8/7/2013 | 3 comments | offline
Tags: reflection

I decided to take today off from applying for jobs (but then I did see one I liked this afternoon and couldn't help myself). But the rest of the day was application free. Geez, I know I have a lot of free time but it doesn't feel very free when I'm obsessing over jobs.

I've just been listening to Boys & Girls and watching people pass by.

8/6/2013 | 3 comments | offline
Tags: reflection

It turns out fear makes me write great applications because I've been asked to interview for four jobs on Monday. So I'll be heading back to Dorset this weekend.

I bought a cute Uttam dress in a charity shop today. It stunk so I chucked it in the washing machine. Then, I thought maybe I should've checked if it needs to be handwashed. Of course it does. That happens every time I buy a dress in a charity shop. So I'm watching it spin and thinking why do I never check the labels in the shops?

I saw a Sakura Momiji doll in the same charity shop. But it was a little too battered and I'd run out of money anyway. I noticed someone had put a message in the secret slot (that sounds wrong). I tried to pull the paper out to read but it was wedged in too far. I wonder what it says, I might go back to get it, you know I love finding messages.

I find it funny that I describe all the boring activities in my day with such detail on this blog. But when I have interesting and important things going on in my life I clam up. Meh. There's just so much to talk about and I don't know where to begin. It tires me out sometimes.

8/5/2013 | 0 comments | offline
Tags: photography

I tried to enrol on GCSE Science but it turns out I was given the wrong information. Two pieces of wrong information in one week. That's one thing I disliked about working in FE; understaffed until peak times, then it was too busy to train new people thoroughly. A continuous circle of mismanagement. But I guess that applies to most places. It's sad because proper training and securer employment contracts benefit both staff and students.

Still, I had a little surprise when I saw myself in Tate Collectives showcase today. I only joined to view other people (and I uploaded my photos just to add content to my profile.)

I'm looking forward to visiting my husband tomorrow. It has been so long since we talked.

8/4/2013 | 1 comments | offline
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I finally finished my museum application. It took ages. I wrote an essay for every part of the person specification. Do I think it will be shortlisted? Hmm. I really don't know. I'd like to think it would be, just because I put a lot of heart into it. I think it will stick out from the rest, that's for sure. When I applied I didn't think I realistically stood a chance so I decided just to write openly and honestly. If I was more confident I would've used a safe vanilla format. I'm interested to see how the wildcard plays out.

I wish I could find out about a job soon. I want to redo my science GCSE. Some colleges do a this course is free if you don't already has a GCSE Science pass at grade C or above thing. But it depends on whether the course is Government funded and all that. I contacted the college near where I grew up and they said they didn't offer this. I thought all places did. But then, the lady offered me a 24+ loan and I told her I had been informed that 24+ loans were only for Level 3 courses. She sounded surprised. I don't want to challenge her but I want a second opinion on that.

But I have found somewhere where I can do the course for free. I'm not sure what to do with a Science GCSE but it'll be fun to learn in a college again (I find online courses hard, I need people around me to bounce ideas off). I was disinterested as a teenager in school. I scraped a Level 2 qualification with no studying at all. I'd like to see what I'm capable of if I try.

The past couple of weeks have been distressing. I feel like I made some bad decisions, but I'm sure I made the best choice for myself. It's difficult not being able to see a person I spent a decade of my life with. I want to see them and I miss them. The longer I spend without them the more I realise how much they changed my life. I have been having strong flashbacks. I normally have a bad memory but I've been remembering times, so vivid I can almost feel them.

I know there's the saying my life flashed before my eyes. I could always believe that because my memories are so faint that I can recall a lot of them in a short period of time. Yesterday I saw something that reminded me of a conversation I had in a car driving along Holes Bay Road. I remember the smiles, the voices, the sound of my feet stamping against the footwell with excitement, the breeze coming through the window, the smell of the harbour and the air freshener... I want to be back there.

For ages I felt like the one who was dragging behind. I still think I am. But I know I've come a long long way. Fifteen years ago I was waiting for my GCSE results, I knew nothing. Yeah, my teachers drummed enough into me that I remembered the few facts I needed to know to get a pass. I didn't even realise it was fifteen years until this afternoon. I remember how utterly awful my homelife was as a young person. I remember feeling defeated even before I began to live. I remember not revising for my exams because I didn't think I'd ever leave my hometown. At sixteen I was convinced I'd never have a boyfriend and I'd work in a shop until I'd saved enough to buy a studio flat.

I had actually resigned myself to a life of discontent. I didn't question it. I'm so thankful I met someone who showed me happiness. If just for a short time.

8/3/2013 | 0 comments | offline
Tags: photography

Playing with my Momiji


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