Back in the air

Under Sydney Harbour Bridge here. This week I got back on a plane and did a quick three day, three city tour. 

My current job, unlike my usual one, doesn’t involve a lot of travel, so it was just under two months since I had been on a plane…and may be another two months (or more!) before I get on another.

I had to give presentations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane about the application process for our new program. Two identical presentations in each city. Six identical presentations in three days. I was glad we had questions as it was the only time I got to make a joke.

There was lots of work in between presentations and I reverted back to my mobile office set up. Fizzy caffeinated beverages weren’t optimal.

We flew to Sydney and back Tuesday, then to Brisbane first thing Wednesday. From Brisbane we went directly to Melbourne where we got stuck in traffic at 9.30pm and didn’t make it to the hotel until after 10.30pm. I was very tired.

But it all went well – no major dramas, no questions too difficult, no people too belligerent. It was nice to get home again though.

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A year in the life 2016 #353: empty!

Massive achievement! Of course, that wasn’t really it, but I got to go home with an empty in-tray at least. A bit od a psychological boost before the final official work day for the year.

A year in the life 2016 #352: Christmas brunch

Work James and I still managed our Christmas celebration – breakfast with mimosas – before another long gruelling day in the office.

A year in the life 2016 #350: a lot of work

This was about a third of the work I had to get through prior to Christmas – not including emails and meetings. Feeling exhausted in advance.

A year in the life 2016 #332: Red Ribbon cake

Who can resist cupcakes? Especially when they are to raise funding for HIV and AIDS related charities. As usual, the Department had an acknowledgement of Red Ribbon Day. I also got a red ribbon myself.

A year in the life 2016 #330: the year of the rooster, upcoming

First thing back in the office was a discussion with Japanese officials. It was primarily someone I had met when I was in Tokyo earlier in the year, so we had a great chat. They left me with a lovely gift – a year of the rooster calendar.

A year in the life 2016 #326: an office away from my office

Because there was definitely too much going on for me to have the day off work, I went back to the Adelaide office where I spent January and February to utilise their office facilities. I gotthe office with the view today too. It was slightly weird to be looking at that view again and see the folk in the Adelaide office.