Sunday, December 28, 2003
I shall start with the Sandwich Phenomona. When I was a young girl, my mother would pack lunches for my brother and I to take to school. Each of our lunches contained one sandwich, and that was just the right amount to eat. However on the weekend, mum would make us toasted sandwiches, and she'd make each of us two sandwiches. This also was just the right amount to eat. Mysterious!
Next Mystery: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It is an age old question to which there is no readily available answer. I began considering it in an evolutionary sense - presumably we all started as slime, so an animate creature had to evolve from that and be the first to lay eggs. So I guess the metaphorical chicken came first.
Mystery Three: Why do I dislike some people for no reason at all? There are certain people who have no particularly nasty qualities, who are generally very pleasant and kind people... but for some reason I just cannot like spending time with them. Time spent with them is invariably awkward, and begins and ends with me thinking "When is this person leaving???" Even though there is nothing tangibly wrong with this person. This is a Mystery to which I have not found an answer. I suppose that's why it's still a Mystery.
Fourth Mystery: Why do I have such bloody ugly knees?
Friday, December 26, 2003
So anyway, it was just the four of us, it was lunch at Haguns (far too crowded to be truely enjoyable, but nice enough food), and it was relaxing. I had awful hayfever the whole time and Brad and I got dreadfully mozzie-bitten. Just another bush Christmas!
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
You get the picture, I'm sure. I couldn't get a word in edgeways. I started off trying to be apologetic and nice, as usual, but I ended up having to get very firm with her. At one point she demanded that I page Waylon at home and have him call her immediately - how stupid is this woman? As if somebody's going to go out of their way, unpaid, to call her and be abused and berated for half an hour. It was at this time that she said she knew my name and was going to take action against me, and hung up.
Sunday, December 21, 2003
I've also been trying to remember the name of another online comic/cartoon. I only remember one of the pictures, and I remember somebody telling me that that particular cartoon is the only thing he'd seen online that disturbed him. It was a picture of a guy strapped to a chair with the top of his head cut off, and these two old people were eating his brain. He was thinking something like "I've just lost my dog's name", and the caption was "If you think this is disturbing, you're not nearly hungry enough". Weird shit, but funny, and I can't bloody find it.
Monday, December 15, 2003
Today. Today was ok. Just another day at work - I can't believe I'm saying that, it's only my fourth week there. I remember starting work at TeleTech, I was looking forward to work every single day for months. Or rather, to seeing the people at work. The job sucked.
Friday, December 12, 2003
Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Sunday, December 07, 2003
Saturday, December 06, 2003
Not for the first time, I wish I could travel back in time. Erase all events and memories from the last ten years or so. Be truly innocent again. Be unaware of Robbo's constant troubles with skin cancers and the fact that he has skin from his bum grafted on his face.
Life ain't fair. Poor Joan. Her first husband died of cancer... now she faces the same thing again. Neither of them deserve that pain.
Thursday, December 04, 2003
I took some international calls yesterday, with Carol's help. Carol really is amazing - she's a lovely lady, and she knows so much! She's so willing to give her assistance, and to share her knowledge. Buddying with her was great.
Anyway, I suppose I'd better get a move on. Trains to catch, etc.
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
Monday, December 01, 2003
Sunday, November 30, 2003
Start work properly tomorrow. I am a little nervous. But I suppose I'll be ok. Stick it out for six months or so, take some leave, head up north maybe. I suppose there's an Australia Post call center in Brisbane too - might even stay up there! See what happens at the time, I'm not making any concrete plans.
Saturday, November 29, 2003
Thursday, November 27, 2003
The note: To the effect of...
"Chris, call Derek ASAP. Also Cossack knows you are using his place as a love nest and intends to murder you when he gets home on Monday. He also says he's inflicting a lifetime party ban on you both. DIE!"
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
I already miss bloody TeleTech! Or rather, the people from TeleTech. Of course I was missing Craig for a while, but at least he was still in the same building, and I've seen Amanda a few times since she left. Now I have even more people to miss. Oh sure, the Australia Post people are fine, very nice, etc. But I doubt I'll ever find another Wayne, or another Dolly! Of course in many ways this is a good thing! I'll still catch up with Liny and Lina and possibly Payal and maybe some others too. I'll have to make an effort to get down to the Royal Melbourne Hotel every now and then, on Fridays. This is quite new for me - to actually have friends from work that I want to keep in touch with. I never cared so much about so many people before! I flatter myself in believing that they actually liked me too - also somewhat new.
Somehow no matter what happens in my life so far I can never quite forget high school. Fucking high school. Never was there a more wretched hive of scum and villiany. Never bring an intelligent child into a small country town. The prejudices and narrow vision there will kill it. 300-odd people all giving you hell for six years is not exactly a morale builder. Sure it was three years ago and I'm totally over it - but I can't deny that if left an impression, of course it did. Those years were my primary years of self-development, whatever happened during those years would have a profound effect on my character and my outlook on life. Without Sandi's strength and friendship I would never have made it through high school. I'd have buckled for sure, given in, lost. Sandi was the strongest person I knew. I remember when she slapped Laura - I don't remember why exactly, probably just for being Laura, that should be reason enough. I remember her pulling handfuls of somebody's hair out, and slamming someone's head with a locker door. I remember how neither of us was accepted, both for very different reasons. Thrown together in group and pair assignments in classes, left alone together in the schoolyard. Two weird little kids. Isn't that always the way?
I remember not so very long ago, sometime in the early stages of my relationship with Dave, he made some remark - I don't even know what it was, but it was something that reminded me of the cruel and hurtful remarks Tommy used to make, and I cried.
Sunday, November 23, 2003
However the new discovery is, it was not my boot drive that fucked up, it was in fact my storage drive. So I've just lost 14 gig of mp3's, 10 or so movies, every episode of Futurama, and shitloads of South Park. Oh, and my porn. All gone. I will choose to look at it in a positive light - it means I can start all over again and download only things that I actually want. I will end up with quality, not necessarily quantity. Although having over 3000 songs on my computer was quite impressive, most of them were crap. I have some Whitlams and some Ben Harper downloading at the moment. Slowly. Good old dial-up.
I need to create a list of people I want to keep in contact with. If I don't write them all down, I am sure I will forget all their surnames and therefore be unable to find them!
Saturday, November 22, 2003
More about the Australia Post job: It's permanent, as opposed to the contract I've been on for the last six months at TeleTech, so much more job security and stuff. It's paying 32k + super, whatever that comes out to - probably about 33k or something. It's on Lonsdale St in the city, so I can still catch up with the old TeleTech crowd - and I fully intend to, as life without Liny, Wayne, Jess, and Ria, would be unacceptably boring. The Royal Melbourne Hotel will still be there, packed full of TeleTech people and me of course. I think my hours will be from midday to eight pm or something of that sort, which is fine by me - I am very much a late night person and I don't like mornings! The first week is induction, or training, and I'm faily sure that's nine to five-ish. Sweet.
I was ill on Tuesday and stayed home (or rather, at Cossack's place). During this time I idly browsed Seek and equally idly applied for a couple of jobs. Somehow I ended up with a new job. I start at Australia Post on Monday, in their inbound customer service call center.
I am once again blogging at Cossack's as my computer is still buggered - that is to say, I've been too lazy to get a new HDD, re-install windows, and ensure all my music and porn is still intact on HDD #2.
Friday, November 14, 2003
The reason for the lack of updates: My computer is buggered.
Quotable Quote of A Few Days Ago:
Wayne: What's wrong with my dangly?
Thursday, November 06, 2003
Don't ask me for exact measurements... as much as you want!
1 tin tuna
Mix ingredients well - taste to see if you need any more of something! Spoon some of mixture into a bread roll. Wrap roll in absorbant paper towel. Microwave for 45 seconds.
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
It has been a very nice day! Excellent weather, with a top of 24 and a low of something not really low at all. Sunshine and happiness!
Yes, I have had far too much sugar today. This is not a good thing right now, as I need to be getting out of bed in a little over six hours, and I haven't even gotten in bed yet!
I suppose I'd better go and do that.
Hey Craig, are you still reading this? HI!!!
Sunday, November 02, 2003
Anyway, it's late and I'm tired. Bed!
Thursday, October 30, 2003
The odd thing is, I'm going to be where she lives tomorrow evening anyway!
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
He's left chicken in my fridge. And instructions on how to cook it. Excellent!
I just called my mum. I'm going up to see them on the weekend. We chatted for ten minutes or so. Then she called me back just to tell me to bring a coat. How like a mother!
Early shift at work going fairly well. We keep running out of verifications and having to do sales. I'm like, "I've forgotten how to sell... want it? Ok, good, do this recording there's a good chap."
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Here is a great place to live anyway. I don't need to move again! (Please God let that stay true!) Close to everything, friends in the area... yeah. I'll stay here. I will live out my life in a studio apartment in Hawthorn (Melbourne, Australia). I have a bathroom, kitchen, fridge, queen sized bed... what more does anybody need?
Friday, October 24, 2003
Quotable quote of the day:
Langer: I need someone decent to bonk frequently and hang around with for a while.
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Don't get me wrong. I don't regret anything or miss anyone. All I miss is the constancy a relationship brings - the reliance on a single person who is always there for you. However in the last months of our relationship even that was strained, so what I'm missing now is more a memory or an ideal, than a reality. I am unused to independence, to relying only on myself, and I find it hard. I have lived in Melbourne since January 2001, and started going out with Dave in March 2001. Before I moved here I had my mother to rely on, after I moved I had my brother, and after leaving my brother's house I had Dave. Always somebody, and now just me. It is an odd feeling, but generally good. Something that needs getting used to. I have weird urges to SMS Cossack if I'm going to be home early or late, until I remind myself I don't have to tell anyone those things anymore!
Anyway, onto more mundane things. Work today was good. Went to some spiffy place at Crown Casino for lunch, got slightly tipsy, insulted my boss (who was possibly also slightly tipsy) and came home early! Not that I don't insult my boss most days anyway. Once he said that everything I say is a lie, so I said to a friend loudly that he (the boss, not the friend) was cute. Three days later he was still giving me the finger for that!
To bed, to bed. It's half past midnight! Not very late, I grant you, but I do still have to get up in the morning for work.
Monday, October 20, 2003
Sunday, October 19, 2003
Saturday, October 18, 2003
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
- Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Guns 'N' Roses - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Bryan Adams - Everything I Do
Meat Loaf - I Would Do Anything For Love
Live - I Alone
The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
David Essex - Rock On
I ran into your blog whilst on a mission to hunt down
a slightly less retarded / less annoying voice for
Microsoft Narrator (I accidentally turned it on whilst
mucking around with my work laptop at home on a fairly
ordinary, overcast Sydney afternoon)... Anyway, doing
a search at google.com for:
"microsoft narrator" voice microsoft female
brings your blog up as the first result (or at least
it did on Sunday 12 October at 18:00 AEST, GMT+10).
In the end, I gave up on my hunt for a less retarded /
less annoying voice for Microsoft Narrator (Microsoft
Narrator was starting to shit me to tears).
I hope your quest for a new place to live is going
well, and I hope you find the above piece of trivia
useful/useless (cross out the word that doesn't
Scooter P. Jones
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Yes, I'm living in Hawthorn again! Same old appartment block, same old area. Great stuff! Cossack, of course, is living upstairs in my old appartment, so I'll never be lonely again! We go jogging most mornings (when I say "we" and "most", I go jogging every morning and most of the time he comes with me) and I go to his place when I get home from work. Until now I've been showering at his place too due to having no hot water here!
I love this area. Where I live is great. Coles is a couple of hundred meters away, Glenferrie station is not much further, and of course the entire Hawthorn/Glenferrie Rd shopping area is practically on my doorstep. Again. Is good.
Monday, October 06, 2003
I've just put some washing in the dryer. When that's done, I'll pack a bag and lug it into the city to pick up the key from Andrew, then lug it out to Preston to let myself in with said key. It's hard deciding what to take - I'm working under the assumption that I'll only be there for the week and will need pretty much only work clothes. And shoes. Pyjamas. Bathroom stuff. Jumpers and jackets. Books? No, too much weight to lug. Mobile phone charger. My DVD's.
I'm going to be pretty much without a computer and the internet for a week, except for at work. It scares me that this fact worries me. Perhaps it will be the start of a whole new lifestyle for me. That'll be nice.
Sunday, October 05, 2003
Friday, October 03, 2003
Last night. I went to bed. As I do most nights. Dave said he wouldn't be far behind. It was at least an hour later, I think more. The reason I'm not certain is that I was asleep by the time he came to bed.
I remember when he used to hug me because he loved me, not just when he was horny. I remember when he used to want to spend time with me - "Come home with me tonight," he'd say, hugging me at the tram stop while waiting for the 109. (Then we'd get to his place and he'd spend hours playing computer games and ignoring me, but that's not the point. At least he'd wanted me there originally. And we had sex.)
I think I have more physical contact with people at work than with Dave these days. Slaps on the back, pokes, hugs... it's normal at work. Then I come home and I'll be lucky if he touches me! Unless he wants sex. One thing about being hugged by, say, Anoka... I know it's not because she's horny!
Thursday, October 02, 2003
More Things That Kick Serious Butt
- Long baths
When Zeus loves me
Finding out something horrible happened to someone you hate
Acheiving a goal or overcoming a challenge
Wednesday, October 01, 2003
I don't like you anymore. You used to give me cheap line rental and local calls, but now you're charging me $109.75 for a phone number I never had at an address I never lived. You're also making it very difficult to dispute these charges. You want three forms of written proof that I didn't live there, Ziggy, just so you can keep your beaurocracy ticking over and keep your overpaid money guzzling Credit Management department busy.
Have you heard of "word of mouth", Ziggy? I'm going to use it! I'm putting this rip-off story on the internet, that tool that you so kindly provide for a fortune a month so that the masses (the rich ones anyway) can put their sob stories there.
Have a nice day, Ziggy. Rip someone off from me.
I took a sleeping tablet last night. I think they make me have weird thoughts and vivid dreams. I dreamed that we were in the middle of sex, then Dave got up, took a piss, and wandered off to his computer for ten minutes or so. Then he came back and expected me to get on with it and I slapped him!
Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Monday, September 29, 2003
I visisted Amanda at her new place yesterday, she's living in Mitcham about 10 minutes walk from our place. It's a fairly nice place, 2 bedroom, reasonably small but she is living there alone so size isn't a priority.
Doh, clock just ticked over that extra minute, I go do work now.
Sunday, September 28, 2003
I cry every time my cat avoids me. Does that sound like a sign of a well-balanced person to you? No.
Many people compliment me at work, my clothes and hair and sometimes even my face and body. I thank them and smile nicely. But deep down I'm wondering why my cat always bites me. I'm wondering why I can always tell when Dave will want sex that night - because he hugs me as if he means it sometime during the day before. I'm wondering if my singing is really as bad as Wayne seems to think it is. In short, I'm wondering what's wrong with me. Nobody manages to love me. My friends may like me, but Dave's love for me seems to be wearing thin, and Zeus apparently loves me only as an object to bite.
Saturday, September 27, 2003
It's looking nice outside now. When I walked to Mitcham station this morning it rained on me, and now I'm inside and safe and warm, it's stopped raining. Typical.
I'm just going to leave this post-editing window open and add stuff whenever I think of stuff. Do you like stuff? Stuff is good. This is going to be a rambling nonsensical post. I like it!
We've just been grossing out the local New Zealander, Mary, with tales of poisonous Australian snakes and spiders, and my brother's brutal method of killing rabbits. New Zealanders are funny. They come from a country where there's nothing overly dangerous or poisonous, and are surprised by the existance of red-bellied black snakes, and spiders that can kill!
I'm just back from my first 15 minute break. Early. Breaks are so dull when you're alone!
I forgot to bring my mobile phone to work today. I feel lost and vulnerable without it, isn't that pathetic? How reliant I am on the little thing. Perhaps I should leave it home more often and learn not to depend on it! It's not like I even use it all that often, it's just that I'm used to having it there all the time in case I do need it, or in case somebody tries to contact me.
Should I re-design this page? Again? It is a little plain. But to brighten it up you really need pictures, and I prefer not to use pictures at all or to keep them to a minimum, out of respect for dial-up users. I'll think about it...
The train was full of rowdy Collingwood supporters today. (If you're not a Melbourne resident or a Brisbane Lions supporter, you may be unaware that today is AFL Grand Final day. This has no effect on me whatsoever as the Bombers aren't playing.)
There are a total of 4 people here at work today. Chris, Karina, Mary, and myself.
I need to notice more things. As I grow older my mind is getting more and more closed, my views more and more fixed, and my apathy more and more pronounced. I need to be a child again.
Friday, September 26, 2003
And this morning I didn't see that smile. I was running late for my train and just burst into the bedroom, grabbed my phone and yelled "I gotta go!" and left.
Thursday, September 25, 2003
All my deep and interesting thoughts are contained in paper journals in the bottom of a box on the bottom of a pile of junk in the garage. I wonder if I should dig some of them out and type them up and put them here. Could be interesting. It would make me look cooler than I really am. Cool. Actually that's pretty lame.
Someone committed suicide on my train line last week. By jumping in front of a train. It happened at 7.40 in the morning and was still delaying trains at 11. I was half an hour late for work. A friend of a friend was on the train it happened on, they were taken off the train and had to walk past the dead body.
I'm listening to a recording right now and it sounds like somebody's having sex in the background.
We were sitting there watching Black Books on DVD and he suddenly goes, "Want alcohol?" so we spent an hour walking to some obscure bottleshop and back and then had less than 2 hours and drank more than three quarters of 700ml of Vodka. 40% alcohol.
Felt a little seedy this morning. But had a toasted egg bacon & cheese sanger from Chaf's Cafe and now feel Almost Human.
I am getting a little bit worried about some of the moles on my right arm. They're itching and going kind of scabby. Perhaps I should see a doctor, are docs open on Sundays? I'm working this Saturday... possibly next Saturday. Darn doctors, I see them too much as it is getting a prescription for the pill every year!
Saturday, September 20, 2003
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Zeus has been outside for a lot of today. Everytime he's outside for a while, he's that much more cuddly when he comes in. So now he won't stop lying on us and purring. This morning he bit me on the neck - the vampire cat!
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Monday, September 08, 2003
- Zeus used my leg as a scratching post and I had to change my stockings and almost missed the train
A retarded guy at Spencer St Station said to me "Nice legs, bitch!"
And now it's afternoon, so any futher lists will be "What Happened To Me This Afternoon".
Sunday, September 07, 2003
Saturday, September 06, 2003
Friday, September 05, 2003
Jess invited me out with her and Amanda tomorrow night, to Crown, I'll probably go. Woohoo.
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
We made pancakes. So, naturally, I lit a hotplate and put the frying pan over it with the oil to heat up. I turned away to get some things out, when I turned back Zeus was crouching on the bench next to the stove... with singed hair! He didn't even realise he was burning, he was unhurt, but he did stink of burnt hair!
And then we put on our lightening ball thingy (see pic) and he decided to play with it! Funny! Cute!
Sunday, August 31, 2003
Saturday, August 30, 2003
Friday, August 29, 2003
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Monday, August 25, 2003
Brad's graduation on Saturday was relatively boring. I read through most of it. Then we saw Men At Arms, a play adapted from a Terry Pratchett book. We being me and Andrew. It was a vast improvement on the rest of the day. Very very funny. Very good.
Friday, August 22, 2003
Thursday, August 21, 2003
bet you cant guess what im doing atm
Mitzi Dupree says:
only in the background... what else!
Mitzi Dupree says:
IN THE KITCHEN?!!
Mitzi Dupree says:
well, why not
what are you, perverted?
Mitzi Dupree says:
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Monday, August 18, 2003
Sunday, August 17, 2003
Well... ok, perhaps not that disappointed. After all, I can't really expect other people to do my thinking for me... not all the time anyway. But I'm still hoping! Still taking submissions! Email me submissions: email@example.com.
Saturday, August 16, 2003
0.121% of females in the US are named Stacy.
Around 154275 US females are named Stacy!
0.0005% of last names in the US are Horsfall.
Around 1250 US last names are Horsfall!
Speaking of geeks, my own special geek (Dave of course) is feeling a bit sick today and we can't really figure out why. I think the flu is going around, I hope he's not coming down with that. He says it feels like the way he feels when he hasn't been eating and sleeping properly, but he's been doing both quite well... that sounds odd. What I mean to say is, he has been eating healthily and getting enough sleep. So for now, tis a mystery indeed.
I wonder if my blog is "cool"?
I enjoyed this job at first. Now I confess I'm getting a tad bored with it. It's only been about six weeks. I just have to discipline myself into keeping going - if I give up every job I have after six weeks because I'm bored with it, I'll never get anywhere in life. Not that I will anyway, but that's beside the point.
Dammit I hate when people are saying "yes" all the way through the presentation and then come out with "I need to speak to my wife" or "I need to see something written down". However, I pride myself on not forcing sales, not being pushy or unethical, so I pretty much have to let it slide. Dammit.
Want sales. Dammit.
Today: We pretty much ran out of numbers to dial from work, and were basically sent home four hours early. I was quite happy with that! I went book-shopping before going home, I bought The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde (I've read the previous two in the series and they were excellent), and Ice Station by Matthew Reilly who I've never heard of before but the book looks good and it was only $5.
Tomorrow: Working again tomorrow - I work every third Saturday.
Thursday, August 14, 2003
I stubbed my toe on Monday. It really really hurt. It's currently about twice it's usual size and I can't walk without a limp. I'm getting lots of sympathy, which is good, but I'm also in a lot of pain, which is very bad. What happened was, the toe was bent far enough back to actually severely scrape the inside of the toe. I mean, the bit that's usually pressed tightly against the toe next to it. So you can imagine how far back the toe was bent. Ow. Very very Ow.
"Chup re" means shut up in Indian.
Monday, August 11, 2003
Sunday, August 10, 2003
In general conversation, I have only ever heard him discuss cricket and the weather with any enthusiasm. On the phone, he launches right into gossip (that is to say, a rambling monologue that goes on for ten to fifteen minutes) without even bothering with the usual "Hi, how are you" etc. His wife, my grandmother, died several years ago, after which grandpa kind of came alive and began to do things. He's quite deaf and I recall quite clearly calling him once, saying it was Stacy, and he said "I don't know any Tracy!" and hung up. Like most of my non-immediate family, I don't know him well and don't see him often. He used to be a maths teacher and until a few years ago still took students for private tutoring.
A Profile of my Poppa on Mum's Side
Poppa's got a great sense of humour, particularly when it comes to playing jokes on his grandchildren (which we loved when we were younger). He seems somewhat downtrodden and quiet when nana's around, but on his own he really comes out of his shell. I have no idea what poppa did for a living before his retirement - I know he bred birds, but whether as a hobby or a job I don't know.
A Profile of my Nana on Mum's Side
Nana is very political and very patriotic. She has her views and often finds it difficult to accept that somebody else's views might differ from hers. She worked in politics for a long time, I know that at one stage when the Labour party came into power she left her job because she only wanted to work for the Liberals. I'm fairly sure she also worked as some kind of social worker at some stage, she knows a lot about the misfortunes of people in general and quite a bit about various cultures - Aboriginal, Vietnamese, etc. Nana has a very dominant personality, and oddly enough for an old person she spends a lot of time online and owns a CD burner.
Friday, August 08, 2003
Thursday, August 07, 2003
Ah, food guy. There's a guy who comes round with a trolly with food on it. Nice enough stuff, bit expensive but it's handy not to have to go anywhere to buy stuff.
I just told Amanda that I wouldn't talk about our conversations outside of work, because a) they make no sense and b) they can be taken in more than one way. I lied. We constantly talk about being "pumped" and "pumping" each other... I think it may have started out as a synonym for enthusiasm, but you can guess what we all made of it. And now we're talking about itches... of course, it was itchy legs, but Jamiu started listening at the wrong point and jumped to a very wrong conclusion...
Do you think I've written enough crap for the day? I think it's enough for this post. There may be more later. Beware!
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
I received my Ebay suit today. It would be very nice if I wanted to look and smell like a grandmother! It's not that bad, but it is kind of tweedy. The picture made it look more solid-coloured beige. Ah well, I might wear it... it would also be possible to sell it on Ebay! We'll see. I have to admit it was a bargain though - since when can you get a suit for under $20?
Sunday, August 03, 2003
Friday, August 01, 2003
My slackness in updates of late is unforgiveable! It's just that not much has happened - just work. I could write lots of stuff about people you won't know... I think I'll do that, actually.
Maggie called me when I was on the way home tonight, she's now working at Countrywide Media, where I used to work. (Maggie went through training with us at Teletech but unfortunately didn't make the final cut.) She's doing quite well, she said she's been there for 2 weeks and is already consistently getting 2 sales per day which is great for that kind of cold calling work. She told me to say hi to "everyone", eg Charlotte and Liny, and we've agreed to meet up "sometime" for drinks after work, hopefully tomorrow night.
Apparently Ivan or Bruce is bringing a camera to work tomorrow to take all our photos - I'm not sure why. I think Aleeda wants to put them up on the wall, as kind of a hall of fame/shame (depending on our sales, I suppose).
Incedentally, our team did really really well yesterday. Almost everyone on the impossibly tough two-day Bond campaign yesterday got an average of 1 or more (that is, 1 sale per hour), and the team average was 1.06 (sales per person per hour). As a team we were the best on the floor, and I don't think any individual from any other team got 1 or above either.
Thursday, July 31, 2003
Monday, July 28, 2003
Sunday, July 27, 2003
Friday, July 25, 2003
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Each time somebody makes a sale over the phone, we record what's called the EIC, or Explicit Informed Consent, which is just a verbal contract over the phone. After the EIC is recorded, it must be listened to (verified) to ensure that all the questions were asked and answered in the positive, and that all information necessary was given by the CSR (or, as they like to call us, the Energy Consultant).
So my job today was listening to recorded EIC's and either passing or failing them. It's reasonably easy to pass - simply follow the script, it's all in there. I had to fail one because he didn't mention the 10 day cooling off period in the EIC.
What it meant for me today was that I was off the phones! Not talking! Sparing my sore throat (which I have due to a cold caught from somebody at work, eh Jamiu!?)!!!
Sunday, July 20, 2003
Saturday, July 19, 2003
3 sales Wednesday
3 sales Thursday
4 sales Friday
Good enough for now! I'll do better next week - I'll be more familiar with the script, the product information, and selling techniques, as well as feeling better - darn Jamiu gave me a cold!!!
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
My flabby belly
The fact that sometimes I eat compulsively and can't stop
When people say things I don't know how to respond to (eg, "You're too cute to need to wear make up", thank you Lorenz)
When people want something from me that I can't or won't give but they never give up
People who are always judgemental and critical
My own frequent hypocrisy
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Monday, July 14, 2003
Friday, July 11, 2003
Well that was pointless. This entire site is about updates, right? Anyway...
I have completed training! Did two tests - one written, one mock call. I got 100% on both of them, I am teh call centre guru! If you want to know anything about TXU and/or the energy industry, just ask me! I also made an actual call to an actual customer today, I didn't do too badly! As of next week I start at 11am and finish at 7pm, I like those hours!
I am making a new committment to lose weight. The old attempt failed miserably, I swear I've gotten fatter in the last two weeks. A new effort must be made! A six-inch roll from Subway, water, no cookies. That's the new lunch plan. Daily excercise will be slighly harder now I'm working, but I'll do my best to fit something in and spend less time reading in the bath!
Tuesday, July 08, 2003
Work's been pretty good - when I say "work", we're still in training for the rest of this week, so it's all been very educational. I know more than I ever hoped to know about the gas and electricity industry, and about TXU in particular!
I'm thinking of creating a CV in HTML format. Pretty much just for the fun of it!
Friday, July 04, 2003
Wednesday, July 02, 2003
I "worked" from 9-5 today, which meant I was absent from home between 8am and 6pm - when I got home, boy was Zeus glad to see me! Purring and snuggling like a thouroughly neglected cat! Up until I typed that, at which point he bit me.
Tuesday, July 01, 2003
The long and short of it is, I start work tomorrow and I'm nervous.
Also, saw mum yesterday, she bought me clothes and I bought myself the first two books of John Marsden's Tomorrow series which I've already finished.
Monday, June 30, 2003
Sunday, June 29, 2003
Mum is coming to the city tomorrow, to see me and buy me some new clothes. I need another pair of pants, another jacket, and some more long-sleeved shirts. That'll be good.
Saturday, June 28, 2003
I had a job interview this afternoon (the TXU position mentioned below) and found out this afternoon that I have the job. I start training on Wednesday.
I have some better photos of my hair: Vaguely Styled and Spiked.
We were supposed to celebrate me finally getting a job tonight - we were going to get drunk and see a movie. Well, we saw a movie, didn't drink a drop, got home and Dave was too tired to anyway. Ah well. Now we have lots of alcohol in the fridge (Dave nicked heaps from his work, they had some after-work drinks thing tonight).
I saw dad today, that was good, we went out to Headwear and did some stuff he needed to do, then he came back here and met Zeus. Also my dad has bought himself a quite reasonable little digital camera - he would have shown it off to me, but it ran out of battery!
I noticed Blogger have implemented their changes on my site - as far as I can see it's made no difference to the appearance of the site itself (this is a good thing), but as I write this I can't help but see all the changes in the editing fields - nice colours, different layout, etc. Very nice guys (if anybody from Blogger reads this, which I doubt, but anything's possible!).
Anyway, that's quite enough for now, it is just past midnight (dammit, this entry will have tomorrow's date and it will look like I was slack for another day!) and Dave has gone to bed... strangely I don't feel the need to join him there, I had as little (possibly less) sleep as he did, and have had a busy day too. Nevertheless, it is time to relax and do nothing for a while. Reading some Agatha Christie books sounds like a good idea to me...
Tuesday, June 24, 2003
(Sorry about the crappy picture quality, it's just my little webcam!)
The other news of the day is that I have a job interview with TXU on Friday! Apparently my phone test was "excellent" - always knew I had a good phone manner.
Monday, June 23, 2003
Had another call from Hays Personnel this morning, I had to call a phone number (recorded message, automated) and read off a speech - basically just a test of my phone manner. Was rather nervous, but I think I did ok.
Also I'm absolutely certain I put a fairly long entry here last night, and Blogger screwed up and it didn't post and now I'm buggered if I remember it.
Sunday, June 22, 2003
Eminem broke into our house while we were in bed, apparently we had something that he wanted and he was trying to find it and steal it back. I remember lying in bed telling Dave to just leave him alone, let him get whatever it was and go and then he'd leave us alone, but then my grandmother got up (I don't know why she appeared to be living with us) and he attacked her with a hairbrush. So I told Dave to get up and bash Eminem, which he did admirably well (Eminem's a weedy little guy after all). I remember my grandmother (who wasn't actually my grandmother, but she was in the dream) was pretty badly hurt, she had a big gash on her forehead, bleeding badly, and she'd passed out. I remember being quite worried about her, and while I don't remember anyone calling an ambulance I do remember that there was one there at some stage. I don't remember how it ended, or if it ended just there - I don't know what happened to Eminem or the object he was after, or what that object was. Weird.
Saturday, June 21, 2003
The property inspection yesterday went absolutely fine. Landlady arrived first, I invited her and she wandered around for ten minutes or so before the agent got here (late), then they stayed for another three minutes or so, and left. I asked if the place looked fine, and she said "Yes, yes, looks good..."
The cat problem was solved simply by putting him in a box in the car - with Cossack to keep him company!
Excersise lately has been almost non existant. Must stop being so darned lazy! I've been reading a lot (in the bath) and playing the Discworld MUD for hours at a time. And that's about it. I'll force Dave to come for a run this afternoon/tonight, for half an hour or so, that might make up for a couple of days of non-movement!
Thursday, June 19, 2003
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Monday, June 16, 2003
- I'm going to get pissed off at him every now and then. We live together, for God's sake, these things happen - probably more often than we'd like, but what can you do?
That doesn't mean I don't love him and value the relationship. I do. A lot.
From that you can deduce the position of any and every other guy I know - friends.
Think I'd risk ruining what we've got here by screwing around? Hell no.
Even if these friends want to (and I flatter myself in even contemplating that they might), they all bloody well know better.
I am a mature and responsible adult and can realise the consequences of my own actions - even when a little drunk, like tonight.
Sunday, June 15, 2003
Friday, June 13, 2003
I had a call yesterday afternoon (While I was watching Robin Hood dammit) from a woman from Manpower (the recruitment agency, not the male strippers). There are four jobs she's recommending me for, which I was very happy to hear. It works very weirdly - she recommends me, then passes me and the jobs on to somebody else who, if they agree with her recommendations, calls me to arrange a meeting. Weird.
Hey, you know what I've noticed about women working for recruitment agencies? They're all British. I get a call and a British accent asks for "Miss Horsfall" or "Stacy", and I just know it's about a job. In a way it's annoying, because quite frankly they all sound the same, and I can't pick their voices apart. In another way, however, it's quite sexy. I like a good British accent!
- Accurate information and extensive product knowledge
To be listened to and understood
Zeus keeps sitting up on the washing machine meowing, and I don't know why. He has food, he has water, his litterbox is clean, if he's just after attention he knows where I am. Perhaps he doesn't want anything in particular, maybe he's just a vocal cat.
Anyway, time for today's dancing. I don't really feel like it, but I guess that's what this "Fitness Campaign" thing is about - being able to force myself even when I don't want to.
Thursday, June 12, 2003
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
I've decided to dance today. Less strenuous than jogging, but it gets the heartrate up and burns some energy/fat. I can also keep it up for longer, which is probably better. And I enjoy it more!
Woo, that's half an hour of dancing! And I'll probably do more later! I like this idea!
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Oh, someone showed me this shirt today, love it! I gotta get me one of them - if I could afford it!
I got a letter today from Emergency Services Victoria, I didn't get the job. I didn't think I would. No biggie!
Well, my ten minutes this morning was decidedly easier than yesterday's, despite my sore legs - really should have done some warm-ups! I might move it up to 15 minutes tomorrow instead of waiting for next week! We'll see. Subway for lunch again today - I'm not the kind of person to get sick of things, Subway is nice and healthy and it's a good walk to get it each day.
Got our first electricity bill for this house today. $253.19, which sounds like a lot until you remember that last winter my bill was about $360. It's cheaper here because we don't have electric heating - got gas! So now I'm dreading receiving the gas bill!
Monday, June 09, 2003
Have decided I need to lose the unsightly flab that is my stomach. This morning I aimed to do 15 minutes of vigorous excercise - today just jogging on the spot - to see how I went. I was shocked to find that I could only just manage ten minutes before almost collapsing! I knew I was unfit, but I hadn't realised just how unfit. I now plan to do several ten minute sessions of excersise per day, and may increase this to fifteen minutes next week depending on how I feel. I am also going to eat a lot healthier. Subway is approximately 7 minute's walk from here, so that's some more excerise and a healthy meal.
Note to self: Excersise before having a shower, to save having two!
Sunday, June 08, 2003
- Female - nothing that interesting there, 50% of the population are the same.
Jobless - again, no shortage of people in the same situation.
Cat-owner - something for me to blabber about, but not something everyone's interested in.
Living with partner - OK, perhaps not every 20 year old girl has lived away from her parents for three years. But still, nothing that exciting.
Boring - duh.
There you have it, my main components listed in a simple and easily understandable manner, and there is nothing there to grab the attention or make you say "Wow!".
Dave stumbled across this article from Melbourne's The Age this morning, which interested me as a blogger. Apparently Google is giving us a search engine of our own! Google already segregates categories of website, such as news articles, and now it seems blogs are soon to get their own little section of Google too.
Despite many attempts to "submit" this page to Google, I've never managed to find it in a Google search - perhaps their recent attention to blogs (including their acquisition of Pyra Labs, the company behind Blogger) will change this!
Saturday, June 07, 2003
- He fell in the water feature again the other night. Of course, I locked him outside while I went to find a towel. Well I don't want wet-cat-prints all over the house!
Dave left the lid of the washing machine up, he just fell in there and couldn't get out. Of course I delayed in rescuing him long enough to take a photo!
He goes psycho every night at bedtime. So that means, two hours before I go to bed, I have to exhaust him. Throwing stuff around the house for him to chase, chasing him myself, etc.
7yu6ftgrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrvbggggggggggggggg - need I say more?
He goes psycho every morning before I want to get up. I now have quite a large hole in my thumb from those sharp little claws.
Cats are fun.
Now, I'm going to try to restrain myself today, and not make more than three entries, no matter how bored I get!!! This seems a difficult challenge, until a few minutes' though reveals that I can in fact "edit" previous entries and add more information to them, instead of making a new entry! So I might end up with three quite long entries today! We shall see, though - maybe I won't even get that bored!
Friday, June 06, 2003
Reminds me of the old "Why is there no such thing as a gruntled employee?" The English language is full of little oddities like that.
Disorder / Rating
Narcissistic: Very High
I found the test on another woman's blog, Curmudgeoness, part of the "Blogs by Women" webring I've just attempted to join. I often ponder how on interesting others find my blog, but if my opinions of others' blogs are any indication, mine might be quite interesting! It is oddly fascinating to read another person's blog, to take a peek into their life and their world. Often I find I can relate to somebody, or I find myself looking at something in another way - their way. Very interesting indeed.