CN Episodes While I’m in the USA

You’re probably sick and tired of me posting updates about how I am pushing planned podcast episodes around. Well, this is another one of those.

I’ve explained how recording and editing has been a little challenging, and I’m not completely sure I can even meet my lax goals of podcast publishing. I’m going to try, but it looks like that I’m going to record short, straight-to-the-point episodes until I leave.

This is what I am planning until I go back home:

The episodes above will be short (15 minutes at the most). Then, I think I will go to monthly podcast episodes for a while. I am starting to feel podcasting fatigue. It was bound to happen.

That’s it! Just keeping you updated!

Two Years of Marriage Equality in Australia

Two years ago, on this date… well, not really because I’m about 17 hours behind or something, marriage equality was made law in Australia. Time sure does fly. I thought I’d reflect on that a little bit and share a little bit of a story with you about my marriage.

One of the things that my partner and I made clear is that we didn’t want to end up in something that would run its course in a month or two, then fade away. I told him that I was still a little jaded by a certain previous relationship and I think it would take some time for me to come to the realisation that I would ultimately want something long term. I still have an aching feeling of mistrust sometimes and it’s not because of who he is, but what I’ve gone through in that particular relationship.

When we first got together, it was great and I found myself to be pretty happy and wanting to be with or around this person all the time. One of the things we realised is that we attended the same university and so we’d sneak in lunches and things together when we could. I also told him that he’s welcome to stay with me on his early days because he was living about an hour and a half away from the university, whereas I was about 2 or 3 suburbs over from the university.

I guess things were pretty solid. Then, while I was here in the USA, I got a video of him proposing to me (on Valentine’s Day–too predictable if you ask me). I watched it and thought about it for a few days. I told my closest family members and my friends and I had to explain that it was about 8 months after we met and I am a little weirded out about getting married so early.

I eventually said yes, but to buy myself time, I said that we probably should wait a while and test the water a bit before we dive in. That wait ended up being a few years. Because…

I finally realised that I was getting older and who knows if this opportunity of a lifetime would happen again. I think that my family members probably didn’t want to see me alone and well, I didn’t want to be alone. Being single has it perks, but sometimes I just crave someone to lay my head on at night. I also told him that we’d go to New Zealand, where, at the time, same-sex marriage was legal. I started thinking that I don’t have an emotional attachment to NZ, so if I didn’t have to, I wouldn’t do it there. Then, I said we would do it when we go to the USA together. (I time my visits every 3 years now, so it would have been a wait, but at least I could get people to attend.) I know my partner was starting to get a little impatient and I think he was thinking that I was just going to disappear one day. Then, I finally said, let’s do it in Australia if and when it becomes legal. When it does, and we haven’t done it yet, we’ll get married in Australia.

Well, the debates were getting hot and it looked like it was going to happen. I had to have other people surveyed to see whether my relationship was valid enough to get married or not. Well, the Australian people spoke and said ‘yes’. A few months later, we were taking our wedding photos and planning for a very small ceremony in Melbourne.

In July 2017, it happened. And it’s been great. I am so incredibly happy and proud of the man I married and even happier because I got to do it in the country I love. (I love the USA too in its own way, don’t get me wrong, but my life had almost entirely shifted to Australia.)

And so, we’re going on two years of marriage now and about 5 years of being a couple. It’s been a great few years. My mental health is a lot better being with this guy who, strangely is a mental health warrior. Every day I feel so lucky being with someone who I don’t fully ‘get’ all the time, but he’s been an adorable, wonderful guy regardless. I freakin’ love him to bits and can’t wait until he’s here on US soil.

So yes, two years of it being law. I hope anybody who reads this who fought for the right to marry someone of the same sex in Australia knows how extremely thankful I am for the opportunity and for working so incredibly hard to make it happen.

Podcast Publishing Dates Reshuffled

Be thankful that I still care enough to post these things. Right now, I’m not really sure how long I’m going to keep this up. Maybe my schedule that I made for myself was a bit too eager. Anyway, I said that I’d do them, but I need to shuffle a few of them around because I’m too lazy to record and I also must record them when I’m by myself which isn’t going to happen during this USA visit (and that’s not really a bad thing).

I know the quality on the last recording wasn’t that great so I’m going to try something different. I brought along my microphone, but it’s only so portable. So instead of using the Airpods this time, I’ll switch to the iPhone-included earbuds next time. We will see how that goes. Maybe I can get some volume to my voice without feeling like I’m screaming! (Actually, I’m not sure what was recording my voice… was it my watch or was it the Airpods?)

Right now, I’m moving the one that’s supposed to be published on the 6th to the 11th or 13th, and the one that is supposed to be published on the 20th to the 23rd or 24th. I’m going to try my best to get them done before then, because the 20th until the 31st will be incredibly busy for my husband and me.

Anyway, again, I hope you’re well. Everybody take care of yourselves!

#43: Thanks for Everything

I talk about my first few weeks of being back home, my journey to the USA, Thanksgiving plans, and losing things. Sorry this is so late and sorry in advance about the terrible audio quality. I learn from these mistakes, but I barely got this one done. See you soon!

Also, thank you from the bottom of my heart for those of you who listen. I know there aren’t many, but I really appreciate you sticking around and listening. 🙂

The website at Complicated Noise is up in its not-quite-finished form. Visit it at your own risk!

Find My Phone

Something I forgot to mention is that I lost my phone at the airport in Melbourne, so I don’t have my phone with me. I’m still hoping it will be returned, but I’ve pretty much accepted that it’s lost in action. That means that I am missing a few logins because I use two-factor authentication (you know, look at your phone and enter a number to log in?). I’ve had to delay my next podcast episode for about 5 days while I figure out what to do about it.

I cannot log in to my Discord server, so I’ve had to make a new account. You can find the new server here and my username is complicatednoise#0459.

There’s a reason why I lost my phone, but I plan on talking about that on my next episode. I don’t want to give out too much information.

Other than that, so far, it’s been nice hanging out with my family. I am still quite sleepy (or awake) at weird times so I’m still a bit wonky from passing over 17 time zones.

I hope everybody is well. I’m planning my next trip already to India next year.

Chat with you soon!

Arrival

Hey guys and girls, I’ve arrived in the USA safely. I’ve had a few little hiccups getting here, but at least I made it. I’ve been here for about a day and a half, so I’m still jet lagged and a little crabby at times.

I will be talking about my trip getting here soon on a podcast episode, so stay tuned for that. Let’s just say that there was a point where I didn’t think that I would be able to leave Australia.

When I’m more awake, I’ll write more here. Until then, hello!

The Distant Future of Complicated Noise

OK, so the last podcast episode didn’t arrive yesterday. I had a pretty hectic workweek and the upcoming week looks just as bad, but I’m going to try to get something recorded and posted by this coming Thursday.

Why is this one a big deal, you ask? It’s the last one that I’m going to post before I leave for my extended vacation. It takes me about a week to recover from jet lag so I’ll post another one then.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned much about this, but things will have to be done a little differently. I am bringing almost everything I need to record, however, I won’t have access to my trusty Mac. Luckily, my sister has the same one but she’s not a fan of me loading all my software on her’s.

I doubt the Complicated Noise website will be done too – but I’ll work on it while I’m in the USA. I was planning to work on it today but the husband wants me to go shopping today. I guess I’ll do what I can.

I know I’ve been silent lately, but as I’ve said, I’ve been a little busy. I’m hoping to do and say more when I can relax a bit.

I’ll be in contact, I promise.

I hope everyone is doing well!!! Chat with you soon! 🙂

Contact Form Meltdown

I’ve been working on the new website for Complicated Noise and my hosting company informed me that they’ve moved me to a new server. A few things needed to be changed, but the contact forms refuse to work. I’ve been getting tech support help with it, but so far, nothing has fixed it. I keep mentioning that everything worked fine before the move but I think it’s falling on deaf ears.

If you need to contact me, you can still use the form here but after you submit, my site will appear to be stuck then eventually, reload the page. I won’t be emailed that you’ve contacted me, but if I come to the administration page of my page, I’ll see it.

Unfortunately, I only come here once every few days. If it’s an emergency and something’s really messed up, try using Telegram instead.

I’ll try to get things working again and finally get this new website up and running. 🙂

My Middle Name is Delay

I haven’t really been in top form lately, so I’ve been pushing a few little things back, including a new podcast episode. The last one, #40, was supposed to be available last Friday, but I’m going to hopefully post it this coming Friday. There’s not a really good reason to do that because it’s been recorded, but I haven’t put the final touches on it.

I’m probably going to cut a few more new episodes since my interest has started to wane a bit. I get into these periods when I don’t really want to talk about things, and this is one of these times. It just happens with me randomly and it explains why I haven’t been here or on Twitter much.

Update: I’ve deleted an episode in January. Not a problem though. I might remove another one in October or November.

I don’t want to linger around much here, so I’m gonna go. Everybody take care of yourselves.

PS: My middle name really isn’t ‘Delay’.

Reshuffling Episode Schedule

I’ve made a few adjustments to the episode schedule that you may or may not care about. I didn’t get around to re-recording the last episode and I don’t really feel like recording today, so I decided that I’ll post it next week.

Since I moved that one a week later, I took the opportunity to rethink my schedule for the rest of the year. You’ll find the revised dates in the table below. Keep in mind that the dates are more or less guides about the posting dates and they may change in the future. If they are changed, you’ll see them reflected below, at least until the end of the year.

The good news is that I will be posting the less-than-perfect episode I recorded last week for people who want to hear it. It’s not totally ready at the moment, but it will be, hopefully over the weekend, and a bonus unreleased episode as well.

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Seriously.