I haven’t actually been outside today. Anyway, it’s freezing cold – why would I want to go outside?? I’ve got a stack of books to read and DVDs to watch, I’m at level 31 in Skyrim, and the fridge is full of the Lovely Melanie’s homemade chocolate marshmallow cakes. 😀
This afternoon I had a second interview (via Skype) with a nice guy from what seems like a really cool company (am I still allowed to say “cool” at 40?) for a copywriter job that doesn’t require me to wear a shirt and tie and is based in a very fashionable part of London.
I really hated wearing a shirt and tie to work. It just seems so petty – understandable perhaps if you’re in sales or have to meet people a lot, but not if you’re a writer who sits behind a desk in an office writing all day. Don’t get me started on this because I really will spiral out of control all too quickly. 😦
But the interview went very well, as far as I could tell, and I should hear back from them early next week. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also the back-up offer of a contract role that sounds pretty good, and an interview for another differently interesting job next week…
This seems a little too good to be true when compared to my last period of unemployment, back in 2010. You may recall it took almost three months to find a new job then. Perhaps I’m just better at it this time around thanks to my experience, but also I think the folks at my old job have given me some excellent contacts and a much better start. Thanks, guys!
On an entirely different note, I also wanted to mention Millie’s reading here, because it’s made such giant steps in the last month or two. Millie would read to herself before but now she loves reading to herself, the books she reads books are predominantly text and she reads without moving her lips, i.e., like most grown-ups.
Not only that, the books she has for bedtime stories are becoming more complex. She’s been enjoying the Famous Five and other such Enid Blyton books for months now, but last weekend we got the first Harry Potter book from the local library and Millie is agog. She loves it!
Call me a snob with my Masters in Literary Criticism, but I haven’t read any Harry Potter before – just as I don’t read Enid Blyton or the Mr Men books for pleasure. However, I can absolutely imagine myself at Millie’s age being just as gripped by the story of the badly-treated orphan boy who discovers a whole world that his oppressors can never understand. JK Rowling, you’re a clever lady!
And finally, can I recommend Django Django to anyone looking for some new music to listen to? I happened to see them mentioned somewhere, was intrigued by the name and had a quick listen – just a few seconds of the first couple of tracks on their eponymous album had me hooked.
It turns out that they are pretty fashionable in certain circles at the moment – an annoying fact discovered only after I bought the album. Sometimes being so far ahead of the pack can be a curse as much as a blessing…