Project 365 2014 – Day 32 – You

Day 1 - February Photo A Day - You

Day 1 – February Photo A Day – You

I’m all about the food. I love food and I was so excited to go out to Japanese dinner with the cousins while my brother was visiting from Canberra. Even though I can’t eat this sushi roll at the moment (I miss raw salmon so much) I think it’s a bit like me, lots of layers, plenty of surprises in the middle, compact, a bit squishy, a little sweet, a little salty, and a little spicy.

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Project 365 2014 – Day 30 – Best Invention Ever

Day 30 - January Photo A Day - Best Invention Ever

Day 30 – January Photo A Day – Best Invention Ever

It’s been so hot lately, an unreasonably hot summer, and being pregnant during summer sucks. So the best invention at the moment for me is the air conditioner. We have it running almost constantly. I hate to think what our electricity bill is going to be like but at the same time, I’d rather be comfortable.

Project 365 2013 – Day 236

Shiny

Shiny

So we decided that we needed two cars now because after getting the most awesome bus/train combo for a week or so, I was about to crack it. The buses come every 30-40 minutes, they’re never on time, or more infuriatingly they’re early and the drivers can see me crossing the road and drive off anyway. The train is not too bad, but also don’t come very frequently and the times never match up with the bus times, leaving me waiting in the cold for what feels like forever!

We went car shopping, tested out a few and decided on this one in the most boring colour ever because we’re just so adventurous like that (although the husband likes to call it a smart looking colour). I really like it and I’m glad we had some money left over from the house buying to get it.

Project 365 2013 – Day 208

Cleaning

Cleaning Supplies

I wish I had taken some photos of how disgusting our new house was before we got to cleaning it up but I was just too angry and frustrated that the previous owners would be so very selfish, inconsiderate and lacking in any basic decency. I suppose we’re used to renting so when we move into places they’re relatively clean. What I just don’t understand is how any human being can live the way the previous owners have.

Here’s a list of things that have made me really angry and have taken some of the excitement out of our new home:

  • The kitchen was absolutely filthy.
  • Where the bin was looked like it had never been cleaned. It actually made me dry wretch a little bit
  • The oven was a complete mess. It was so caked with dirt that you couldn’t see through the glass door. It was completely black and opaque, not to mention the seal was broken (but we already knew that).
  • They left a microwave filled with god knows what stains in it (worse than any communal microwave I’ve ever seen before and I’ve stayed in student accommodation before!)
  • The stovetop had so much black baked onto the rings that it was really hard to get going
  • They had been using the range hood without a filter on it so there was oil absolutely everywhere, dripping off the range hood itself and caking all the cupboards in a disgusting oily film. Luckily my mother in law is a cleaning genius and with the help of some Jif easy life kitchen cleaner she managed to get the kitchen cupboards back to a workable condition.
  • The dishwasher was disgusting and smelt terrible because the drain was blocked with food (how can something that is meant to clean things be so dirty?)
  • There is black mould all over the window frames in every single room
  • The carpets are stained with so much stuff and what looks like (and I hope is) chocolate
  • There is permanent marker on one of the walls (which a Chux magic eraser and a lot of time were eventually able to get out)
  • There is permanent marker behind one of the blinds
  • There are random stickers absolutely everywhere, walls, carpet, light switches, windows
  • Dirty hand prints on the walls and ceilings (what did these guys have demon children? Or just simply no discipline at all!)
  • Holes absolutely all over the walls. They clearly didn’t know how to hang pictures or put hooks in properly. Where they’ve previously mounted their TV there are (and I’m not exaggerating) almost 40 holes. Clearly don’t own a stud finder.
  • There are no doorstops and consequently there are some dents in the walls from where they’ve installed hooks on the back of the doors. These guys are real thinkers!
  • There’s a few floating shelves that look like an OHS hazard… They’re not level and half falling off the wall
  • There’s not forethought into the front gate. One door opens forward and the other back and is propped up with and old bit of timber
  • They left a whole lot of junk in the backyard including, but not limited to, a broken car seat, broken suitcases, old paint, a massive box of empty jars, two massive stained bean bags, two broken kids bikes, a rusty wheelbarrow, rabbit food, an ironing board, filing cabinet, fish bones, an old chimney… Don’t even get me started on what they left underneath the house…

I’m sure we’ll find many other things that will infuriate us in the future but I suppose we’ll deal with that when we get to it. We suspect that they originally bought the house to flip it but they DIYed a lot of superficial things (like doing a really sloppy paint job and redoing the bathroom where none of the tiles are level) and haven’t really taken any care with it or done things properly. I have a feeling they’ve just given up on it and decided to just get rid of it.

I was getting really frustrated and discouraged with this place and wondering if we had made a huge mistake, but the husband reminded me that even though we hate it now, we’re going to fix it up over time and really make it our home. It will be a lot of hard work, but there are things to like about this place, like the location, the tonnes of natural light we get, the layout of the place is good, there’s lots of wildlife, we have a big backyard to fill with pets, there’s a nice deck where I can sit and read in the sun, and we finally have a lovely patch of grass, not to mention never having to deal with landlords and real estate agents again.

Thankfully my in laws are very handy people at fixing and cleaning and there’s a hard rubbish collection coming up in about 6 weeks when we can hopefully get rid of a lot of junk. The joys of being a home owner!

Project 365 2013 – Day 207

Settlement

Settlement

We settled on our house today and after a few hiccups earlier in the week with the bank and conveyancer (their stuff ups that we have to frustratingly keep chasing up) it all went through smoothly. We picked up the keys and got a bottle of champagne with a jigsaw puzzle (what the?) of our house from the real estate agent, and visited the new place.

It’s so suburban and look we have grass!

The only thing that really annoyed me was that when we did our final inspection, the previous owners were still in the process of moving and packing. Naively we thought they would be reasonable and decent people, but they left the place in a complete mess. Don’t even get me started on the kitchen. The oven, stovetop, range hood and bin underneath the sink looks like it belongs on an episode of hoarders. And they left the most disgustingly dirty microwave as well. Good thing we packed a lot of cleaning supplies. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but for now I’ll just enjoy the view.

Project 365 2013 – Day 195

Housewarming

Housewarming

Our friends bought a house the same day that we did, but their settlement was shorter than ours. They moved into their new place and we decided to get them some funny housewarming gifts, including some powerball dishwashing tablets. The Christmas wrapping was because I had already packed the nice wrapping paper away. Oops!

Project 365 2013 – Day 194

Organisation

Organisation

I’m usually a pretty organised person, but lately I’ve been really forgetful and overloaded with information. I’ve lived without a diary/day planner for a few years and I’ve tried doing an electronic version, but I think it’s time to switch back to paper. I picked this cute little financial year diary from Kikki.K and hopefully it will do the trick. It was a bit pricey, but considering I’ll be using it every day, I suppose it’s not too bad.