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Feeling a bit better about things today. Applied to three 'proper' jobs today. Proper meaning full time and in Sheffield. Doesn't take that much to impress me, but apparently it's still too much for me to succeed.

One of the jobs was for Sheffield Museums & Galleries and I would love it, so I have all of my fingers crossed, and most other body parts too.

Had a couple of vague ideas about what to write for NaNo, but nothing that would really go anywhere. Actually, I did have a decent horror idea, but I don't want to write horror... I think I would be awful at it, and the whole thing is enough of a challenge already!

Will spend more time thinking about it tomorrow. Poetry captures my imagination in a way that often gets me wondering about 'what happens next', so I think I'll get out my giant Pablo Neruda book (and crayons, the thought of that book makes me want to colour in) tomorrow and hope it inspires me.

Off to watch Defying Gravity now. Although I guess it might not be as good watching it at home on my own as it was lying in bed with my boyfriend. Oh, and job emails are coming in, must go and investigate them.
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Yesterday's trip to the dentist did not involve being told I need a filling. Yay! Having told him I'd had toothache though, he said I was probably grinding my teeth because I'm stressed. Oh joy, even my teeth are stressed. Do I get to have a job now please? Can't complain too much though, if you're on Job Seekers' Allowance you don't have to pay for a checkup.

New laptop is all set up and on the go! It's lovely being able to use the laptop's own keyboard, not have to worry about it being plugged in the whole time, and most of all, not have the screen half hanging off.

Took me ages to copy over all my music and photos etc, but now I have room for lots and lot more!

Job search update for the day: Started on Casework Assistant application. That is it. Oops. Also emailed boyfriend (he sent me a postcard from his brief trip to Whitby which arrived this morning, "Dear beloved, so far away...") with some jobs so he can get applying too.
Got job centre tomorrow, and I do believe they're going to ask me to come every week for a while from now on. Rubbish. Really hoped I'd have a job before it got to this stage.

Finally: Gordon Ramsey got plastic surgery on his face. I am both shocked and amused.

Finally finally: What will I do for subject lines when I no longer have (...days to go)? Oh, and I could really do with a userpic or two.
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Well, I didn't update yesterday, and that's mostly because I didn't do anything productive yesterday.

And I haven't done much today... the easy part of a 'supporting information' section of an application, but nothing that couldn't be done in ten minutes. Oh dear.

I think I'm suffering lack of motivation because I've been trying hard for the past few weeks, but haven't heard anything from anyone. Still, giving up isn't going to help matters, so must get back into it again.

In better job news, my boyfriend had a telephone interview this afternoon. He'll find out how it went on Monday, and if he gets through then he'll have a face-to-face interview.

Off to the pub tomorrow with my parents. Tis one in the village my nan lived in, and it closed for a while, but has reopened so we're going for a visit. Havent been for years. Going to go for a walk up the hill as well if it isn't raining. All sounds like more distractions to me, but will find time to be good... hopefully.
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Just started watching True Blood (is it any good? Anyone watch it?), so this will be a short one.

Sent off college job application. Was silly though, and you had to fill it in on a pdf thing so you only had limited space. I, however, needed more space for my supporting information ramblings, so I had to quickly finish it, print it all out, and get myself to the postbox. Deadline is tomorrow, which would have been fine if I could email it, but now i worry about it not getting there in time. Will have to phone them I think to check it's there, I'll only worry otherwise. Not that it matters, I highly doubt I'd get an interview out of it anyway.

Other than that I've been reading the boyfriend's dissertation (actually pretty interesting) and knitting a glove because it's finally getting cold. Winter weather, I love thee (apart from when you make me fall over, but that should be a while off yet).
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Quick update because the internet has been playing up so I'm not sure how long I've got.

Today I applied for 3 jobs. Yay.

1. The civil servant job I have been preparing for the past couple of days.

2&3. Two jobs that I found out about in emails I'd signed up for from jobsites. Both admin things, sound pretty similar but weren't very descriptive, so I'm not actually entirely sure what I've applied for!

Also went to the jobcentre and that was boring, but apparently they do help with the cost of college courses, so that could be useful.

Going to the boyfriend's house tomorrow so there'll be no further updates for a while. We did just have an argument over the medium of text messages though, which is a stupid thing to do at the best of times, but even more so because he was angry that I'll be leaving on Monday even though I told him that days ago. Whatever. Sorted now, he's visiting me on Tuesday, but not coming back with me on Monday because I'm seeing my best friend that night and I think he has a problem with the fact that I'm coming home 'early' to see her rather than staying at his for the night. All very ridiculous because, as I mentioned, I'd been planning on coming back Monday anyway, he was the only one who ever mentioned Tuesday. Just because I want to come home so I can apply for more jobs so I can move up there permanently and make myself happier, and he doesn't understand that because he doesn't seem to have any motivation to get a job and leave home.

Yeah, there are some issues there. It may or may not work out, but his lack of motivation in this and my utter determination are where we differ most I think. I get a lot of satisfaction from working hard and achieving things, and that's what I want from a boyfriend as well, so I guess I'm just going to have to encourage and hope for the best.
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Well, today I discovered that a 'numerate' degree means one in which at least 50% of the modules were in some way mathematical. I knew psychology would be a stretch, but if that's how they decide it, then I'd have no chance. Not to worry though, I'd investigated government departments based in Sheffield earlier in the day and have already got another application up to the point at which I abandoned the other.

Also found out about an admin job at Sheffield College, which for some reason made me feel all funny when I discovered it. The job itself appears quite dull, and I don't really hold much stock by that kind of intuition. After all, the same people told me they had a 'good feeling' about both of the interviews I've had so far and that didn't exactly turn out to be accurate.

My goal of sending off a civil service application on Wednesday remains, and following that I'll print off the job description/person specification for the college admin job to take on the train with me when I go to visit my boyfriend. Would be good to have some notes ready for when I get back so completing the form won't be too bad.

Other activities of the day:
- Very, very nearly finished knitting my very first fingerless glove. In fact, I'm just sewing up the last seam. The finger holes are a little small, and I think the wrist will be a little too big, but it's wearable. Wearable in public in fact!
- Bought my first Christmas present of the year: the sequel to Dracula for my boyfriend. Now I just have to hope he/his parents don't see it and buy it for him... and think of however many other things to get him.

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