25 seems like a good year so far. Things have been going quite well since my birthday in September. Not in every single aspect of my life, but overall things are pretty great.
As I briefly mentioned before, I quit my job. It was the most soul destroying environment I had ever been in and I am so much happier now that I’m out of there. The long hours and the complete lack of life outside of work took its toll and I was exhausted all the time. I handed my notice in before my birthday, expecting to work until late September but it lead to a month gardening leave which meant I was now off for my birthday and could do whatever I wanted. Perfect.
I passed my driving test. First time. With the worst weather imaginable. I still don’t feel that sense of freedom everyone keeps talking about but that’s because I don’t have a car and I’m not insured on anyone else’s yet. Still stuck with public transport for the time being.
I started working back in Greggs. I was thrown in on my first day and it really does feel like I hadn’t left, but in a good way. I got back into the swing of things very quickly and it’s been such a laugh every day. I missed those ladies. It’s only temporary since I start my QA job in January but it’s something to do and it’s some extra money which really helps.
And lastly, the most exciting news of it all; Scott and I bought a house! An actual two bedroom house with a front and rear garden! What an exciting adventure. We’ve been making lists and starting to buy the things we need like a vacuum cleaner, kettle and toaster. We should be getting the keys at the start of December. I actually cannot wait.
So, here’s hoping things stay pretty good and that the other things which haven’t been great start to improve! 😀
It’s a very rare occasion for both Scott and I to be off on the same day mid-week, so when we are we like to do something and not just sit about and waste the day. I had a meeting at work at 10am (which was cancelled and I didn’t know until I had arrived for it), so we went for breakfast at Costa before embarking on our adventure for the day. Last week we decided to go to Amazonia within M&D’s theme park with our friend Martin. Amazonia is an indoor tropical rainforest filled with exotic animals with the chance to hold some of them. Martin used to work there so he told us so many facts about all the animals and what it was like when he worked there. We spent a good chunk of the day just watching the animals and got the chance to hold a snake, a rainforest beetle and a bearded dragon.
Afterwards we wandered around M&D’s although it is not open for season yet so all the rides were closed. We spent the afternoon posing with statues all around the park and playing in the amusements. Luckily we arrived at Pizza Hut just in time for the lunchtime buffet and we ate ourselves into a food coma. Later that night, Scott and I went to the Garage to see The Blackout for their last Glasgow show, which was a riot as always.
In work related news, I handed in my notice at the home six weeks ago and finished up on Sunday 29th March after six and a half years of employment there. I will miss working there and I will miss the residents but I needed more hours and better pay which they sadly could not give me. Now I currently only work in Greggs, which I really enjoy. This means I no longer have to work every single weekend and that feels great! To celebrate, I am going to Manchester for the Easter Weekend! It’s always nice to get away for a bit.
After brining in the bells in Diemen at Dai’s eleventh floor flat with a spectacular view of the fireworks, Scott and I stayed in the Citizen M hotel in Amsterdam city centre. We got two free drinks on arrival, just for being a “citizen” which we didn’t realise until our last night! I highly recommend the Citizen M chain of hotels – just as long as your comfortable sharing EVERYTHING with the person you are staying with as the rooms aren’t very private for showing or going to the loo. But the beds are massive, the mood lighting is fab and the rain shower is amazing. The staff are always friendly and the bar is pretty good!
On New Years Day we had breakfast at Anabelle’s where Dai made us pancakes (which are amazing with chocolate sprinkles – “so Dutch” apparently!) then we walked around the city observing the Festival of Light which is on at the moment. Dotted all over Amsterdam there are huge light exhibitions, some of which are interactive, some are in the canals, there’s even one in the sky. (We couldn’t see it but the sign assured us it was there.)
Day 2 Scott and I went to the House of Bols Experience and learned all about Genever and Bols liqueur. It’s an interactive tour with tasting, smelling and drinking involved. After you’ve smelled each flavour of liqueur you pick your favourite two and get taster shots at the bar at the end, along with a full sized cocktail of your choice. The flavour of shots I picked were banana and passion fruit and both were amazing! I went for a peach cheesecake cocktail and I honestly think it’s the best cocktail I’ve had in my life. Scott had a whiskey sour and said it was brilliant too. I’d recommend paying the House of Bols a visit if you’re in the area.
We paid a visit to the Van Gogh museum which we got to skip the queue just by sheer chance that we arrived after one queue lane was filled and we got to go to another one. Later that day we went to the Rijksmuesum, the National Museum of the Netherlands. That museum is huge! That night we just had drinks in the hotel with Julie and Muzzy before watching a few of the movies on demand provided for free in the room!
On our final day we went to the Anne Frank Huis, We sadly had to queue for two hours since we didn’t get up early enough to be there for opening but it was worth it. We had ham and cheese pancakes for lunch then walked to Centraal since we hadn’t made it that far into the centre yet. Sadly we could only walk about for a short period before having to get the tram back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and head for the airport. Such a good wee holiday in the Dam! There’s so much more to do so I will definitely be paying the city another visit in the future!
P.S all of these photos were taken by me on my new camera! No more relying on others for decent photos! 😀