Don’t you just love REM? Back in the early 1990s someone had written “Michael Stipe is God’s gift to women” on the wall of the ladies loo at the Sandringham Hotel in Newtown. It was about the most accurate thing I’ve ever seen scribed in a public convenience. Recently Michael Stipe has struck a chord with me again ( note the intentional musical pun) Their 1989 hit “Stand” has been particularly resonant over the past fortnight.
Stand in the place where you live
Now face North
Think about direction
Wonder why you haven’t before
My part time job was brought to a swift and unexpected end two weeks ago. It would be poor form to say much about the circumstances, only that I was assured it was a cost issue unrelated to my performance. It was not my dream job but the positives outweighed the negatives and I was committed to giving it a proverbial “red hot go”. I’d imagined I’d stick it out for at least two years so when it finished abruptly I found myself having to “think about direction” yet again.
I decided it was time to build my arsenal, add another string to my bow, place another feather in my cap and other work cliches. After a brief consultation with Dadabs I enrolled in TAFE Open Learning and I’ve just started Cert IV in Bookkeeping. As a stand alone concept there’s no way it can be dressed to make it more exciting. By contrast Damien Lewis can be more exciting when dressed up. Here’s the pictorial evidence. That black leather jacket is smokin’ hawt. Its keeping me warm on this sub Antarctic winter evening.
Why Book keeping? Did I hear those of you who aren’t swooning and sighing over Damien ask? I don’t see the Book keeping as an end in itself. Rather its just the first step towards re-inventing myself as a small business angel. I want to be the new broom that can sweep clean your small business books and blog! That’s the longer term agenda. It may not come to fruition but I’ve thought about direction and now I have one.
The course is a “study at your own pace” arrangement and I’ve got two years to do it. However I want to get it out of the way as quickly as possible so that I can move on to stuff that genuinely tickles my fancy.
So far, so reasonable methinks. My problem is, given I need to knuckle down and focus on studying, I don’t know how I can keep Mumabulous going in its present form. After my spectacular failure to make any impact in the recent blogging competitions, I toyed with the idea of pulling the plug and re-entering the arena with a slightly more serious offering. Yet over the past year I’ve grown fond of the Mumabs persona and I just don’t have the heart to euthanize her just yet. Instead I’ll put her on life support and drip feed her (and you) crumpets. Perhaps she can rise like a Phoenix from the ashes in few months time. For now I figure if I can publish one post per week I will be doing well. The thing I’m saddest about is that I want be able to participate in our blogging community as much as I would like to. So if you notice my absence from your blog comments field it really isn’t because I dont care. You are always on my mind.
Meanwhile I’m still trying to lose weight and tone up so I am going to have to tackle this study caper unaided by copious amounts of coffee and chocolate. This means I’m reliant on one thing to get me through – Fassbender, loads and loads of Fassbender. El mucho Fasso. It is a good thing for everyone that our Fass is a generous artist who loves to give of himself.
All you people who do manage to work, study, look after kids, do housework and maintain a successful blog please spill your secrets. How do you manage? Do you sleep?
See you next week.
PS: The future is here. Google has achieved consciousness and it knows far too much. I searched for Damien Lewis in leather and Google gave me Fassbender in velvet. It reads the deepest recesses of my mind and that is freaking me out.