Sunday, 1 September 2019

September arrives

Here we are, the cusp of another month - my favourite one! Pleasantly warm days, cool evenings - what's not to love? Well, traffic, now that the kids are back in school, but apart from that, it's all good. :D

Anyway, my word this month is actually a phrase, and in Italian:

Affronta il mondo
It feels appropriate somehow. Like I need to get laser focused and move forward on things, take charge, make decisions - that kind of thing.

I haven't been sleeping that well the past week (thanks, hormones), and Friday I woke up feeling particularly self-doubting (according to my sister, this is also due to a transition of a new moon into Virgo) and couldn't shake it for most of the day. It didn't help that my boss was in the office for about an hour that afternoon and was being kind of a bitch.

It's not like this is unusual/out of character for him, but is just something I was particularly sensitive to that day. I'm keeping a note of all this stuff so that when I start looking for a new job next year, I can leave with no guilt. I'm committed to this flat for the next 12 months, so once this starts winding up then I'll be looking for both a new place to live AND a new job. Roomie E is (more) disgusted with her workplace as well but, like me, says the commitment to the flat has to keep her focused before looking for something else.

So we're feeling a bit stuck, but all is not bad.

My part-time job is enjoyable enough. Like I said, not something I can maintain for the long term, but right now is absolutely fine. I seem to be scheduled every Saturday night with no senior staff member to close up, which is kind of ridiculous and not particularly well planned on the parts of the manager(s). It means that someone who's already worked all day has to come back for a half-hour to lock the doors, take off the tills, set the alarm, etc. I'm also missing half my hours on my first paycheque, so have to find out what's going on there.

Wish me luck... 😕 Not the most auspicious start, but there we go. Gift horses and looking in mouths and whatnot.

I've taken three days holiday at the end of September because I just really need a break and have holiday time to use up (use it or lose it). I've picked up a few extra hours at my second job but am really hoping to just read, rest, relax, write, etc. Then potentially a week mid-October when I might go see my sister in Devon for a few days. I'll see.

I've had no response to my email to a thatcher, but have seen a thatcher en route to work the past several days, so am taking that as a sign that I need to send another email to follow up. I do need to speak with one. However, I have heard back from the genealogist I contacted and I'm meeting her next Monday for a drink and a chat. I'm so excited (and very nervous)!

Car is going for her MOT tomorrow, and I'm hopeful that she'll pass with flying colours.

I have a bit of a crush on my neighbour (who, I've discovered, is actually older than I thought - and older than ME). Just enjoying it as it's been a very long time since I've had one. It's a bit of a surprise, actually - he's shorter than me, smokes, is kind of a workaholic and overweight. We have some good conversations, though, and it's nice to have someone 'my age' to talk with. He seems like a good guy. I told my sister I'm working really hard to not get way too far ahead of myself and just enjoy it for what it is.

Well, I have a bunch of stuff that needs to get done today before I go to the shop this evening. I actually have a proper list that I'm crossing items off of to feel a bit accomplished today.

Have a lovely weekend!


Treaders said...

Oooohhh a man crush!!! How nice! Well just having someone of the opposite sex you enjoy talking to is already a good start isn't it. Enjoy!

Northern Living Allowance said...

Ha ha! Funny how these things spring up, isn't it? Crushes are funny things - no real rhyme or reason for them sometimes. I finally told my flatmate and she was really surprised, 'I've known you two years and you've never had a crush on anyone before!' Um, that's because I don't KNOW anyone...? Anyway, thank you. And, yes, it's nice to find someone of the opposite sex I can talk to so easily. That might be part of it. I'm normally neither particularly social nor chatty. xx

Notes From The Frugal Trenches said...

Crushes are good, as are annual leave days! Enjoy both.

I must ask, though I could google, what is a thatcher? I'm supposing it isn't someone who thatches a roof! :D

Northern Living Allowance said...

Hello FT! Thank you. Both make you feel good, but in such different ways. Ha ha! And, actually, yes, that's exactly what a thatcher is :D xx