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I forgot [Jun. 7th, 2007|02:34 pm]
I'm at work at the moment, and Andrew's gone to Darwin for meetings. I'm finished all my work and still have almost 2 hours of work to go. So I thought I'd write about Amy's birthday.

She woke up on Friday morning, having to go to work that day, which isn't a fun way to start your birthday. I gave her my presents, which included her U2 ipod, which she was very happy with, and then she went to work, as did I. I had booked a table at this restaurant called "Hanumans" which was at her request, because she wanted to try a tasting plate there. Well, turns out that Hanumans wasn't the restaurant she wanted, but we ended up going there anyway. Leonie came to and gave Amy a nice big handbag for a present. She loved it.

Hanumans turned out to be an awesome restaurant - expensive, but really top quality Indian and Asian food. I had spicy pork belly (which I'd only seen on a cooking show days before) and it was fantastic. Amy had a curry, which also was brilliant. Leonie had curried moreton bay bugs, and Mignon had a Tumeric-flavoured Fish curry, which was the blandest meal they had. She was still convinced that the Tumeric burned her tongue, though. :)

Overall, Amy had a nice birthday, although it was never gonna rank up there with the greats, only being Me, Mignon and Leonie - no friends at all. We'll try and have a good one in London next year. I'm sure she would have made plenty of friends by May 08.

Well, I just spoke to Karen Black on the phone and told her that I didn't get the job. She was a little stunned, and said she was genuinely upset and disappointed with that decision, and said that I've picked everything up really quickly, and I'm very good at this job. I let her know it was her and Helen in Darwin that have been good and patient with me that did the trick. Sue also said she told Doris Stuart, the custodian, today and that she was crushed. She apparently kept saying "why all the good ones?" Made me feel nice :).

Well I'd better go now. Can't think of anything to say.
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another update [Jun. 6th, 2007|05:07 pm]
Well, I'm STILL at A.A.P.A., but having thrown my hat in the ring for the permanant office manager position, and waiting for about about a month to hear, I've found out I lost the position. It was either the woman who won or me, though, and from what I could eavesdrop, Andrew was doing a good job at putting my case forward as his preferred applicant. Oh well. I've been asked to stay on til around the end of July to assist training the new office manager, and I'm gonna do it. After that, who knows.

Only about five weeks til mum and dad come to Alice Springs. I'm very excited at the thought of being able to show them around. It will be very sad when they go again, but I can't think of that now.

Amy and Mignon are both having a good time relief teaching, and Amy is in the middle of a 5 week contract at Braitling, while Mignon is working around 2 days a week at her old school at Bradshaw. Its nice, we're all busy, not getting under each others skin anywhere near as much. Lovely!

Well I'll go now, I might update soon if anything happens.
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It's been over a month? [May. 2nd, 2007|03:40 pm]
So it's now the 2nd of May and I'm STILL at AAPA. Last week I received a call about 10 minutes from hometime and was told that my recruitment company, Workzone, had gone into liquidation, and that I was hereby terminated, along with all other temp staff on their books, and full-time employees also. Luckily, Andrew called Clive in Darwin and they are nutting out a 6 week contract for me to be a temporary employee of AAPA. Higher wage, too, and AAPA pays less than what they were to Workzone, too! Everyone wins. Except Workzone, I guess.

Well, after all that talk of rain in my last post, we haven't seen a single drop since. April's total rainfall was a dazzling total of 0.0mm. One of the warmest on records too, thank you very much.

One of the major reasons why I haven't been updating my journal much lately is because Amy's computer's battery is running out and not working properly. We're in the process of buying a new one at the moment, but it will be a while before we have it all back up to scratch. The other day, though, I saw one of the researchers here typing on her livejournal, so I thought "why not?" And here I am.

Andrew has been at a board meeting in Darwin all week, although he'd due back at work tomorrow. Next week, him and all the researchers will be heading to Darwin for a conference, and I'll either be left alone, or with an assistant for much of the week. Should be interesting (ie boring). Give me a good chance to straighten out my office and the filing compactus, though. :))

I recently entered a couple of drabbles in the TrekBBS board. I was surprised how much fun they were to write. I entered three, they each only got 1 vote, and I discovered too late that all the main members on the board just vote for each others stories, but I'm not as bothered by that as I thought I would be. I'm actually just happy to have discovered drabbling. Lots of fun!

Amy's birthday is coming up, and I'm going to finally buy her the U2 Ipod. She should be happy, although she knows it's coming. One surprise I'm planning for her is that I'm going to buy us tickets to the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow, performing at the Araluen Centre this Friday & Saturday. It's not as fun as the real thing, but this way she's seeing a group of them all at once, and it's cheaper than flying to Melbourne. Funnily, in the 5 years we lived in Melbourne, we never bothered going to the Comedy Festival, but now we're in Alice Springs we do. I think it might have something to do with not knowing what you've got til you lose it.

Well I've got some last minute work to do before I go home for the day. Andrew's back tomorrow morning and I want it to look like I've done something while he was gone. hehe. I've applied for the full time Office Manager's job, and I want to show him that I'd be good.

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quick note [Mar. 27th, 2007|09:06 pm]
Well, I'm half-way through my third week working for AAPA, and enjoying it. The regional manager is in Darwin at the moment, so the office is VERY quiet (quieter than usual). I'm going for an interview this Thursday to work in a media company. Closer to home, too. Hope it goes well!

I've seen the Todd flow twice, now, all in the last week and a half. Very exciting, and last Saturday, it was around 15-17 degrees during the middle of the day! AWESOME!!! More cold weather coming, I hope.

OMG, big news today - Anthony Callea has come out. Nar fucken derr. I hear the Pope might be Catholic, too. shhh, keep it quiet though.
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First day [Mar. 12th, 2007|06:21 pm]
Today I began my week of temp work at the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, here in Alice Springs. It's a small office, with only a handful of other people that work in it. There's Andrew, who's the regional manager, who may not have been his usually vibrant self today as he was sick. Val, who's a researcher, spent most of her time in her office today and I didn't have a lot to do with her, and then there was Kellie, who is on loan from the main Darwin office. She was really cool, helped me with pretty much everything, and was happy and funny to boot. I'm glad she was there today to make my first day as easy as possible.

The work was quite easy, but then I'm not doing the full Office manager's job as I don't have to do any of the financial duties (which seems like it might be most of her day). I answer the phone when it calls (about 10 times today, which is a nice difference from the 50-60 at the NAC), fetch the mail and log it into the records programme, log outgoing mail also, and meet and greet the occasional visitor. I'll feel more comfortable with more tasks to do. Kellie said I was going too fast with things and I'll have to learn to slow it down, but I have to find the balance between killing time, taking it easy, and looking useful to the office.

My hours are 8:30 til 4:00 which is very short, especially since 12-1 is lunch. Tomorrow I'll organise to have lunch with Amy and Mignon at the residency, which is only about 3 mins walk away. I'll write more during the week.
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Long drive [Mar. 9th, 2007|11:01 am]
Well a couple of things happened yesterday. I was woken by a call from my employment agency I registered with, offering me a week-long temp assignment. It's for a NT government agency, in the role of an Office Admin assistant. I need to go in today and give them my tax-file and bank details, and 8:30am Monday I'll be working again. Pretty cool.

For lunch, Mignon, Amy and I drove to Aileron Roadhouse, about 1.5 hours north of Alice Springs. We went there with the promise of good food and an interesting "Big Aborigine" to see. Well the Aborigine was big, just like the "big pineapple", "big lobster", "big merino", etc Unfortunately, the food was ultra-expensive ($7.00 for a bowl of chips gives you an idea), and the room to eat it in was really hot and a little bit smelly. So Amy and I grabbed a pie and some wing-dings (an Alice Springs staple food), and Mignon grabbed a sandwich, and we got in the car and drove straight home again, stopping briefly to take a photo of the "Big Aborigine" and the "Tropic of Capricorn" landmark.

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Yet another huge gap! [Mar. 5th, 2007|12:29 pm]
Well it's been a few months again, and this time LOTS has happened. I am now living with Amy and Mignon in Alice Springs, having made the huge journey just over a week ago. Packing up from our house in Melbourne was sheer hell, what with only a week to do it and high temperatures and humidity to do it in. The week before that, we all went to Tasmania, which was absolutely beautiful. Travelled on the Spirit of Tasmania during the day to Devonport, which took about 10 hours. We then drove to a beautiful little community called "Promised Land", which is notable for "TASMAZIA", one of the biggest mazes in the Southern Hemisphere. Amy was ecstatic! :) We stayed in a beautiful place called "the Loft", which was like a log cabin perched above the carport.

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Trying to ignore the part where we heated our brakes til the tyres caught fire (literally) driving downhill towards Cradle Mountain and had to call the Tas version of RAA (see photo below), the rest of the holiday was perfect, from Hobart, to Launceston. There will be more descriptions and photos to come.

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Right now, I'm looking for work here in Alice Springs. The temperature has been over 39 for every day I've been here so far, and we've just heard February has been the hottest and driest since records began back in the 30's. So once again, I picked the worst time to come here. At least this time I have the satisfaction of knowing that I'll be here long enough to see *gasp* cool weather and maybe *double gasp* a drop of rain!!!

Back to looking for jobs.
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Christmas soon [Nov. 21st, 2006|02:42 pm]
Well here I am again. Only a month and a bit til Christmas! It's so hot today, but I'm on the phone with mum and dad at the moment and it's a massive thunderstorm in Adelaide which will hopefully be here by tomorrow! :)))

Things have happened. I've relocated my i-pod, not even a week ago. I had given up hope of finding it, and had bought another cheap mp3 player to use instead, and while looking for that player's cord one night, I stumbled across old poddy himself! so very happy. :)

I also went to sydney and saw both U2 concerts and WOW. I've never really cared for U2 before I met Amy but I've been converted. The concerts were amazing - 1 night we were GA and had to line up all day to get in, the next we had seats and turned up at 8pm and had great seats. Both nights were great in their own way (although being an old fart I much preferred just turning up for my seats, to lining up). Amy was very happy seeing her favourite band in the whole world, and that alone was worth it all.

The melbourne concerts have just finished, and Felicity and Madeline stayed here for the weekend. Unfortunately, everyone got sick with gastro or something, and Madeline is still really bad, although Amy is starting to feel a little better.

I'll write more later when I think of what to say.
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Almost September already?? [Aug. 31st, 2006|01:49 pm]
Well, who would have thought it, but I'm still working the crappy call-centre job. Always waiting for that perfect time to leave, yet constantly waiting til just after I take my next holidays, I'm still grinding away. I'm about to go away for a few weeks to Alice Springs and Adelaide, and I swear that this will be my last holiday while at this job, so I'm looking for a new one the moment I get back. Plus my team-leader, Caroline, is going away on maternity leave next week anyway, so we'll have a shitty replacement who I won't like as much which will only inspire me to go.

A few new updates. My computer broke, luckily Amy's is still working fine. I've completely lost my i-pod and have no idea where it could have gone. I know it has to be in the house as I lost it between having it in the house and driving to the train station. I realised it was gone before I even left the car, and I've checked that, so it MUST be here. Hopefully the next time I write I will have found it. On the bright side, I've been reading my novel a lot faster than usual, since that's how I fill in my time to and from work. At the moment, I'm halfway through "Ceasar's Women". Excellent book!

I just finished working 7 days in a row, which is a worthy achievement I think. Proper 8 hour shifts, too, no shortened periods. Even though I have lots of errands to do today it's still a nice break. Only 2 hours before I pick up Amy from school, she's teaching grade 1s and 2s. I'm gonna go to the laundromatt and wash a couple of loads, as ours has broken again. This time we're not fixing it; it's more trouble than it's worth.

Well, I hope it won't be another 5 months before I write. I'm sure as soon as I do something interesting like get another job I'll have plenty to write about. Ciao.
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hey ho [Mar. 20th, 2006|11:55 am]
for the last few months I've felt really blah about writing this journal. I still don't feel that great about it, i guess cos I'm not doing anything worth writing down. My life is still just get up, computer, work, tv, bed. That's it. The most fun thing I do during the day is listen to the rips of the Howard Stern Show I download onto the ipod every day, which keeps me laughing. Work is really boring, seems to drag on forever, and gets me down about the human race, because in a job like mine you're presented with a never-ending stream of people who are either very stupid and cannot take 1 minute to work out a problem themselves but have to immediately call customer service, or people who are so miserly they will call us to complain that they "THINK" they have been overcharged 24 cents or something. Not to mention I hate talking on the phones at the best of times, even with friends, so how I survived this job for a year, where all I do is talk on the phone, is beyond me.

I'm on broadband at last. Have been for the last month or so. Very cool, lots of great downloading. Have hooked Amy's new laptop up and we both share the internet connection which is also great. no more fighting over the internet. yay :)

Amy and I haven't been out for a while. Tonight I think I will take her to this Ethiopian restaurant in Footscray that I've wanted to take her to for ages. It's really cheap but I've heard heaps of good reviews about it, so we'll see for ourselves.

Well, until I think of something new, I'll say bye,

Bye,. :P
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