Sunday, August 27, 2006

Changes, changes and more changes

So for all of you who have been "watching this space", you'll be glad to know that I resigned from my job last Friday. I've got a new job with a professional services firm as a researcher. I've been in my current job for the past 2 years. I was ready to resign after day one. But I persevered and whilst I absolutely love my job, the culture at work is absolutely horrendous. It is a case of too many chiefs and not enough indians. This company is classic Dilbert.

One of the things I pride myself in (okay, perhaps not my work ethic), is my ability to become very good at any job I take on. To be told that I am doing an "average" job and then to give me a bonus "out of goodwill" is just downright insulting. I would keep thinking that there was something wrong with me, if it wasn't for the support of my colleagues and predecessor!!

So now I am looking forward to working in the city again - I'll even enjoy commuting on the train to work.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Second one skein package

A massive thank you to Charley for the second one skein package. The skein of Italian silk is absolutely decadent and the other skein is merino and cashmere. How did you know that I'm a total chocaholic? I love the book "Chocolate surprise". And a knitting card!! Who would have thought?

I'm starting to feel my age. On Thursday night, we went to see Bic Runga at The Basement. I knew that the show wasn't going to start till 9.30pm but I thought that she was going to come out at that time but it was the support act that started at 9.30. She didn't actually start playing until 10.30pm. I was so tired and being a school night, was thinking about how hard it was getting up for work the next day. I'm not very good at writing music reviews (as I either think the music is good or bad or just boring) so I'll just say that I enjoyed it and will try to get a hold of her albums.

I haven't shown any of my current projects recently. But here they are (just don't ask me about things that I have finished!!).

The blue piece is a bag I'm making with a skein of acrylic yarn which Jules gave me. The pink one is a skirt I'm making from the current Vogue Knitting. It's the one on the front cover. The wool is from Bendigo Woolen Mills in 4 ply.

I do have one thought to leave you with. You don't have to work for a large multi national corporation to feel like you are living in Dilbert's world. A company of six staff can also make you feel that way. So what does one who currently feels demoralised about their job do? Whinge and complain and then do something about it!! So watch this space.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Look and you will find

Finally found the USB connector thingy for my camera. It's amazing how you can keep looking for something and never find it. Then when you double check a place you think you have looked at a hundred times, it's there. Anyway, less talk, more photos. It's catch up time.

My one skein package. It's a skein of Rowan, Jo Sharp, 2 stitch markers, and a knitted flower. Charley also included a photo of her cat "Charley"!

My father's snow peas. It's a really sad state at the moment because they are growing really slowly. Goulburn is still really cold and it looks like winter isn't going to lift till end of September.

I've been wanting to take a series of these photos ever since summer when I saw how the light reflected off the plastic inside the greenhouses. However, during winter it seems even more beautiful - melancholy even - looking at the shadows dancing across the white of the greenhouse walls. I'm no photographer (everyone just has digital cameras these days!!), but I quite like how these photos turned out. I've posted the others on flickr.

My parents have got it in their heads that they would like to start keeping some sheep. What this means is I will have to go and research on keeping sheep and I will be the person ultimately ensuring their well being. Part of me is quite apprehensive about the whole sheep thing, but the other part of me thinks how cute lambs would be!! And imagine if I could spin wool from sheep on our own farm!! But having said that, I think at the end of the day it might be more trouble than it is worth.

Anyway, this week I was in Adelaide for two days. Did I ever mention that I really like Adelaide. I'm finding that I am really starting to get to know Adelaide. I can actually get around without a map. However, some may argue that Adelaide isn't big enough to require a map! I love staying at the Hotel Richmond where they give you little Aveda shampoo. A client of mine always gives me recommendations on where to eat. Her last suggestion was Ying Chow on Gouger St. So I actually trekked across town to look for Ying Chow. When I finally found it, it was packed. There was a queue out the front. It also looked like a place where you can't sit there with a book and eat by yourself. It was a definitely family and friends sort of place. Someone eating there on their own would have appeared way too tragic. I ended up in a Thai restaurant on Hindley St. It was bad Thai. Don't go there. I've since found out from a friend that Thai is not reknowned for in Adelaide.

I went to my book club meeting tonight too. We read an Agatha Christie book "Till there were none". This is totally un-PC but I really liked the rhyme that is in the book. You should check it out - I couldn't stop laughing.

A friend of mine of wrote a post on his blog about mynah birds. I can totally relate. Having lived out west for a really long time, there was nothing more annoying than the mynah bird. But now living in the north, there is nothing more annoying than a kookaburra at 7am on a Sunday morning. Why can't birds just tweet?

Oh, and you know how I said that I hate uni? Well to add insult to injury, it has now given me a tax debt!! How pathetic is that?? I've decided to do only one subject this semester. That means I can have a healthy balance of studying, working, knitting and sanity.