Wow its been a while since I last posted!
Happy New Year everyone! Unfortunately this blog’s time log is half an hour behind the actual timezone here in Adelaide, and WordPress doesn’t have it as an option but nevermind. Watched Sydney’s fireworks display on TV as its too hot tonight to go out anywhere and I was really not in the mood. Currently I’m doing some scanning of a couple of 2010 calendars I have though I’m just scanning the characters and not the entire calendar image – they’re just too big and they get too fiddly when trying to match each scan of the larger image up (I’m also very fussy so it gets quite tedious). Anyway I’ll probably put some avatars together with them or something.
2009 was a health issue year with my blood pressure going through the roof namely due to stress from work. Its not the work itself that is stressful, rather its the environment in which I’m currently working which is stressful. I’m currently on a 4 week break from work (woohoo!) so my blood pressure will definitely drop down quite a bit but will most certainly rise again as soon as I head back to work. Its rather miserable to have to be this way but I need the money to pay the bills, its a permanent job that is secure and although its not what I’m keen on doing for the rest of my life I am resigned to the fact that I’m stuck in this job while I’m trying to rise through financial issues like everyone else.
Financial woes have also been a problem. I get asked “Why don’t you save some money aside and then you’d be okay for any emergencies or even to buy stuff you want?” The problem is by the time all the bills are paid from my pay, there’s not a lot left and we only get paid fortnightly so I have to make that small amount left over last for at least a fortnight. At the moment its not so bad because being at home there’s a few things I don’t need to worry about (transport tickets which keep going up each year, lunch money or even spending money on buying grocery items to make my lunches every week day) and when you take a particular type of leave called Recreation or Annual leave, you actually get some leave loading which is like a pay bonus so that helps a lot. The sad thing is that with my pay bonus, I paid off as much as I could in bills; bought the rest of the Xmas presents and even bought my mum her birthday present (its not until the 8th Jan) as it means there is less to worry about next payday. I have put money aside to get a couple of games, and have managed to work things around in order to do so, and I was lucky that at Xmas time I got a few gift voucher cards to use so that will come in handy.
My holiday time has been reasonably busy except for today as it was too hot to do much outside. I’ve got this huge video collection and its currently taking up a huge amount of space in the garage. A few months ago I decided that come this Xmas holiday I was going to ditch them all but record down all the movies so that I’ve got a list of them in case I ever want to buy (or download >_>) them in the future. I’ve got 3 smaller tubs left to go through but so far I’ve ditched around 300+ videos!!! A lot of them were from when I was a teenager and we used to copy videos we’d hired from the local video store lol so there are a lot of old videos there. The thing is neither of my VHS players work anymore and I’ve hardly watched any of them in years so I felt it was little point in keeping them around. I also ended up ditching a big pile of cassette tapes which I haven’t listened to since I was a teenager, weird how you keep stuff like that with you when it ends up being useless later on. I do have records as well but I’m keeping them since they’re worth a bit more than cassette tapes – well to some people anyway.
I’ve also been out shopping and done a few odd jobs around the house and that’s really all I’m intending to do this holiday break, though I’ll also push myself to get some screencaps done for Animay since I’m – as usual – a lont way behind.
Better get back to scanning before I head to bed. Maybe my new years resolution should be to post more here! Maybe…
Update: D’oh! I didn’t see the settings further up in the Time Zone box lol, it should now be the correct time, though the blog only posts on the date… meh…