I can't remember the last time I was this run down. I just couldn't get up this morning. I've slept another entire morning away and would have slept longer if the phone hadn't rung. This afternoon I've almost casually perused my books. Study without urgency and the need to demand my brain work for hours without a break is quite refreshing. It won't last but it's novelty is liberating. I've also managed to spend the afternoon preparing dinner. Not that mashed potato and tuna mornay is fancy - but it's tasty and more than I usually have time to prepare.
We got our group certificates today and I did my tax return tonight. So, please excuse me while I rant a little. I do not understand how a payroll office can be quite as incompetent as ours is. There is no "service" in Shared Services, believe me! Their latest stuff up has been to miscalculate the amount I needed to pay for my HECS debt. I now have a $3,000 debt to pay this year and will need to put away a significant amount of my fortnightly pay from hereon in to ensure that this doesn't happen again.
I failed my first assignment. First one ever, that has been lower than a credit. In my defense, there were so many components to this assignment, and such tight time frames for it's completion that I'm surprised I managed to put anything on paper. The bummer is that if I'd understood the instructions I would have passed quite easily. Anyway - the good news is that it's only 1 of 4 components and I can make it up on the other 3. It's only a minor and I just need an overall pass.But it's been a sobering wake up call.
I’ve spent today trying to coax my brain into absorbing sociological theory and trying to focus my eyes. I've given up on day time television. It's too mundane, even if you are sick. That stuff will truly rot your brain! However, I can't say that sociological theories are much more stimulating to be honest. The cynicism of Marx, and his verbose way of explaining things is seriously doing my head in. Bourdieu on the other hand at least recognizes that we are a product of our experiences and not everyone is out for domination and what he can get.
While you can't always guarantee a positive outcome if you do the right thing, you can guarantee the absence of one if you don't. For example, I didn't realise that, contrary to the film version, most of the lifeboats on the Titanic weren't filled because people thought it was a drill. Mothers refused to take their children into the cold because it was uncomfortable. By the time they were prepared to do the right thing, it was too late. Seems there are some life lessons there. Sometimes you just have to do the right thing and hope for the best.
I said goodbye to an old friend today. He had the amazing ability to find humour in every situation and it was infectious. One of the last times we met was when he brought his wife to the oncology unit where I was working. In an attempt to lighten the moment, he unfortunately found a stethescope and much to my embarrassment, pranced around the unit trying to listen to my heartbeat. He was incorrigible, but how can you get mad at someone whose wife is dying? I couldn't. His memory brings a smile to my lips. Rest in peace Ted.