Hiya! It’s all good, I haven’t bailed on you, it’s just been a super-busy three weeks with work and minimal free time. Usually work is a walk in the park, with a fair bit of time to do my own thing, but I’ve been training new staff, which means I can’t really play in Photoshop and do my own stuff at work.
The Hello World record by Scandal arrived in the mail two weeks ago, along with a poster. Yay! I’m not sure how many copies were done on vinyl, but everywhere I looked online had minimal stock from the start, so I’m guess a number like 100, 250, 500 or 1000… Thoughts? It’s errr… okay. Still growing on me. I loved how Baby Action and Temptation Box had me instantly hooked, where with this, I’d heard some singles before it came out so I kinda knew what to expect. My favourite song though is Love In Action. It should have been the first song on the album. I find most of the newer Scandal singles to be “filler” and the B-sides to be the catchy/fun/excellent songs. But yeah.
Mum and Dad came up to The Coast for a few weeks. They went home yesterday. I made them a Chicken Katsu Curry one night. They loved it so much, they didn’t offer me the leftovers, opting to eat it for lunch the next day. But one thing they offered was financial advice. Again. It’s always “Hi, how are you? are you saving? You should be saving heaps, like $300/week!” and “Bills? You shouldn’t have many bills” – not knowing that I have phone, internet, water, electricity, car insurance, health insurance, life insurance and other regulars like food, drinks (non alcohol), petrol, car registration etc…
Then they deposited some money into my bank. It’s in a savings account now, one where I have to go into the branch to make a withdrawal. So yeah. Money!
Speaking of money, my old housemate won me a few dollars on the horses. Score!
Speaking more of money, everything is falling apart on me lately and money needs to be spent. Money I don’t want to spend, but will have to. Things like my TV, which in the past week has decided to grow two horizontal lines of black pixels. Not sure how much longer it’ll last. My work slacks, which are quite baggy, yet split when I sat down in the car on Wednesday. My work shoes now have a sole that’s coming off the side. My car is making horrible noises when turning and the front tyres are almost bald after only 14,000km. Noooo!
I may have to skip that trip to Singapore later this year to see Scandal play live again. As much as I want to go, I’m gonna have to replace the above things in the near future and they’re more important that a concert. I know, I know, it’s Scandal! I should go no matter what. But if I can hold out a little longer, I could probably see them again in Japan.
Well, that’s enough of Scandal, work and money. What else is there to talk about? Let’s go back to work for a sec because this is so good. We had our Christmas party last weekend. And guess who got Employee of the Year? Yay me! I was the recipient of two FREE nights on the Gold Coast, with full buffet breakfast, dinner for two at a winery on the Gold Coast and a bottle of champagne. The plan is/was to go to Goldie for the two nights before flying out of Coolangatta to go to Japan or Singapore, but as I said before, it’s probably best I get a new TV happening first. And somebody to take to the hotel.