Fair to say we’ve had an unequivocally good week. Which is nice.
First, I was offered the job at Sydney University. The post is “Faculty Liaison Librarian, Health Sciences” which basically means I’ll be responsible for the collection in one particular study area (most likely sports science). Professional attractions include liaison with academic staff, subject specialisation, research support and some budgetary responsibility. Other attractions are being in a proper academic environment, on an attractive campus and having access to other academic libraries – DVD collections ahoy!
2 days later, M was offered a job in a private practice just down the road from us. With a few caveats this is pretty well her dream job; certainly it’s a great chance to get into private practice which is rewarding both professionally and financially. She’s be taking it easy at first, just one day a week while Val baby-sits, but she did tremendously well to get it.
The weekend was hectic, taking in:
1) Beth started solid foods! That is solid in the sense of a single teaspoon of runny rice cereal, but a landmark moment nevertheless. She seemed sublimely unperturbed as usual, so hopefully it’ll be an easy transition. (Incidentally, she also seemed unconcerned when I failed to notice that she’d cut her foot open on Saturday morning. I got in a right old fluster while she looked at me wondering what all the fuss was about).
2) 2 DVDs. Kundun
was pretty good, whilst Sunrise
is a superlative and very important silent movie. I also watched Bergman’s The Silence
on my film course – demanding viewing but sort-of worth it. Oh yeah, and a few episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm
, which is just fantastic.
3) Gardening. We now have a spiffing new front garden with a path and lots of mulch.
4) The Whitlams at the Metro on Saturday night. They’re a tremendous band that are unheard of outside Godzone, but are very popular locally. Boozy sing-alongs and grumbles of “too much new stuff” – I had a blast.
5) Brunch with friends then an afternoon drink with Aussie Rob, trying to get Beth from place to place without being caught in the pouring rain. She coped admirably, but I think she was glad when we got home.
By the way, you might want to change your bookmarks to http://tomgoodfellow.suprglu.com/
which includes feeds from this blog as well as photos on Flickr, tags on Del.icio.us and maybe more in the future…I like technology.
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