Updates from a long lost blogger

Wow – 3 months of not writing. As can occasionally happen, life gets in the way of blogging. Now that I’m back to not having a life my routine, I can get back to writing.

Firstly, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year. I, for one, could not wait until 2011 was over. While there have been some highlights, the majority of it has been craptastic.

To fill you in on what I’ve been up to, I’m going to take a leaf out of my BFF’s page (let’s call her Vegetarian Girl), and give it to you in point form.

  • Since the banks wouldn’t lend us money and we refuse to kick our tenants out of our townhouse, we’ve moved back in with my parents temporarily.
  • It’s been two months and I still haven’t unpacked all my junk. I ask myself every time I look at the boxes how one person can accumulate so much crap.
  • I’ve realised since moving back in with my parents is that I have waaay more patience now than I did when I was 25.
  • The Meatball has finished kindy *sob*. A proud moment for us was reading in his report card that he reads at a Year 2 level *happydance*. A downside is that I can no longer skip pages when we read a fairly lengthy book of an evening. OR make up my own story.
  •  I’ve given up my office that I’ve had for a year and that I only used properly since around August. Now I can put the rent money for the office to shopping for me saving for a deposit on a house.
  • Fruitman has changed jobs. He’s still in the fruit business but instead of working in a fruitshop, he’s now delivering fruit. We’re still well supplied with apples, tomatoes and his boss gave him a box of cherries and a heap of other fruit as a Christmas present. I love the perks of his job!
  • The Meatball got absolutely spoiled this Christmas. Mario products galore. Nintendo and its product licensees would have paid for an employees salary for a year with the amount of shitcrap toys that the Meatball got.
  • I’ve realised that I’m prone to exaggeration

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s for another post.

Happy 2012 everybody!

 

No man left behind

I’m a horrible wife. I’ve turned into everything I said I never would.

Yesterday my husband told me I’ve been neglecting him. That I ignore him and I don’t make him feel loved.

My heart broke when he told me that he felt lonely.

When I started Vixen to do contract bookkeeping work, it was out of frustration at my then employer’s increasing requirements for me to work longer hours. This was in spite of my employment being on a part time basis. On top of that, my son had just started day care for the first time and was always sick so I was always swapping my days so that I could look after him.

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New facial recognition settings on Facebook

If you didn’t already know, Facebook recently introduced a new function where it can automatically identify people in pictures. While a great example of the leaps and bounds that the social media site has undergone, what seems to have annoyed people is that they didn’t tell its users that they had rolled it out.

To me, the most annoying thing is that they enabled the function as a default, rather than allowing its users to make the choice if they want to turn it on. So, because I can be petty and spiteful when I’m not given a choice, I turned the facial recognition off. But they don’t make it easy for you so here’s the step by step guide in all it’s glory:

> Go to the Privacy Settings screen in your Facebook account

> Click on “Customize Settings” in the bottom centre of the page

> In the section called “Things Others Share”, click on the “Edit Settings” button next to the item “Suggest Photos of Me to Friends”

> Enable/Disable the option as per your personal preference

> Voila! you’ve successfully turned off facial recognition in Facebook!

 

How do you get motivated?

Sometimes I get a little unmotivated and I find it hard to get myself to do some work. Working for myself, there are times when I get so immersed in the day to day work, I find myself losing a bit of direction and motivation. Being responsible for so many things gets a little overwhelming. So here are a few things that help me to get the excitement and drive back:

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When it rains, it pours

We all have days where nothing seems to go right. Today was one of those for me. After working until 1am this morning, I had overslept and was running late in dropping my son off to my dad’s place and made him miss his doctors appointment. It also started to rain once I got my 4 year old (who has no grasp of what it means to hurry up) in the car and left the house (I was dressed for sunny weather in a dress and Havaianas). On the train on my way to work, I had a brief reprieve and was able to read a book. I thought that was the end of it, but lo and behold, I had gotten off the train and was walking down the stairs when I realised I had left my umbrella in the train just as the doors were closing and the train was pulling out of the platform. Oh, and its also THAT time of the month. Normally it wouldn’t be so bad, but considering that my husband and I have been trying for Bub #2 for close to 6 months, I was definitely not a happy little Vegemite.
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