Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Canberra Cultural: Floriade

Floriade is an annual spring flower celebration in a very central Canberra park. We went along for a couple of hours on Saturday and it was very pleasant. There is also a small funfair and a petting zoo and lakes and lawns for the kids, who have had enough of flowers after about 5 minutes!

Friday, 20 September 2013

New Jobs

A new job is a tricky beast. No matter where I've started anew it has always been a learning curve of code, systems and workplace culture.

I've been really struggling with this new job. The code is awful, systems non-existent, and workplace culture a bit uncaring and critical. It got to the point where I couldn't sleep at night and Milord was encouraging me to look for something else.

I work for a bit of a cowboy outfit. The deadlines are completely unrealistic to the point where you almost can't be bothered trying to meet them. There are no team leaders or project managers and therefore no support and no reporting processes. And then, when I need a couple of hours off for a medical test, I get treated like some sort of Gen Y slacker trying to take the piss.

...and it pays badly.

The big boss sat me down for a chat a week ago though and we worked through a few of my issues. I think I've just been spoiled in my last few roles and I am struggling to degrade my expectations and performance to fall in line with the comany's needs.

So I will write nasty uncommented and undocumented get-it-done code to meet my deadlines. I will write my own status reports. I will work without specifications. And I will get the hell out of here after a couple of years before all these bad habits stick.


In other news Mom has been off travelling for almost 2 weeks in her little campervan. She hasn't been able to go too far in case Milord lands a job interview (none yet) but there is lots of coast and mountains not many hours away. Mom has been to the Snowy Mountains and seen snow, and to the coast for a mix of sunshine and wild weather.

Milord has been housedad properly for the first time since I started work. The first week drove him crazy but he seems to be settling into it. He is very much looking forward to Mom coming home and helping him though!

The kids are fine, although Princess counts down to the weekends when I am home all day.

This weekend we hope to get to Floriade, an annual celebration of spring flowers in Canberra. And then I shall send the kids home with Mom and take my man down the pub for a well-deserved piss-up!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Canberra Cultural: Dinosaur Museum

They say Canberra is the most cultural and kid-friendly city in the country. We are going to test that hypothesis...

This weekend we went to the Dinosaur Museum just down the road. Both kids loved it, and the grownups thought it was pretty great too.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Birthday Bash!

We held the kid's birthday party before we left Sydney. I have finally caught up with the photos!

It was very informal we invited everyone we knew with kids and supplied junk food and a pinata.

We had 22 kids turn up with as many adults. Amazing what you can squeeze into our old place! It was a blast and I don't want to see another pinata again for a long time...