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Wednesday, 20 January 2010

If patience is a virtue, it certainly isn't one of mine...

Many months ago, Mal and I called it a day. He moved into my front room and we both got on with our separate lives, whilst we continued to share our living space. I've gotta say, anyone I have told, has looked at me with a combination of shock and confusion and wondered at how it was working.

Mostly it worked ok. For both of us. And I am happy to say, we are still friends. He has recently met someone else and moved in with her just last week. So I now have my flat all to myself, and I am LOVING it.

But it's a weird thing. Now that I have my space and I have so many things to do, I also find I have to ask for help when there are things to do that I cannot handle alone. It's not something I particularly like to do, as I prefer not to impose on other people's time. But that is the way of being single again - I just have to ask if I need help. To assemble furniture. To move furniture. To paint a room. In the end, I decided to pay a painter to do the room as I recently developed tendonitis in my wrist and thumb and did not want to aggravate it.

So today the empty room is being painted... and while the painter works away in my soon-to-be studio, I am in my room sorting through stuff and clearing space so that I can move my desk and my computer out of my bedroom and into the studio. The bed is piled high with books and the things I had been stacking up or hiding under my desk for the last 6 months.

I am trying not to pace.

After the painter finishes, I have a friend coming over and she and I will tackle the Ikea shelves* I bought on the weekend. Then move some furniture.

Once the 'heavy' moving has been completed, there is still much to do. I will manage the rest on my own... the organising, rearranging, hanging pictures, and rearranging again... I love this stage, so it's a struggle to even sit still and wait right now. If patience is a virtue, it certainly isn't one of mine.

It's Wednesday. I have the day off. Tomorrow I am back at work, and I know I will want to be here, but I will just have to (continue to) be patient.

Breathe 1, 2, 3...

*Special thanks to my friend Lyn who came to my rescue for the Ikea collection combat mission! And to Lou for making up the Ikea assembly team! You guys are great and I couldn't have done it without you! Thanks. xx


angela said...

But imagine how many times you can rearrange the room in your head before the real thing, knowing how to place things perfectly : )

Sounds awesome, can't wait to see the pics!!

CurlyPops said...

I have the exact same problem. I had to get ex MrCP over Monday night to install a ceiling fan, and put out the hard rubbish for collection.
It was so much easier when he was in the same house as me (although I must say that it's really nice to have all of my own space to myself)

Umatji said...

oh when I was a kid I used to measure the room and all the furniture an dmake a little plan! Crazy but then I did it a few years ago with a tricky room and it worked and saved so much crazy moving!

Nanny Pumpernickel said...

o my I had no idea,I must say you are dealing with this in an admirable way!You sound strong!I too hope to see photo's of your new space soon:)sending you an encouraging hug from a far!xoxo Dees

Malcolm Garth said...

Good luck with it all Cinta.

I know you'll have fun and, once the paint is dry, you'l be very creative...

All the best... :)

Anonymous said...

You are more than welcome Jac, anytime. Plus loving my new IKEA shower caddy.
Lyn x