End of Year

It’s getting awfully close to the end of 2013, and heading into the (crazy) year 2014. It all sounds so futuristic. After reading one of my friend’s year-in-review blogs I thought it couldn’t hurt to do one of my own, and vent a little.

So first up, some serious bitching.

I’m pretty sick of work. I find that I’m a guy who is happy to do a menial job for an extended period of time, as long as the conditions are OK and I’m working with people I get along with. I have been in my position on the Service Desk for a number of years now (3 1/2 or so?) and have not really had much of a problem with it until the last six months. Sure, the work is fairly boring and repeditive, but at least it was a fairly cushy job. After most of the department was fired by the Liberal government our workload dropped a good 60%. This meant that we always had time to take a breather between calls, and could have a bit of a talk amongst ourselves. It also meant that I got to know the people I was working with fairly well, and the work environment was fairly good. I’m not exactly sure what happened, but our “manager” was changed, and the new one slowly started to get more and more tyrannical. About three months ago our Director also changed. At first, I thought this was a good thing. It would fix all the sexism and nepitism of the previous one, however I was wrong. The first team meeting we had after the change, the new director introduces herself and brings in a “List” of things the Service Desk need to improve in their work in order to qualify for a “up to 4 week secondment” to another team within Technical Operations. Basically, it’s just another way of getting everyone to work harder with no pay-off. The only person so far to have benefited from “The List” is the one person on the Service Desk who brown-noses to the manager. Great system.

I was told to my face that I would not be able to apply for any positions within the government as my manager couldn’t give me a good reference because my “attitude is poor”, and our Director has yelled at the whole Service Desk and lied to our faces about who is actually on “The List”. It’s all shambles. I’m so jaded about the whole system that the only way I can see myself enjoying this place again is if my Manager and Director change. You wouldn’t think that it would be hard to respect your employees, but no, we get treated like children.

I’d like to say that it is out of my system now, but I’m still fuming. Anyway. On with the better part of this post.

Firstly the biggest change recently has been Patrice getting an offer of a full-time position as an RN. While she hasn’t got a start-date yet, it is coming. What that means for us is a little more stability in income, and we might actually be able to get some big things done around the house. I’d also like to take some time off for myself. We always discussed taking time off when Patrice got a full-time job. I’m not sure if I want to take a block of 4 weeks at half-time or if I should maybe break it up into mon-tues-wed off for 7 weeks. That would be excellent.

If I do end up taking a big whack of time off work I would like to set myself some goals to achieve while I was away. I think all through 2013 I have felt a bit let down with the opportunities I have passed up. There was the programming course I tried to do online, which I completed about 60% off then gave up. There was also NaNo which I got to 30% or so of the final goal, and various other little things. It’s so hard to dedicate myself to something like that when I’m working full time, and spend most of the weekends doing things with family (I really do enjoy those things though).

Well anyway, here is a list of things I would like to do throughout 2014 in no particular order:

  • I want to program more
  • I want to set up my Raspberry Pi (with camera)
  • I want to¬†finish¬†a project I start
  • I want to save some money for end-of-days-esq situations
  • I want to recreate my website and be happy with it
  • I want to make more of an effort around the house

I’m sure I’ll think of more. I might update with a final list as they come to me.

That’s all for now. It’s good to get this off my chest.

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The 30th of November came and went, and unfortunately I did not make my target of 50,000 words. I started fairly strong and managed to get to about 15,000 in the first week-and-a-bit, but then real life caught up, and I found I didn’t have the time or the inclination to push myself to write every day. I am very happy with what I did manage to write, and as I saw someone on twitter say the other day “Words that were not there in October are now there in December”. Patrice wanted me to keep writing, and I will try, but I think it’s going to be very hard to find the time.

There are so many little projects going around my head at the moment that I wish I had about a month off, and enough money to chase them down and get them off my damned to-do list. I have a Raspberry Pi that I really want to set up as a time-lapse machine, maybe with some additional functionality that I am yet to decide on. I have a Mini-ITX motherboard I want to build into a tiny server with my first home-brew case. I really want to make my homepage a little more exciting. We need to do a fair bit of work to the house, and go to the dentist. Stuff really piles up.

One thing that I have been doing pretty well is the “water challenge”. A friend of mine at work has said we should only drink water (for health reasons) for as long as we can. It’s been 6 days so far, and I think I might have lost about 3KG’s. We want to keep it going until at least the 17th of December, so I can only hope I lose a little more weight between now and then.

So much do to. So little time.