Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kid's Activities

I'm just hoping our 6:20 out of house schedule doesn't drive me insane. Melody will start doing the school run on her own this week and I'll start taking a taxi. Not ideal, but I can't keep getting into work late and leaving early...

I think I'm front loading the girls in activities to see what sticks until the new year. So far we've got ballet, tball, soccer and I'm trying to hunt down some music lessons. I also think Z would love acting classes that they have at her school, but it's only for 5 and above.

Since they finish school at 12pm! Freaking noon, I feel like I have to load them up with stuff to keep them entertained. Playing around the compound can be fun, but since they can't really explore and play outside as much as we would like, especially since it's still in the 100s. October is going to be awesome! Beach trip every weekend until December or so.

Work is great, we're working on streamlining a lot of different systems and projects I'm working on, which means more time for exploring, additional learning and trying to make other areas more efficient. I start my professional development next week and it will go into January. I'll see how it goes, whether or not I like and see programming as something that could be viable in the future. Perhaps somethings where programming knowledge would be helpful, but my other skills like project management would come in handy. I certainly know that not having to wait on IT to make changes to things, schedule in projects and just generally slowing everything down would push so many things through a whole lot quicker. But all of that extra work is going to be a very low key.

The heads of both IT and HR have both said that they might try to steal me away from my department...I think my go get it/hands dirty attitude may be of an attention getter and I don't want to get more than a "good job" on my projects.

I'll be buying our Christmas tickets at the end of the month. I'm not really looking forward to is as terrible as that sounds. We will be visiting Liam's family. It's going to be COLD, wet and COLD. We're also going to have to schlep all of our crap there and back here. Because we've never done Christmas with his family, and done it twice with my family, means we're doing it now. We will most likely never travel to family for Christmas again after this year. It really is such a pain in the butt! But I get the whole week off work and it just feels so weird not going anywhere, like I'm wasting vacation time.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Another Car Related Issue

Melody has had another fender bender...this is her 4th. None of the accidents have been serious, she has scraped the car against a wall/barrier twice, had a taxi hit her just before we left for summer and now she's reversed into a taxi...ugh!

So now our car sounds like some souped up muscle car. I can live with it. I don't know that Liam realizes that fender bender has created any other issues other than a slightly cracked bumper. I think I'll just hold off on telling time.

I went in to give the final pitch on my professional development to my boss and I was just handed the procard and told to go ahead and book it. I left my boss with the program info just because it was already in my hand, but it's good to know that I can do something like this that is probably tangentially relevant to my job, but could really be helpful in other areas down the line. I start the program at the end of September! I've been doing lots of online courses and reading to try and prepare. I'm hoping this will go well and my hard work will pay off in something I can apply in various areas in and out of work.

The school runs are crazy, but I think I can swing some early mornings/later stays at work to ensure I get to drop off the girls at least a couple times a week. So far I'm not impressed by the communication at Z's school. It's only the first week, so I'll have to see how it goes. And to think I was so excited to get her in there. Now comes the parental doubt about whether or not I made the right choice!

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Beginning of a New School Year

So the Debt Bomb ended up just being a gentle smack in the face. The starter motor needed to be worked on and that was it. The mechanics kept saying how lucky we were. Oh trust me, we know!

Boo had her first day at new nursery for the school year. She had fun and the teacher asked me if she knew how to read. She's only 2.5, so I looked at her a little bit funny and said, "I don't think so..." They said she would pull out a book, sit down and read out loud to herself. So cute, I hope she flourishes while no longer under the shadow of her big sister.

Z starts "Big School" tomorrow. I'm freaking out a little bit and of course I didn't have her try on her uniform until today after work...yeah, so of course they didn't fit! A moment of panic, quick google search for the location and call to make sure they were open. 30 minutes later I was back home with much roomier exchanged uniforms.

Work is good, I think I'll be able to use my professional development funds to take a programming course. That will be awesome, fun and challenging. I've always wanted to learn and why not get paid to do it. I just feel like knowing at least the basics of programming will be immensely helpful in the future. My interests have always leaned toward the tech, so I'm sure that I'll find some applications in the future.