To Start the Day

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!

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40 Replies to “To Start the Day”

    1. Now I’m back in a ‘regular’ job I need it, at least for the first few weeks. I’m breaking up The Dark Tower with other books in between but this week has been a shambles for reading, I’ve barely read sixty pages. Next week I will make sure I squeeze the time in.

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      1. I just finished reading Pachinko and wrote a short review about it here before. Japan and Korea, two cultures and the plight of the Korean people living in Korea. I gave it five stars on Goodreads.

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    1. Training is five weeks long, and I am already assured that I will know nothing by the end of it. That takes the pressure off, the bacon cob makes me feel even more happy in a morning.

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  1. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Tracy Chevaliers from her acclaimed works “The Falling Angels” and “The Girl With the Pearl Earring” (arguably the most famous of her few works out, as it is not entirely fictional and is based on a real painter’s life, so more people have read it), but i’m now reading her book “The Virgin Blue,” which has as part of its interest French genealogy and part another painter, though I’m not sure that this painter isn’t a fictional creation. At any rate, I once asked a male friend of mine why he didn’t read “The Girl etc.,” and he said, “Because it’s a woman’s book.” When I pointed out that it was a well-researched book based on real history, he said “Yeah, it’s an intellectual woman’s book.” This is illogical. An intellectual book is an intellectual book. The only thing I noticed is that it was told partly from a woman’s perspective, or with a woman’s life in mind, and in general, I think that most men could use the consciousness-raising experience of reading a book from a woman’s point of view. As Simone de Beauvoir said, “When women try to act like people, they’re accused of trying to act like men.” I take my friend’s comments as negative corollaries of that saying. At any rate, I’m really enjoying this book, and will probably post on it when I’m posting again (I meant to tell you, that in addition to all the crochet I usually do, in the last month or so I’ve learned to knit, so have even more distractions from posting, in the making of even more gifts and things for sale). At any rate, I know that you will not desert your blog for everything else you’re doing, even if we need to wait a while to hear from you. I wish you and Crissy both well with all your new activities in England, and hope the rest of your summer is pleasant while you wait for the new arrival.

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    1. Intellectual is intellectual as you say. its strange to think there is a difference. I for one will look it up, I’m always excited to learn anything, recently I have been looking at Welsh heritage sites, sources of books, and friction between Chinese and British empires back in the day. I like to be eclectic. I will always be blogging, I’m even answering this on my break now. Summer is only just getting started so with any luck it will last. Crissy is off to a farm today, I’m jealous!

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      1. If Crissy hasn’t left yet, or if she calls back, maybe warn her to be careful when petting or feeding even baby animals if there’s a petting zoo. A number of cases of i. coli. have been found to make little kids sick in the U.S. from petting zoos, and I assume it would be the same for adults. A pregnant woman might also be specially vulnerable. Watch when she gets back for any strong stomach upsets, or the like, and get to a clinic or hospital if something like that happens. Just a precaution.

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        1. Sorry got this the day after, we did some research before she went and avoided contact. Crissy’s favourite animals were the meerkats, reindeer and llamas, and she returned healthy with Amelia kicking enthusiastically. All is good and ice cream was had when I returned home.

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  2. I’m totally with you on the pre-shift cafe visit. I have a pathological aversion to being late for anything, which gives me a great excuse to plan an early arrival, building in a deliberate pre-meeting/event cafe stop somewhere near the point of destination. Coffee+book+people-watching=pre-work bliss! #LifeMaths

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    1. It’s a great way to start the day, and as the main road to Nottingham is an accident hot spot it’s less stress to get in early, but more stress trying to get home. Maybe I should grab a bacon cob for the journey back too.

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    1. I’m never ahead but my days are filled with lots so it is always great to get in bed at the end of the day. I’ll look to add a degree next year if time permits.

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    1. I’ve gone for a milky coffee of late, I used to favour the ‘blow your head off’ Americanos but I prefer something a bit more civilised when out in public these days. I will have to sample all the coffee delights throughout the year.

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  3. I’m very excited for your new endeavours! I know that you’ll be great in helping people for you are passionate about learning. Make me and Amelia proud of your ”heartwork”!

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  4. I am so pleased you’ve landed such a good job, though the commute sounds a bit pants until the roadworks disappear. Roadworks being roadworks however, new ones will probably crop up within days of the present ones being finished!
    I hope you, Crissy and the baby are all well xx

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    1. The commute is up and down but if that’s the price needing to be paid for a good job then so be it. We are all well, looking forward to a weekend together, it seems like ages since last weekend.

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    1. I managed ninety pages at the weekend but I really need to get going with my focused working. I need to be more active in the week so I can relax at the weekends. More coffee will help with that, no doubt.

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  5. Hi Ste J…trying to catch up somewhat, in the same boat with late blog reads. I think I’m way behind with your news…had missed that you are back in the UK? I am way out of touch. Anyway, hope all is going well and congrats on the new job. I’m trying to get my submission package ready, getting that cover letter, pitch and synopsis together is a challenge. Trying to condense an 85,000 word memoir into 500 words…arrgh! Good to see you up and running again, when you can with your busy but sounds like happy life on all fronts which of course is great news.

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    1. Sherri! Things are going well a month into work and I am still in the ‘intensive training’ stage but one for weeks to go and I will be able to wander around with no clue for realz. It’s busy and I have so much to do but I am enjoying the challenge, just need to find a routine that allows me to get everything done. I think you will do a great job with your submission package, although it sounds really challenging, you can do it!

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      1. So glad things are going well for you, my friend. A challenge is meant for enjoying despite the stress and overwhelm that naturally comes with it, providing we can keep it at bay. I do hope though you soon find a good routine. It helps greatly, as you well know. Great to hear from you…and many thanks for your always good wishes and encouragement. I’m on it!!! 🙂

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        1. It’s all up and down still at the moment, of course when I figure out the routine, then baby will make her appearance so there will be that as well but it’s all good fun. I just need to be more productive when going to and from work and write blog posts in a matter of half an hour, not the three hours that I normally take. There’s always more encouragement to come your way so I will keep sending it.

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          1. Yes…baby will turn all that on its head – but in the very best of ways. Exciting (and very busy!) days ahead for you, Ste J, thrilled for you! Seems to take me days to get anything done. But onwards and upwards as always. And I will need that encouragement, so yes, please do keep sending it! Likewise, the same to you… 🙂

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            1. Always appreciated and valued in equal measures my friend. I am still in two minds about starting a degree too, but that may be something I expand on in a post instead.

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              1. Greatly, my friend. I would be rich for every time I’ve said I would get that degree (I got as far as an AA degree as they call it in the States, or as I call it, half a degree lol) but never quite managed it in full. Never say never though…and I can see that in your future, for sure. When the time is right…and I look forward to reading your thoughts about it… 🙂

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                1. If and when i get taken on properly with the Open University (at the moment its agency work) I will be able to study for free which will save me £18,000, and I can study anything I wish which cheers me up no end. of course that will have to be juggled with everything else so at the moment I am trying to juggle work, reading, blog, and some free courses, and trying to keep that all juggling whilst preparing for baby.

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                  1. You are one busy man, my friend, and I have every belief in you that you’ll achieve all your goals. Maybe not at the pace you would like, but you will do it, of that I have no doubt! I do hope so much you get your placement at Open University to study for free…that would be fantastic!

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                    1. I’ll keep pushing on, I have already earmarked four potential degrees so now I need to focus on mastering the job and then we will see what happens. I will endeavour to reply to your email this weekend by the way.

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                    2. My well(ish) laid plans for the week have already gone out of the window. I will message you when I can. Other than that it’s keeping my head above water time.

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                    3. You know I know that feel, my friend. Keep paddling and most importantly, keep your head above the waterline. Message when you can…look forward to hearing from you as and when you are able. Take care, Ste J.

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