another one bites the dust…

our christmas family 2012
our christmas family 2012

there goes another year  seemingly at the speed of a jiffy. I remember being at school and thinking that the days went sooooo slooooowww while waiting for the school holidays to come around and for some bizarre reason I thought that by staying at home and being a mum time would revert to that slow pace of childhood. alas it has not. if anything time seems to be going faster – now I am aware that it cannot actually go faster however my perception is my reality and I perceive the days to be flying by. little boss is now 6 1/2 months old, sitting on her own, eating solid food and letting us know when she is happy, sad, bored and frustrated in a whole new way. it feels like only weeks ago I was showering with the anti bacterial soap and swallowing antacid in preparation for her arrival and now she is closer to her first birthday than the day of her birth. and I am closer to returning to work….which I am looking forward to however it’s a bittersweet feeling as I am already reluctant to leave little boss in case I miss out on any of her discoveries. pity I can’t take her to work with me…not sure on the effect of the productivity of the rest of the team though. doing part of my work from home would be cool as I could start work at 4am when I am awake anyway and then I could also play with little boss in my breaks…okay way too much talk about returning to work when it doesn’t happen til May.

christmas is done for another year and 2012 was the most non christmassy celebration I have ever had. we had planned a lunch at our place but it didn’t go according to plan so my sydney besty and his boyfriend/partner/lover/houseboy – select the appropriate term – spent the day and night with us and we drank and swam and generally trash talked our way through the day. we did have lunch but it was about 4pm and instead of the big hoo haa we ended up having german hotdogs…it was too hot to do much else anyway and let’s be honest we had consumed a weeks worth of calories in alcohol by then so we didn’t need much else. we had a heat wave in perth so I feel for all those turkey lovers who were standing around a hot barby or even worse a hot oven on christmas day preparing a feast that is best reserved for those that can build a snowman after lunch.

tis the season…

on the telly last week they reported that west australians will spend the most on christmas this year with the average spend per person at $1600…considering the amount that Mr B Badger.com and I plan on spending is significantly less than the average, and I feel we may not be alone, there must be some massive cash getting floated on the silly season in this great state of ours to bring that average up to such a ridiculous amount. mind you in years previous we may have come close but this year we have no visitors and it will be a very small affair around our massive tree which doesn’t have a star or an angel because it is too tall and the tree topper would have to be on a 90 degree angle for success. I was wondering if that financial stat on christmas expenditure included corporate spend…we were discussing this on the weekend and out of the four people in the discussion the results by employer were quite varied…a member of the police force gets nothing – not even a bunnings style sausage sizzle and a handshake, an employee of a minerals company will go out for lunch with the boss and a christmas do with the company, an employee of a steel company has the option of going to the zoo on a sunday, but it will probably get cancelled due to lack of interest, and hopefully a christmas hamper but given the way manufacturing is going in australia possibly not and lastly me who used last year as an example because this year I doubt I will be included in the festivities – not because they don’t like me, more likely as I am not there as a contributing member of the team I am not eligible – I work for a global mining giant, talk it up eh?, and last year we had a secret santa amongst the team, a christmas river cruise and they gave everyone a christmas hamper that was chock full of west australian and australian products. I was beside myself. I had only been there about six weeks by the time christmas rolled round so I would have been pretty chuffed with a pat on the back and an early finish on the last day. In my previous job I persuaded the boss to chuck on a barby on the last day and to let the guys off a couple of hours early one year. everyone bitched and moaned that they never got anything for christmas but to be honest everywhere else in the country they were laying off staff every other day from the GFC so I reckon a barby and an early mark followed by a return to work in the new year should have been gift enough. the following year we had some great results despite the hard conditions so I arranged to have some quotes from different staff members printed onto coffee mugs and filled them with lollies and on the last day of work my boss threw on a barby and gave everyone their mug and said thanks. we thought it had gone pretty well until the results from the employee survey came back and several people had complained that they thought receiving nothing would be better than just a coffee mug filled with sweets…so be it. as they say ask and ye shall receive. given that little boss will only be six months old this christmas I cant see us buying anything much for her so we will probably just wrap up what we might have needed to get her during the month and pretend it is for christmas…..ohhhh looooook little boss santa got you some nappies…