Thursday, March 5, 2009

Where do I begin?......

I've been mulling over in my head all day, the things that I would blog about when I finally get the time to sit down. There are plenty of things to choose from - Nev's new job, moving to Hervey Bay, home schooling, joining a gym etc etc. And do you know - here I am in front of the computer, the house is peaceful - Ellie and Harri are fast asleep and Nev has gone out with the boys - and I have no idea where to start. (My posts are always fantastically exciting, well written exploits in my head, but when it comes to actually putting them out there, I realise what a quiet, mundane existence I actually lead).
Having said that, I realise that I am actually truly happy for the first time in a long time. I feel a lot less anxious and stressed, and more at peace with myself. There are probably many reasons for this, but I would have to put most of it down to the fact that my life has finally been simplified. I am not running here, there and everywhere doing all sorts of things for everyone else (that sounds so selfish!) and am basically staying home, leading a very slow existence.
Nev is happy in his new job, and I am happy that he is happy. He doesn't have to drive more than 3.5 minutes to work (he leaves at 8am), he comes home for lunch and is home by 6pm. (This is a far cry from him leaving at 7am to catch a bus for the 30 minute trip to work, and then not seeing him at all until 5.30ish.) He has many new responsibilities and so at times he is under a bit of stress (when the buck stops with you I guess there would be) but I think the last 3 and 1/2 years of painful work has put him in good stead for whatever he faces now.
Hervey Bay is not Maryborough! I know this is not a huge news flash to most people but I hadn't really realised the huge differences, until we moved back. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot to be said for living this close to the beach (woohooo!) but I do miss the small, country, heritage, easy to get around, plenty of places to park, etc feel of Maryborough. Hervey Bay is so spread out and kind of modern and I don't really like it - but the beach is so nice and the house we are in is lovely (I have a verandah - after years of wanting one - and we eat every meal out there) and that makes up for all the other issues.
Home schooling is going really well. I know I had my doubts about the whole thing, but I actually enjoy it. Surprise, surprise. We are still feeling our way a little bit, but have managed to sort out our own way of doing most things which gives us the end results we need. So far. I think.
Yep, I joined a gym. I have been watching my beautiful friend Karen's weight loss journey and thinking about, and putting off, and denying my own weight issues. But Karen challenged me once again and now I am an official card carrying member of Curves.
So, anyway - there's the general run down on what we have been doing for the last couple of months. Sorry it's been a bit of a boring ramble, but what else can you do when there is just so much to catch up on. Anyway, tomorrow I'm going to blog about the turtle - that's a much more interesting story........

3 comments:

Saminda said...

Hey you, so good to catch up on your posts! Hooray for having the internet... how do we cope without it now? there's no going back!!
So so so happy you are happy. :) I mean, really really happy. It's an answer to prayer and wonderful! I miss you so much though. That weekend away can't come soon enough...
Glad homeschooling is going well. There are many days I wish my girl was home. Selfish though as she's very very happy at school. Maybe one day. Looking forward to your turtle post ;)

Copland said...

Helen,

We're glad things are going so well for you guys in the 'big smoke' and that Nev's job is so close and convenient.

Hey, if you need something to blog about, how about that hippy-vibe, tree hugging, non-doctrine having church of yours?

*aorke - the sound a person makes when they swallow water down the wrong way, then cough a bit up into their nose, while trying not to choke. As in... 'gulp, gulp...aorke' pause 'sigh'.

Theresa said...

So glad to hear you finally feel settled. It is so amazing how connected we have become to the internet and how lost we are without it. Would love to see photos of you and the children homeschooling and the projects they do.