Analysis challenge: day 3

First day at work, challenging getting out of bed, and  a bit anxious about my work year.  With  all the goals and expectations I got PhD-wise, I just don’t think that I have the mental clarity to perform well at work.  However, i have to because my little job is keeping a roof over our heads, mum”s head, maria’s head, plus supporting my PhD.

In the evening I had what i hope was the last of our social gatherings for awhile.  Got a good friend from Dubai visiting and after much wine, we went to bed at around 2am.  This morning woke up with a hangover, and had to stay home.  No good, first week at work and I already had a sickie! I guess my body needed a break and my mind some clarity, after so much partying.  I got a physio appt for my back, plus bought boy 2 schools things, and two new stools for my kitchen.  I have been wanting simple white stools for a while, so glad that I got them on special.

As for uni work, i have started to watch Nvivo video to remind me of the coding process.  Again, this will take a while.  Transcript work today. Happy days.



Analysis challenge: day 2

I finished one more transcript. Happy with that. Tomorrow first day back at work. I had hoped that by now transcripts and nvivo input  had been completed, but the silly season got the better of me. Here I am still 4 transcripts to do. Hopefully by end of weekend they will be done. Tomorrow I am starting the longest interview.

It seems that the 10 plagues have visited us: food truck stolen, car damaged, mortgage payment up and today the invasion of the flies, the house was full of larvea. It happens with the heat and humidity, plus fly eggs. Nasty smel, only good thing is that we had to clean up the whole house. Hard going with hubby, but we managed. God protect me with in my first day at work.

Analysis challenge: day 1

Getting back to the routine of family, work, study and fun. Today I spent it in Toowoomba with mum and boys, just got home this evening and have started to think of my new year’s resolutions. Last night had the latest party of the holiday silly season. I had fun. Thank you Lord for giving me and my family such a great time. Now time to work and grow. Life is short, and then you get dementia.

Some of my new year’s resolutions:

PhD – more resolutions to come later

  1. Complete transcripts
  2. Do analysis
  3. Write paper
  4. Design survey questionnaire
  5. Set up online survey
  6. Prepare distribution list for survey
  7. Write article inviting to participate in survey
  8. Distribute survey
  9. Follow up survey
  10. Get 200 responses!!


Holiday break: days 5-7

Happy New Year! This is my first entry of the year. What do I want from my challenges? I want to finish transcripts, write report, write first journal paper, prepare for surveys and get 200+ responses. No much to ask, eh? All done in 365 days. I can do it. No doubt, I have the capacity. Do I have the drive? That is the question.

Right now, I feel fat, bloated, exhausted of too much partying. Had Cuchubal party, pequeña comunidad, bowling with kids, small gatherings. Life has been great over the past two weeks, so good I m feeling ‘ansiosa’, is this the end? I then have to go back to  he crude reality: food truck stolen, boy 1 behaviour issues, boy 2 learning issues, husband health issues, mum dementia issues and me uni-procrastination issues, big issues. 

Today last day of break, 15 transcripts done. 6 more to go, plus 2 interviews, meaning I can start analysis now. Next challenge analysis challenge, I think I will enjoy it.  But first, we’ll have one last party today with compadres to finish this really silly season. 

Yesterday was last day 2017, as the tradition we went to mass, had an argument, then went to south bank fireworks. Lovely day. So glad we are still together, with all our family issues, but together nonetheless. 2017 was a good year, got confirmed, got ethics clearance, did interviews and most of the transcripts, no bad for a part-timer. Besides got a permanent $100k job, and lots of responsibilities at work. Had boys confirmed, dealt with mums dementia and got dads visa. In general love my life, I just wish $100k will come my way, so I could stop work and concentrate on PhD for a year or so. That’s to wishing. 

What’s for 2018? Well I m hopefull: dad should be here in Feb or March, mum will manage her dementia. I’ll work on analysis and survey. Hopefully get a deck. A family holiday maybe. Lots of love for mum. Boys need to do more exercise. Me less tv. Hubby loose weight. Hard going, so many expectations, but above all be happy and united. 2018? Bring it on!

Break: day 2 & 3

Yesterday had belated Xmas breakfast with Comadre plus Xmas party with church group. More good food and catch up with friends.  We are blessed with having such a variety of friends. The church group is made up of family with young kids and our boys always have fun in our gatherings.

Our food truck still is dissapeared, with no chance of ever finding it. Hubby seems to be too depressed to even look for it. No insurance!!

We are taking mum back to her city. I am actually glad she is going to be in her house soon.  She gets too stressed and her anxiety really gets bad. Peace.  Her anxiety is contagious and pretty soon we are all walking on shells. 

Today has been a lazy day, with some washing up and moving furniture.  Starting to plan the next year. 

Xmas break – day 1

I am giving myself a week off to enjoy Xmas break guilt free.  Yesterday we had Noche Buena celebration with kids, extended family and friends. I thought last year was the best, but I can honestly say: this was the best Xmas so far. My cooking was amazing, good wine, desserts, etc. Didn’t fight with hubby about setting up, he without knowing set up downstairs as I was busy setting up downstairs. One of our friends couldn’t do stairs so had to have party in the lower floors anyway. It was good to be with mum, I think dementia may take hold of her this year, so it was good that she got to celebrate with her grandkids again.  Kids love their presents. Boy 1 gave me a boy and boy 2 a dancing game. My children really know me: reading and dancing!! 

Only terrible thing is that our food trolley got stolen. Who steals on Xmas day? Funny that I wanted to get rid off it, but no this way. No insurance. More than $25,000 gone, just like that. Painful. 

Anyway, Merry Xmas. May baby Jesus bring love, health and prosperity.

Transcript challenge: last chance 

So many great parties and get together as, Xmas shopping, food and drink over the last few days. I can’t believe it has been a week of my two weeks holidays and I haven’t finished one more blood transcrip, no one. I’ve had fun for sure, life has been good and there are still a few more party days to go. I also had a great interview on Tuesday, a good chat with supervisor and almost 75% of one transcript, progress of sorts. 

Main challenge is managing all the family commitments: still working  on mums mortgage application, had to go to her town to pick her up, play dates for kids, Santa stuff with them, and now in hospital with buddy. I was not expecting to be stuck in the hospital today, but it was my choice to be with him. He is his usual self when stressed: all drama queen. 

Tomorrow is eve of Xmas Eve! More parties!! 

Transcript challenge: day 29

Tomorrow is the last day of this challenge and boy did I miss the mark?! I am still to do almost half of my transcripts!! How am I going to do with all the Xmas parties? I am hosting or going to a party almost everyday for the next two weeks!!  Well is part of the family tradition to make a big deal this time of the year and we all just love it! What’s the point of finishing transcripts if no Xmas?  

Today is my last day at work for the year, got the Xmas party and desk clean up. It has been a great year, I am very grateful to God and my colleagues for a fantasy time. It went fast because I was having fun, I just hope it continues this way. Also, thank God because I got a permanent position. God is great, I am a believer despite my at times disdain for the church?

I may have a few days of transcripts and a few break days.