All entries for November 2006

November 26, 2006

The start of my working life

Well, it’s been a busy three weeks since i last blogged, i think an update is long overdue, and finally i have a moment to write one! Phew, so on the 6th of November i started my job as a Customer Service Officer at Yorkshire Bank, Wolverhampton. I’ve had two weeks doing as much as i could at the branch, getting used to the people and where everything is kept and what goes on, then this last week i’ve been on my training course at the Head Office in Leeds. So far so good! Everyone is really lovely and helpful, and i’m already feeling well at home and comfortable. It was a bit tedious to start with, cos there wasn’t much i could do til i’d been on my training course. But i was getting more and more useful as the days past, and i should be able to go straight onto the counter tomorrow, albeit with my mentor sat by my side til i’m happy on my own. You wouldn’t have thought working behind at a till in a bank would be confusing or a lot to remember would you?? Never mind, i’m getting the hang of the different ways of doing things now, remembering the appropriate numbers and so on. It’s all looking good, and i’m just pleased to have a job! I have to admit getting up shortly after 6:30 everyday has been rather a shock to my system, but that was to be expected. I’ve basically been knackered for three weeks, but my body is gradually getting used to the idea that sleeping til 8 is an amazing lie in!! God, how times change!

Weekends have been busy too, Chris has been to stay for the last 2 weekends, which was lovely… we’ve been out for meals with some of my home friends, and with my sisters and their partners, as well as some lovely relaxing walks round local areas. It’s been great. Also managed to see him during my training week cos he happened to be going through Leeds himself… so he waited round for hours for me to finish work, and turned up with a present and everything… i’m so lucky :-)

This weekend has been my first relaxing alone time in ages… i’ve actually felt quite lost, seemingly with nothing to do in the days anymore, yet that’s how i was spending everyday not so long ago! I didn’t really think i needed such a break, but i think it’s been exactly what i needed. I’ve caught up on some sleep, played the piano, read my book, walked the dog, watched Top Gun, caught up with people, got some stuff sorted out… nothing revolutionary, but nice all the same!

So now i’m back at the Wolves branch tomorrow to put my training into practice… here goes! Bring it on for the working woman, at long long last!!


November 04, 2006

The end of an era

Today i have finally finished reading the Iliad. For those who know me, they will realise what an enormous achievement this is. I have been trying to read the goddamn book for just over three years now. I tried before i started uni, as it was so central to my Class Civ course that it was recommended to know it well before we started. But no, i couldn’t manage that. I tried during my first few weeks of uni, struggling along with Amy O against the pain, and all we achieved was a selection of immortal quotes in K2 (“bastard book, bastard Iliad”...). Since then obviously i’ve had many lectures and seminars about the Iliad, and it’s come up in several essays that i have written. But i’d never got past about Book 4 or something ridiculous. I couldn’t concentrate on it, there was always something much more interesting to contemplate than what seemed like such a boring and uninteresting tale of battle.

However, i’m a determined soul, and when i put my mind to something, i will usually achieve it, even if it takes a long long time or many attempts. I tried to pick it up again because i wanted to have read it before i finished my course, then i tried again because i wanted to have finished it before graduation. And now, on the eve of the eve of me starting work in the real world (argh, scary!), i have finally closed that chapter of my life and finished the book. A fitting end to my years as a classicist i thought, almost the perfect kiss goodbye.

And after all the pain and suffering to begin with, i sheepishly admit to having enjoyed it! If you skip over the godawful Catalogue of Ships in Book 2 and a fair few long passages of fighting (so and so killed so and so, son of so and so…), you could otherwise get into it, and when the story started moving it was a good read!

I’m happy because i feel like a justified Classicist now. I don’t feel so fake, not only because i’ve now read such a central piece of literature, but also i understood it, respected it, and i could follow the unique classic form / themes / language / ideas behind it. It’s quite a sense of relief!

I know i moaned constantly about my course while in the process of studying it, but the truth is that i was just too lazy to get out of bed for a lecture or miss a night out to write an essay. Classics was the perfect course for me, and deep down i do love it dearly. It’s taught me so much and broadened my mind in ways i could never have expected. So three cheers for Classics and Homer’s celebrated masterpiece, The Iliad. At long last it can be laid to rest in peace on my bookshelf :-)


November 02, 2006

WGA Christmas Party

So today i received my first copy of The Warwick Magazine in the post, was highly exciting!! It’s reminded me about the WGA Christmas Party, on the 16th December, and i was wondering what people were thinking about it??

I don’t know what to think, cos obviously there needs to be lots of people going to make it a success, and if it’s a bit half-hearted it might be a bit dissappointing… I’m in the fortunate position of being able to go back and have reunions with people i know still studying there, so it’s not like it’s my only opportunity in the year to go back… would also be weird being in the union without those particular friends who were so central to my uni experience… so i don’t know really.

I’m loathe to pass up an opportunity to revisit campus and be in the union with old friends, I’m all for reunions and stuff if other people are up for it too? Any opinions?? (Not that i’m expecting any responses… what has happened to Warwick blogs?? Come on people!)


November 01, 2006

Something

I think i may have mentioned recently how much i LOVE the new Shakira album, all the songs are favourites, it’s amazing, but this one called ‘Something’ instantly struck a cord with me… the lyrics say so much about what i’m feeling at the moment, it’s perfect:

Quand tu
Quand tu me prends dans tes bras
Quand je regarde dans tes yeux
Je vois qu’un Dieu existe
Ce n’est pas dur d’y croire

Before I met you I wasn’t terribly lucky
Every Prince Charming lost charm after twelve
But then you came and made the past look so funny
Put my old sadness to sleep on a shelf

If this was meant to be
Don’t condemn me to be free
And even if we never marry
I will always love you, baby
Childishly

‘Cause something
You’ve got something I can’t resist
Things are what they will be
When I look into your eyes
They say to me that Gods do exist

And there’s something
You’ve got something I can’t resist
Things are what they will be
When I look into your eyes
They say to me that Gods do exist
You make me believe
You make me believe

I love the temperature and smell of your body
The shape of your lips and the size of your nose
I love that everything you say is so funny
Plus you’re the best kisser that I’ve ever known

You see the way I am
Without make-up, without clothes
And you accept me like nobody
And I will always love you, baby
With eyes closed

‘Cause something
You’ve got something I can’t resist
Things are what they will be
When I look into your eyes
They say to me that Gods do exist

And there’s something
You’ve got something I can’t resist
Things are what they will be
When I look into your eyes
They say to me that Gods do exist
You make me believe
You make me believe

Quand tu
Quand tu me prends dans tes bras
Quand je regarde dans tes yeux
Je vois qu’un Dieu existe
Ce n’est pas dur d’y croire

There’s something
I believe…

There’s something
I believe…

There’s something
I believe
I do

You make me believe…

... Je te desire …


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