Friday, August 21, 2009

Emotional Rollercoaster

It's been a very emotional week for me! I mentioned briefly that I have resigned from my job. When you say it like that it's very matter of fact, but I have been with my current employer for just under 10 years, and I have a connection with them that goes back to when I was 14 years old. I started with them with the idea of doing a couple of weeks of data entry and here, I am, only just leaving now. I have moved locations several times, including a move from Adelaide to Melbourne, and I have moved through several different systems as well.

Whilst I was excited to hear that I got my new job and very relieved, it is also hard because I have worked with some of these people ever since I moved to Melbourne. When I resigned I cried (and so did my boss's boss), and there is a 100% guarantee that I will again on my last day. All the staff who work for me are calling me all sorts of names (mostly traitor), and assuring me that I will be back again, but I really don't think I will. We are still waiting to hear the final funeral details of my colleague as well. Hopefully that will happen next week.

This move has been on the cards for a while now. When I did my reading goals past at the beginning of 2007 I adjusted down the number of books that I was aiming to read for the year because I was hoping to reduce my commute time down. At the moment my commute takes up over 3 hours each day. When I start the new job it will drop down by just over an hour. Still not 5 minutes from home, but definitely more reasonable.

I was also very excited this week to find out that this blog has been nominated for several BBAW awards and so was Historical Tapestry.

This blog was nominated in three categories:

Best History/Historical Fiction

Most Chatty

Best Romance.

and Historical Tapestry was nominated for two:

Best History/Historical Fiction

Best Collaborative

I was very amused to see that both were nominated in the same category. It will be interesting to see what happens in that category because I read quite a lot of really great historical fiction blogs who are also nominated. Speaking of historical fiction and Historical Tapestry, we have got a huge week lined up over there on Monday, so if you like historical fiction with a medieval setting, or would like to try some, please be sure to pop over there during next week as there will be lots going on!

Can I just say that I am so thrilled to be nominated to Most Chatty. Over the last couple of years in particular I think that the content on my blog has changed quite a lot, from being only book reviews and book related posts to being lots of book things, but also a bit about my life, a bit of craft and a bit of whatever else I fancy. I have not always been sure that that change has always been welcomed, but it has enabled me to continue to feel enthusiastic about blogging. I have been doing this blogging thing for quite a while now, so you would think that I would feel relaxed about what happens here, and I do enjoy it very much still, but like everyone, every now and again I have my doubts!

I was also pleased this week to be given the BINGO award by Allie from Histfic Chick for being N(eighbourly). Allie is a relatively new blogger, but we share a passion for historical fiction. Thanks Allie!

I would like to pass this award onto the following people:

Beautiful : Alex from Le Canape, not only for her own blog, but also the work that she has done on other's blogs like Aneca's World and Historical Tapestry. Have I mentioned that I am thinking about revamping my template Alex?) *wink*

Informative - Reading the Past - Whenever Sarah posts, particularly the seasonal previews, I always end up adding lots of books to my TBR list!

Neighbourly - Aarti from Booklust. I have known Aarti for a long time now, and have always enjoyed her blog. Just recently she has also started the excellent new series, Rosie's Riveters. Besides, if I suck up enough, maybe she will smuggle me in her suitcase when she goes away!

Gorgeous - Michele from A Reader's Respite. You can really see Michele's personality shining through in every post!

Outstanding - Literate Housewife - I love visiting this blog and seeing what is going on there! And Jennifer is so creative as well!

Oh and in completely unrelated matters, I was very excited to see that Girl who Kicked a Hornet's Nest, the third book in the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson is going to be released here in Australia in October. Not sure about the cover though. I know that the second book has only just been released in the US and don't get why the published dates are so different, but I am happy for me at least!

Almost final thing...I signed up for a LJ Smith reading challenge earlier today but didn't copy the link down before I closed the page. I know who I think is hosting it, but I can't find it on the blog! The idea is to read The Vampire Diaries and watch the TV series. Anyone know who is hosting this challenge?

Really final thing...I changed the title of this post just so it made sense to put this video up! If you can imagine it, I am totally dancing in my chair while this is playing! An oldie, but a goodie!


  1. Congratulations in a lot of ways, Marg!! Congratulations on finding a new job, congratulations on joining a new challenge, and congratulations, big congratulations, on being nominated! You so deserve it! I was nominated too, for the first time. It's fun, isn't it? Exciting? Even if i don't get past this stage, just knowing someone lke my blog enough to nominated it is really good to know. Good luck, Marg!

  2. Hi Marg, I'm so sorry to hear that you've had such a difficult week. I hope the transition to the new job is smooth for you.

    Congratulations on all the nominations. I was also nominated for most chatty and historical fiction. There are so many great blogs that review historical fiction, hence the reason I keep reading it!

    Well I hope you have a good week this week and keep your chin up, it will all get easier once you've resettled. Sending you a cyber hug.

  3. Congratulations on your nominations!

  4. Congratulations on the nominations!! You'd be on my short list for sure! :-)


  5. I hope that things start to even out for you! It is too bad we didn't really run into each other online this weekend. I stayed up late, but didn't want to leave my computer on in case the power went out. The wind is rather strong and I think I will be drenched within five minutes of running out to my car. I am sure once you are settled into your new job things will start to go a lot more smoothly for you. There sure is a delay in the funeral for you co-worker, isn't there? Anyway, I hope everything goes well for you in case we don't talk again for a while!

  6. Life changes always equal stress, huh? Even when they're good life changes. :) But I'm so happy for you for your awards/nominations (Library Loot was nominated as well, fyi, so if it's shortlisted I'll e-mail them about putting you on as well, especially since you've been running it for the past couple of months!), and the new commute time will be wonderful. :D

    I'm super excited about the Medieval week over at Historical Tapestry!!

  7. Sorry to hear about the difficulties you've had at work and the loss of your co-worker.

    But there is a silver lining to those clouds with the new job, the reduced commute, and of course the great BBAW nominations. Congrats on all of those accounts.

  8. Congrats on the nominations!

  9. Congrats on all your awards, Marg, and on the new position! I wish you the best during the transition period. New jobs are exciting but I know changing over to something new can be difficult at first.

    And thanks also for thinking of me for the BINGO award, I really appreciate it! I hope to have another seasonal preview up this week or next :)

  10. What an exciting week you've had! Congrats on the new job, the multiple nominations (although I'm not surprised) and the awards!

  11. Hi there,

    I was wondering if you'd still be interested in participating in my Virtual Walking Tour sometime over the next few weeks.

    If so, can I get you to fill in these questions and email them to me at rebeccajohnson47 (at) gmail (dot) com



    1. Explain the title of your blog
    2. How did you get into blogging
    3. What do you like best about blogging
    4. What are the five books you would recommend to anyone?

  12. congrats on the nominations!!! and on the new job. I know how it feels to be attached to your old job. It's sad even though we always complain about work..but in the end..we'd miss the people you're working with (well some of them) ;)

  13. It's so hard to leave a job that you've been at for a very long time but if you are happy about the new job then it's all good. You did what was right for you and that's what's important.

    Congrats on the awards!

  14. Congratulations both on the nominations and the new job! I also am going to be checking out Historical Tapestry, it looks like just the kind of thing I would enjoy

  15. Congratulations on your new job. I'm sorry to hear that your commute is still a long one, but any reduction is a step in the right direction. I can certainly understand why you would feel the way you do about leaving your job. I've been with my company for 11 years now and although some days I would like to scream and run away, the reality is that I would be really saddened to leave, even if a better opportunity opened elsewhere.

    Congratulations on your BBAW nominations as well!

  16. Congratulations! To participate in a daily work and love what you do is a dream. I'm sure very well deserved.

    And I like the sprinkling of your personal life into the mix.

    Best wishes in your new place.

  17. Well first off, congrats on the new job, but I understand how hard it can be to leave familiar surroundings, so to speak. Be brave, chin up and take the leap! Life is about changing!!!

    Thanks so much for passing this award along (and also congrats on your BBAW nominations!!).

    Also. thanks for posting the cover of the third Millenium book! I just started #2 (only hardcover is available here in US right now, but I found a paperback copy of it in Europe, yay). I'm in love with this series!!!

  18. Congratulations on your nominations Marg! Those are great and so well deserved :)

    The longest I've ever been with one company is just a bit over 5 years and it was hard to leave them so I can understand how emotional this move must be. It doesn't matter if it's your choice - it's still hard. Wishing you the best on your new job and how wonderful that your commute will be shortened.

  19. Congratulations on your new job, Marg! I also started a new one a couple of months ago.:)
    Thank you SO much for the award and your kind words. You know I've always time to make some new graphics.;-)

  20. Marg, I will be thinking about your and your transition. Changing jobs is so stressful - even if it's all for the good.

    Thank you so, so much for this award! You made my day! I enjoy both of your blogs, Marg. You are a historical fiction authority to me! You deserve all of your BBAW nominations you received!

  21. Congrats on your new job! I know how hard it is to leave a job that you have been at for so long. I think that you will be much better off with the new commute though.

    Congrats on the nominations! You deserve them!

    Congrats on the award as well.

    In summary, Congrats all around!

  22. Congrats on everything Marg. It is very exciting to start a new job but you never forget your first. I was forced to leave one of my most favorite jobs, and it killed me. I still have a soft spot for that place, and some of the best memories ever. I still have friends there as well. you may not stay friends with everybody, but those one or two you have a special bond with.

    Good luck in your new job. Also I know Amy at My Friend Amy is hosting an LJ Smith Challenge. I signed up there, and that the only one I know about.

  23. Congratulations on your nominations and on the new job! Change can be a shocker to the system sometimes, but is usually a sign that we're experiencing growth. Wish you all the best!