All entries for January 2005
January 02, 2005
Well, my losing weight and getting fit timetable seems to be slipping (yeah, yeah, yawn) but my search for a new job now begins. My one year contract ends in April (maternity cover) and I believe university policy is that if someone wishes to return to work from their baby having downtime they need only give one months notice.
So, where to begin? Deciding what to do would be a start! Having gone from an IT career to part-time admin so that I can have a life outside of work I certainly like working part-time. I suppose if the right job came up full-time would be OK.
I have enjoyed the lack of responsibility – no staff and no real pressures are good but then the lack of involvement and influence over things is frustrating at times. I miss being more involved but I guess I'm getting that with the volunteering at the moment.
I've come to the conclusion that education is not my industry and would like to do charity work or perhaps SME - somewhere you can become more involved.
Admin is OK, Finance is OK. I also miss any real customer contact and involvement here – I'm used to working in a strong customer-care environment.
Emailed one application out yesterday and posted one just before Xmas but nothing else in the pipeline at the moment. Can I take all the rejection out there?
In reality you don't get too much rejection just a lot of silence….. In todays world of email, it's disgraceful that you don't here from companies you've applied to. Application forms can take ages to complete and a lot of companies don't reply – maybe it's an indication of what sort of employer they might have been.
Well, I haven't had to face the drive in to work for nearly 2 weeks now, so I'm calm and collected.
And anyway after the events on Boxing day, all little irritations don't seem to much of a big deal anymore.
She's been to the vet in the last week as she has been quite scabby. The vet assures me its dermatitis and nothing nasty like ringworm. She may need regular injections to keep it under control, though it can be caused by stress and bad diet so fending for herself for 3 months won't have helped!
She's a big-boned cat with a huge appetite, is using a litter tray (though she misses sometimes – it's not the biggest of trays and when she stands in it her bottom hangs a bit). She has a white diamond of fur on her chest and a few of her back toes are off-white.
She's very affectionate and likes having her tummy rubbed.
They are not nasty but scared, though if I treat them to some tinned tuna they don't seem quite as scared of me.
They need to be housed on a farm or garden centre or somewhere similar and will help with vermin control. They will need somewhere outside to shelter and feeding each day.
I used to have 3 ferals living in my greenhouse (I have a large garden), and it was sweet to see them interacting with each other. Two of them used to wander down the garden with their tails entwined.
Well since my rant, I've been in touch with the department and they are agreeing to fax me details of road deaths each week.
The first fax arrived just before christmas.
I am also going to see them all one day to demonstrate how the scanners are used. Not that difficult says I, but I've missed one or two in my time.
It will be useful to have the details as I may be able to match them against some of the lost cats reported to me. Most people want to know what has happened – even if the news is bad.
Dates for tin rattling in Pets at Home in Canley for 2005 are –
April 23, May 21, June 25, July 23, Aug 20, Sept 24, Oct 22 and Nov 26.
They are all Saturday dates so if you fancy helping out for a day or half a day, get in touch.
Fund raising on Xmas eve raised £141 and about £30 in food. So thanks to all those who donated and of course Gemma the Pets at Home manageress for allowing us to do it!
This category is now obsolete and I will remove it in a few weeks.