it will get you everywhere

We’ve just hit an important annual KPI at SML – with 3 days to go. Exciting as it was always going to be touch and go and this KPI forms a component of quite a few bonuses.

Bobs replied to the email announcement all (looping in some very senior peeps) thanking Heather, NotHeather and RandomCollege and teams for the hard work.

I responded to Bobs (only) that he knew better than to name-check people in emails because people will invariably be left out and become upset – people like ME (because I was pretty heavily involved in the delivery).

When next at his desk (we pretty much sit next to each other) he said, carolbaby, that was a deliberate list and I didn’t include you because you are too senior for that sort of thing.

Clearly he knows me way too well and exactly what flattery to employ because I delighted in this. Really he’d obviously just utterly forgotten that I’d anything to do with it – Heather and NotHeather are allegedly my peers, so there’s no seniority about it.

Definitely points for effort and I’ll be sure to drag this apparent seniority out on future occasions.

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not my street

It’s really quite something to have roadworks outside your front door from 8pm to 4am (all week!).

Currently a Big Machine is being used to very slowly do something to the road surface. Whatever the something is it involves lots of Very Loud grinding-type noises.

I imagine this will be especially delightful around the 2:30am point.

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success factors

Home again after an excellent short break – we agreed we really should get away more often.

It’s looking to be a pretty intense next couple of weeks for both of us. Key things are going to be eating properly and get some regular exercise – else we’ll end up both fat and crazy.

I must start riding to work again, getting a run in here amd there and eliminating the post-work snacking!

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50before50: #14 see a decent production of macbeth

I’d really given up any hope of fulfilling this. Every time I searched there was no production to be found anywhere.

I’m on the dendy cinema mailing list and an email at the end of May advised they were showing live RSC productions. Oh! thought, maybe just maybe, they’ll be doing Macbeth.

They weren’t.

But this triggered another search of the InformationSuperhighway for a production and ZOMG! Melbourne Theatre Company – and the season started in mere weeks.

We’d been planning a trip down at some point in June/July anyway, so snatched up tickets – there were very few available, so we were supremely lucky.

And today we did it …

It was just brilliant, we really loved it. Compelling and engaging and dynamic and All The Things.

The performances were excellent and the sets were incredible. Everything was almost continually moving – so much engineering and utter precision involved. There was (briefly) a burning car (backstage must be enormous)! This is very much different to what I’ve become accustomed to in Sydney where the preference seems to be for a more spare and minimal stage.

before the curtain (obviously – i’m not one of *those* people)

We were quite exhausted (in a very good way) at the end. It was almost a cathartic experience.

I’m so very glad we did this! And it wouldn’t have even been on our radar if it hadn’t been on the 50 list – so yay for that! Also (surprisingly) yay for mailing lists! And for serendipity and stars aligning and all of those good things!

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luxurious luxury

This afternoon we shopped and shopped and shopped. Don is now very well equipped with jumpers, shirts, a jacket and a pair of shoes. I finally found a pair of boots (hurrah). I was looking for long boots, but settled on ankle boots because barely any long boots will fit around my sturdy calves.

There was a girl on a corner offering to write poems (of course there was!) on any topic – I was tempted to ask for some verses on my inability to find a replacement handbag.


Our hotel room has a fireplace! 

And books! I’m not quite certain I remember how to work with such ancient technology.

Tomorrow I get to cross an item off the 50 list that I’d given up all hope of achieving. 

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frugality starts monday

We’re off to Melbourne tomorrow for a (well-needed) wee break!

I don’t think there is any speed other than intense at work right now. It will be very good to get away and reset.

When we return, I definitely need to get back onto exercising and eating a little more healthily – my waistbands have been getting rather a little snug over the last month and while I do need a new wardrobe, I’d rather it not be of a bigger size.

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stuff in my … bedside cabinet

One of Bessie’s earlier artistic efforts – which must be around 16 years old.

Such is my recent ruthless decluttering that this had a whole shelf in the cabinet to itself. 

Possibly I need to rethink that space!

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