My husband and I have just bought a lovely flat. Our ground floor unit is rather cool and definitely a bit soggy in the bathroom. Any advice for drying out a place (apart from heaters), or keeping mould away?
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Now that we've finally reached a level of experience and graduated from junior status, we are finding that our jobs require more of our effort and more of our time. So much so that by the end of the day we are both so zapped out that we can barely do the household things at home before collapsing in bed, which has totally killed our sex life! I'd love to hear how other Homies have managed to retain the energy and carve out the time for sex and intimacy when your jobs are demanding.
This home was the fresh start I was dreaming of. When I left my husband, I never thought in a little more than a year I would buy my own (little) home. I could paint whatever colours I wanted, decorate how I wanted and keep the house in whatever (child-safe) state I wanted. I purchased this home as a single-mom with a toddler — then at the housewarming party three months later, I married my boyfriend in the archway between the living and dining rooms.
Since I finished University I have been under-employed for at least 18 months. Some of the time I get a few hours of work, and manage to make ends meet, and other times I can have weeks on end with no shifts. I have coped with these periods of underemployment and unemployment by doing a few key things…
I had a pretty complicated beauty routine and I used a lot of products. But as much as I love me some Sephora goodies, did I really need all of them? I had become trapped in societal expectations about my beauty routine. This beauty routine I had developed wasn't because I enjoyed the pampering and the process, it was because I listened to "beauty authorities" tell me that I needed to be afraid of growing old and afraid of being seen as less feminine.
I'm working in an office job that no longer interests me. While my resume is updated and I'm actively searching for a new position, these things can take a while. I'm looking for ways to change my perspective for the remainder of the time that I'm in this job, because 40 hours a week of feeling bitter doesn't help anyone.
I love my family very much, but when I moved away in 2006 I wasn't looking back. I loved the freedom and thrived on being independent. Then financial disaster struck. I realized that my whole life was about to be packed up in boxes, and my marriage was about to be squeezed into a 5-by-5 bedroom in my parents house.