Canberra! (A fleeting visit)

floriade canberra

I went down to Canberra the other week for a reunion with my former workmates. With the NDIS coming in, some of the public services are winding up down there while NGOs are private practices pick up the client and contracts. It was a great chance to catch up, reminisce and to just BE in Canberra!

bus cat gothic ears

Of course, I caught a Murray’s bus from Central – There’s USB charging in all the seats! A quiet ride there and back with no-one next to me. Lovely.

floriade gnome

therapy act reunion


After a fun night, and quite a nice sleep at the YHA, it was off for brekkie with the internet old guard of Karen, Stu, Helen and Sean.


Good Company, but a disappointing breakfast at Shorty’s (where Milk and Honey used to be in Garema Place)

corn fritters

pulled pork burgers

After that, off to the bus home, then train.

train hello kitty shoes


floriade farris wheel

I am SO looking forward to being back there in a week for Eat Drink Blog!!!

Will I see you there?

Don’t make me adult

Pretty Fkn Embroidery. You want it.


I’m doing volunteer work that channels my skills as a speechie. And today I went to a meeting about learning support for my nephew. Werid dynamics there. Sure, I’ll do CELFs on the kids at school, just get me the $1k assessment to do it with.


IT’s fun, and scary. Doing the things I’m good at, but praying to a nonexistent god that I’m gonna get it right.

Progress? Maybe?

First appointment with the disability employment peeps

The appointment this morning was stressful, but because of the whole having to meet a new person and trying to understand what was going to happen next.

I’m with a Disability Employment Services provider which means they can help me in more tangible ways than the regular Job Services Australia people could – especially since I was a “level 1” who was supposedly quite capable of doing it all myself.

So, I have a new contact there, we spent an hour going through my history and what made me flake out at my old jobs, and thinking about what sort of work I want to get into, both short term (this year) and longer term. I have to mull over whether SP is what I want to get back into or not, and related fields that might suit me better now and in the future. I totally know that I still want to work in some sort of disability related field, but what and with who is not certain. I said flat out no to hospitality, though :p If i was stress, I wanna get paid well for it!!

I no longer have to make 10 contacts a fortnight about potential jobs, nor do I have to take that list into Centrelink at their whim. I still have to go to Centrelink now and then to prove that I’m alive or something, and tick the boxes online. They put me as capable of 15 hours work a week for now.

Oh and I also get pharmaceutical allowance and a pension card with my Newstart. Rich, baby!

No front desk just a video phone to call them to let them know your here
No front desk just a video phone to call them to let them know your here. There were three seats, so it is also the waiting room area…

Yeah, the entrance to the office was weird, impersonal, and totally crap for people with phone phobias! Fortunately that wasn’t me, but it did add to my already heightened level of anxiety and confusion when I wasn’t able to immediately be reassured that I was in the right place at the right time and I wasn’t just imagining things.

So, I think I’ve FINALLY calmed down from it, let’s see how this all goes – I go back on the 30th.

On Phone Interviews

Hell Hole Wine
Hell Hole??

I had two job interviews by telephone yesterday, and just lined up a couple more for the coming weeks today.

The one I had first up went well, but I didn’t get the contract…. we’ll see about the other one.

Stasi Museum
Stasi Musem Phone East Germany

I both like and hate phone interviews. One thing is, they seem to expect better answers. You get chances to clarify, but then they don’t get to see whether you’re shaking in your boots or not.

Awesomely modern phone
Old Parliament House Phone, Canberra

Have you ever done a phone interview for a job? What was better and what was worse than F2F?