Welcome Back

It has been 137 days since my last blog post here, and seeing as I am paying for the hosting I thought I better use it. 

Ultimately, there’s no excuse for my laziness in not posting, however I have been very busy and at some stage not long ago all that pressure did get too much, at least briefly. This week I see a psychiatrist, and I also graduate from my degree. I’m still studying my bachelors degree though, and I’m looking ahead to what comes next, perhaps a Grad Dip. 

Of course the biggest change from 137 days ago is that I’m now married. To me, nothing has changed, it’s just another piece of paper signifying a new relationship level, but the day was quite a fun one and when I get hold of photos I’ll be sure to share them. 

As a footnote, I’ve got two new sites now. Wunala.com is what I will use as my main family site, although how I use it hasn’t been decided yet; while nattoboy.com stems from my love of the sticky fermented soybeans from Japan, and will be a food blog. 

Forgetfulness

I’ve missed roughly a days worth of Epilim and honestly, want to be done with it and continue not taking it. That said, I also like driving and I can’t without taking it, so am back on the drugs, but I hate having to take it every day, it’s so much work.

My Website Vision

For a while now I’ve had a website vision, which isn’t anywhere near to coming together, but I wanted to share for you what I envision for myself and family. Essentially, using a subdomain I want to manage a website for the family. This would be something like sam.heathfield.com for my blog and szesze.heathfield.com for Sze Sze’s blog or even penny.heathfield.com if Penny was interested. This sort of structure would focus each area a little more, with perhaps www.heathfield.com being a mixture of everything, as it seems to be now between myself and Penny.

Unfortunately, heathfield.com is already taken, by a domain squatter no less, so I’d imagine buying that would cost a fair bit and probably wouldn’t be a good use of money, there’s also the issue that Heathfield isn’t the only name my family goes by. Dad and Sze Sze are Rowlinson’s, and incorporating them into the family domain would be vital I think.

The solution would be to merge the names together in some way, and I think the best way would be a domain I’ll never own, “Heathrow” – combining Heathfield and Rowlinson. So I have to come up with an alternative, and I’m even considering Heathrow still but not a dot com. There are org’s for organisations, that’s not us, com.au’s for Australian dot com’s, that’s sort of us, but it’s not as classy.

Retro Roo to Longreach

Today I took a charity flight to somewhere I visit quite often, Longreach. This flight was booked back in early September for the princely sum of $737.80 (B737-800 reference to those in the know), but as the proceeds of the flight were going to the Western Queensland Drought Appeal, it was certainly not too lavish.

For me to make the flight, I started my day on the Gold Coast at 02:30, driving to Brisbane Airport to catch the first Qantas flight down to Sydney at 05:00. The early start only started to catch up with me halfway home to Sydney, and on my final flight of the day.

To say I enjoyed the day would be an understatement. Even though I’ve been to Longreach many times before, going with friends was a whole new experience, and I enjoyed pointing out various things that I’ve picked up over the years. Of course, it was also good to see everyone at the museum I see every year, who wondered why I was back!

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The festivities started in the Sydney Business lounge with a few speeches, Bloody Mary’s and a truly awesome performance by Leo Sayer. There was encouragement to dress up in 70’s style… however I decided to play it safe and just go smart casual, as a lot of the other flyers did. Though that’s not to say some didn’t get into it, and of course the flight and cabin crew all dressed up!

Leo Sayer, Catriona Rowntree & Flight Crew

Cabin Crew

Flight Crew in the Catalina

The flight crew certainly enjoyed themselves in Longreach, though my favourite part of the day was during the auction on the flight back to Sydney. Several items were offered, with crew spread evenly down the aisle to spot buyers and relaying the message to the front. The last item was an original acrylic on canvas of the Retro Roo, painted by Kate Fraser, an FO for Qantas. It was valued quite high but bidding was off to a slow start when out of nowhere came a PA from the flight deck for a higher bid. No one was expecting that but it seemed to breathe a little new life into the bids, though they ultimately bid higher yet again to win the painting in the end.

Qantas Retro Roo inflight Auction

The menu for the day wasn’t bad either. I especially enjoyed the Cosmopolitans as a pre-departure drink from Longreach.

Qantas Retro Roo Menu

No trip would be complete of course, without a goodie bag. All passengers were given a retro-inspired satchel with a retro-luggage tag, QFM lanyard, retro-hat and shirt.

Goodies

Lastly, but certainly not least, keep an eye out for me in the Channel 9 series “ready for takeoff” on Friday nights, as I signed a release and was on camera!

Session 2-2015 Passed

I’ve been checking for results daily since the end of the session, and while I will have my official results this Saturday, I now know that the last two units I took were both passed. Unfortunately, only a Pass in each of them, not a higher grade like I was hoping, but I’m now well on my way to finishing my Associates Degree in Session 3 and have started my Bachelors Degree with a Pass.

My Associate Degree GPA will be 4.83, another slip from the highs that it was previously. I attribute this primarily to the way units have been taught to me, moving forward the GC campus has lost on-campus classes and even good teachers (since I started in 2014), and I thrive when I’m engaged well in class, not when I’m learning via distance!

My Bachelors Degree GPA will be 4.

EDU10011: Two Credits

Late last week I received another grade for the unit EDU10011, receiving my second Credit and putting me in good stead for the last assessment due in a few weeks. By my rather bad math, I would only have to score 35%, well below a pass, and in fact a very bad fail.

Obviously, this is not something I am aiming for, but it gives me an idea of where I am positioned and what I need to do to keep my final mark high.

Pebble Time Steel

Another successful purchase from Kickstarter arrived the other day. I finally received my Pebble Time Steel, with Dee-Anne having received her Pebble Time a couple months earlier. Watching her use a new watch while I have been unable to has been unbearable, but I can finally get in on the action now. With a colour display, 10-day battery life and revised user interface, there’s certainly a lot to love and get used to.

Wrapped up Ready to open

The first thing I noticed was it has a good weight on my wrist. Thanks to an all-metal design and presumably glass on the top, compared to an all-plastic design previously. I also have a leather strap on the watch currently, but there’s a link bracelet in the mail, just waiting on it.

Weatherland day Weatherland night

I love the new interface, it’s very intuitive and looks great in colour.

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It has the same button placements as the first generation, but they are of course more solid feeling, like the rest of the watch. There’s also a mic hole that can be used on Android but unfortunately not yet with iOS. It’s also cool to see my “Champion” status on the back of the watch when I take it off. I have this instead of simply “Kickstarter Backer” because I also backed the first watch.

CHAMPION

Of course, the possibilities of watch face are endless.

Tick Tock

Blood: All Clear

Last week I had another blood test, and today I met my haematologist to get the results. My blood work, I’m happy to report, is completely normal. Everything is in the expected ranges, with the exception of ANA being a little out. 

I have another test due in 6 months to check things are still normal, but it would appear the scare of the initia blood tests at the start of the year was just that, nothing else.