Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Mid monthly status report † Summer in the office

I think I'll take this opportunity to explain a little about my job. 

As some of you may or may not know, I recently graduated with a degree in environmental law. My job is working as a research officer for the Grounds department of a nursing home.

Okay, environmental law --> nursing home ... what?

Well, this nursing home is owned by a church, which also happens to own 32 ha of conservation land right next door. A lot of my work involves publicising the bush, doing patrols and getting school groups in to plant trees and look at the flowers, etc.

It's pretty fun and means that although I spend a majority of the time in a small, freezing shed, I also get to roam about, looking for tasty 'bush tucker' and taking pictures of our resident Satin Bowerbird (incredible bird, btw).

I am not looking forward to summer in that shed.

Winter is freezing, summer will be boiling hell. Working in the bush, I have to wear long sleeve everything.  I also have to wear a fluorescent yellow shirt so that no-one accidentally runs me over with the ATV while I'm out there, so that knocks my goth cred right down to zero. If it was fluorescent orange, at least I'd be able to work some sort of 'halloween goth' vibe into it...

So really, all year round, summer or winter, the only 'goth' ish things I can wear are:
  • black jeans
  • very small earrings (because I don't want them getting ripped out while I'm charging along a creek bed after a small bird that refuses to let me take its picture)
  • my black wood Buddhist prayer bracelet, from the Summer Palace in Beijing
And that's it.

Now if I was working in an actual, proper office, not a tin shed, my outfit would be this:
  • Being a bajillion degrees outside, I would wear a short-ish black business skirt (I have a nice one with a ruffly bow on the butt) and a short/ no-sleeve collared shirt.
  • Being Antarctic in the office, I would also bring with me a black or red cardigan to wrap around my chilled body, as well as thigh high black socks to keep my frostbitten legs warm. Both of these things could be easily removed for the heatwave that awaits outside.
  • Only silver jewellery (I'm allergic to nickel and nickel + skin + heat = massive, painful rash)
So that's how things are. I'm sure I will so be working in a proper office once again (not because I dislike the place I work at, I love it) but I'm being offered a number of opportunities that offer more avenues than my current job does. So maybe, soon, I will have more things to add to this list.

Anyone else doing the Mid-Monthly Status Report? Especially if you're a Southie, like me :)


  1. wow, your job seems awesome and adventurous

  2. It does sound like an interesting job! Ah Australia, you are a crazy place, aren't you! Everyone who doesn't live here seems to think it's some kind of tropical paradise, only we know what an insane place it is! :)

    1. Only place that's tropical at the moment is the inside of my car when the heater's on -_-

  3. What an amazing job! I'd love to see pictures of that bird :) Crazy environment tho' with temperature extremes, sorry about that.

  4. Except being forced to wear long sleave your job seems pretty fun :)


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