Sorry I haven't been around. I got sick for about 3 weeks. At the same time I started my classes through Chisholm TAFE and started teaching a class at Coonara Community House. As you can see, I've been kind of busy.
Its now about a week until the end of the term and I still have 2 assignments to turn in. One is basically written up, but I can't do anything more until the teacher gives me approval for the last assignment I turned in. The last assignment then will be my database class. I'm really struggling through this one because we're talking about MYSQL instead of what I was using - MS Access and the like. I will get there, but its going to take a bit to get used to it. Its hard to believe I'm about 1/4th of the way through this Certificate 4 already.
Anyhow, I've decided to post something because I've added a button on here, which I'm hoping will working.
As everyone who knows me, knows, I've been fairly busy with my job for the Vic State Government. However, since the afternoon of 25th January 2013, I no longer have a job. Yep, another redundancy. Great. At first it hurt, then the thought of all those people we were helping and they are not going to get the help like they were any longer. That, in turn, will reflect upon the learners we are helping; however, the state government does not see it that way. They needed to "cut the fat" and so decided to slash our department by 50%.
Anyhow, its time to move on and get back into my IT knowledge. Thankfully, I've had 3 major organizations ask me to help them out - 2 by teaching and 1 by stats. The stats one, is having problems because of requirement problems (ie they say they haven't submitted the documents, but they say they have). The other 2 asked me to teach digital literacy but only one has given me paperwork to fill out. On 6 Feb 2013, I will start teaching 2 classes - Intro to Word and Computers the Next Step.
As if I was in any danger of being board, I've also signed up to take classes to get my Cert 4 in Web Based Technology. I figure I love doing that type of stuff, so why not get something that I love. That started today. Although I'm a bit confused as usually we get power point presentations and books, but it seems all I've got are links and not really any documentation. Very confused on that one.
Today felt like I was on holidays instead of being basically unemployed.
Once I got going, I went for a 3 km walk with Buddy. He's now computer exhausted and sleeping away. Then I measured up some windows thinking maybe I'll get some new blinds on the bottom of some of the rooms. I also made a list of some stuff that I need for my desk. Off I went to the local shopping centre to find some of the things on the list. I put some pictures in to be printed, but with the salesgirl's attitude, I wasn't going to stick around for a 3 hour break. Then I came home and put most of the things away and ate lunch. By that point, Brett was almost home from work.
I did get to watch most of the news, Home and Away, and Packed to the Rafters. Thankfully all the shows are coming back on. Packed to the Rafters was pretty good. I felt for Rita because we have gone through miscarriages and things. I do have one annoyance though - why don't you finally let Ben get on with his life? Why keep bringing up his dead wife. I can understand having a hard time with the death, but come on - its been years. Give the guy a break and let him move on already!!
I figured as I'll be online more and have less and different responsibilities, I'll start this blog back up again. I'll also have to factor some time in to redoing the websites.
Can I get any comments out there? Or am I sitting here talking to myself? (Its probably the latter but Ohhh what fun I have!! *grin*)
Happy 4th of July!
Monday's plans were:
- Book Blog- I did most of this last night before bed. Must do 2 last books. - Done.
- This blog - almost done - Done.
- apply for jobs - Done.
- shave my legs
- Read online books - Done.
- Reply to online groups - Done.
- Pick up some stuff at the store - Done.
- Go put some flowers on JR's grave in the back - 2 years ago we lost him *sniff sniff* - Done.
As you can see, I got most everything done yesterday. I actually did the job thing this morning but I did do it. I also exercised yesterday and made chocolate chip cookies. YUM! The other stuff did take me the whole day to do, but I did get everything done thank god. Then I was up until 3am reading because I started reading and got caught up in the book and by the time i noticed the time I only had a few pages to go. It was a great book, but too bad I stayed up so late. LOL.
On the other hand, when I got up this morning, I found that the shuttle might not go up. Only the be told within the hour that it would because the small peice of foam that fell might ground it. Thankfully it will be going up but what's even better news is that it will go up safely. Here are two pictures of the foam where it broke off.
Appearantly (spelling), a crack was found when they started detanking. They knew about it but it was within limits. Then they found the piece of foam that fell onto the platform. They put a hold in so they could talk about either building a platform (which would have meant a delay in the shuttle going up), but someone came up with a bendy pipe thing that they put a camera and scope on it and got within 6-8 inches of the section that broke off. They had tank specialist, icing specialist and a few other specialist all there and all of them took a look at the area and all said it was ok.
Under the foam, there's a joint which turns when taking and detanking happens. Because of how cold that is, the humidity, etc ice builds up. This ice affected the foam on the outside which gave it a crack. Then when they were detanking the peice fell off. The guy who was at the meeting, brought the foam with him. He did say that one other time on STS 51 (tank 59) (if I remember the numbers correctly), they had something like this happen and tested this early last year and found that the structure, certification and stuff all was fine and would be ok.
So let's hope that it goes up and is successful.
Anyhow, I'm talking to my girlfriend on yahoo and have a few things to do today. The plans are:
- Shave legs
- This blog- Done.
- Jobs - Done.
I'm not sure what else I might do, but talking to my girlfriend will keep me busy.
I have started a book challenge which requires me to blog about the books (here's the link:
http://community.eharlequin.com/webx?14@@.4a838589a) I'm currently reading. This I try to do once to twice a week. Hell, if I posted to the newsgroups I'm on, the book challenge AND here, I'd never get anything else done. As it is, I feel like all I seem to do is write things down to talk about life when mine's not that exciting.
Anyhow, we just had Easter. Today is Easter Monday and everyone has off here in Oz. We got late and then Brett made some pancakes, I made us our drinks, we sat down to eat and watch some TV while we ate. Then I did the dishes. I finished watching the program that was on and then came to check emails. Mainly they were crap. There were 2 good joke ones, but the rest were either the newsgroups I post in, jobs emails, or spam from people out there that don't know how to leave us alone with that stuff. Then I figured I better start looking at some of the newsgroups and got them done about 1/2 way. Then I remembered this and thought that I better put in an entry (so here it is).
The rest of the day is for finishing the newsgroups, backing up and moving around some data on my hard drives (as they were almost full yesterday and I had to make room onto DVD's). Then if Brett isn't home from fixing his car (new steering rack), then I have to go out and water two new plants that I put in last week, call Gail (a girlfriend) about going over there tomorrow, and doing some reading. Oh and I have some footage that I have to take off the video camera to put on the hard drive so I can finally burn some of the commonwealth games crap and get that off the hard drive.
Finally, I have to make dinner, do the dishes and maybe get the chance to relax today.
Anyone bored with my life yet? I'll try and post in here as I've now put a shortcut on my desktop (and I hate things on my desktop so I do visit those a few times a week.