How did it go yesterday with the units? Hopefully all went well. And how were your last few days away from work – probably quite well after your son is back :) Have you got the car fixed or is it still waiting for you in the driveway? I was also wondering about your four-legged friend if he has still the health issues. I hope at home it is not too bad for you...
My competition yesterday was quite OK. It was actually a very small event. I was second in impromptu speaking and won the so called International Speech Contest
(kind of like a motivational speaking). So at the end from the 4 competitions held I won 3, quite happy with this. And the most important contest for me is the
International one – this is the type of speaking I want to do in the future.
It is quite funny with the speaking for me – I feel very comfortable on the stage giving a speech or being interviewed. I easily can make the audience laugh or bring them to tears. The parts which I do not like in all this type of events (or any events) are the breaks when I am “forced” to talk to people. All these people are very nice, but somehow I do not have any connection with them. And for how long can you talk to different people about the same nothing?... The one thing which was funny yesterday was when a few people separately came to me and asked similar question “How is it possible that you are working in IT. You are so different from IT people”. (I remember you noticed this as well :). And often I wonder myself how is it possible, as the only thing I have in common with IT is that I can do the software... However, analysis and thinking is what I enjoy the most... Anyway, I had better not go into the work situation, as it upsets me too much... My contract ends at the end of December and I have no idea what the future will bring...
I just remember one nice situation I had in the city this week. I went to RM Williams to buy shoes (I hate shopping, so it took me some time to finally go and buy the shoes... I am probably the only woman who's husband says “go and finally buy yourselves some shoes!”). Anyway the guy there was quite slow and everything was like in a slow motion movie. At some point he started talking as sales people have to, asking me where am I from and so on. So I asked him if he is an Aussie. “Yes, from a little town south-west from here” he said. “Which town” I asked. And it came out that he is from the same town where I am living now - this was a change in the conversation. We had a nice chat and we both agreed that people in the city can make you feel very lonely while in the country it is quite different. You can go to the shops, have a chat and it makes you feel like you are part of this.
I also did not tell you about my adventure with my car on Tuesday. I refilled the Jeep and was ready to drive off, when somebody knocked on my window - “Your car is leaking diesel”. And yes, it was really coming out, not just dropping... After short chat with the guys they said I should be right to drive to the city (at the end it was only 100 km) just it will use a lot of fuel. Actually it was not too bad – nobody was tailgating me; everybody kept great distance from me. In the city I parked at shopping cetre, paid membership at road assistance and finally somebody came to help. The only problem... He knew less about cars than I do... But he could tell me that I could drive to a mechanic, and did not need to be towed. OK, I was not going to drive anywhere, so luckily I could park at work and organised mobile mechanic. They pulled the car apart and found a broken seal. Luckily they were able to get the part and fix the car. Then I had only the problem with the car being covered in diesel (especially the back). So I took it to a wash-cafe. Wanted the cheapest wash - $25, but because the car is big, plus it was dirty and had bugs on it (actually every weekend I give the car quick clean, so it was dirty only from the diesel and few bugs from the morning; I would not take the car for a wash if it was clean...) I had to pay additional $20. Ah, and they also asked me if they should polish the tires on the car, which I found quite amusing as it is 4x4 going on unsealed roads every week. Anyway, all the fun (including road assistance membership) cost me over $800. And on Wednesday at work when I told Damien that it is somehow boring Damien answered “Just take your Jeep for a drive. You will create project for yourself” (somehow on average I am getting the Jeep once a month to a workshop to get it fixed)
I hope your day will be better today – not as busy as yesterday...
Miss you too,