Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Well, it's been an interesting Boxing Day. Having never celebrated boxing day before, I found it to be just about the same as our Day after Christmas. Worked out, and then I headed out to go shopping! I broke my sandals the day before, so I was on the hunt! Unfortunately I just couldn't get in the shopping spirit. The mall was packed, but I did find some shirts, fancy shampoo, and new undies. Home for a nap, and then I spent a few hours working. Yeah for having a Sunday free!!
Well, I actually did go to work, but only for about 3 hours! Then Wichien, Togto, and I headed over to the homeless SLB Christmas party. Had a really great time. Played some cricket and bocci ball, and had a really big spread of food to choose from. Granted it was over 100 degrees, but it was a good time. Then Nick and I headed over to the Shannon's, friends of Nick's from Texas. Kevin, Cynthia, and Collin, their son that I went to the Muse concert with, had a really awesome Christmas. It's so wonderful is it to meet people that seem just like your family, when you're so far from home. I'll be sending them a thank you card! Came home and listened to Christmas music. A good day by far. :)
Merry Christmas Eve! Today was the loadout for the tools I've been helping Osama and Ally get ready all week. Wow, thank heavens that is done! I started studying pretty hard, but I still have a long way to go. I came home early, around 3 PM. Ha. :) Work out, the I made a nice dinner. Fish, pasta, steamed veggies, and a few cookies for desert. Togto, my boss, came over for a wine and some cheese and crackers, before I convinced him to go to church. Mass at the Catholic Cathedral was nice, if crowded. Home for an early night. It's not quite Christmas at home, but it was a nice day.
Everybody is pretty pumped for Christmas, I admit it, I'm a little distracted! I went grocery shopping, and got a royal talking to from the bosses at work. I haven't been working hard enough according to them. :( Guess who'll be working over Christmas? Me! Sigh...
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Well, it got hot today. Really, really hot, and I got really, really busy! It sure was nice to be on the move all day, but I'm astounded at how difficult it can be to get a load together. Home late, then a nice long workout. I had a quick dinner, and I should be working right now, but I can't find the motivation. I guess tomorrow is going to be a late one!
Long day in the office, 12 hours. It was my first rainy day in Perth. I wish I could have spent it in bed with a book though. Perth’s having a drought these days, so a nice solid day of soft rain was exactly what they needed. Home late, and I’m exhausted. Laura moved out, Sarah is off-shore, so it’s just me in the apartment. Kind of lonely actually. Good excuse to go to bed early!
Wow, awesome, awesome day! Woke up early with good intentions, but instead I skyped with Mom and Dad for an hour or so. I walked over to the The Ashes cricket game, about 4 blocks from my house, and tried to scalp some tickets. I didn’t have much luck, but Nick got us some 2 of the best seats in the house, $75 each. We got seats under the canopy, instead of the hot sun, and sat next to a really nice Australian couple. Aussie’s got 5 wickets in about 50 minutes. Great game though, very suspenseful. Then everybody in the stadium stayed around for another hour to hear all the players talk, to sing strange English songs, I wasn’t following along, and to drink all the beer they could. (Side note: not once while we were discussing going to the game did Nick tell me that it might only last an hour. That Australia only had to make 5 wickets (outs), and then the game would be over. Sigh.) It was a really great experience though. Since The Ashes only comes to Australia one every 4 years, I’m thrilled I got to go. I bought a snazzy hat. Nick and I went and had brunch afterwards, and then I went to buy some household items. I should have gone shopping, since the sales have been terrific, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I read, made a little snack, and got ready for the concert! Nick, Colin (Nick’s friend from back home who lives in Perth), and co-worker Matt went to the Muse concert. I ended up having to run to the train station, but I survived. Took the train out there, I love public transport!
Well, it was in to work early. I think I woke Togto up, but he did say 8:30 AM! Long day at work, but I really like working on the weekends. A lot less pressure to get tools out the door, and I can actually work on my schoolwork. Came home late, ran to the grocery store to get a few things before they closed. Then spent the night watching Back to the Future 2 and reading the Millennium series of books. Not too exciting, but I have big plans for tomorrow!!
Yeah, Friday! Work, work, work. Wichien, who is a quality trainer in Wireline, and from Thailand, invited a few of us to the nicest Thai restaurant in the city. He didn’t disappoint. An awesome meal, the staff was excellent, and the food was fantastic. The best dish was a whole fried fish, with a spicy sauce and vegetables on it. I would go back any day of the week, hopefully I get the chance. Togto, one of my bosses, finally came back from training/vacation, so I got the opportunity to meet him. He’s from Chad, and a pretty nice fellow. We then went out to a bar near our apartments, we all live within a block of each other. Had a few beers, and then I walked home. Wichien and Togto were giving me shit for not staying out, but hey, I’m tired! Good night.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Busy, busy day. Lots of work going on in the workshops. Nobody wants to be here over Christmas. I found out that my class is probably going to be pushed up, I’ll be starting January 9th, not the 23rd like I thought before. Oh well, should be interesting. It just means I need to work harder to get all the work done for my class preparation. Laura and Sarah went out for the fanciest dinner in Perth tonight. I’m a bit jealous, I admit, but I’m sure I’ll get there eventually. I just finished “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson. I loved it. I probably shouldn’t be reading fiction while I get ready for school, but that’s just how I am. Only 9 days till Christmas. Hopefully it’s fun. Still not feeling well. I might actually have to go to the doctor. Booh.