At the beginning of August I got made redundant from one of my positions. My other employer has been fantastic and accommodating when it comes to me messing around with my hours to suit interviews and everything else.
I probably upset my mother a bit by cancelling on her birthday BBQ and then not coming down the week after to help with a fundraising day as I’d originally promised months in advance as between work, eating, sleeping and trying to get a new job, I had no time left for much else, let alone two full days in Essex. I’m hoping that I can make it up to her next weekend with a trip home and hopefully, if my yarn actually arrives, a knitted dinosaur that she has been coveting for a while now!
I got offered a new job, one which will work well alongside the one I am staying in. It seems like a brilliant job and I’m actually very relieved to know that from now on I’ll have set start and finish times in both jobs and therefore be able to plan around my work. In the job I am leaving I was very very flexible on hours, to the point where I never knew what times I would be working until late the day before I was due to be there, which I recently realised just wasn’t working for me any more.
My new job will require 7am starts as it’s a before and after school position, but I’ve just bought a Sonic Boom Alarm Clock which has a vibrating function, so even if I’m having a shitty night with earplugs in (so I can’t hear my phone alarm) and an eye-mask on (so that I can’t see the light of my SAD Lumie sunrise alarm), I should still be woken by it vibrating under my pillow. Theoretically any way. It better bloody work, it cost me £29.99.
Money is still a big issue, and I’ve worked out that I will be £52.33 net less a week factoring in the fact that my new job is term time only. However, this does mean that I will have three days a week for temping in school holidays if I want to do it. I will also have Friday off every week, so will be able to do some temping on Fridays too hopefully.
I did say in a previous post (here) that I was looking into ways at making money online. That has been abandoned in the pursuit of job hunting recently, however I have made enough for a fiver of Amazon Vouchers on Swagbucks. My only problem is that I have been unable to get that without a ‘pin’, which I’ve had to do via a postcode due to my phone not being compatible to their systems, which is a common problem apparently.
I do intend to keep doing this, though for the next month Nick and I have decided that I should not do any extra, settle into my own routine and use my time off to get my CYPW course finished and Etsy Shop up and running, even though it’ll put us at a loss financially. In the long run, taking some time out now to do those things will be more beneficial then me stressing about my CYPW for another year and not getting the shop started for Christmas. Nick will also have Friday’s off for the next month so will be taking some time to start looking into the box of antiques my parents gave us. Apparently. The National Trust memberships we managed to snag cheaply last month seems to make me think that actually, we’ll spend a few Friday’s going to our local Trust properties! (Under 25′s can get a year’s membership for £26, or £21.20 if they buy it on one of their sale days like we did!)
I have changed to a new Scout unit as well, I have left Explorers. This was mostly because of working hours changing, though there was a part of me that was starting to feel a bit like a spare part with explorers. I was there as the “female leader”, though it felt more like I was there to make up the contingent as the explorer’s didn’t need two leaders, they are very very independent, as they should be, so I had been considering finding a scout unit to join on top of Explorers, but with this new situation it was one or the other, and ‘working’ until 10 when I’d have to be up at quarter to six just wasn’t a sensible option. So a change to Scouts, where I may feel like I can actually teach them something and be useful, not a hindrance as I don’t know how to do much wrt Scouting skills.