Just when I thought life couldn’t get any busier, it did, and after drowning in work the past couple of months, I feel like I am finally coming up for air..
Right before work got absolutely hectic, I managed to squeeze in a flex day at the beginning of September, and I spent the day catching up with a good friend and one of her children. My friend had a physio appointment, so her little boy and I had a coffee date together, before the three of us soaked up a little sunshine in a park with possibly the best view in Sydney on the north side of The Bridge.
Mr Posy subscribes to a number of eDMs to keep up to date with events happening across Sydney (many of which I also now subscribe to), and I knew when I received an email from Sydney Opera House back in July that I would soon be getting a call from Mr Posy. Sure enough, a few events had caught his eye, and we found ourselves at The House at the beginning of September for The Moth: Razor’s Edge as part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, and then again at the end of the month to see Kevin Smith speak as part of the Graphic Festival. I went in not knowing what to expect for The Moth, and I absolutely loved it – I laughed and cried! I went in with fairly low expectations for Kevin Smith, but I had a good laugh! My favourite about the events at the Sydney Opera House was catching the SOH seal having a nap on the back stairs…
While my boys made Minor Premiers for the third year in a row, sadly they did not make it to the grand final. It was much the same as last year, where we lost the first game which we should have won, and that changed the whole sequence of events for the finals series. We managed to claw our way through, and a win against Bulldogs meant that we had just one game between us and the grand final. However, I had long thought that the Broncos would be in the grand final, so when Brisbane was the last game before the main event, as much as I didn’t want it to be true, I knew we were out. And we were. Hopefully we will see some new signings with the Roosters soon – I’m still pretty sad that we lost RTS to the Warriors (and I’m still not over Mini retiring in 2014!)… Crossing my fingers that 2016 is a good year for my team.
It took us almost two years, but we finally did the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, and it wasn’t even planned! We went down to Bondi for the Festival of the Winds, but it was such a nice day that we decided to walk on to Bronte… and then we were enjoying the sun so much that we just kept walking – until we ended up at Coogee. Unfortunately, because we weren’t planning to be out in the sun, I wasn’t wearing sunscreen and I ended up with a nasty case of sunburn on my shoulders. I was so cross with myself – I can’t remember the last time I did that. All I could think was ‘skin cells in trauma, skin cells in trauma…’… Luckily I was wearing sunglasses and a hat, so my face was protected. It was a beautiful walk, and we definitely need to do it again now that the weather is warmer, but next time I’ll make sure I am prepared!
Not only did I say farewell to my direct line manager on the project that I’ve been working on since July at the beginning of the month, but my boss for my substantive position then told me at the end of the month that she was also
leaving me moving on, so that was fairly crushing!
The project that I was seconded to work on back in July really started to heat up towards the end of the month, which triggered some very long work days, and a lot of extra stress. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now, though – I love working with my project team and I feel like I am really in my element with my work.
Dad stopped in on his way back home from a trip to New Zealand, and we managed to catch the Roosters’ first qualifying final game together. Unfortunately, we lost (which was the start of our downhill slide…). I joked that he and his other half aren’t allowed to come to any more games in the future, because whenever they attend, we lose!
I have been missing two of my favourite little people (aka Niece and Nephew Posy), so we booked a trip to Melbourne to spend some time with them for a few days… Not long to go now!
Perhaps most excitingly, I FOUND OUT I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNTY AGAIN! On my side of the family! MY LITTLE BROTHER IS GOING TO BE A DAD! The baby is due at the end of March 2016, and I can’t wait!
Work, work, work, work, and more work. Now that I have come out the other side, it is a little mind blowing thinking back over just how hectic work was throughout October. My project hit crunch time, and that meant some very long days. I was working 10-11 hour days in the office, and then heading home and working another 3-4 hours on the laptop. There were a lot of meetings and briefings and Q&As, and there was also quite a bit of tension and anxiety and some general unpleasantness. Despite all this, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now – this project is challenging and it keeps me busy, and I am working with fantastic people and I have an amazing boss. I am very fortunate!
I currently have a bit of a fascination with food trucks (I know, I’m only like 5 years late to the party…), so when I heard about the EQ Food Truck Jam, I put it in the calendar. We got there early (just after 5pm) – along with the rest of Sydney. I knew it would be busy, but I wasn’t prepared for just how busy it was, and I also wasn’t prepared for all the different choices. Sadly, I wish I had done a bit more research about which vendors would be there, because Mr Posy and I spent the entire time standing in line for two vendors, and we weren’t wowed by either of them. We called it a night early (which by this time was actually close to 9pm we’d been waiting around in line for so long), and it was only once I got home and had a look at Instagram that I realised how many other vendors I would have liked to check out, and how quickly other lines moved. We know better for next time…
With the warmer weather over the October long weekend, Mr Posy and I hit the beach for the first swim of the season. It was brilliant. I was expecting the water to be absolutely freezing, but once I was actually swimming about in the waves, it was beautiful. I am hoping for warm days over the Christmas break, because I plan on getting to the beach as much as possible!
The October long weekend also marked two years in Sydney for Mr Posy and me. It’s hard to believe we’ve been here two years already – time has really flown by – but then it is also hard to believe we’ve only been here two years… it’s almost hard to remember a time before Sydney, and it feels like we’ve always been here.
Sculpture by the Sea is one of my favourite events on the calendar, and I look forward to it each year. We started at 6.30am the first Saturday that it opened, by which time the coastal walk was already swarming with people, but it was less busy than last year when we started just after 7am. Oh the difference half an hour makes! We were able to walk to Tamarama and back to check out the sculptures without too much pain, and then we went to Bills for breakfast, which has become our tradition.
I am not sure what possessed me to sign us up for the 7 Bridges Walk, and I can tell you that more than 27km later (32km once we added in getting there and home), I am not in a hurry to do it again! The walk went a little bit like this
Start: “Oh this will be so much fun, I can’t wait! … This line is taking forever… We should have started at Observatory Hill, this line is taking too long… Oh yay, we finally have our packs and we can start the walk. This will be so much fun! … Oh, look, a jacaranda tree in bloom with the Anzac Bridge in the background – how beautiful! “
1/4 way: “Why did I think this would be a good idea?”
1/2 way: “Why on earth did I sign up for this? What was I thinking?
3/4 way: “I am never doing this again. I must have been insane when I signed up for this. Never again. If I ever say that I want to sign up for this again, remind me of this moment.”
7/8 way: “Oh yay, we are walking over the Harbour Bridge for the first time! This is amazing! This is so beautiful! I feel so alive. This walk is incredible!”
9/10: “Never again. Never, ever again.”
Finish: “OHMYGOD I AM ALIVE. I FINISHED. WE MADE IT. That was the best walk ever. I can’t wait to sign up next year!”
Next day: “OHMYGOD MY BLISTERS HAVE BLISTERS. I CAN’T MOVE. THE PAIN! THE PAIN! NEVER AGAIN.”
It was a very pretty walk, and it was a fantastic way to see Sydney, and I probably will do the walk again at some point in the future, but I am not in a hurry to go out and sign up for the event in 2016. I knew that it would not be easy – it’s more than 27km and there are a lot of hills, but I wasn’t expecting it to take quite so much out of me, and I was not expecting my blisters to have blisters! Despite this, it was a nice way to end the month, and I am glad that we did it.