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The Last Day January 28, 2007

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in canada, elmore.
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Tonight is our last day in Elmore. We stay with friends tonight in Melbourne, before flying out at 12:20pm tomorrow afternoon. What follows is 41 hours of Monday – well technically not since when we cross the international date line it will be Sunday again for a time. 😉

I can’t believe this is finally happening – my angel and I are returning home to Canada. I’m pretty nervous, but so excited at the same time. I’ll be so very happy once Melody is reunited with her family, and nervous as I meet them for real.

But for now, its time to pack our bags and make ready for the big day.

-April.

Moose antlers and a pink blouse… January 12, 2007

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in job, melody.
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Thats what I found lurking in the dark recesses of my desk when I cleaned out my stuff…

Today marked the culmination of 5 months working as a data migration contractor. 5 months of long days away from Melody, 5 months of sleepless nights and lost weekends.

But I proved to myself I could do it – and I could not have done with without Melody. She has had to suffer this just as much me, even more so. But we got through it.

This was an important thing for me… not just because this job provided rent and food and that elusive plane ticket to Canada, but because of what happened before. Seven months ago I had suffered a breakdown due to excessive stress. Melody helped me to pick up the pieces, and she believed in me even when I had lost the ability to believe in myself.

I was so nervous when I started this job, scared of screwing up. Data migrations on a large scale can be a daunting task at the best of times, but I was absolutely terrified. At that time I was still having nightmares about my previous job, which usually involved my old boss “angry Craig”, as he was known, yelling. I was so hard on myself when I quit, that I should have stuck it out – that I was somehow a coward.

But as I went around the office today and bid my farewell to my colleagues, I felt something I hadn’t felt for a while. I felt good about myself. Suddenly it was like it didn’t matter anymore about my previous job. I felt good about myself. But I think this will be my last data migration – I don’t want to be the star of the show… I just want a job that pays our rent and lets me spend as much time as I can with Melody.

Tomorrow morning its up at six am to go camping in the Grampians. I can’t wait to just spend time away from everything – the city is good in short bursts, but I am a country girl at heart.

Anyway… I guess that’s all for now.

-April

The last week January 8, 2007

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in job.
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This Friday marks the end of my contract job. It sure has been an adventure, and the source of many sleepless nights. Back in mid-August, I took over the job of another contractor leaving a project.

My brief was to bring across the customers accounts, services and other data into the target system. Well, my original brief was to mostly be testing… until I found out that the job was not even 50% complete. I remember that first week, meeting Melody in the CBD for lunch, telling her I felt deceived and wasn’t sure I could do this.

Now its T-48 hours until the migration begins for real… I’m working on tidying the last data-issues and some minor bug stomping, and I can’t help feeling good about myself. In the past 5 months, I have pretty much stripped down and rewritten the migration engine from scratch… Sometimes I had to throw days of work out when an assumption changed, or a business requirement appeared or disappeared.

But regardless of what transpires over the next few days… I know that I did my best… and in that I can be satisfied and happy. In three short weeks, my love Melody and I will be on a plane home to her family. This job made that all possible, and for that I will always be grateful.

April

Getting arty… January 8, 2007

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in art, grampians, job.
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I’ve started collecting my art back into one place. It’s about time really, and I suspect when I get to Canada I will have some wonderful inspiration. I found since I started taking very stressful jobs that my creativity fell through the floor.

Well, since this week marks my last at Pacific internet, I hope that the creative juices will start to flow. I’m seriously thinking of taking some art supplies to the pinnacle. That would be fantastic to paint / sketch up there.