In January I would say I have been at work for just over half the working days in the month. I took a long break over Christmas, we've had a public holiday and we took a long weekend to Auckland for a concert. Plus we've had extremely hot weather. So all in all it's been pretty cruisy. I have spent my time off reading, sewing, gardening and watching tv (it was too hot to be outside much during the middle of the day so I had plenty of inside time). Plus I started doing yoga with a youtube channel. It was great to have a break, if only I could work so little all the time.
My veggie garden is going well - we've been collecting the laundry water for the garden because of the water restrictions. The broccoli patch is boring, I don't think I'll bother with them again, but the tomatoes are doing awesomely, and the beans, and I have cute little cucumbers growing. We've been eating from our own garden, plus the chooks are laying lots of eggs. When I'm home on my own in the evenings I've pretty much been living off salad, veggies and omelettes. Here are a couple of snapshots - the cucumber as it started flowering, my last lilies to bloom and the first tiny tomato.
So we went to Auckland, which was even hotter than here. We didn't do much there, except go to see the Roger Waters show. It was good, but not quite as good as we expected. There were two sets, and they both started and ended really well and the encore was good. But there was random stuff in the middle that I didn't know, and it looked like most people didn't know - perhaps some of his newer stuff. There were some great bits, like they had a group of local children for Another Brick in the Wall. There wasn't much in the way of lasers though, just some at the end. When it comes to a Pink Floyd experience, we are glad we went but in the future we'll go back to the tribute band when the come around instead, and get all the classics.
So work is, well, work. It started off nice and quiet, there were a couple of sad goodbyes as colleagues moved on to new things, and now we're getting into the real swing of things for the year. My big things for the next few months are organising a scholarship and a conference. Plus our organisation is undergoing a bit of a restructure, so that might be interesting. And I have my performance review coming up so I have to figure out what I want to talk about. It's hard to make a development plan when you're not really a career-oriented person. Just taking opportunities as they come doesn't really work itself easily into a development plan.
So here is Cher, enjoying the heat. Till next month :)