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Dec. 12th, 2010


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My access to the internet has been severely curtailed over the last few weeks because of a broken laptop cable. My mum has a laptop but I don't like to interfere too often with her Facebook addiction. Thankfully my new cable has finally arrived ( just tracking one down was a nightmare) and I have my beloved laptop back again.

I'm (mostly) enjoying the work at mum's place, which is good because it looks like I might be working there through January now. I love having money and I'm happy to be working but I miss being at home. Still, I'll be home over Christmas (and I have big plans for Christmas, particularly in the baking department) and New Year before coming back in January (if that even happens).

There is one incredibly annoying thing about being here. I've been ill on and off for the past couple of months, and during a particularly bad bout I had to leave work and book an appointment with the GP I was registered with before I moved up north. She said that I need blood tests to find out what's wrong but because I'm not registered at that practice she can't send me for them or do anything for me unless it keeps getting worse. I understand why, but I'm not looking forward to being stuck like this possibly until February.

I've been working my way through Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon. It has a dangerous tendency of sucking me in for fifty pages when I should be sleeping. I'd like to read the other books in the series but I've heard that the quality deteriorates.

Mass Effect 3 and Elder Scrolls V have been announced this weekend. This makes me a very happy bunny. After a lot of swearing at my laptop, I finally managed to watch both trailers. Particularly excited about Mass Effect 3 but I'm sure Skyrim will follow in the Elder Scrolls tradition of sucking me in and stealing hours of my life.

I almost forgot...

A few days after I started work down here, I got a call from Asda offering me the job I'd been interviewed for. Why couldn't they have called me a week earlier?! It was weeks past the time they were supposed to contact me, I'd assumed that I hadn't got it. Annoyance aside, it's a bolster to the confidence to know that I got the job.
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Oct. 7th, 2010

Black Books: Muffin

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I feel better than I have done in a while.

The Jobcentre still hasn't sorted my money out, but I've had some good news on the job front. I've been asked to go to a group interview at Asda on Wednesday. I've applied there twice before and been rejected right out, so I'm hopeful. It's only a temporary position but it'd be money and experience. I've been reading up on the group interviews and I'm quite nervous - people have been asked to role play, build things, etc. As well as Asda, another place contacted me asking when I'm available for interview.

In non-job related news, I had a brilliant day out today in Chester with my friend. I found a sweet shop that sells grape and strawberry Nerds - I haven't seen them in years! I also picked up a couple of cheap books and one not so cheap (but very interesting) book about England before the Norman conquest.

Also, because they've been making me chuckle recently...

A couple of my favourite sketches from That Mitchell & Webb LookCollapse )

Sep. 24th, 2010

Chadwick Art - Larry Rostant

Job moan

This job hunting thing is disheartening.

I've applied for seven so far this week and haven't heard anything from any of them. I know it's probably unreasonable to expect a response so quickly but after months of searching, and getting no help from the Jobcentre, I'm getting impatient. Out of all the vacancies I've applied for since May, I've been invited to all of two interviews. And one of them turned out to be a scam.

Buuuut on the plus side of things, my degree finally arrived today.
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Sep. 21st, 2010



I made cake today.

Other stuff happened, but I feel that cake was the highlight.



Sep. 20th, 2010

Black Books: Bernard 1



I'm applying for a job that involves proof reading.

The job title is misspelled.

Is this some sort of test? Am I supposed to point it out? 

Sep. 19th, 2010


Life Update

Stuff That's Happened: 
  • I graduated from university with a 2:1 BA (Hons) History and English. I still haven't received my certificate yet but, hey, Brian May was there! 
  • Despite having applied for 40+ jobs, I'm still unemployed.
  • I have had the worst time with the Jobcentre. I've been trying to claim Jobseeker's Allowance since the day after my graduation (which was over two months ago) and I still haven't received anything. First they assessed me for the wrong type (and then tried to blame me for it), then I got pushed from place to place trying to find the right form to correct that. The latest thing is that they're saying they won't give me anything because I didn't show up when they were reassessing my claim - when the man I spoke to there told me he didn't know whether I should keep coming and didn't bother signing my form to say I'd been there that day.
  • I turned 22.
  • I developed  soul consuming minor obsessions with Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age. Damn you, BioWare! It was my Knights of the Old Republic addiction all over again. 
I'm reading up on Arthurian legends (thanks to my friend getting me into Merlin and sparking an interest). I also read the latest in the Matthew Shardlake series by C J Sansom and Room by Emma Donoghue, both of which I loved. My birthday book haul this year was around the thirty mark, so I have enough to keep me busy until Christmas.
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Apr. 17th, 2010

Black Books: Muffin

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Several random bits of news: 

I got news that my uncle Jack died, quite possibly making this the worst month ever. He wasn't actually a relative but a very old family friend, having lived next door to my nan and grandad for years. It wasn't unexpected at all - his health has been terrible since his wife died a few years ago. I'm worried about my nan as it's come so soon after my grandad's death.

On the uni front, I finally finished my independent study this afternoon. I'm quite proud of how it turned out, and wishing that I'd had enough faith in myself to register for the dissertation module. I still have two English essays and revision for two history exams to go.

I went to York with a friend for a day trip. Enjoyed the museum, bought books and ate my first Eton Mess. 

Books news! The Captive Queen by Alison Weir is an excellent novelisation of Eleanor of Aquitaine's life after the annulment of her marriage to Louis VII of France. I really need to get back to Weir's biography of Eleanor. I attempted to read it before I got my glasses and couldn't cope with the tiny text. I went on a bit of a book splurge and bought Northanger Abbey, The Sisters Who Would be Queen, Hyddenworld and Emma Brown

I'm also enjoying watching my favourite TV dramas while I work my way through essays. So far I've watched Lost in Austen, Northanger Abbey and North and South. Fingersmith is coming tomorrow!
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Apr. 4th, 2010


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YOU'RE ON MY FRIENDS LIST, I WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU BETTER! Answer the questions and then repost it in your journal so i can answer them for you ;)

1. Can you cook?
2. What was your dream growing up?
3. What talent do you wish you had?
4. Favorite place?
5. Favorite vegetable?
6. What was the last book you read?
7. What zodiac sign are you?
8. Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?
9. Worst Habit?
10. Do we know each other outside of Livejournal?
11. What is your favorite sport?
12. Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
13. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14. Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15. Tell me one weird fact about you.
16. Do you have any pets?
17. Do you know how to do the Macarena?
18. What time is it where you are now?
19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21. Would you be my partner in crime or my conscience?
22. What color eyes do you have?
23. Ever been arrested?
24. Bottle or Draft?
25. If you won the Jackpot on the lottery today, what would you do with it?
26. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew?
27. What's your favorite pub/club to go to?
28. Do you believe in ghosts?
29. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30. Do you swear a lot?
31. Biggest pet peeve?
32. In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33. In one word, how would you describe me?
34. Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?

Apr. 2nd, 2010

Black Books: Muffin

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Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post.

The funeral wasn't as bad as I was expecting, although obviously it was sad. Something that made me furious was that a few hours after the crematorium where it was held was vandalised. 

On a completely different topic, I read Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada and would definitely recommend it.
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Mar. 22nd, 2010


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Grandad died this morning. It was kidney failure in the end, which they inadvertantly made worse by giving him something that aggravated the kidneys when he first went in. I'm going to Coventry this afternoon to see if I can help arrange the funeral.

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