Up a Gum Tree

My apologies for skipping last week’s post!

My natural defense to life’s difficulties is to run and hide.

We were informed by our landlord that we will have to move out of our rental in June because they want to sell the property. This sucks for multiple reasons:

  1. a great increase in housing costs for us
  2. my kids will likely have to attend new schools (let me tell you how thrilled they are by that prospect) and
  3. well, moving sucks. 

These 4 years are the longest that I’ve lived in any one home my entire adult life. Actually, come to think of it, my whole life, being a military brat. Wow, that’s crazy. Anyway, it’s a big change.

And. I. Don’t. Like. It. It makes me grumpy.

What makes me even grumpier than that is that my employer announced that they were changing the shift schedules at work and *snap* like that my schedule was shifted to an hour and half later. Doesn’t sound like much, but it negatively affects my family and my only other option was to work the evening shift.  For the past week I’ve tried to make the best of it and looking on the positive side of things, but I’m having a difficult go at it.

So much so that I realized I had to play hooky today and de-stress. I’m a horrible, horrible person. ::snicker::

I’ve got several blog posts in the works.  My next post I hope to share my thoughts and experiences on how routines affect bipolar disorder and vice versa.

For the sake of my Mind Palace I decided to start logging and sharing what I’m reading, watching, and listening to every week. So you’ll start seeing this at the bottom of my weekly posts:

What I’m reading:

Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (though I’m not an 18-year-old male geek I think this book is awesome so far – please no spoilers about the movie!)

Moby-Dick, Herman Melville (is this novel supposed to be funny? Because I find myself chuckling while reading it)

What I’m watching:

Max Headroom, cyberpunk tv series from the ’80s (inspired by my reading of Ready Player One)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (it’s where I get my political “news”)

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, YouTube channel (very cute animated education on philosophical and scientific topics)

What I’m listening to:

Party in the U.S.A., Miley Cyrus (shameless pop)

Chained to the Rhythm, Katy Perry (“woke” pop)

Born Again, Saint Motel (he he…I love satire)

4 thoughts on “Up a Gum Tree

  1. Moving sucks. In the first twelve years of our marriage we moved seven times, and I hated it every single time. We’ve been in our current house about 18 years. My spouse keeps talking about moving to a bigger house, or just moving to Hilo, and just the idea of packing up and moving again freaks me out. I don’t suppose you are in a position to buy the rental you are in?

    I’ve read Moby-Dick and loved it. And I watched Max Headroom when it first came out, so I suppose that’s been awhile.


    1. Oh my – yes that is a lot of moves! So you can very well relate. I can’t imagine living in a place for 18 years. That sounds wonderful.

      No, unfortunately we are not in a position to buy the house. I had mentioned wanting to buy it when we first moved in, but the foundation really is wonky. The floors are really slanting and sinking and I think it’s going to become a really money trap which is probably why the owners are selling now.

      I’m glad you enjoyed Moby-Dick. For some reason I’d heard that it was a difficult read and so avoided it, but I’m not finding it difficult at all. At least so far. I guess it’s good to be pleasantly surprised.

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      1. I listened to Moby-Dick as an audiobook, and thought it was great. I listen to audio books when I’m commuting, much better than the radio.

        Yes, if the house is a money pit, you don’t want to buy it. We bought our current house when the owners of the rental house we were in before decided to sell it, and we found something better. It was good timing, because prices jumped right after that. Be sure that if you ever do buy a house, that you have a home inspection contingency in your contract, so you can get out of buying it if it turns out to have major problems.


        1. Ubi, that is a great idea! To be honest, I had never considered purchasing a home until now, having been so poor and so transient. However we now make a good living and our credit is decent. I don’t suppose we’ll have any luck buying a home with practically nothing down? We have to be outta here in 2 1/2 months so not a lot of time to save up. The thought of moving into a new place and then there bring that option of being kicked out in a year is just too depressing to contemplate.


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About Quixie

Hi! I go by "Quixie." Quixie is a shortened version of "quixotic," which means: "exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical." It's how I described my evangelical Christian faith when I started blogging 5 years ago. Now I'm an agnostic atheist who is trying to find a balance between idealism and reality. I write primarily about my mental health journey (I have bipolar disorder), and I also discuss my deconversion, mindfulness, exercise, music, reading, and other cultural topics.