rdfreak: (Default)
Well since I last wrote, I've been of course working and getting to know my apple mak. It is so much fun, the mac I mean; work can really drag some days; not sure why some and not others; think it depends how tired I am.
I have been pretty good though over the past two days. It might even be fair to say I prefer the later shifts for the reason that I can sleep in a bit in the mornings; of course, I do like getting home early as well, so it's a win/lose situation. But next week I'm on the late shift, except for next thursday when I swapped with Suzie so I can get to the Austen hospital in time for my iron infusion.
Well, so far, I've mannaged to connect my mac to my wireless network, and I must say it is a lot easier than windows; in fact, a lot of things seem easier than windows. I am yet to get skype and adium; but I plan to do that sometime this weekend.
Last night I went to the parents for dinner and I brought the mac to show Dad. After a lovely dinner of chicken schnitzel, home-made potato chips, and cabbage mixed with bacon and onion, I learnt how to navigate Safari. Then I went home.
I shall go back to the parents for mother's day Sunday with my mac in toe. Good times; and it's the weekend after today; yeah! :)
Am glad I'm on the late shift next week; I will be off to the docs Monday morning to get my stupid ear unblocked; grrr!
Til Next time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
Well, tomorrow is the final day of the three-day week.
Yesterday seemed to drag a little more than today for some reason.
This Saturday, we shall be going up to get my Mackbook if they have my particular one in stock; can't wait!
Not much to report really from since I last wrote in here. A pretty quiet mood greeted me as I walked into work yesterday; think everyone had been wishing the same as me; that we could have gotten the five days off; ah well.
Heartly is still very active and happy, so at the moment, we're just taking it day by day; if she gets too bad, we'll obviously be doing something but until then, if she's happy, we're happy; it's sad; I am still deciding what to do; still wondering if I should get her those further tests; i almost think I might despite my reluctance before.
Til Next Time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
So today was so nice and relaxing. Nan left about 8 in time for church, but I was awake anyway; i got up when she left; had a bit of a RS game of uno as well as skype conferencing with them all; twas fun but very hard to get a word in with all those people. They were my newish internet friend Kelly as well as a whole heap of others I didn't know, but they all seemed nice.
Then I had a breakfast of four hot holemeal English muffins with heaps of butter; quite nice and attempting to be healthy hence the holemeal.
I then heard half a podcast on the android phone and the screen reader but fell asleep in the middle; ah well.
Got up about 12.45 and started to chop the vegetables; I cooked some spagheti sauce, and man it was nice as! am improving more each time. It gave me three containers which I put in the freezer and a bowl tonight for tea with some pasta and cheese of course.
I used )
Iso need to cook more again; had a break when I wasn't too well.
About to watch 60 minutes; well a bit of it anyway as I heard about a story that was going to be on about this virus that only allows one to remember things for a few minutes, or something; sounds bad.
Normal working day for me tomorrow but not the majority of other Victorians; but we get a free lunch.
til Next time, RdFreak

quiet spot

Feb. 24th, 2011 10:01 am
rdfreak: (Default)
It's a quiet spot at work ATM, so I thought I'd relate an accident that happened on the escorlators yesterday which I forgot to write about last night.
Joy wasn't hurt at all; she just got a fright.
I'd just taken her to toilet at the church and we went to the entrance of Melb central, and Joy went to her usual middle escrlator, but "they" had decided to have that one going down instead of up. So we discovered this when it was too late so we reversed but Joy must have got a fright as she felt it catch too close to her foot, and she half yelped; I was worried but she seemed OK.
When we got back up to the office, the ladies checked her out and she was fine. She actually started walking faster after it happened.
Anyway it's taught me a lesson; not to just assume the escorlator will always be going the same way. So I must let her follow me on.
In other news, I was on to Optus for about an hour yesterday, and after being transferred to about four people, I finally have my USB wireless dongle issue sorted out; will be getting a new SIM card tomorrow and then will be able to use it on the move again; yeah! :) Also, I will be going on a cheaper plan with TPG and moving my mobile across there; this will save some dosh.
Michael W is here sorting out my new server computer which will be dedicated to me and jaws.
Anyway that's about all I's think. :)
Til Next Time, RdFreak

Movin on up

Feb. 9th, 2011 02:15 pm
rdfreak: (Default)
News flash: I can't seem to use facebook. The mobile version is dodgy. Jaws seems to be pronouncing each link as "same page link" and when i click on them, it just takes me back to the mobile home page,weirdness; ah well.
But on to my subject; the lifts here are brilliant; they not only have the standard braille on the buttons, but they talk and announce each floor.
Like most lifts, they beep when they get to each floor, but I do wish they were louder especially on the ground floor. This building has 40 floors so there are quite a few banks of lifts. I get confused as to which ones are dinging; but I mannage alright.
We have to swipe our pass to get to the 18th floor (my floor) which makes it a bit weird too, and it doesn't beep when it's registered; it'd be nice if it did. ah well; we have it all, well kinda but we always need more. I just want as much access as the sighties, that's all. ah well.
*end of rant* .. for now. :)
Til Next time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
Where is my love of writing in my LJ going?
It's not that I don't love it, i jus don't have time these days; what with my work that I'm there 8.5 hours a day and at B's for the weekends etc. And when i do get home to blacky, I am zonked and will listen to Neighbours online that I've missed, eat dinner and crash.Occasionally I have been able to catch neighbours live on my new set-top box I bought a few weeks ago.
Also got a digital radio in Paky a few weeks ago. idea is to see if I can use it at work but haven't had a chance to ask M about it yet.
Everyone here is still lovely.
My technology is almost all there but there is one aspect which isn't quite working yet. i can use everything else, just not the pulse call cue thing; jaws goes a bit spaz when i switch between my remote desktop and that program.
So Michael W has been here prob about half a dozen times since my first and only entry (up til now) for the year.
George from VA has also been here to help me click on unlabeled buttons on the elearning thinggy. By next year, the outsourced company will be required to have it sorted.
Since it's the end of the FBT year, Maxxia have rewarded us with plenty of fun things like popcorn, games with fun prizes and today, a free lunch of a subway meal; they are good to us and I can't complain.
I am also no longer the newest kid on the block as of yesterday. Sophy seems shy, but that's how i was; now I'm not; lol
I am having to drink heaps more water than i use to to prevent headaches; it's weird; I get them so easy now.
I will write in here more often as I use too.
Til Next Time, RdFreak
P.S. I keep up to date with LJ friends page between calls, though this takes me a very long time since it's so busy.
My individual record so far is 501 calls in a day!
P.P.S My health is better in general since B insisted we visit this health food shop so I have better iron tablets, and they do seem stronger.
in saying all this, i think i have a minny cold; not one to hold me down at all, but just one to give me more sneezing fits than my usual annoying alergies, and now, a sore dripping nose.
P.P.P.S. I keep remembering things to add. It's was Miss joy's 3rd birthday yesterday. I will write an entry later about the adventure Joy and her mate had Sunday; not happy Jann!
rdfreak: (Default)
OK so this week will be my first full week at Maxxia and this is because there were public holidays contained in last week and the one before.
Friday was the first day I actually took calls on my own with Fran listening, and today I was completely on my own for most of the afternoon and will be this way from now on, except for when Michael W makes a few corrections to the jaws scripts in the program which give me the full access to it all in which case, Fran will prob just sit with me until I get them right. For now I have to just settle with putting callers through to a couple of numbers without asking them for their car registration numbers.
I went on some new iron tablets mid-way through last week and man they have made a difference; I think that combined with actually working as oppose to just listening all day.
Friday morning Donna (from GDV) came out to give me some O& M to a few chosen food places at Melb central so am feeling very confident about it now.
And I stayed over at B's on the weekend as I did for New year's. We went out for Chinese then went back home and just basically waited up for the new year then went to bed.
Happy new year btw.
I am still trying to get to bed early each work night so I can be assured of as much sleep as possible.
Michael W is still working on perfecting jaws so I can actually use my computer to its full potential (at the moment, due to authorisation issues, I haven't been able to use the ult key in conjuncction with any other key; in other words, can't switch programs which has sucked; no email for me though I certainly have an account set up and will have stacks waiting when it all gets sorted out; should be all sorted by the end of this week we're told.
Tomorrow glen H is coming out to do my work place assessment; I want a focus blue braille display; how awesome would that be, but whether we could convince him of that, who knows.
I got told today by Matt that another client of VA is being interviewed wednesday for the other switchboard position that's been advertized. Apparently "they" are so impressed with me, they called up to give someone else a go, so that's nice. Was just thinking before though, it may have been all my fault as I did happen to mention to M (team leader) in passing conversation that a lot of employers get scared off by blindies; woops. ah well.
More as it happens.
til Next Time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
Well, my first day with Maxxia went quite well.
When I arrived, I went up to HR as instructed and met my teamleader (M) up there. Then we went down to my floor where Michael W from vA was working at my desk with jaws. Turns out he was there much of last friday afternoon and he spent much of today there. He had to write scripts, but jaws does work pretty well with the program; still not perfect yet unfortunately but it's good enough for me to make a start. As the I.T. people weren't all there, there are still some authorization issues but there are ways around them for now.
Everyone is so so nice; M (team leader) is lovely and I still find it hard to believe I will no longer be having the bullying issues I did with Lorraine at ANZ. it's just such a relief to know I don't have to feel nervous at all with every move i make.
S bought a bed for Joy, as well as a water bowl; she told me they'd be happy to provide that last week.
I spent much of today listening to calls Fran took; it all makes a lot more sense.
Fran and I went and got a lovely pizza at Melb central at lunch. I told her she was just perfect at explaining everything that was around; all the shops we passed etc. -- I am going to get GDV to come out though and give me some orientation around the food court though cos I think i'd have trouble on my own.
Well, that's about it. am rather tired so an early night for me I think.
I am def feeling heaps better than last week and almost back to normal but I just got to remember to take my tablets and eat healthier than what I have been lately.
Til Next time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
wow, two posts in two days? what's going on here? :)
Anyway, last night, I hooked up my m-power to use as a braille display for the first time, and it worked; can't believe it! -- only thing is, I fail to find some of the options I want to configure; like I'm now using grade 2, but I don't want dots 7 and 8 used at all. I turned that option off, plus the highlighting, but it hasn't worked. Also, so far, it's not showing an entire line of text, just a few words; may write to [livejournal.com profile] blindpeople about it.
Going to the shops later to get some last minute christmas stuff, then prob back here before I go to parents. decided I now won't do a show til tomorrow night as Chelle is coming here when I get back from parents. She has no family which is kinda sad.
Now I'm going to call Bret to inform him that I unfortunately won't be able to continue level 2 of woodwork next year, and also to see if I can talk to Michael and find out how he went with the jaws installation yesterday at work.
In case I don't get to it, merry christmas everyone! And as usual, I will be recording the family festivities.
Til Next time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
So I have the job! got called Friday but I've still got this annoying .. virus .. whatever it is so been a bit too tired to write.
They want me to start ASAP but the techies have to go in and work out jaws first, which I since decided i'd like to be there for, as they said I didn't have too, but I think it's important I am. So second job, first fulltime; amazing!
Also if there's a cansilation at the doctor/natrapath, I'll be going there tomorrow or Tuesday.
Six days til christmas!
Til Next time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
So I'm still bad at updating this thing, really bad now. It's not that I don't want to update. Mostly, I have been feeling very tired with all my medical conditions that have seemed to be plagueing me of late. As I put it to someone yesterday, I feel like my body is slowly crapping up; feel like an old fart. there are so many issues with me medically atm that it is starting to overwhelm me. I'm going to make an appointment soon with a doctor/natrapath as my dad says an old work friend of his came down from Sydney to see him due to multiple problems, and apparently he feels great now.
The latest is that i finally got my kidney results back. They are scarred and permanently dammaged due to an unknown infection I must have had. It just means that kidney function will never be as good as it was, and that does scare me to an extent, but I don't need medication now, just have them monitored.
And since Monday I've been extremely tired and have no energy so am thinking it's a virus of some sort. I feel like I have what I did in Dubai in March.
I use to be so proud of my overall health and immune system; now I pick up anything; no idea.
Anyway in more positive news, Matt (the marketter from VA) found me this position at Maxxia on the switchboard. He accompanied me to the job interview Tuesday which I appreciated because he can really support me behind the sceens whereas I have had trouble in the past explaining about jaws and so forth to an extent where they feel happy and confident. anyway, they were really pleased with my answers. And I met up with fran who's one of the people on the board and was listening to her take some calls. Unlike my past interviews, I feel so so positive about this. Once I fill out this online assessment, I think i'll hear from them soon, possibly tomorrow. The assessment is flash based unfortunatley which makes it impossible for jaws to read, but I'd asked if Dad can come and help me with it. I was told I wasn't to stress if I couldn't do it, but I of course want to make the best impression I can.
I can't begin to express how excited I am about this job prospect; definitely more details when they come to me; won't leave this LJ hanging like I have done lately.
It's christmas here in nine days; it's pretty amazing actually! Of course everyone is going to parents place this year for christmas lunch, then I am having Michelle over that night.
Dad and I will be driving to vA later so we can drive my completed outdoor bench seat home and so I can show him around the workshop; as my LJ would recall, i'd been wanting to do that for so long.
OK all for now.
Til Next time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
So I can't even remember when i last wrote in here. It's not like me, i know. guess I just have felt not up to writing lately.
But I think since I wrote last, i've done three shows for Mojo Radio which have all had their various teething problems, but I am getting better. The Mic on my headset is partly to blame. I will eventually buy myself another one. I've gotten good at uploading my archives as soon as I finish my show; these being at http://mojoradio.us/archives/rachelk,
So yeh apart from that, I've just been hanging out, going to woodwork, been lazy on the job front, but will get back into that.
Last Wednesday I went for my followup appointment at the kidney specialist after I'd had the required blood test. the results weren't good; still much the same as before. so he organized me to have a biopsy at Boxhill Hospital which i had last Monday.
Man the local annasthetic stung so so bad, but I know why they do that now. they tell us to hold our breath as they're doing it, so they don't puncture or kinda scratch the kidney or anything around it; makes sense, but geeze, i was a wimp. But, all went well and i was wheeled out to recovery where I had to stay practically laying still for four hours, of course to prevent any risk of internal bleeding starting etc. I watched Channel 10 and listened to everything else going on around me. The nurses were so so nice, as only I've ever experienced; they were so busy though, run off their feet.
Anyway, dad picked me up about 2.30 and took me back there for the night. ang came for dinner so that was good. I had my acer to keep me occupied where i was mainly chatting on twitter.
Dad dropped me home yesterday afo. I was meant to go out yesterday and today to my various commitments, but I am taking it easy. Even now, the kidney is still tender, certainly not as bad as Monday but still; I will take it easy all week to be on the safe side. I will call the specialist tomorrow as instructed to see if he has the results and we'll go from there i guess; only thing to do right?
Oh, almost forgot, not use to having to remember back so far. Sunday the 7th was our graduation at gDV. I was in the second and final ceromony for the day. dad and Nan came with me, then we went back to Mum's for a roast. The day was rainy with patches of sun here and there, but the ceromony remained dry.
After lunch, we went to Ang and Trent's place; I hadn't seen it before, and it was nice. Ang made a lovely chocolate cake which we all enjoyed. Jan was there too which was lovely. Love big get-togethers.
Now I can't wait til christmas. :) We're having it at parents house this year since the kitchen has been done finally.
Anyway about all for now. Hopefully I won't have any more absences from writing in here.
til Next time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
This is now being directly recorded via line-in. Stupid me hadn't actually selected it in volume control; go me!
This is with about fifteen layers.
I'm just getting the hang of how this looping works, and then I can actually be more creative, though it is somewhat limitting with only a touch pad.

rdfreak: (Default)
Produced this on my second attempt on my Korg Kaossilator.
Unfortunately, I had to record this on to my puter using headphones and microphone as I couldn't get it to work when I plugged a line-in cable into the unit; not sure if I need a different one or not, thus, unfortunately, it's just monno.
But there's about eight layers. :)


rdfreak: (Default)
Wow, so the other day in the community [livejournal.com profile] sexybitches which had been renamed from Australians, there was this post about curing the hiccups. One of them was to tickle the nose until you sneezed and then your diaphram resets. But the past two times I've had the hiccups (including just a few minutes ago) I riggled my nose and they stopped; seriously; so that's a fast and affective method of getting rid of hiccups.
I am no longer on that community just really because I wasn't reading many of the posts.
OK so would i know it? I went over to the parents last night to get my hair cut and Mum and dad (both who have never followed football) had the grand Final on and was shouting at it. "Go the Pies!" I exclaimed, "No No, the saints" they replied; OMG.
Anyway, there was much excitement as there was only five minutes of the game left to go. -- It was a draw, so we get to put up with another game next week; what? ah well.
So we had a lovely roast meatloaf and vegies for tea; mmm. and Mum cut my hair to far above my shoulders where it seems to belong these days. -- She also gave me some fish oil tablets to try (since I don't do fish). So now I'm on to 24 tablets a day; "Rattly Rachel" is what they'll call me. :)
In other news, though I knew where my Maestro was, I'd misplaced the GPS receiver, but Dad found it here last week, so going to use that again. I will prob have to perform a bit of maintanence to it as the firmwear and trekker maps will be out of date. :( Hate doing that.
And also Mum has been introduced to the firminator and loves it. She's going to try and purchase one for Heartly but in the meantime, she's got mine.
til Next Time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
I applied for over 20 jobs yesterday; that is like a record for me. And putting myself out there is totally being rewarded; I am hearing back from at least one job a day; at least since wednesday anyway, Lol!
So I am now just giving them my mobile number on the cover letter (though my home number is on my resume). The idea of doing that is that I'm out a lot these days, but, the down side unfortunately is that Blackburn has bad reception, and talking to a guy about a job at the crown casino this morning that I'd applied for, was like pulling teeth. I kept having to ask him to repeat himself, and that is so not a good look when having phone interviews. :( Anyway yeah to feeling good again; something has got to come up soon. :)
In other news, heartly is having the surgery today. Dad dropped her in this morning then came to make me breakfast. i'm worried but they will call me at lunch time; if not, I will certainly call them, oh yes I will.
David and dean are coming over this afo. I didn't want to go out anywhere because of Heartly.
Til Next time, RdFreak

woops

Sep. 11th, 2010 11:36 am
rdfreak: (Default)
So I'm not very good at sticking to my days of this meme; I will do day 05 later on today, and then day 06.
Yesterday I felt rather depressed; it'd been leading up for a few days; not sure what triggered it off; I'd been doing so well. Guess the unavoidable change of weekend plans for so long but especially having no job just got to a bit of a head. But thanks to Dad I feel stronger again now. I ended up breaking down to him yesterday afo and it made me feel a lot better to talk to someone. -- I'd been so bored as well. I'd thought about going out but it was pretty rainy yesterday.
Dad just came over to drop Heartly here for a few days and try and uninstall tripple-talk again but we couldn't find anything in device manager; will consult my expert friends again today as Dad's coming back tomorrow to help with that but also prob go to Forest Hill with me just to have a drink and catch up; it's been forth coming since he's been in Dubai for so long.
Anyway, the vet tells me that Heartly is overdue for her seniour cit checkup so off I go to make an appointment for Monday.
Oh also, Nan called me yesterday to inform me Great uncle Lindsay passed away Thursday from pancreas cancer (what Carol had). He was diagnosed with it a few years ago and was unfortunately told there was nothing that could be done. He was 72. His late wife Joy (believe it or not re the name) passed away in 89 from a massive stroke so at least they're together again (re my beliefs as oppose to the exact seventh day Adventist beliefs).
R.I.P Uncle Lindsay. I hadn't seen you for a while but will again when my time comes.
Til Next Time, RdFreak
rdfreak: (Default)
So yes, everyone is doing it, so I decided I might give it a go. i use to be an awesome writer, but unfortunately I have lapsed so much, mostly due to the fact I am unable to sit down and read a good braille novil as i use to so enjoy doing. So, following is the meme. Read more... )
Day 01 )
In other news, dad was just here and we both worked on reinstalling the Trippletalk drivers but that hasn't done anything. It's not the card itself as Dad took it out, cleaned it and put it back in. So I'll have to research this annoying problem further.
til Next Time, RdFreak

Profile

rdfreak: (Default)
rdfreak

August 2011

S M T W T F S
 123456
7 8910111213
1415 1617181920
21 222324252627
28293031   

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 21st, 2017 08:34 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios