-I got too excited during the week and revealed the news I’ve been keeping on Facebook. So, I’ll reveal it here too. As of this coming Friday, Ray and I will have our own house in Corrimal! I’ll be moving into it this Friday, and cannot wait! The house itself is old, but very well taken care of (it’s actually a pretty quirky retro house, which suites us quite well!) We’re the first tenants in the house (it was previously owned by an elderly lady who then sold it to investors), and we aim to be there for quite a while. The landlords seem really lovely and are happy for us to make changes as long as they’re sensible, particularly to the garden. There’s an epic veggie garden patch which we’re definitely going to utilise, as well as a gazebo bbq area perfect for entertaining! We’re also going to be making the garage and attached workshop a project/arts/music area. We’ll use this downstairs area for music rehearsals, D&D games, any of Ray’s miniature projects and general crafty things. There’s so much storage in the house, which will be fantastic, and I even get a little nook/space to have my sewing machines! It’s been pretty stressful organising everything so that the moving part has worked out, however I simply cannot wait to be a 5 minute drive away from work, and having my own space close to Wollongong. We’ll definitely be welcome for visitors once we’re all settled in.
-My workouts haven’t really happened over the past week, due to packing and organising the move. However, we’re planning to have the Wii set up, so I’ll get straight back into my workouts once it’s all set up. The advantage of only being 5 minutes away from work (compared to the almost hour-long drive I had to do to get home) is that I’ll have no excuse not to do the program as I’ll have lots of time in the evenings. Plus, our house backs onto the mountains (rather than the beach), so it’s perfect for walks in the morning or evenings too!
-Wedding plans: Wedding plans were a bit quite over the past week, mainly due to organising the move. However, since receiving my tax return and clearing some debts, I’ve been able to purchase our wedding shoes and we’ve booked in our honeymoon! We’re going on a cruise to Japan, South Korea and China through Celebrity Cruises in September, 2014. We decided to do our honeymoon 5 months after the wedding for a few reasons: it’s a better time of year to go to those areas, most cruises to Asia were later in the year anyway, plus it’s in school holidays so won’t affect our work schedules much. Plus, we’re not too fussed about doing a honeymoon right after the wedding-we’re happy to wait, and potentially save more up for it! We’ll be leaving on our 5 month wedding anniversary (woo!) and will be spending a few days in Tokyo before we head off on the cruise (so I can show Ray around and go to my favourite places!) I seriously cannot wait to go: the last time I went overseas was in 2010 and I miss travelling so much! I’ve never done a cruise either, so it’s going to be great to have accommodation, travel and food all sorted (bar the first few days!) There’s a few day trips organised by the cruise that we’d love to do, such as a trip to the Great Wall of China, dinner with a Geisha and many more…so I guess I’ll add those to our gift registry/our honeymoon budget 🙂
-Speaking of which, I started our gift registry last week too! We really don’t “need” much…there’s only a couple of household items. However, we’ve come up with an idea of letting people “contribute” to things like day trips on our honeymoon (as we’re doing our honeymoon 5 months later than the wedding), gift vouchers for restaurants they recommend (as we’ll be poor once we’re married and probably unable to do fancy date nights), and other bits and pieces. It’s been fun looking into those possibilities!
-This week, I’ve really stressed out about trying to keep everyone happy with decisions I’m making and things which are happening. It’s been extremely difficult for me. However, I’ve been reminded that you cannot change how people think and feel about certain things…and that you can’t keep everyone happy. Several good friends this week have told me that what makes them happy is seeing me/us happy….and I am extremely content with everything that’s been happening lately. I’m so excited for what’s ahead this year and appreciate those who have been so supportive and enthusiastic! 🙂
And that’s about it for this week, folks! Next week’s post may be a little bit delayed as we most likely won’t have internet at our place for a week or so…but I’ll do my best!
Thanks for reading!