Pyjamas All Day.

Currently still in my pyjamas, on the sofa with a blanket on me, a cat snuggled beside my left leg and one laying on my chest. I am ill, I have been in for over a week with a really bad cold which has felt like the flu (but not as severe), this has resulted in me taking 4 days off over 6 days. Now as I am a contracted worker this means that I don’t get paid for any sick days that I have so the next two pay slips are going to be crap! Yey!

I thought, as I lay here on the sofa, my lungs feeling weak and my cough sounding like an old dog barking that I might do a wee update post. It’s been a while, some months since I posted I thought why not update my blog with the many goings on on my life (I lie, there are hardly any…). So here goes..

I’m still in my temp job which has been extended until the end of April, which only gives me a couple of months to secure a permanent job, this is not stressing me out at all. NOT ONE BIT. NO STRESS HERE, BUDDY!

I’ve rediscovered my love of reading and books with the thanks to the library. I used to love reading and then I got a Kindle and I realised I didn’t read as much because I actually loved holding a book in my hand and turning a page. I’m currently reading The Acid House, by Irvine Welsh (side note, my cousin was one of the producers on the film, which I’ve still not seen…). I’ve also read Girl Unknown, The Inner Fix and I’ve got The 4 Week Body Blitz currently out on loan, unfortunately I’ve been to ill to start it BUT that will change shortly when I’m fighting fit.

Last year I dropped quite a few lbs which has resulted in my body shape changing and me feeling so much better (*please ignore the fact that I am currently ill), I’ve been wanting to drop the weight that so sneakily creeped up on me over the past few years and with the impending ‘Marshall / Wilson’ wedding I wanted to make sure I look decent in a pretty dress! I’ll be keeping up the lifestyle of exercise and healthier eating long after the wedding (fo’ life, yo!).

Speaking of wedding, it seems that after being engaged for over a year we have finally decided to get married this year. THIS YEAR, 2018. In under 10 months to be precise, we’ve provisionally booking our wedding date and it seems that we will be signing on the dotted line this coming Sunday. I’m looking forward to actually getting it booked so we can start to put things together and organise all the bits and bobs that go with organising and planning a wedding. Like most, if not all ‘brides / grooms to be’ I have an Amazon Wish list and a Pinterest full of ideas.

Well I think I’m going to leave the post here as I’m feeling pretty tired and might head back up to bed for a well needed snooze.

See ya! 🤧

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Grab A Cuppa.

Well hello there and thanks a lot for stopping by. Grab a cuppa and have a wee read on what has been happening in my life, spoiler alert, I lost my job and this post is mainly about that!

It’s been a good few months since I have blogged, actually more like a year(!) and this is all because I fell out of love for/with blogging, I stopped reading them and stopped typing them up. Now that I’m not working I can focus on typing up more posts of which I was planning to do last year…

So yeah, I’m unemployed. I stopped working for the woman in the black cloak in August 2016 and started working for a stockbrokers, I was so happy about my new journey (more money, not a call centre etc…) and I was determined to make this my new career and I had big plans of upskilling and even looking to move around the company, sadly come the beginning of March this year these ‘grand plans’ were shattered.

We had a company meeting at 11am on March 2nd to be informed that our jobs were at risk of redundancy, which basically meant that we were out of a job. I’ve never been made redundant before I was in complete shock, in fact the whole floor was in a state of shock, anger and upset, we all walked out once we had received the news and headed to the bar to drown our sorrows and process the information, after a couple of hours we headed back to the office we had our 1-2-1 meeting with our managers who provided us with a bit more information on the situation. A week or so after the announcement we were informed that only a handful of people were keeping their jobs and the rest of us would be out by April 28th, within that time I have applied for jobs and had a couple of interviews, both of which I didn’t get (obvs). I’m now about to begin my 3rd month of unemployment and it’s driving me insane, there are only so many Jeremy Kyle shows you can watch and so many times you can clean the house within a week… I’m currently signing on which means ‘some’ money is coming, but not enough to pay the mortgage. It’s horrible being in this position and I wish this on no one, making cutbacks and putting any plans for a holiday on hold, in fact we are putting our wedding plans on hold and it may be another year or so before we can even think about booking it. But I am hopeful something will come along soon and this ‘bump in the road’ can end, I could just take a job in a shop or do Festival work but neither of these are jobs are where I intend to take my career and I would very much like to get back into the financial sector (but let’s be honest I’ll have to take any job if I don’t secure something in the next couple of weeks).

I haven’t been utilising my ‘time off’ as much I should have been, I have obviously been applying for jobs and I’ve gone on a few walks, but I mainly spend my time in the house cleaning, doing wash loads, exercising and watching box sets. I could of/should be volunteering to at least get me out of the out house and feel like I have purpose, I am not cut out for the life of a housewife, I get bored. It really does knock for six when you are in a job (which you enjoy) and it be taken away from you, you go through a grieving process and it took me weeks if not a month or so to get my head around it. I am also shocked by the only 2 benefits which I can receive which are JSA and a reduction on council tax, I don’t find that to be very fair considering I have been paying my NI and taxes for years, yet because I own my home and live with a partner who works ‘they’ assume that we can afford all our outgoings. However if I was single and living on my own I would be given every kind of benefit and I can assure you that £147 a fortnight does nothing but help pay for my personal bills, of which I have many…

Anyway, enough of me ranting, I’ve a house to clean… But if anyone knows of a job vacancy in the Edinburgh area, which is not a job in a call centre, please let me know!

 

Round Up.

It’s been a while since I’ve bothered to write a post, don’t get me wrong I’ve thought about it (a lot) and had ideas for posts but I’ve been ‘busy’ watching telly and being generally a lazy bitch.

As I type this I’m in the bath with a face mask on looking all kinds of alien like, listening to The XX and to get me back into the swing of things I thought I would do a wee ‘Round Up’ post.

So what’s been happening I hear you ask… I went on holiday with my friends to Croatia, changed jobs and companies at the end of August, got engaged in September and I also turned 30. THAT IS IT. To be honest 2016 was a good year for me, the new job and getting engaged were the two biggest things that happened. Leaving a call centre and taking on a more administrative roll has been an absolute fucking delight! Anyone who has worked in a call centre will know how utterly sole destroying it is, the people are great and I miss all my old work pals, but I cannot be happier to have left!

Onto the ENGAGEMENT, I will be, at some point in the near future ‘Mrs Wilson’ (or ‘Marshall-Wilson’ as I would like to be known). Me and J are in our now 10th year (!), that’s a bloody long time to be with someone so it was inevitable that it was going to happen (and I had an idea that it would be before my 30th). The proposal was nothing fancy or cheesy it was done after dinner in our house (*to be honest he could have asked me in the car driving to the shops and I would have said yes). Thankfully I am OBSESSED with my ring and it fitted so there was no need to resize it, although for the first couple of weeks my ring finger would swell up (I think it was trying to reject it!).

We’ve had the obligatory engagement party which coincided with a Halloween party held by and for my family and now we in the very early stages of planning so hopefully in the next couple of years we will have tied the knot.

I’m hoping that 2017 will be another good year for us and we make changes to the house and organise our wedding, but no doubt there will be some bumps in the road (which will be tackled head on), but I hope whoever and where ever you are that you enjoy what the new year brings you. For now I’m going to top up my bath with hot water as it has gotten cold and contemplate getting out in the next half hour before I turn into a prune.

Hopefully (and I say this every time!) I will be and bit more consistent with this blogging malarkey! But for now, bye Felicia! 👋

Motivation.

Is something that I seem to be lacking.

I had big plans to drop some weight before my holiday to Croatia back in May/June, but I seemed to put it on (before and during the holiday!), not only drop weight but also get back into my gym, yoga, home workout and meditation routine which I was sticking to and enjoying(!).

Today for example, I had a half day from work (sadly working Saturday morning), I came home, ate the majority of a tiger loaf (with butter) and watched absolute drivel on the telly. BUT, I had/have big plans for the afternoon/evening, which consist of cleaning the house, getting my stuff ready for tomorrow, have a mini pamper session (inc. bubble bath), do some yoga and meditation. This as you can see is a nice little list that you would think I would be able to get done on the next couple of hours, but here I am, under the duvet, in my bed, typing up this post. I’m procrastinating! (Not such a) BIG SURPRISE!

I like to think that the weather has a great deal to do with my lack of motivation, if it’s dull and raining, all I want to do is climb into bed and nap or watch a film, however if the sun is shinning then I would rather be out and about. It’s supposed to be summer already and the lack of sun is making it very difficult for me to want to leave my bed and/or get anything done! I’m in serious need of some help, I need someone or something to help get me back into my routine and back to the happier, healthier me.

Wish me luck, as in the next hour(ish) I will have at least like to have ticked 2-3 things off my list (although I’m very tempted to add a nap to said list…. !).

And, if anyone has some motivation that they would like to send my way, please do! I’ll take what I can get right now!

Round Up.

Hey you guys! It’s been a while… I seem to have been bitten by the blogging bug and thought that would start off with a little round up post.
In the past few months there have been some ups and some downs, but thankfully everything is good at the moment!

The biggest thing that has happened is that we lost our little Mossy Moo, our youngest cat was tragically hit by a car and died on the 8th of May. It has been a horrible time, it hit us really bad and our oldest cat Senna stopped eating and was trying to find Moss (that was heartbreaking to watch). Sen has thankfully gotten better and both myself and Jaimie have gotten through the worst of it, but still think about him and miss him everyday.
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On a lighter note, I’m currently being up skilled at work and will be duel skilled by July! There has and is still a lot to take in, but it’s been nice to be off the phones!

There’s a lot of stuff coming up, such as a gig, stag do, hen do and 3 more weddings and I’m trying to get back on the healthy wagon (although I doubt the tub of Ben & Jerry’s that was consumed over 2 days will help!).

Finally, it feels like summer! With the better weather it means that more time will be spent outside and I intend to start walking home from work (let’s see how long that lasts!).

(I’m going to keep this up, I’m going to kee….).

Round Up.

Well hello there! It’s been a rather long time since I last posted anything on here and thought it was long overdue!

I’ve been very busy of late, mainly with work and gaining an active social life again!
In the past few months *we’ve managed to dine out (*we’ve includes J and my chums), my faves so far have been Five Guys & Rhubarb at Prestonfield House. A gift which was actually for my M&D, however they were both ill so me and J had to step in…
We’ve also enjoyed lunch at Clerk’s Bar and afternoon tea at Mimi’s.
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Now that I have my weekends free I am able to go out and enjoy myself, which in my previous job I hardly ever did! I’ve been on a few nights out with the work chums and I’ve been able to see more of my besties which has been wonderful! I’ve also been able to make more time for the family.
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I don’t have any exciting news to report as of yet, mainly because we’re only into the 2nd month of the year and so much is still to happen… Weddings upon weddings, stag do, hen do’s, decorating the house and hopefully managing a holiday (somewhere hot & sunny) with the Mr. But with all my money being spent on weddings I’m not sure if it will be feasible, we shall see!

I hoping not to neglect the blog as much as I have been and by typing up this short, yet boring post it might give me some inspo to continue.

I better get out of this bath now before I turn into a prune… (!).

New Job.

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Over the past few months I have been searching for a new job, something that doesn’t involve me coming home from work with 7 new bruises and 3 new cuts… The safest place for me would be back in the office, so when the job for a Customer Service Advisor or ‘Voice Assistant…’ at Scottsh Widows came up I quickly applied, as my friend works there she also put me forward for the job. After nearly 2 months of telephone interviews, waiting, group assessment centre and more waiting, I FINALLY got the call on Tuesday. I was told to hand in my notice on the Wednesday as training started on the 26th November and bring in my National Insurance Card in for them scan.

I. AM. OVER. THE. MOON.

New job, new beginnings! I’ll miss the people from my job in the store, BUT, I won’t miss the early mornings or customers asking for the 100th time ‘where are the eggs, dear?’.

How Things Have Changed.

A little personal post. To be honest, this is for no one but myself, just a little reminder to let me know that even though some days are tough, I am by far better off where I am than where I was and things can only get better!

This time last year I resigned from old job and was in limbo, I still had a months contract but wasn’t going into work, so everyday was spent cleaning the house and preparing dinner (a housewife’s dream!). To be honest, leaving was the best decision that I had ever made. For nearly a year I had been forcing myself to stay there, hoping it would get better… Then I ended up in hospital due to stress and was off work for about a week. I wasn’t enjoying myself and you could cut the tension with a knife in the office!

I spent the entire month applying for jobs (mainly office based) and would hear nothing, so I started applying to retailers and ended up at a certain store. I wasn’t that bothered about where I worked as all I was thinking about was being able to pay for the mortgage and bills. I’ve been there a year in October and even though I’m not keen on the 10 hour shifts, late nights, working weekends and the dip in pay, I am a lot happier there. The people are nice, as are 98% of the customers(!), there is no stress, no hassle, no pressure and no backstabbing.
I am still looking and applying for other jobs in the hope that I can get back into the admin/customer service career and also the possibility of going back to college next year. I am thankful that I am lucky enough to have a job, especially in this day and age.
The support that I have received from my family and friends has been fantastic and couldn’t ask to have better people in my life.

Round Up.

It’s been a while! A good few months since I have typed a post. I was hoping to keep this more regular, but I’ve been working long shifts and when I’m off, I’m either cleaning the house or spending time with Jaimie/family/friends.
However, as I lay here in this lovley warm bubble bath, I thought I might post a little bit about what I have been up to in the last few months, so here we go…!

January
We have a new addition to the family, his name is Moss (named after racing driver, Sterling Moss). When we collected him, we would have been no older than 6-7 weeks, he was absolutely tiny! He has since grown and is extremely adventurous! Senna and Moss did not take to each other right away, but after 2 months of separation they are now best of friends and follow each other round the house and chase each other up tress and around the garden! I have turned into a crazy cat lady and I’m not ashamed,  as anyone with a pet will know, they are your adopted fluffy (or scaly) babies.

February
Now… I’m trying to think what happened in Feb… I think this was just a month of working a lot, lovley 10 hour shifts and waking up at 5am… Can’t beat it!
(I just checked my Twitter account) I didn’t really do much. Helped my friend gut her flat and had a lovely valentine’s evening with Jaimie.
February – DONE.

March
In March I did a lot more!
Jaimie had bought us tickets to see Swan Lake at The Playhouse, it was good, not great, but good. I LOVE ballet, ballet and tap were my first dance classes as a child and I continued for quite a while until I thought I was too cool, I completely regret that now! I was even considering taking it up again… I just really want my point shoes!

I was once again at the theatre, this time The Festival Theatre to see Singing In The Rain with my mum and two great aunties. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! We were singing along and I wanted to get up on stage and splash about in the rain(!). If it comes back to Edinburgh, it is a definite ‘must see’. I’m now on a mission to get tickets for Top Hat!

This was the month that I caught a stinking cold and it was THE WORST. I have to tak 3 days off work, just to try an shake it! Thankfully now I have recovered.

Lisa, finally(!) moved into her flat which is just a mintues walk from my house. Some of the gang got together and helped move all her belongings and in the evening I had an impromptu gathering at my house, which many an alcoholic beverage was consumed!

Kirsty (Jaimies little sister) finally arrived back from her 14 months of travelling and we held a surprise dinner for their Mum and Dad at ours. It went down a treat and she finally got to meet her Nephew, his mum, the kittens and see the house, all in one eveing!

Me and Jay went aboard the Royal Yacht Britania for the second time in our 6 and a half years together, we had great fun and managed to pick up some delicious fudge.

I got to spend an afternoon with my Maw & Paw who took me out for lunch, we descended on the Foresters Guild in Portobello. Now, this just to be an old mans pub that I never frequented, however, it’s now under new management and the place is buzzing! The food was amazing and it was lovley to spend time with my parents.

April
I won a champagne and hotdog dinner at The Flying Dog, a new hotdog eatery in Leith a while back and we finally went last night and it was fantastic. We nipped into the Whisky Society beforehand for a drink.

That’s it for now, not sure if I have forgotten anything… And as you can see, this ‘little’ post ain’t so little!

Cheery bye chaps!