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Officially unemployed

Today was the final day of my contract for the university sessional work I was doing. Of course, I’ll still monitor the forum for a couple more days, and I’m running a pre-exam chat for the students on Sunday, but I’m officially done. And that means officially unemployed, for the first time in a LONG time. I haven’t been formally jobless since we moved to WA, and even then I was actually still on the books with the QLD Education Department when we moved, and I got my job at Kolbe within two days of touchdown in Perth! It’s a little odd, especially knowing that I’m really not going to be in a position to look for a permanent job (outside of work I can do from home, with two small children underfoot) for at least two years (when Master Two hits school) or longer. Not bad odd, but I really am not sure how I feel about not having a steady pay coming in right now. It usually makes me rather nervous, which makes me find work, even when I shouldn’t really do that! Hopefully that feeling will go away come Thursday when new baby arrives and keeps me too busy for silly thoughts 🙂

We’ve had a pretty social week – I finally finished the marking last Friday, and revelled in the “no more marking” haze over the weekend. Saturday the kids and I went out to the Flinthart residence at Scottsdale for a catch up, as we hadn’t seen the clan for a number of weeks. Very nice day indeed! Sunday was apparently party day – Master Nine had a friend’s birthday to attend, while Miss Seven later went to a Hallowe’en party (I’m not a Hallowe’en fan, but her entire class was invited). Between chauffeuring them about, we visited the local park where I got very cross over the way some local teens have ownership of the kids’ playground, particularly when one decided she could reprimand M7 for USING THE EQUIPMENT!!! Grrrr, Mummy Hulk saw RED! Spoke strongly to said teen and her friends about their lack of respect, and came home and wrote a letter to the newspaper. No idea if it has been published, but it made me feel better!

Took M2 swimming on Monday, had a very relaxing day wandering in Launceston city on Tuesday (got my hair done and a few other bits and bobs, as well as had a hospital appointment – finally got to see the maternity ward!), drove out to Fingal and St Marys with a friend to see the schools on Wednesday, had a very quiet day at home on Thursday (child-free but didn’t achieve much – think I just needed a day off!) and visited again this morning before spending much of the afternoon shopping for M9’s upcoming school camp. We’ve been pretty social when we can, knowing that we’ll be a bit more limited for a couple of weeks after baby. My aunt is coming to help for a few days later this week, which will be fantastic, but recovery from the caesarean will mean I will need to ease back on the gallivanting a little. Hopefully people will come visit me!

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Big day

Yesterday was a big day. It was my last day at work at Launceston Church Grammar School, where I have been employed since January this year (lucky enough to be offered the job before we moved). It was interesting, leaving another job so soon. I’ve been in workplaces shorter times (thanks to the transient nature of my husband, mainly!) but did four years at Kolbe before this, so it was a bit different. Received lovely cards from various people, and my line manager took my semi-replacement (and colleague friend) and I out to afternoon tea, officially for bit of a handover meeting (and we did talk about the job – a bit), so that was nice. And another chapter ends. Not sure when/if I’ll go back into a school library setting – it’ll be a goodly few years I reckon, while the two youngest are at home, but never say never!

Yesterday was also big in that our Rockingham house went officially on the market. This is a bit sad-making, but I keep telling myself it was too small for us anyway – four kids need more space! We got lucky with good tenants this year, and apparently the market is quite good, so fingers crossed we get some interest, either from investors or families.

Yesterday I finished my first big batch of uni marking (academia seems to be my next career step at the moment, as I can do it from home!). Have to start another (much smaller) batch today, but it was good to get the first lot done.

Yesterday in the post I received an invitation to the Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia’s 2011/2012 Outstanding Professional Service Awards ceremony, which I have been nominated for! A lovely surprise.

Yesterday I received my copy of Under My Hat (edited by the very clever Jonathan Strahan) and my supporter’s bundle for the Locus kickstarter; Master Two had his last day at daycare (officially); and I received a message from Master Nine’s teacher saying how proud she was of him for his performance at school assembly, both in the class play and as co-host. Seems a lot happened. And we keep on moving forward 🙂

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Another week!

Life flies by. Sometimes all too quickly, as when you find out that friends are about to leave us far too soon (we’ll miss you Paul). But it marches on, regardless.

In dot points:

  • starting to feel like I have a handle on things at work – have been madly deleting VHS tapes and vertical files from the catalogue this week, and disposing of them by various means. This has led to emptying many shelves, which is a good start. Lots more to go, but nice to see the effect.
  • Sneak peek at the cover art (by Kathleen Jennings) for To Spin a Darker Stair.

    just waiting on final cover design for To Spin a Darker Stair before it goes off to the printer – very exciting time! Pre-order special deals are still available and come with a bonus opportunity to win a copy of Margo Lanagan’s new novel, Sea Hearts – Margo is another luminary of the fairytale retelling genre and while Sea Hearts plays with myth rather than fairytale, it’s simply excellent, so you’ll want to read it!

  • plans are slowing gathering for future weekend events – today we have our first playdate with new friends from school. Next weekend we’re hopefully heading to Hobart to visit Tansy & co. Not long after that we have family visiting for two weeks, during which I will be skiving off to Adelaide for the CBCA judging conference (eep!).
  • this weekend will also include putting together the first issue for 2012 of ic3 (the WA School Library Association Journal) and editing some more stories for Epilogue, which really needs to get to the printer in the next month as well, in order to make its release deadline of the June long weekend.
  • to help balance the shit news on the “friends with cancer” front, my mum had her final chemo yesterday to complete the five months of treatment she’s been having. Another week or so of followup management, then some tests which will, hopefully, be very positive. She has stayed very well throughout this time, other than a couple of little niggles that have been quickly dealt with, so we’re very hopeful that she’s going to be given the all clear. She’s planning to let her hair grow back however it comes, and she’s learned, by living in a one bedroom apartment or a hospital room. that there’s an awful lot you don’t need to have! Decluttering ahoy? 🙂
  • other achievements this past week include finishing the Aurealis Awards reading (I stepped in to a panel at the last minute as a judge had to drop out for personal reasons), knocking over all but half a dozen of my remaining CBCA reading, and being very close to the end of WA Premier’s reading. It’s been fascinating to see which books have not been entered in various awards by comparison, and it’s very interesting seeing what a number of different judges think of various titles. I’m feeling VERY well read in the Australian YA and Children’s field this year!

And now I’m off to unpack some more boxes – managed to empty one this morning already, and unearth a lost library book from Rockingham, so that’s already a win!

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Weekly is the new daily

It seems that while other content might go up here during the week, an actual life content post is a weekly event these days! Ah well, at least I’m still posting I guess 🙂

A bit of an odd week – we had the school swimming carnival on Tuesday, which I enjoyed working at (in the computer area with nice people – it’s my favourite job because of the problem solving!). Only had the half day there though, because the second half of the day was at school where I facilitated a PD on WordPress for other staff. Apparently I’m the “expert” – who SAID blogging was a waste of time! Quite enjoyed it, and a good PD is one where you learn something, which I did.

Had an unexpected time bonus on Friday, as Miss Six came home from school sick – this got me ahead on my weekend cleaning plans, which was a nice surprise. She didn’t seem all that unwell to me, but school was convinced she was, so didn’t have much choice but to collect her. To be fair, she actually had quite a high temperature, so perhaps was somewhat genuine. However, she was bouncing by the evening, as children are wont to do (I was nasty though – made her have a big sleep when we got home at lunchtime, then wouldn’t allow her to do anything fun – she was sick, there’s no rewards for that!).

Miss Six and MauMau Flinthart, in the gorgeous long Tasmanian evening light.

Yesterday we headed out to Scottsdale for a very pleasant (quite warm!) day with the Flinthart clan, which culminated in a return to Launceston for Symphony under the Stars, a free outdoor concert by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, which was just marvellous. Over 8,000 people attended! The kids were really good, and enjoyed the music (and the Flinthart provided food) very much. We had to leave before the end, as Master Two had reached his limit, but we had a wonderful time.

Today is about knocking over some reading for CBCA (home stretch!) and Aurealis Awards, lots of folding and ironing, and hopefully unpacking a few boxes. REALLY need to unearth the stuff for the bathroom cupboards – don’t want to have to purchase more of what I know we have!

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Another week flies by

This working full-time business takes a bit of getting used to! Basically I’ve not done much else for the past week. I read a bit, watched a bit of tv, devoured a new (to me) web comic, and tried to keep up with the washing, cleaning and getting kids to school stuff. They started swimming lessons on Monday. Bit of a shock to the system to pay $13 each per lesson after several years of VacSwim where $10 gets you two weeks (ten days) of lessons!! But good for them to keep up their swimming. Master Nine has his school swimming carnival this week coming, so will be interesting to see how he goes.

At work, I’m starting to build a website of resources for teaching and learning. It’s not at all finished, nor does it yet look like I want it to in terms of page layout for links, but it’s started! Ongoing project ahoy.

Today has been about playing catchup – still have to get to the grocery shop before days’ end, but otherwise happy with what we’ve achieved. Hopefully tomorrow will actually involve an activity out of the house!

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