As we approach the end of the semester…

Just arrived home from the soft launch of WSILISGRADS/Student meeting. It was nice to be able to put some faces to names and have a bit of a chat. Thank you Miss Bonnie ~ congratulations on a job well done!

Considering that many of us are nearing the end of our TAFE studies, when I saw this little cartoon on Facebook, I couldn’t help myself, I just had to post it. I felt it was most appropriate for our group…

Exam BrainDon’t know about anyone else, but I can definitely relate to this! Good luck everyone, hope that we all do stunningly well with our exams next week.

Better get back to that cataloguing homework, *sigh*

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Awful days to come…

Hawkesbury Rd, Springwood 3pm

Hawkesbury Rd, Springwood, view towards Winmalee, 3pm October 17, 2013.

This was the sight that greeted me as I waited in bumper-to-bumper traffic yesterday afternoon trying to get to the local hospital, where my daughter and three of her fellow student nurses were waiting for me to evacuate them. Normally this trip would take me around 20 minutes, but with everyone trying to get home in an attempt to save their homes, or at least to gather some irreplaceable treasures before their houses were destroyed, it took me an agonising hour and a half.

At this juncture I was only two car lengths from my turn-off, but we just weren’t moving an inch. It was so frustrating when a gap opened in the traffic to watch someone sneak in to join the queue from the side road that I needed to get to, thus preventing the queue from making any forward progress. To make matters worse, I started getting text messages from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service stating: “EMERGENCY BUSH FIRE WARNING – Fire Winmalee area – Immediate danger. Shelter as fire arrives.” What to do? So close to my goal, yet so far away, I took the only option I could – sit in the traffic and wait. There was no way I was turning around without having collected my daughter and her fellow students. My daughter is petrified of bushfires, having lived with this looming threat for the entirety of her life. I’m not that fond of them myself, but I couldn’t bring myself to turn around and leave without them.

Thankfully, within another 25 minutes I was able to take my left-hand turn and zip through the back streets to the hospital. As I pulled into the hospital’s carpark, all four girls were shepherded out to my car by their supervisor. As their supervisor was telling me that two houses had just been lost, yet another emergency text came through on our phones; we couldn’t get out of there quick enough for my liking.

Sadly today, with only 30% of the fireground assessed, 81 houses are confirmed lost, with a further 37 damaged. As I type, “More than 280 firefighters continue to work on containing The Linksview Road Fire in Springwood which has now burnt more than 2,100 hectares of bushland.  This fire is now listed at Watch and Act. The number of properties damaged or destroyed will rise.”  http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/dsp_content.cfm?cat_id=684 

I can’t believe that as I got ready to leave home yesterday afternoon, I actually thought of hanging out a load of washing first. Thank God I didn’t…

Awful days to come, I think.

 

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A few words of advice…courtesy of Cadbury.

I found this gem on Twitter (),

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and couldn’t resist sharing it for the benefit of my fellow students who are currently working on their Assessment Event 3 for the unit “Develop & Apply Knowledge of Information & Cultural Services”.

Damn! Now I’ll have to re-do my resume…

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Mondegreens, Eggcorns, Malapropisms And Spoonerisms

Most of us are familiar with the term “Spoonerism”, but I wonder how many of us have ever even heard of the terms “Mondegreens” or “Eggcorns”? Courtesy of Colin M. Drysdale, to discover their meanings and other fascinating knowledge, read on and be enlightened…

Mondegreens, Eggcorns, Malapropisms And Spoonerisms.

My own personal spoonerism is from when my children were little (I was very much sleep-deprived at the time, so I do have a valid excuse). I was attempting to tell them they were “wickedly evil” children, but it came out as “ickedly weevil”, eliciting great guffaws from my little “darlings”. I still can’t live it down; to this day, it’s a bit of a catch-phrase in our home!

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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ― Really? Because I’m having some doubts, George Eliot!

OK people, I hope you’re strapped in, because I’m about to rant. When I put this quote in the top right-hand corner of my blog, I did so because I was feeling optimistic. I had embarked on gaining my very first tertiary qualification since leaving school at the ripe old age of fifteen and a half years of age to work full time for the next ten years, prior to starting my family. It was going to improve my chances of re-entering the workforce after devoting the last 22 years of my life to caring for my family.

To be completely honest, I’m starting to wonder if I should have bothered. I know I can do almost anything that I put my mind to. Whether it be whipping up a cockatoo, a fish and a frog costume for the Year 1 Christmas play, or teaching myself how to calculate and collect 6 months’ worth of secondment expenses (without the benefit of any guidance or written instructions), for all Commonwealth Bank staff appointed to work in Papua New Guinea, I can do it. I just don’t have any pieces of paper that SAY I can do it and therein lies the problem.

Matty cockatoo Matty fishMatty frog

I started out in the first semester all starry-eyed; thinking that if I applied myself, I could do really well, get good marks yada, yada, yada… Well I did, and I did. Not that you’d know it from any official bit of paper from my tertiary institution. I’m “Competent” in all seven subjects that I undertook in that first semester. So is everyone else doing the course ~ whether we got as low as 51% or as high as 100%. No employer is going to know the difference though, are they? Barely competent, oustandingly competent, not that much difference is there? OK, accept it and move on…

I had also begun to accept the fact that some Masters-degree-carrying librarians would always look down on me as a lowly paraprofessional, and that my Certificate III qualification was only going to maybe get me in to an entry level position. No high remuneration package forthcoming (not that I really expected one) and possibly not even very interesting or challenging work either. Having enrolled in and paid for the course of my choice, I have now effectively eliminated myself from being able to apply for any traineeships, because you must not have any qualifications of a Certificate III level or above. Mind you, in some instances I couldn’t apply for them anyway because I had left school at the end of Year 10 and therefore didn’t meet the minimum requirements. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t! OK, accept it and move on…

We’ve been advised to join ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) as students, to improve our chances with any job application. “All things being equal, if you’re a financial member of ALIA, it shows you are committed to the profession; it may be what gets you the job over somebody else”. So that’s exactly what I attempted to do this morning. Guess what? You can only join ALIA if you’re a FULL-TIME student. OK, accept it and move on…

Um, actually, no, I’m not going to accept this one. I’m going to ring ALIA and ask about it…

…10 minutes later: Success! Turns out I am eligible to join, even though I’m only studying part-time. I’m not employed, so I can join ALIA with a student membership. Just as well; I was seriously considering throwing in the towel. The ALIA membership thing was just the straw that was going to break the camel’s back. Looks as if I still have room for one more piece of straw… and while I still have my doubts about George Eliot’s words of wisdom, I don’t feel quite so deflated!

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“RSS Feed” Follow-up

You may remember my post back in March about a great little zombie book I had read called “Feed” by Mira Grant. Well, she has recently released another novella entitled “How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea”, based in the same Newsflesh universe.

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Mira Grant’s latest novella

However, I’m not sure if it’s a good idea for me to read this one. It’s set in Australia and I can just imagine the cogs in my head spinning when next I visit family in rural New South Wales. I will be wanting those electric fences switched on, thanks!

I know most people (especially non-Australian residents) think of kangaroos as cute, fluffy creatures; trust me, they’re not. If you’ve EVER spent any time in rural Australia, you’ll know better. Not only are they a major road hazard, but you don’t want to get in one’s way out in the bush ~ they can be very intimidating. Despite being herbivores and not possessing huge, pointy, gnashy teeth, they will hurt you. I can’t even begin to envisage how truly terrifying a zombie kangaroo with carnivorous tendencies would be.

Hmm, come to think of it, I would want those electric fences to be 2 metres high, topped with barbed wire… oh, and they would need to be set several metres deep into the ground to deter any zombie wombats, not to mention the goannas… The mind just boggles!

Need I say more? Perhaps I should just let this one slide? I don’t really need to read Ms Grant’s latest offering, do I? Then again…

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Negative numbers: they aren’t real…

Love this YouTube clip from Day9 on “Math Education”. I hope that Library & Information Studies don’t follow a similar path, it would just do my head in!

Please don’t tell us we can’t do something this year & then, when we do the diploma next year, tell us that we really can!!

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