If We Were Having Coffee #7 (September, 2018)

It’s September! Ahhh! That means autumn is well and truly on its way! The nights are drawing in, it’s getting cooler and jumper/slipper weather is back! πŸ™‚

Today if we were having coffee I think I’d be having a hot chocolate, it’s a bit rainy and cold today 😦 What would you be having?

If we were having coffee… Firstly I’d moan about how I’ve woken up with such a sore throat. I’ve been having that beginning of a cold feeling in my throat for a while and now it seems to be setting in 😦

If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you how I thought work had calmed down for me but actually now it hasn’t! One of my colleagues has left and I’ve decided to cover pretty much all of her shifts. This is great for me because it means more work! I was only going to be doing my basic 6 shifts in October, but now I’m actually going to be working at least 4 days a week between now and the end of October.

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If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you how I was offered another interview, this time for a job as an Education Officer at Blackpool Zoo. But I turned it down. I didn’t feel excited about it and I don’t think I’d be happy up in Blackpool, and I also now have a bit of a commitment until the end of the year.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m pretty much taking responsibility for being the main Brownie leader from the start of October until Christmas. The main leader is due her baby any week so she’s going to be having some time off… and I’ll be me every week! :O

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how cooperative the garage were about my car. It went in for its service and MOT on Monday and it passed its MOT but they told me they’d found an oil leak on the gearbox which was going to cost around Β£500 to fix. I was distraught! Anyway, my dad reminded me that actually my car is still under its 12 month warranty from when I bought the car for another 2 weeks. Usually when you bring this kind of thing up the garages almost always find a way to worm out of it, but they agreed to fix it under the warranty without any argument.

If we were having coffee…Β I’d tell you how annoyed I was at my insurance company. Last year with Admiral I paid around Β£670 for my car insurance. They sent me a renewal of Β£730 but I managed to find cheaper insurance for around Β£600. Anyway, I phoned them up yesterday to cancel the renewal for them to price match the other company who I’d just taken a policy out with. I told them thank you but I’m leaving if they can’t give me a reasonable price in the first place.

If we were having coffee…Β I’d tell you how sad I’m feeling right now about my reading progress this year. I’ve literally been so busy working the last 2 months that I’ve had no time to read. I’ve bought loads of new books recently but just not had the time to read.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m sad that my boss at work is leaving on maternity leave. She is honestly the best boss ever. She’s so friendly and approachable and goes well out of her way to help you. Anyway, she’ll be back next year if I take up the same role again but she’s been such a good boss.

If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you how I have little Roxy the dog sat on the end of my bed right now. She’s been staying with us the last few days and she’s good fun, especially as I’m obviously her friend now!

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If we were having coffee… I’d ask you if you have any news you’d like to share? πŸ™‚

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Day in the Isle of Wight

Last Friday I had the day off and decided to join mum on a trip out to the Isle of Wight. I haven’t been to the Isle of Wight for years and it was only a fleeting visit but I definitely think I’d like to go back again one day!

Our trip started with a 5:30am wake up to leave home at 6am to catch the 8am boat from Southampton. We decided to pay the extra Β£10 each to go in the “Signature Lounge” on the crossing which was really relaxing and meant loads of free drinks and some croissants! πŸ™‚

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The crossing from Southampton to East Cowes takes only an hour and before long we had arrived.

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During our day on the Isle of Wight we spent some time driving around the island before heading over to Alum Bay, home to the Needles.

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For those of you who aren’t aware, the Needles is a rock formation on the western part of the island and is probably the most photographed place on the Isle of Wight, as well as being one of the wonders of Southern England.

We parked in the car park down the road and decided to get the bus down to the Needles Battery.

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Once the bus dropped us off, we were treated to beautiful views of the Needles from the top.

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The Needles Old Battery is owned by the National Trust, so since we are both NT members me and mum decided to go on in. From inside you get some learn a little about the uses of the place during the war, as well as getting some fantastic views of the rock formation and the surrounding coastline.

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After we’d finished at the Needles Battery we took the bus back to the car park before continuing our drive along the coastal road πŸ™‚

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We then headed back to the ferry for our return crossing to Southampton, where we were treated to a beautiful sunset on arrival.

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My August Life

Where on earth has August gone?! I’m not gonna lie, I’m glad its come to an end but also it means I’m another month closer to not having a job.

August has been busy for me… Insanely busy! I feel like I’ve been working non-stop and really I have. I’m only contracted for 6 shifts a month but by the time you read this I’m going to have done 26 shifts in August alone, and that doesn’t include my other job. So basically, put it this way. I’ve been working 6 days a week and 12 hour days at a time. I’m pretty pooped to say the least!

August started with me being away on a Christian Kids Summer Camp. I’ve now been volunteering on this kids camp for 8 years and I’m now one of the more experienced leaders there. I love being away, helping out and spending time with what we call the “camp family”.

I then came back and have pretty much worked the whole of August, but this month I’ve really enjoyed spending time at the zoo with my (I mean dad’s) camera. I took some more photos the other day which you can see below πŸ™‚

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Throughout August I’ve also been enjoying reading “The Rivers of London”. I was supposed to be reading it for An Historian’s book club. I was so excited to finally read it, but work has meant that I fell behind massively and haven’t been able to contribute yet as I’m still reading it! 😦

I’ve also been applying for various new jobs throughout the last couple of months as I’m currently going to be job-less in around 8 weeks time. I’ve had a few interviews, but unfortunately haven’t got any further 😦

Last weekend I also went to see the new Mamma Mia film! We finally found time to go and see it together (me, mum and dad)! I really enjoyed it! Loads of people had said it wasn’t very good so I’d set myself up for disappointment, but I loved it. I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack πŸ™‚

I should be able to be around a bit more again now that work is calming down! πŸ™‚ How are you all? What have you all been up to through August? πŸ™‚

Zoo Life

So, as promised here are some zoo (and baby tiger) photos for you πŸ™‚

I absolutely love my job and love spending time at the zoo. I’ve now actually become really attached to some of the animals too.Β IMG_0011aIMG_0046aIMG_0063aIMG_0071aIMG_0095aIMG_0115bIMG_0120a

On Wednesday we had some extremely sad news. Naya (& Botzman) our Amur tiger had given birth to 4 cubs. But sadly we received the news yesterday that one of the babies had to be put to sleep. I’d been getting a bit concerned as I’d only been seeing 3 of the 4 babies in recent days, but it was still a shock. The baby tiger was unable to stand anymore or walk around.

I never thought I’d get attached to the animals at the zoo, but hearing the news of the baby tiger has left me so sad, having watched them grow up the last 8 weeks.

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The zoo has an excellent bird show. I absolutely loved sitting there watching the birds!

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We also currently have 5 Californian Sea Lions at the zoo, where baby Hanno and Oakley were born in June and July respectively. I’ve not yet got any photos of them but hopefully I’ll see them soon! πŸ™‚

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I hope you enjoyed today’s “photo dump” of some of my friends at the zoo πŸ™‚

Do you want to know anything about any of them? πŸ™‚

Would you like to see more zoo photos in the future?Β 

 

Day in my Life

I’m so sorry again for the irregular scheduling of my posts right now, I’ve been totally snowed under with work and haven’t had much time for anything else! Anyway, today I’m back with another day in my life post πŸ™‚

Today I’m going to be sharing with you a triple shift day!! Firstly I should just make a clear point that I am never made to do this… I am doing this of my own accord! I’m not supposed to do it too often, but last week I did work from 7:00am until 10:30pm.

So I was staying in a hotel overnight, so I didn’t have to get up as early as I would if I were commuting from home.

06:15 – Wake up and get up.

06:40 – Leave hotel and drive over to work

06:50 – Arrive at work and sit in the staff room with a coffee/my puzzle book. I’ve recently found a new love for the Nescafe Salted Caramel Mocha sachets so I had one of these πŸ™‚

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Had a wallaby come to the staff room to say hello! πŸ™‚Β 

07:00 – Head down to the lodges where I work

07:45 – Ensure all guests are ready and head down to breakfast.

08:00 – Breakfast!

08:45 – Head off to see the morning animals.

10:00 – Drop guests back off at their cars ready for the zoo to open.

10:10 – Fill in the work diary and get changed.

10:30 – Head down to my other job (still in the zoo, just a different part of the zoo).

12:00 – Lunchtime

12:30 – Back to work.

15:45 – Finish working on the events marquee then head back to the staff room to get changed and back to my other job.

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Another staff room visitor!Β 

16:00 – Start my other job and head down to the Lodges again for the guests arriving that evening.

16:30 – Welcome guests.

18:00 – Start evening tour

19:20 – TIGER CUBS! (I’m going to get better photos next week πŸ™‚ )

19:30 – Dinner time

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We had an incredible sky tonight!

20:45 – Start Torchlight Tour

21:45 – Arrive back at the lodges and say goodnight to the guests

22:00 – Head back to the staff room and fill in the diary

22:30 – Leave the zoo and either head home or back to the hotel πŸ™‚

I promise you some better baby tiger photos next week! πŸ™‚

Hotel Life!

Firstly, I want to apologise for the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks. Work and life has got really busy for me and I’ve hardly had time to do anything! 😦 But I’m back with a post now! πŸ™‚

I adore my job, but the only thing I do not adore is the fact that I work 50 miles away from home. That makes it a 100 mile round trip to work for me. My car is pretty fuel efficient so it doesn’t cost too much but it really isn’t ideal, particularly when I’m on a 7am start or when the M25 is bad.

Anyway, I’m incredibly fortunate and I know that, but my parents are incredibly supportive and mum does help me. They’ve given me the opportunity to spend a few nights every now and then in a hotel to save me driving/petrol costs.

This last week I’ve actually been living in a hotel for 4 nights, so I thought I’d share with you a bit about staying in a hotel and what living in a hotel is like.

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1. You get to know the staff!

Now I’m becoming a bit of a “regular” at some of the hotels, the staff are beginning to know me and recognise me. This is quite nice, but also pretty awkward!

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Interview prepping from a hotel room

2. It gets expensive

It’s not really the hotel room that is expensive, it is the associated costs that come with it! In the hotel I’m staying there’s no fridge/microwave. This pretty much means that I can’t prep any meals or anything. So, that means I have no option but to buy food/eat out. I mean I don’t mind this for the one off night or so but now it’s getting a bit expensive having to buy food (unless I’m working an evening shift when I get to eat at work)!

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3. It’s a bit lonely

I suppose its a bit like living by yourself but living in a hotel is pretty lonely at times. I live at home usually with mum, dad and my brother, so I’m used to having people around.

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4. You feel like you’re transporting your whole life with you!

The boot of my car has kind of contained half of my life this week (well that’s what it feels like). I hate sitting around doing nothing, so I have to make sure I have enough stuff to keep me occupied, as well as having all the clothes and everything I need for the week!

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5. You’ll learn which are the best hotel rooms

Lastly, you’ll learn which are your favourite rooms to stay in. For example, I hate staying in room 101 in one of the hotels as it is right opposite the entrance door and you get woken up by everyone coming in and out. But in the other hotel, I love staying in room 201 because it’s at the end of the corridor and you don’t get disturbed.

So I know this was a bit of a random post, but I hope you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚ I’ll see you again soon πŸ™‚

 

If We Were Having Coffee #6 (August, 2018)

Hi everyone! I’m really sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL recently, I’ll explain why in this post. Life has been so busy for me and I’ve only just stopped… well stopped for a morning!

How are you all? I hope you’re all well? πŸ™‚

So, if we were having coffee, again, I’d be having a cold drink of sorts! The heatwave here has returned. It has now gone on for long enough! πŸ˜₯ What would you be having to drink?

If we were having coffee…Β I’d tell you how busy I’ve been. In the last 2 weeks I’ve only been at home for 4 nights. I’ve been staying away for work + working quite a lot of hours. As well as that I’ve had 2 interviews and I’ve been away as a leader on a kids summer camp this week. So it’s been busy busy busy for me lately!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I properly saw one of the tiger cubs at work this week. It was so cute! I have a few photos if you’d like to see them? I’m really hoping that as the cubs get older (and as the temperature drops) they’ll be spending more time out of their den, so I’ll get to see them more.

If we were having coffee…Β I’d tell you how I really enjoyed my week away on kids camp, even though I wasn’t there for the whole week this year. I love seeing my “Venture family” and always miss them so badly when its time to leave!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m a bit fed up of the hot weather now. It was quite nice for a while but now it has gone on long enough!

If we were having coffee… I’d ask you how you are and if there’s anything you’d like to tell me? πŸ™‚

What have you been up to lately? πŸ™‚Β