Monday, 17 October 2016

Back in the Real World...

I am so glad to be back, and boy do I have a lot to tell you!

The Move / New House

The move went really well, we didn't pack this time, we let them do it for us, and it was SO much better. Not having to worry about boxes being everywhere meant that normal life pretty much carried on for us up until the day before, whereas normally I'm surrounded by boxes for weeks before hand. 
One of my highlights of the move was the removals guys complimenting us on our huge selection of games and consoles - #geeklife!

Now I mentioned in my last post that I was worried about not having seen any photos of the house so had no idea if all our stuff would fit. It meant that as soon as we arrived down south I wanted to drive to our new house and peer into the windows (like a stalker) and from that I was a lot more relieved, but obviously couldn't see upstairs. On our moving in day I was so eager, and as the lady was showing us round with our keys I was doing my happy dance. The house is huge. Even though we've downsized from a 3 bed to a 2 bed, the master bedroom in this house is insane, and it's even got a little extra room leading off it. I'll do a house tour soon, as I'm sure you all want to be nosy.

Talking of the little extra room, it is the perfect size for an office (or nursery but let's not go there quite yet!) but it has no plug sockets. I know. It has a window, a radiator, and even a phone socket, but no electric sockets. What the actual?! We're attempting to see if we can have some put in, but what else can I do with it? I was thinking reading room, but it'll be useless when it's winter as we can't put a lamp in there. At the minute it's known as the room with no purpose, and shall remain that way until it gains a function!

The Job Situation

Leaving my last job was really sad, the girls were so lovely and amazing, and I was utterly spoilt with leaving gifts. I even had a custom cake made for me by my friend Anna, with a little model of me sat on top at my desk, working away. It nearly made me cry when I saw it as I was so touched. I don't think I've had a custom made cake made for me since I was very very small, so it meant a lot to me.

Before I moved I'd spent some time applying for jobs down here, mainly ones on the base Rich is working at, as they'd be super convenient. Whilst I was on the website I happened to notice a job at the UK Space Agency, which sounded really cool from the job description. I didn't quite meet the minimum entry requirements, but I thought I'd go for it anyway, because I'd got nothing to lose. They offered me an interview, which was scheduled for a week after we moved in, and I was gobsmacked. I thought I had no chance, and I'd been offered an interview! Well, after a very nervous interview, I only went and got the job didn't I!!! I was so surprised, I was dancing around the house with excitement and happiness for hours.

The only downside is that the new job requires me to have some security clearance done, and as I was changing my address on everything, it took a little while to get the paperwork together that was required, but it's all been sent off now and I'm just awaiting the clearance back then I can start work. It does mean that I've had 5 weeks off so far, which is crazy, but very much needed, as I finally feel like I've recovered from the crazy commute I was doing.

All of this means that I should hopefully begin to blog more often, at least until I start work again, but as the commute is less than half of what it was before I'm hoping that I'll have time for hobbies again!

Rachel x

1 comment

  1. Ahhh so lovely to have an update! What a load of exciting life changes! Congratulations on the new job xx


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