December 21st, 2010


Health, kittens, work, etc

So, what's been happening in my life lately ? Apart from kittens, of course (yay, kittens !).

Well, back in November, I went for a "Men's Health Check" (my half-million km service) at the local clinic, filled in a questionnaire, had an initial consultation, then came back a couple of days later to give blood samples to be tested. I figured they'd get in touch with me when the blood test results came in, but apart from a card with my blood group (A Rh(D) Positive), I heard nothing. I gave in and arranged a follow-up appointment, and went along yesterday. The only worry to come out of it was a slightly low B12 level - I had a B12 injection yesterday, and two more to come in six and twelve weeks. Apart from that, apparently everything is ok - even, amazingly, cholesterol (total, and LDL/HDL levels and ratio). Considering that my diet consists mainly of foods that usually raise cholesterol (e.g. deep-fried chips, meat of all sorts, snack food, etc), I'm somewhat surprised (I always figured that my cholesterol level would be surprising, though - either to me, because it was low or normal, or to the doctor, who would be trying to work out how I was still alive).

Ok, kittens. They're still adorable ! And all of the other adjectives from last time. They're also remarkably easy-going - we had six people around on Sunday afternoon, and thunderstorms that evening, and a carpenter working on the laundry on Saturday morning, and they've taken it in their strike. Apparently any lap will do, it doesn't have to be me or rwrylsin.

Work-wise - my contract with $BANK ended on Nov 25th, and I joined as a permanent employee on the 26th. I'm happy with my role there, and the team I'm in, and the project we're on seems interesting and potentially long-lasting. And we're a pretty diverse bunch - the team of eight that I'm on has people with origins in Vietnam, India (three different states), Thailand, the UK, Australia, Philippines, and one more joining soon, from South Korea (I think!). Looking at the rest of the project and we add Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Greece, Egypt, Italy, and probably some that I've missed.

All in all, life is going pretty well at the moment, here's hoping 2011 turns out as well.

ETA: And I'm almost completely unprepared for Christmas ! If I'm lucky I'll buy a few presents for a few people and get them delivered in time for Australia Day or so ...
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