Saturday, May 30, 2015

Storm in a teacup

Grr, pretty annoyed at the moment. I had the lowest hours logged out of all the people on this training module. Really sweet, I was all over it. Then I got put on a vehicle and we drove in circles for an hour and a half.

It isn't recorded and is no big deal but it got under my skin. No big deal... just vexed me.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Another small achievement

This week I was qualified on city driving. So I've done safe area, off road, off road by night and city. Still need to do convoy and city by night, plus a few others such as danegerous goods. All in all, good progress.

Missing my wife badly. It'll be a couple more months before I get to hold her in my arms once more. Probably the hardest part is not knowing how long it'll be, not even roughly. The uncertainty makes for some rough mind games.

It doesn't help when some of the kids play up and go out of their way to annoy their mum. But we still love them and do what we can to support them and set their feet on the right path. A manual would be nice.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Busy week

13May - Passed my initial driving assessment. For me, having prior driving experience made it easier and harder. I can handle the truck and drive confidently but I also have all the bad habits I've picked up that I had to unlearn and focus on not doing.

15May - Had a good first week. Was a bit of a strain on the old noggin but got through theory week. We did our stage one driving week. That one wasn't too bad but I just need to stay on top of the right way to do things (rather than the way I'm used to, which is a collection of bad habits). But doing good so far, so can't complain.

17May - Bit of a wasted weekend. Don't have the funds to go anywhere so I binge watched some Big Bang Theory. Would have been more productive if I'd written something. Might have to rethink the whole 'be a writer' thing...

18May - We were out in the bush doing some off road driving. There was an emu hanging around and I managed to hand feed it a bit of bread. I didn't think it would come so close. Must be used to people feeding it, probably why it hangs around there.

Friday, May 8, 2015


06May2015 - I'm putting a couple of entries as one as I don't have internet access for ... I have no idea how long. Moved locations and now learning to drive. First week has been all theory so far, but practicals start next week. Looking forward to that.

07May2015 - We've had a couple of assesments so far. I've passed most but failed an important one. Had some insta-fail questions, and I managed to get enough right to pass but got two of the automatic fail questions wrong. Oops. On the plus side, heaps of people failed that one as well. Wait, is that a plus?

08May2015 - End of the week! Passed all assesments so far and gearing down for the weekend. Been a bit mentally draining but feeling good. Next week, we get to start playing with the fun toys. :)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Plans changed

Woot! Recalled back to do paperwork so that I could go on course ahead of schedule. And porridge is back on the menu. Awesome!