The Proposal

как проходит стентирование It has been just over 3 months since Matt popped the question & I haven’t blogged about it yet. Work & life has just gotten in the way again. Ironically enough, the wedding planning has also taken up most of my time & weekends are usually spent over at Matt’s place, which doesn’t leave very much time at all to pen thoughts down. I do want to immortalise the moment, so that I can read it in the future & recall the great memories and emotions associated with this 🙂

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перевод кг в куб метр It was a bright, hot sunny Saturday morning on the 9th of January. It wasn’t very much of a special day, all I knew that Matt was going to take us on a drive to somewhere but didn’t say where. I was quite happy to just sit in the car, feeling pretty excited by it all. I must say, it was incredibly hot that day, what a day to pick! Matt drove us up the Kwinana Freeway, I had no idea where we were heading to still but when we got to the CBD & pulled off at the Mounts Bay exit, I instantly knew where we were going. I had an inkling that he was going to pop the question, but I had absolutely no idea where.

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We then pulled into Fraser’s Avenue & into King’s Park. King’s Park is a bit of a special place to us, it is literally where we first met & had our first kiss. We parked & walked to our special spot, where we had our first kiss. It was quite a bit of a trek and we were both trying to work out where the spot was, we worked up quite a bit of a sweat doing this! Matt kept keeping me on one side of him, as he had the ring in one pocket & he didn’t want me to realise haha! When we got nearer to our special spot, Matt then had a bit of a stomach ache & had to go searching for a toilet (sorry honey!). I ended up waiting on the side of the road & watched while a wedding was being set up nearby. The vendors even asked if we were there for the wedding. Haha, no but we would’ve gone if we were invited!

 

Off we went after that to find the particular bench we had our first kiss on. We had to take a picture to commemorate the moment, just over 4 years after we first met. I still have the picture of when we literally first met each other. I really cherish those memories!

Special bench!

We reminisced a bit about all the memories & things we’ve been through together. It was great just being able to enjoy nature & be in the company of your loved one.

 

Matt then went down on one knee, gave a bit of a speech & popped the question. I of course said yes! Don’t tell anyone, but I did have a bit of a teary moment when he popped the question. The ribbon on the ring box got a bit stuck, but we got it open in the end & I got to wear the ring to be future Mrs-I-Wear-Odd-Sockz!

I said yes!

Ring

It Seems To Be Quarterly Update Time

I’ve seemed to have forgotten about the blog once again, so many things have happened in the first quarter of 2016, it’s crazy to think that the first quarter is almost done! I must say, if the first quarter of the year is any indication of how the year is going to go, I think it will be a pretty smashing one!

 

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My most favourite month of the year! This January I turned 30 on the 30th & had a nice quiet dinner at the Atrium, along with free champagne & cake. Was certainly a low key affair & I got to indulge in seafood that night, so I was a happy girl! January was also extra special as Matt popped the question officially & we got engaged on the 9th! I think that story deserves a post on its own 🙂

 

January also marked the point that I have been at work for 2 months in my new-ish job. In that time, we’ve had people start and quit the role & learned heaps of things in the role. Needless to say in my role, there were never 2 days alike & I made lots of phone calls & negotiated heaps to get good outcomes for the families and individuals I worked with.

 

On a personal note, I made the first steps of enquiring about switching my mortgage over to another bank as my current bank was going to hike the rates up as I was currently in a honeymoon phase of discounted rates. A whole 1% difference in interest sure adds up over the years & I’m quite keen to secure the best rates to be able to not pay so much to the banks & be a slave to them.

 

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It was Matt’s birthday in February, so we celebrated with a nice dinner down at Paparazzi in Mandurah. If you haven’t had really good Italian food, I’d suggest they are worth a visit! Portion sizes are huge, but oh so yummy!

 

February also marked the point where I made the steps to actually swap over my mortgage & waited for the banks to talk to each other to organise the switch. Thankfully the people at my new bank are really good & have been very helpful every step of the way. Currently we’re just waiting on my soon-to-be old bank to give my soon-to-be new bank a settlement date. They’ve told my new bank to ring back on the 11th to book in a date. Cheeky buggers are trying to get the extra $87 (+$10 offset account fee) by letting my loan sit there for an extra month. I’ll be glad to be rid of them soon.

 

We also decided on a date for our engagement party & have begun organising for it. It’ll be a pretty cool test for planning for the actual wedding, given that we’re DIY-ing most things & going for a pretty cheap options. Am really looking forward to it all! Poor Matt is going to have to face a crazy Kristine for a while! 😛 We’ve also confirmed 2 bridesmaids & 2 groomsmen so we’re on our way!

 

I’ve also been catching up with friends & family a bit more lately, so we’ve been rather busy this year. Am really looking forward to being more social & catching up with our circle of friends. The first 2 months of the year have been pretty good so far & we’re thoroughly looking forward to the rest of the year!

2016 Goals

2015 has been a pretty action packed year for me & it has come that time where I go over my goals for the year & make new ones in general. In terms of last year’s goals, I reckon I didn’t do too shabbily. I met each goal in varying degrees. I got good grades for my Masters so far, I’ve decluttered a little (I’ve still got quite a bit more to go), I got a new job (am in week 5 & still loving it!) & worked on my side project (still not much progress, but ideas have been penned).

 

I find the yearly goals to be quite a thing to strive for & I generally try to make it achievable & measurable. There’s so many things to do & I’m quite keen to get started! After a bit of thinking & soul searching over the past few weeks, I’ve come up with a few goals for 2016 that I’m hoping will be pretty good.

1.Get fit

I’m not getting any younger & in the past 2 years or so, I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting pretty nonchalant about what I put into my gob & I have stacked on the kilos. I’m not too bothered about appearances, but I do know that my insides are probably not the best that they could be. My goal for the new year is to learn good eating habits & incorporate incidental and purposeful exercise into my daily routines. I want to live long enough to see my kids & grandkids grow up.

 

2. Learn to invest

Since my brother has been investing in the stock market, I’ve been pretty keen on learning how as part of another income strategy. Relying on a single income during my casual days at work with a mortgage, was scary & not something I’m keen to repeat again. I’m keen to learn how to invest in the stock market, as well as developing my side project into a business so that I’m kept occupied, as well as have a bit more income on the side. I’m also keen to learn how to best manage my superannuation as I was monitoring it during my 1.5 years as a casual & all the contributions were being eaten up by fees & taxes. In the end, my fund wasn’t even growing, which bugged me. Now with my new job, I’ve opened a new fund & will rollover my super into the new one when I get paperwork through. At least with a higher income rate, I’d be able to accumulate more super to be able to cater for my retirement.

 

3. See more friends

Now that I’ve got my car, I’m making it a priority to meet up with friends so that I can keep my friendships alive. Not having a car really isolated me & I wasn’t too happy about it all. Am looking forward to catching up with friends but also some me time during the year. Maintaining friendships is something that I’ve let slip in the past, but now with the financial freedom as well as being able to get places, I’m looking forward to it all.

 

4. Learn another language

Matt has gotten into learning German & is keen for someone to learn with him & I need something to occupy my brain with at times, so I’ve decided to learn German with the Duolingo app. Plus also brush up on my conversational Mandarin skills & possibly Italian or French. Matt says I’ve got a knack for language & I figured, why not try it out. Worst that could happen is I can speak broken European languages 😛

 

I think 4 main goals is a pretty good start. Helping people plan as my day job, this part is what I do for a living. I’m pretty keen to get the ball rolling & see how I manage throughout the year!

 

Another side goal or whatever you want to call it, is to be able to go on a holiday this year. I haven’t had a proper holiday in years & am looking forward to paid time off, with 17.5% loading! 😀

New Job!

It’s now the middle of week 2 in my new job. To say the least, I’m loving it! Also am loving Bella Bubbles, my new car. I got her on the 2nd day of work & am still on my first tank of fuel. A Hybrid is probably the best thing I’ve bought!

 

Just got a loan desktop for work today & got my iPhone last Friday. So far have only really settled in today as I’m busy getting phone calls sorted & appointments made. Slowly cutting my teeth into it all & finding my feet. There’s lots of processes & refinement in the process, but am slowly making sense of it all. Irony in it all was I got offered another position yesterday with another branch, which happens to be my former colleague/current colleague’s former position. Haha love it!

 

Not much to report apart from the fact that I’m slowly getting used to my new job & winding down for Christmas. Really looking forward to the paid holidays & the extra 2 days of public holidays throughout the year. And 17.5% leave loading. Yay!

Update September 2015

It has been quite a while since my last update & there’s pretty good reasons for it. As some of you might know, I’ve been working full time, doing uni part time & been busy applying for jobs lately. It’s been quite a full on couple of months & I’ve been struggling to get into the rhythm of things. I was taking 2 units at uni, which equated to approximately 24 hours of studying & assignments each week. I never got close to even that, I’d say I average about 3 to 5 hours each week at most.

There was an assignment that was due on Friday at 11.59pm & I’ve learned that I can only do assignments if I sit down & do them all in one shot. It’s how I’ve always learned & no matter how hard I tried to space things out more, it’s never worked for me any other way. So I started doing my assignment & hit a mental wall just before the deadline & cracked it. It was one of those hurdles that I wasn’t going to be able to jump through this time.

Matt had been cajoling me & encouraging me every step of the way but no matter what, I just could not make myself go on past that point. And I’m glad he knows me well enough to know when I’ve had enough. It came to the point where he was going to walk me through my assignment each step, and that was when I just broke down, unable to tell him what I needed to do & just blubbered some gibberish while crying.

We then talked it through & he told me something that I thought was very profound: that I need some down time & I don’t need to be on the go all the time. I think that hit the proverbial nail on its head. I’ve been working FT since May last year without a decent holiday from work, all the while studying as well. I’ve been trying to finish up my Masters ASAP, all without taking time to breathe & just chill. I admit, I run on deadlines & stress but I think my head just gave up after this stint.

I’m not at all ashamed to admit that I’ve decided to withdraw from that unit & continue with one unit a semester. If I can’t live with time to enjoy life, I don’t see the point. The thing that really cemented this decision is when work rejected my application for the vacation program, which essentially means that I’m in no rush to finish studying or do I intend to apply for their graduate program. It’s been a convoluted blessing in disguise as I’m in a pool for a job that I know is hard but also rewarding at the same time, and back in my initial field of OT & disability. I’m also in the process of finding out if I’m in 2 other pools for another job within the same sector. All 3 of which pays incredibly well.

I’m thinking of having a break next semester from uni to really recharge my batteries & to extend my Masters by a year. At this point, I’m only doing it just so I’ve got an extra qualification. I’m not 100% about working within the industry, which I’m ok with. My ultimate dream job has nothing to do with anything I’m studying or have studied, so I’m just happy enough with whatever comes along for now.

I’m quite relieved at the turn of events & the decision I’ve made this weekend. It’s also come at a good time as Matt was there to support me in what I decided & knew me well enough to help my decision along & to have my best interest at heart. On a lighter note, I feel that one unit at uni is now doable & I’ve only got another 7 weeks till I’ve got a long break again & I’m looking forward to the Royal Show next weekend!

Uni Work Woes

It’s now week 3 for uni & to be quite honest, it’s been rather hectic & difficult to cope. My mojo for studying has left & I’m finding it hard to keep playing catch up in everything. Going to stick it out & push myself further though as I just want to be done with uni & then I can focus on my career & other stuff.

Work hasn’t been particularly motivating but I’ve applied for the vacation program at work, am hoping for something to come out of it. Also am aiming to apply for 2 other pools with the agency I’m already in another pool for. Can’t hurt to get all my cards in various different baskets. Hoping this year will end on a high note & I’ll be able to get a few things ticked off.

Am stuck in a rut & not liking it at all. Hoping to pull myself out of it & hit some goals out of the ball park.

Mid Week Update

It has been quite a busy week so far with uni resuming. The irony is, I haven’t even started my uni work. Just been busy with work & running around doing other things. Plus work has been boring lately, today has been the icing on the cake as there isn’t much to do & I’m stuck with doing work that is reserved only for when it is quiet. Which is pretty mind numbing.

 

I’m hoping that I get called up for my job pool pretty soon, I’m not sure how much longer my brain can be so stagnant. I’ve tried to rack my brain the other day for the last time I did any Professional Development, and last I recall it was in 2012 or 2013. Which says a lot about work investing time & effort into developing my skills. I’m not entirely happy with the situation & truth be told am a bit annoyed that I was always busy with work to be doing CPD. I’m hoping in my next job, it will be different & that I will be given opportunities to develop & expand my skills. At the moment, I’m buying time in my supposedly temp job that was supposed to last for 3 months, but stretched to over a year. I am thankful that I have work, but at the same time am wanting to do & achieve more.

 

Enough ranting for the night. I needed to get that out my system before I blurted that out at work inadvertently. Work has been strongly encouraging my to apply for their summer vacation program, which I will do at some point next week. I’ve also seen a job ad for some positions that I’ve had my eye on since January, that’s been advertised today. That’s on my to-do list for next week amongst other things.

 

Might be time to be getting some work done before bed time. It has been a long day today.

Semester 2 2015

It’s the final week of the semester break before uni starts up again for the semester on Monday. I’m looking forward to finishing up this semester as that would mean that I’ve only got the research units left next year.

 

I’m setting myself the goal to get good grades again for this semester – at least 2 credits or higher. I’m not aiming to be the top student or anything, but I guess to make my learning time semi enjoyable & worth the time, money & effort. The 2 units I’ve got this semester aren’t my favourite & the assessment format & lecturers are probably the worst combo I’ve got. I’m hoping to get out of this relatively unscathed & still sane.

 

Another piece of news is that I’ve been accepted into the job pool that I’ve applied for twice but failed the one time. This time I’ve been accepted & hopefully should get an offer soon. Am hoping it’s sooner rather than later as I’ve just about had it with my job & the current pay I’m on. I’ve been told by my colleagues & boss to apply for the Summer Vac Program, which I will, just so that I’ve got back up plans. Problem is, if I’m accepted into it, I’ve got 12 weeks of work, possibly an offer for the Grad program which starts in 2017 but no guarantee anything might happen & I might lose my current job. I’ve got many second thoughts about it, but worth applying than not knowing what could have happened.

 

I’m making the most of my last few days before uni by watching as much TV as I can get my hands on & watching lots of cooking programs. What can I say, I am food obsessed!

Hiatus and July 2015 Goals

It certainly has been quite a while since I last blogged, I’ve been making the most of my down time from uni with watching heaps of TV & giving my mind a bit of a break. Lord knows that I needed some rest from thinking after work, plus I got sick a couple of times during the break & I’ve just needed time away. I’ve had a bit of a break & gave my head some space to rest & relax. It has been a good time away, but I’m rearing to get back to the blogging bandwagon & my side project.

 

There are a few goals that I’ve managed to work on from May (here). I’ve gotten a quote to get my TV fixed ($25/15 min blocks) & I will get the parentals to send it off when they swing past the Samsung place. I’ve barely made progress on the secret project, but will be jumping back on again now that I’m back online a bit more. I’ve also ended the semester on a high – getting a 66 & 81 for the 2 units that I took last semester. I’ve also re-enrolled for next semesters units, so am good to go on that front too. I didn’t achieve my May goal of blogging too much, but I’ll take what I can get 🙂

 

My goals for July 2015 are:

  1. Spend at least 2 hours per week doing stuff related to the secret project.
  2. Clean up my chest of drawers – organise all the clothes in it & create an op shop/sell pile. I’m partially done with this, but I’m putting it here so that I can say I’ve completed it.
  3. Clean up the spare table in my room – put away all my documents. I’ve got a pile of documents sitting on my desk & it’s not a pretty sight.
  4. Get rid of some clutter in my room. I’ve got too many things stashed in my room as it’s my only storage place in my house & it’s bothering me that everything is still in boxes since I first moved out of my first place in Perth in 2009. There’s lots of things that need to go.
  5. Clean up my cosmetics/makeup/toiletries. I think this one might be a task to be stretched over 2 months, but I’ll add it here.

5 goals seems doable in the next 3 weeks or so & I’m challenging myself to really get off my butt to get some stuff done. I haven’t put anything on the blogging front yet, just cause I’m trying to enjoy my time off uni till August & I want to continue getting my head into the right space to be able to hit the rest of the year off. There’s not long left to the year & it’s starting to get to me as I turn the big 3-0 in January & am starting to really do lots of reflecting & soul searching in terms of what I want in life. Big stuff. Watch this space.

Finishing Semester 1 2015

I handed in my last assignment of the semester last Friday. To say that I hit the submit button with relief, is an understatement. I was so glad that my first semester was over for the year. I just have to rinse & repeat in August.

I’ve got a few things planned over the semester break, one of which includes a bit of a spring cleaning of my room. I’m a bit over living from the floordrobe & want to fully utilise my wardrobe since I practically live from my room & every inch of space is very much valued. I’ve also got some blog posts planned, some other study to do (you didn’t think I’d while my time away, did you?) & some reading time.

Also, some focussed job applications to complete. I’m making it my goal for the rest of the year to get a full time permanent job & am sending this out to the universe. Please & thank you.

I’ll be glad when I finish up my Masters & hopefully not do my phd unless I decide that I’m really bored & want to switch things up again. 2.5 years of study this time round has really eaten me up. I want to just be able to do other things, not just be tied down by study deadlines.

Best be on my merry way back to work now! I’ve got a bit of brain drain happening at the moment staring at spreadsheets & doing mindless tasks. But it pays the bills.

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