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Monday, September 8, 2008

Well, following on from the arrival of wee Jasper, my hospital experience and recover / puppy training, I've managed to get myself mobile again with a 'new' car and am getting ready to start the new job with Pumptools / RMS on Monday the 8th... The new car is a Mitsubishi Outlander with all the sporty additions, including a DVD player in the front... Not sure what good that is since it can't be played during driving (obviously so that the driver doesnt watch it, but surely it'd give the passenger something to take their mind off my driving?!?) - the GPS is fun though, especially with my sense of direction! Heh, heh, heh...

My last weekend of freedom had me up early (ish!) on Saturday morning cleaning the inside of the car, since the folk selling it hadn't seen fit to bother... Didn't take long, and I then steeled myself for a night of drinking with the lads to celebrate Rob's 26th Birthday at The Paddo. We started in Fibbers in Leederville and 'crawled' our way up to the final destination of the Paddo. Was a really enjoyable night, up to a point - think my legs are well and truly still healing, and by 12am I'd had enough and had to wander back down the road - and I thought the alcohol would numb the pain?! Ah well! Sunday here was Father's Day so Soph, Jack, Meike, Chris, Annabelle, their Mum and Dad and I all headed to Kings Park for an afternoon in the sun. A beautiful day, and lots of fun for everyone with stalls and a stage for the kids to mess around with!

Aprehension then started to kick in with day 1 of the new job about to hit me - sure it'll be fine...

Starting work on Monday was a strange experience with no laptop nor email address for the company but I made my way to the AWT building to have my safety induction, meet the guys in the office and then get myself settled in. After a few hours of that it was back off home to start on my learning of all the products, checking of emails (still on my Hotmail account for now) and sorting out a few meetings to get started with contacts.

The week went very quickly, first of all getting set up on the company email system, then meeting up with the guys at Centrilift, this time as a supplier - very strange feeling - think Dougal quite enjoyed it though! By the end of the week I had my laptop sorted out as well and was well and truly settled in to the new job - even if I wasn't exactly up to speed on everything... Sure it'll be fine!

One more success of the week was my return to Touch Rugby, only 3-1/2 weeks after the operation!!! Obviously not at full fitness or strength (read: Speed!) but we all had a great time, coming out 2-1 winners again 'The A Team.' Luckily no 'B.A. Baracus' on the field as we started off and although I wasn't on the field for long (kept having to come off to recover!) we managed a 2-1 win and I even got a try! The result of all that was that I was walking a bit slowly for the rest of the week, but will hopefully be back to Boot Camp come Monday!

The weekend couldn't come quick enough to be honest, not because I wasn't enjoying it (I was actually starting to see just how challenging and rewarding this could be!) but simply because I was shattered! 8 weeks away from work, with a trip back home and a big operation in there as well, had me more than a little bit worn out (although minimal sympathy from Sophie who has had to do it every week while I've been off anyway!).

The weekend seemed to fly by, this some shopping (nothing fun, just essentials!) and a night out with the lads on Saturday followed by Chris' second birthday party on Sunday morning - more presents than he knew what to do with, but I'm sure they'll keep him entertained for weeks to come!

Week two was even more work than then first with meetings arranged for most of the week, preparations for heading to Indonesia and back to the UK & USA in October to be firmed up as soon as possible. Oh, and along the way had to somehow become enough of an expert in RMS technology to confidently and competently present information to customers... Worry? Stress? Nerves? Me? Never!

A very busy week, but on the plus side, I managed to do two sessions at Boot Camp without serious side effects (being unfit and knackered is more of a result of 5 weeks away from training than the effect of two light sessions)! so looking forward to getting more exercise in as I get stronger and heal up completely...

The end of the week fast approached and I was determined again to have a nice quiet one - we'll see how that works out, eh? :o)
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