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The best kind of distraction

Yep, after promising to spend more time writing stories, I have gotten hopelessly distracted by other life events this week. However, they are very positive life events that I’m really excited about.

What lies ahead?

Photo courtesy of John Feary

This week I was offered a job as an investment writer, which I’m super excited about. I start in three weeks, and I can’t wait to get started! I’ve been hoping for an opportunity to do more technical writing for a while, and I think this is a fantastic opportunity. Hopefully I’m right about that!

Of course, every opportunity comes with its challenges. First and foremost is the fact that Matt and I will most likely need to postpone our honeymoon. This is a bit of a bummer for more than one reason – while a honeymoon is nice, it’s not necessary, but we were planning to go to New Zealand to celebrate with my extended family.

I have a huge family (about 14 aunts and uncles, plus about 25 first cousins, most of whom have partners and children), and I was really looking forward to introducing Matt to everyone, as well as showing him the beauty of New Zealand. Still, we will definitely do make the trip one day, it just won’t be right away.

There is also the fact that, while I am ready to move on to new things, it is hard to leave all the friends I have made at work. I know I will keep in touch with many of them, but it’s always sad to say goodbye.

Finally, I am thanking my lucky stars that I decided to clean out the spare room the other week, because I will be working from home initially and need to set up a home office in there! I wouldn’t mind working from the living room, where my desk is now, but with our rabbit and kitten running around it’s not conducive to high levels of concentration.

Of course, the room is back in disarray as I tried to rearrange it, however I think we may need to sacrifice the guest room function temporarily (which is okay since we have no overnight guests planned) to fit space for Matt’s drums and my desk.

If we decide to keep it as a home office long-term for some reason we’ll need to come up with a way to make it comfortable for guests without sacrificing space when we don’t have guests. Some options are sofa-beds (most seem to be too big for the space still), sofa-chairs (only big enough for one), blow up mattresses or futons (low to the ground, but effective), or a murphy bed (a lot more work than the others, but super cool!).

Having a small house is a challenge at times, but it does make you creative!

Any suggestions for how to handle a small, multifunction space would be VERY welcome! In the meantime, I’m just excited to see what the future brings.

September 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

From junk room to jam room

I had this past week off work, and some very grand plans for what to do with it. Unfortunately, the best laid plans of me go oft awry, and of course that cold that had been hanging over my head for the previous… I don’t know how many weeks, finally struck.

I was under strict orders from Matt (my fiance and a Mac/IOS game blogger) to rest up, so of course I listened like the good little girl I am. Ha! Not. Instead, I decided to spend the time that he was at work clearing out and rearranging the spare room of our small 2×1 house so that he could have space to play the drums.

Being that our house is quite small, and over 40 years old, it is not designed with a lot of storage space and gets cluttered very easily. It had become all too easy to throw things into the spare room and forget about them, however space is at a premium and I wanted to make the most of what we had in there.

After a couple of days work, here is how it all turned out:

The spare room, from the doorway –┬ábefore

From the doorway – after

A lot of the stuff visible from this angle now will be sold, given away or donated in the not-too-distant future, so while there is still clutter there, it won’t be allowed to pile up again.

The room overall – before

The room overall – after

There’s still a lot to do to get that room the way I want it – the bikes are stored in there for now, to keep them away from a certain kitten who likes to stick her claws into the tyres, and those styrofoam boxes will probably be used for outdoor storage, since they’re fairly well sealed.

I’d also like to change out my old king single bed for a fold out couch to provide sleeping space for two (or more, depending how friendly people are feeling!) and brighten the room up with new curtains and cushions and maybe even a rug – the one we’ve got there is scrap carpet that Matt uses to stop his drums sliding away, but I’m sure we could roll that up for easy transport when he plays elsewhere and get something nice to use full time.

So this room is still definitely a work in progress, but it is a lot better and a LOT more functional already. I’m no longer afraid to walk in there, which is a very┬ánice change.

Have you made any changes in your houses this week? Or are you planning something fun?

xx Chrissie

PS – the second part of The Whoopsie Daisy is coming, I promise!

August 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment


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