Monday, September 16, 2013

So this is what it's like

Last week was completely crazy.  I was in Auckland for work, including a symposium for the Monday and Tuesday and then office-bee for the rest of the week.  A delightful 50 hours plus logged.

I flew back home Friday night and then had two days of a rescued-dog training course at the SPCA.  It was run by Sue from Dog Almighty and was absolutely fantastic.  The aim of the game is to have a handful of volunteers who spend time training the dogs to do basic manners skills like sit, down, touch and 'go to mat' to make them more attractive to potential adopters.

Sue is Irish, so it was a delight listening to her talk, and talk a lot she did.  It was a crazy amount of work to cram into two days, and following on a crazy week away - come Sunday night I was exhausted.

Exhausted, I say.

I haven't packed again yet (helps that I didn't fully unpack, of course...) and I am off down to Dunedin tomorrow, for two weeks on a short work contract for Genetics Otago to help out with Genetics Week, which by all means looks like it is going to be brilliant (no less due to my being there :P).

It was fantastic catching up with people over the symposium this last week (my main work contract right now is with the people who funded my PhD project and scholarship), and I am looking forward to seeing more of them for decent hangout time these next two weeks - and catching up with my other Dunedin people not involved in the current job sitch.  I didn't realise how much I had missed the stuffing out of them till I was sitting in the back row of a lecture with The Crazy One and felt like crying and/or hugging her (probably lucky for my rock solid rep that I refrained...).

At some point I am going to have to sit down and write the big "Alternate Career" expose...there are still some people who don't know what I am up to, nor even my reasons for a change.  Certainly you do not, which must have caused some confusion.  Still, it can wait.  At least untill I can put enough thought into it to be coherent.

We did indeed make it to the Craft and Quilt Show the week before last, it was very much like ComicCon for crafters - complete with the weird home-made outfits.  There were less of the smaller oporations than usual, apparently it has gotten very expensive to have a booth there.  Shame.  I liked the quilt exhibition the best - some of the quilted art was beautiful and when I get around to extracting the pics from my big camera - I will be sure to share (its not like you're sick of seeing quilts, right?!).  I don't think I would go again, but I don't regret having gone once.

In other news we have a new nightly war on our hands, within this house.  The Mother has decided its time to stop locking the kitten in the lounge at night and somehow - the little possum decided that my bed was the best place to sleep.  Trouble is fine with this sitch, as long as she stays off his side of the bed (yes yes our dogs are all spoilt little monsters).  The war occurs when either The Mother's dog decides he wants to sleep on the bed too, or the cat tries to play with Trouble when he's sleeping (I say 'play' I mean 'attacks ruthelessly').  Waking up due to animals scrapping on you is not too pleasant.

I have a new toy!  One which incidentally just deleted a paragraph so I'm not in the mood to speak overly nicely about it.  Anyway - a Galaxy Tab 3 10.1", which makes work emails a heck of a lot easier, if nothing else.  I wanted something middle range (I am very very poor) and not apple branded.  I fully plan to replace my laptop the next time it dies with a desktop, and then work off a tablet and smartphone when travelling, utilising google synching of email/calendars/etc and dropboxing of files.  However the main problem I have encountered so far - is the complete lack of any spellchecking functionality.  So prepare to have slightly more errors than usual, at least until I can source a work-around.

See you at the other end of the country!  Where I'll probably be freezing my butt off.  I'll pack winter jimjams, thats a shock.

Right; to sleep, perchance to dream.

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