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Monday, 31 May 2010

The weekend

I've decided to do these posts about the weekend past in 1 paragraph, it might be tricky this week, but here goes. Friday evening was the Durban 27 Dinner, different crowd from the last time, but thoroughly fun. Saturday we had our traditional Wimpy breakfast :) Then Saturday later afternoon we went to friend P's house to play boardgames, braai and watch the rugby. It's been a long while since I've watched a game from start to finish, mostly because we're not big into sports. Although I think most South Africans know a bit and watch a bit of the three big sports: cricket, rugby and soccer. Sadly we only played one game of Dominion, 30 Seconds and didn't get to play BattlestarGalatica , even though P has the expansion now :-/ Sunday saw us watching season 2 of Battlestar, we played the boardgame for ages before we actually watched the show :0 Lunch was at the local seafood restaurant, yummy prawns :) And that was about it. How was yours?

Friday, 28 May 2010

People can be so silly

So I read this the article itself is fine, but the comments gah. Those people are crazy. I know I shouldn't have, but I did take issue with some of the comments, I just couldn't bring myself to comment there. Most of the people who comment there just go off on crazy tirades. See Jerall and I are a mixed race couple, he's Chinese - third generation South African born - and I'm Coloured - with an awesome year round tan :). And I'm reading that and the comments and am just astounded that people can be that dumb, seriously it's nature to stick to your own, seriously? So this is mostly just a vent and also, boo to those fools. Sure we come from different cultural backgrounds, but without I'd never have dim sum ;)

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

I've been thinking

One thing being jobless does is give you lots of time to think and I suppose to do all those other things you never get done because you don't have time. This is my problem, I have lots of time to you know, work on my thesis, get the whole licence thing sorted, get exercising, learn another language, get involved with charity and read. Save for the reading, I just haven't gotten to really getting any of those other things done.

So I've been thinking about why nothing is really getting done, and I figured it out. The exercising is because I'm lazy and the licence is because I'm holding onto the hope that we'll move back to Cape Town soon. The rest of it, well all of it actually, is because I'm a person who only really gets things done, and done well when I'm very busy. Being very busy stops me from procrastinating - I'm pretty good at leaving things for the last minute - or rather just buckling down and getting things done.

Looking back I'm surprised that I didn't realise this earlier. I've always preformed my best academically when I was busy. During matric I was a: prefect, chair of a committee, vice chair of another, member of CU, part of the team that helped the school librarian, choir member, part of the debating team and had one sport per term, I did really well then re-earning academic colours that I last had at the end of standard eight. My Honours year, I had 4 part time jobs to cover my expenses - tutoring, department assistant, marker for another department and on the weekends I worked at a book store - and I was the chair of the English Society; again I did really well. Then the best I performed at my old job was when we had a massive deadline where we all were working overtime and I was working on my thesis, having driving lessons, going to gym and planning our wedding.

So to me this pretty much means I need to either form new habits or wait till I have a job to get things done. I suppose both would work, but it's hard to form new habits. Or just find some other external stimuli....hmmm. Can anyone relate to this, or am I just odd in that respect?

Monday, 24 May 2010

The weekend

My weekend was pretty quiet, yours? We didn't do much on Friday because I was feeling sick :-/ I did manage to make my level 17 character for the rpg session on Saturday morning. Saturday morning was all about the rpging :) My character, although being a tank, didn't get to do much because I spent all the money on AC and her weapon. This meant that she had no cool trick items and got trapped in a force cage :-/ The rest of Saturday and all of Sunday was spent just loafing around watching the Grand Designs marathon on BBC Lifestyle. That show is amazing, and it kicked off a session of The Sims 3, I was inspired to build homes :)

That's it, a weekend in a paragraph. How was yours?

Friday, 21 May 2010

Random thoughts

Yesterday my little sister turned 18. The strange thing about it was that it made me feel old. I didn't feel old when I turned 25, but her turning 18 got the "I'm getting old" ball rolling. I think it's got more to do with what I wanted to achieve by this age when I was 18. I was supposed to have my licence by now and working on my PhD, alas none of those are on the cards as yet :-/

Much as the I'm getting older thought freaked me out, it also sparked a chat with Jerall. We're fortunate enough that his salary covers all our expenses with a little bit for treats and minuscule savings. So when I get a job most of it will go into savings to buy a house/loft apartment, furniture - we rent fully furnished places, investments, treats and the holiday fund. So maybe getting older isn't that bad :)

I blame BBC Lifestyle for this one. I've decided we need to go on a food tour of France, Italy and Spain. Yes, there's tons of other really cool stuff to do in those countries, but all I really want to do is go to all the little towns and eat their food. So when I get a job a large chunk of it will go into the holiday fund.

Speaking of holidays, I'm trying to arrange a get together for a long weekend away with friends. So far the Northern Cape looks good for places that most of us haven't been to. Now to just get consensus.

Tomorrow we game :D

Have a great weekend. :)

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Book meme

Found: a fun meme from this lady. I enjoy memes they make putting up new posts much easier :)

Take the nearest book next to you and answer the following questions:

Title and Author:
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk

Is the book dedicated to anyone? If so, whom?
To Amy Hempel

What is the first sentence?
Begins here first account of operative me, agent 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport greater [blanked our word] area.

Turn to page 47. Please share the first sentence of the first full paragraph.
All must sing nonsense or no allowed college, no advanced physics and training.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

A post in which I vent about the unfairness of it all

Sometimes life can just suck, well more like parts of it, but it still sucks. So one of my biggest frustrations right now is my weight. I figured once we knew what was behind the sudden and constant gain it would be sorted out, but it's not. The worst is I didn't eat myself into a state of 18kg's overweight - well 18kg's over the ideal weight for my shortness - so I was hoping that you know maybe just as I'd magical gained it, it would leave, but no. I have to do all this hard work to get rid of it, which just plain sucks. I didn't get to overindulge and enjoy getting to this horrid chubby-stick-out-tummy where people look at me and ask if I'm in my first trimester - which is just mean.

Then we've got the horrid job hunt. There is only so much rejection you can take without feeling like a failure. And I swear sometimes Jerall being all nice and understanding about it makes it worse. The worst is that while I've got all this going on, that seem like these huge, insurmountable issues going on, I've friends/people I know going through shit storms. Which of course makes me feel worse for being so petty, worrying about a job when friend D faces death every day and spent 10 minutes staring at someone he had to kill - he's in the British army; or that friend P's family is going through the crappiest financial shit every. So yeah...things are just unfair.

Monday, 17 May 2010

The weekend

For the most part our weekend was chilled out, yours? Except for Friday. The property we're on has 4 families - landlady and 3 renters - and 7 cars on the inside parking. Yip 7 cars, although 4 belong to the landlady, her husband and 2 grown children - 26 and 31 - who still live at home. So parking is pretty tight. However one of our neighbours believes she's special and always, always has her friends park behind her, which means we always need to ask them to move their cars. That bugs me soo much, they shouldn't even park on the property. But on Friday she went out with friends in another car, and still had someone parked behind her :-/ It took us forever to get out. I left her a rather nasty voicemail, haven't seen her yet, but I'm looking forward to having words with her. She's the same cow who leaves her laundry on the shared line for 3 days in a row.

Friday evening wasn't all bad though. We played glow-in-the-dark putt putt with some peeps, then we went bowling. I bowled my first ever strike :D We'll I got 2 strikes, but promptly followed it up by having the worse score, oh well. Saturday was coffee with friend L, who shared some big news with me...she's in love :) It might not seem like big news to you guys, but it is big for her.

Hope you had a good weekend.
:)

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Thoughts on yesterday

So the interview yesterday afternoon was an hour and a half long, one of the longest I've had. A very important piece of information emerged during it. They want a two year commitment to staying with them. I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but the company I interviewed with is the same company that Jerall works with. It seems that because we moved here for the job that he is a 'high risk leaver', so from there perspective a two year commitment rocks...they can invest more into him for their benefit. That part really sucked, because during the interview it became crystal clear to me that I'd be used by them as a means to lock down their plans for Jerall. The one lady even went so far as to tell me that what they plan for him is the opportunity of a lifetime, not so subtly implying that I'd be a bad wife for not going along with their plans, should I get the job and decide not to take it. Naturally that doesn't sit well with me. No one wants to feel as if there ability to get a job hangs on who they know and what that relationship can bring the company.

The biggest issue for us is two more years in Durban. Seriously?! We were chatting about it last night and it boils down to this: yes, we know a fairish number of people here, some are friends, some acquaintance/friend, but none of them are people we feel we'd be able to call in the middle of the night to help with an emergency. After being here for 2.5 years that pretty much says it all for me. Maybe we didn't try hard enough to meet people and fit in with the Durban scene, but given our hobbies we honestly didn't think it would be a problem. Maybe, I am being selfish in just wanting to go back to Cape Town, but I'm soo tired of not fitting in, not always knowing what people are talking about. I just want to feel like I belong again, that I know where places are/how to navigate my way around and most importantly to do more than call/sms/e-mail friends when they're going through stuff. This growing up business can be tough.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Quick update

The interview for the Durban job is later today. I'm not going with the dress, it's too hot for that material...so thin pants and short sleeved top it is. I've completed the editing test, actually started to enjoy it about mid way, I think it's a good thing :) Now to wait.

There's been tons of neighbour drama, pretty much confirming something I've been thinking of our landlady for awhile, so we'll be looking for a new place soonish - if we're not moving to CT ;) I read a Merry Gentry book, mid series, not realising it was mid series. Didn't quite think I'd enjoy something labeled adult erotica, but I love the faye world, so maybe it's not much of a shocker.

Best news of all, our current 3G contract is ending and it's freed us up to move onto something better :) Now we can get more anime :D

Hmmm that's about it, have a great day. :)

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Decisions, decisions

Why is it that something that should be relatively easy isn't? As you know I've been on the job hunt patrol for awhile, fortunately things have started to look good. I have an interview next week for a job where I'll pick up an entirely new set of skills. It's nowhere near anything I've ever thought of doing before, but it is a great opportunity to finally start making some money again. Bad side, we'll be in Durban for at least another year. Good side, if I get this job, after being there for a month or so we could afford for Jerall to take a month's unpaid leave to work on his thesis. So this job in Durban has been part of the rough plan for a bit and then yesterday happens.

Yesterday I received an e-mail informing me that I've been shortlisted for this amazing job. Amazing is an understatement, I'd be an editor at a large publishing house :D Attached to the e-mail was one very scary editing test, unlike any editing test I've done before. The problem is that this process is a long one, the test must only be submitted by the end of day on the 14th, by which time I will have had the Durban interview. Naturally I will go as far as I can in both processes, but now the over thinking is happening. What happens if I get offered the Durban job, rather a job in hand, or do I go for the dream? I say dream because the editing job isn't just in line with my skills, but it'll also mean moving back to Cape Town :)

Back to the hear and now, what should I wear to my interview next week? It's a fairly informal company so I think a suit might be a bit much, would a black dress be ok? The dress isn't a mini nor does it expose tons of cleavage. Thoughts?

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