It's been two weeks since I started this blog–not long in the lifespan of a blog, but long enough to realise what isn't going to work. Namely, my Monday and Thursday schedule. In hindsight, starting a blog the same week I was moving house didn't exactly set me up for success. I was too impatient to get started, not wanting to put it off for yet another week, and so I chose to do both. My Mum tells me I'm stubborn. She may be onto something.
The last time I moved house I was leaving my fully furnished student accommodation, and I had much less to take with me. This time around I experienced moving properly (i.e. like an adult) with all the furniture, address changes, packing and the many boxes that comes along with it.
My week got off to a fortuitous start when I slammed my foot into a chair leg. A. Chair. Leg. I then spent the duration of the move limping and walking slowly as I carried my things up many flights of stairs. But hey–at least I (probably) didn't break my little toe. And I had family to help. I also got loads of exercise.
Three things I learned about moving house:
- You will always need more cardboard boxes than you think you do. Always.
- Bottle shops are an excellent source of free boxes, especially once you've used up you're original quota. Seriously, they have loads. Plus, alcohol boxes are strong and excellent for filling with books.
- If you can take a few days off work for the move–take it! Your aching limbs will thank you.
In response to the entire exhausting process and the very stressful lead-up I decided to make a small list of things to watch, read, or listen to to make everything more bearable. To cheer you up or help you relax, whether you're in the process of moving or you've have just had a really bad day.
- 'Heroes' by Peter Gabriel. Turn it up loud and close your eyes. Gabriel's cover is one for when you're feeling overwhelmed.
- 'Boy: Tales from Childhood ' by Roald Dahl. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always engaging anecdotes from the inimitable author.
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople. A funny but poignant New Zealand-set film about a boy called Ricky and his foster father.
- The Fantastic Beasts soundtrack (stick with the cheery, hopeful scores). You can check it out on Spotify.
- And finally, this YouTube video of John Hurt performing Lewis Carroll's poem 'The Jabberwocky'. Just watch it. It is everything.
Oh, and from now on I'll be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Until next time,