Saturday, September 19, 2009

A few random thoughts on Saturday afternoon!

I finished up at my job yesterday afternoon! After nearly 10 years of working for The Salvation Army I am both a bit apprehensive and excited about the new opportunity that is coming my way soon! The major downside is that I won't get paid for nearly a month now, so I have to be careful not to go completely overboard in the next couple of weeks and spend all my termination pay. I am getting a haircut, and I am getting new glasses. Other than that I am going to try not to spend too much more once I have paid for my heating to be fixed and air conditioning to be put into the house.

Because I was leaving I got two beautiful bunches of flowers that I will try to take photos of tomorrow, and some Borders vouchers! These people know me so well! In honour of leaving I also was taken to lunch three times, plus had a morning tea and an afternoon tea, which was really nice, and then went out for dinner last night as well with a group of friends. The second bunch of flowers came from one of the sites so that was really lovely of them!

We actually had the lunch and presentation and everything on Thursday so yesterday was a bit of an anti climax in the end, especially seeing as I wasn't really saying goodbye because I am going to a 30th birthday party tonight for one of them, so will see everyone then!

Now I have two weeks off. Originally it was only going to be one week off, but my new boss rang me during the week and said I could take another week as well. That actually worked out really well for me because the ex had rung and asked if my son could go and visit him, and we have had some issues in the past, so we are going to Adelaide next weekend for a few days. We will drive over and fly back, but at least if there are any problems this time, then I will be right there. Sometimes I wonder if I try too hard to do the right thing in relation to this situation with the ex, but at the end of the day it has to be the right thing for the boy as well!

Changing subjects completely now...I went to the new library in my area today, and I have to say, it was a thing of beauty. Thousands of brand new books just begging to be picked up and taken home all with that new library smell. Of course, seeing as I already have so many items out, I can't really borrow anything at the moment, or at least that was what I was thinking! Then I had a brain wave. I can borrow items on my son's library card. I am not sure that I am not setting myself a dangerous precedent, but I was controlled and only borrowed a couple of items, one of which was an audio book to listen to on the drive over to Adelaide. That's okay right?

I was a bit worried about not being able to fit much BBAW stuff in for the last few days, and it turned out to be that way. It's been a busy, busy week. Hopefully things will calm down a bit in the next couple of days and I will be back to normal blogging wise. I do have plans to do a giveaway of some handmade bookmarks, and my intentions were to do it as part of BBAW but I will probably try to do it in the next couple of weeks instead.

Finally I just want to say congratulations to Book Binge for winning the BBAW Award for Best Romance blog. This is a thoroughly deserved win. This is one of my must read Romance blogs, and I can't tell you how many recommendations I have had from them! Congratulations Holly, Rowena and Casee!


  1. You should floored with me the time difference - you're posting this on Sunday afternoon (my reader says posted three hours ago) and it's only 5 AM Saturday morning on the US West Coast.

    Congrats on the new job, and enjoy two weeks off.

  2. I posted on Saturday afternoon, which would have been 12.35am on Saturday for you I believe. The time difference is about 17 hours.

  3. Marg, as you know I am quite a new reader, having found you via library loot, but I just wanted to say I wish you luck and joy in your new endeavors. And I hope your time away for your son goes well. Upsetting - the whole ex, visiting thing. When I read 'Adelaide' I can hear Bryan Brown's voice in A Town Like Alice. :<)

  4. Marg, don't forget the International Date Line! When I flew from Sydney to L.A. years ago, I arrived in L.A. BEFORE I'd left Sydney. Weird, eh? Flying is like time travel.

    Congratulations on your new job!

  5. Enjoy your days off!

    I hope that for the boys sake things with the ex go well! I am told over and over again that boys need their fathers, but I don't know if that is necessarily true or not!

  6. Best of luck to you in your new ventures!

    Oh, and by all means... borrow books on your son's library card. Because in the end, you're responsible for it anyway. I mean, if he loses or damages books, the library's coming after YOU to pay, not him, right? ;)

  7. Thanks Kailana. I am busy the first few days, but after that if you are around we can chat!

    Felicia, the same thing happened to me. I arrived in LA before I had left Sydney. There are only a few hours each days when we are on the same day so to speak.

    Thanks Nan! We will deal with whatever happens the same way we always do!

  8. congratulations on the new job, on the new haircut and especially the new glasses....and I have an ex too and a son with him. It has been many years since we separated, and took a lot of working out of things, but we managed. I was lucky though, he was a good dad to our son (still is), but I'm the daughter to two parents who have hated each other (divorced almost 40 years ago) for years, and I know how that works and feels! So - if your son is comfortable seeing his dad, and you're going to be close enough just in case, then that's how it works for you all. I hope you enjoy your holiday in Adelaide!

  9. Enjoy those two weeks off!!! And I do hope the new job goes well for you. ;)

  10. Thanks Heather!

    Susan, my parents have a very similar relationship, which is part of the reason why I do try to be accomodating, no matter how much of a pain it is for me personally.

  11. Good luck with the new job, Marg, and enjoy a well-deserved vacation! And of course you try hard to do the right thing- you're a good person :-)

  12. Just want to congrats you on your new job! I'm sure you look fabulous with your new glasses and hair cut. Good luck!

    I wish you good day and hope things goes well in your end of the world :)

  13. Congrats on the new job, and good luck with the thing with the ex. I take my hat off to anyone having to deal with a sticky situation like that.

    re your library addiction... sounds uncomfortably familiar lol!

  14. Wishing you all the best with your new job Marg! And I hope things go well with your ex, you always put your son's interests first and that can only be a good thing.



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