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31 March 2015

March 2015

I can't believe it is the end of March already. So much for having a great permanent job offer within a couple of months! But it's not all bad, I'm back at the Ministry of Education doing the same job as last year, which I enjoy so it's a good place to be for awhile. I would like to stay there if I could. Right now I am showing my worth by being the unofficial acting coordinator of my team and the process, because our actual coordinator has had to go away and be with her sick mother. Which is awful but a good chance for me to show that I'm up to a bit more responsibility. As for other jobs, I am still applying for permanent jobs. And remember that job at Statistics New Zealand that was a big deal a month or so ago? Well, a month after my interview, I finally got word from them. I didn't get the job but they wanted to keep me in the loop for the next round of recruitment, which was happening right then. So I was going to apply for that role anyway, but instead I was asked to just go straight to the psychometric testing stage and that they wanted me to come back for another chat and check my references. So that was really good news and when I finally got feedback it turns out the testing went really well. But I say finally because once again they were really rubbish at staying in touch and keeping me in the loop. Two weeks after I had done the testing I finally got fed up and starting trying to get hold of the person that had called me last time. When I finally got through to him he chased up the issue for me - because it was a different group of people in charge of the second round of recruitment. And no, after all of that they were going to stick with the group they had interviewed and not invite me for a second one. So all that stress for nothing. But the thing is, if I had sent in my application despite already being invited to do testing and stuff, would I have got an interview?

Anyway, that's it for now on the job front. They will be recruiting again soon and I will apply but truth is, I wasn't impressed with their communication so don't really want to. I will because I have to. At least I know I have full time work until July, and going back to the same job is actually a good thing, because it shows they wanted me back.

So this month's post is mostly negative and complainy I'm afraid. The next thing to go on about is my car. It's been playing up for awhile, but this week it has taken it to a new level. It dying a slow painful death would be bad enough, but what's worse is that it's quite intermittent. I never know what to expect. Sometimes it's fine. But when you turn it on it revs quite highly at first. Then other times it revs really low. Then sometimes, every time you slow down the engine just dies, as if you have stalled. What's worse is sometimes when it dies, the steering wheel freezes up, which is really not ideal when you're in the middle of the city, halfway through trying to turn onto the busy one-way system. Then just when you're really frustrated and feel like you're flogging a dead horse, it starts to behave itself again! On the Saturday just been it got really bad, then an hour later we went for another drive and it was mostly fine and it's been OK since then. But that's not all! Sometimes it has the opposite problem, and instead of low revs leading to it dying, the high revs increase to the point where it's practically driving itself! The first time it happened I was pretty freaked but Dad told me how to find the accelerator cable and spray it with CRC to stop it sticking. So second time it happened I did that again, but I don't know how long that fix will last. So I guess my first few pay checks will be going into buying a new car, because at this point there's not much point trying to fix the old one. Time for a fresh start.

To top it all off, I had to put up with a sick dog for a week. I'm not sure what started it, but then her food was exacerbating it, so now I have to get her a new bag of food, and it's not even on sale.

The only good point is that it's a short week this week. A bummer that I get paid less, but I'm looking forward to the weekend.

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