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02 January 2016 @ 01:00 am
Moving forward.  
At the end of every year I'm amazed at how quickly the year has gone; this year was the quickest of them all, having passed in a blur. I think it's due to my job, and how busy we were in 2015, with almost constant (read: four nights a week and at least a couple of hours on the weekend) overtime. The extra cash in my pay packet came in handy and I missed it when it wasn't available, but I don't want to work that hard again this year.

I have a trip to New Zealand coming up in March to attend my son's wedding, followed by a week of touring around, seeing some of the bits I missed on my last trip. I am so looking forward to this, both the wedding and the break from work. Looking back, my last holidays were two weeks in late June / early July, and they are the only holidays I've taken since November 2013. And my last sick day was October 2014. I am totally ready for a good break from work.

I watched more TV in 2015 than I've done for years. Poldark, Vera, and most Saturday evenings I've watched New Tricks or Father Brown. And of course Utopia season two, the only show where I can feel my blood pressure rising *g*. Also subscribed to Netflix during the year and have had a lot of fun with that. Hopefully in 2016 I can spend more downtime just relaxing, watching TV or net surfing.

Speaking of Utopia - classic scene from S1, where Nat is conducting a performance review - anyone who works for any sort of corporation is familiar with the corporate-speak that Damien spouts.

Current Mood: busybusy
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on January 1st, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
I hope you post wedding pictures. I love wedding pictures!
miwahnimiwahni on January 2nd, 2016 02:21 pm (UTC)
I shall - love a good wedding myself.
mrua7mrua7 on January 1st, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
Loved Father Brown stories, but sadly the series isn't available here.

Wow, you're going to New Zealand...that's a trip I'd love to go on, well to Australia too.

If you're going to be anywhere near Wellington, you should meet up with Laurose8.

Here's a toast to an easier year to you my friend, and much pleasantness and prosperity in your life...and work being easier!
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on January 2nd, 2016 02:23 pm (UTC)
New Zealand is so beautiful... we often joke that it's really the eight Australian state, but in reality I'd hate for that to happen. We'd mine the crap out of the place and clear-fell the forests, totally ruining it in the process.
On this trip we won't be any further south than Lake Taupo I'm afraid.
byslantedlight: BD amused (NorfolkDumpling)byslantedlight on January 1st, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
Had a look at Utopia, which I've not heard of - I think it'd push up my blood pressure too, and I don't work for a corporation! Looks good, if you can stand it... *g* Ack for your huge lack of holidays too - extra money's nice, but downtime is also good, so here's wishing you as much as you would like (at the same time as still having a job that you enjoy!) for 2016, for lots of telly and relaxation - and travel! New Zealand - brilliant!
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on January 2nd, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your wishes, it's exactly what I'm hoping for myself.
Utopia is brilliant satire with an edge of reality to it that's quite scary. Set in the office of the national infrastructure dept of the government, and you see the government interference at every step of the way.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] WORKdraycevixen on January 1st, 2016 05:35 pm (UTC)
Your travel plans sound wonderful and long overdue. :D

I've never heard of Utopia before but after watching that clip I know I couldn't watch it. I spent enough time working for corporate America that it's a documentary to me.
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on January 2nd, 2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
If you've worked in any sort of large organisation you can relate to Utopia but after a day of dealing with people like that you don't want to come home and watch it on the telly. I found it strangely addictive though, in a kind of look-they-have-it-worse-than-me kind of way.