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! 👋

Summer. Yey.

So, it is officially summer… We have had a few days of sunshine and heat which has been fantastic,  even as I type, I am laying in the garden getting my vitamin D!
This bout of good weather certainly makes for happier people. Sadly due to my shifts, when the weather is beautiful and I am off work I have no one to play with. Thankfully, Jaimie is on felxi time and he’s normally home at 3:30pm, this avo we have done a spot of shopping, are now relaxing on the grass and I have a glass of coconut rum & coke in hand with a bottle of Asti (my new fave drink) in the fridge for later… Mum and Dad will be popping along for a few glasses and a ‘chin wag’.

The best things about summer are the clothes, I can wear summer dresses, skirts, beautiful shoes and sometimes I don’t even wear a jacket(!) and also the FOOD, bbqs and a lot of salads are consumed (however, tonight will be steak) and with that, comes alfresco dining.

I’m hoping to get a lot of done in the summer months, including the garden, the house, mini trips and adventures with my man, family and best buddies! I just hope I can get some weekends off…

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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!

To Do List.

I turned 27 last Sunday and I decided it was time to make a few changes. Since we moved into the house I have become complacent, I stopped going to the gym, I started eating a lot of sweets, my only exercise has been from cleaning the house and walking up and down the stairs! I also haven’t been working for about a month and have been sitting in the house eating biscuits and watching the TLC channel (when I’m not cleaning). I am quite the lazy bitch.

I was going to write a ‘To Do List’ and I thought it might be better to type one up and pop it on the internet, that way I can’t loose it(!). So, here we go –

1. New job

2. Eat better

3. Long walks 4 times a week

4. Gym sessions 3 times a week

5. Make more time for friends & family

6. Learn to drive

There are only 6 things on my list with the main one being me getting a new job (top priority!) and the others are regarding my general health and well-being, the good thing is is that these are all achievable.

A Wee Round Up.

So I’ve been quite lazy with my blogging over the past few weeks and my excuse is that I have started a new job (yippee!) and when I come home I just want to chill out and sleep.  Yes you have read right folks I have a new job, I am now no longer a cinema employee!  This is my 3rd week in the new job now and I am enjoying it, however it is strange to go from working with 34 people to 3, shift patterns to 9-5 everyday and having the weekends off.  I feel like a proper adult now, I have my own desk, with a big brand new and shiny Mac and a lovely new leather high backed chair, whoever would have thought that I would get so excited about a high backed chair(!). 

I also went on a mini break a couple of weekends ago with 4 of my besties up to a place called Portnellan.  We managed to pick up a deal on itison in February and booked it for October.  We thought we would be staying in a log cabin but we were given a cottage(!), it was beautiful and we settled in no time, the view from the cottage was stunning also.  We visited a few places, stayed in in the evenings eating, watching telly and getting a little tipsy… Twas a much needed break for all of us and we are keeping our eyes peeled for more deals like that so we can get the whole gang together!

Then there was Halloween… I spent the morning carving my FIRST EVER(!) pumpkin with Lisa and the evening was spent at Amy’s new flat.  Myself and Lisa didn’t decide what we were going to dress up as until 4 hours before and we chose go as…(drum roll)… ZOMBIES!  All we did was bloody up an old shirt and zombie-fy our faces, considering we had a minimal about of time I think we did a bloody good job (get it, ‘bloody’…Haw!).  Everyone made such an effort, however Paul had put so much more time into his costume than anyone else, he looked wicked and I could barely take my eyes of him.  We had fab wee night, but I left when everyone else decided to go into town as I was skint.  SAD FACE. 

And last but not least I went to see the beautiful Katy Perry on Tuesday night at the SECC in Glasgow.  We missed the support act as we never made it through to the SECC until 8:30pm.  It was packed when we arrived and there were lots of folks dressed up and out for a good time, some of the outfits were fantastic.  I was singing my little heart out and Jaimie was trying to sing along(!) and was tapping his feet.  We left at 10:30pm to get the last train back to Edinburgh and we were shattered the next day.  But I urge you to go and see Katy Perry in concert she’s amaze and oh so puuuuuurdy!

My Arms Are Killing Me!

So this was the second week and second group from my work to go Kayaking and Canoeing in the Union Canal!  We met at work for 12 although our appointment was at 1:30 (I could have done with another half hour sleep!) and made our way to the spot where the instructor was going to meet us.  We had a quick briefing and then carried(!) our kayaks and canoes to the canal, which by the way are bloody heavy!  I chose to stick to the safest and driest option which was a canoe, the session lasted two and a half hours which is well worth the £15 my work paid.  A couple of guys fell out of their kayaks and into canal which was hilarious, lucky the canal isn’t deep so there was no chance of drowning(!).  We all enjoyed ourselves and I would do this again for sure, although I’m not liking the pain that my arms are in *sad face*.

"Bye Bye Sarah, Sarah Goodbye…"

Last night was the final leaving night for my buddy Sarah from work, she’s off to teach English in South Korea (well jel!).  I had been unable to make her first night out last Monday as I was still on my jollies, so last night I caught up with everyone in SuperCube where we had booked a room for karaoke.  It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and singing their little hearts out!  My fav rendition was Wuthering Heights performed by the whole team in a high pitched Kate Bush styleee!  We finished up at half 11 and some folks decided to go to LuLu’s on George Street, which is not my cup of tea (and plus I was skint) so I chose to head home.


Harry Potter Nails.

This weekend was Harry Potter weekend at work and for my first shift of the week (which was on Saturday) I thought it be a nice idea to do a little nail art for the VERY LAST Harry Potter *Sobs*.  It took over an hour on Friday night to paint and dry my nails, but it was worth it as I liked the results!  I had the Gryffindor colours, H & P letters and also the sign for the Deathly Hallows on my finger nails, it was nice when customers noticed and complimented me on my nails, especially when they knew I did them myself!  Sadly I had to take them off yesterday as I was working with food *boo hiss*.

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