What a week…

Moving is tough. Man, I haven’t been this tired in months (yeah, I remember that month of going to the gym, and swimming, and going to bed late, not too long ago). I keep thinking I can’t wait to be at home so I can rest, but then I can’t help but organise, unpack and do stuff.

For some reason, moving has been more complicated than I had planned for. True, I have a lot of stuff. True, most of my stuff is kitchen related. OK, also true, I have a lot of craft-related stuff…

I think if I had taken the time off after the move, I would probably be done by now, but I’ve been at work, so progress has been slow. On Sunday, I decided to spend the day unpacking the rest of the boxes, organising, tidying and cleaning. I put on some music and hit go, and there I went. My room went from being a complete mess, to a place where you could actually sleep.

At the moment, everything is full of boxes, packed and unpacked, taking up space in a pile, or taking up space flat on the floor. It’s driving me a bit crazy.

I’m not entirely sure how much I’ve told you, but as you know, I used to live in Lewisham, in a flat I wasn’t happy with. Now, I live in Greenwich (the far side), in a flat I love. My walk to the station is much shorter, my flat is bigger, my neighbours are nicer, the neighbourhood looks better, and even the website of the borough is better!

Because this month I’m already broke (or rather, I’ve been broke for the past week already), I’m trying to save some money here and there, in order to survive until payday. This means one of the things I haven’t booked yet is internet at home. The main reason I use internet is to watch series and to FaceTime with my family. The series, I won’t miss. FaceTime with my family I guess will be more difficult, but I want to try to survive a bit longer, see what happens.

Tonight is one of the first evenings I have nothing planned and I can actually go home and enjoy, and even though I want to sleep, or sit on the sofa to read and do nothing else, there’s still so much to do, that I know I won’t. For example, I bought a new bin that would accommodate the extensive recycling options Greenwich has, and that could fit under my sink. I took all measurements and found a great bin that met all my requirements. When I unpacked it and put it in the drawer, all seemed great, but the drawer wouldn’t close. Upon further inspection, I realised that there’s a pipe coming out of the sink right in the middle of the drawer space, and it’s not a small pipe. The bin doesn’t fit because of less than a centimetre! I could have kicked myself. However, in my best McGyver mode, I discovered that if I tilt the bin slightly, it fits perfectly. Now, I could buy a new bin and return the one I have, but I really can’t be bothered. And the bin is cute.

Speaking of bins and rubbish. It seems I need three different bins for recycling, and they have very specific requirements in terms of how to bag the rubbish (in a paper bag, in a clear bag or in a black bag). Who knew?

The living room is still halfway through, because some works need to be carried out next week, so there’s no point in making it all pretty now. I still want to buy some pieces of furniture to finish it the way I want, move the sofa around and a few other bits. It will all have to wait until payday (and most likely, until March payday, which hopefully will come with a bonus!).

All my posts are widely spread and few lately, but I guess it’s with good reason, since I’m spending most of my spare time either away from a laptop, or at work, or unpacking. Since I don’t have internet at home, my downtime is also spent away from a computer, which I’m finding quite relaxing, and freeing.

Yesterday was one of my best Fitbit days. I walked over 20,000 steps, which saw me being in second place in one of the workweek challenges, and first place on the other one. Of course, that didn’t last long, but it was great. Why so many steps?

Well, I first went to Lewisham Hospital for a physio appointment. Ian referred me to rehab (yup, I’m on rehab now), to start doing circuit exercises in their gym, unfortunately there’s a waiting list and I won’t be able to start until April. Anyway, that meant walking from the train station to the hospital, doing some exercises there, and walk back. I came to work and had to run around the office (figuratively) which also helped. Then, it was time to go to my check-out appointment at the old flat, so I walked to the station, and then from Lewisham station to the flat.

As I had Knitting Club last night, I then walked back to the train and to the office, to teach the class. I’m happy to announce we had a couple of new joiners! And even some people joked that I had changed their lives and they were grateful. Even if it was a joke (or was it?), I’m very happy my efforts have made an impact on their lives, if only because they’re watching less TV and knitting more.

After the club, I walked back to the train, and then from New Eltham home. I am so tired. Properly tired. However, now I’m thinking of more ways I can add extra steps to my day. Yesterday was an anomaly, I never walk that much (my usual is 11-12k steps per day, except on weekends), so I won’t be able to remain on the top half of the leaderboard for long (currently third on one, and still first on the other!).

It’s a good thing that I only have a train pass and I can’t use any method of transport I want, because when I think that a bus ride is going to cost me £1.50, even if it’s not much, I decide to walk instead. No, I’m not cheap, by the way.

I still haven’t used the oven at the new flat, but I have used the washing machine (an hour-ish long programme? Amazing!) and the dishwasher (which wasn’t so amazing, mostly because of my lack of knowledge). I know the oven overheats, so it’ll be fun to try to figure out the right settings in order to bake. Maybe my first try should just be making a pizza, and see how it goes.

I can’t wait to be able to invite people over for a coffee or dinner. Little by little, the flat is starting to look great. I’m still a bit worried about the well-being of my plants, they’re not reviving as fast as I expected, but I’m still hopeful. And I can’t wait to show you pictures!