Two years at Award Force and the dandelion war

It has been more than two years since I started with Award Force and a year since I became a product manager. I love my job, my role, the company, and all my colleagues. I am so fortunate in all respects and am particularly grateful to have a full-time job at a time when so many others have lost theirs.

In a company meeting recently we all wore red and made love hearts with our hands as a show of thanks and support to our managing director for providing stability, having the foresight to plan ahead for a financial downtown, and basically being awesome. None of us have been furloughed or have lost our jobs thanks to his good management. Award Force is a caring and supportive company with integrity and a social conscience. I’ve found my home.


Ben has declared war on the dandelions in the backyard. He doesn’t usually take much interest in gardening but has a tendency to become obsessed with certain weeds. In Christchurch, it was the convolvulus. Here it’s the dandelion. Yesterday he pulled out enough to fill a small football stadium but today there’s more. We think somebody might be sneaking into our backyard overnight to plant dandelions. Is there a word for the opposite of a thief? Someone who, rather than taking something you want, gives you something you don’t want?






One response to “Two years at Award Force and the dandelion war”

  1. Katrina Avatar

    I’ve got both convolvulus and dandelions – lol! Next summer, I might resort to poisoning the convolvulus, reluctant though I am. I’m not a gardener, and apart from pulling it out every day, I can’t think of another way to control it. I understand that the fantail/pīwakawaka prefers a “less well-manicured garden”, so I live in hope that my non-gardening preference may bring some of those visitors one day 🙂 Actually, I did see a fantail one day a wee while ago, after I chopped quite a big bush back. It would have been attracted to the insects I disturbed doing that, but I haven’t noticed it again since.

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