Little things of the last week13 September , 2014
It seems that Polka, she of many rows of teeth, has found something worth chewing to alleviate her teething itchiness.
Succulents have had to be moved to higher ground for their own safety…jaws frequents the shallow waters. To-do…to-ro…to-do-to-ro…(jaws sound track).
This is one of my secret place colleagues. As you may be able to tell, he is freakily double jointed!
This move is how he’s constantly stretching behind his desk during the day…the first time I saw it I almost fell off my chair!
On the upside, I bet he can reach that hard to reach spot on his back that no one else can reach for themselves, hey?
Nicola and best friend/worst enemy L. Just love this little saunter they did down to the school gate.
We had to pop into Builders Warehouse for a light bulb. Landlord has a “gift” for selecting non standard light fittings, so when a bulb goes it always turns into an adventure finding a replacement.
Of course there is no way we could leave before Nicola tried out EVERY chair, couch or lounger in the whole place…hahaha…it took a while, but it was fun to watch.
Secret place is launching secret wear. We all got to attend a fashion show on Friday, of wrinkled clothes on models who not even slightly resemble anyone working in the building.
The clothes are really nice though. Since it’s not compulsory (yet), I sort of derailed HR lady’s Q&A session by asking if I could buy what I wanted in colours other than the corporate colours they showed us.
Apparently yes! 🙂 She said it would be for my own account. I asked if you buy the corporate colours, isn’t it for your own account too? Also yes…haha. Then I guess I buy what I want anyway. 😉
It’s been an interesting week HR-wise…
The end result of one of these little interactions is that I’m probably going to go completely quite end November, beginning December. I’m going to be studying INTENSELY! So if you don’t hear from me then, it’s probably going pretty well.
Another thing happening at secret place is that we’ve got a couple of temporary transfers in from group. One from somewhere German speaking for three years, and two very English ones with cute accents for three months.
I am now giving Afrikaans lessons. The long term guy mentioned that he wanted to learn, and I sort of ran with it. We do a word or a phrase a day and it’s become a bit of a department initiative…I have a long list of suggestions on what to teach him next.
He’s picking it up REALLY fast, and the hard sounds people usually battle to pick up is no problem for him at all. One of the team insisted on teaching him something rude. I’ve been keeping it clean because I do actually want him to learn it while he’s here.
So just imagine what happened when he pipes up in a meeting this week telling someone, “Ek gaan jou bliksem!” Hahaha! We told him, not appropriate for the office, but one of the powers that be assured him that it’s one of her favourite words and she uses it often.
Nicola has asked me to wear earrings, so I’ve worn a different pair every day this week. This was Friday. Super bendy colleague at the top of this post calls them chandel-ears!
My ears are not enjoying this experience, I tell you! I stopped wearing earrings when little hands tried to yank them out. To be honest, it’s not like I wore them daily even before that. My piercings were not all the way open on Monday, no big deal. I just pushed the earrings through anyway…I have done it before, never a problem. In fact I once added another piercing in more or less the same way. However they are properly sensitive now. Usually it’s a once off thing, and then weeks of rest again in between. Now, it’s every day.
I’m kind of in two minds if I should keep it up till they heal completely or just at least stop for the weekend so that I can stop pulling and rubbing at them.
First swim of the season!
The water is still a little bit “fresh”.I think we’re about 2 or 3 degrees away from great, but this is a really good start. 🙂