today is the beginning of a new phase of my working life. we’ve made a little change, just one small little thing, but i think its flow-on effects will be fairly major. i wear a few different hats in my current position, but we have a longer term plan to move me out of that position entirely, and this change is part of that plan. the little thing is as simple as working in a new location one day a week. the significance of this location is two fold: one, its on our new ‘innovation campus’ and two, its with one of the university’s big research groups (i’ve always been a member, but now i have a desk). so the move is designed to have me be a more active part of the group, and to give me space away from the chaos of the main campus to concentrate solely on writing. i do work from home one day a week already, and its mostly reading time (it just never stops, the reading. you read one thing, theres ten more to read. its like a virus. or a rash). i still needed dedicated writing time though, and i didnt want to do it at home. its too easy to get distracted at home. i like working in my shared space on the main campus, but its impossible to say to people when im sitting right there ‘im sorry, dont talk to me, its my writing day today’. so the writing was getting done in grabs, time snatched from in between other things. which meant that nothing was getting done how i would like, and i was getting stressed. so this is our solution.
another good thing about this move is that its easy for me to get to via public transport and a good walk. where i live now is past the boundary of the direct to uni buses so i drive. a 10 minute drive vs 45 minutes and 2 buses. i dont like it, but those are the facts. but this morning, i set out on a little public transport adventure. of course, i took some photos, so you can enjoy the trip with me (yes i know lots of people catch the bus or train every morning, but i havent done it in years so its an adventure today. just humour me!)
first, i walked about 20 metres up my street to the princes hwy that runs all the way from the northern suburbs into wollongong. on the princes hwy, there is a bus stop. or something like it.
a blue bus comes along here every 20 minutes or so (i checked the timetable first so i only had to wait about 2). it cost me $2 and took 10 minutes to get on the bus and go about 4 kms to the shops at fairy meadow.
i pressed the stop button at the aldi store, got off and walked down elliots rd
crossing the northern distributor and the trainline. the ocean is just at the end of that street (its pretty grey and overcast out there today sorry).
then i cut down a side street and turned into the ‘campus east’ precint.
the old migrant huts are still here, though they’ve been restored and used for other cultural things these days.
across the street a convenient path takes me right through the middle of campus east, which is where a lot of our students live
and then the road takes you right through to the still-in-progress innovation campus.
this place is going to be bigger than ben hur.
a division of bhp billiton recently moved in to that big brown building on the left, and my building is the last one on the right there. its so new and shiny!
and here is my little office space. its very sparse right now (must bring in pictures!), but its away from the main offices, and i dont have to share with anyone!
because i walked a bit, you can see i switched to a backpack, and i even wore my nikes, swapping to my red converse once i’d settled in. i also have a nice view of the construction works
and now im working on a paper about the relationship between the humanities and the health sciences (you know, that annoying thing called social context). and at lunch time i will sit in the sparkly new kitchen and maybe knit a bit. i am concentrating on finishing the evening stockings at the moment, so i can start some new ones for the southern summer of socks.
just as soon as we get summer back. what happened there?! at least its not too hot to walk some of the way back home again.