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24 April 2014 @ 09:53 pm
How did I miss that?  
I've been patiently counting down the days for ages, but when it came to the occasion I promptly forgot! Better late than never - yesterday was the tenth anniversary of my move to Brisbane. How can it have been that long ago? I still clearly remember the drive up, in convoy with a friend who had some of my cats in her car, and the panic when my solicitor rang to say that the funds for settlement weren't in my bank account - and then I lost phone service for the next hour or so, until reaching Beaudesert, and it was approaching five pm on a Friday evening, just before the Anzac Day long weekend, and if the settlement didn't go through where on earth was I supposed to sleep with 13 bloody cats (was still breeding at the time; that number included a litter destined shortly for their new homes) as no motel would take me with that many animals, and what about the removalist van waiting at the house? As it turned out, the funds WERE there, solicitor had checked account prior to the sale of my old house going through, and the vendor of my new home had handed the keys over to my son anyway and he'd let the removalist in, so I didn't have to try and find accommodation over a long weekend.
As if moving interstate wasn't stressful enough, going through the whole experience of a possibly-delayed settlement had me feeling sick, not knowing what was going to happen, and being out of phone range certainly didn't help.

Looking back, I'm still amazed at the whole adventure. I sold my house, bought a new one, took long service leave from my job and trusted in fate that I'd be able to get a transfer. As it turned out, I had a new position within a few weeks of moving but it could have ended very differently. I don't know that I could take such a gamble now, even though the universe has always been very kind to me.
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on April 24th, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC)

Congratulations on your anniversary. I say congratulations because it seems to have worked out well for you. \o/

I do think it's important to take a gamble now and again. There are so many things I look back on where I can't quite process how I thought "why not?" when I should have been thinking "I should make a list." Ah, the perspective of age.

Still, I think the reason why my mother is so active and vibrant at her age is because she has never stopped saying "why not?"
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on April 25th, 2014 06:53 am (UTC)
Sometimes I think you just have to trust the universe to look after you and jump in with both feet.
mrua7mrua7 on April 24th, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
It's amazing that living in a place can feel so short a time, when it isn't. That mean's you're really comfortable in your home. Moving is listed as one of the most stressful events in a person's life so in a way it's not surprising that your subconscious drove it deep enough to make you forget it.

I'm going to be in my apartment 10 years soon...the longest I've lived in any one place as an adult...wow. It seems like I moved here yesterday. Sadly, I will probably have to be moving when this lease is up, as I need to find a place that is less expensive. sigh... If I get my disability, I could manage, but it'll be tight. Decisions decisions...

So happy anniversary to you! Great that you own a house.
miwahni: MFU Keep Calm Open Channel Dmiwahni on April 25th, 2014 06:56 am (UTC)
It was stressful, but not as stressful as 2001 in which I split up with my husband, lost my mum to cancer, gave up smoking and changed positions at work, all within the space of a few months.
On the upside, I lost a lot of weight that year *g*.

I don't *quite* own the house yet, the bank still has a stake in it, but that should be done and dusted by June 2016 (not that I'm counting or anything!)
mrua7mrua7 on April 25th, 2014 07:59 am (UTC)
Yes that was definitely a bad year. Come to think of it when I split up from my husband...won't go into the dirt that he did, I lost my job at the same time and my house went into foreclosure. So I can empathize a bit with you. My awful year was back in the late 80's. Though losing your mum made it the worst of all for you I'm sure.

Hopefully I will get news for my disability and life will be become better for me. So tired of bad news and stress related to it....sigh

Hey wonderful news your house will be yours sooner than later. At least you're putting your money into something that will be 'yours' and not wasting it in essence going to a landlords pocket. No equity there enh?
miwahnimiwahni on April 26th, 2014 09:39 am (UTC)
Oh how awful, losing your job and your house as well as the breakup... you must be a very strong person to get through that.
mrua7mrua7 on April 26th, 2014 10:05 am (UTC)
did a lot of crying, and lost a lot of weight. Like always, I seem to be on my own and going through all that I had no real support. My family was somewhat emotionaly stunted...old fashioned Irish Catholic from New York...didn't talk about personal things, no hugging or touchy feely. I didn't have a lot of friends as my life revolved around my work and the husband (his family on the other hand were emotional nut-cases...so a lot of volatility there).

Anyway, when things were at their worst and I thought I was going to lose my mind...
( other things started going wrong in my life)...well I literally sat down in the middle of my front lawn, crying and then started to laugh at the absurdity of it all.

Laughter helped me get though it...then I discovered adult education classes at my local college and started learning to speak Irish, play the tin whistle and other instruments. Now I teach those classes myself at the college. So that was how I survived it all. Laughter, language and music. Amazing the unecpected gifts God sends us....

Edited at 2014-04-26 10:07 am (UTC)
miwahnimiwahni on April 28th, 2014 11:02 am (UTC)
That's amazing all right, how you discovered your talent and now you share it with others. Even out of the blackest hour there's something good to be found.
mrua7mrua7 on April 28th, 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
Amen to that!
sunray45: B&D Involv Headssunray45 on April 25th, 2014 02:30 am (UTC)
Wow! Ten Years! Do you feel like a Queenslander yet? *g*

You certainly made the right decision to move up here and at the right rime for you. *HUGS*
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on April 25th, 2014 06:58 am (UTC)
Actually I DO feel like a Queenslander! I was coming up here to attend cat shows for years before the move, and had always said that if I was ever going to move anywhere it would be to Queensland. I have to go back to Sydney on Sunday for my nephew's 30th birthday and I'm really not fussed on going; hopefully he'll move up here and it will be the last time I ever have to cross the border again.
moonlightmead on April 25th, 2014 09:27 am (UTC)
Wow, you were brave! I'm really impressed. And it must have seemed like the worst decision ever at some stages of that trip, too. But yes, it sounds like it was absolutely the right thing.

Celebrations and congratulations on a leap of faith that worked!
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on April 26th, 2014 09:41 am (UTC)
Thank you - it definitely was a leap of faith. I took long service leave, on the understanding that if I didn't have a transfer by the time my leave was up I'd have to resign, but it all worked out okay in the end.
jaicen5jaicen5 on April 26th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
and Brisbane is a very liveable city. good choice ;)
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on April 26th, 2014 09:42 am (UTC)
It's the best. I'd like to live right in the heart of the city but seriously don't want a bigger mortgage, it would also be difficult with my cats. Maybe one day....