Hoteling

The only drawback to the cubicle-oriented office is that some employees develop a sense of "home" in their little patch of real estate. Soon, pride of ownership sets in, then self-esteem, and poof - good-bye productivity.

But thanks to the new concept of "hoteling," this risk can be eliminated. Hoteling is a system by which cubicles are assigned to the employees as they show up each day. Nobody gets a permanent work space, and therefore NO unproductive homey feelings develop.

Another advantage: Hoteling eliminates all physical evidence of the employee's association with the company. This takes the fuss out of downsizing; the employee doesn't even have to clean out a desk. With hoteling, every employee has "one foot out the door" at all times.

Hoteling sends an important message to the employee: "Your employment is temporary. Keep your photos of your ugly family in the trunk of your car so we don't have to look at them."

- Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle, 1996

Wednesday morning I woke up at 4am and couldn't get back to sleep - stressing about work.  Said goodbye to our floor at 4:30 and went to the pub.  As you do.

Thursday morning I woke up at 2am and couldn't get back to sleep - stressing about work.  Got in early, but of the three sections (sections, not teams) in our home zone, one section had spread themselves out along most of the windows, splitting the rest of the teams up.  Very unsettling day.  Went to the pub.  As you do.  But as I was leaving, I was convinced I heard them talking about me, and so I had a full on meltdown when I got home.  I haven't cried that much about work since my very first night on 5 November 2007.  

I read The Dilbert Principle probably twenty years ago, and that section above has stuck with me all these years, as it resonated with my feelings about working at OzEmail back in 1996-1997 - where I would get into work an hour early just to get the same seat every day (Como to St Leonards to arrive by 7am - was pretty awful).  But now I just can't get in that early, as the sweetie can't (unless I catch a 6:30 bus).  Which means ongoing stress every single fricken day FOREVER.

Rinse, Repeat

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Mornings are struggling to keep housework under control.  Evenings are struggling to keep scanning and labelling and All The Things under control.

Did have a bit of a break on the weekend at least. 

Friday night we watched The Circle, which we both found interesting.  However I never quite *got* Mae's character.  At the beginning it looked like she was going to get caught up in something creepy and have to escape.. but instead embraced it 100% ..?  I kept thinking she was just playing along to somehow get inside and do something against the system.. but no..   Odd movie.

Saturday morning I did almost nothing except waste time on the internet.  Which is tragic considering how little time I have.  Did a few bits and pieces and some food shopping and cooked roast pork for dinner.  In the evening we watched Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, about Dr William Marston and his life and influences with the Wonder Woman comic.  We both enjoyed it although it's likely only very loosely based on reality (if at all).

Sunday was just powering through the todo list.  The never ending todo list.  In the evening I started watching Anastasia (finished Monday night).  Even though it was all in English, and the subtitles if I'd wanted them were in English, all the credits and the "ten years later" caption were in French.  Very weird.

Case in Point

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This morning I spent nearly forty minutes feeding the fish, watering the plants, putting washing away, dusting, vacuuming, taking out recycling, and didn't even get as far as cleaning the kitchen before I gave up and scanned some photos.

Tonight I labelled photos that I didn't get to labelling last night.  And finished the Wasgij jigsaw.

Stop the world, I want to get off..

Mornings I spend at least half an hour on house work type stuff, and only if I'm lucky do I have time to scan photos.  The evenings are dinner and watching tv with the sweetie and then I only get an hour or so before knock off time at 8:30 when I can do a jigsaw or some other hobby for an hour before collapsing into bed.  Tonight's hour got taken up with scanning photos that I didn't do this morning and backing up my phone/camera/computer.  Didn't even get time to label any East Asia photos.  

On top of that I'm feeling super anxious about impending changes at work.  It may suit some people's brains, but not my asperger's brain.

So Saturday for lunch I had some leftover honey mustard chicken that I'd cooked during the week.  And forgotten to put in the fridge that night.  The kitchen stays pretty cold in this house, but I still tempted fate and had it for lunch on Saturday.  Sunday morning about 1am my bowels weren't too happy with me, and it was *probably* that.  And other than not being about to get back to sleep for HOURS, I was fine.

Stu went to work (again!) and I grouted the other half of the shower.

Then some photo stuff and started a new Wasgij jigsaw.  

Late in the afternoon Kit and Pete invited me down for a drink and to soak in the last of the afternoon sun.  Then played a few games, then came home for an early night.

Tonight I continued labelling the first day in Shanghai from our trip last year.  Made super difficult because China offsets its street maps from its satellite maps for "security" reasons by several hundred metres or so.  Silly really.

Where were we?  A week and a half ago..

Friday afternoon I took an early mark from work and came home and watched The Lion King while finishing off that section of the jigsaw.

Saturday was alternating between housework, photo labelling and photo filing.

Sunday Stu went to work; Chrissie came over and we grouted one of the walls in the shower.  Also photo labelling.

Early this week I finished labelling my New Zealand photos - only took two months! (normally it takes years).  I also calculated that if I label 500 photos a week it'll take me about five years to label all my holiday photos.  Doable I think..

Wednesday I had to come home so Rheem could look at the broken valve on the hot water tank (remember I noticed it was broken one year and twelve days after the tank was installed).  The guy took one look and asked "is that all that's wrong?" heh.  Two minute job to put a new valve on (and he left me a spare in case it happens again).  *Hopefully* they don't charge me for the callout, on account of it's the second thing to go wrong with that heater in its first year.

Friday I went over to Chrissie's for gozleme for dinner.  We were going to watch a Lego movie but it got too late.

And yesterday was pretty must just cleaning and tidying the house all day, on account of having all of Stu's family over for dinner.  It was all very nice, except for Violet being super stressful jumping all over everything and everyone and touching and poking everything. Had lots of pizza and watched Austen Powers.

And so ends the first half of the year.

Last Drinks

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Last night was the last night of our work drinks in its current location.  To be moved upstairs next month.

To celebrate the end of an era I invited everyone I had a phone number for, and *heaps* of people came - the place was packed!  It was a pretty epic night, and we nearly succeeded in the mission to drink the bar dry so things wouldn't need to be moved.  Everyone that came had a great night.  

Where were we?

Friday night went over to Chrissie's for a roast chicken dinner and lemon delicious for dessert which was lovely.  I can't believe Nathan is four months old already.. I've barely seen him!  I'm such a slack friend...

Nathan four months

Afterwards we were invited over to R&F's for supper which was nice as well.

Scott brought these.  Can't remember what they were called, but they had little syringes of frangelico you injected into them.
Dessert

Saturday I hopped in the car and headed for Sydney.  Made it in time for lunch at the New Golden Emperor Chinese Restaurant in Kirrawee for Mum's birthday lunch.  It was pretty average.  You know you're in a western Chinese restaurant when you don't even get chopsticks.  Still, the $8.30 lunch special which included chicken and corn soup was pretty good value and the serving sizes were huge.

New Golden Emperor chicken and corn soup

The other Karen and I got the $9.30 satay chicken and satay vegetables and mixed the two to get a better mix of meat/vegetables.  This is just the chicken dish.
New Golden Emperor satay chicken

After lunch we went back to Mum's and Aunty Di and Uncle Graham (not my uncle/aunty) and June came over as well and we had a couple of games of Five Crowns which was a bit of fun.  

Mum and her cards

Everyone left around 5pm and we were like "now what?".  So we went to Vivid.  As you do :)  I'll put pics for that in a separate post.  It was pretty crowded and the sweetie would have hated every second of it, but it was good to go be a tourist in Sydney again and get photos of pretty lights.

Sunday morning we went to church, where there were cakes for Mum and Elizabeth's birthdays.

Mum and her cake

Then headed an hour and a quarter across the other side of Sydney to Uncle Ken and Jeanine's place for lunch to celebrate Ken's birthday.  Various members of Ken and Jeanine's extended families were there - over twenty people outside for lunch!  

All the news reports and locals (except Ken) were complaining about how freezing it was, but it was an absolutely glorious day and NOT cold ;)
My cousins

Table

Lunch spread

Ken and Mum cutting their cakes

Then we went back to Mum's and I came home.

Monday I was pretty depressed because I didn't get any down/home time over the weekend.  It's only Wednesday but this week has felt *very* long :(

Zombie Day

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So I woke up this morning at around 2am.  And didn't get back to sleep til around 4:30am.

Hurrah.

Stoopid brain wouldn't shut up, and when I could get it to shut up ever so briefly I felt every little pin prick of my stoopid nerves and an irritated nose sure didn't help.

So I was a zombie today.  

And tonight I was so tired I couldn't really concentrate on anything, so after Enterprise we watched an episode of The Layover in Taipei by Anthony Bourdain, which was that much more poignant to watch after his death this week.

Memory Lane

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Yesterday was nothing exciting, just photo scanning, sorting, labelling, and jigsawing.  We did pop out for a walk at one point because Stu wasn't feeling very well and thought some fresh air might help.  Pizza for dinner instead of the roast veggies I was going to do because he needed to collapse after handing his essays in. 

Today I was asked to find some photos of someone at work, so spent the evening searching through nearly ten years of photos.  Whoops.  I did do some sorting of all those too, with the idea of labelling them at some point - before I forget who everyone is (that's already happened, will be doing some crowd-sourcing methinks).

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