Having found my bearings (just about, as the wealth of information is so detailed and sprawling) in the new job, I was delighted to find that the old haunts of which I used to frequent (pubs, supermarkets, the local chippy comically named The cod’s Scallops) – handily near the Open University campus – have been supplemented with a new cafe, so having arrived stupidly early for one my shifts, I can sit back with a book, a coffee and a generous bacon cob and watch the world go by.
I always like to see a place wake up, the bleary eyed people (not me, I’m already on my second coffee), the workers, school children, the build-up of traffic and general early morning chaos. From my vantage point looking out onto the main road I can take it all in and feel slightly smug that I beat the rush, even if rolling out of bed early is a challenge for the moment.
As you have probably noticed I haven’t been visiting your blogs much of late and now due to my workload, I will probably only be able to visit once a week but will endeavour to be around more. I am also writing blog posts on my breaks at work so I can keep some form of regular posting going.
The schedule has me straight in at the deep end with work 9 til 5, plus commutes, then straight to proofreading when I get home to keep my deadlines there too. It’s been a crazy old week but one that has been productive with several half done blog post drafts being fired out on my breaks and before work, and a bit of book read for good measure.
Despite the hectic pace of the days, I like the relaxed attitude to everything here, and excitingly the job requires quality over quantity which is almost a novelty these days. And with very little in the way of targets, and no hard selling the pressure is off and the prospective student can get the right course or resources with no agenda.
Being paid to help people is a great way to earn a living, and once those roadworks finish (in three months) getting home will also be a more pleasant experience as well. As an added bonus and something I found out after writing the draft for this post is that my staff access gets me access to a shedload of backdated journals of which I have already added: Philosophy and Literature, Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, Essays in Criticism, and Victorian periodical Review. Handy for perusing when I get a break. Next stop squeezing in time for a degree!