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Unless you've been living under a rock, you know the iPad 2 is coming out soon, and I'm pretty sure I'm getting one. I never ended up with an original iPad, so I think it's time to treat myself to an early birthday present. I don't think I'll get it at launch, but hopefully soon after. Bit excited!

Have started sending some job applications out. Nothing too full on yet, but we'll see how we go.

More excitingly, yesterday I was allotted four seats to be part of The 7PM Project audience next Thursday! The studio is on Chapel St, so some friends and I are going out for drinks first, off to the show, and then out for dinner afterwards at The Oriental Tea House. Mmm, dumplings. I'd never had dumplings until I moved to Melbourne, and I can't believe what I've been missing!

Long weekend this weekend in Victoria, about which I was unaware until someone mentioned it off-hand at work on Monday. I'm going on a brunch date Saturday on Chapel St, and will probably have brunch in St Kilda with my housemate on Sunday to start scoping out our new suburb. Other than that, I'll hopefully spend the rest of it getting ready to move.
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My housemate and I got approved for a place to rent in St Kilda yesterday! We pick the keys up March 25th. The waiting sucks a little bit, but I guess it means less overlapping rent that we have to pay. I'm excited to be living closer to the city and in a more cosmopolitan area! Fitzroy St (about a block away) is famous for its cafes etc., and we're quite close to the beach, the Palais Theatre and Luna Park.

Now the jobhunt begins... My contract with Telstra has been extended to June 30, but after that with a reorganisation going on, there's not much they can promise after that. There are a few good looking positions around at the moment, so I think I'll throw my hat in the ring for those and see what happens, even though it's a little bit early.
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Oh my gosh, I can't believe it's been over a year since I've updated here! So long that I can't really remember why I stopped... So much has happened, though.

I guess I should do a quick life update! In October last year I moved from Tamworth, NSW, to Melbourne, Victoria. I decided I needed to move to the city after realising that no, I'm really not a country kid at all! Almost six months later I can safely say it's the best move I've ever made.

There's always something to do! I love it. And of course I have to admit that I'm enjoying the gay clubbing. ;) I'm working as a contract web developer for Telstra (Australia's leading telco), which I'm also loving. It's such a change (and improvement) from my last job.

What's new with you guys?!
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I'm so looking forward to my time off over Christmas. My last day is the 23rd then I'm off until January 11th. As much as I rant, I do like my job, but by God I'm ready for some time off. If nothing else, it'll be nice to just catch up on sleep. Between work and socialising on the weekends, I'm exhausted.

Have had a fair bit of boy drama the last few weeks. Have decided to make myself move past it, and I think it's working!

I bought the Broadway Wicked soundtrack the other day and I'm in love with it. Popular, No One Mourns the Wicked and For Good in particular. And of course Defying Gravity, but that goes without saying. I've decided that I'm going to see the production in Sydney next month even if I have to go on my own. It won't be the same as if I got to see Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway*, but beggars can't be choosers.

* Any Americans, particularly New Yorkers, who didn't take the opportunity to see this, I don't think we can be friends anymore.

Returned

Jun. 6th, 2009 08:56 pm
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I'm back from holidays! They were great. In some parts more work than actual work, but great nonetheless.

Will post more tomorrow after I get a whole lot of sleep.
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Pretty sure I just got asked on a date by a friend-of-a-friend via Facebook messaging. What would we do without the Internet?

It's only a week until I move! I wish it was sooner. I'm so excited to get in to my new place, but there are Rules and stuff. I realised earlier that I actually don't have all that much to pack since most of my stuff is still packed up after moving back here from Bathurst. I'm going fridge and washing machine shopping on the weekend though.

Work was pretty insane today. I built an online entry submission system for the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs). Up until now, we hadn't heard anything from the few networks that were asked to trial the system this year. Tomorrow, however, is the closing date for entries, so of course everyone's left it until the last minute and we're getting swapped with "X is broken", "how do I do Y?" and so on.

Originally Commercial Radio Australia (the guys running the ACRAs) were going to open the system to everyone straight away. I think we're all very lucky they decided to do only a trial run this year. Testing is a Good Thing.

I expect tomorrow to be even more busy. Thankfully it's also Friday and almost the weekend!

Pay Rise

May. 11th, 2009 01:31 pm
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I'm applying to rent a property and to do it I need a statement from my employer to say that I'm not a bum without any money. I sent my boss an email over the weekend to ask him to write something up for me.

This morning, he asks me to go for a coffee to have a "chat". He starts out with the basic "How are you finding it? Anything you think we need to change? Blah blah." and we both agree that things are going really well. He then says that he's going to look over the books and see about increasing my pay.

I knew my salary was going to eventually be reviewed, but I didn't expect it for another couple of months or so. I'm obviously not getting too excited until he comes back with actual numbers, but still, any pay rise is a good pay rise, right?

Holiday!

May. 6th, 2009 11:59 am
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I've been working where I am for almost four months now and I'm ready for a holiday. I really like where I'm working, but I spent four years at uni having 2-3 week holidays every 10 or so weeks, and 3 months over Christmas. I also never had a full week of classes; I probably spent 15-20 hours in class on average. For good or for bad, I was also one of those students who could do well without doing much work outside of classes.

Suffice it to say that the change from the uni lifestyle to working full-time (and overtime) has been interesting. All things considered, I much prefer where I am now, because it's really made me appreciate my weekends and time off. Nevertheless, seriously ready for a holiday.

Luckily, I'm getting one in about three weeks. Like last year, Mum and Dad are going to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions horse sales and I'm tagging along. Mum and Dad won't be as busy this year though, so we'll be able to do more holiday-like things together.

A large part of the reason I like to go is just to stay in the amazing holiday-houses we rent for the week. This year we're staying in this one. I would love to own one of these houses to live in -- these people have multiple ones that they just rent out to tourists.

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