Grr.

Nov. 20th, 2013 04:45 pm
deathpixie: (grr)
So after much back and forth, I finally arranged for the careers person at school, who I'm supposed to discuss my internship with, to call me at work. She emailed and said she'd call sometime today. Today being, actually today, you know, Wednesday. So I've been sticking close to my desk all day.

Guess what?

No call. No message, if I did actually miss the call. No email telling me why she hasn't been able to call.

Grrr, argh. I need to sort this out soon, and this is the person who is supposed to be giving me pointers on how to improve my career. You know what helps a person's career? BEING RELIABLE AND DOING WHAT YOU SAID YOU WOULD DO, OR LETTING THE PERSON KNOW IF YOU CAN'T!!!

I HATE being stood up like this. Come 5:00 p.m., I'm sending an email along the lines of "Uh, wtf?" Only polite.

It also doesn't help that I have a 30 minute powerpoint presentation today that I've been trying to polish, only to have all of the interruptions in the world. (Seriously, co-workers, learn how to do basic formatting. If you want to change the lines around boxes in Excel, it's easy.)
deathpixie: (drop bear)
No time to do NaNoWriMo (or [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]) this year, but I'd like to try and get back to posting regularly. So, a 30 days meme, grabbed from [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com], to commence November 1.

Stayed tuned!

Day 1 - your current relationship
Day 2 - where you’d like to be in 10 years
day 3 - your views on drugs and alcohol.
day 4 - your views on religion.
day 5 - a time you thought about ending your own life.
day 6 - write 30 interesting facts about yourself.
day 7 - your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality.
day 8 - a moment you felt the most satisfied with your life.
day 9 - how you hope your future will be like.
day 10 - discuss your first love and first kiss.
day 11 - put your ipod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up.
day 12 - bullet your whole day.
day 13 - somewhere you’d like to move or visit.
day 14 - your earliest memory.
day 15 - your favourite tumblrs.
day 16 - your views on mainstream music.
day 17 - your highs and lows of this past year.
day 18 - your beliefs.
day 19 - disrespecting your parents.
day 20 - how important you think education is.
day 21 - one of your favourite shows.
day 22 - how have you changed in the past 2 years?
day 23 - give pictures of 5 guys who are famous who you find attractive.
day 24 - your favourite movie and what it’s about.
day 25 - someone who fascinates you and why.
day 26 - what kind of person attracts you.
day 27 - a problem that you have had.
day 28 - something that you miss.
day 29 - goals for the next 30 days.
day 30 - your highs and lows of this month
deathpixie: (so very tired)
So, I'm just over half-way through my paralegal course, and still going strong. Tired most of the time, but strong. *wry* We're ploughing through Small Claims Court (Civil, for the Aussies) and it's pretty much the same structure as I learned in the court job, just different terminology. Oh, and representing clients instead of swearing them in. But yeah, still chugging along.

I am finding I have very little free time. Classes have been finishing later than before, usually 9:30/10 pm, sometimes later, and then it takes me an hour to get home. So I usually only have about half an hour of downtime before I go to bed - I tend to toss and turn too much if I go straight to bed, planning my next day. It's kind of isolating, but to be honest, I'm too tired to even feel that lonely. I only see my roomies on the weekends or when they pop down. I kind of wish I had someone to fix me my evening snack and perhaps rub my shoulders, but I make do with microwaving leftovers ([Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] has been awesome about stocking my fridge with tupperware) and having cats walk all over me and snuggle into my lower back when I go to bed.

Oh, and the Law Society website has the sign ups for the qualification exam! I'll probably do my electronic version on Monday, which is Canadian Thanksgiving public holiday and which I'm planning as my "relax and recharge after various social things" day.
deathpixie: (warrior woman)
Just got the results back for the first six modules of my paralegal class. Straight As, and a GPA of 4.00.

I feel rather clever. *beams* Makes the long days and the reduced free time completely worth it.
deathpixie: (you can't take the sky from me)
Or rather, it already did. Those watching the news last night might have got wind of a mega storm that hit Toronto yesterday, flooding various areas and cutting power. Luckily, Windermere Manor is fine (although we did lose power last night for a few hours), and while I had something of an epic trip, I did make it home safe and soggy after school last night.

More rain predicted today. It's like tropical Queensland here, seriously. Rainy and warm.

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1232201/thumbs/s-TORONTO-STORM-large.jpg?16

School

May. 22nd, 2013 06:25 pm
deathpixie: (cunning plan)
Results so far:

Legal Computer Applications - 100%

Introduction to the Legal System - 98%

Communication/Writing - 100%

Module 4 is Legal Research/Writing, and since I handed in my assignment on time, I'm pretty sure I'll get another 100% or so. Which means I'm on track for the Dean's List.

/bragging
deathpixie: (defying gravity)
Apologies for the multiple posting in various social network platforms, but I have people scattered all over the place. At least I'm going to the trouble of actually writing three different things? ;)

Any way, we started our third module - Communications in Law - tonight, which meant we finally got our results for Module 1 - Legal Computer Programs. That's the one where we did the Word and Powerpoint stuff, and the one where I did the talk on Deadly Australians for the Powerpoint evaluation. Any way, I got 100% for that module, even with the over-long Powerpoint talk.

So good start with the Dean's List aspirations. I'm feeling rather chuffed with myself, I have to admit. :)

Argh.

Apr. 16th, 2013 06:21 pm
deathpixie: (so very tired)
Oh for the love of gods, please stop running, nose, it's been going on for three weeks and I'm running out of bodily fluid for you to dribble...

Yeah, still got a runny nose from the cold/flu/whatever of a couple of weeks ago. The rest of me is fine, except I'm tired of wiping my nose. And my nose is tired of being wiped, too - it's red raw and I think I'm brewing the third or fourth coldsore since it began. :(

Otherwise, I'm good. School's good, work's busy and spring is slowly creeping in.
deathpixie: (defying gravity)
So we're into the second week of April and spring is playing peek-a-boo with us in a big day. Some days have been lovely - sunny, warm (for values of 'warm' - I'm at the point where I consider 10-12 C 'warm'), and that particular earthy smell that tells you spring is coming. Then we get pouring rain, single-digit temperatures and everything goes into hiding again. Best of all, we still have one more winter storm to go - tomorrow's forecast is for freezing rain and ice pellets and a top of zero Celsius. My evening class teacher is considering cancelling tomorrow night for safe travelling's sake.

School is going well. I don't have the exact marks for my first module (Legal Computer Applications - basically Word and Powerpoint), but I'm fairly sure it's close to 100%. The only thing that might have knocked me back was going over my alloted time for my talk (by about double - curse you, Australia, for being full of things that are trying to kill us!), but I did show off appropriate Powerpoint skills, so, fingers crossed. The next module is "Introduction to Legal Studies", which is a look at what law is and how we got it. Fairly basic stuff, with a quiz, an assignment and an exam, whee! The work's pretty easy so far, although I'm noticing the hours this week - partly due to the fact that I'm still sick with the thing I caught before Easter. Hopefully I can shake it off soon so I can get some energy back!

Work is mostly okay, apart from a lovely bit of news yesterday. Because the government is cutting back public service workers (the OPESU) to the tune of 900-odd in Ontario, the various ministries are currently "surplussing" people. Which means you get told your job no longer exists and you have a couple of weeks to work out what you want to do before the official lay-off notice comes. We're losing J., the executive assistant to our director - the whole thing came totally out of the blue. And because her position is now 'surplus' to the Ministry, her work will be redistributed - technically to the director's other assistant in his other Ministry (he wears two hats), but considering a lot of it is specfic to what we do (various reports and such), I have a feeling it will end up bouncing back on us despite assurances.

This whole surplussing thing is discomforting. I mean, I'm pretty sure I'm safe - I've been there for almost 7 years now, I'm fairly indispensible, my lawyers would cause a riot if I was let go and we've already established my 'back-up' can't do the job when I'm on vacation, let alone take it over full-time. But it's just nerve-wracking any way. And this isn't the only round of lay-offs, either - it's just the first blood-letting.

Blargh.

Any way, things are generally okay. Just having a long, tired day so I'm a tad meh. But I really am enjoying school, so much. It's great to be learning again, and I'm already chummy with my desk mate, a woman around the same age who currently works as a probation officer.

Bother.

Mar. 28th, 2013 11:17 am
deathpixie: (so very tired)
So, after a winter of only one bout of the 'flu, I woke up this morning with a scratchy throat, stuff nose and the feeling someone had poured ground glass into my joints. And you know you're getting sick when symptoms pop up in your dreams. So yeah, looks like I'm coming down with a dose of the spring snuffles. Still, timing isn't so bad - I only need to get through today and I have three days to get over the worst of it, no work on Monday and classes Monday evening.

And yes, I'll tell you all about school once I'm through the first week. It's a wee bit tiring. Awesome, but tiring.

Homework

Mar. 27th, 2013 10:31 pm
deathpixie: (drop bear)
So, I have to do a 5 minute Powerpoint presentation for school on Thursday and I need the help of my non-Aussie friends. Common perceptions/impressions/myths you have or have heard about Australia and Australians - GO!
deathpixie: (calvin and hobbes)
And it's news of the good sort, even. :)

As some of you might have noticed, a few weeks ago I mentioned I was scoping out potential night classes to get my paralegal qualification. Well, I found one that suited me and on Tuesday I signed up. Do, as of March next year, I'll be a student again!

The school is in the Eaton Centre, which is about 10 minutes away from work, and the classes run Monday to Thursday, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. So yeah, I'll be a bit more scarce than I usually am, and certainly a bit more distracted, but it's all in a good cause. :) The course runs for a year, with two breaks, one in the summer and one next winter, and after that, I take the Law Society exam and qualify as a shiny new mini-lawyer. :)

I'm outrageously excited about all this. It's really the first big proactive, positive thing I've done since I made the decision to move to Canada, and I feel so good about it. It's me finally doing something constructive for my career, which has always taken a back seat to everything else, and I'm confident that I'll do well. And of course, none of this would be possible without [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] helping me out with a loan, which means I don't have the usual financial anxiety which usually squashes my mood when I make a big, expensive decision (like travelling). I'll never be able to thank her enough. <3

And an added perk is that since I'll technically be a full time student, I get the student discounts on metro passes and such. So the money I'm saving can go towards paying off my debt. :) And I'll be going out into the world more and meeting new people, which is something I've been needing to do for a while, but needed a framework within which to do it. School is perfect. :)

I'm so chuffed about all of this. And wildly excited. I never thought, with the depression and the meds, that I'd actually feel this good about something again, which is why the extended squeeing I've been doing. (Sorry!)

It's so great to have something to look forward to again!

Kickstart

Nov. 7th, 2012 12:12 pm
deathpixie: (gap in the clouds)
No, not an actual Kickstarter program, but I've finally stopped saying "I'm going to" and actually started doing something. A while ago I might have mentioned doing a paralegal course as a way of increasing my skills and marketability (and pay bracket!) - this week I finally got around to looking up courses and making enquiries. I have an information session at one tomorrow, another on Saturday and then two more the week after. All are accredited with the Law Society and will prepare me to take the accreditation exam required to be able to practice.

None of this would be possible without an offer of a loan from [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com], and I have no way to ever thank her enough for it. Cost is another thing I'll be asking questions about, as well as prior learning, the ability to study part time/in the evenings and credit for work experience (there's a section on Consumer Law, which made me laugh so much. I think I can ace that one already!). Once I get the info, I'll need to sit down with my advisers (otherwise known as my roomies!) and work out the best option.

So yeah, that's me doing something proactive in my life for the first time since I had to stop therapy. I'm just so tired of the monotony of work, the pressure of living paycheck to paycheck and going into debt every time I do anything fun and, to be honest, I'm tired of where I am. I'm at the top of my pay grade as an assistant and there's not really a lot of options for me as I am. Getting qualified as a paralegal extends those options.

Of course, I'd be happier about all this if I wasn't in the middle of the insane headcold from hell. The bronchitis seems to have eased off, only to be replaced by head congestion and a sore throat. And since I've taken 3 days off sick last week, I just have to soldier through it. Ah well. Aloe vera tissues and some cold meds at lunchtime.

Finally, I've been amusing myself with my Twitter feed this morning. Especially the Romney supporters threatening to move to Australia because of our Christian, male President. As per a comment I saw - this is what you get when you pay more attention in church than you do in school.
deathpixie: (the morning after)
So, the weekend was spent hauling stuff from the two apartments to the house. I am covered in scratches and bruises and my back and hip joints are threatening a strike. But, I have a bedroom and the kits are relocated. They're spending the next few days restricted to my room/my bathroom/the laundry part of the basement for now, until they settle in, then once we've cleared the rec room of the box maze a bit and got the TV etc. set up down there, we'll be expanding their horizons.

I've never moved house with pets before. It's heartbreaking to see them so freaked out, especially Spike, who spent the first two days hiding behind the dryer, only coming out at night time when it was 'safe'. He did come out to say good morning today, at least, and even ventured out into the rec room while I was getting dressed (my closet is in the rec room!). Angel is settling in a lot faster - he wanders around the room making little mews to test the acoustics.

There's been a few teething problems, the results of a house that's been closed up for a few months. We had to work out how to turn on the gas hot water heater and how to use the dryer, plus the jacuzzi tub in my bathroom is being stubborn about working and last night I discovered a minor leak near the cupboard I was packing. :( The garage door opener has also decided it doesn't want to work any more, either. But! Given the rapid response times and apologies from Mike, the elderly co-owner, these ought to be fixed pretty quickly and I'm less worried than I would have been at the other place.

Bell is coming to hook up the phone, television and internet on Wednesday, so no access apart from work and the phone until then. And since work blocks certain sites like Facebook, my Words With Friends games might slow down a bit. ;)

Photos to come, also when the Internet is back up. But I have good feelings about this place. :)
deathpixie: (so very tired)
...the downside to moving is that you have to carry all your stuff down a flight of stairs, put it in the car, drive over to the new house and then carry it inside and down into the basement.

My bruise collection is impressive already and I have aches where I didn't even think I had muscles. Sod this getting old for a lark - ten years ago I would have been up and down our apartment's stairs like a over-enthusiastic Golden Retriever.

Ah well. It needs doing, so it will be done. I'm sorting out more boxes today and we can switch carrying to packing for a little bit.

Random

Sep. 7th, 2012 12:26 pm
deathpixie: (calm)
Last night I was cooped up and bored and kind of frustrated with things, so I took myself out for a walk. I haven't done that for a while, it seems. I walked up Runnymede to our soon-to-be new house and checked the keys (we had an issue yesterday, so I wanted to double-check things) and then back again down Windermere. It was about 8:30 in the evening, at the tail end of twilight, the air still and mild but still warm enough to wear just a tank top and shorts. Most of my walk was in the residential areas, and periodically I'd pass a house where someone was sitting on the front steps or on the patio or even on the fence, enjoying the evening. Or the lights would be on inside and I could sneak a peek into the lives of those inside - I've always been something of a people-watcher.

I'm really glad we found a place to move to in the area.
deathpixie: (concrete sky)
The search continues. Tonight's place was a lot smaller than expected and had a Surprise!Tenant who basically took up the backyard/patio area.

Sigh.
deathpixie: (the people are watching)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] suitablyemoname at G20 Fallout: The Cops Screwed Up. Bigtime.
The National Post is carrying a summary of the Office of the Independent Police Review's report on policing at the Toronto G20, and it's a doozy:

Police violated civil rights, detained people illegally, and used excessive force during the G20 summit two years ago, a new report concludes.

The report by Ontario’s independent police watchdog also blasts the temporary detention centre that Toronto police set up for its poor planning, design and operation that saw people detained illegally.

[...]

“Some police officers ignored basic rights citizens have under the Charter and overstepped their authority when they stopped and searched people arbitrarily and without legal justification”

[...]

Even officers in place thought the situation untenable, with one describing the incident commander as “maniacal,” the report says.

“Where are they going to give them a chance to disperse?” one officer asked.

“They aren’t, that’s the problem,” another replied.

“Well, that’s stupid.”

In regard to the temporary detention centre, the report criticizes senior officers for failing to take adequate steps to address problems.

Among complaints were overcrowding, lack of food and water or access to lawyers, the use of flex cuffs and strip searches. Detainees had to use toilets in full view of others and many were held illegally.

Because of shoddy paperwork, it is impossible to state accurately the number of people who were arrested over the course of the summit weekend, the report says.

Read more... )
deathpixie: (honesty the best policy)
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I work for the government, so business casual is the bane of my life. I usually manage to get away with slacks and blouses, since I'm usually at my desk all day, but I live for Casual Fridays. Jeans and t-shirts all the way, baybe!
deathpixie: (are you stupid or something?)
It's been a while since I did more than a meme or a whinge post, so here I am with another of those perennial updates of mine. In point form 'cause life is, in fact, very busy lately and it feels like I don't have a lot of time for myself.

1) Work: She Who Shall Not Be Named (aka, the lawyer who treated me like a moron) has left, and we have a rotation lawyer for three months, who is awesome. We had lunch together at the sushi place yesterday, even. It also means I have tonnes of work, between case reassignment of the old lawyer's piles o' stuff, four lawyers all needing me to do things and catching up from my four weeks' vacation in January-February. We've also had a time docketing system instituted for the admin staff, which means I have to account for all of my time. Right now I'm "answering emails". ;) It does mean things are tenser here, tho', which is always wearing. The more established staff are unhappy about the whole deal, which leads to griping and bitching.

(Case in point re the busy - I started this post two hours ago and then got swamped by work again)

2) House hunting: Yep, that's right, we're looking to move from the apartment. The roomie and the pretty girl are wanting to move in together and because they are nice, awesome people, they want me around too. So we're looking for a house in the area, preferably with two living spaces - the main house and then a separate basement/attic apartment dealie for me and my two boykits.

It's not actually that easy. *sigh* I let myself think we'd found something earlier this week, only to have it be rented out from under us. I hate disappointment. I'm also getting my Spring Relocation Twitch on, which is like when normal people do spring cleaning, except I have the urge to put all my stuff in a box and move to a new house. So the time it's taking is frustrating me too. Also, note to rental advertisers - if the basement apartment is not available, don't advertise it! It's really annoying to find somewhere that's perfect, only to be told the basement apartment isn't available. :P

3) Miscellaneous. Since work is not getting any quieter, everything else ends up in the last bullet point. Life is generally good, although I'm worn out a lot because of aforementioned lack of me time/space. I have an appointment on Friday to get my face checked for skin cancers (it's an Aussie tradition!) and I'll ask him to look at the Incredible Bleeding Lip as well, in case it's something like that. I took tomorrow off for that, and for giving myself time to actually do some of the things I've been wanting to do for me. Still working on getting to the pool, as there was another bout of bronchitis after I got back from Australia and allergies up the wazoo, plus the house hunting thing eating my brain.

Roomie and Pretty Girl are on a cruise at the moment, getting back on Saturday, so I'm cat-sitting. I spent last night up at L's place keeping Eliot company, so he's a lot more settled this morning. Tonight will be cleaning all the kitty litter in the world. After viewing another house.

Oh, and last weekend we played D&D with the London crew, plus the Toronto folks. A lot of fun, even if Hope killed me in the end. Curse you, twin!

Any way, winding up now before I have to stop mid-way again and forget what I was doing.

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