So it’s been a reeeeeeeaaaaaaaaly long time since I wrote a post here – well over a month, which is the longest I’ve gone without updating, I think, since I started this blog 2 years ago! As the titles of this post suggests, life got in the way so I decided to take a little break from my blog as it was starting to feel a bit too much like work and I didn’t have the time to dedicate to doing it well.
Lots has happened since I last updated! That post was at the beginning of a week off work, and I did make a couple of things during that week and another couple of things since then, so I do have some sewing to share once I get around to taking pictures – that’s the other thing I didn’t really have time for. During our week off, it was really nice weather (thankfully not quite as hot as it is in London at the moment!) so rather than stay in a sew/ blog/ watch films, we decided to get out and about and explore some of this amazing city we live in. I think it’s easy when you live in London to just go to work, come home, go to work, come home ad nauseum without seeing what else London has to offer!
We discovered a walk which runs where there used to be a railway line from Finsbury Park to Highgate (which is my new dream place to live), then you can go a bit further and go to Kenwood House and Hamstead Heath. The route I found online also told you how to go even further, through Primrose Hill and onto Regent’s Park. We didn’t quite get that far as we kept not leaving the house early enough!
And the house itself:
Since I last posted, I have also given blood for the first time! My dad gave about 75 times, until they told him he’s not allowed any more and he always used to encourage all of us to donate, but I never really considered it before. The I just suddenly decided to do it. I was worried I would pass out and it would be really embarrassing, but I was okay. It feels a bit weird but it’s not as bad as I feared. I feel like I’ve
I also had to go to court to be a witness for an assault I witness last year – it was almost exactly a year later, so I couldn’t really remember much, but it was an interesting experience….which involved a lot of sitting around and waiting – the justice system is not fast! The court I had to go to was Snaresbrook Court, which is apparently the biggest in the country and it looks like this:
I’ve also signed up to walk a marathon for the PSP association. They’re a charity that help people suffering from PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) and CBD (Cortico Basal Degeneration) and their families. My day was diagnosed with CBD last year, after having it for probably a decade – it’s very rare and therefore difficult to diagnose. Having taken up jogging a couple of months ago, I didn’t think I was quite up to a running challenge, so I’m walking 26 miles around London. My plan is to instagram pictures on the way, so you can follow me there if you’re interested. Oh yeah, I’ve set up an instagram – link with my other social media links on the right menu. You can also sponsor me if you like – every pound helps – by going to my JustGiving page (link also on the right).
Also linked to my dad is that fact that I recently started researching his family tree. He doesn’t really know that much about his family and the only members I have met are his half brother and his family – some relatives died before I was born, some live in New Zealand and others weren’t in contact any more. It’s really fascinating – and totally addictive! I’ve already gone back a few generations and have found census records and birth records and marriages and things. They seem to be mostly from London, too, which is quite cool. So all the time I’ve been spending on my laptop, instead of updating my blog, I’ve been searching for long-lost relatives!
The other major thing that has happened since I last posted is I’ve got a new job! I was working for Blackwell’s on Charing Cross Road, organising all of their over 250 events per year, but we have known our days were numbered for many months as the rent was so high and we couldn’t make enough money to cover it. From a business point of view it makes total sense to move to a new shop, but that new shop is a lot smaller so there have been quite a few redundancies. I opted to take redundancy as my job doesn’t exist in the new shop and I was ready to move on, and have been for probably a year. But I love all my colleagues and have definitely made some life-long friends, so the motivation to really job-hunt wasn’t there until this move was imminent. So during my week off, I applied for several things and got an interview to run the shop at The School of Life. And I got the job in the nick of time! So I didn’t have to worry about opting for redundancy and not having a new job. My last day at Blackwell’s was yesterday, and we ceased trading on Wednesday so spent the last couple of days packing up everything that was left, so it felt a bit less sad to leave after 5 years, because the shop I was leaving wasn’t really still the shop worked in.
I start at the School of Life on Monday and I’m excited and nervous in equal measure! It’s a really cool organisation and I am looking forward to working there. I also get to go to their classes for free, which is pretty cool. They do classes on all sorts of things, including creativity and things like that, so I’m hoping they will be useful for inspiring me to carry on with and improve this blog! I am committed to still writing it and I hope to get back to regular posts now, but I might be a bit frazzled after learning a new job, so my posts might be a little infrequent for a while. I had tried to set up a schedule of posting a recipe on Mondays, and book review on Wednesdays and a sewing/ knitting project on Fridays, but I’m not going to be that rigid, at least for a while, as I think that’s when I made it feel like too much hard work – I think I’m more likely to be able to post twice a week than 3 times, so I’m going to be a bit more fluid about it and not beat myself up if I ‘miss’ a post – it’s meant to be fun after all!
If you’re still reading, thanks for reading this long rambley post and for sticking with me when I haven’t updated in so long!