July 1

#blogJune is over for another year. Proud of myself that I did 29 posts. Count ’em!

But it’s now July, and I don’t think I’ll sign up for #commentJuly this year, because I’m not particularly happy with how my WordPress account/s are working at the moment – not to mention the interface of THIS blog!!!

Instead, I thought I’d start out by saying “Happy New Financial Year” to all the other business people out there, and “Let’s start afresh, be inspired by the possibilities, and open to new and exciting opportunities!”

Me? I’m starting some new things this year. If today marks the rest day of the rest of my life, then I think I’d like to make the most of it. Starting today.

In the last few days, I’ve been scanning Pinterest before I sleep. Not to re-pin, but just to laugh at the ‘Humor’ pins, be inspired by the ‘Gardening’ and ‘Home Decor’ pics, get ideas from the ‘Education’ pins, and goggle at the ‘Tech’ and ‘Design’ ones.

There’s quite a few ideas in there that have motivated me, you know. I might even post about some of them in the days to come, you know?!

Have a great day, dear reader!

Sigh.

I’ve just had a look at my bank balance – and also at my credit card balance. Man, but stuff adds up, doesn’t it?! My trip to the Caloundra Queensland Transport office on Monday cost quite a few hundred dollars, which was a bit of a pity. It felt as though I was getting ahead a little, money wise! But I guess renewing drivers’ licenses *is* probably a good system to have. And yes, I deserved that speeding ticket. So more fool me, huh.

But it was good to see that I’ve got money coming in, as well as going out. Good to see that my hard work is paying off – and I *really* can’t wait to get another deposit from google for the GoodOldTalk site – there’s been QUITE a but of expenditure there recently, so it;d be brilliant to see that being financially active again! (as opposed to very very very dead, which is what it’s been for a very long time now…!)

So, all things being equal.I guess I’m going okay. A whole lot better than hundreds of thousands of others in this world, too, come to think of it! Really, it;s just your perspective, isn’t it? Your attitude. Your own decision on how you’re going to view a thing.

I think I’m going to choose to be happy today.

Have a great day today, dear readers! 🙂

Today…

So today I want to be ‘in the moment’ rather than just ‘rushing through it, trying to stay on top of things’, if that makes sense at all? I’m going to trying at the moment to ‘keep an awareness’ of God’s presence in the busy-ness of my day, especially when the kids are up & during the 9 to 5 bit, when it just seems to be go-go-go and rush-rush-rush. Here goes…! 🙂

Have a great day, dear readers!

Dodgy Internet

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I live in the best place in the world. Seriously. It’s AWESOME!!! In fact, the ONLY negative thing about this place, is the mozzies. Yeh – they’re pretty bad.

It’s quiet and peaceful. You can hear the birds, and the rain on the tin roof, and yourself breathing (when the girls are at school, that is!). There’s power. There’s water (lots of it, at the moment! Praise God for full rainwater tanks and a full bore again!) and mail delivery and rubbish collection. No, there’s no town water. No, there’s no shop. In fact, there’s no street other than ours, in the suburb LOL! It’s pretty darn wonderful.

There’s no cabling down our street, either. Judging by how we were one of the last few to get our power on the other week, I doubt we’re too high on the priority list for the NBN. If we want internet, we use dial-up (yes, dial up!) or Wireless Broadband which comes from the more populated areas over in Caloundra. Which is fine with me. The web-based Bloxham Marketing business is more than happy to use Telstra’s 3G network.

The trouble only happens when it’s raining. Or humidity is greater than normal. Then the internet gets dodgy. And that’s annoying. I’m trying to get work done here, people!!! Boost your signal, will ya?!!

See you tomorrow, folks! Have an awesome day!!!

 

one fish two fish old work new work

LOL I crack myself up sometimes!

This is probably going to be a bit of a crazy blog post because it’s 12.16am and I’m not sleepy. So I thought I’d write you all, about the job I’m starting in 10 days time.

I’m a teacher. Qualified in English and Music, but have taught Dance, Drama, Geography and History, Christian Education, Sex Education (NOT fun! Not when they’ve split the cohort into girls and boys and you’re given the boys class. The Year Ten boys class.) Leadership, Core Skills Test skills, Life Skills, and probably a host of other forgettable bits and pieces. I’ve taught mainly Years 7 through 12, but have also experienced Preppies through to Uni students. My last permanent stint was as Head of Middle School at Caloundra Christian College, which I resigned from at the end of 2007 because I was due to have our second child in January 2008. I’ve since done some contract teaching work, Music Preppies to Year 9 at Coolum Beach Christian College for a year, and Preppies to Year 10 at Glasshouse Country Christian College for a couple of terms, and relief teaching at a number of schools, but I haven’t really been looking for teaching work, what with our youngest not yet 4, and autistic.

So it was rather a surprise then, to find myself suddenly the owner of a teaching position again. The classroom music teacher at St Paul’s Lutheran Primary, Caboolture, announced her imminent departure on the last afternoon of school, leaving them in rather a tight spot. I was called, offered the position, and within a number of hours, had the job. Just like that!

It’ll mean quite a few changes that I hadn’t planned for. The biggest will be Mr Not-yet-4 attending a mainstream Kindy for three days a week. Three full days. That’s going to be interesting! but things are hopefully going to be working out, in that St Paul’s will have their Kindy operational by the 29th of January, and that the funding will have come through so that he’ll receive the assistance he needs to help him cope…

The second biggest will be my ‘other’ job. The one I love! Bloxham Marketing, which I was hoping to grow this year, seeing as Miss 4-almost-5 would have been going to Prep, Miss 7 continuing on into Year 3, and Hubby taking the both of them to school… but now I’m down three days a week, so that’ll take a bit of wise delegating and working smarter…

The third biggest will be my studies. Unfortunately, they’ll have to take an even bigger back-seat than what even *I* had anticipated! I was thinking of only doing one course (of the two I have left) – but now it would appear that I won’t even be able to do that! So that’s something I’ll have to broach with the powers-that-be, over at the Uni, when they start back later this year…

So yes. Some huge changes on the fast-approching horizon. Lucky I like change, huh?!!

Realities

I’ve blogged before about my TV watching habits. Well, on the recommendation of @joeyroo1, I watched Grimm last week. And again last night (taped from Wednesday night, when I was busy trying to get my bomb-site of a kitchen in some semblance of order). So. Grimm. Not bad, I must admit. Pretty witty in places too, which I wasn’t expecting! A lot darker than I’m used to, but I like the premise. Hopefully the storyline will get a little deeper though – the three episodes I’ve watched to date (this week’s was a double episode) have been rather similar, and I can see it getting old rather quickly, if it remains this repetitive. Not when you compare it to “Once Upon a Time”, which also started last week and which has quickly become my all-time favourite TV show. The script-writing is clever – to drag the ‘Snow White’ story into a second season, it would need to be! But even this show, with the introduction of Mulan and Lancelot in the second series, is becoming rather predictably far-fetched. I mean – how many extra characters do you need to add in here?!!

Be that as it may, I was thinking about Grimm as I fell asleep last night. And something occurred to me. They mentioned that “Marie”, the protagonist’s Aunt and ‘mentor’ in the area of ‘fighting evil creatures’ was a Librarian. Which makes sense, in that she needed to research the huge variety of evil creatures, in order to know how to kill them; and then pass this wealth of knowledge onto her nephew. And so yes, research and keeper of information, seems to go hand in hand with the occupation of Librarian. So far, so good. But you add her moonlighting (haha) as a sword-weilding killer of evil fantasy creatures, and then her character becomes enviable. I mean – who *wouldn’t* want to be that kind of a secret hero? That’s what all the comic books told us when we were kids, right? That to be good, and fight evil, and protect the innocent who were unfortunate enough to not have any super-powers… that’s what we’re all brought up on, right? So here she is, a little old Librarian, all the more pitiable because she’s little, and (apparently) frail, because she’s dying of cancer and keeps slipping into and out of comas at the most inconvenient of times, so that her nephew who is new to all this killing werewolves etc has to turn to  a ‘good’ werewolf for help, and then she calls on super-human strength to wield swords, daggers etc and overpower people trying to kill her, and kill them instead. I mean – how cool is that?!!

And it occurred to me that I – me – am studying to be a Librarian. Yes, now that my Application for Advanced Standing was approved just a few weeks back, now I have just two courses and my 100 hours Prac to do, and I’ll be fully qualified to stand behind the desk in a Library and help people. By day. And maybe be a superhero by night.

Hopefully I won’t end up frail and weak, dying of cancer. Maybe I’ll be a Librarian like Superman’s mum was, or along the lines of Batgirl?! Or maybe I’ll just getthe qualification and keep on keeping on with Bloxham Marketing, and be a SuperHero marketer?!! Whatever happens, I guess, remains to be seen. Which do *you* think I should opt for?

Image credited to IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1830617/

Hasn’t sunk in

What the opposite to sinking? Floating, right? But if I titled this blog post ‘floating’, that would be rather misleading, I think…

A few weeks ago, I posted about my Masters studies this semester. I was due to complete an elective (the only option available to me if I was going to study this semester) and had discovered the course “INS040 Advanced Standing”. Where you could apply for your Workplace experiences to be recognized towards your degree. So after chatting with both the Course Coordinator and the Head of the Faculty, I finished and submitted my application just a few weeks back. 7000 words (well, they had said 3000 words or more, and you would know me by now, dear readers,
I can tend to be rather long-winded!!!) and then I sat back and waited. (And yes, that’s an expression only. As if I would ever sit down; I’m far too busy for that!!!)

Last week, I received an email from the Head of Faculty. My application had been approved!!! But it’s been a week, and it still hasn’t sunk in. I guess, in a way, the idea of ‘floating’ is, strangely, appropriate. When I think of where I’m at in my studies solar, I *do* feel as though I’m ‘floating on air’!!!

Taking it easy…

I never intended Hmmm… to be a ‘Mummy blog’ – not seeing as the people that I initially modelled my writing on were all Librarians who wrote predominantly about their work! But seeing as I *am* a mum, and I’m not yet a Librarian who *can* write about my work, and seeing as my kids are just so darn cute (and no, I’m not being biased here LOL) I guess that, for the time being, some of my posts – if not the majority, really – are about them. And that’s probably okay. (But I’m going to be more careful of photos! Something circulated on fb recently about photos on kids on Instagram being copied and re-used, under the heading ‘adopt an IG kid’… but I can’t post the link because it’s all been removed… curiouser and curiouser…)

But that being said, I just have to post this one of my little man. He’d been at Family Day Care with Miss 4 while I spent the day in Brisbane for work. The Day Care mum was dropping the two of them off to me at Miss 7’s school at 3pm (how good is SHE!!!) and Mr 3 (pictured) was fast asleep. And in a pram, because he’s HEAVY!

But what got me smiling was the pose. He’s just kickin’ back, y’know… LOL