I finished uni in 1997. Obviously I’ve done (sometimes intensive) work courses since then, but I’m back into university study again. This time, a couple of units via distance learning.
Distance learning has changed somewhat. Now there are forums and recorded lectures with slides to read. References and other resources all online. But its still online, and out of hours.
This should be somewhat easier for me as I’m home alone during the week. All that gaming and Netflix time has been absorbed, but at least I don’t have kids running about. (Though I still have long calls with family catching up and even helping with homework**) At least for the 5 nights during the week anyway.
Two long weekends has put me somewhat behind though.
So what am I studying? Well out of my comfort zone for one. Australian History starting from the first days of colonisation. Mostly new stuff to me, being an immigrant. But I also see some long standing “truths” are not, which is fascinating.
The other is also History, but starts at the Big Bang and covers, well, everything until now. At the moment its Astronomy and Astrophysics and the like. Later it will be Geology and then History and Biology and more. Interesting subject.
Certainly fills my evenings up. I hope to be a little caught up next week??
** Helping with the homework is tough at the moment, with no internet at home. Two months since we moved and probably a month more before it’s fixed. You’d think we moved to the middle of nowhere, not 75m down the street in the middle of Sydney.
I’ve decided to do a couple of papers through distance learning. Just paid the other day. I think the start date is in a week or two (actually I really better look that up)
Why all of a sudden….
I am expecting work to shift me again at the end of this year. In about late June I will find out where they are sending me. I’ve discussed it with management, but the choice is never my own. Management weren’t overly convincing that they will send me back to Sydney so I can rejoin my family.
So a contingency plan is required. The study is part of a plan. …
Kind of out of my funk from the last few days. I’m feeling very broke (car repairs) and want to get out and ride (short cold wet winter days oh, and work) so letting off steam is a bit hard. I’m not sure I’ll be right out of it until the decision for next year is made.
What else has been bringing me down.
One of my closest friends father died the other week too. I didn’t know him too well but whenever I dropped around to their restaurant he would cook up some great food and make sure I was stuffed full before I left. Obviously tough on my friend and her family. I made it too the funeral which was nice.
Hence not a lot of posting, just not into it at the moment. Like gaming. Still not playing anything. I should bust out the PS3 games and get stuck in.
I occasionally wonder during suicide prevention awareness training at work, what could drive people to be in such a place. After the total mess I feel like today, I can see in some cases it would only be a few steps away.
Yes, total mess today. Going to cook dinner and go to bed I think. Things always look better with a full belly, a good sleep and some sunshine. And a ride too.
totally exhausted but it’s our first night in our (own) new house. Many boxes to unpack and no internet for a week or two. But we’re moved.
Too much on at once. Been distracted.
Unsubbed WoW, but missed it by two days so the account is still live.
Work… busy busy. Haven’t had a break for about 8 days.
Moving house soon. Still trying to finish it.
Daytona in service waiting for parts. Really really want to ride her. Miss the VFR still :(
MTB going well though. Getting fit, losing weight, enjoying the challenge.
Bye Bye Hawaii :(
Hawaii was pretty nice. The weather was awesome the whole time, but sadly halfway through I got a cough that developed eventually into a bit of a flu. Didn’t ruin the holiday but did put a damper on some things. Mrs Mab still shopped a lot and even I picked up some clothes!
Trip home was thankfully uneventful, but my blocked sinus could have spelled trouble. The pressure in my ears took a long long time to equalise completely after we landed. This can be real trouble if you burst eardrums or the like, but during the descent I was able to ease some of the pressure using every trick I know to stay uncomfortable but not painful.
At home for a few days before I was called into work. That was annoying and left the house in a bit of a state. Mrs Mab has worn herself out trying to sort things this week while I am away.
Home again tomorrow to take some pressure of her.
Not in cold Canberra or even mild Sydney at the moment. Touched down in Hawaii for a week. Nice and warm here and our view is pretty good.
Half thinking of renting a bike one day but not really sure about that. Didn’t bring any gear so it’s a Long shot. But I’m hoping to get a look at a couple shops to get some gear. Tiny part of me hopes for a specific Dainese pants I’m looking for but not expecting much in the way of cold weather touring gear here.
My girls have put some orders in for Lego (it’s not LEGOS so PLEASE stop using that term) and it’s such a great toy that I’m happy to oblige. The hours they get building stuff is really cool.
Anyway a few days here enjoying the sunshine before it’s back to early spring at home.
Seems like it’s been busy but not actually doing much. Often been finding myself browsing through Youtube videos at the moment or watching 80/90s movies I’ve recorded off TV (Mad Max, Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours and some others) not really doing much. So not much MWO or Portal.
I got MWO running, logged in and had no idea what was going on before I died. It’s still a hassle to be a solo player, especially when you can’t remember the key binds and the rest. It’s also a pain to reboot all the time to swap OS.
School holidays came up, so I took my two girls to my sister’s property in rural NSW. Their first time on a farm and a chance for Mrs Mab to have 5 days relaxing on her own (considering I get to do that every week it’s only fair).
6 hours of driving and cold weather, but girls loved every minute. They especially loved the week old lamb that played chase almost non stop with them. Driving tractors, climbing trees, feeding ducks and horses. A great experience.
I also got a new push bike to get out there on the mountains. Dad found a great condition second hand (basically brand new) 2014 Giant Trance and brought it over for me. Just need the weather to clear up to test it out.
Took the Daytona home last time, and even managed a Putty ride while Dad minded the kids, so that was cool. Cool was a good word for the trip back in my leathers not my touring gear. Caught up to a mate on the same ride that night, just as he finished up being booked for speeding. Bummer.
Will get back into some stuff tomorrow I hope and have some more to write about.
Well we farewell Fiji early tomorrow after an awesome holiday. Mrs Mab has had a fantastic birthday, the girls have had a lot of fun and had some new experiences. We all had some great food and time to relax.
The Fijian people have proved just as friendly as their reputation says. I might not remember anything much from my last visit 30 years ago, but I hope it’s not another 30 before we visit again.
As a tech aside – I brought along an Airport Express as the room has free internet on Ethernet, but no wifi. Any router would have done the same but the small size and the iOS management tool made it an easy run. So Mrs can do her Facebook and Words with Friends and happy wife, happy life :)
We left yesterday to spend a week in Fiji, a family holiday that coincides with Mrs Mab’s birthday.
Enjoying the beach life so far, some things are a little expensive if you stay on the resort but there are plenty of options outside as well.
It’s warm but not as hot as Sydney, more humid though. But not uncomfortably so. We’ve turned the aircon off in our room – too hard to adjust to outside if we keep it on.
The girls are having a great time but we’re all a little more redder than I had hoped. Oh well – more suncream is the only thing to do.
Strangely we’re having trouble finding coconut juice. Really weird because I can see them hanging from the trees around us. If only I knew how to get up there….
When we get home I have only a couple of days before I must finally start my work in Canberra and we see how the family copes split apart. I’m sure wife will be fine. I hope the kids make it easy.