we are in. we have moved. again i told my mother, if i start to talk about moving, tell me i'm mental. stop me. don't let me do it. unless we are being physically kicked out of this place, then that's it. for a while.
the new house. it's big. it has a la-di-da tennis court (with lots of weeds and deserted en-tous-cas). it has 4 bedrooms and then a section at the front that used to be a doctor's surgery. i kid you not! each of those three rooms has sinks. including one with the special handles so you can turn the water on without cross-contaminating your freshly hygenised hands. i'm thinking nice screen or fabric suspended from ceiling to cover them. they are fugly. but it means the kids get a play room, we get an office and there's a dedicated guest room. lux.
THEN there's a waiting room too. i could open a brothel, with a theme of doctors and nurses. me and my partner could dress up as nursey and doc, do a bit of scene-and-mood-setting, walk around thwacking rubber gloves and brandishing thermometers... then exit stage left and let the girls work their magic. we could have old mags in the waiting room, which have vinyl built-in benches. or perhaps that could be another theme room. we could work four girls...
leave it with me.
here is a summary list of all the places i've lived. this pretty much covers the last 22 years.
starting point, ashburton. or ashboring as we liked to call it. family home. cocker spaniel.
[SHOUTS AT SELF. PRECIS, YOU TIRED WOMAN. JUST A SUMMARY!!]
moved out to camberwell, lived in a house with my dad. there about a year.
moved to house in burnley. on the train line. one year.
moved to flat in south yarra. one year? less.
moved back home, to ashboring.
moved to burke road, glen iris. 1 year?
moved in with my dad again, flat in hawthorn.
moved to richmond. 1 year?
moved to east melbourne. 1 year?
went overseas for 7 months. for some of that time, lived in london. hated it. every time i blew my nose, black stuff came out.
came home, moved back into ashboring.
moved to japan. lived in 3 places there. mostly osaka. 2.5 years total.
went to turkey. was there 7 months i think. lived in 1 place in istanbul.
came back to... ashboring.
then fairly quickly, moved to friend's place in northcote. this was not a full move, but still counts as a distinct residence.
moved to flat in east melbourne. 1 year.
moved to grey st., st kilda. bed sit. i was pregnant, it was a stinky bedsit (owned by my dad, but oh, quelle horreur)
bought apartment in st kilda. the secret life of them pad. stayed here a couple of years. this is where princess was born.
when she was 10 months old we rented out the slot pad and went to turkey for 4 months. lived in 3 places there. i know, i know. madness.
came back to, you guessed it. ashboring.
moved to inkerman rd, caulfield. 1 year.
went to turkey again, 1 year. lived in 2 places.
came back. not to ashburton, but to st. kilda. there from 2000 to 2004 sept which is the longest i have stayed in one place as an adult, when we moved to glenhuntly rd, caulfied sth. there for 15 months, and then today have moved to bentleigh.
ok, so that's 25 distinct residences. then there were the full moves, you know the full catastrophe.
the problem is each time i have more stuff.
i am aching all over.
time to go.