Ballet and unexpected surprises.

I’m not a girly girl (at all), make-up, shopping and fashion are not my idea of fun in any shape or form. But put me in a theatre with ballet and I suddenly become ‘a girl’

I can’t really explain it, I never did ballet as a child or even saw one. I enjoy the gracefulness of it all and the story-telling without words only music and movement.

Last month I went to see Giselle, a new one for me. It was beautiful, and some of the music I recognised, which was surprising not knowing this ballet. It’s a very romantic, love story and didn’t seem as long as other ballet’s I have seen, however they do say time flies when you’re having fun.

Then we noticed Matthew Bourne was touring with his production of ‘The Red Shoes’ later in the year and this was one that we couldn’t miss. Matthew Bourne’s choreography is spectacular, quirky and always worth watching. His ‘Swan Lake’ with an all male cast is amazing. The morning the tickets went on sale we were on the phone and booked them immediately.

A few days later we noticed an advert on another theatre in Liverpool.

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Again we booked and got front row seats for opening night.

It’s was the craziest busy day and with a bus that never turned up we nearly didn’t make it at all, but I’m glad we did. It was one of the best performances I have ever seen, not just ballet but in general. It was superbly danced and acted. It was funny and sad (yes we laughed loudly). It is a walk-through of the pieces that have shaped his career and his life. Of artists that have impacted him through music or dance.

It wasn’t the longest ballet, each ‘act’ was around 40 minutes and we had two intervals but it was one of the best I’ve seen.

At the end as everyone was preparing to leave an announcement was made that a short question and answer session would follow with Matthew Bourne himself. That alone was worth the money we paid. He was a genuine, down-to-earth person. He refuses to be called Sir, even though he was knighted in 2016.

He explained how and why he’d put these pieces together and answered several audience questions about where his ideas came from, his inspiration and idols. He even gave some hints about his future plans and it would appear that we will be seeing more Matthew Bourne productions later this year and next, and thankfully they all seem to come through Liverpool.

So the future is looking good ……

Job hunting continues….

This week has made me a little bit angry and just a tad disheartened. After spending hours completing application forms I had an interview on Monday.

The usual questions,  everything went well and at the end the standard question, do you have anything you wish to ask ?

I asked a couple of questions to clarify a few things and finished with ‘when will you make a decision and are you informing both successful and unsuccessful’ – the answer was by close of business tomorrow (Tuesday) and yes, we will notify either way.

So I waited, and waited and guess what….. nothing. Yes, nothing.

Well not from them anyway, I did get two separate emails from other companies thanking me for my application but ‘after an internal audit they were no longer recruiting’ Why didn’t they do this beforehand and not waste everyone’s time. One of the applications took around two hours, the other about an hour and half.

I should be grateful really, at least with these I had a response, around 90% of the applications I send get nothing, not even an automated thank you we’ll be in touch.

Please, all I ask is if you are recruiting then take a little time to check beforehand that you actually have a vacancy to fill, and an automated message at least gives reassurance that someone is on the other end and possibly even interested.

Employers expect honesty from applicants, but it needs to work both ways. I might be unemployed but I spend around 8 hours sitting at my computer filling in forms, my time is as precious as anyone else’s.

Sorry for the rant x

I’m back (I think)

Sorry for the silence but my days and weeks have consisted of the same old boring nothingness. They essentially went like this…

Alarm goes off at 6.50am, get up, wake and feed child, take him to school, sit at computer applying for jobs, return to school to collect child, homework, food, bathe, bed. Rinse and repeat. Dull, dreary and mind numbing.

Well it was until last week, finally a change from the normal routine and very much needed boost. And what was this change, my brothers wedding.

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A wonderful, fabulously clear, bright day with a stunning bride and a very handsome bridegroom. Surrounded by family from Yorkshire, Lancashire, Liverpool, Wirral and beyond, they made their vows and we partied hard. It was a much needed jolt from the day to day routine and a catch up with family, old and new. An amazing day with lovely people and I can now officially call her my sister-in-law (even though I have for a long time already), the only sadness was my missing plus one, but wherever Phil may be I know he would be very happy for the happy couple.

Anyway, this week saw even more changes and bright horizons, I finally have a job !! Woo hoo, I went for an interview on Monday and got a phone call an hour or so later to offer me the position and start next week. It’s a part-time position so it will still allow me time with Oscar and some of the school drop-offs/collections, it has meant a re-jig of some after school activities but nothing that can’t be altered and a happier, less stressed out mum for Oscar.

The last 10 days has been a big shake-up and change that I needed.

Onward and upwards.

 

A busy week

What a week, feels like I’ve packed a months activities into 6 days !

Monday started with the arrival of ‘the wasp man’ we have been plagued this summer with 2 wasps nests, one in the front of the house, inside the garden wall and not too much of a problem but the other was under the eaves and inside the roof. This one was directly above Oscar’s bedroom and meant we haven’t been able to open the windows as they fly in, both mum and I have been stung a few times and its very painful. He arrived, sprayed and left, 10 minutes but within an hour everything was quiet, no sign of any wasps. Then I had another visit to the job centre, thankfully to see a new adviser who was not only human but very helpful and I left feeling much happier and supported. More job applications completed again. School was a strange day for Oscar as many of the children in his class were absent to do the 11 + exam, we decided it was possibly a step too far for him and our local grammar school wasn’t the best school for him. He had a solo music lesson and did an excellent job, finger crossed he will be doing his next music exam soon.

Tuesday, I had no plans other than sitting at the computer filling in applications again, until at 10am I received a phone call asking me to go for an interview at mid-day, short notice but off I went. It went well, unfortunately I didn’t have experience in one area, they had a different position but at another location. I very sadly had to say no as it wasn’t close enough. We had a quick look in the loft at the wasp progress, he said it would take a week or two for them to die off, it was much quieter but still a lot flying around the light. We closed up quickly and left them to it.

Wednesday was to be my quiet form filling day (again) until I remembered a nurse appointment and blood test, not a fasting one thankfully. I darted out of the house and just made it in time. The nurse wasn’t happy with my blood pressure (nothing new there) so possible more or different medication required, thats for the doctor to decide next week. Personally I think a job would sort everything out, I did ask but they haven’t got any currently.

Thursday started with form filling and applications galore, but then boredom set in so took a break and went shopping with mum. I’m glad we did because I found the perfect dress for my brothers wedding next month. A dress !! For someone who lives in jeans and trainers it was such a shock to find a dress which I love, fits well and feels comfortable. I need to find shoes but I’ll leave that adventure for another day.

Friday was a very stressful day, for us all, Oscar was doing the entrance exam for a local secondary school. He decided last year this was the school he was going to, nothing was going to change his mind. So he’s been doing prep for the exam but finally the day had arrived. He has been stressed about it and when we arrived the number of children was a little overwhelming, thankfully, due to some conditions he suffers from, he was in a small, quiet, room and fully supported throughout. I knew what kind of day it was going to be so I booked mum and I in to get a haircut, knowing this would keep us occupied, and it worked for a while. I’ve never been so glad to  collect him from school. He seemed very positive and said he did his best, what more can any parent ask…

Saturday we did nothing, apart from reading, relaxing, watching football (my team won, the boys team lost) and sleeping, still a few wasps flying around in the loft but we were able to get in there and put some things away.

Today I’ve completed even more applications, someone will get bored of seeing my name and employ me.

Hopefully next week will include some more interviews and a few quieter days.

 

 

Weekly round up #3

I’ve been a bit busy and a little rubbish at blogging this week. Sorry I’ll try and do better next week. So this week went like this…

Monday was the rescheduled PTA summer fair (due to council not granting licenses in time for our original Saturday one), the weather wasn’t fantastic so we all squished together in the school hall, ate cake, drank tea, won bottles and bottles of wine and generally had a good time. Then a quick dash home for food and drop Oscar off with grandpa and back to school for a meeting about secondary school. Scary times ahead !!

Tuesday I dropped Oscar at school and remembered the library books were in the boot of my car from last week, thankfully the fine was a little over £1 for all our books. It was also application day, a cup of tea and I started applying for jobs. A boring day really.

Wednesday I met the ladies for lunch, it was lovely to all be back together. It’s only been a couple of weeks but feels like forever, loads to catch up on (even though we whatsapp as a group almost daily). I also collected a very excited boy from school and took him to Tae Kwon do to find out that he had passed his grading and received his new yellow belt.

 

 

Thursday was another busy day and I had my forgetful head on. I had some forms to fill in first thing then I was meeting an old boss for lunch to give her a present, it didn’t arrive until after I’d left but any excuse to meet and eat. Only problem was I turned up without the gift ! So a quick dash home after lunch, washed, changed dropped the gift then on to a pre-interview interview at a local school. It was lovely, I would like to work there, time will tell.

Friday was another at home filling forms and applying for jobs day. One application was so complicated it took nearly three hours to do, I think it’s so they’ll only get genuine people apply, you need more stamina for some of the application forms than the actual position. We finally booked a holiday, yippee. A couple of weeks in Spain, can’t wait.

Saturday was a me day, Oscar is doing saturday school for the 11 plus (his choice before anyone complains), saturday school is one of his favourite days as it’s only his class in school and they get to play football or use the computers at wet play and it’s only a couple hours, and after school he was going straight to a friends house. So I went to the cinema to catch up on some films I’ve been wanting to see. I saw jungle book, which I enjoyed then Alice through the looking glass. I love these adaptations (although the white queen annoys me with her twiddly fingers) I want a cheshire cat, I already live with my little mad hatter. Unfortunately I had forgotten about the summer party/fair in the park and couldn’t park anywhere near home when I got back. Thankfully most cars had gone by 6pm so Sunday I wasn’t going anywhere.

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Sunday has been a film watching, minecraft playing, listening to the bands in the park day, one advantage of living so close. The rain didn’t dampen their spirits and the turnout seemed pretty good. Oscar has dyscalculia and Meares-Irlen syndrome, so I’ve invested a little time and money this week and bought some educational guides to help him. Over the summer we will crack this wall and hopefully get a better understanding, maths for him, and how his brain works for me. The first book arrived today, more to follow.

Oh and I’ve not been to the allotment with all this rain but I’ve watched a LOT of football this week.