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I'd forgotten that it's near impossible to find furnished rentals in Australia. So along with the finding a job and somewhere to live, also comes buying all the usual stuff for a house, ALL AT ONCE. Poor ole bank balance. Still, there are a lot of charity furniture places around here that we'll be raiding real soon now.

Things we have so far:
  • house

  • bed

  • fridge/freezer

  • vacuum cleaner

  • BBQ

  • outdoor table for two

  • steamer

  • kettle

  • Australian mobile numbers

  • Things we don't have:
  • jobs

  • car

  • washing machine

  • aircon

  • lawnmower

  • umbrellas

  • every other bit of furniture and household electricals

  • friends
  • Date: 2012-01-18 12:25 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] nils.livejournal.com
    The last item is on the wrong list. They might be far away, but you still have them.
    Edited Date: 2012-01-18 12:25 am (UTC)

    Date: 2012-01-18 04:08 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
    You're right, and it's good to know you're there. It's just an adjustment to realise, for now at least, we're not meeting up with anyone for fizz in the park on a sunny Saturday afternoon!

    Date: 2012-01-18 07:57 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] valkyriekaren.livejournal.com
    To be fair, you wouldn't be doing that if you were here, because it's BLOODY FREEZING.

    Date: 2012-01-18 01:19 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] inulro.livejournal.com
    Except for the occasions on which it's blowing a gale and raining...

    Date: 2012-01-19 01:50 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
    Good point...

    Date: 2012-01-18 02:17 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] despina.livejournal.com
    Ah this post speaks to me - there's no such thing as furnished rentals where we're going either. Nor RL friends. At least you're in the (allegedly), friendliest place in the world, hey :)

    Date: 2012-01-18 04:14 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
    People, so far, are mostly friendly, which yes is nice! Whether surface-friendly translates to real-friend friendly remains to be seen (a phenomenon seen by friends who moved to the US; everyone will say "hi" but as everyone already has their own groups few will invite you round to dinner. Suspect it will be the same here, but as we're kinda expecting it, that's ok).

    Date: 2012-01-18 05:23 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] despina.livejournal.com
    Yes, we're bracing ourselves for that too. But it's okay, you guys have each other and that's a pretty awesome starting point - I bet loads of cool people will be moths to the flame!

    Date: 2012-01-19 01:51 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
    See, now that's scary... probably because it's given me the image of a horde of some kind of Cool People zombies chasing us down the street groaning "BRAAAAAAIIINNNS"!

    I think I've spent too much time on my own lately ;)

    Date: 2012-01-18 03:12 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] scatterbeetle.livejournal.com
    My mobile number is the same as it always was, if you still have it. Send me a text with your new number!!


    Date: 2012-01-18 04:17 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
    I've dug through my phone and I have one number for you, hoping it's the right one!

    Date: 2012-01-18 04:25 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] scatterbeetle.livejournal.com
    I got a message from a random number, and responded calling the sender a bushpig. Now I'm really hoping it was you!!!


    Date: 2012-01-18 11:45 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] jhaelan.livejournal.com
    Sounds like a great deal of fun! We're gearing up for the opposite, trying to find an unfurnished place and culling a bunch of stuff :)

    Date: 2012-01-18 01:20 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] inulro.livejournal.com
    When I had to go back to renting in the UK after owning my place and having furniture, I did find an unfurnished house, so they do exist!

    Date: 2012-01-18 07:07 pm (UTC)
    magfish: (cocktails)
    From: [personal profile] magfish
    # BBQ
    # outdoor table for two

    Prioritie: sorted! ;-)

    Date: 2012-01-19 01:52 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
    Got to get it right!

    Date: 2012-01-18 10:53 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] emma2403.livejournal.com
    In what part of Australia are you? You probably said so 100 times, but my memory being what it is...

    Good luck with everything, anyway :).

    Date: 2012-01-19 01:53 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
    I'm in Brisbane, and it's ok, I'm not sure I've said very often, if at all. I tend to forget what I've said here, on facebook, in email, or in real life to people, so most of my communication is somewhat muddled :)

    Date: 2012-02-01 09:24 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] capt-prickle.livejournal.com
    I know what it's like to move into an unfurnished place. Scarily expensive. At least here in the US the Washer/Dryer and Fridge/Freezer are included so we did not have to buy that.

    And rather than buy a vacuum cleaner, we hired a cleaning service...

    Date: 2012-02-02 12:07 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
    Thankfully Mum and Nigel have leant us their spare fridge/freezer, so that was one less major expense. We haven't bought a dryer either, just a washing machine and a clothes horse (we probably won't get a dryer, neither of us like the running costs and eco impact of running a dryer regularly, although after using my cousin's recently due to the torrential rain, I do love the super-soft feel of everything that comes out of them!).

    Don't you need a vaccuum cleaner for the cleaners to use? Or do they bring their own? In London, I had to provide all cleaning supplies.

    I think to justify a cleaner again, both of us need to be working. As much as I'd love to because I hate cleaning the bathroom and other weekly type cleaning chores, I can hardly claim to be too busy to do them (once we've done unpacking anyway, hopefully I'll have a job by then!).

    Hmm actually, the vaccuum cleaner's greatest use so far has been to suck up roaches, hornets, and spiders *shudders*. I did deliberately pick a vaccuum cleaner with an especially long reach.

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