30 days, and over so soon. So many things happened, and I barely seem to have had time to breathe. Most importantly, of course, there was my birthday, the 18th. Since then I haven't stopped, even today when I planned to be home, I got called off reserve. Okay, I still know I shouldn't make plans on reserve! I didn't make actual plans, just 'do nothing' plans.
Yesterday I got back from Canberra after three days there - and my last two birthday presents arrived from Ireland! One parcel from my mother, and another from my sister. Both awesome. So, whoever claims that birthdays only happen once a year is wrong.
I also got a chance to build the final part of Kurt's present:
I also got a model of Wall-E but I'm not sure where he is. Probably somewhere very very safe.
Smalley (otherwise known as Lily) was enthusiastically welcoming to me yesterday - making me feel very loved! She is quite a stalker and follows at my heels every time I move in the apartment - often so close I can feel her little cold nose on my calves.
She's booked in to get a haircut tomorrow - maybe we'll be able to even those legs out a little.
In other news, we are building a house! Yes, this is news, this is very new news, in August, we were not building a house. We were not planning on building a house, and now we are, so call us crazy but there you have it.
Having become more and more unhappy with the new onsite managers at our apartment complex, we decided that yes we probably could afford the bare bones of a deposit, and to look more seriously at places to live. In fact, Kurt announced wanting to have another look at display homes (We also did this six months ago and decided it could never happen ever. Okay, I exaggerate, maybe one to two years down the track.) just before my birthday, so on the morning of the 18th, after opening my presents, we went down the coast to start looking.
By the end of the weekend we had a block of land.
And by the end of the last weekend we had the house sorted out. I definitely think we are crazy now. How did that happen?
The land is still a construction zone, and is due to be registered with the council in November. I got a good view of it today as we were on final for Runway 14:
Our part isn't built on yet, and it doesn't have roads on either, so it's part of the dirt-coloured bit. They have to have all the roads completed before registration - so hopefully we will see it change quite a bit over the next few weeks. It's only a very little block of land - as is usual for all of these new "people factory" developments, but we have one of the larger ones in the estate and will at least have about 6m by 15m of garden.
All going accordingly to plan, we hope to start building after Christmas! And perhaps we will get to move in mid to late 2016... *crosses fingers*