Hindsight – a wondeful thing…

Another disappointing day today. We could easily have finished at lunch time. We briefly covered macros and master documents this morning. I have never before created macros (have used them, not created them) so I knew nothing. Well the trainer knew less than nothing. She tried showing us things that didn’t work and she didn’t know how to make them work. I figured that out and showed her and the class. That gave me quite a buzz and certainly rekindled my interest in computer training. One of the other students thanked me for my help in class – she was very annoyed with the trainer’s obvious lack of experience, planning and knowledge. I must also mention that the trainer did acknowledge that the class obviously didn’t live up to my expectations and she thanked me for my help.

Three of us (the other two students who had also been in the intermediate class and I) went to Jaws for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed our food and each others’ company. That was my third lunch there this week. Why try something else when the food is so good and it’s a healthy option? The lunch vouchers were the best part of the course! I waited until I got home then logged onto the website and filled in the course evaluation form. I wanted to take my time and make sure I gave carefully thought out and complete feedback.

I really shouldn’t have been so impatient to do this course – I should have waited for an available space in a course with my first choice in training provider, but that would have meant waiting until March.

We finished up early and I travelled part way home on the train with one of the other ladies. It was nice to get home a bit early and have a chance to relax before heading to the airport to pick up Stephen.

It’s good to have him home.

Learning…

Stephen went up to the mine for the last time this morning and I went off to an Intermediate Word course. I wasn’t sure whether I’d made the right decision doing Intermediate Word, but the course outline described a few things that I wanted to be able to do better; a few things that I had questions about. It was well worth it. I really enjoyed the course. The facilitator was very knowledgable and the day’s pace was perfect. I’ve been in a few courses where the knowledge has been good, but the presenter has been a bit slow, dragging on where he/she could have upped the pace. We reviewed a lot of stuff that I already knew, but much was clarified. I now understand why some things don’t work (or don’t work as expected), and know how to do a few others things that I wasn’t sure about.

I was also impressed with the lunch arrangements. Catered lunches at courses are often less than impressive. We were each given a voucher that we could use to buy lunch from one of five or six nearby caf├ęs. I went to Jaws East Perth Sushi Restaurant. Yum!

I’m doing an advanced course on Thursday and Friday and really looking forward to that. It will cover quite a bit that I’ve never done before.

I got home and, of course, the pups were extremely happy to see me. Anzac went out into the garage later in the evening when I left the door open and laid down behind the car, refusing to move. I left him out there for about half an hour (with the door open so he could come in) and he wouldn’t move until I offered him some treats. I think the problem was that my handbag was on the kitchen bench and that usually means I’m going out in the car!

I finally got around to filling in the enrollment paperwork for the Graduate Diploma in Information Design that I’ve been accepted into, only to discover that I need to include a verified copy of my passport. I’m studying through Christchurch Polytechnic and so I’m an International student. I’ll have to see if I can get a verified copy tomorrow so I can get this paperwork sent off.

And now it’s time to watch Black Books and write my Christmas Cards!