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TELL ME STUFF! ♥

--When you are sad or depressed, what do you do to cheer yourself up?

Take Sam for a nice long walk. Being out in the fresh air and seeing him have fun sniffing trees and playing with other dogs always cheers me up. I also tend to binge watch any SPN or Jared related: eps, movies, con vids

More Q & A here )
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What a rollercoaster of a day!!!! Went from the depths of utter despair to feeling like I was walking on pure sunshine in only a couple of hours.

warning for depression and suicidal thoughts )
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Been a great week so far. Only 2 more shifts at the petrol station on Thursday arvo/evening and Saturday morning and then I'm outta there for ever!!!!!

Worked Tuesday and Wednesday driving and I am loving it so much. Can't wait til next week when I'll begin couriering full-time. I feel so much calmer and more relaxed not having to deal with A**hole lazy co-workers and rude, arrogant customers that treat me like shit. "Give me smokes, give me coffee" with barely a please or thank you for serving them.

Chanelle, the girl in the courier office who handles most of the job allocations via the PDA units, actually acknowledges my login with a good morning and smiley emoticon unlike dickhead servo boss who would always scurry straight down to his office without even looking at or speaking to any of the staff. Good riddance to the bloody lot of them. The only one I will miss working with is Terese in the cafe. She's always been really nice and friendly and very hard working and she agrees that the rest are a bunch of lazy bastards, so we always got on really well.

Getting the company signage put on my vehicle tomorrow which means I can sleep in. Yay!!! It's hard getting out of bed at 6.30am when it's only 5C but at least I can stay at home til I'm allocated my first job which is usually by 7.30am. Been nice and busy, usually doing either multiple pick/ups & deliveries or getting a new pick up as soon as I've delivered my previous job. So busy in fact that I barely have time to check twitter or FB. Was going to take a book with me (I'm currently reading Book 2 of Game of Thrones) but I doubt I'll have time to even open it between jobs. It's great being able to just listen to the radio and my favourite cds as I drive around. Maybe I should get the audio books of GoT to listen to in the car. Been finishing at around 4pm which means I can take Sam out for an hour-long walk and run in the local dog park before it gets too dark and cold. We both need the exercise and there are some very friendly owners I've been getting to know. Plus Sam is making doggie friends too which is great to see.

Will need to get some work done on the car over next couple of weeks. The poor thing has been rather neglected these last few years and really needs some TLC, so new tyres and CV joints are top of the list when I get paid next week. Also due is the car licence registration and my driver's licence renewal, all of which I can now claim as tax deductions next year.
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Well, the move went relatively smoothly. I was an hour late for work because the movers turned up 2 1/2 hours late. Spent next two days transporting the dozens of boxes full of books, dvds and other smaller household items. Would have cost me an extra hundred dollars (and time I didn't have to spare) to have movers take them which I just couldn't afford. Took me 2 days to clean the old place. Waiting to hear from the real estate agent to finalise the refund of my bond.

Been slowly working on getting the new place unpacked. Tv/entertainment system was first priority and except for an issue with my indoor antenna and reception, that all went well. Unpacked all my dvd's and sorted them into their shelving units and the house started feeling and looking like my home. Kitchen has been sorted, plenty of cupboard and bench space.

Next up is the two bedrooms, one mine -- so all my clothes are still in boxes and suitcases. The other one has my bookcases and desktop computer which is set up. Still waiting for internet to get connected. Hopefully next Monday at the latest. Am missing Games of Thrones and Outlander and of course reading my LJ f*list and what's happening with y'all. And I can't wait to sink my teeth into the awesome [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang that are being posted.

Have my phone to check Facebook, Twitter and email but not a huge data allowance so can't spend too much time online.

Took Sam for our first walk around the neighbourhood this morning and found a massive dog exercise area about 15 mins walk away. It's right next to some bushland which was lovely to stroll through. There are big steep hills on the way home which are going to be great cardio workouts for us. Was breathless after getting home, but am sure the daily walks will improve both mine and Sam's fitness. And the view from the top over the city with the Darling Ranges in the background was breathtaking.

Saw some really beautiful homes, so many wonderful and varied designs and styles, each house totally different to the ones next door. There's quite a few than I want to photograph on future walks as they'll be great inspiration for fics. A couple next to a small park at the end of my street are so gorgeous I want to write fics just so I can include them.
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Called a friend last night to ask if she could come over on Sat to help keep me company while I pack, maybe even help a little herself, she says fine, happy to help. Tell her "Great, and thanks, will pick you up after work Sat morning".

Get a text this morning (Fri) saying she's been in bed with a bad back for last 2 days so wants to rest over the weekend and won't be coming over. 2 days, huh?? Why not mention THAT on the phone last night??? Seems to me she just changed her mind and the back pain is just an excuse not to say, "Nah, don't wanna help."

And that is why I'm so reluctant to ask for help or even support from those near me. Have been let down too many times by her (and others) pulling out at the last minute. Easiest just to do everything myself.

Still feeling like crap, but haven't shed tears since the other night, so I suppose that's progress, right??

It's a beautiful day outside, so I'm going to take Sam for walkies, pick up some things at the supermarket on the way home and then tackle the task of sorting and packing the 4 bookcases in my library.
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After a very, very stressful 5 1/2 days of nearly tearing my hair out, of sending emails and calling the agents office and leaving messages, I just heard back from the property manager to say that the duplex is mine!!!!

Still have to go over details, when I move in, length of lease (hopefully at least 12 months), etc but it's like a huge weight has been lifted off my chest and my mind. Had actually been feeling quite ill this morning with the waiting and not knowing.

I will miss this place though. It's been home for me and Scully and now Sam for the last 10 years. I'll miss being able to walk him from home to the parks along the river. Will still drive Sam to his favourite spots so he can go swimming but it won't be the same as being able to walk there. I have already worked out longer walks we can take on both sides of the river that will still give Sam plenty of off-lead exercise. There are two bridges a few kms apart that we can use to cross the river safely. It should be 3 or 4km circuit.

It was also here that I discovered what would quickly become my all-time favourite fandom, my addiction and my obsession--- SUPERNATURAL. Can't quite believe I'll be in another home barely a week after the season 11 finale.

So now I can concentrate on getting my current place sorted out and packed up. There is a hell of a lot to be done as I really want to declutter and get rid of a lot of the stuff I've either dragged from previous rentals or acquired in the 10 years (10 friggin' years!!!!!) I've been here. Have bookcases full of books that I will need to sort through and decide which ones I can bare to part with. 90% of them I haven't touched since putting them there, so they should really go to other homes where they'll be used and read and appreciated. Plus if I can get some money for them that I really need right now, then that will make it easier let them go.

Back before CDs and DVDs and the internet I was a compulsive and voracious reader. Wasn't unusual for me to spend a couple of hundred dollars in one visit to a bookstore. Eased off over the years since to focus on buying DVD's but I haven't lost my love of sitting down with a new novel by a favourite author and getting lost in the worlds they create.

I know which authors and books I won't be getting rid: Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, Laurell K Hamilton, Harry Potter for starters. All my X-Files, Farscape and SPN books, season companions, novels, reference books, full sets of Quantum Leap and original BSG novels. Autobiographies of a lot of my favourite actors and musicians. I may not read them again but they are so dear to me that I just can't get rid of them.
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A property on the other side of the road and only a couple houses down from mine has had a For Lease sign at the front for quite a few weeks now and the previous tenants moved out ages ago.

So on my way home from walkies with Sam, I decided to call the listed agent, not expecting it to be in my very tight budget but just curious how much it was renting for. Would really love to stay in the area (because of the closeness to the river) but never thought I would be able to afford it. It's the front house on a block with 3 dwellings, with nearly no back yard. Previous tenants had a couple of dogs but they were kept in a closed in and covered front yard, don't think they ever were allowed inside even when we had bad weather.

Anyways, the property has only just been leased in the last couple of days so it's off the list but the real kicker is that it was rented for $350/week, in my budget and what I'd be paying if I get my friend's place. So I literally had a potential rental within a minute's walk and may have gotten it had I made the call right after getting notice to vacate a week ago.

Oh well!!! That's karma, I suppose. At least it gives me hope that if I don't get friends place, I can at least keep looking around here and not be priced out (cross fingers).
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No word yet on the Dianella house my friend is vacating. She and her boyfriend have secured another rental so that's good news at least. Still have fingers crossed and praying.

Took Sam to vet this morning for his heartworm injection & vaccinations. Left over $250 poorer. :-/ But it's for my baby's well being so he's worth every cent. Also found out he has infected ears (probably from all his swimming in the river which he loves so much) and has to be sedated on Monday to have them flushed out before he can start on a course of antibiotics and there goes another few hundred dollars!!!! Wish I could put it off until after the move but it's causing him discomfort and I can't bear to see him like that so it needs to be done ASAP.

I really need to win lotto. That 20K a month for 20 years would do very nicely right now!!!

UPDATE A FEW TENSE HOURS LATER:

Arrrggggggghhhhhh, this is pure torture!!! Every email that comes or text message, I'm wondering is this the ONE??? Have I got the duplex or not??? Was told I'd be notified by close of business today (Friday) so only have about 4 more hours of being a nervous wreck I hope.

Off to take Sam for his walkies (but no swimming alas) to try and take my mind off my house and money woes. Will take my mobile with me so I don't miss the agent's call.

Wish me luck cos I certainly need it right now!!!!
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It's amazing how one bit of completely out of the blue luck can turn your whole day around.

Just received notice in an email this morning to vacate the rental I've called home for the last 10 years as the owners want to 'develop' the property ie: tear it down and cram multiple units/villas on the 1/4 acre block. It's happening all along the street. My block is one of the last with only 1 dwelling on it, so I knew it was going to happen here eventually, especially since they put me on a periodical lease at the beginning of the year.

Have until August 3rd July 6th (agent screwed up :-/ ) to move out, so have just 2 months to find somewhere else but am still pretty stressed and upset. I really like this house and love the area, being so close to the river that Sam loves to visit and swim in every time we go walkies.

Plus, I know it's going to be very tough to find another place I can afford that's pet-friendly as there is no way in hell that I'll go somewhere I can't have Sam.

One silver lining, I guess, is that I can get rid of a lot of stuff I've accumulated over the last 10 years.

AN AMAZING UPDATE!!! STILL NOT SURE I'M NOT DREAMING!!!

Posted this earlier on FB and one of my best friends commented that she is moving end of June/early July and would I like to take over her lease?? The rent is within my pretty tight budget (only $40/week more than what I'm paying) Plus she has a dog, so we know the property and owners are pet friendly. She's in a really nice little place with a small secure yard that I know Sam is going to love. It's in a suburb a few kms further away from work (but that's no hassle) and not near the river that Sam and I love to walk along every day but we can drive there so not a hassle either. And I'm sure I'll find places to walk him and hopefully a dog exercise area pretty close too.

So am crossing fingers and toes and every other body part that I can that this move works out. My friend is moving in with her boyfriend, so am also hoping she doesn't break up with him and want to stay where she is. And even if I didn't need her place, I'm still really happy for her that she's met someone and things are moving forward for them both.

Trying not to get my hopes up as I know the place isn't mine yet. Don't know if she's given notice yet or if the agents have listed it and will want to investigate other tenant applications but this has just come at the perfect time and I really want everything to go smoothly.
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1st time doing anything like this as I don't like having to ask for help but am in such a bad spot at the moment that to not ask seems a little crazy.

Hi, I'm Peta, 47 yo female and I live in Western Australia. Due to a rather serious situation with being underpaid for my recent annual leave, I'm going through a very rough patch at the moment. Am hoping my boss can and will fix things in the next week or so but until then I could certainly do with some help.

Here's a few things that would certainly make life a little bit easier right now:

1/ Gift cards for supermarkets like Coles and Woolies. Also for stores like Target, KMart and BigW. These would be so I can give a few close family members something for Xmas rather than spending them on myself. Any amount, no matter how small would be very much appreciated. Or for fuel stations like BP, Caltex, Shell. As I work for BP I know they do these but am not sure about the other servo companies.

2/ The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. He's my all-time favourite author and I really would love his newest collection of stories. Or even just a gift card for Dymocks or an online Aussie store that I could put towards buying a copy.

3/ Pressies for my boy, Sam. He's a 5 & 1/2yo Black Lab who loves his toys. Rawhide knot bones and dumbbell-type plastic toys are his favourites. Also tennis balls would be loved for when he goes swimming in our local river. They tend to get holes pretty quick and sink to the bottom of the river, so am always having to buy new ones.

4/ Pay it forward. Have seen this on lots of wish lists and I think it's a wonderful concept. So if you are in a position to help the person behind you or even in front of you at the store, cafe, etc then please do.

5/ anything Supernatural related from Funko Pops ( I only have the original Sam & Dean and their mini versions) Would love blood-splatter and/or FBI Winchesters to SPN jewellery/wristbands/earrings. Also the SPN calendar for 2016 would be wonderful.

6/ Xmas cards from where ever you live. Funny or dog-related (or both) are my favourite and if you can find 1 with a black lab I will love you forever. It would be lovely to get a few in the mail & if you give me your addy, I promise to send you 1 in return when things ease up a bit money-wise.

My contact details or for extra info )

Wish List Guidelines )
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Pets vs potted plants: your thoughts.

Another easy one. I have a dog. I have no plotted plants. Think that sums up my thoughts rather perfectly, don't you?

Cut for length and pics of my adorable furbabies )

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