#34: Consoling Console

I talk about what’s been stressing me lately such as work, my health, moving, traveling, and a lack of sleep. I also talk about my newest toys/gadgets, gaming online subscriptions, DLC, Nintendo Switch stuff, and virtual currency. Yeah, quite a grab bag here.

I’m in the process of moving things over to the new website, so I’ve stopped using the web-based player for now.

Days and Days of Delays

Ooops! Sorry for that last blog post (which has been deleted now). I had planned to tell you about Complicated Noise a long time ago, but kept moving the publish date when I knew that things weren’t running on schedule. They still aren’t, actually.

A few things have been happening that are causing a lot of delays and July is already promising to be a very challenging month. I’ll talk more about that in the next Complicated Noise episode. I’m trying my best to keep up with everything and to keep my head together. Please be patient with me in the meantime.

I’ll be back with you guys soon. I’m trying so hard to get the new podcast website working. See you a bit later!

Update: Episode #34: Consoling Console will be here on Wednesday morning.

Complicated Serving

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Just a heads up that you might start seeing files being served from ComplicatedNoise.com soon. I’m in the process of moving all the audio, video, images, and database junk there. I’m still working on the core site, so the web app isn’t available just yet.

If anything gives you any trouble in the next month or two, just let me know.

Counting Down the Days

Hey there! Over the past few days, I’ve done a few little updates here and there. One of them is that I’ve re-added a countdown of when I am going back to the USA. I’ve also updated my upcoming travel plans for my own amusement. It’s more about helping me get my head around how much time I have left before I go back.

I’ve got about 162 days left before I head off and believe me, I’m counting them down. I’m incredibly eager to go this time. It might be that I’ve got a handful of “new” relatives to meet or maybe it’s just that I’m quite eager to get out of this small town for a while (you know, to go to another small town). Maybe I just need an extended break from work or something.

I’m actually in a much better financial position to do these things now but unfortunately, the currency exchange is horrible. Right now, Every $1 I bring with me is worth $0.70 US. That means that I’ll end up paying about 30% more for everything or if I want $5000 USD, I’ll need to bring $7143 AUD. Add the fact that you have to tip everybody for smiling at you and taxes aren’t added to anything until the very end, you’re looking at a pretty hefty premium to go to the USA. I planned to have a few thousand dollars to do things with, but I’m afraid that won’t even be enough. I’ve put back all my living costs while I’m gone (since I am not entitled to annual leave). I work at my workplace as casual which means I am paid more to make up for it. My pay is about 125% more than the base wage for what I do. Anyway, I’ve been throwing around the idea of getting a part-time seasonal job while I’m there and then quitting in the most lavish way possible.

I’m planning to do a few things this time. I’m planning to stay a few days in New Orleans with my family. It’s going to be really fun. I’ve lived pretty close to there most of my childhood and early adulthood, but I never spent any time there. It’ll be a good experience. I don’t know when, but it’s definitely on my list of things to do.

I’m not even sure if I’ll be around at this time of the year. (This is Mardi Gras–not the Sydney one though.)

As you can see, I am really happy to be able to get back. I’m missing my mom and sister something fierce. I’ve been having a lot of dreams about my family.

I’m also pretty excited that my husband will be going for a few weeks too. I can’t wait to have him see where I grew up. I’ve warned him about a lot of things, but have also said a lot of nice things too. I guess I’m gonna have to ask people back home where to go and what to do for someone who’s never been to the USA.

#33: Thrown Into the Unknown

A lot of things are happening at once. Someone bought the house we’ve been living in and we have to move soon. We’re also getting a new car and my partner’s leaving for India for a month. My stress levels are through the roof! I spend most of this episode thinking about things and how my time here might be extended. I also talk about my new toys and new recording equipment. After the break, I talk about the car and that I’m also having some slight health issues as well which makes me a little sad. (Possible hospital stay coming up…)

Fishing for Feedback

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Do you listen to my podcast? Would you mind answering a few little questions about it? You don’t even have to provide your personal information if you don’t want to. (Well, you can if you want to or want me to create an account for you.)

I’m mostly looking for new ideas and improving on what I’m already doing.

As I’ve always said, I’m not looking to make podcasting my career or anything like that. I am, however, interested in developing the underlying software so that perhaps I can sell a service at some point (to other podcasters, audio providers, etc). I just want to be entertaining enough in the meantime too!

So, if you would be so kind, could you fill out the few questions, and optionally, if you’re interested, I can set you up with an account to help do a little testing?

Nevermind – I changed my mind 😉

Thanks heaps! (And no, I don’t know the muscly Indian guy with the fish. I swear to you that I was looking for pictures of the fishing nets in Kerala but yeah, this caught my attention.)

Happy Pride 2019

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It’s June and you know what that means, right? It’s Pride Month! Usually, I’d dedicate a podcast episode to let you know of my coming out story but it’s already been said, so instead of re-recording that again, I’ll make a post here.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The riots inspired the formation of many gay rights organisations such as GLAAD, PFLAG, and the Human Rights Campaign. As we honour the legacy of the Stonewall riots and the other riots that led to it, we celebrate the progress made by the LGBTQ community, but must also acknowledge the distance we still have to go to achieve full equality. Find a Pride event near you at HRC.org/pride.

Thank You

I’ll be honest with you: I never, ever thought I would be able to get married to a man. I really have to honour those before me and those of you now who have worked so hard to progress the basic rights I have now as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Without the bravery and strength of those people before me, I know I wouldn’t be living as happy as I am now. So thank you for attending pride marches. Thank you for everything you do!

Comfort in my Own Skin–A Work in Progress

A few times in my podcast, I’ve said that it’s taken me a while to really accept who I am. I’ve realised that I’m not really 100% gay. I do like men more, and I guess that’s a good thing because I ended up marrying a guy. I’m happy with that. It’s not like I’m going to wake up tomorrow and decide I don’t like men anymore. I feel like I miss out on a few things, but I see it as a trade-off. That’s okay. I accept that.

Though I have moved to a rural/remote area of Australia, I can still be myself. My thinking is that if people don’t like me for who I love, and they want to give me a hard time, I’ll just leave them at it. Liking men doesn’t make me a terrible, evil person, no matter what someone thinks. They can disagree with me being gay, but I won’t force myself to change, and no one else can do that for me.

The thing now is that I am pretty content with who I am. Sometimes, people do say some negative things about me and it’s hard to let that go, especially for me. I need to learn to let that negativity drift away. It’s a work in progress, remember? 🙂

Again, Happy Pride Month!

Celebrate! Love yourself! Love other people (as much as possible–It’s not easy sometimes). Be kind to others and remember not everybody will agree with you. Just try to coexist if you have to and remove the negative people out of your life if you have to! Much love to every single one of you!