My desk is an absolute state at the moment, I honestly don't know how I let it get this far, but I do, and sometime soon I'll need to clean it up - but currently, I'm in the stage of "I-can't-be-bothered-ness" hehe. You'd be surprised how much of a mess a desktop and all it's essentials, a laptop, study material, pens, necessary desk essentials and Pippa creates, alas, I don't believe it'll clean itself up by itself!
I've got to be leaving for work again in about an hour/hour and a half, meant to be doing my assessments that I've suddenly gotten the enthusiasm to do, but Office is being a little unfriendly as of late. I thought I'd fixed the problem, that originally began with my email server - it reckoned there was an "error" of sorts, that it wanted to repair, but never did. Then suddenly it was fixed and working fine, in time for me to send out an email. Then today, I log back on, reading the reply, scrolling, scrolling "error". Darn. It took me a decent amount of time to read said email, because I had to just keep going in and out of the system, quickly scrolling down to the next section and reading it before it locked up again.
Then, without thinking the problem would be contagious, I opened up Word, and that too has the same problem. So, I quit, I can't spend all my time trying to fix the problem - whatever it is, so here I am, and I'll just be doing more of my assessment tonight - just the thing I want to be doing on a weekend, when I'm getting up early the next day! Gah.
These days I'm so jolly tired, and lacking all motivation to get things done, unless it's work, and after this morning, I definitely am losing my patience with those calves! It sort of gets to this stage once you're well over the 100 heifer replacement mark, and the weather starts getting crappy and the calves aren't looking the best because of it - they'll come right, they've just got to get used to it I guess and they should be grateful it's only rain and not snow! I think we've easily had over 200 calves come through our sheds, we've got almost 130 replacements, and by Tuesday about 90 bulls would've made their way to the sales over a stretch of just three weeks. It's definitely fast this year, much faster than normal and the sheds are beginning to struggle a bit, as they always do once they've had this many animals go through them. Tomorrow I'm needed to milk in the morning instead, is it bad that I'm feeling a little too relieved about that? I love my calves, I really do, they just test my patience some days, especially when the colostrum is getting sour.
Speaking of rain, I possibly mentioned here recently that we were getting low on water, well, we no longer are. Because, low and behold, Metservice were actually right about something - makes a nice change! And we had cats and dogs falling from the sky almost all afternoon and night one day this week just gone - no idea what day it was, only that it was as heavy as heck and sleeping upstairs is excessively noisy in that situation - thank goodness there was no wind. Not quite sure how much we had, probably a good 50 - 60mm which has made the difference, cleaned our outside calves off and turned all the paddocks into a big, slushy mess. Hey, can't have it the best of both worlds can you?
It really is crazy, after the sudden downturn of the Fonterra payout we are inundated with work, it's just mental - which is a good thing, but I'm just like omgosh, seriously? Another fully booked weekend for milkings? It's not surprising though, and I do feel for all of the dairy farmers after yesterdays' announcement of less than $4 per kilo of milksolids...(most people were budgeting no less than $5, so it's really serious). Most farmers are dropping their staff and hiring us instead - great for us, except now we're being over booked for relief milkings! So, thankfully we've pretty much found two new people to join our team - a girl a little older than me, and a woman in her 60's - Dad's just got to do a test milking with them this week, to prove they're capable, then they're straight into it from next weekend - phew.
It is a little scary that another recession might be in the very near future, but you've just got to keep on keeping on, no reason to sit around and wait for it to come aye?
Sometime last week I had a good skype conversation with a friend, Xj. I must admit, although I don't enjoy talking to people over skype, it was good to talk to her face to face, since I haven't seen her since she was up this way in December. A whole two hours later, the call was ended. Although some of that time was me arguing with Pippa and being shredded to pieces, anyone want a cat? It's like she just activates a part in her brain, that sends her absolutely wild - especially at night. Last night, after getting home and getting to be a little later than I'd like (get to that in a minute) she went psycho as per the norm at that time of the night, and being so frustrated I literally shut her out of my room, not quite slamming the door after her - so Mum had to deal with her instead (hehe). She's just absolutely mental, quite seriously.
Last night we were meant to go ten pin bowling with the Young farmers, then dinner at one of our "places" who had a live band on at the time, we left late and the weather wasn't great so we cancelled the ten pin and just went to a place somewhat closer, a Bridgehouse of sorts that I've decided I don't particularly like and I mostly regretted going the entire night.
We like to do something like ten pin every so often, cos it's just a bit of a release of the normalities of life, and it's relatively cheap too, add in a bit of competition, it's fun. But we went to this Bridgehouse that was packed with people, it too was having a live band going, and had some pool tables too. The meals were far too expensive for what they were, and you can't even hear yourself think for the noise inside. It wasn't horrible, I just didn't want to be there and I admit to falling asleep at the table - oops!
The band wasn't too bad, in my opinion, but the guys who went figured pool was better so out the back we went for them to do that while I just got to watch - it's really great when you get to the end of the night and THEN they offer you a game - like. I dunno. Not the best time I've had, probably too tired to care and we go out far too often it seems to enjoy it anymore - sort of gotten to the stage where I'm around these people too much and I want to see someone else for a change? *yawns*
Now, I want to quickly add that I want your opinions. This, I believe, is post number 97. I'm wanting to write something, different for my 100th post on here - but alas I've no clue whatsoever on what to say for it. What do you lot reckon, any ideas?