Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Oh, You're Still Here?

I've reached my ten year anniversary at work. This feels like quite a feat. I have mixed feelings about it- partly I am grateful for the job, and reasonably content. But there's also a bit of 'wow, I'm still here doing this?'

But you know what ten years brings.. long service leave, y'all! I'm not sure when I'll get to take it, but it's nice to know it's there. Also I get to choose some sort of 'commemorative' gift. After racking my brains (yes, I have several) I asked for a Bunnings voucher.

I know, I know, that probably seems silly, and very un-commemorative, but that's what I most want. I'm still trying to sell the company on the idea, and they seem dubious. I think they'd much rather get some dopey pen or something, one of those really expensive ones that you'd never use because it's too special, so it would sit in your top drawer for the next thirty years. No thanks.

But Bunnings, people. Think of the possibilities... A BBQ for summer. Chicken wire and posts to build my chicken coop. Lots of plants to make bonsai's out of. Mulch.

Mulch, people!!

Anyways, fingers crossed against the dopey pen.


Jessica said...

Congratulations! I love love love chicken wire, it's easy to use and is so full of potential... grow peas up it, fence rabbits in it, protect baby plants under it.

Ben McLaughlin said...

Thanks for appreciating my excitement for chicken wire, Jess.

I hadn't thought of using it to grow things on- good call. I've been stringing lines of wire across the fence to grow my passionfruit vine on. Chicken wire would be good for stuff like that.

Pedro said...

ten eh?
Enjoy the tiffany's pencil.

Hey didn't you want my old BBQ?

What about the bedz dez?

Gary Ware said...

Could you imagine you'd be picking a Bunnings voucher ten years ago?

Ben McLaughlin said...

Pete-sorry about the beds. Lets try and sort out a time. Have you got much on satdee?

Gary- thanks. No, I would not have gone near Bunnings ten years ago

Deb L said...

Mulch! I hear you, brother! Amen.

Laetitia :-) said...

If they won't come at the voucher (because they think it too impersonal or whatever), maybe you ask for a portable BBQ.

Crazyjedidiah said...

You could also ask them to just give you mulch.