Introducing The Girl in the Green Shoes

Hi All and welcome to The Girl in the Green Shoes!

I know technically this is not my first “official” post, but it’s better late than never to introduce myself. I am a twenty-something Australian gal, living on the east coast of beautiful Queensland. I have always wanted to write, but never allowed myself the time and willpower to actually start writing a blog. What better time to start then 2017, so here I am.

This blog is not necessarily about anything in particular, so really its about everything and nothing. I suppose you could say it’s my version of CreedThoughts.com, but a little more tame. HAHA! Kudos to all you Office fans out there

So anyway, why The Girl in the Green Shoes? Well my favourite colour is green and I have a mild obsession with converse shoes. I’m not big on fashion, in fact you could say that my taste is “plain jane”. I’m a T-Shirt and jeans (or shorts depending on the weather) kinda gal.

I love cooking and enjoy watching movies, tv series, playing video games and reading. I would love to travel the world one day, but at the present moment I am saving for my wedding and trying to put away a small fortune for our first house.

I’m sure in posts to come you will all find out a little more about me, but for the time being I’ll cut the intro short. What can I say, a girl has to have a little mystery about her ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Girl in the Green Shoes

To Pay Rise or not to Pay Rise…

…well isn’t that the question? So I have been at this office job for just over 12 months. My boss has not requested a meeting for a Performance Review and I’m a little skeptical if he is actually going to arrange one. So I guess I have had to take matters into my own hands, despite the fact I’m really nervous about making the first move. But hey, what can I say, I deserve (and could certainly do with a few extra dollars in my pocket each week) a raise. I suppose it is never a good time to ask for more money, but I guess that is what separates the determined from the settled. I have prepared my case and am going to arrange a meeting by the end of the week to discuss with my boss. Fingers crossed, because every bit of extra (well deserved) money I can get is going towards my house deposit. My fiance and I are currently living back on the family property, saving our dollars so we can finally get a place of our own. Mind you there are benefits of moving back home, like free rent, a house to ourselves and don’t have to pay rates/maintenance, but still its not where we want to be. I guess I am too proud to have had to move/live back at home. We have been here for 3 years and it feels like an eternity. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for the opportunity my parents have given us to live rent free and essentially pay it into our own bank accounts, but at the end of the day, I would love a little place of my own that we can one day start a family in. Well I’d better actually eat some dinner because its already 9:03pm and I haven’t even touched my Beef, Red Wine & Mushroom casserole (with all the mushrooms removed of course! Maybe one day I’ll explain all the reasons why I hate mushrooms, but I’ll leave you to ponder for now…). I’ll keep you posted on the pay rise expedition and hopefully I can offer you all some tips if things go my way. Wish me luck!

Stay awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Girl in the Green Shoes

 

 

Random Thought of the Day – The Hive

Trying something different here, seeming as though I seem to always start with “so…”. It is hard but I am up for the challenge.

A new topic series I have decided to start is Random Though of the Day. The first one being kicked off with a movie I watched today called The Hive. Well I am not one for horror movies, but since I have been engrossed with The Walking Dead in the last 12 months, I would hardly call this a horror film, even though I made sure to watch it in the middle of the day while there was no one around to jump out and scare me. Its more like a twisted story of something that is quite unlikely to happen, but on some extremely farfetched level could actually happen. If you have seen The Hive, I am not crazy but I do have an open mind about these sorts of things and I really like to indulge in my imaginative side from time to time.

The Hive is basically about a guy who is a group leader at a summer camp for kids who becomes infected with some like virus thing and cannot remember who he is or what happened. The story is told from a few different points in time and it basically took me until the end of the movie to figure out why it was told that way. At first I thought gee this movie is really weird and the story line doesn’t even make sense, but by the end I was like yeah okay I see what you are trying to do here Mr Director. Personally I would have ended the movie a little different but it was still entertaining to say the least. And I guess the other reason I liked it so much was because Kathryn Prescott was one of the leads in the film. She played Emily Fitch in Skins and Carter Stevens in Finding Carter. Two series I absolutely love to pieces. Kathryn is a really talented actress and seems to be able to play a diverse range of roles quite convincingly, even if the stories are not everyday ones. If you like watching non-mainstream movies, can handle a bi-polar story line and a bit of gore (well I would call it gore) then definitely check out The Hive.

I only really came across this movie because I tend to do the whole “Kevin Bacon six degrees of separation” IMDB searches when I come across an actor/actress I like. If you don’t know what this means, I am pretty sure I am going to feel really old when you ask. Basically, if I like a movie or TV series, I search for the actors/actresses previous/upcoming filmography so I can find new things to watch. IMDB is great for this as it also shows things you might like that are similar to the movie/series you search for. I have done this for so long and used to do these searches when I worked at a video store during my university days to expand my entertainment knowledge as well as pass the time when I wasn’t nose deep in a book studying. Its a great way to broaden your horizons and watch things that are not so mainstream or predicable. There are a few downsides to this though, like when you watch a movie that turns out to be complete and utter crap (doesn’t happen to often though) and you feel like you have wasted a few hours of your life or even worse, when you come across a really awesome TV series and find out that its cancelled when it starts to get addictive.

If you do watch The Hive, please comment and let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading and hope you come back an visit soon

Stay awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Girl in the Green Shoes

 

 

 

…Moonboot and Mulah…

So good news first or bad news?? I say bad news, so that way we can end of a positive note. Well about 3 weeks ago I was casually taking the rubbish out, stepped out of my house onto the one and only step we have, rolled my ankle one way then the other and eventually fell over. I remember hearing a weird noise, lots of tears and an ankle the size of a balloon in a matter of seconds…hence the moonboot. After going up to the hospital that Sunday afternoon, seeing the doctor and getting x-rays, I was told my foot wasn’t broken but had torn two ligaments either side of my ankle. Well the hospital doctor couldn’t have been more wrong…but I’ll save that for later (mostly because I have been writing this blog entry for like a week in like bits and pieces, so hopefully it comes together okay).

Okay so now onto the mulah, like as in money $$$. For some reason three dollar signs reminds me of Hamm in Toy Story, “money money money *kiss* *kiss* *kiss*”, but anyway back to the story. So last post I was getting ready to meet with my boss and ask for a pay rise. As scary and as uncomfortable as I was about doing it, I’m glad I did and even more so that I did it at the right time. I had never really asked for a pay rise sort of out of the blue as such. Most times it was during my yearly performance review or that I already had a letter from Head Office stating my increase, so this was a totally new experience. Anyway, I jotted down some notes and setup a meeting with my boss shortly after my last post. I was as nervous as hell and pretty much told him that I had everything I wanted to say on an A4 piece of paper and that I would just read it through. Thankfully it came out of my mouth better than I had expected and I would like to say it was rather convincing. At the end of the little spiel I gave, my boss sat back and pretty much said he was thinking along the same lines but hadn’t yet got around to it. He said that it was a very well put together proposal and he’d “take two please”. It was far from what I had expected him to say, but nonetheless I was satisfied with how the meeting had gone. He said he would something together and get back to me in a week or so.

This is obviously where the “so I kinda fell out my house” part of the story goes….insert said story here… which brings us back to coming home from the hospital. I was off work for two days as I couldn’t really walk, drive a car or let alone shower by myself (whoever invented “shower steps” should be shot on sight). As I am the kind of person who cannot really sit still and literally do nothing, I went back to work on the Wednesday and went about the rest of the working week quite grumpy given my foot/ankle situation, in pain and getting called playful names like hoppy and hop-a-long from my coworkers. Everyone at work was really nice and helpful, and made me at ease when trying to get back to some level of normalcy.

The start of the following week, I subtly dropped the “have you had a chance to think about the pay rise” to my bossvearly in the week and he said he would meet with me on Wednesday. Wednesday came and here I was sitting in his office accepting the pay rise they offered along with the “catch” (basically KPIs and what I needed to work towards, nothing I was not already unofficially aware of but it was a given from Management that they had to cross all their “t’s” and dot all of their “i’s”) before giving me the pay rise stamp of approval. The pay rise would take effect in the following week’s pay.

So last week came around and I was so glad it was only a three day week, well for me anyway. It was Australia Day on Thursday and I had put in for the Friday off well in advance, thinking we could have gone camping, but my foot/ankle unfortunately had other plans. I ended up going to the doctor on Friday (my doctor) and she said my ankle could still be broken given the swelling hadn’t really subsided and sent me for a CT Scan that afternoon just to be sure. Good news is that it isn’t broken and the hospital doctor misdiagnosed the “torn” ligaments (turns out he was lazy and didn’t send me for all of the proper tests, nor did he give me the right information on what I should/shouldn’t do) and as a result I have mild swelling of my two main ligaments and some soft tissue damage which will heal on its own in time. Thank goodness but it still doesn’t help the fact that its sore, swollen and still very weak and unreliable. My doctor said as long as I keep it elevated with ice, stretch it regularly and strap it up if I’m not wearing the moonboot I should be fine in a few weeks. Still not sure if I want to/can wear a shoe and I definitely cannot drive at least for another week. Although I no longer have to wear the moonboot all the time and hobble around on crutches (thank god! I really cannot use them successfully let alone without being sore/bruised the next day, along with looking like a complete and total idiot swinging my legs around on those things), I am still being extremely careful, as I REALLY do not want to risk breaking my ankle or actually tearing a ligament this time.

I suppose in the end, it was more good news than bad so that’s certainly a plus. I did say I would give some tips about asking for a pay rise so here they are

  • be prepared – list the main points you are trying to get across, what is different from your last pay status to now (be sure to include obviously how hard you work)
  • don’t dwell or overthink, just get on with it – arrange a meeting before hand and go for it, if they don’t say yes, you haven’t really lost anything
  • stay positive in your proposal – don’t state blame, but still identify the downfalls of your situation, along with outcomes or solutions moving forward
  • suggest come sort of plan/goal of how you see the future and perhaps suggest what additional resources or training you may need to get you there
  • if you are still unsure of how to ask for a pay rise, just google it. As my boss says “google is your friend”

Well if you got this far down in the post, thanks for hanging in there. Next time I will try and post something when I think of it, instead of stopping and starting and leading you all astray (here’s hoping anyway)

Stay awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Girl in the Green Shoes

 

 

New Year’s Day 2017

And so it begins…a new year, a new day and hopefully a much more promising 12 months ahead. Most people bring in the new year with a lot of drinking, dancing, cheering and of course fireworks. What would a New Year’s celebration be without fireworks? Well yes I had a couple of drinks of course (not my usual style but…yes I consumed two alcoholic beverages) and there were fireworks, but aside from that we decided to do something different this year…so we packed up the ute and went camping for the long weekend. It has been a relaxed couple of days at our camp site of choice, but it has been so bloody hot. I swear today I could have fried and egg on my forehead. After a rather uneventful New Year Day (mostly spent reading and drinking Diet Coke), I was able to capture this beautiful pic of the…let’s say “sunset”….Happy New Year everyone!


Stay awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Girl in the Green Shoes