I got home from Japan this week and have a few posts planned for the next week or so but first up, I've made a big life decision.
For a while, my sister and I haven't been happy with where we live. She is studying and I work at home writing so it's important for us to have a relatively quiet environment. Plus Gemma-dog gets stressed very easily with noise and "threats" to her territory - and that stress leads to barking and more noise.
Coupled with that, we don't have a car and have no desire to buy one but we are so far from anywhere that it becomes a huge tasks to get anywhere. There is a bus service but it's infrequent and shockingly bad. A few weeks ago, I had to tell the driver to stop jibber-jabbering to one of the passengers and focus on his job. There is some weird cult of middle-aged housewife bus driver groupies in this area but their jollies are not worth my life and I don't think it's too much to expect the driver to watch the road instead of flirting.
A fifteen minute bus ride to the station (if you are lucky and the buses run on time) plus a 40 minute train ride into the city means we rarely go out. Our house is close to my sister's university but it takes two buses to get there so the trip is nearly an hour. She often ends up getting cabs.
Anyway, since I got home on Wednesday, the neighbours have had diggers working in their driveway about a metre or so from our living room. It's been sheer hell. Between the machinery noise and the dogs (not just ours but all the dogs in the street) barking, we couldn't even have a conversation while sitting inside with the doors open.
It'd be one thing if this was a one-off but there are constantly people renovating in our street with trucks and machinery going.
I spoke to the council and there is NOTHING I can do. People are free to make as much noise as they like during the day on their own property. If you work from home, are a stay at home mum, a shiftworker etc, you have zero rights to a peaceful life.
It bugs me so much that people can have this work done on their property then go off to their jobs during the day without having to suffer themselves. Not even having the courtesy to come over and let us know this work is going on.
I think the craziness of it really hit me after a week of staying in the middle of Shinjuku on a major road in a flat that was blissfully quiet. If I can have that there, why can't I have it here?
Since we can't really afford to move out and front up all the money for removalists, bond etc, we've been talking about moving but not really doing anything for a while.
Then, yesterday, my sister had the brainwave that, since we have to go to Tasmania to visit Mum for her 70th birthday we might as well move in with her for the summer. It costs a fortune to visit Mum since there is only this shitty little airline that goes to her town (or the option of flying to one of the main cities and hiring a car) and they charge a fortune for dogs. But hell, we have to pay that anyway.
She is doing online subjects at the moment and I can write anywhere.
There are lots of pros and cons to this idea. The main advantages are that it'll be quiet most of the time and dirt cheap. The main argument against it is living with Mum! Oh, and her dog that pretty much eats anything - shoes, clothes, anything!
So, we've given notice on our house and have bought our plane tickets. We found this company who deliver storage units to your house, you fill them and they come and pick them up and store your stuff. Seems like a fantastic service because we hate dealing with removalists.
Mum was insistent that we NEED a man to help with moving furniture - seriously we have hired a trolley with the boxes and our stuff just needs to out the back door into the box. Get out of the '50s, Mum. Plus our (female) friend who is a swimming teacher and very strong is helping. Still, we need a man? I ended up lying to her and saying a male friend (who is weak and ineffectual) would help us.
So now we have to pack up the house and get shit organised. I'm sure that this move will be testing but in a few months, we'll have money saved - there is little to spend money on in my mum's town plus rent etc is so cheap it'll work out to $30 a week each.
I'm not even sure I want to move back to Melbourne. With a bit of money and no commitments, the options are limitless.