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I've been feeling a bit under the weather recently (UNDER STATEMENT!) so today I went to the doctor - $60 dollars and a few pills later, I feel better (no pain!), so that's nice.

Had Kazzy's folks up for dinner tonight, and his sis & her partner came over too.  Gosh, I adore this family.  Cooked my jambalaya, which was a hit.  We ate quite late, though, which explains why I'm still up at 10.15pm!

I'm determined to go to work tomorrow and get all my shit done.  It's really frustrating that every day my "to do" list gets bigger, rather than smaller.  I feel like if I can catch up, things won't seem so overwhelming.

I still need to work on Mum's essay, sigh.  Where will I find the time?!  I really want to spend some time cleaning this house; my books need organising & papers need filing & the business needs some attention.  We've also been invited to a party this weekend.  Busy busy!

Spoke to my cuz the other night, and it seems like things are going her way at the moment - she's been head-hunted for a possible new job,  Lucky girl!  She works hard and really deserves it, though, so good on her.

I should probably call Dad, it's been a while since the last time.  And it's his birthday next month, so I need to figure out a gift and get that sent over.  Yes, organising that will probably take me the entire month.

So yeah, that's a brief update on recent stuff.  I should do this more often so that I can actually bitch and snark things as they happen, before memory fades.  Not much point in keeping a journal if I don't update it, after all!
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Goddamnit.  This morning, I discovered that I'd fucked up the due date for one of my assessments - I thought it was due next Tuesday, but actually it was due on the 23rd.  I kinda don't know what to do.  Thinking about asking if I can do this paper in Semester 2 instead, because I obviously don't have the spare time for all this.  >_<

And I won't have any spare time at all during the next two weeks, as my boss has gone on annual leave and is out of the country.  The other person who makes up our management team is still in the Philippines too.  So yeah, I'm the only manager left at work - but I do have an RN looking after clinical matters.  Still, I'm the holding the front line by myself for a while, which oughta keep me pretty busy!

We had a shared lunch at work on Friday, which was DEE LISH USSSSSS!  And fun.  And then the boss left, and I had to do a million things at once.  Got home at 6pm, and then Kazzy took me out to get a manicure (well, technically he dropped me at the nail place and then came back 20 minutes later, but it was still really lovely of him).  We had Nandos for dinner, and he bought us a shaker of Peri Peri chip sprinkle, yum!  Might have to crack out the deep fryer for winter & do some chippies.  ^_^

When we got home, we stacked DVDs and CDs in our new stands - we need more DVDs!  But it looks very cool.

I've spent this morning studying & doing washing & drinking coffee, but I'm about to take a lunch break (enchiladas!) and watch some NCIS.
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Holy shit.

So freakin' tired.  

Worked 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday last week (and a bit later on a couple of those days), and then went in to help Kazzy train newbies at work on Saturday, from 8.30am until nearly 5pm.  6 DAY WEEKS ARE RIDICULOUS.

Spent most of Sunday being lazy, so on Monday I had all the weekend shift authorisations & reports to do, PLUS it's a payroll week this week.  So I finished at 6pm on Monday and Tuesday, and 5pm today.  Hopefully tomorrow I'll get away early, because I have some banking to do.

Was invited to a hens party this weekend, but since I'm so behind on my study, I had to decline.  Sucky.  :-(

Still need to book my bus tickets for Easter (catching public transport on a holiday - I must be nuts).  I'm looking forward to it, though.  Kazzy is gonna come down on the Monday to pick me up, so I will be able to bring some of my books back.  Yay!  Plus, it will be good to see Mum.

Speaking of parents, I rang Dad last night and had an hour-long chat with him.  He's finally got a job!  Curtain sales again (he did it when we lived in Australia ~20 years ago).  He sounds much better too, like he's finally taking care of himself.  Was great to hear.

Anyways, Ima go do something not computer related (like maybe see if I can coax new-kitty inside... she's still skittish).
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What Teachers Make, or
Objection Overruled, or
If things don't work out, you can always go to law school

Taylor Mali

He says the problem with teachers is,
"What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"
He reminds the other dinner guests that it's true what they say about teachers:
Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.
I decide to bite my tongue instead of his
and resist the temptation to remind the other dinner guests
that it's also true what they say about lawyers.
Because we're eating, after all, and this is polite company.

"I mean, you're a teacher, Taylor," he says.
"Be honest. What do you make?"
And I wish he hadn't done that
(asked me to be honest)
because, you see, I have a policy
about honesty and ass-kicking:
if you ask for it, I have to let you have it.

You want to know what I make?

I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional medal of honor
and an A- feel like a slap in the face.
How dare you waste my time with anything less than your very best.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall
in absolute silence. No, you may not work in groups.
No, you may not ask a question.
Why won't I let you get a drink of water?
Because you're not thirsty, you're bored, that's why.

I make parents tremble in fear when I call home:
I hope I haven't called at a bad time,
I just wanted to talk to you about something Billy said today.
Billy said, "Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don't you?"
And it was the noblest act of courage I have ever seen.

I make parents see their children for who they are
and what they can be.

You want to know what I make?
I make kids wonder,
I make them question.
I make them criticize.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them write, write, write.
And then I make them read.

I make them spell
definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful
over and over and over again until they will never misspell either one of those words again.

I make them show all their work in math.
And hide it on their final drafts in English.

I make them understand that if you got this (brains)
then you follow this (heart) and if someone ever tries to judge you
by what you make, you give them this (the finger).

Let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:
I make a goddamn difference!
What about you?
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There are not enough hours in the day.  I woke up at 5.30am and I'm still not caught up on all the work stuff I have to do, let alone my study/social life/etc.  Will finish my accounts stuff tomorrow morning & possibly pop in to work on Sunday to do the shift authorisations so that payroll goes smoothly next week.

The good news:  I am loving my new dress quite a lot.  And I'm home now, so I can chill out a bit.  Will probably pay for takeaways for dinner so that I don't have to cook & settle in to watch some CSI.  Yay!

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  • 18:34:39: 2 new dresses from my fav store. Bought them online because the local store didnt have my size. Hooray 4 Visa Debit!
  • 21:46:08: Damn you, Vodafone, for capping our net speed when we're nowhere near our data cap! Wtf.

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  • 21:48:08: Super gutted - first time called up for jury duty & cant do it as im in another city now! Time to re-enroll!

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I've heard the term "working mum" a fair bit.  Why haven't I heard "working dad"? 

Julie at The Hand Mirror has some interesting musings on the topic.
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Such a busy week!

Dinner on Tuesday was lovely; was so good to see A. & A. again.  They're good people, and are fun and easy to hang with.  It was really nice to eat a good meal & watch some TV with friends.

And then on Thursday, we had fish & chips for dinner at Muriwai beach with M & JC.  Walked along the sand as the sun set, until it got cold enough that we had to return to the car.  Good times.

Friday was a bit of a clusterfuck at work (misplacing $150 = stressful), but I managed to get a lot done in the end.  My boss seemed a bit unhappy too, which made things less fun.  She's going away for her annual leave in a couple of weeks, which hopefully will cheer her up.  I'm slightly freaked by the thought, however, as my work load is gonna triple.

You know, in addition to the 200 research paper I'm taking this semester.  0_0

Plus, Kazzy is gonna be ridiculously busy with both his jobs in March, surveying and whatnot.

AND we have J&R's wedding on the 20th!  For which I have to provide food!  At least I have sorted my dress, so just need to find shoes & jewellery & some cute bowls for displaying desserts.

Um, yeah.

It's hard to feel worked up about any of this, however, because this weekend I purchased three things:
  1. CSI seasons1-6 in a pack with an aluminium case
  2. Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke on CD
  3. aaaaaaaaand The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin!!!
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The good news is that Lilo came home.  Yay!  She spent today alternating between sleeping on my desk and sitting on my window-sill, as far as I can tell.  She certainly seems happy enough.

Work was good today.  I feel like I'm finally settling in.  There are still plenty of things for me to learn, but every day I get the hang of something new, so I'm making progress at least.  I've also begun reorganising stuff, and there's a ton of archiving to do, which will clear up a lot of space in my office.  Tomorrow is payroll day, and ought to be fun considering how many staff we've had off sick etc.  My boss is one very awesome chick, though, so I know she'll help me out a lot.  I'm very lucky.

My exam on Friday was much easier than I thought, and now I'm super-impatient about getting my grade.  Better be worth the money I paid for that paper - the actual learning process itself certainly wasn't.  And now it's difficult to be motivated about my next few papers.  It's a bad sign when I'm more interested in reading books about MS Access than I am in studying for a paper!

I finally watched season one of Farscape.  It grew on me, although I'm not fanatical about it.  The Aussie accents still throw me!  Might give the next season a shot and see how it goes.  Possibly all my fan energy has been spent on NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, which I am currently loving.

Tomorrow we're having my cuz and her partner over for dinner.  I can't wait; it's been ages since they've visited us.  I'm gonna do some chicken & chorizo kebabs for the bbq, along with chinese honey sausages and some lamb steaks.  Add a salad and some minted baby potatoes, and we're done!  Then it'll be time to sit back and watch House at 8.30pm.  :-D


Feb. 21st, 2010 07:24 pm
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Two days ago, we got a new cat.  She's actually the mother of our current kitty, and she'd been living with Kazzy's parents until they moved towns.  At that point, she went to live with Kazzy's sister, who also had another kitty of her own.  The two cats did not get along: mama kitty is very bossy and greedy, and J's other kitty was not coping well with this invasion.

So we volunteered to try Lilo (aka mama cat) here, figuring she'd hopefully get on better with our (also bossy and greedy) kitty, Neo.  Two days we had her... and then she ran away.  Don't ask me how; the friggin' thing must've been taking lessons from Houdini.

I'm hoping she comes back when she's ready.  She is super cute and cuddly, and is the third generation of cats owned by Kazzy's family.  It would be really sad if she's gone for good!

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