Monday, September 28, 2009

Meet...then Part

I hate it when friends leave. Being an expatriate, it is very common to make nice foreign friends and then have to watch them leave when they take on different opportunities. Logically, it is understandable, but emotionally you just feel so sad. It doesn't help when some of them live so near you and both of you are busy with your own daily lives, then you find out they are leaving and you feel a bit sad that you didn't spend enough time with them. You know what I mean?

Two of my former colleagues and their spouses (whom I am well acquainted with) are leaving this month. They had a small party at their place yesterday and it was bittersweet. Life works in mysterious ways I guess :)

My new job is alright. It's more of a 'job' rather than a passion, if that makes any sense. I always thought you have to love your job to do it, but now I think its possible to just like your job and not love it - yet still be happy with your career. I just look forward to nice productive days, good dinner in the evenings (sometimes with special people) and gym or movie nights.

My employer is moving to a new office, like less than 1km away next weekend and I will get my own office. Now that is the type of progress I like :) Being a technical writer means you need a lot of quiet surroundings to write...nothing helps more than having an office to yourself!

Anyway, I have to sign off now, attempting to review some work for a writer friend.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Change and More Change

If you had told me a year ago that towards the end of 2009, I would have a new job, in a totally different part of Norway, in an entirely different industry, I would have scoffed at you.

Now, I am not so sure anymore. The amount of new/good/bad things that have happened since 2009 started is just amazing. I no longer work for a small Norwegian software company where every summer the freezer was stocked with ice-cream, neither do I work for a large phone manufacturer. I now work in the broadcasting industry - me, the person who is more than happy to sit at a desk and write documentation with no care for the world (except for fashion).

It is not easy to switch jobs with nothing but a three day weekend in between to attempt to clear your mind. I find it difficult to commute a good 40-50 minutes every morning and evening to and from work. But one thing I realise now is that it is quite similar to what I would have done in Malaysia, and what I did in Berlin for three weeks last September.

Sometimes there is just so many things happening that I wish I could stop time for a little while. I find it difficult to juggle so many things. I feel like I have no time to rest, bum on the couch, read, listen to music, watch movies....where do people find the time to balance all this in their lives? If there is a secret, please tell me :)

I am struggling to balance gym in my week. Desperately need to keep going to the gym. I've gone down a size in clothing, so it is helping with the motivation. Hopefully six months from now, I will look better.

I'm off to a nice European city this weekend, for work. It is going to be tiring. I hope I survive :)

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Battle Weary, Travel Worn ... The Same Thing

Everyday you wake up and put on your battle uniform to go out of the door and face the world..

Everyday it is a new battle, or the same battle...

I am tired... when will all this end?