Operation Wedding Ready

The countdown to the big day is going pretty quickly. There’s quite a few things left to do & I really need to get moving in terms of getting it all done in time. It has been a pretty busy few months at work and random things around the house too. My brother and parents are preparing to move out once their place gets built and I’m getting ready to move Matt in & clean up my place prior to that happening.

 

Wedding wise, it’s been pretty slack around here. I’ve tested the recipe for our wedding cake, received some RSVPs eventhough I haven’t sent out Save the Dates and our wedding guest list looks to be expanding still. I’m not too stressed about the whole thing as yet, I’m a bit blase about it to be honest. Oh, and the tailor for the bridesmaids dresses has absconded with the money :’P I could be devastated, but I’m not. Thankfully we found out now, so we’ve still got time to fix it all up.

 

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Did a spot of baking for work’s Melbourne Cup lunch last week. The cake went down a treat, which is great! I really need to get more baking and cooking done, can’t wait to have my kitchen back & get started with practicing my cooking and baking skills.

 

Joined the gym over the weekend, in an effort to get fitter and look better. So far I cancelled out my efforts by eating heaps. The gym really does make my appetite go mental! Will try again this weekend to keep more active and get the sweats on.

 

Been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days, hoping it is just minor bug and will go away soon. I can’t afford to have any more days off. I’ve got some days off in November, will be the first time since I started here a year ago that I’ve had any decent time off. Albeit its only a few days, but it is better than nothing. Work has been pretty busy and I’m trying to keep stress levels to the minimum and get stuff done.

Mid October Blues

I can’t believe it’s just after the middle of October already. Matt told me today that he got an e-mail saying that it’s 67 days till Christmas! *insert OMG emoticon*

 

Where has the year gone?! In just over a month, I would’ve been at my current workplace for a year. It has been a year of ups and downs, lots of changes and lots of lessons learnt. This time last year, I was lamenting on how I needed a new job as my job was paying pretty crap pay & I couldn’t survive on that for very much longer. Today, I’m so thankful I get an automatic salary increase on my anniversary date and another increment in the middle of the year due to the bargaining agreement.

 

Been a bit up and down lately at work, my mood has been pretty stable since I cut out the coffee. I worked out through trial and error that it was giving me anxiety and made my mood quite low. Been a bit stressed but am taking it day by day and hoping to achieve small goals every day to keep me on track. I’m also keeping my side project dream alive by working on little things each day & thinking about the ideas I have for it and documenting it.

 

You might say I’m a bit selfish for having exit plans from work, but to be honest I’m just forward planning. When we start having a family, I don’t want to be driving almost 3 hours a day to get to and from work, I much rather spend the time with my children and husband. I might not make as much money, but it would be doing something I love and will give me flexibility to grow and adapt with my family. I feel that’s important for me at this point in my life.

 

Anyway, a really funny thing happened at work today. I had worked pretty hard on a piece of work, ready for my manager to speak to his manager about. The negotiation for this had been going on for about 2 months with this. I provided my manager a hard copy of the document for the discussion. Fast forward 2 hours later, my manager comes out to me with his hand out. I was procrastinating work and had just finished playing a game on my phone when I turned to look. I was very puzzled to what was going on, I took it as an indication to smack his hand.

 

I asked my manager what was going on. He sheepishly told me that in the rush of him wanting to print a previous version of the document to take to his manager along with the current version, he accidentally hit the copy to draft button, which meant that my current document now looked like my previous document. Those damn buttons are located next to each other in the database, and usually there is a warning before it copies it over completely, but not this time. I was a bit shocked but oh well, accidents happen. I then spent about an hour redoing the document and sending off for quotes to an organisation again, I’ll have to redo the rest of the document tomorrow. Haha if I didn’t laugh at it, I would’ve cried.

The rest of the week looks to be pretty busy, but I end the week with a morning tea with our director general. I’m pretty happy with that to be honest. Now to focus on finishing the week on a high note!

July 2016: EOFY Business

It’s now July, another financial year done & dusted. Normally I try to be quite on top of things in terms of tax refunds as I would like to see my hard earned money back in my account ASAP. Due to a bit of a glitch with my health insurance’s computer system, I don’t know when I am able to get my tax statement from them so that I can finish up my tax. Received my PAYG from my current & previous employer and am thoroughly surprised at how much tax has been taken out. Partly because I’ve got a HECS debt & I’ve hit the threshold for repayment. I can’t complain as it was a loan for me to further my studies, although I’d be really happy once I’ve repaid it all & I can have the extra money in my pocket.

 

The Pokemon Go craze has hit & I’ve joined the bandwagon. I’m not a fanatic Pokemon fan, but the gameplay which is a mix of Ingress with Pokemon really has fascinated me. This is me after a few days’ worth of playing.

 

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I’ve gotten up to level 8, but am mostly a weekend player since I can’t really walk a lot during the day at work & am too tired to be hunting Pokestops & Pokemon during the week. Although my work desk is near a Pokestop, it is about 3m too far for the GPS to register, guess I will have to find excuses to pop outside for things to do every now & then! The cold weather at the moment is also a hindrance to walking outside to look for Pokemon, my fingers are frozen while typing this in my room! Might be time to turn up the heater to warm up.

Wedding Countdown: Just Under 12 Months!

It has been quite a while since my last update, it has been quite the roller coaster of emotions. Work had been rather stressful & my brain was on over drive with them bad hormones, causing stress & not such a great outlook on life. Since my last post, it has gotten better, my brain has been tamed & I have since better learned how to manage things at work.

 

The wedding day has been hurtling our direction rather quickly at the moment. Instead of wedding planning, I’ve now decided it should be called wedding countdown. Thankfully since my last wedding update post, things have been going pretty well. From my previous list of things to do, these are the ones left:

  • Book accommodation for the night before & upgrading to the suite. Suite is booked & deposit ready to be paid on my scouting visit next Friday.
  • Organise wedding cake. Mum has volunteered to make the cake, I will need to still supervise though (teehee :P)
  • Make bouquets. I’ve decided to go fake flowers as real were going to cost around $400 to $500 versus around $150 for fake. Just ordered the bouquets, just have to assemble them together now.
  • Confirming makeup artist for myself and bridesmaids if required. MUA booked, just need to book the trial now.
  • Make/buy wedding favours. More ideas for these, just have to put them into action now
  • Get remainder of jewelry – wedding rings & other accessories. Already sourced some earrings. We’ve sourced my wedding rings, just need other jewelleryand Matt’s rings.
  • Get the remainder of documents to the celebrant for the Notice of Intended Marriage. Just need to organise a meeting closer to the date
  • Confirm guest list. Guest list is still being finalised, but hoping to get numbers between 80 to 100 guests
  • Send out save the dates. Should be sent out in the next few months or so
  • Send out invitations. Needs to be designed, made & sent out 3 months before
  • Get sized for wedding dress, alter dress. Getting sized next Friday (eek!)
  • Get possible cheongsam/qipao for tea ceremony. Found one I like, I just have to get measured for it & order it tailor made.

I’ve also managed to order the robes for myself & my bridesmaids (on sale!), plus get some more cool ideas for the invites & favours. I must say, I’m rather impressed with what we’ve achieved so far, just have to keep up the effort till the day. I’m rather looking forward to the married life & settling down & not having to live between 2 places each week. Funnily enough, I’ve done that most of my life & I’ve hated the moving. I will be glad to be able to settle into my own space & kitting it out in my style.

 

I know I keep talking about it, but one of the major things I need to be doing is decluttering & getting rid of things that I don’t need. I’ve got a whole heap of things that probably could be sold off in a garage sale & things that just need a place to be put. Living in a small 3×2 cottage lot means that things have to be quite compact & I’m currently living from my room. Most of belongings are stuffed into my room – travel bags, shoes, clothes, books, magazines, toiletries, games, TV and the list goes on & on. Once my parents & brother move out, I will be busy revamping the place inside & out. It is a bit of gargantuan task to be undertaking, but one that is long overdue. I haven’t unpacked some things from my first move in 2008. That’s 8 years that things have been sitting in boxes everywhere. I expect to be overwhelmed but that’s ok, I just need to get a start on.

 

I’ve got lots more to blog about, but unfortunately in between working full time and trying to plan a wedding, that doesn’t leave much free time between that and sleeping. I value my sleep quite a bit, hence why it’s now time to bid you all good night! I’m hoping to be back soon as I’ve got quite a bit more on my mind lately & want to get it down here 🙂

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!

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.

Friday Matters 1st May 2015

I’ve decided to come up with hopefully a weekly series of Friday musings. It’s the day of the week I generally look forward to the most, given that I usually head over to Matt’s for the weekend & not have to worry about work for at least 2 whole days.

This Friday is slightly different as I’m at mine for the weekend due to an assignment which is due at midnight which I haven’t quite done much for. It’s a bad habit I have, leaving assignments till the last minute, but I find that I work the best under pressure. There’s a difference between pressure & tiredness & unfortunate these 2 nearly always intersect when I’m writing the assignment. No matter, I’ve got a plan to finish my assignment tonight as I’ve done a few bits & pieces. Also helps that the unit is a first year unit which is modified slightly for postgraduates. For that, I’m grateful.

The other night I tried my hand at some overnight curls for the 2nd time & it didn’t end very well. As my hair is very long & slightly dry, the curls stuck too much & I couldn’t separate them for then to look presentable. Instead, I looked like someone who had a bad day with an electric socket. I’ll spare you that picture, but he’s what I did to get those stubborn curls.

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When I woke up, I found all my bobby pins stored on my bedside table which was so weird. I must’ve taken it off in the middle of the night without realising it. Heh. Lesson learned from this experiment, don’t twist but curl & don’t put it all in a high pony tail to sleep.

Also an update on my flu shot arm, it’s gotten better & I’m only left with a slight discoloured ring on my arm & it’s not sore any more. Not bad I say.

Needing to get through work today & that assignment before the weekend here it’s Borderlands time! Also time to work on the next assignment which is due next Friday. I’m betting I’ll leave it all till the last minute again 😂

Anything exciting happen during the week? Let me know in the comment s

Colouring My Stress Away

I recently got the adult colouring book, Secret Garden & some colour pencils to give it a try. I’ve spent about 15 mins the past 2 nights colouring in & it’s been a great stress relief.

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I’m forecasting hours of Zen like colouring in. The book itself is made of really think, high quality paper & there more than enough pages to last me a year or so of colouring. There are some pages which allow for you to colour in & solve some puzzles which is a great way to blow off steam. There’s just something about doing the simple act of focussing & colouring within the lines! Brings me back to my childhood days, where things were much simpler.

Ways to De-Stress

I’ve been in a bit of a foul mood yesterday (I blame PMS!) & have only just started really getting my head out of the funk today. I’ve been thinking about the things that can lighten my mood & make me less snappy & came up with the list below.

1. Listening to radio or music

I’m quite lucky that my boss and workplace allows me to listen to music/radio as long as my work is done. The office can get quite noisy at times which is quite distracting,
most staff have earphones plugged into the computer & listen to things on YouTube or radio. Being able to tune into music & just concentrate on that plus work really helps with getting my head back into the right space.

 

2. Having a quick browse on the Internet
Being able to quickly hop on to one of my favourite blogs or cooking websites helps me break up the monotony of the day. Browsing yummy food on the Internet definitely takes my mind away from things!

 

3. Taking a relaxing shower/bath

This has to be one of the more relaxing things for me. The hot water really loosens & relaxes my muscles, which in turn helps with making me feel at ease & more comfortable. It helps if I also have some nice smelling shower gels to use. Coming out of the shower/bath feeling squeaky clean is one of the best feelings!

 

4. Watching TV

Need I say more about the idiot box?

 

How do you relax after a stressful day? Leave your comment below, I‘d love to find out to add to the things I can do to help 🙂

Unmotivated

It’s now week 3 of uni & I’ve fell into a bit a heap, study wise. I had a site visit yesterday which I had to take time off from work for, which in the end, I didn’t learn much from due to a few reasons. I was with a bunch of noisy first years & I’m a learner who prefers to do their own thing at their own pace. To have so many people around me who knew each other, was a little intimidating to be honest. I can talk to CEOs & Directors but I can’t cope with 40 other students. Go figure.

I also spent a lot of my first year as an OT supporting someone who worked at the site & it brought back so many memories, both good & bad. It reminded me so much of how my old career intersects with my new. It’s strange. It also didn’t help that the bulk of the group were first year students, so the content of the site visit was very much aimed that way. I had to sit through explanations of stuff I do on a daily basis, no offence but I just wasn’t patient enough to do that yesterday, given that I had just sacrificed some work time for it. It just wasn’t enough bang for my buck. Literally.

I did pick up some things which I guess helped a bit but it’s mostly what I do on a daily basis in my job anyway. Just in a government department instead of the private sector. And on a much smaller scale. The thing that I took from the whole session is that they are hiring & for us to apply.

I know I sound pessimistic at the moment but I’m so unmotivated & am exhausted from it all. I work hard for things but don’t see results, which I guess deters me & unmotivates me in a way. I hate being on this head space & in a rut. I’m waiting on news to see if my interview 2 weeks ago went any good, I really need to be earning decent money again. And I need to be doing what I want to do. In which career, it doesn’t matter so much to me anymore, as long as I am able to have a balance in life.

Need to get it all out of me today to try to purge myself of all the negativity & reinvigorate my brain. It’s just been one of those days.

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