25

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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. ย 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 inย 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Free time

Here is a list of things that have happened since abruptly leaving my job on Tuesday:

  • I had a long lie. On a weekday. And done nothing all day.
  • I went to Dundee to visit my sister and bought things to make her new flat feel homely.
  • We found a potential new house. Scott and our families went to view it. He called solicitors and we sorted out an agreement in principle.
  • I went to Let’s Eat Glasgow and ate some amazing food.
  • I had an orange hot chocolate and felt instantly Christmasy.
  • I posted my zone card for a refund on the remaining three weeks that I no longer require for my notice period.
  • I posted more letters this week than I have in the past few years.
  • I tried weetabix and I can’t believe I refused it as a child. 
  • I tried some beer. Still disgusting.
  • I stopped hoarding empty perfume bottles. I really need to get more to replace the finished ones.
  • Bullet journalling.
  • Played games in a pub for the first time. Who knew staking mini plastic chairs was so fun.

Working Girl

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Last week saw the start of my science career! After graduating a year ago and only applying to NHS jobs and getting nowhere, I decided to branch out and apply for a whole bunch of other jobs within the life science industry. I was lucky enough to get an interview for one of the first posts I applied for. They phoned me the day after my interview and offered me a position as an associate scientist within the virology department!

One month later and I’m now working full time with weekends off which feels so good to know what days I’m working in advance so I can actually make plans! No more weekend shifts!

Sadly I don’t actually get paid until next month but in searching for something to buy with my first wage (“it has to be something big!” they said) I decided I should upgrade my tablet. A few years back I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and recently it has been really slow compared to other tablets friends and family have bought. It’s starting to show its age so I searched for the Google Nexus 9. Scott and my sister both have Nexus tablets which still run super fast a few years on and that heavily influenced my decision. In my quick search I found that the Nexus 9 was on sale with ยฃ120 off at Argos and Amazon and I just couldn’t pass that opportunity up! Thankfully my mum was able to help me with the money situation since I don’t get paid until next month. I went for the 32gb model which was only ยฃ100 off but that’s still a great deal.

I had a great wee weekend too – I went to see The Real Hoosewives Fae Glesga with the Greggs ladies, had a night out at the Cathouse, and had a long overdue catch up over lunch with Kirsten, Amy and Callum. I bought Callum a plant as a flat warming gift a couple of months ago and hadn’t seen him to give him it so he finally got it on Sunday!

Swing!

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Since leaving Campbell Snowdon House, I decided (after some others advised) to have a leaving night. That night was on Friday and ofย course, none of the people I worked with even attended because they are rubbish. I anticipated this though and invited a whole host of others to join me celebrating not having to work every weekend and having a better job. I had no real plans for the night and after checking out NYC on Hope Street and seeing it was far too busy, we popped next door to Swing. I’ve been on various nights out that were supposed to happen at Swing but ended up being elsewhere and had heard good things about the place so we were delighted to find out it was pretty quiet and not all the tables were booked for the night, plus we were early enough to not have to pay to get in. Bonus! Initially we were only going to stay for a couple of drinks then move on but it got busier and the band for the night, The Fortunate Sons, started and we fell in love with the place. Swing is a 1920’s themed bar with live acts each night including acrobats, burlesque and bands providing excellent live music and we had the best night! I highly recommend it if you’re having a night out in Glasgow and we will be going back for sure in the near future!ย I took my Instax Mini 8ย with me and took the pictures above. I love that wee camera.

It’s been a busy week this week! Not only was it my “leaving night” on Friday but on Wednesday a few of the Greggs ladies and myself went to see 52 Shades of Maggie at the Pavilion theatre after going for dinner first. The show itself was all right, but apparently the first one was a lot funnier than this one. Still a good night none the less. Thursday night saw us catching up with a few people and going to see the new Avengers film at the cinema whichย was pretty good.
At Christmas I bought Scott a make your own cider kit which he finally made and we all got to drink on Saturday night. It turned out very nice so well done Scott! (and me too for picking the right kit ;)) We made a night of that by ordering in pizzas (and Chinese for me!), playing beer pong and watching stuff on Netflix.

What a good week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Amazonia

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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.ย 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 factsย about all ย 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.