31 December, 2005

new years eve resolutions??

So I'm sitting here on the second hottest day this summer (yesterday was 42c) contemplating new year's eve and if I have any resolutions to make. Ya know.. I can't think of a damn thing.

All the usual things are pretty much out. I don't smoke so can't give up. I've been told to lose weight by my doc (because of the diabetes) so I'm already trying to lose it and get fit etc. I'm already someone who saves (had to, to get the LASIK done!). I just can't think of anything I want to change about myself. Well, stuff I'm not already working on, I mean.

I could try to get more sleep, I guess. I do tend to stay up later than I should. Mind you, that's a bit of a trade off with my 'me time'. Since I'm trying to exercise a min 30 mins a day (though it is usually 45-60 mins most days) I feel I don't get much time to myself as it is.

I could try to be tidier house-wise, but to be honest, with a 3 year old in the house it's not exactly easy. Particularly with a small house and a large amount of new toys to try to find places for! (At the moment most of his new toys are living in the lounge room. I need to pack up a lot of old stuff in his room to make space).

So, back on topic... do I have any new year's resolutions? I'm thinking I might aim to be more positive and leave it at that. The last year and a half haven't been great.

The last few months of 2004 and first few of 2005 just sucked at work. Our team had supervisors with an agenda (and yes this agenda was confirmed by two separate sources) to 'manage' certain people out of the job. Well funnily enough two of those were sacked (and won unfair dismissal claims) and three others were demoted (and have now left the company). The whole team was under enormous strain and the centre manager and HR held several reconcilliation meetings between the team and supervisors. In the end almost half the team ended up leaving the company (others that weren't part of the 'agenda' left the company anyway due to the stress) or changed to other departments, and the supervisors are in other jobs in the company. Then in the last few weeks, our job was split - half of the duties (and five team members) were taken to another department. There is still some uncertainty if what's left will be enough to keep us busy (but we're madly trying to think of 'other jobs' to justify us, heh).

Earlier this year I contracted some sort of illness that lasted several months. At first it was thought to be whooping cough (I did have exposure to a confirmed case), but tests ruled that out, and it was decided whatever I originally had led to an inflammation of the lungs which then turned into asthma (never had that before). Whatever it was, it tooks *months* before I felt better. Thankfully, more tests have shown I don't have asthma now.

Then six months ago, I was told I had diabetes. Borderline (Hb1Ac of 7), so controlled by diet and I was told to lose weight. My last Hb1Ac was 5.9, which is considered high normal. So I'm hoping I can lose weight and bring that down even more. Mind you I've only lost a total of 5 frickin' kilos in six months (pathetic!!), why does it have to be so hard???

So there you go, that's my sucky year. Now all that is behind me - 2006 is going to be much better!

29 December, 2005


Yesterday my left eye was good and my right was blurry. Right now, my right eye is fine and the left is blurry. I guess my left eye is definitely the dominant one, as my vision is more blurry than not. Still lovin' the LASIK though!

28 December, 2005

My eyes

My vision's a bit weird today. I had LASIK surgery in early November and my eyes are still adjusting, I guess (I'm told it can take a few months to settle properly). Today my left eye is great but my right is really really blurry.

It's hard to describe but that makes it very strange looking at things. My left eye is obviously dominating at the moment because I can see fine - it just feels wrong. It's giving me a bit of headache as my eyes adjust to it but I was told that my vision may still be adjusting and if it keeps bothering me to come in and have it checked.

I must admit I'm loving not having to wear glasses. I first got them at around the age of 10 so I've worn them longer than not. I can't wait til my vision settles a bit more though. My close vision still isn't as good as I need, to get back into my beading. I guess I could probably do stuff with larger beads but seed beads are still out. Hmm.... I did get some very nice bali beads for Christmas, perhaps a nice bracelet with them and some larger beads might fulfil my craving ;)

27 December, 2005

one hour til my release

Oh my god, I layed my head on my desk for just a moment and closed my eyes (I have a slight headache) and I swear I must have fallen asleep! I woke up with a start.

One hour to go till I can go home. At least tomorrow will be busier.

bored now

I'm at work and bored. It's a public holiday here in Australia so there aren't many things for my team to do today. There's 3 people rostered on so far but we really don't need that many (and who knows who else is rostered on later). Things just get *so* quiet at this time of the year.

Problem is, our team has had the job duties split. One large component has been taken away (along with 5 of our team members) and placed into another area. What's left of our team is now back to the original duties only (yeah, I know I'm being vague - it's deliberate ok?). Only problem is, we've got too many people for that job now.

So what now? I guess we need to find ways of diversifying and adding other duties. Otherwise we may have to occasionally do a stint of level 1 helpdesk and to be honest, it would be too much for me to bear. I've been a level 2 rep for almost 6 years - I really don't think I could handle it (and stay sane).

I guess I really need to move on to another job. It would be difficult though, as the money is very good and the location works so well for us. So, I'll hang out here and see how things go.

Hmmm.... I wonder if we can get marketing to come up with some daft new scheme. Going by their past efforts, that'd certainly give us plenty to do!!

26 December, 2005

Christmas - that's a wrap

So Christmas is over for another year. Chickie had a very Thunderbird Christmas. His face just lit up everytime he opened a present that was Thunderbirds related. We probably went way over the top with the presents, but you get that...

It was a lovely day. Spent with the in-laws (my family live almost 2000 kilometres away) - nice food, no arguments and very relaxing. I was very excited with the gift from J and Chickie - a helicopter joy flight :) I've been tandem sky-diving, been in a glider, an old tiger moth plane, hot air balloon and soon a helicopter! I can't wait. I have to say - J's an absolute sweetie and he spoils me.

I enjoyed Christmas this year. I was a little naughty and had a piece of lemon meringue pie for dessert. I'm a diabetic so I really shouldn't have, but I figured since the doctor calls my diabetes borderline, one piece would be ok. Wasn't easy to resist the munching though - lots of yummy lollies/chocolates/nuts/dips were all around. Chickie was obviously too excited to eat. His complete food diary for the day consisted of one slice of toast with vegemite for breakfast, several slices of ham for lunch, almost a full bowl of watermelon pieces for dinner and a couple of glasses of milk and water thrown in throughout the day. He just refused everything else. At least today he was back to a varied menu (not to mention vegies again!!).

We took Chickie to the beach today. He didn't want to go, to start with. So we thought we'd just go for a drive and wander about on the sand for a bit (and not do the full beach/swiming costumes/swimming thing). He didn't want to go near the water at all to start with but by the end he was jumping over the waves and got thoroughly soaked. Now he wants to go back tomorrow. I have to work but J has time off so perhaps they might.

Hmmm working tomorrow. Ah well, at least it's public holiday. Hopefully very quiet and they're paying me double time. I guess I can handle that *grin*.

24 December, 2005

Santa's on his way

It's Christmas eve and Chickie has been jumping around like the proverbial mexican jumping bean (does that exist? and if so, does it really jump??). He's so excited :) He's singing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer right now.

Soon we're going to head out and drive around to see the Christmas lights. Hopefully that means when we get home he'll be so tired that he'll head right off to sleep (well, I can hope can't I?). Then Santa will come and leave him the Tracy Island he's been talking about for 6 months. This kid is just crazy about The Thunderbirds.

I wouldn't call myself religious at all, so for me Christmas is all about Santa for the kids and getting together with family. This year it's a little sad. One of the people I work with, in the call centre, was killed last weekend in a head on car crash. I didn't know her very well - just to say hi and have a joke with, but the whole centre was upset. Her funeral was Thursday and over 300 people attended. She would have liked that so many people came to send her off, I'm sure. I really feel for her family. What a terrible thing to happen at anytime, but a week before Christmas must make things so hard. So, if you're driving around this Christmas, please take extra care.

23 December, 2005

Welcome to my life.

Is that how you're supposed to start a blog? I've never done this before so I guess I should think about what I'm going to say. hmmm... not much probably. I really just want a place to put down my thoughts.

So about me? I'm female, almost 40 and an Aussie. I have a partner (I'll call him J) and a sweet little 3.5 year old (I'll call him Chickie).

I currently work as second level tech support for an ISP but I've had a few different career paths - most long-lived was radio announcer.

Well, no doubt I'll be adding more stuff soon!