Happy New Year!…

I just had to go back and check that I hadn’t posted since last year. I sucked last year for posting. Perhaps I’ll suck this year too but hey, I have the best of intentions ūüôā

At work right now, which is reception at a backpackers hostel. After being screwed over in my last job, I found every man and his dog was out there competing with me for an admin/accounts position. So I’ve ended up going back to what I did when I first moved here. Now, I love it – backpackers are generally chilled out people, who just want to do things and have fun and that’s what I’m paid to help them do. A few people stick around long-term and it ends up like working with all your favourite family members who just like to get pissed most of the time. Plus the guys generally wander around the hostel in nothing but low-slung board shorts.

Only down side is it’s basic wage. Plus any commision I make selling tours to guests, but since it’s the low season that’s a bit of a challenge. So in the end I’m just scraping by. I need to try get some freelance work or something. My plans for this year are gonna require a large amount of savings. I have two weddings (best friend’s and my brother’s – the latter of which I think is going to be in Fiji) and want to visit my parents in PNG and grandparents in Brisbane. Add to that car repairs/services, registration – this car is costing me more than she is worth but I can’t afford a new one ūüė¶

I’ll have to get through it somehow…

*pause for intermission*

I’m still at work and right now a bit shaken up – one our long-term guests just had an epilectic seizure in reception. It was pretty bad. We got him to the floor on his side and with a pillow under his head but he went blue in the face so we called the ambulance. They took him to the hospital and my bus driver went with them. But someone still had to drive the bus into town so I decided to do it. And now there is a great big dent, like 3 foot long along the bottom of the driver’s side. :(:(:( My boss is gonna be pissed. (The dent is there because I didn’t take into account a great big coconut tree on the side of the driveway).

Important thing though is that the guy is ok. I just have to be a bit cooler under stressed conditions and not drive the work bus.


And on the third day…

Back to work today. I was the second to arrive and I wasn’t early at all. Further enthusiasm for the return to work amongst others in my unit, was reflected by their absenteeism. Ok, they might call it recreation leave or sick leave. Whatever. I just wish I had¬†the option too. Being paid to not be at work, as many public servants and salaried employees are, is not a luxury I have. Its something I aspire to though ūüôā

Now, to my new year resolutions and how well I’m doing… it’s always good to focus on the positives.

  • 2 veges and a fruit a day – so far, fair effort. I went to yum cha¬†with my brother’s family on New Year’s Day and made myself eat some pak¬†choi¬†in oyster sauce. I LOVE yum cha. I struggle with the¬†base¬†of the pak¬†choi leaves. Its texture is akin to celery. Slightly steamed celery. I actually gagged at one point.

    Brassica campestris var. chinensis Unknown veg...

(I googled yum cha images and came across this. Doesn’t this lovely lady suggest that the dining on dim sum and sipping on green tea is a desirable experience?)

Lady serving Dim Sum in a restaurant in Hong K...

Other resolutions I have for this year include, exercising more and regularly (again, an un-original one), blogging/journaling¬†regularly (duh), and saving money. Well, some money since I’d really like to go on a trip or two this year. Not globe-trotting or anything – my budget still tells me that’s in the distant future. But I’d like to get out of town awhile and visit a few friends who live down in the big smokes. Plural smokes because my friends have not coordinated themselves well enough to all live in the same place, let alone within driving distance of myself.

But enough about me. Here is an apparently random question creating a segue to a funny I came across today: Any George R.R. Martin fans out there? Or Game of Thrones fans?

I read the first 3 tomes years ago and one day I will pick them up and re-read them so I can get my head around things leading into the rest of the series.

Anyway, while reading a post on Oh No They Didn’t ¬†about “what if famous authors had written Twilight” (the original post was by¬†Lizzie Stark¬†on her blog), I spotted this gem amongst the comments:

(A love scene from Twilight if it was written by George R.R. Martin Рcredit to limberwolf

Bella’s soft satin robes were as useless to Edward as nipples on a breastplate. With one swift motion, he ripped them off, as he had done half a hundred times, diving into Bella’s warm mound. Her hot juices flowed down his beard. “Jacob,” Bella moaned. Edward recoiled. “She’s been fucking Lancel¬†and Osmund Kettleblack¬†and Moon Boy for all I know,” he thought to himself angrily. “I’m sorry, my love! Words are wind,” sighed Bella, her nipples glistening in the darkness like slices of Dornish blood sausage. (Read more¬†here)

And with that, I bid you good night! ūüôā

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