A belated welcome to 2012. I hope being back at work is not too painful. It’s been a while since my last blog and much has happened in that time.
Well, now I think about it, not that much has happened, but what has happened is major - I have come back to New Zealand.
Just before Christmas, it was decided my employment trial in Sydney would not be extended. I was not the right fit for the job and extremely bored. I’d also just received notification I’d got into the course I wanted to do at Victoria University, which I'd been mulling over for more than a year.
I’ll soon be heading back to Wellington, to start a graduate diploma in psychology, which I’m quite excited about. I’ve also got a job at Stuff again. It’s a case of back to the future, as studying and Stuff nightshift is a combination I’ve tried before. I’ll be busy, tired and very short of spare time, but as much of my family has commented, I like to challenge myself.
I don’t regret a second of my time away. I could throw around a few cliches about learning experiences and growth, but I’ll spare you that. Things certainly didn’t work out exactly as I had planned, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Except for the extra kilos I managed to put on – I’m working hard to get rid of those and get fit once more.
Aside from that, if I hadn’t been away, I wouldn’t realise how much I appreciate Wellington. While I enjoyed the Sydney experience immensely, I found it difficult to establish the lifestyle I enjoyed. Weirdly enough, my biggest problem was with the length of time it took to get anywhere. I’m just not used to spending so much time commuting. I seemed to spend half my life on public transport getting places.
Naturally Percy is with me in New Zealand. It was an expensive and time consuming experience shipping him over to Sydney and back again. He should be bloody gold plated by now. I’m not going to reveal the excessive sum he cost me in the last year (take what you would think would be the highest sum and multiple it by two or three) but he was worth it every cent. However, in saying that, I do not intend to take him out of New Zealand again.
Mind you, no one would be surprised at me spending that sort of money on a child and Percy is my furbaby.
Besides, Percy was with me in Sydney for more than a month. It would have cost much the same to leave him in boarding for that time. Furthermore, he managed to charm my friends, family and random strangers in the street there too, extending his enchantment to three countries.
He’s a magnet for old ladies and small children in particular – they seem unable to resist his charm, and must stop, while many other people just look at him and smile.
So my overseas adventures have come to an end, for now at least. There’s a lot more world to take a look at yet. What have you been up to over the last month?
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