily, the bathroom is just a touch nicer than that mustard monstrosity above…

Of course, new suburb means new restaurants to try, new shops to explore, and new public transport routes to figure out. This suburb is only served by buses, unlike our old one which had a holy-grail-in-Sydney train line too. So our options are a bit more restricted, and there’s really only one sporadic bus that goes past our new place. Otherwise it’s a 15 minute walk up a big hill to more buses… We’ll see how long it takes before that gets old. I suspect it may coincide with the onset of hot weather.

I quit my job

If you subscribe to The Ugly, you’ll know more about that. If you don’t, tough luck because I don’t post about work on here. The walls have ears, etc.

Here’s a picture of me enjoying my leaving drinks. Cheeeeeeeers.

I got a new job

Hooray! The cramming, chocolate and diet coke paid off and I found myself being offered 2 jobs I was certain I was wholly unqualified for (sidenote: apparently that’s usual for women, ayyy patriarchy).

As I put it in The Ugly,

“Job A will involve working 12h days (not including commute!), probably minimal travel, and will take ALL my hustle. Job B will be the same, except may also involve travel.”

It was a tough choice, but… I chose the one with travel 😉 Friends, you know me.

Here I am en route to interview 2 of 4. Holy under eye bags – I really must have been as tired as I felt.

Sidenote, finding 4 interview appropriate outfits was a real struggle. I’m just not a jacket person… at all.

I’ve been there 8 days now and it’s equal parts terrifying and amazing. I’ve had to sign all kinds of iron clad NDAs, and do extensive eLearnings on the use of social media and what I am and am not allowed to do as an employee of the company. It’s quite scary and I’m still trying to figure out the ramifications for this space. More on that later.

I went back to the UK

Unfortunately my amazing Granny passed away just after her 96th birthday, at the end of August. Obviously it was a sad time for the family, but as my aunt pointed out, she had a long and fascinating life and lived it well. I was glad to be able to travel back for the funeral to celebrate such an amazing life – a luxury not granted to every expat. It was my first trip back to the UK since moving to Australia, so it was quite a weighty trip for many reasons.

Bucolic I tell you. This was the day I arrived – then the weather totally nosedived.

However, I tried my best to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse by taking the chance to catch up with as many lovely friends and family as I could while I was back. It made my little heart so happy to see them all.

Oh and I also travelled back via LA/Palm Springs. What? More on that to come.

In other news…

aka the quick fire round, because we’ve all been here a while now.

  • I got a new haircut! The hairdresser also managed to drip bleach on my favourite jumper and my last good pair of jeans, which was most annoying

Can one re-dye jeans without it running all over everything else you own forever…?

  • I got readdicted to The Block! (and then had no time to watch it)
  • My husband got a new job! (This is obv a major update but I don’t tend to share his business on here, so it’s relegated to the quick fire round)
  • We went to Perth and Albany, Western Australia! It was fabulous. We went to a wedding, caught up with internet friends, saw some wild dolphins, and walked in treetops. I love Australia.

Have you ever seen a sea so blue??

  • I got back to the UK just as the amazing summer weather broke, and after one day of sunshine it rained the whole time I was there. When I got back to Australia, the rains set in after the epic drought we’ve had all year. Anyone need some rain? Just send me over.
  • I rediscovered the wonder that is Savage Garden. I blame LA.
  • I’ve been away so long WordPress has a new editor. Fellow WPers, how are you finding it? Personally I think it’s quite snazzy but am fully prepared to stuff things up for a while to come.

A Nesting Nomad’s future

Speaking of the blog, we may as well address the elephant in the room. Well, as soon as I accepted the offer at my current place of employment the writing was on the wall. I thought I’d have ages to get some posts out before I started my new job, and then moving house took a while longer than I anticipated… then I had to go back to the UK… then we went to WA… then suddenly I was starting my new job and that has been a TRIP let me tell you.

So anyway, the upshot is I’ve never been the best at churning out content here at A Nesting Nomad, and things have really gone off the rails recently. I’m going to try and claw things back if I can, but ultimately my new job is my absolute priority (and then, y’know, my marriage, and whatnot). However, I love my little blog and the friendships I’ve made through it, so I do want to continue if I can.

With that in mind, I asked my Ugly readers what they’d like to see from the blog if I could only publish once a month on average. The results are in, and I’m pleased to say we have a unanimous winner:

Do a monthly general update, personal stuff as well as general expat stuff. Just whatever you’ve been up to. Use The Ugly for anything you don’t want to put on the internet, regardless of subject.

So that’s about what I’ll be doing. It also means I’ll be using The Ugly a lot more, especially given confidentiality shenanigans at my new workplace. So if you don’t want to miss a beat, here’s one more chance to sign up.

I have some small bits and pieces to come about Palm Springs, Western Australia, and my thoughts on my first return trip to the UK since moving to Australia. What would you rather read first?

So tell me everything I’ve missed while I’ve been away. What’s new with you? Fellow blogger friends, I’ll be trying to catch up on your posts… Expect some creeping.

-Rachel

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