August 31, 2014

Waving from Down Under

*pops up out of oblivion for a quick posting*

Hello all!

Just a very quick update to say that I "still aint' dead" (Pratchett reference for those in the know :D )

Currently working two jobs to make ends met - 3 days (Monday to Friday) at one centrally located in the city; and 2 days a week on the far side of the city (3 buses to reach it so a bit of a commute). The second job is a temporary 'backfill' position while someone is away on six weeks leave.  I am hoping if I make a good impression that I will be mentioned to other libraries in the Government net as being reliable and useful whenever they need someone to do a temporary coverage.

Am enjoying both jobs - very different from each other. Job one is with a teaching curriculum area; Job two - a forensic library (and no... I won't read any more of the random reports that hit my work email from now on.  First one was enough of an "eewwww" to teach me)

IN at home things. Laundry refit is almost completed.  A number of delays - mostly due to my on-going recent health dramas - have pushed the completion back a bit.  The 14th of this month will see the installation of the handmade (by my Dad) bench top - and that will be the final item.  My Dad was keen to make it from the remainder of the wooden floor panels that I have in my lounge room - so he's been labouring over it for the last month (the longest and most vital board having a major bow in it - he's been flattening it via my older brothers gym weights set)

In "going to cost me $$" renovations - I have a Contractor dropping by tomorrow to quote purchase and installation of a reverse air-conditioning unit. A very necessary thing when I will be off on holidays come November (my "once in a lifetime trip" with a friend) and my Parents have offered to come and stay and look after my cat.  Their own home is fully air-conditioned and since November over here is the end of spring in to summer - I worry about them over heating. So large financial investment about to occur that I had originally planned to do sometime next year... opps!

And since I hate having strangers enter my place if it's a mess (friends - ehhh... they can and do survive with the inevitable detritus of my busy life) - I have spent much of today cleaning and de-cluttering (mostly items that belong in the laundry but have been living upstairs for the last year due to lack of room to both renovate AND store things).  AM exhausted but it's almost done

So yes - not very exciting life but one that is productive. Being a grown up can be hard work!

Oh and in mil-support... sadly I am without anyone to support at the moment.  My last adoptee went home in early August and I decided I need to take a bit of break till my health has improved. I miss having someone to spoil and make smile so I will be looking to rejoin one of the support teams come December or the New Year (but not the group I was affiliated with 2009 until earlier this year.  Their newly acquired worship of the almightly dollar offends me greatly when always before it was "for the troops".. now it seems to be "dollars for us first"...)

Am willing to take on personal recommendations if you personally know of someone deployed and in need of Happiness parcels.  They have to be willing to have an adoptive "Nutty" Australian Auntie for the duration and not mind receiving amusing snacks once in a while *cough Musk Sticks cough*.  Contact me directly - via the email listed on my "about" page

And now I need to head off to sleep.  Much to achieve prior to the Contractors arrival tomorrow (and woe to him if he fails to arrive - I was required to swap my only day off this month to accommodate him!)

Stay safe all!


  1. Sounds like you are very busy! I admire your energy! Will be excited to see renovations and I am sure you will like the cool air. Hugs!

  2. I am grateful to say I know no one who is deployed. What is a reverse air conditioner? Is that similar to a furnace? A forensics library . . . I don't know if I could handle that because I'd be so tempted to look.


  3. Janie - a Reverse or Split system means it pumps cold air in summer and warm air in winter (so not just a "cooler")

    1. I think that's what we call a . . . give me a minute. I can't think of the name. Ah! Heat pump!

  4. Glad to hear you're percolating along... :-) And progress IS a good thing!!! Hope the extra work pays off too!!!

  5. Pop up out of oblivion for a quick posting again and give us an update! Hope you're feeling better and all the renovations are behind you :)