Day 3 of retirement working

May 25, 2013

1195 days of retirement come to a pause.

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Saturday 18th May

Jordan had a 1-hour driving lesson before his 11:00am work start. Guy and I each applied for another job on seek.

After lunch, we had our walk up the beach to the bluff and back in the cold afternoon sun and was very enjoyable.

Sunday 19th May:

The Mighty Mazda got a wash / wax and vacuum this morning so she is nice and shiny still…….

After lunch Guy and I were off to the mall to find Guy a plain black work jacket for her next interview on Tuesday. We eventually found one but man everybody is making the fancy colorful jackets now.

The afternoon was spent reviewing jobs. Guy applied for one in Payroll and I applied for 2 in customer services / sale.

The evening was rounded off watching the MotoGP at Le Mans, France. Great to see Dani Pedrosa take the win. The real ride of the race was Marc Marquez who started on Pole, dropped to 8th and came back to 3rd and all on a very wet track.

Monday 20th May:

Off on some cold calling re: jobs this morning. I dropped my Resume into one business but the guy “was too busy” to see me. On to the next business where I met the manager (I had emailed him my resume last night).

When I introduced myself, he asked if I was the guy who was the mountain climber / mountain biker. He had printed my resume and it was “Personal Achievements” that caught his eye (Thanks Alina…).

We had a great chat so we shall see what happens as he said he is getting lots of applications.

Guy got a call re an interview at 2:00pm with her old company. So after lunch I dropped her at Mosman and wandered round till she was finished. Hopefully we shall hear more on this tomorrow.

For dinner I visited our friend Lisa P for pizza and a chat about a business proposition she is working on. We had a great old chat and a good look at her proposition.

Tuesday 21st May:

Mid morning I took Jordan to school to get his homework sorted out and then dropped him at Subway as he was working today.

Back home to some awesome news. Guy got a call from Suttons (Her old employer) and she got the job at Mosman (Yesterday interview). So we were both very please.

Just waiting for the paper work to arrive and then she starts on Monday June 10th. So three weeks to enjoy before back to work.

After lunch we went for a walk along the beach and saw the first Whales of the season frolicking out the back of the surf on Dee Why Beach. A great omen. Ooohhhh and to finish off our walk on the beach a nice rainbow was spotted out to sea.

So one down (Work wise) and one to go (Me).

Wednesday 22nd May:

Well our first cold rainy winter’s day today and it was a bit of a shock to the system after Marinduque.

I was back on the job hunt and applied for another job while Guy relaxed as she now has her job.

Mid afternoon I got a call and the boss at Battery World in Brookvale wanted to have a chat to me at 5:00pm about my job application with them. So at 5:00pm I arrived and we had a good chat about the job, what is expected and the general working conditions.

Following this he has given me a 1-week trial period to work in the shop and at the end of the week either one of us can opt out if required or the job is mine. So I absolutely agreed and I start at 7:30am tomorrow morning for my 1-week probation.

The job sounds interesting as they not only do batteries for everything but solar for vehicles and general automotive electrical accessories. I will be part of a team of 5 (Includes me) from a variety of backgrounds.

The three guys I met were really friendly and the shop had a calm feeling about it. So the next week is the big test but I am looking forward to it.

Thursday 23rd May:

Day 1195 of retirement ends.

Day 1 of retirement working begins.

Up and I walked to work (2.3km) for my 7:30am start on day 1. I almost didn’t make it on time this morning.

I set my alarm but had it set for PM instead of AM. But luckily my internal alarm clock worked and I made it on time but had to skip breakfast.

It was a very brain-expanding day. My head is exploding with information tonight but the team is really great and looked after me.

When it rains it pours. I also got two other interview requests today. Will cancel one but might attend the other one just to see.

Guy had a relaxing day but had to drive in the pouring rain to pick up Jordan from school and get him back home for a driving instructor’s lesson.

Friday 24th May:

Second day at work and I’m feeling a little better tonight. The head is only half spinning.

I cancelled one interview request today (Car Detailer at Mercedes up the road) and am going to the other one next Tuesday (Daiwa Fishing Tackle Service) as it is my day off. I’m going just for the experience.

I work Thursday to Monday with Tuesday & Wednesday off.

Life is good and busy.

Trevor & Guy

Day 1191 of retirement

May 18, 2013

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Saturday 11th May

Drove Jordan to work for 11:00am then back home and prepared for a trip to Canberra tonight. We pickup Jordan from work at 5:15pm and headed for Canberra. I drove out of the city and Jordan took over and drove the rest of the way to get his driving hours up.

We arrived at Jo, Zali and Dave’s at 10:30pm ish after a stop for some dinner along the way.

Sunday 12th May:

Mother’s day today so a leisurely day for the Mum’s, Guy and Jo. After a bit of a sleep for one and all we made our way to the local Thai Restaurant for lunch with Jo, Zali, Dave, Jordan, Guy and I.

The food was great and for desserts we wandered down the street to the ice-cream parlor. Then into the Mall where Jo bought a finger paint kit for Zali to express her talents.

3:30pm and we left for Sydney. Jordan drove for the first 2 hours and after a drinks stop I drove the rest of the way back to the apartment.

Monday 13th May:

Up and off on our morning walk to start the day. Then back and into the job market. I got my first knockback today. The first of many I’m afraid. Guy also had a thanks but no thanks as well.

I spent most of the day rehashing my resume after some great advice from a good friend in the business world (Thanks Ben S). I have a couple of people to talk to this week on possible leads so now the resume is in order I will follow up with them.

This is hard work looking for work.

Tuesday 14th May:

Mid morning and I dropped Guy off in Mosman for High Tea with Karen, Libby and Boots (The Mahjong gals). It is Boot’s 60th Birthday celebration so the girls are celebrating in style.

I picked up Guy early afternoon at Forest Way and we did some shopping for supplies at Aldi then back home for some more job applications.

We both applied for a job each today after another revision of our Resumes (Thanks Alina R & Ben S). I also spent some time on my Linkedin page and update it to match my Resume (Thanks Ben S).

Guy was also able to organize an interview tomorrow afternoon in Chatswood with another company. She has an interview booked in the morning at North Sydney with a recruitment agency.

After dinner Guy was back with the girls from today for their weekly Mahjong night.

Wednesday 15th May:

Back on the job road again. Guy had an interview with a recruitment agency in North Sydney and I caught up with an old friend from my Civica days Gary B.

Back home and after lunch back to Chatswood as Guy had a job interview with a potential employer.

The interview went well and she should hear more by the weekend. I had another “thanks but no thanks”. I still have one live job application and should know more by early next week. So back to Seek and send out more Resumes.

Thursday 16th May:

Up for our morning walk this morning to clear our heads of all this work stuff. After lunch it was back to North Sydney as Guy had another interview at 3:00pm. It went okay.

But the great thing was she got a call from a very promising lead. Hopefully more to be revealed tomorrow.

As Jordan was working tonight Guy and I went across the road to the Dee Why RSL for dinner. We tried their Laksa (which wasn’t bad) but it wasn’t as good as the one Guy makes……..

I sent off another job application tonight. I still have one active application that I am waiting to hear back on.

Friday 17th May:

I sent off three more job applications this morning after viewing

After lunch we drove into North Sydney and Luna Park.

We caught up with Kylie Smith (Smithy) and her hubby (Ted) and their three kids (Charlie, Harry and Brie). I worked with Smithy back at the District Council of Eyre Peninsula in the late 1990’s. I hadn’t seen her since 1998.

The family is on a three year adventure round Australia in a bus that Ted converted into a motor home. Kylie home schools the kids via the School of the air, which is based in Port August in SA.

They have been in Sydney for the week and are back to the bush tonight. Ted is doing some work on a farm before they move on heading north for the winter.

It was great to catch up and have a chat about “the good old days”.

Nothing further on the job front for Guy today although she was informed she is on the short list for one job. Another interview will be scheduled on this one next week.

She did get further information on the hot tip from yesterday but it didn’t pan out. The positive is that she didn’t get any knock backs so all good.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

Day 1184 of retirement

May 11, 2013

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Saturday 4th May

A leisurely morning. Jordan and I went out driving prior to his 11:00am work start at Subway.

Guy was off to have her nails done and then caught up with friends for the afternoon. Mid afternoon I meet Guy at Aldi and we bought a few supplies.

The old piano we had on eBay closed today as well (Belongs to the former owner of the unit). We got $60 and the buyer has to remove it. So all good for us.

Well not so good. Just got an email from the buyer that made a mistake and are removing their winning bid…. GGggggrrrrrrrrrr….. Anyway I offered it to the second highest bidder so we shall see what happens.

Sunday 5th May:

Up and off for our morning walk to the bluff and back.

I spent the afternoon fine tuning my Resume for a job I am going to apply for. Guy was my proofreader and after many hours and a few cups of tea I had it pretty much done. Not ever having to present a Resume for a job before this is a very new experience for me.

I’ve only ever had about six jobs in my life and all were just a chat and I had the job. No Resume required.

A bit of drama tonight as Carly (Jordan’s girlfriend) finished up in hospital with a dickey knee. She was playing soccer today and after a clash has damaged ligaments. She will have further tests over the next few days to determine the damage.

Finished up the night watching the MotoGP in Spain. It was great to see Marc Marquez come home second right at the last corner after a bit of push and shove with Lorenzo.

Monday 6th May:

A quiet day as I scour the Seek and Careerone websites for a job and work on my resume. Guy contacted the employment agency and it looks like tomorrow before we hear any more on her next interview (4th one) with her prospective employer.

After lunch we walked to Aldi for a few supplies for Laksa for dinner tonight. Guy has perfected her Laksa and it is the best.

This evening I got notification from our handling agent that our boxes have cleared customs and quarantine. Just got to pay the bill and the boxes will be delivered the following day. I paid the bill tonight so should see them on Wednesday.

The total cost for three boxes (0.61 cubic metres in total) ended up being $1,372 which sounds expensive but if we had to replace all the stuff in the boxes it would be three times that amount so all good. We discovered it is cheap (a quarter of the cost) to send boxes to the Philippines but expensive to send stuff back to AUS (Shipping Agents, Customs, Quarantine & Delivery).

Tuesday 7th May:

Up at 6:30am and drove the Mighty Mazda a couple of kms down the road to the local Mazda dealer to get the 170,000km service done. I left the car there and walked home.

Mid morning Guy and I did our usual beach to bluff walk. I walked back and picked up the mighty Mazda at midday.

After lunch Jordan arrived back home (He has a short day on Tuesdays) and we headed for Warringah Mall. You see, he turns 18 in August and he wanted a MacBook Pro as his present. So as he is currently doing year 12, we brought forward the MacBook purchase to now so he can utilize it for his studies.

Back home and we updated the software, installed MS Office, did a backup and then he started his world of War craft install.

Guy heard from the recruitment agency and her potential employer wants Guy to come to their office tomorrow at 10:00am and meet the team she maybe working with. So looking good.

I sent off my first job application tonight and preparing a second one to send tomorrow.

Wednesday 8th May:

Up and off to the Mazda service department again this morning at 6:30am to drop off the Mighty Mazda for the remainder of the service from yesterday. I walked back home in the fresh morning air.

Guy was off to meet her prospective fellow work mates at 9:00am. This was basically the 4th interview for this job. She met them at 10:00am and was back home just on midday. She received a great reception from the team and got favorable feedback from the Operations Manager re getting the job. More waiting now.

Just after midday our three boxes from the Philippines arrived all in one piece. The poor old guy who delivered them wasn’t keen on carrying them up the stairs so we left them at the entrance to our building. I got Jordan (He was home early as he had a short day today) to give me a hand and we got them into the apartment, no worries at all.

The afternoon was spent unpacking…Again…..

Got a call from the Mazda service department and the car will now be ready tomorrow as they need one more part, which will be delivered overnight (The penalty of having a 10 year old car I guess). No worries here as we don’t need the car today.

I applied for two more jobs today. One in customer service in the Health industry and one at a large Kennards Hire (Sounds very interesting) just up the road.

Thursday 9th May:

Up early and walked down to the Mazda service department (2km) and picked up the Mighty Mazda after a major service and $1,000 later…… But I must say that she is definitely running a lot smoother so at least I can feel something for my hard spent cash.

Jordan stayed home from school today as he has a nasty flu, so we got him on the Codral drugs.

Mid morning Guy and I did our beach walk and what a glorious day it was. After lunch I was back into sorting out more of our gear that arrived yesterday.

Guy finally heard back from the recruitment agency and the potential employer has decided that she is “Too Qualified” for the job. All this after 4 interviews. The recruitment lady was a little annoyed as well but ooohhh well it wasn’t meant to happen. The recruitment lady will keep Guy on her books and let her know if anything further comes up.

Just means that there is something even better out waiting for her. Late afternoon we went for a walk so Guy could walk off her frustration at being “Over qualified” for a job she would have been perfectly suited for.

I scoured the career websites today but nothing new.

Friday 10th May:

Up and off to drop Jordan off at school with a detour via his Dad’s place so he can pickup a few things.

Then back home and Guy got serious looking at jobs in Seek. She contacted a couple of recruitment agencies and had a chat to them and sent out her Resume to a couple of others.

One of the agencies she spoke to organized an interview with her at 4:00pm re a finance job with a car dealer in Sydney. So off we went and she had a good meeting with them. More to come on Monday.

I had a look but nothing there today. Although I did ring one of the employers that I had applied to for a job. I spoke to the manager and he informed me that their HR at head office handle job applications.

But he did give me his email and said I could send my Resume through to him and he would have a look prior to head office sending through my official application. So we shall see.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

Day 1177 of retirement

May 4, 2013

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Saturday 27th April:

Leisurely morning. Carly pickup Jordan for his 11:00am start work today so no driving lessons.

At 10:30am Guy and I walked down to Warringah Mall and to the building where she has a job interview early next week. We now know where it is and is easily accessible by bus from our place in Dee Why.

It is 5km from door to door so good walking distance on a nice day.

Then we wandered round the mall for a bit and had a very nice Laksa for lunch. After a bit more of a wander it was a Chai Latte for dessert before we then walked back home mid afternoon (A nice 10km round trip).

Jordan was out with his mates tonight so a quiet night at home.

Jo has an old piano in the apartment that has been here for years. So with her agreement we put it up on eBay. It has a few busted strings but is mechanically sound. Starting price is 99 cents…..

Sunday 28th April:

Spent the morning down in the shed going through some more of our stuff and “recycling” some of the stuff that we don’t need anymore.

At 10:30am I drove Jordan off to work at Subway. Arrived home just as Guy was off to lunch in Dee Why with a good friend of hers, Chris from her old Sutton working days.

At 1:30pm I made my way to Office Works to get a basic printer / scanner for the apartment. I got a HP 3520 for the bargain price of $67.00. After Office Works I meet Guy at the Aldi supermarket for some supplies.

Back home and I proceeded to setup the HP 3520 wireless printer. It took a while but it is now all working off the broadband wirelessly for both printing and scanning. I can even now print directly from my iPhone, so all good.

A further play around with the software and I am now able to print via email. Just email the printer and it will print anything out.

As a basic unit it is a little gem and will serve Jordan for his year 12 work and us for our odd printout / scan needs.

Monday 29th April

Our usual walk up the beach to the bluff and back this morning. After lunch we made our way to Jordan’s school to drop off his bus pass forms, as he needs a new one now that he has changed his address to be with us.

Into Aldi for some food supplies on the way home.

Guy is still waiting to hear about her face-to-face job interview (1st with recruitment agency, 2nd a phone interview with employer). Should be in the next day or so.

Jordan cooked dinner for us tonight. A very nice chicken pesto pasta dish.

Tuesday 30th April:

We received the paper work for our 3 boxes from the Philippines from the shipping agent last night. After going through all the required paperwork for customs and quarantine and having a chat to the agent, we engaged the services of a handling company (recommended by the shipping agent) to handle the paper work and inspections on our behalf.

After chatting to the handling agent (re the price and process) I filled out all the paperwork required, scanned it on our new printer/scanner and emailed it to them. We are very happy to hand this process to them as they know all the tricks of the trade and we don’t.

They will also give us a separate quote for delivery of the boxes to Dee Why, which we will take up. So hopefully we should have our boxes by the week’s end or early next week.

After lunch it was our daily walk along the beach once again. Enjoying it while we can.

Wednesday 1st May:

A leisurely day as we wait for Guy to get notification of her third interview and delivery confirmation on our boxes from the Philippines. After a trip to Aldi and lunch we went for our afternoon walk.

I went right along the cliff tops to North Curl Curl beach and Guy did the left bluff walk. Turns out both walks are 7km ish so a good walk was had by all.

Guy had a chat to the recruitment agency re her interview and the hold up is the manager is currently traveling and isn’t in Sydney at the moment to conduct the interview.

It is still looking good for Guy so just need to wait for the manager and the final interview.

Thursday 2nd May:

Off for our morning Dee Why walk. Guy went left along the beach to the bluff and I went right for the ups and downs of the cliff top to North Curl Curl.

It just so happened that we meet up in Dee Why on the return leg so walked home together.

Guy had a chat to her Superannuation Fund advisor re managing her fund and going back to work.

Then finally she got notification of her job interview (third one) tomorrow at 11:00am in Brookvale (next to Warringah Mall). So we went through the job description and printed out all the documentation for her interview.

Friday 3rd May:

Mid morning we were off to the Warringah Mall as Guy has her third job interview with her potential employer who’s offices are just next to the mall.

The interview last for over an hour and went very well. The next step is for Guy to meet the team she would be working with (If successful) early next week. So far so good and it is looking very positive.

I also found a local job so started to prepare my resume. Now I have never had to supply a resume for any of my previous jobs so I must say I am struggling. So I will be seeking some advice, help and assistance from a few of you……

Later in the afternoon I went for a walk down the road (5km round trip) to the local Mazda dealer and booked in the Mighty Mazda for her 170,000km service on Tuesday next week.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy