6m3 of red gum ain’t the only heavy load.

I haven’t been around the interwebs of late. Life has been dense with activity in all aspects of my life.

On the work front, I have taken on a new role. Not quite a promotion, and not really a sidewise step, so I’m going to call it a diagonal slide. Unlike the project gigs with long term milestones and elongated engagements with spikes of activity that I have been used to, its an operational role that runs at a constant fast set spiked pace. The majority of the day to day activity revolves around managing, (re)assigning and backfilling of projects to just under a hundred engineers, analysts and architects across Australia. Then there are the weekly labour utilisation and billing reports, the implementation of capability processes and the global tools and standards. The role will eventually allow for some relief as I work out templates and can offshore some of the reporting functions and I can begin focussing on strategic development and capability planning. So, it’ll be interesting to take hold of the role and to see if we can apply some of the architecture discipline to the operational aspects.

On the home front, after having moved up to Broadford, the “ready to move in home” turned out to have a few things that still needed to be done. The sewerage pump died a few weeks after moving in, the deck needed oiling and the “little bit of land” that surrounds it also needs constant attention – and not just mowing either. It is keeping us busy with task after task – and a few surprises too. Heck, just this week saw us coming home Tuesday night to find a waterfall coming off the roof which meant I immediately had to climb unto said roof and repair a burst pipe cap on the solar hot water system, Wednesday had us chasing and clearing out the swarm of millipedes that have been stirred by the sprinkling of rain and decided the house was a better location, and then Saturday involved spending 5 hours lifting, moving and stacking six tons of firewood into the wood shed.

So, well, the madness of March is almost over and perhaps with April, the showers of change may be kinder.

as busy and confused as a bee at a perfume factory …

Life is stretching me from pillar to post at the moment, between the packing, unpacking, cleaning, sorting and generally just shifting into the new place, work commitments, mild illness and what have you, leaves very little time in the day, and that’s all while falling behind on my farm based activities or being distracted by social interactions on or off the internet!

Then there are the little things, like the fact that the backyard is now 2 Acres of space that requires little things –  Continue reading “as busy and confused as a bee at a perfume factory …”

Customer Service lessons from my (old) bank …

Three months ago, a fixed-interest subsidiary loan we had taken out for renovations to our first home had clicked over and become a variable rate loan. We now had two loans with the one bank against the same property. So, in an attempt to clean up and amalgamate our accounts before we went onto the next stage of our financial plan, we called the bank.

We explained the situation, gave them our details and stated that we would like to merge the two loans into a single account. The response was, whilst typical, plainly stupid. Continue reading “Customer Service lessons from my (old) bank …”

atheism & the underlying assumption of nihilism

In an otherwise well meaning, intelligent and cordial conversation, a particular statement struck me:

… the bigger questions of balance are “What am I doing with my life?”, “Is there a greater purpose?”, “What does any of this matter in the grander scheme of things?”. These questions only matter if you believe that death is not the end, and that there is a God outside this life that might one day call you to account.

What struck me, was an unspoken and quite subconscious assumption made on that last line. The mistake a lot of people make is that being an atheist (or is it ‘Deity Challenged’ in our PC world?) is that they are all somehow magically nihilists.

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