and we got her cheap

Fortunately by Friday last week, we’d filled those roles we’d been recruiting for my team. No more dealing with agencies – hopefully for quite some time!

I’ve been struggling a little with imposter syndrome since we made these appointments – they’re quite senior, very professional and polished people and will be reporting to me. Me?! This is just crazy.

One of these roles has been filled by someone very experienced and will be paid more than I am (and not just a little more). I’m not really sure how I feel about this – one the one hand, market rate; on the other – you report to me and are paid much more than I am.

Ah, it is what it is (but you’d better believe I’ve noted this to Bobs). 

Now I just need to remember to pretend I’m a grown-up and that I know what I’m talking about.

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flogging a dead horse

For a very brief and wonderful moment today, beloved chobi cam came to life!

I don’t know what prompted me to plug him in, but I did and got some terrible photos. It was very exciting.

I plugged him in and he died again shortly afterward.

I am quite tempted to buy a replacement 3.7v 120mAh battery on eBay for $10, but the battery may not even be the problem, so I really should just let this go. 

But it is only $10 …

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and spiders and moles and butterflies

newkitty watches birdies on the ipad

Even though I’ll have to do some work over the weekend, I’m extemely delighted to see the back of this week.

It can get a wee bit fractious with a full house – we definitely all need to learn to communicate a little better. And possibly moar hugs.

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queen of the bed

so beautiful, so bitey

In a very, very rare turn of events BabyKittyPrincessAngel sat on the bed this morning.

It was very exciting.

Of course anything as daring as patting her was out of the question,  but we take what we can get.

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tiresomely tedious

Thanks lovely peeps for your well wishes. 

I’m still feeling somewhat fragile, but definitely on the mend (yeah thanks iphone, but I really didn’t mean on the men’s, as you so interestingly auto-corrected).

Work is kind of bonkers lately – we’re recruiting for a couple of roles in my team and Bobs, in his infinite wisdom, threw the job specs out to about 7 agencies (without consulting me) and then left me to do the wrangling – thanks Bobs! Just juggling everyone and remembering who comes from where has pretty much been a full time job for the past couple of weeks. This has meant that lots of my regular stuff has slipped, but it has done wonders for my abilities to very firmly say no, rather than being wishy-washy and apologetic.

Fortunately most of the recruiters have been excellent to deal with, but one turned into a kind of flirty creepy stalker and another tries to do the reach around to Bobs and cut me out (despite being told I am the hiring manager and to go through me). Total dick move and very short-sighted because no matter how good his candidates might be, I am really not inclined to progress them. 

Honestly, what is it about some brats in their mid-to-late-20s? I’ve had this ridiculous experience a couple of times recently and in the main the behaviour is confined to young, male Brits.**

I’m trying to decide whether it is classist, antipodeanist, ageist or sexist (or all of the above). Whatever it is, I could very cheerfully punch them in the dick(s). Of course what I should do in this case is call his manager and tell him exactly why we won’t be doing business with them again.


** Of course not all young male Brits display this behaviour.

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breaking the chain

a soothing photo that has nothing to do with this post

My almost 14 month streak of blogging everyday hit a snag yesterday (is that too many mixed metaphors?)

I was struck down by the most horrible dose of food poisoning – which left me curled up in the foetal position on the bathroom floor late last night. The pain was not unlike what I imagine Giant Rats gnawing at your innards would feel like. I’m still feeling a little fragile this morning and probably should have stayed in bed.

A good lesson to perhaps stay away from terribly expensive $13.50 chicken salad as a lunch option.

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you’d think i’d have learned by now

You might remember the adorable chobi cam, a tiny toy camera I used to take with me when running – back in 2013. How can it be that long ago?

Anyway it’s been on the fridge for ages (it’s magnetised) and I decided that I’d probably re-embrace running if I reinstated the practice of taking photos on the way. To my horror, the battery no longer holds charge, so I can only use it tethered – which is pretty pointless.

I could either find a tiny new battery and splice the connecting wires (way too tiny to solder) or I could buy a replacement. Sadly my beloved Japan Trend Shop is sold out of all varieties of chobi, so I took to eBay and picked up a tiny spycam for less than $9 . This was roughly 1/8 of what I paid for chobi (you can see where this is going).

It arrived on Thursday and came with an Ace! manual:

So Mini Camer ! The Smallest! But it can take video, audio, and photo. So lovely design just for lady or girls as gifts.

And naturally it broke within less than 24 hours – I’d taken maybe four test photos.

By broken, I mean all the photos were suddenly like this:

I did what any normal person would do and pulled it apart. All the bits were floating loose (in contrast, chobi has everything nicely silicon-ed in place), so I shoved everything back in properly and got it working again. Though I don’t hold out much hope for it staying intact without some assistance.

Here’s some output.

Can’t say that I’m all that jazzed. I particularly don’t care for the aspect ratio and that I can’t remove the date/ time – despite applying all sorts of methods found on the InformationSuperHighway.

It ain’t no chobi!

I thought I might steal the battery and put it in chobi – but alas, it is 5V and chobi is 3.7V.

Maybe I should just start taking my phone out with me?

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