Though I can hardly be surprised - this last couple of weeks I have been well and truly rushed off my feet. If I thought that pushing my start date for my new job back by a week was going to give me some time for a breather, I could hardly have been more wrong.
Because my boss for this work I'm doing in London took the opportunity to ask me if I could come in, and the consequence was that I spent the Monday I would otherwise have been starting my new job, making yet another journey into Central London.
Still, I thought, as I made my journey down (this is going back to the 4th): this should be the last time that I am ever doing the Chesterfield-London commute. And it's not so bad, I considered, seeing as you can normally get reduced tickets, and the fast train means that it's only a two hour journey.
In reflection now as well, going into London does have its perks, as a lot of my friends are based there, and I always get to hang out and do something cool with them! Take that Monday, for instance: I got to hang out with my old China friend Raj, and we had dinner in an old 1950's diner. By China standards, it was quite a tame outing, but we definitely got a good laugh out of it. We binged on banana and butterscotch milkshakes, and then I dug into a guilty cholesterol-ridden chili corn dog, while Shakin' Stevens played on the jukebox, and a guy nearby blow up balloon animals XD
So that was the Monday, and on Tuesday 5th, I was at the office for half 9, and meeting with my boss, and another woman who works freelance from Somerset, who I would be sharing the content distribution load with. Of course, seeing as I knew I would be starting full-time work in just under a week, and it was likely won't be doing this work for much longer, it wasn't fully necessary to meet with her. But Alice thought it would be a good opportunity just to meet face-to-face, and you do what you gotta do, when it comes to work.
Besides, I was glad that I did meet her, as she was a really nice woman, and I just really got the sense that the three of us would work pretty well together as a team. I love working with Alice: have a lot of respect for her type of management, and the conduct with which she's handled me so far. And Joanne is great - she knows her way around the IT systems really easily, and has been a good guide in a lot of ways. I don't normally click so well with women I initially meet, but we hit it off like a house on fire.
I was actually quite sad come 2, when I knew that I had to leave the two of them, and head out early on the train back to Chesterfield. But it's a reassurance, I guess, to know that there's another branch at the Corp that I can potentially always go back to. That, and this work will be a nice little side-earner for as long as Alice wants me, that will enable me to get some furniture for a house. But I'm jumping way ahead of myself now - I haven't even moved in yet, and I'd only just finished teaching! Anyway, in a nutshell, it was a positive thing that I went down there. And meant that the remainder of the time I could start thinking about and planning the coming week: namely, making my permanent shift down to Reading.
So that was what was on the agenda for Wednesday 6th, although thinking back, I'm pretty sure I didn't do all that much aside an excessive amount of freelance work, and a bit of Tomb Raider playing! It was Thursday 7th when the reality of my new job really hit home, because my boss rang me to go over a few bits and bobs about starting.
And so that was a good feeling for me - especially because, subsequent to speaking with HR and confirming my start date, and submitting three years' worth of referees, I had had no contact whatsoever with my new boss, and was still of the mind that he might turn around, and say he didn't want me at the last minute.
All irrational worries, of course, but hearing from him that he was looking forward to me starting was a huge, huge relief, and really set things rolling in my mind.
And so I finally got around to booking my trains, and my accommodation, and went into town to buy a new pair of shoes, and some nice new work trousers.
With that done, I was free on Friday 8th to think more critically about furniture, and so spent the day out in Nottingham with mum at the big IKEA. I got the essential purchase - a bed - sorted, but with payday still a bit of a way off, I figured it best to hang fire until I've actually got my keys, and then I can think more critically about other bits and pieces that I might need for my new abode.
Saturday 9th was spent in much the same way as the Wednesday! And then Sunday 10th I was off - on my long journey down to Reading, set to begin a very, very big and exciting new adventure.
And I'll fill you in tomorrow or later in the week on that, as this is the first day in a while that I've really had the opportunity to relax. So time to get a cup of hot squash now, get in bed, and read for a bit! I spend a lot of my time these days sat with my face in front of a computer, and tonight, I intend to do something a bit different :-)
So time for a cuppa, and to get underneath the sheets. Full update to come soon!