After 5 months (or maybe longer) we finally have our woodburning stove nearly installed. The pipes are in, thankfully sealed from the outside air which is -18C (0F), and it is set in place but it needs the inside joints sealing and then we can light it. Good job as this weekend it is forecast for somewhere between -26C and -30C (-15F to -22F) so the woodstove will be a nice boost to the heat in our apartment.
I also got one of my assignments back today and I got a distinction so feeling pretty pleased with myself as that means I have passed the whole of my Human Ecology unit with a distinction. Over the moon to put it mildly.
I also taught English to a new group today and they want two hours next week. They laughed a lot but all took part which is fantastic. Managed to convince them that two hours of a foreign language is too much (them and me) so it is two hours but with a break in between.
All in all a very good day.
Gee thanks hic! Brightspark hic!
Nice picture by the way.
Congratulations Joanna on all counts. It will be good to be cosy and warm in your winter. Wow you did really well in your assignment. You should be pretty pleased with yourself. I think I might have to pour a glass of wine and drink a toast to you ( any excuse)
Old teachers never die, they just lose their class
Mine i picked up a lamp that was being throne out but dont know if it works yet but it must have been expenceive and weights a ton, over 6 foot tall and i wanted it to make some wishbones out of it, But i might keep it as it is very nice two heads and glass bowls
Also got a gas fire for free so im going to modify this to fit inside my wood burner.
spent time re-engerinering a differential it's on my kitchen work top now and have lost about 2kg's and there is room for more ( well pleased).
Great thread, Joanna. Brilliant idea and thank you (a gentile salute I hope )
I am so delighted that you achieved a distinction. Good stuff. But I feel the need to question "we finally have our woodburning stove nearly installed." Nearly installed? Sounds like "a little bit pregnant" to me
While I am it, what does Human Ecology encompass? That is a genuine question, not a banter wind-up comment.
Mutley - good stuff achieved today. Sounds like you found free raw material that you can turn around for a profit. A great result/
In my case I feel upbeat because i have a new boss. The previous guy was a genius but he could not delegate. It made me feel like a loose and useless appendage / tool. Very demoralising. The new guy appears to know nothing about my area of speciality, so that enables me to shine a little. At least in these early days.
Never knowingly underfed
When there is so much going on in this world that is negative - it's good to laugh.
Thanks for the kind words.
You are so right, Danast - Danny, good to hear that you're feeling enthusiastic about your work again - it puts a whole new perspective on things, and makes it worthwhile getting up in the mornings!
Oh, Danuta, i strongly believe that being truly appreciated (as opposed to simple / stupid flattery) is the most important aspect of any rewards system. Money comes a distant second.
I hate the overused management-speak term "key" but I will use it once in this regard. The "key" aspect in keeping one's people happy and productive is genuine appreciation, in my opinion.
The difficult bit is "genuine".
I have known team members in the past who craved appreciation but who simply did not deserve it. They were the most difficult of all to manage or to deal with. Um as simply requested better pay or T&C were easier to handle. That was more black and white/
Never knowingly underfed
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