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What A Day

Dear Mum,

It really is like buses! Got up this morning and fed and watered Joshua, Deanne went off to work and Joshy got dressed while I was showering. When I finished i came back to find him in the sitting room as per the picture. I was very impressed.

I dropped Josh off, got home and finished a job application to work for the government, not sure if I’m suitable but there’s no harm in trying. I had lunch and then got dressed up and headed out for another job interview. This one went very well, it’s for one of the Universities and is as a Service Improvement Coordinator. I did most of the talking and I felt pretty good afterwards, all I can do now is wait to hear back.

So in a couple of days I have gone from having no job to having one definite offer and one very positive interview. I also got a call just before I was leaving from another recruiter looking to fill a couple of positions for a resources (mining) company, which also sounds pretty similar to what I’ve done before.

Meanwhile Deanne also had an interview today, I’ll let her tell you about that next time we speak. I think it went okay, but as with mine you never really know until they call you up and offer you a job!?

Dee picked the boy up this afternoon and I made tea when I got back from my interview, just slice and mash. While he was finishing tea I was making up some poems about food and animals but I couldn’t find an animal to rhyme with corn. Joshua, without a pause said “prawn”. Both Deanne and I were very impressed. Sadly I can’t actually remember the rhyme, but his speed of thought was quite amazing.

Gotta go to bed now, we’re all a bit tired.

Love

Dan

Joshua Reading

Joshua Reading

 


Nearly Two Jobs Ladle

Dear Mum,

What a day! It started off like a normal Monday, we got up, got breakfasted, got showered and dressed and then I took Joshua to school. However then it started to diverge a bit from the run of the mill. I set my sat nav for “work”, got in the car and started the drive.

It took about 25 minutes to get there and was a fairly easy drive, although I’d have had a job without Google’s help. My boss to be, Jason was sitting in his office, which is built on to the side of his house. We chatted for a couple of minutes then he showed me round the office, the store room and the rest of the house. Rather ridiculously the thing which impressed me the most was not the four monitor PC setup, nor the store room full of computer paraphernalia, but the two posters on the laundry wall as we walked through the rest of the house. One was of Audioslave, the other was of the Foo Fighters! Upon questioning he also mentioned Alice in Chains, who are one of my favourite bands.

So, not only does this man also have Type 1 Diabetes, a Hyundai i30 station wagon, a four year old child and is a bit of a computer geek, he also listens to the same music that I do. Apart from his rather more luxurious head of hair we could be twins!

Anyway, we spent the morning chatting about what he does and what he wants to do and what I can do for him and how things work, then finally about money and hours, etc. So the next stage is for him to get a contract of some sort together and send it to me to agree to and sign. Quite exciting.

I left at about half twelve, however I still had an appointment to go see Ian, the recruitment consultant in the city who has been doing such a good job for me. I still have my interview on tomorrow at the University and may as well go and have a go to see what happens, although to be fair I think the job I’ve already been offered is the more interesting and convenient one. But I went along anyway and we had a good chat. It’ll be interesting to see if this other job is anything like I expect, unlike the last one I tried out for at the same Uni’.

After the meeting I had a bit of a walk around the city centre. I found a bookshop which I thought Deanne would be interested in, a music shop selling amazingly cheap CDs and finally a Dymock’s, which is another bookshop. I thought the display on the Terry Pratchett shelf was particularly apt so took a photo, as below.

Bob and Joshua both survived the school pickup and Deanne was home and making tea before I got back. spaghetti with a nice tomato sauce that she made.

Tomorrow is another kindy day, I’m finishing off a job application and hopefully doing something useful with the school uniform shop data that I got hold of last month. I also need to start on the next bit of Rich’s data processing. These jobs appear to be like buses!!!

Love

Dan

The Last Continent

The Last Continent


More Jobs

Dear Mum,

Before bed last night I got my usual round of emails from online job boards and some interesting roles came up. So this morning I checked them out properly and a couple of them were actually quite relevant. I therefore spent a good chunk of today writing a cover letter, thankfully only once because the two jobs were very, very similar. Apart from one is temporary and the other is permanent.

After I finished I sent the letter to Deanne to do a quick copy edit, she did so and sent it back then I fired it off to the two agencies that were advertising the jobs.

One of them just sent a standard email back saying “thanks for the application, we’ll be in touch”. But five minutes after I sent it the other one called me, told me who the job was with and asked me if I’d be okay with having my CV passed on to the employer. I said “yes”!

Having said that, the lady I spoke to said she’d be sending me through the full job spec’ and asking for written confirmation I actually want to be put forward for it and she hasn’t actually done that yet, so I’ll call first thing Monday morning and check up on what’s going on.

Deanne had collected Joshy and they arrived home at about five, we decided we couldn’t be bothered to cook, so went to the local chip shop and bought potato scallops and chips for tea, along with some salad stuff we have in the fridge. We enjoyed it quite a lot, and then Josh had ice cream and chocolate sauce for pudding, after which he asked if he could have some of his jelly from yesterday. He was very hungry today, I think he might be growing again!

We’re doing a bit of shopping in the morning. Not sure about the afternoon but Joshua would really like to go to a play centre so we might have to do that.

Love

Dan

Chips

Chips


Settling Snuggles

Dear Mum,
Snuggles spent last night laying on our bed, so I think he’s relatively settled. Which has frankly surprised us, we expected it to take much longer. But as you said all our furniture and things are what he’s used to so I guess he feels at home here.
In fact I’m writing this on my phone, sitting on the sofa with a cat on my knee.
Apart from the ginger one everything else is going okay. I applied for a couple of jobs today, both very different but interesting. Joshua did some threading beads onto pipe cleaners when we arrived at kindy this morning, which is good as his fine motor skills need a bit of work. He needs to strengthen his fingers a bit as he’s not got a good enough grip to hold a pencil, etc. properly, however we’ve been working on it, playing with Play-Doh, and such like and it seems to be improving pretty quickly!
I got some Joshy milk on my way back from school. I also went to Cartridge World to try and buy ink for our printer, but it sounds like the Aussie ones might not be compatible with a British model! I might just have to buy one and see if it works.
After talking to you and Dad I made pasta for tea. Deanne got home around five-ish and we ate, then put the young ‘un to bed and are now watching a movie we recorded the other night.
Dee is taking Josh in tomorrow, I need to start cleaning the house for the inspection on Thursday so that’ll be my day.
The picture below was on a board with all the kids faces, at kindy this morning.
Love
Dan

Joshy Flower

Joshy Flower

 


Run Fatboy Run

Dear Mum,
A slow-ish day today. I spent the morning looking for jobs. There are starting to be a few more about, so I might get something soon. Less than a month ’till the new financial year so definitely then, if not before.
I went for a run at midday. This time I gave it a bit more structure and ran a kilometre then walked for half a k. Apart from where the start of the run is marked, at the other side of the lake, they miss the 0.5k marker, which means I ran one and a half at that point. I was about fifteen minutes faster than last time, partly down to going faster, partly down to if not raining and me not detouring to look at bits of the lake. I took the picture round the other side of the lake.
I had lunch, after showering when I got home, a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich. Then did some more computing and played my guitar for a little while.
I made tea, chips, slice and salad, then Deanne got home. Julie and Rick we’re going to their friends house tonight, so didn’t drop Josh off until about half six. So Deanne and I had a surprisingly adult meal with a minimum of shouting and people saying “I don’t like this”.
When he got home we all had a bit of a chat then they left and he went to bed. Nothing much happening tonight, tomorrow I might go shopping as it’s pay day for Deanne.
Love
Dan

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Poor Deanne

Dear Mum,
Deanne’s cold didn’t get any better so she took the day off work today. Poor thing!
I took Joshy to kindy and we played with some puzzles until it was time for me to leave.
At home I found and applied for a few jobs, nothing particularly exciting but jobs aren’t meant to be exciting, that’s why it’s called “work”!
Dee recovered enough to make the mushroom stroganoff she’s been wanting to do since the weekend, it tasted fantastic. Afterwards Joshua went old school and had some ice cream with Ice Magic chocolate sauce on it, as per the picture.
Tomorrow is Joshy/Nana day so more of the same for me.
Weather is still rubbish, we might actually have to buy a clothes dryer with the amount of rain we’re having. Glad it’s cheered up a bit over there for you.
Love
Dan

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