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Snow. And Suckage.

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When I went out to the kitchen yesterday morning this is what I saw:

Googong snow

Snow!  I didn't think it was cold enough for snow, but there was a big dumping on the hills above Googong.

The morning was spent cleaning, tidying, organising.

Then went on several missions:

  • dump three boxes of books at Lifeline: success
  • dump a bag of junk at the Green Shed: success
  • exchange or get a refund on the DODGY Aqua One LED lights: fail*
  • get 10c refund on some drinks bottles: success, maybe**
  • food shopping: success***

* Remember I had to replace a dodgy Aqua One LED back in January?  Well that light we bought last October died a month or so ago.  And then another light we bought in March died a couple of weeks ago.  So that's ALL THREE DODGY lights from Aqua One have failed - one after just four months!!  In January Jem Aquatics replaced the light on the spot without any drama.  But this time they weren't playing ball.  They took the two lights and the receipts and said they'd talk to the Aqua One rep and get back to me.  Well they haven't yet.  Not only that, but that light that was replaced in January?  IT WAS DEAD THIS MORNING!!  THAT'S ALL FOUR DODGY AQUA ONE LIGHTS HAVE FAILED!!!!!  I am completely pissed.  If I pay twice as much for a light, I want it to last twice as long, not HALF as long!!  I really want to get my money back on them and go back to flouros.  And NOT Aqua One.  They completely suck.  Dodgy cheap made in China crap.  I've always hated Aqua One.  The whole episode left me feeling a bit stabby.

** So the ACT has started doing 10c refunds on bottles.  There's a collection point at Vinnies in Belco, so we took a box of bottles there.  I was expecting a machine that would scan the barcodes of the bottles and provide cash on the spot.  You know, like EVERYWHERE ELSE.  But no, there's a computer screen and a human.  You have to REGISTER to return your f@%$ing bottles!!  How f$@*ed is that??  They want name, address, phone number and even a freakin security question such as mother's maiden name.  Are you freaking kidding me???  All for a dollar or two at a time's worth of bottles.  And I didn't even get any money back - they just bag everything up and tell you "you'll get your money some time".  Yeah right.  As we were leaving they were packing up, so you can't even go at a convenient time.  Return-IT you SUCK!  I really should have just told them to screw themselves and just dump everything in our recycling bin.

*** I was pretty upset from the lack of outcome with Jem Aquatics and terrible experience from Return-It, so food shopping wasn't much fun.  We got a turkey roast and other stuff.  Got home and was on my feet for the next couple of hours preparing dinner and making a caramel slice.  Collapsed in front of an Anthony Bourdain and Frozen.

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.

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.

Not so Trivial

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So I've spent a heap of time in the last few weeks working on the next work trivia night.

It was due to run tonight.

Except we only had five tables paid up by 11am.

So we cancelled it.

:(:(

Which is super annoying because this makes the third time that I've had to cancel due to lack of interest.

We're going to try again for early May.

Carbon

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So in the abscence of new episodes of Discovery, Good Place or Fuller House we thought we should try something new.  So Altered Carbon was put on. Yeup.  Crap so far.  No idea what's going on.  Can someone give me a 25 word or less summary?

In other news, John Williams turned 86 today.  How awesome is this guy?? Hoping he'll just keep on living and working forever!!

Not very exciting

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Fairly quiet day.  Didn't get as much done as I'd hoped.  Needed to talk to someone about some work but they were in meetings and then left early.  

Tonight was the usual Monday night dinner, kitchen, washing, as well as backing up my computer, and then it's 8:30pm, so did jigsaw for an hour.  One of the shows I watched tonight was a special Dad had taped from Channel 7's Sunday Night in about 2009 on Airbus, or as they called it, Scarebus.  It was sensationalist ROT and some of the interview questions were horrendous - along the lines of "can you guarantee you'll never have a software fault again?"  Absolutely ridiculous.  I don't know how this classes as "news" television - it was utter garbage.

Took my number plates into Access Canberra today.  Only had to wait 33 minutes from walking in the door to being seen.  Hurrah.

Not enough time

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By the time I got home, cooked dinner, did a load of washing and cleaned up the kitchen it was nearly 8pm :(  And that wasn't even watching any tv!

Read through January's blog entries for my year in review post, then spent the rest of the next hour fighting with photo file labels.  If created in other apps, the date taken metadata will still be correct, but the file name (renamed by a script I have) will be the date it was created in the app.  So things end up all out of order.  Pain in the @$$.  I didn't have time to actually file any photos, let alone do any photo labelling.  

I'm worn out.

On a lighter note, I did get some pretty cool timelapse videos of the storm clouds this evening.

All I've done since getting home is gone to see the chickies, cooked and eaten dinner, done a load of washing, and watched Survivor.  

And now it's bed time.

Sigh.

Plumbing Dramas

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So you know how we had our hot water tank replaced last year?  Well they say you need to test the relief valve every six months.  So I've been testing it every three months for good measure.  But the other day when I went to test it, hot water started spurting everywhere.  Apparently it's coming out of the snifter valve.  So now I need to call up Aquamax for a warranty repair (and hope warranty doesn't expire after 12 months, cause now it's a little over).  Hurrah.

Valve spurt

And also the other day I was in the dungeon and happened to notice a spot on the roof in the corner.  Had a closer look and it looks like there's water damage.  It's right under the shower drain, and the pattern of damage looks like that little bit of roof has been replaced before, which means the shower has likely leaked before.  It seems to only leak when there's a lot of water draining (ie, when Stu is having a shower, as he showers with higher water pressure).  I've got a bucket under there at the moment catching the drips, but now we'll need to get someone to dig a hole in the roof and have a look.  Hurrah.

Shower leak

Android Dramas

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On Thursday morning Ingress complained that the scanner was out of date and needed to be updated.  The problem is, the Google Play Store crashes whenever you try to run it (has done for a few weeks now).  So I couldn't upgrade Ingress.  Yesterday I had a look at it.  Stu's old HTC One X is on 4.2.2, which is the latest OS it will run.  I had an old version of the Play Store as well, so I upgraded it.  But it still won't run.  So basically that little Android is now a brick.  I'll have to install Ingress on my five year old iPhone.  Blerf.

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