Monday, 12 April 2010

Happy Weekend

It's always nice when the weather is nice in London and then I find out through FB that weather is also nice in Minneapolis. I had a really nice weekend that started out on the right foot on Friday. I went for an interview that I felt really good about. I enjoyed the people that I met and the role was what I was looking for. Most importantly I felt a connection with the interviewer. We will see what happens. They were going to see a few more people and I should be hearing back something today. 

After the interview I walked into Clerkenwell to meet Mary and a few of her colleagues for a bit of wine. The weather was nice and we were able to sit outside. It was a fun time and I was sad to leave when I did, but Matthew was locked out of the flat. I met Matthew at the Queen Adelaide for dinner, where he was patiently waiting for me. He had a book a pint to keep him company. That was nice as well. They do a good burger and hand cut chips at the Adelaid.

On Saturday I went to a workshop called facilitating fresh thinking, run by Rebecca Mackenzie. The workshop taught us how to run brainstorming sessions. It was a fantastic workshop. There were five us of there, two people I knew from the presentation workshop last year.

We went through exercises and games and then Rebecca led us through a brainstorming session. It was so much fun. We had to come up with campaign ideas for a brand called Bovril. I must say that we came up with lots of great ideas. Later in the afternoon we broke up into two groups and ran our own sessions while Rebecca coached us through it. I met some lovely people and learned some great techniques. 

Matthew and I didn't do much on Saturday night. I was pretty worn out from the day's workshop, it went from 10:30-5p.m., so I actually feel asleep around 8 o'clock. Matthew was busy working on a piece of course work that had to be handed in on Sunday so he was fine with that. 

Sunday the sun was out as well. Matthew and I drove up to North London to look at a few areas we might want to live. I can't say enough how excited I am to be moving in June and to be living on our own.  These last two months are going to fly and then we'll be somewhere new. Can't wait. 
When we got back to the flat we both had some work to do so we sat together and worked on our laptops while Come Dine With Me was on in the background. What a nerdy couple we are. 

I am looking forward to this week. I should be hearing back from my interviews, I've got to line up some more and just keep the search moving forward.  Here's to a good week!


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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Spring in London

I know it's Springtime in Minneapolis when the lilacs start blooming, but here in London it's all about the daffodils. They are everywhere. In window boxes, in the park, growing in the middle of roundabouts, in vases on kitchen tables and in every flower shop on the high street. I have to say that I've grown very fond of them. They are such a cheerful flower. From now on daffodils will always remind me of Spring in England.

It's been a busy past few weeks. Every since I got back from skiing it's been nonstop. Easter weekend was nice. Matthew and I went down to Bognor for the weekend. We went for a fish supper round Larry's house. Larry is Matthew's mum boyfriend. He actually lives in Worthing, about 40 minutes from Bognor. It was a nice time and all. Matthew's mum and brothers, William and Thomas are going to be moving in with Larry. It was nice to see the house and spend time with everyone. 

After Matthew, Charlotte, William, Thomas and I went to go see Kick Ass. I had already seen, but really liked it and thought everyone else would. It was nice being at the movies with my sister and brothers in law. 

We had our main Easter roast dinner on Saturday over at Nanny's. It was excellent. Nanny makes a mean roast beef. Before dinner we spent the day over at the house cleaning out the garage and the loft. We found some old photos of where Matthew lived while he went to uni. My god, what a shit hole. I mean I've never seen anything that nasty in my life. It was a photo of their lounge and just believe me that it was the worst kind of foul you could ever imagine. 

Not only was it a shit hole, but it was funny how the photo looked like it was taken back in the 1970's. There was just a very 70's look to it. I think Matthew's student days at Reading uni were much different than mine.

What else is new? Well I've been spending a lot of time looking for a new job and playing foursquare. I've been on several interviews now and things look promising. I'll write about the job hunt in another post. 

We'll be moving flats in June. I am very excited about that. We've decided that we are no longer going to have flatmates! I think Matthew had already decided that before the new couple moved in. I will admit that I was way too cheap to want to pay the rent ourselves. Last August our flatmate and good friend Wayland had to move out. I just didn't want to spend all that money on rent, so we let out the room. 

The couple who lives with us are nice people and as flatmate go they are easy to live with, but I am ready to have our own place. I am tired of feeling like I am only living in my bedroom. I am not sure where we'll move yet. We are thinking of either East or North London. I am looking forward to it. I will miss our flat and lovely garden, but it will be nice for it to be just me and Matthew.

It looks like it's a fantastic day outside so I am going to go for a walk and look for some daffodils. 

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