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!

#32: A Year of Podcasting

It’s been one year since I posted my first episode of this podcast! A huge thank you for those of you who have been listening for this long! I talk about the future of this podcast, new equipment, and the redevelopment into Complicated Noise. I’m also developing a system to reward those of you who link to me, leave feedback, etc. I also chat about what’s happening lately and finally getting a new car.

TIPped Off

It’s been one year of The Idiologic Podcast! Can you believe it? Instead of throwing a huge party and inviting all the friends I don’t have here and making a huge speech, I’m just going to say a huge thank you to all of you who have popped in every so often to hear about what’s happening in my life. I know sometimes it’s really not all that exciting. I’ve said it a dozen times: I don’t expect that to be what I’m remembered for after I die anyway.

But, there is one thing I can tell you is that a name change is coming because well, I was never that impressed with the name of my podcast. It doesn’t really make much sense. I am not even really sure what an Idiologic is. I don’t expect anybody else does either because it’s pretty much misspelled anyway.

NOT the cover… even I know it’s ugly.

I’ve been in the process of renaming my podcast to Complicated Noise. It won’t be really changed much as far as content goes, but I hope that it gets better, especially at the end of the year. I’m looking forward to keeping the project going and to make it better. I’m pretty excited to get back to tthe USA and start recording again.

That’s why I’ve been really quiet lately (that and work has been keeping me busy). When things are working how they are supposed to, I will share it with you here.

I’ll talk more about this in my next podcast episode. 🙂

#31: USA-Bound (in Nov)

So, I’ve booked my trip back to the USA for about 10 weeks starting in November. I talk about my upcoming trip and my anxiety/stress levels with work and the crappy stuff I order from Wish.com. (This might seem like one of my ‘forced’ episodes because, well, it was. If I put it off, it was likely that I would get lazier and lazier.) I’m here though and that’s something, right?

Wish Trash

It feels like every time I come here to type anything, it’s apologising because I hardly show my face. I’m not apologising this time. Someone told me that I do that way too much and it’s a habit that I need to break. I said I would try to chill out with the perpetual sorry cycle.

Anyway, I’ve been a bit busy with work stuff. I’ve realised that I’m going to lose about 5 paycheques at the end of the year, so I thought maybe it will be smarter for me to work and save while I am able to. Right? Right. That’s the responsible and adult thing to do, I guess. I don’t want to be a burden at the end of the year for my family OR my partner.

I guess this is stuff I’m going to talk about in the next podcast episode. I bought a microphone but I got it from Wish, so it’s not working with my Mac and won’t work with my phone without the little adapter. It’ll work with my iPhone SE (possibly–haven’t tried). That’s if it works. I’m sure I could open the microphone up and it’ll probably be hollow. When will I learn that everything from Wish is a gamble or complete shit? (OK, if cheap and crappy is what they do. I know that.)

Oh, I did get a really bright digital clock from there… that’s not too bad but it lights my bedroom up at night (on the lowest brightness setting, even).

I’m rambling. I hope you guys are doing well! Catch you soon!

#30: Too Soon?

It’s been about 5 days since I last recorded, so I stumble around a bit. I talk about my uneventful holidays and the next holiday on Thursday, ANZAC Day.

Happy Easter

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love ducks?

I know I’ve already said it before, but I hope everybody is having a pleasant Easter break. Mine’s been pretty tame and quiet with the husband being gone. I still miss the guy a lot though. I haven’t been sleeping that well without him here, but it’s nice taking up the whole bed and sleeping diagonally on it.

Tomorrow is still a holiday, so things will be calm today and tomorrow which is a good thing.

Anyway, again, I hope you have a Happy Easter with whoever you’re spending it with! (And if you’re by yourself like I am, enjoy being with yourself!)