Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Had a not so good day at work. The drive home was even worse. Usually I don't hit traffic until I hit the M6. I encountered every red light and every incompetent driver on the road. One guy in particular got me so worked up I almost gave him the finger...I settled for giving him a dirty (he had kids in the car after all). He was in the right turning lane but decided at the last second to merge in front of me, doing 20 km/h and proceeded at this speed. I had to break suddenly, so did the cars behind me. All the other lanes were busy, so no-one could overtake this guy. Then he mounted the curb somehow, still doing 20 km/h. I've got a headache just thinking about it.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I've got to do my taxes on Thursday...3 years worth. I've been so slack. M had to book an accountant for me, since I've been resisting. Nooooo...there's too much paperwork to get organised. I'm the queen of procrastination when it comes to my finances. If I don't think about it'll all go away...away...away...
S had a great laugh today at E's expense. K came late today, so I was left to do line clearance. S needed me to check the weights, but I was in the middle of a project so I asked E to do it for me instead. S said no, he didn't want E to do it because E is too picky. But E insisted. In the afternoon S came into the lab. He was telling us that one of the weight of the materials required was 150 kg. So he got the a 200 kg drum of the product and took out 50 kg. E insisted on weighing it. So he tried to push the drum onto the scales. S pretended to help while throwing encouragements to E.
"Come on E, you're almost there." Meanwhile S has his hands on the barrel pretending to pull.
Poor E.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

M and I had a fight about what I wanted to do with my life - careerwise - he's leaning towards me going into the public sector. As usual completely missing my point. I wanted to know what type of jobs not what organisation.
What's a budget?

- restaurant $100
- wine (we didn't drink them all at once) $60
- second hand books $80

- cafe $50

- cafe $60

- restaurant $40

- cafe $40
- shopping (grocery and household) $200

- cafe $30
- botanical art $600
- restaurant $150
hmm...that's why my bank account is always empty

Friday, April 24, 2009

I feel sick. Since I'm surrounded by a lot of men at work who have no sense of smell, I have to smell every sample that gets sent in. E and K made me smell a sample of sheep placenta extract that just arrived today. It smelled so bad, a mixture of sheep pooh and urine. I almost threw up. We showed it to A and he gagged after smelling it. Another one for the reject bin. I don't know why anyone would want to rub sheep placenta on themselves, but people pay good money for this stinking stuff...defies logic.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

odd one out...

I'm still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up???
I had to make a 10 kg mock batch for a client before they approve production for delivery tomorrow. That part went fine, but when I was cleaning the mixer I forgot to lock it into place so I ended up dumping 5 L of water all over the floor and onto my shoes. The water was mixed with lactic acid as well as other chemicals from the cream I was making. Lucky for me I practically live in my car, so I had a spare pair of shoes locked in the boot. But what a waste of time...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It was our anniversary on Sunday (thanks to my friend Maz for reminding us, we'd forgotten). M took me out to dinner to a Japanese restaurant. It was the first time we'd both been there, the food was yummy but the place was small and echo-ie (okay that's not a word). Of course we ended up getting into an argument...It wasn't a big fight, but poor M was anxious all night. I, on the otherhand, in my usual manner dismissed the incident straight away and went back to enjoying my food and M's company.

So take two, on Monday after work I took M out to dinner. We decided to get out of the shire this time. I'm more organic and unorganised in my approach to going out. So I picked a suburb and we trawled the streets till we found something we liked. We ended up at an Italian restaurant and the the food was de-lic-sious. We ended up in a second hand book shop later that night...and we both collect books. M went a bit crazy and had to restrain himself. It was a great night. M's still in a good mood.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My aunt died on Easter Sunday, so it's been a bit chaotic organising flights to QLD, arranging time off work...For a family that rarely keeps in touch we know how to come together. It was the first time M had met my extended family and he was blown away by us all. I hadn't seen some of my cousins for over 10 years but it was like...coming home (that was after I worked who was who!).

Two nights before the funeral I had a dream (or maybe I was awake) that someone was stroking my hair as I lay on the bed. So I turned around and I saw a blob of white light. It freaked me out a bit so I just rolled over and attached myself to M. Dog was restless that night too. He kept on running in and out of the room and wouldn't settle.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Early in the morning Dog wanders into the room and stands beside the bed watching me. He nudges me awake. I pat his head. He starts to make choking noises - oh no he's going to vomit again! - I jump out of bed and drag him outside. He's not a happy dog, he spends the next 5 minutes barking at the birds. I give up on sleep and get ready for work.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Crazy guinea pig mistook my finger for food the other day.
The nightmare is over...for now. I managed to colour match the lip gloss to the client approved standard in less than 10 minutes. Tomorrow the second coloured batch is going to be made (berry). I hope it turns out right the first time. I hate colour matching! I don't have time anyway, I've got a few projects due tomorrow.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I must be getting old and prudish. Last night M and I went to the cinemas to see the Watchmen. For the life of me I can't understand why parents would let their kids watch this movie. There were several families in the theatre, with kids of primary school age. This movie contained lots of graphic violence not to mention the sex scenes too. Am I just too prudish?

Friday, April 3, 2009

Ah the stress. Production is making a new type of lip gloss in four different shades. I've been having nightmares about this stuff, because I didn't do the initial R&D for this product. When I tried to make this myself following Y's instructions I couldn't match the colour. So because we had to send the samples off A decided to just use Y's batches.

So Thursday night, I was dreaming about the batches stuffing up. First problem, S tells me there's solid particles in the batch. I tell him to keep mixing. Late in the afternoon he brings me a sample. K and I almost have a heart attack (A is in Melbourne), the dyes haven't dissolved. K panics because he weighed out the dye. I call E in (he's on his way out). We all have a heart attack. We check the dyes to see if they are the right one. E checks their solubility even though we tell him that the dyes were pre-dissolved before being added to the mixture. E tells S to keep mixing, when he leaves we find out that he's been mixing while the batch is still too hot. I run down to production to tell him to cool the batch down otherwise the dye will not mix.

After half an hour he brings me another sample. The colour doesn't match the standard. Now I have to try and colour match. A is not going to be happy on Monday.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bad day at work. K is really angry at A. You can tell from his body language. He's keeping to himself more and since I share a lab with him it's affecting me too.

All hell broke loose this afternoon when A couldn't find the 3 batch cards. One was my fault kind of, because K was away on Monday and since I'm not really sure of the procedure it was up to me to release the product. So I fudged my way through and gave the batch card to warehouse for them to release documents, which I'm not supposed to. Only people in production and lab and A are allowed access to the card. Even E got really stressed and raised his voice. E is the most affable person there.

Oh and we didn't get paid today because the accountant is off sick.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Watching the IT Crowd. What a cack!

Had such a good day today...sure I may have confused a sample or two...but I helped K with some of his projects and brightened his day just a little.