Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Give me some perspective people. Please.
As an employer, you can guess that I think it pretty inappropriate for you to have your Mum call in sick for you. - unless of course you are in hospital.
My point of view is if you are capable to ask another person, be it your house mate, your partner or your Mum to call in sick for you, you are most likely capable to do it yourself. There are always exceptions & I am OK with that.
I am also OK with people taking sick leave. I encourage it. Sick leave is there to be taken when you are genuinely ill or injured. I do not want your germs & prefer you to confine them to your own home, not my workplace. Plus you recouperate faster if you have a day or 2 off & can come back to work & actually work at 80 - 100% rather than staying at work & only performing 50%.
I had one guy off sick for 4 days last week. One of the days he talked about coming in. I asked him to stay home. He sounded awful. I also sent him home last week because he was obviously sick & getting worse as the day progressed.
As you can tell I've had a staff members Mum call in sick for him this morning. She called 15 minutes AFTER his official start time; 30 minutes AFTER I'd already called & left a message on his mobile as he is usually here 15 minutes before start time, sometimes 30 minutes.
This staff member is not an apprentice. This staff member is 30 years old. I wont go into details of reason he is sick, but he injured himself on the weekend. His hands, arms, fingers, head etc are all fine - I know this because he called in sick himself, right on start time yesterday.
Do you ask your partner, Mum/Dad or housemate to call in sick for you? If your partner, Mum/Dad or housemate asked you to call in sick for them, would you?
Do I have the right to be pissed?
Monday, June 29, 2009
I made more muffins on the weekend for Plumbing Boy - they are the right size now for me too. My original muffin pan was for jumbo muffins making them 10WW points per muffin! Yikes!!!
Today I baked a loaf of soy & linseed bread in our bread machine. We've just had salad sandwiches for lunch & they were yummo! I stopped baking bread ages ago, mainly because we'd eat too much of it!!! Asides tasting great it was too hard to cut into skinny slices! I was able to slice the soy & linseed one today very thinly & as the loaf wasn't massive, I reckon the slices were the same size if not thinner than your store bought loaf slices. Yippee. I will be making more....
I've purchased the ingredients for Skinny Latte's breaky bars too & will have a go at making those to eat instead of my store bought muesli bars. Just as well I like to cook hey!!!
What do you all cook from scratch???
Simon & Garfunkel did indeed rock the house. They played for 2 hours straight, delivered 3 encore's & my hands were read & sore from applauding. It took 1 hour for them to play a song I did not know! Arty did some of his own stuff while Paul took a break, then they swapped & Paul Simon played some stuff off his Graceland's album (love it love it love it)!
They had 10 other musicians on stage who they introduced to us at the end of all the encores - 3 of them were from South Africa. They were all amazing! The lead guitarist played sax, Cello & recorder amongst other instruments (there were also keyboards, trumpet, drums, percussion, rhythm guitar, base guitar, piano). The music was intricate, melodic & harmonious. Paul & Arty's voices just blended so perfectly together. I didn't need my tissues after all, although it was touch & go for a while. Dad said to me when they left yesterday - "thanks for the encouragement to go & see them - it was certainly a worthwhile experience".
Sunday we took Mum & Dad out for breakfast in Williamstown - it was lovely sitting out in the sunshine, breathing in the sea air. We tried a new place this time, not as good as the place we went to last time, but was OK. We went for a walk on the pier afterwards & wished we lived in walking distance!!!
OK. I'd better get back to work, considering it is the end of the financial year & all, however I seem to have my side of things in order & am not in the least bit stressed out (this would be the first time in 10 years!!!!!). Plumbing Boy has not done his invoicing yet, so we will see how things are later in the week!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I grew up listening to Simon & Garfunkel. Love them. Dad plays guitar, 12 string, banjo, banjo mandolin - if it's got strings he can probably punch out a tune. I used to sing their tunes with him when I was a kid (as well as other folky type stuff) & while I still love a good sing-a-long (yes, I'm the folky chick sitting around the camp fire singing her heart out) I've not sung in public for a long time.
Since retiring off the farm (to a full time job a the local vet clinic) Dad's joined a men's choir & a Celtic weekly jam, as well as continuing to be involved with music at his church. When I first mentioned the possibility of going to tomorrow nights gig, his eyes lit up & said he'd much rather go to that than any other show/musical/play or any other event (the tennis) that Mum might have in mind for the rest of the year.
I knew then that we were going. Despite Mum's protest that it was too expensive. Sometimes you've just gotta do it. As plumbing boy says, "you're a long time dead". That said, the tix were insanely expensive (almost 3 times more than Neil Young who we saw earlier this year). Anyhoo. I'm going. I'm excited. I will be taking tissues. I will probably cry when they play Bridge over Troubled Water. I don't care. They. Will. Rock. Um, in a different way to the Chili Peppers, but nonetheless, they will Rock.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Obviously this is the front. I need the halter neck strap tightened & possibly the shoulder straps, although maybe we laced me in to high. Will check that with the dress maker when I see her to have the front hem taken up.
The brooch is on crooked & there is a minor repair to be made with the fabric on the right hand side, the "gather" kind of came unstitched & is being held together by the brooch only.
You can see here the straps are a little loose. According to the sales person where I bought the gown, the bust is also adjusted by how I am laced in. Will check that out with the dress maker too.
And I like my back too. I do not like my floppy triceps/chicken wings (or fadooberda's (SP?) as my sister calls them). Need to do a bit of work on them. I have lost the roll of back fat (or as another friend of mine calls it - "baby's got back") that spilled out & over above my shoulder blades when I first tried it on.
I am thinking of silver shoes to match in with the brooch & possibly a silver stole?? I want to use old brooches on our flowers too. Was thinking about trying a tiara or one of those circlet things that go across your forehead (sorry for the crappy description!) but probably not really me. I think an up messy do with a flower. I want pink/scarlet oriental lillies with gum for my flowers. Tess & Jax will choose their own. Tess wants a bun with curled tendrils at the front. Jax is still undecided.
I wont need a necklace at all. I was thinking of dangly earings, Jax is voting for classic diamond studs. I would like a silver/diamante chunky bracelet or cuff. Feedback please!!
Ok, back to the household chores. I'm already up to my 4th load of washing for the day, with 3 to go. I've made a big pan of napoli sauce with chili & bacon which is ready to come off the stove. I'll go out & do the grocery's shortly, then make a Pork Vindaloo & a Chicken Tikka Masala when I get back. Am still pondering some sort of casserole, but I suspect I will run out of time. Oh, And I will bake another batch of Muffins. Looks like Plumbing Boy will be on the road for the next couple of weeks working rather than being in the office, so need to stock up on lunch box treats! And I need to watch the footy, take a bath, read my book................best I get too it!!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
7. I did not get plumbing boys cold. I think I am safely out of danger now as even he has stopped coughing. I am healthy & getting fitter. Although my knee was really saw after my run on Saturday. I could hardly do stairs by the end of the day & actually took some pain killers mid Wicked, as I couldn't sit comfortably. When I woke up on Sunday the pain was gone & I was fine. I am even more grateful for my health after hearing about a good friend of ours who was so sick recently he ended up in hospital & thought it was the end of the road for him, telling his wife goodbye & the location of his will. He's only just 40. They really don't know what is going on with him. He is better than he was, but still not 100% & still very concerned about his overall health. When you are young, you take your health so much for granted. Well I did. I am so very very thankful for my own good health.
8. I made banana muffins yesterday morning. The plumbers seem to like them! The one who does not "like cake" ate 3 yesterday, & the new guy ate 3 in his first sitting saying they were "bewdiful"! I don't know how many he ate for afternoon tea! I like baking, just not eating it all! Well, I'd be happy to have just a little bit, but with only 2 of us............... Might have to bake once a week now & force our plumbers to "eat up"! Some how I don't think it will be a problem.
OK. I'm feeling better now. Less narky. I think it will be safe for customers to call up. But if that fasteners order is stuffed up again............I'll be a cow with a gun.
Have a great weekend.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
The dress still fits (WHOOT!!) - no alterations required. I can still lose a bit more weight if I want to without any problem :0)
Thursday, June 4, 2009
- The man cold is subsiding. I'm still camped out in the spare room & still no signs of snot for me.
- My sister is doing OK (thanks for asking SM). The funeral won't be til next week unfortunately. She was hoping to share some love & sorrow this week with the people who cared most for Jane & to gain some closure.
- My Sis & niece are visiting with me this weekend. We will be shopping for Tess's flower girl/bridesmaid get up! Tess is very excited & is bringing her sparkly silver shoes.
- Sis is bringing my frock with her. I may give you a sneak peak next week :0)
- Weigh in saw a 1kg loss this week. I have finally broken the 60kg/132lb barrier this week & weighed in at 59kgs/129.80lbs. Woot!
- Plumbing boy is off motorbike riding with his best mate for the weekend, so it will be a girly weekend here. We are going to visit his best mate's wife & kids on Sunday - his girls & Tess are friends. His son however wants to know why I cant bring a boy with me (for him to play with). I don't think it wise to borrow one off the street.
- Speaking of kids - I received a prank call yesterday. It went like this. Whooooooooooooo. I'm a Ghost. Clunk. Little girl, possibly 7 or 8 years. I was waiting for her to ring back & try again. I was planning on screaming!
- I've finished Twilight & have started New Moon (loving it Miss Milo!).
Monday, June 1, 2009
A friend who lost her Mum last year after a long illness, is now nursing her Dad at home, he is gravely ill with no treatment available to him that will not end his life.
Friends who are pregnant have just found out their baby has a hole in its heart. Things should be OK, but the baby may have to have keyhole surgery after birth & it is a very stressful time for them.
A friend of my sisters was found dead from a heroin overdose on Saturday morning. They were as close as you can be to someone coping with depression & other such illnesses who regularly dropped out of society, severing all contact with family & friends. She'd recently been back in contact, was working & seemed to be well. She was a gentle & kind soul, despite her self destructive behaviour. As my sis said "Bloody Macca, she was such a gorgeous beautiful girl, but such a fuck up". Bloody Macca.
My complaints are insignificant.
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.