No, I haven’t died. There’s been no accident or illness, and apart from the usual owner-building crises I have no decent excuse as to why I haven’t written a blog post in six weeks. I just wanted to take a bit of time out and let my life kind of marinate for a while, without reflecting or reporting on it, if that makes any sense.
Anyway, it has been a productive six weeks, and some big decisions have been made. The first, and possibly the best, is that I am taking a year’s leave without pay so I can go and build my house. Originally I hadn’t even considered this option, I was just going to hand in my notice, but because I have The Best Boss In The World I now get to have a year off and still have a job to come back to. Of course, I still have to work. I’m thinking of dusting off my teaching certification and doing some relief teaching. And if the gods really smile on me I may even find some paid writing gigs. But that’s all details – for now, all I care about is that in one month I’ll be walking out these office doors and heading into a whole new kind of life, hopefully one that’s creative, satisfying, and where I end up with a finished house!
Speaking of houses, I’ve had a few financial hurdles lately. You see, with all the delays caused by dodgy tradespeople, crappy weather, my helper going interstate, etc, I’ve had about a year to sit with my original plans and tweak them a bit. Did I say tweak? I mean make huge sweeping major expensive changes. Every time I revisit those plans something gets added. An extra 30% of floorspace! An ensuite bathroom! Pearlescent mosaic tiles at four times the cost of normal tiles shipped from Queensland!
You know how they call those women who get really obsessed about their weddings Bridezillas? I think I’m the embodiment of a new term: ‘Housezilla’. Anyway, this week I sat down and I costed everything out, with all the additions. And it came to SO much money, more than I can afford. So it’s back to the drawing board, literally. There are different options, and I’m pretty sure no matter what I will be able to have a liveable house with plumbing, electricity, etc which will be a huge improvement on current circumstances. I’m leaving work in a month to start building a house, but exactly what kind of house I’m building I can’t tell you yet.
Still, in housebuilding, as in all other major endeavours, we have to set our parameters, work hard, and leave the rest to the mysterious workings of the Universe. Wish me luck, and the best of luck to you, Dear Reader, for the big, hairy audacious dreams you seek to manifest in your life, whatever they may be.