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The other cost of renting...

Today I want to talk to you about an aspect of renting that I never hear addressed in the media.

This isn't a complaint about the cost of renting or the availability of rentals in areas that offer decent amenities. This is about the cost of having to up and move all the time.

It seems, at the moment, that on any suburban street you drive along in Melbourne, there is some house or other being torn down and replaced with new houses, town houses, or apartment buildings. It's nice the shabby old houses are being replaced by new, modern abodes, however, the stories behind these rebuilds are often not so nice.

Often those stories involve families having to pack up their homes, their kids rooms, their memories, and find somewhere new to live. This often leads to kids having to change kindergarten or school. Kids and their families having to leave their friends and community behind. The parents search for somewhere new to live - usually somewhere more expensive for the same amount of…

The clouds parted...

Jesus! (say that in Mexican)

Forgive me folks, for it has been two weeks since my last blog post.

It isn't that I haven't had any ideas for posts, but rather that I haven't had any time. So, once again, this is liable to be a 'catch up' post - so many of mine are lately.

The first thing I want to talk about though is that, as I was saying to Dave just now, I feel like the clouds have parted. All the anxiety and depression and illness I felt last year is all but gone. While I have not found peace with the whole Erik situation yet (possibly, I never will), most days I don't think about it. If I do think about it, I'm not consumed by anger, or despair. The stress of the PhD is gone and I have no regrets about leaving it behind. This is probably because, a) I have a book launch coming up and, b) I got full time, rewarding, work almost immediately after leaving. I had been told it would be very difficult for me to get work without the prestige of a PhD in my cor…

Weekends Blogs Only?

Bugger, I had a whole post I'd completed but then the battery on my laptop died. This a work laptop - with a Windows platform, gah, I miss my Mac. Not that there is anything wrong with my Mac, it's still here, I could still use it, but it doesn't have JAWS or Zoomtext - both adaptive technologies I've learned to use in the last month (I'm really actually very impressed with myself, especially with JAWS which is a notoriously complex piece of software to manipulate).

Anyway, what I had written was that I've learned that I'm very much physically unfit for full time work. I'm soooo tired after work that I find myself dropping off at 9.30pm. Very unlike me. I'm sure I'll acclimatise soon, but in the meantime, I doubt I'll be blogging much during the week. So sorry, I know how you all hang on my very word...

Also, I just want to say that people who believe people who live on pensions because they're lazy need to get their heads read! This we…