Thursday, 30 September 2004

Xanga Post: Thursday, September 30, 2004

Lawyers will be the death of me, I swear. I saw a lawyer yesterday to prepare me for this interview I had today to get a NI (National Insurance) Number. It's like our Social Security Number, I think. It means I can work and they can take taxes from me. Not a great thing, I know, but totally necessary. The interview was suppose to be three hours long, according to my lawyer, but ended up being shorter than the meeting yesterday. Go figure!

I got a message from a friend from college saying she might come visit soon. Yay!

Sunday, 26 September 2004

Xanga Post: Sunday, September 26, 2004

Well, it's been awhile since I've really posted anything because Jay and I have been spending some quiet time together. But he's back in work tomorrow so it's back to the normal...

I went to a wedding for one of Sue's friends yesterday and it was uncomfortable to say the least.

The priest asked for money twice during the ceremony (Why doesn't he just go ahead and ruin the most important day of her life by whoring out his church?) and mentioned a couple of other things that really raised my hackles. Namely 1. Only Christian marriages are real. Civil marriages like mine and Jay's aren't real and therefore won't last and 2. A Christian marriage isn't valid unless the woman wears a ring. Of course, the man doesn't have to. So... a woman has to wear a brand and say that she belongs to the man but the man can go gallivanting off doing whatever he likes without anyone knowing if he belongs to a woman? Humph.

And the whole thing was added to by a baby WAILING through the whole ceremony because the mother wasn't smart enough to take it out. At least churches have great acoustics so we could hear every whimper and whine. *sigh*

The food afterwards was good but we had to pay for our own booze which is not a British custom I enjoy.

The job hunt isn't going well.

Hobbycraft turned me down without saying why (I assume it's because I wanted three times the amount of hours they were prepared to offer) and the theatre hasn't called back. I'm taking matters into my own hands and calling them again (I tried a few days ago but the woman wasn't in.) tomorrow.

I have CVs out that apparently aren't catching anyone's eye and how am I suppose to survive the holidays without any money? Grr.

Other than that, everything's great. I'm loving the Autumn, as always and I'd kill for some cider and donuts. (Or cider donuts. Mmm...)

Tuesday, 21 September 2004

Xanga Post: Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Something interesting I found while doing a bit of research:

Nos Calan Gaeaf

(Samhain in Wales)

In Wales the first day of winter is called Calan Gaeaf (Winter Season) and the night before is Nos Calan Gaeaf (Winter Night) or Ysbrydnos (Spirit Night). It is the year’s most frightening time. Spirits are abroad. People avoid churchyards, stiles, and crossroads; since spirits are thought to gather there.

Nos Calan Gaeaf Rites: 

Coelcerth: (Bonfire)

Families build a fire and place white stones with their name or mark in it. When the flames are out one bonfire maker raises a cry & everyone runs away so they will not be the last person there. The person whose stone is missing the next morning will die within the year. Finding the stone is good luck. The black sow roams the countryside with a headless woman.

Eiddiorwg dalen: (Ivy Leaves)

A few leaves of ground ivy will give you the power to see hags. For prophetic dreams a boy should cut ten ivy leaves, throw away one and put the rest under his head before he sleeps. A girl should take a briar: wild rose grown into a hoop, creep through it three times, cut it in silence, and go to bed with it under her pillow.

Teiliwr: (Tailors) 

In Glamorgan tailors are associated with witchcraft. They possess the power to ‘bewitch’ anybody if they wish. Gwniyddes is Welsh for seamstress. Pontypridd, South Wales is the Druid religious centre of Wales marked by a stone circle and an altar on a hill. The stones are people changed to that form by the power of a witch.

Friday, 17 September 2004

Xanga Post: Friday, September 17, 2004

Still haven't heard from Hobbycraft or UGC. *bites nails* I thought both the interviews went very well. So why haven't they gotten back with me? At least tell me if I didn't get the bloody job! Gah!

Oh, I almost had a job at Wally's place (a call centre) but they won't hire me without an NI number and I won't get that until almost the end of October! Gah!

Monday, 13 September 2004

Xanga Post: Monday, September 13, 2004

Well, I think my interview today at Hobbycraft went well. It's only three days a week for thirteen weeks though so that would sucko mondo. But, there IS a twenty-five percent discount so yay for that. I have an interview now at UGC Cinemas on Wednesday so keep your fingers crossed.

Oh, and the car boot sale rocked even though it POURED the whole time. It was funny, the rain only made everyone more determined to have it! Lol. More books for me, some videos for Jay and new shoes from Sue as a pressie. (Jay hates them. Could be the pink dots. Lol.)

Friday, 10 September 2004

Xanga Post: Friday, September 10, 2004

Some bad news today. I didn't get the job at Harding Evans. It's okay, really, I guess because I don't know how much I would've liked to work for a law firm. Anyway, I'm looking forward to my interview at HobbyCraft Monday. At least I have some experience there!

Thursday, 9 September 2004

Xanga Post: Thursday, September 09, 2004

I have a job interview at Hobbycraft on Monday. Yay! The best part? Hopefully I'll get a discount! Lol.

Tuesday, 7 September 2004

Xanga Post: Tuesday, September 07, 2004

So Sue and I went to a car boot sale last Sunday and I got eight books for like £5. Wahoo! And we're going to another one this Sunday.  Yay to books!

Thursday, 2 September 2004

Xanga Post: Thursday, September 02, 2004

Ok...

So I've been home about two weeks and I've been either too lazy or too ill to update. I'm back without any problems and I'm allowed to stay and work for the next two years.

I had a job interview yesterday at one of the UK's top ten law firms. (Obviously for a secretary position.) I don't know if I have a chance or not and I won't know for weeks yet. So, I went to Plan B and sent my CV in to the local theater as well.

The job hunt is on.