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I’m A Lumberjack And I’m Okay

There are several reasons why I really like my new workplace:

As I’ve already mentioned, it’s a twenty minute walk from my house. A twenty minute sing-along walk.

The work I do is incredibly varied, challenging, and draws on my research and writing skills. Moreover, the work actually feels rather important and worthwhile, as our organisation’s role centres on advocating for people who, for various reasons, face distinct disadvantages and marginalisation in Australia.

We have a mini-dishwasher in the staff kitchen, and I have a large office all to myself.

My work colleagues, boss, and I laugh a lot together. This is important to me.

So is the fact that we all love food.

And Jenni, who is not only in the office next to mine but attended college with me years ago, has been known to bake delicious, delicious, ridiculously moist and dairy-free-just-for-me Lumberjack Cake.

Read it and weep, friends.

Lumberjack CakeNo, seriously. Weep. She made it gluten-free too. And then she invited me to her dress-up Eurovision party. I’m kind of super excited.

Lumberjack Cake

(Rest assured I don’t leave all the baking responsibilities in Jenni’s [capable] hands. The other week, I took in some Caramel Walnut Slice. Reciprocity huzzah!)

Question Time: What do you like about your current work/place?

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  1. L-Engineer

    Best part – While I’m on holiday in Japan, work is thousands of km away, and when I return to Oz, I only have to go to work for a short while before I then retire! Yay!!

  2. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    That’s awesome. That’s what I miss about having a workplace to go to. My company rocks my socks, but the offices are in Colorado and New York and California (and Europe!), so I work out of my home office. I still get to laugh with coworkers, but it’s on chat or the phone or Skype. I really miss just sitting in someone’s office and talking. Nonetheless, the benefits far outweigh the costs, so at the same time, working out of my home office is the best thing about my job, too!!!

    P.S. I totally spelled outweigh as “outway” until spell check caught it. Oh my.

  3. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Wow, I have never heard of Lumberjack cake before today but it looks amazing!

  4. Emma

    On Wednesdays I go shopping / and have buttered scohhhhhhhnes for tea.

    This still doesn’t tell me what lumberjack cake is. Rather, it builds the mystery to disproportionately high levels. Ah well.

    Hmm, my sad graduate student office. What is there to like?? One: The David Hasselhoff posters I make for the door. Two: The real poster of men climbing giant trees above my desk that I will steal when I leave. Three: A mini tugboat pencil sharpener some foolish student left behind. Dummy. Four: I’m the only person in the room right now. Hence, there is no one to watch me weep (per your instructions).

  5. Evan Thomas

    I’m definitely weeping.

    1. Ellie@fitforthesoul

      same here 🙁 haha. 🙂
      I think it would be so awesome to actually be with co-workers working together! My current part time job with my autistic student is awesome though…I love just being with him and seeing him blossom! I also love love his amazing mom who inspires me just by the example she sets in her never ending patience with her son! I love that I’m always learning in how to work with him, because some days~I just don’t know how he’ll act. 😛 so great that you love your job Hannah! what a blessing.

  6. Victoria (District Chocoholic)

    So glad to hear you’re loving your job/office – I know it caused some anxiety for you. I love my office because it is filled with nerds. And dudes who don’t notice that I have no sense of fashion. Whew.

  7. Louise

    We had a lovely nurse at work, who sadly left to get married and move towns who used to make banana cake for me with cream cheese icing. Is there anything better than a cake making colleague? Can’t think of it just now. How lucky you are.

  8. Louise

    And I nearly forgot! (It is 0213) A dress up Eurovision party! Woo hoo. We’ll of course be celebrating all things Eurovision in our house this weekend too. Don’t think I can manage dressing up again, after my two recent efforts. I was thinking that I might be bothered to make some swedish meatballs or something for dinner.

  9. Lauren

    1. Parties with Asian dignitaries — and leftovers in the fridge the next day.
    2. Great location near gourmet burgers, fancy coffee and tons of Thai takeout.
    3. Wonderful people who understand that office hours are meant to be ignored. (i.e., 10:40 a.m. arrival).

    1. Dozens upon dozens of kids in matching school t-shirts clogging up the escalator. Stand on the right!

  10. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    The cake looks gorgeously moist and delicious! And Euro-vision dress up party sure sounds like fun!

  11. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily

    Wow! That looks so melt in your mouth amazing. That would definitely be a cake couldn’t stop eating…I would just keep cutting slice after slice.

  12. Errign

    I like that my current work place is full of people I like & I like talking to people ’bout studying abroad!

  13. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    ooooh what an awesome cake indeed!!

  14. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Feeling well and being happy with your work is the most thing! You spend so many hours there every day you shouldn’t dislike it.

    I have two student assistant jobs, and I like the people (freaks! :D) and what I do there (research) mostly (except when I have to feed questionnaire data into the computer – booooooooooooring :(). My other job is private piano teacher. I LOVE THAT. The teaching. That it’s about music and piano (obviously). Interacting with my students and adjusting the lesson to their individual needs. Passing on knowledge and skills. Awesome! 😀

  15. Erin@TheFoodMentalist

    OMG YUM!

  16. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Yay for personal offices 🙂 I have two workplaces but my favourite is definitely the one where I have an office to myself. People make a big difference too though – my best work memories involve laughter. Lots and lots of it. I’m sure it helps with the work side of things as well as the sanity side of things!

  17. Jess

    What do I like about my current work/place? ALSO LUMBERJACK CAKE! (Well I like all my friends, some of whom bring in things such as lumberjack cake.) The psychiatrist I work with brought some in for me after his girlfriend made it. He had been describing it to me the previous week, but kept calling it “ploughman’s cake”. So I went online to search for recipes of this ploughman’s cake – strangely enough, TO NO AVAIL. When he brought it in the next week, he abashedly explained that it was actually called lumberjack cake. Ploughman’s cake would presumably made with cheese and pickled onions, if it were to exist. 🙁

    That’s awesome that your new workplace is wonderful in so many ways. 😀

  18. Susan

    I still have yet to have tried lumberjack cake, but it sounds and looks wonderful.

  19. Kath Lockett

    Ooooh, that looks nice and I’m reading this at late-ish morning tea time too – so glad that you’ve found a great job and put that PhD stress behind you.

    What do I like about my current job? Hmm, after quitting my three part time jobs (two involved writing; one involved childcare) I’m technically unemployed but I guess you could say that currently I’m an ‘International Movement and Transportation Consultant’ and I’m flat out!

    ….which is why I’m seeking a bit of solace by goofing off around my favourite blogs…. *blush blush*

  20. JohannaGGG

    I love lumberjack cake despite the fact I haven’t eaten it for years and can’t really remember what is in it – but have googled and now I want to make it – and I would love an office where people make it but the people around me aren’t so into their food and cooking – at least they make me laugh though – that is important in a workplace because sometimes if you don’t laugh you just go crazy

  21. Margaret

    I’m ashamed to say I’m not quite sure what lumberjack cake is! I’ll have to Google it.
    I’m so glad you have an enjoyable job. I think it greatly improves the quality of your work when you are in harmonious surroundings.
    The writing you do is probably technical, fact based. I’m glad you can unleash your creativity on this wonderful blog. 🙂

    I enjoy all the things that you enjoy about your job – apart from the food part. That’s quite ok with me; most of them here don’t value healthy food.
    I love being able to personally help people and make a difference in their lives. I love the freedom of being able to write whatever I like, and no one has to approve it.

    1. Margaret

      I know what a lumberjack cake is now! I received an education on Not Quite Nigella’s site! 🙂

  22. Cindy

    Isn’t it wonderful to share a work environment with like-minded folks?

    I’ve spent some time on my blog, too, talking about the all-round awesomeness of my workmates. This is the annual highlight.

  23. theresa

    I don’t know what a lumberjack cake is, but that looks so gooey and delicious that I know I want some.

  24. Emma

    Dress up eurovision party? best. idea. ever.

    Ad that cake looks divine. I’m working on getting a job I love as much as you love yours!

  25. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    A lumberjack cake?! Why I’ve never heard of such a thing. What I have been missing, it looks delicious! I love that you get to enjoy a twenty minute sing-along walk to work. I work at 7 different work places (yes, that is true, 7!!) – and my favourite one is number 7 – from home, which I get one day per week. It’s glorious and involves a uniform of leggings 🙂
    Heidi xo

  26. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I love lumberjack cake-it’s so rich and sustaining and perfect for well… lumberjacks! 😀 Maybe you could be an honorary lumberjack?

  27. Lizzi

    If I had this cake in my life, I would also be okay.

  28. Erica

    Wow – that looks ridiculous good! So glad you like where you work- you spend SO much time there, its important to enjoy it. I work from home, so I love the environment and my office mate english bulldog 🙂

  29. Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc

    Oh my! Can I be your colleague too? I will gladly work for free for a day, in exchange for a slice of this cake. It’s nice to know that you are enjoying your job! I’m starting on my job first big-girl job soon, and I hope that I’d love my colleagues as much as you love yours:)

  30. Rach

    Well that’s just gorgeous!

  31. Camille

    Oooh! Eurovision! When’s that on? Also, what goes into a lumberjack cake? Take that, question time!

    What do I like about my current work? The fact that I work days, Monday to Friday, almost like a normal person.

  32. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Hoooly crap. Me want. That’s all.

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    YES to Monty Python Flying Circus references! We were constantly quoting their skits while in England, but I’d forgotten all about the Lumberjack Song.

    Your work sounds wonderful – I still have yet to find myself in a workplace that fully embraces laughter and baked goods! Haha.

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