Long time, no chat, blog followers across the globe. Sorry for my sudden, unexplained absence. August and September were absolutely MAD, and with so much going on I just haven’t had the time/energy/inclination to blog. But now it’s October, which means we’re into the final quarter of the year, and before time gets away from me more than it already has, I figured it was about time for a good old fashioned sit down catch up. If I were you I’d grab some form of beverage, this may be a long one.
I last blogged mid-August, smack bang in the middle of my month long meh-ness. I’m not sure if it was a virus, or just a serious case of the over-exerted, but I was not at my best in August. It was definitely a tipping point of sorts. The city was overflowing with tourists packed in to watch Fringe shows, enjoy everything Edinburgh has to offer, and meander through the streets with no sense of time or purpose. I, however, spent August running around like a headless chicken, juggling two jobs, trying to sort out a third (and eventually giving up), rushing to buses and trains, dragging myself home via Sainsbury’s or Tesco whilst trying not to shove pedestrians out of my way, and generally feeling pretty damn miserable. I was thoroughly enjoying both my jobs, and the few days I had off in the city were fun and relaxed and filled with ice cream, but it was definitely a month defined by exhaustion. My lifestyle was proving thoroughly unsustainable, and something had to give.
As it turned out, fate, coincidence, or whatever else you want to call it, intervened at the most appropriate time. One of my jobs offered me a full time contract, and although it meant having to say goodbye to my other job, it was definitely the right decision. As of mid-September, I became a full time employee at H&M. Jumping from 12 to 30 hours (minimum) a week was a big step, but the added responsibility, regularity, and opportunity to actually make firmer friendships has definitely outweighed the occasional early morning.
When we first came over here, the last thing I thought I’d be doing was working full time in retail. Well, the second last thing. The last thing I thought I’d be doing was working in a bar, which I’m not, so I won that round. Although it wasn’t originally part of the plan, I wouldn’t change where I am now. I’m a firm believer that things work out the way they were ‘meant’ to, and this is no exception.
So, here we are, a week and a bit into October. On Sunday Alex and I head down to London to fly back to Australia for his sister’s wedding, and two and a half weeks of catching up with family, friends, and academics. By the time we get back to Edinburgh it will be November – cold days, early sunsets, Christmas festivities all around, and, most importantly, the return of the Starbucks Christmas menu.
Well, that’s you nice and updated. I’m planning on getting back into a regular schedule, so expect more posts and fewer long absences followed by long updates in the near future!