Saturday, 30 April 2011


My tooth has been aching, in varying degrees, for the past couple of weeks and now it's killing me! The tooth in question is near the back of the mouth, so the pain spreads straight into my jaw and up the side of my face, which in turn gives me a headache. Just over a month ago I paid over £100 to go to the dentist and get the problem fixed, and the filling did fix it for a while, but apparently they didn't do a good enough job because something is out of whack. I called up the surgery and they can't see me until the 9th because of the times I'm available, so I get to suck down the paracetamol for a while longer. They did say that the work was guaranteed though, so while I'll have to pay for the appointment time, if it's the same tooth causing the problem (which it is) then I won't have to pay again to fix the problem. All in all it's a hassle I could do without.

I weather was warm today, but quite windy. The gusts keep knocking back the chairs in the garden, and they seem to have taken out one of the fence panels. Nevertheless it was nice enough that I walked down to the library and exchanged some books, hopefully the wind will die down enough tomorrow that I can spend a lazy afternoon reading them in the garden.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

I see no sleep in my future

Yesterday I got an email from a job I applied for, they want me to do a telephone interview with them on May 3rd. I'm nervous, especially as the last graduate scheme I set my heart on didn't happen, but it was so nice to get a chance to progress with this. It's an Assistant Director role in an after school school that gives extra English and Maths tutoring. I actually had to check out the company online to make sure it wasn't a scam because it sounded so perfectly tailored to my past experience with my teaching and retail work. If I get through the phone interview it will be on to the assessment day, then (if I'm lucky) a job. The good news is that their turnaround for giving applicant any answers is about 3 days, as oppose to the weeks I waited for the result of the last one.

The rest of my family is away in Florida for a holiday, having the house to myself is such a relief! I did some baking today as I had the kitchen at my disposal, leaving me with some truly awesome chocolate muffins:

Though (/because) they are mightily delicious I think I will have to take they to work tomorrow, otherwise I see myself devouring the batch in short order and feeling ill.

The other day I stayed up until 4am watching the entire third season of Mad Men, despite the fact that I had work at 9am. This was stupid of me. So why am I having trouble convincing myself that it's a bad idea to do the same thing tonight with season 4?

Wednesday, 20 April 2011


I passed my theory test! It's all very exciting. I'm so ready to get this driving thing over and done with, you have no idea. Not necessarily because I want to drive, the thought of going out on my own without the back up of my instructor still fills me with terror, but because I'm close enough now that it needs to be finished. It's also quite expensive to learn, so I'm really looking forward to having a chunk of my money freed up again. Not having to deal with British trains will also be a plus, today was a complete farce trying to get home.

There's been an unprecedented run of good weather here, yesterday was so nice I took a walk down to the library to return a couple of books. It was a completely glorious day and I came back with a few books to read in the garden. I've never read anything by Adriana Trigiani before, but that's the beauty of a library I guess, getting to take a chance on new-to-you authors without feeling the sting if you decide you don't like it. As it was, the feel of the book was perfect for my mood, so I'm on the second (see the sidebar) now and enjoying it.

The countdown to Easter has begun. I have my Malteser Easter Egg waiting downstairs ready for Sunday (it's little things like this I missed being out of the country). Of course, Easter is a really important religious holiday, but for those of us without religious affiliation it's chocolate egg day :). With the royal wedding coming up next week it has meant a row of public/bank holidays, so my dad and his family are heading to Florida for 10 days (that way my step-sister won't miss much of school). I'm looking forward to having the house to myself and not having to work around anyone, or to anyone else's schedule. I see lots of cooking and baking in my future!

Monday, 18 April 2011

First things first

I have blogged in various forms for about the last 10 years. I've moved around a bit in cyberspace, and focused on a few different things, but generally speaking I've kept writing. My last blog got to the point where it was a bit too open to people I knew IRL, and in a bit of a fit one night I decided deleting and starting again was going to better for my mental heath, and here we are.

Let's get down to business. I'm female, 27 (just, my 28th birthday is coming up in a month), and I live in the UK with family. I know! 27 and still living at home, it's not ideal and I'm kind of desperate to get out into my own place, but on the part time work I'm doing now it's just not possible. I've been back in the UK since August after a few years abroad in a secure position, so the state of the economy/job market was a tough thing to come back to. Coming from complete independence back to my dad's was/is really hard. My older sister moved out to her own place a few days ago and I am completely consumed by jealousy. I don't begrudge her it for a second, but it's a beautiful place in a great location and I can help but wish wish wish it were me.

I'm a non-driver, but am currently learning as a lot of jobs won't even let you apply unless you have a license. I find the whole process completely terrifying. I have my theory test tomorrow afternoon and I'm not sure if I'm going to pass, so I've been doing test questions all day. Considering it costs £31 for each attempt I really hope I pass, I want to get everything over and done with.

I'm partial to green and blue, like to cook and bake, and I read romance novels.