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Fruit And Veg’

Dear Mum,
More of the same at work today. No trips out though, just working in the office. So much stuff to do and think about, it makes me quite pleased I’m only working three days a week at the moment!
I got home to Deanne and Joshua laying on the sofa, tired out and watching Dinosaur Train (Deanne was reading as well). I made beans and toast for Joshy and me, as the two of them had been to Spud Shed to buy some food and had a bite to eat there. Then our fruit and veg’ box arrived. We ordered it through a scheme they run at Josh’s school , they were meant to call us to organise delivery, but just turned up. So now we have a fridge stuffed with all manner of exciting plant materials.
Joshy/Daddy day tomorrow and the boy would like to go to Scitech, so we’ll probably do that in the morning and aim for a nap in the afternoon.
Deanne said her interview for the lecturing job went okay but, as with one of my Uni’ interviews, they didn’t really seem to know what they wanted. They didn’t even say when they might get back to her about it, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed, but I expect them to be a bit lackadaisical about the whole thing!
Love
Dan

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Another Interview

Dear Mum,

When I dropped Joshua off at school today lots of his classmates told him what a lot of fun they had at his party yesterday. Admittedly they were prompted by their Mums but I think Joshy liked the attention.

I got home, got changed and headed for my interview. The place is relatively easy to get to, being about five or ten minutes drive north of Perth city centre. I arrived early (as you should) and put my tie and jacket on and did a blood test while I was waiting.

The company is an internet provider for businesses, they seem to be doing pretty well for themselves and have branched out into providing other services, most of which are things I’ve been involved in before at Trent.

The interview itself seemed to go pretty well, they asked me to tell them about my history so I started where I joined the University and went from there. I seemed to do a lot of the talking for the half hour or so the whole thing took. Deanne was surprised at how short the interview seemed, but when I told her later all the things I had talked about she was surprised how much I’d managed to fit in. I’ve definitely realised I’m much better suited to Change than Security stuff, which is a bit of a shame as I did enjoy the last couple of years, but I think processes is what I’m good at and what I need to focus on.

The questions seemed fairly limited, I suspect this is just my impression after being in public sector for so long, but I am quite pleased with how I responded to them. One of them was about where I see myself headed, and I talked about wanting to get more into strategy and management, then a few minutes later, while the bloke was talking about the company, he said that the role is likely to develop more towards policy, strategy and management. So that seems good 🙂

After I got home I had some lunch and did some paperwork and computing stuff, then went to get Joshua. The two of us popped to the shops to buy some tissues and bread. Then after dropping our stuff off at Nana’s we went down the road and bought an ice cream each. I figured I deserved it after my day.

We came home and unpacked the one toy we let him unwrap, when we got back from his party yesterday. It was the one from the twins and it was the biggest present there. It turned out to be a garage and road play-mat thing, as per the picture below where he’s showing you one of the cars. He’s very happy with it and we played with it until it was time to pack up for tea. We’re keeping the rest ’till Thursday.

Tomorrow Josh is at kindy and I’m going to be doing a few chores.

Love

Dan

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Cracked

Dear Mum,
Had a bout of insomnia last night and didn’t get to sleep ’till 3. So may not be very coherent tonight!
In a nutshell I viewed 2 houses today, one with Deanne after work. I also drove to where my interview is on Monday. Did a few bits of computer-y stuff at home.
In case you were wondering the title of this message refers to an incident that happened at Joshua’s bed time. He and Deanne had gone into the bathroom together, Dee put her hands on his shoulders and it tickled him so he moved his head forward quickly. Sadly he was standing near the basin and whipped forward straight into the hard edge and chipped his right incisor.
He cried but calmed down pretty quickly, and thankfully it’s just a milk tooth so no permanent damage!
Anyway this weekend is the local elections so Deanne is helping out at Joshy’s school with the sausage sizzle and cake stall, to try and make some money for the school which is a voting station. We’re also collecting the cakes for Josh’s party on Sunday.
Love
Dan

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Talking Rubbish

Dear Mum,

Well, today was the big day..but I’ll get to that in a bit. I dropped Josh off at daycare and he was pretty cool about it. It’s taken longer for him to get comfortable with daycare than kindy, but I guess he only goes there once a week so that’s not really a surprise.

I didn’t do a great deal more revision for the interview this a’vo as I decided I’d stuffed as much into my head as I could fit without it exploding in a shower of IT. So instead I did the washing up and some washing and hanging out of clothes I’d set to wash before I took Joshy in.

At half one, about half way through Star Trek, The Next Generation (I think I may have spent too long at home!) I got changed into my trousers and shirt, packed my tie in my bag and headed out carrying my jacket. The temperature was somewhere around 30° so I wasn’t going to wear everything or I’d have arrived as a damp mess.

I got there in about an hour and ten minutes, so quicker even than when I tried it last week, I got myself dressed up and then had a couple of minutes to kill so I read the job-spec’ and did a blood test (then had a couple of Jelly Babies as I was 4.6mmol/l and didn’t want to drop during the interview). After which it was time to go in.

The guy who met me seemed nice and had only been in the job a matter of months, his other colleagues arrived after a few minutes and hadn’t been working there much longer. It sounds like there was a big re-org’ about a year ago so a good percentage of the people there are new-ish.

I don’t really know what to say about the interview itself, I think I did okay on a few of the questions, quite badly on one and no idea about the rest! The bad one was one I should have nailed as it was asking the difference between a risk, a threat and a vulnerability. You would imagine with my working history and my encyclopaedic knowledge of the English language that I’d have done pretty well at that, but I stumbled and stuttered through and don’t think I actually did a very good job of addressing the question. Still not to worry! 🙂

When I got home Deanne was making tea, the trip back had taken about the same amount of time as getting there so with a bit of polishing I could probably get it down to about an hour…if they actually thought I was okay and decided to offer me the role! She had taken Joshua to the library to return his books and DVD and get some new ones, so he was watching a DVD of Winnie The Pooh when I arrived.

We finally received our Scitech tickets yesterday so I think Josh and I are going to go there tomorrow to play on the exhibits and have a picnic.

Love

Dan