So this week was a crapfest at work, but it’s over and I survived. Phew!
This was a reaudit week. We had 13 non-conformities identified during our big ISO audit in January. Starting Tuesday this week and going to midday Thursday, we were audited again for effective closure of these non-conformities. It was rough and I didn’t think we were going to keep our certification, but we managed to squeak it out.
So, well done me!
However, during this reaudit and given the amount of struggle and stress it caused, I made an official decision. I won’t be working at my current company by next January. I just can’t do it anymore.
I’ll be doing all I can in the next months to find a new job. But if I don’t have anything lined up by the end of December, I’ll be turning in my notice and just quitting regardless. it’s to that point.
On a lighter note, I received a “apres audit” gift in the mail yesterday! I got the New Zealand Toki necklace that I ordered.
So, ever since I went to New Zealand over a decade ago, I’ve coveted having a necklace like this. There are different designs (spirals- like in moana, twists, etc) but this one is the adze, or sharp carving tool. I should have bought one while there, but I didn’t and regretted it ever since.
The necklaces (with the various toki) are symbols for different things and a part of the Maori culture. Most are made of poumanu— or New Zealand “greenstone”. Greenstone is mostly “nephrite” which is the calcium/magnesium silicate form of Jade.
However, mine is “jadeite”, which is the rarer, sodium/aluminum silicate form of Jade.
Nephrite Jade is found in multiple locations around the globe, but jadeite is only found in like 5 or 6 very specific regions (New Zealand being one).
Randomly I got a Facebook ad for this kind of jewelry, which started a click hole, which led to the New Zealand store where I found this one. I loved the color and the fact that it was the rarer (and harder and more dense) Jade.
These are all hand carved, and the artist names all the pieces. This one was called “Reverence”. I dig it.
So far I’m loving it immensely. And what lovely timing, too. Delivered at the end of my trials and when I needed a treat.
After I bought it, I also discovered that Jade and virgos go together. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn to this piece (not that I go in much for astrology stuff). But Jade is supposed to bring luck, good fortune, peace, and physical/emotional well-being.
If that’s the case, I’ll take all the help I can get.