I had no idea just how much work our garden would take. My plan was to just repaint the shed and tidy it up a bit – then we realised the shed was completely rotten and held together by duct tape. Disaster.
Since the weather turned a little bit better, we’ve been out doing as much as we can to make it semi-decent. Starting with scarifying the grass, cutting back trees and bushes and de-weeding the soil areas. My goodness, what a mammoth task. Since I dug out all the dead/rotten/rubbish plants, all the soil is looking a little bare. Once we figure out exactly what we’re going to do we will add the plants – no point yet just to maybe dig them out again at a later date. It might look a bit bare but it looks a hell of a lot tidier than it did before!
Here are some things I’ve learned since getting the keys to my first house.
- We need to get up at a reasonable time to open the blinds so people don’t know it’s not being lived in yet
- We need to get up at a reasonable time because my dad and Allan who have been helping us start AT THE CRACK OF DAWN
- Stripping wallpaper is a sweaty horrible mess when steam is involved
- Wood chip wallpaper is the WORST and I will never be decorating any house I own with it ever
- I know how to fill the holes in the walls and prepare them for painting with the use of pollyfilla and gyproc
- Sanding is a messy, messy business. No matter how much you try and contain it, the stuff in the kitchen cupboard downstairs will still be covered in dust.
- One bad game of League or Halo is enough to absolutely enrage Scott when he’s tired or stressed from working in the house.
- You can stop squeaky floorboards by screwing every single one of them down to the rafters. I used about 500 screws in the master bedroom alone. But my goodness, what a difference it made.
- Carpet is expensive
- Christmas time isn’t an ideal time to move house/buy everything you need/only work part time.
- Our elderly neighbours are the nicest people. We popped over to give them a Christmas present and stayed chatting for an hour and a half.
- It’s all really hard work but once it’s all finished it’s definitely worth it.
25 seems like a good year so far. Things have been going quite well since my birthday in September. Not in every single aspect of my life, but overall things are pretty great.
As I briefly mentioned before, I quit my job. It was the most soul destroying environment I had ever been in and I am so much happier now that I’m out of there. The long hours and the complete lack of life outside of work took its toll and I was exhausted all the time. I handed my notice in before my birthday, expecting to work until late September but it lead to a month gardening leave which meant I was now off for my birthday and could do whatever I wanted. Perfect.
I passed my driving test. First time. With the worst weather imaginable. I still don’t feel that sense of freedom everyone keeps talking about but that’s because I don’t have a car and I’m not insured on anyone else’s yet. Still stuck with public transport for the time being.
I started working back in Greggs. I was thrown in on my first day and it really does feel like I hadn’t left, but in a good way. I got back into the swing of things very quickly and it’s been such a laugh every day. I missed those ladies. It’s only temporary since I start my QA job in January but it’s something to do and it’s some extra money which really helps.
And lastly, the most exciting news of it all; Scott and I bought a house! An actual two bedroom house with a front and rear garden! What an exciting adventure. We’ve been making lists and starting to buy the things we need like a vacuum cleaner, kettle and toaster. We should be getting the keys at the start of December. I actually cannot wait.
So, here’s hoping things stay pretty good and that the other things which haven’t been great start to improve! 😀
Here is a list of things that have happened since abruptly leaving my job on Tuesday:
- I had a long lie. On a weekday. And done nothing all day.
- I went to Dundee to visit my sister and bought things to make her new flat feel homely.
- We found a potential new house. Scott and our families went to view it. He called solicitors and we sorted out an agreement in principle.
- I went to Let’s Eat Glasgow and ate some amazing food.
- I had an orange hot chocolate and felt instantly Christmasy.
- I posted my zone card for a refund on the remaining three weeks that I no longer require for my notice period.
- I posted more letters this week than I have in the past few years.
- I tried weetabix and I can’t believe I refused it as a child.
- I tried some beer. Still disgusting.
- I stopped hoarding empty perfume bottles. I really need to get more to replace the finished ones.
- Bullet journalling.
- Played games in a pub for the first time. Who knew staking mini plastic chairs was so fun.