Archive for April, 2010

The Three Rs, Well Two Of Them Anyway

As part of my TYSIC, (Ten Year Self Improvement Challenge) I want to make more time to read and write. I love having my nose in a book, I’ve been known to finish a book in a day if it really grabs me. I also like writing; I did NaNoWriMo last November, (National Novel Writing Month) and I got a tremendous amount of satisfaction from completing a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days. Basically, it makes sense that doing more of what I love should improve my life, and the challenge would not only be in the writing process, but in finding more time for both reading and writing.

When the TYSIC started I was out of work, so finding time for reading was easy and I got through quite a few books. As a way to plot my progress with my TYSIC goals and to get back into the habit of writing, I also started this blog. However, since finding work, I only seem to be reading and writing minutes of meetings and poring over software instruction manuals, so I felt it was time to get back on track, and at the same time make sure my work/play time stays balanced. So today I read some short stories, wrote a bit of a parody and this blog.

But before I unveil my bit of a parody, I’ll give you a bit of my parody history. About four years ago I started writing parodies, probably one every week or so, and they’d take an hour or sometimes two to finish. They brought a lot of amusement to my online forum friends and I wasn’t sure whether I was doing it for the fun of creating something new and funny from an existing song, or for the affirmation received after posting them. Anyway, after a while for one reason or another I stopped writing parodies and after briefly flirting with them again last year, I lapsed into a parody-less state again.

Today I didn’t get fully back into parody-writing mode, but I did do a couple of verses of a Tim Minchin song called Not Perfect before reality called and I had to go and do grown-up stuff. I’ve written from God’s viewpoint for the first verse and the Devil’s for the second. I’m afraid I’m a bit rusty as I’m out of practice, but hopefully I’ll do a few more over the next ten years and they should improve. Here’s what I wrote. 🙂

This is my heaven
And I’m boss of it
It’s one third clouds and
Two thirds blue sky
And it floats around in outer space
Invisible to the human race
And is filled with lovely Christians and their pets
There are gates to keep those without sin
safe from bad guys entering
‘because my bouncer Peter, stops them getting in

This is my heaven
And it’s fine
It’s where the Christians want to go when it is their time
It is perfect
And it’s mine
It is perfect

This is my hell
And I’m boss of it
It’s pretty hot
And rather crowded
And I rule the place with whips and chains
But not many people complain
And that’s because those people… like it.
And the funny thing is that I am
An undercover car-sales man
And really rather rubbish at my day job

This is my hell
And it’s fine
It’s where the Christians go when they are bad in their lives
It is perfect
and it’s mine
It is perfect

Sorry, I know it’s not perfect, but it is mine. 😉


A Whole New World

I started my new job three weeks ago working as a Project Administrator for Logan Water. I’m easing into my new job gently – not on purpose, that’s just the way it panned out. My first week started on a Wednesday, so I only had a three-day week. My second week was a four-day week because of Easter Friday, and two of those days I spent doing my council induction. I’m currently in my third week, and again it’s a four-day week because of Easter Monday. After two five-day weeks there are another two four-day weeks due to ANZAC Day and Labour Day. I love being in Australia at this time of year. There are more public holidays than you can poke a stick at.

But back to my new job; at first I felt like I was on a foreign exchange program, a total immersion into a world where I didn’t understand what was going on, where anything was, or what they were all talking about? I know it will take a while before I feel like a native; in the meantime I am learning all the time. There seems to be an acronym for everything, and they use a document manager instead of storing things in folders on different drives. Slowly but surely things are starting to gel in my brain and little light bulbs in my head are flashing more frequently as I understand more and more of what is going on around me.

If someone had told me three months ago that I would be in a new job before April, a job that entailed going to lots of meetings, taking minutes, organising my Project Manager’s calendar and having the choice of 13 different types of tea for my tea break, I would have said, “you’re dreaming” but that is what is happening. Who knew I had it in me? Well, it seems a few people did, and they all pushed me to try for things that the old ‘but I like my rut’ me would have chickened-out of for fear of failure.

There have been so many work-related ‘firsts’ this past few weeks that I even tackled another first without too many qualms. You see, I don’t like to drive very much, I only usually stay within a few suburbs of home, and I’ve hardly ever driven on the motorway; and yet over the Easter weekend I drove all the way to Coffs Harbour in New South Wales for a Teardrop gathering. That’s over five hours each way – in Easter traffic – while towing! That might not seem like a big thing to most people, but to me it was an acheivement. I did not learn to drive until I was 34 so I have been driving for 10 years now. Maybe it took me 10 years to feel confident enough to tackle a journey this long, or it might be that I needed to be this ‘new me’ to tackle it: The confident me!

Whoever said, “as one door closes another one opens” was so right. Accepting voluntary redundancy closed the door on my comfort zone and opened the door to a whole new world.

Part of the lovely coastline of Coffs Harbour