Thursday, 30 April 2015

PINCH YOURSELF MOMENT!

I have to pinch myself that I am writing this post, since it is so different to the blog I put up last week. This time last week I was informed that I had missed an opportunity to do my health visiting degree. I was away at the time of the interview and they would not re-schedule. I was gutted and I shed so many tears. This is the last year the government are funding this training and if I didn't get on the bandwagon then I would miss it completely.

After a few days of moping and feeling really down I applied for another training position 30 miles away. I wasn't keen but if I wanted it this badly then I knew I had to be willing to travel.

So I went away feeling a lot more hopeful than I did. But deep down I still felt like rubbish as I was going on a trip that possibly prevented me from attending an interview for my dream job.

Barcelona was so much fun and I will blog about it as soon as my pals post pictures.

Then something happened...

On Monday (27/04/15) my friends and I were sipping sangria on the port of Barcelona. I decided to check in to the wifi and look at my notifications. I very rarely look at my emails and when I check notifications I don't look at my ever growing pile of spam I tend to get.

I am so glad I did.

I had an email from the training team saying they still wanted to interview me and were willing to put a panel together if I could attend on the 29/04/2015. I had to let them know by 4pm that day and at the time I received the email it was nearing on 3pm.

Stroke of luck huh?

For the interview I had to find an article that I would be questioned on. So in the middle of Barcelona my friends and I were trying to find an article for me to discuss. I SO appreciate their help and they spent my last moments in Spain helping me prep. I went from losing total hope in ever getting an interview to having 48 hours notice!

So on Wednesday I went to the interview as best prepared as I could be. It was a TOUGH interview where I was quizzed, questioned and analysed for an hour. One of the things that did help was that one of the interviewers was one of my university lecturers. It really helped put me at ease. I thought the interview went well and I REALLY tried my hardest to impress.

I so wanted this and was told i would find out next week!!!!

And guess what? I didn't.

I got a call from the health visiting lead 3 hours later saying that I interviewed really well and that it would be mean of them to keep me hanging until next week. No lie I did a huge flappy hand dance in the car.

I'm going to be a health visitor.

I still can't believe it and I am just overjoyed. I was also told on the phone that I have been put forward for the masters degree and not the bachelor of science degree. How crazy is that?! I am going to be working towards a masters degree. It's beyond comprehension that I'll be doing an Msc!!!

So in September I will be a full time student again and leaving the clinical setting. I'm not sure how I feel about that yet.

But I am excited. Oh so excited!!!!

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

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Dear Cohen,

I think I speak on behalf of the whole family that I can't quite believe you're 3 years old. How ever did life function without you not in it before the 29th April 2012?


I have enjoyed every single second with you since your birth. I'll never forget getting a call from your Granny Lobb late on a Sunday night to say you were here- finally here! And you have been an absolute joy since.

One of the things I adore most about you is your imagination. I know all kids have an awesome way of conjuring up ideas, stories and excuses to how they didn't do something. But because you're my nephew you have the best. Last month we were going to the moon and when I took you to soft play in January we were trying to save ourselves from snapping crocodiles. You stop me from being an adult for a few moments and I just love that.


I'll never forget nearly two years ago I was going through a rough time. Granny Lobb was looking after you for the day and she suggested we went to the park. In fact her words to me were 'Cohen will cheer you up.' You couldn't really speak then but just witnessing your joy at seeing the ducks, pulling at my hand to put you in the swing for the millionth time and shrieking as you hid behind the tree from us. I was just amazed at how enthralled you experienced life from your little height. And the best part? You simply had no idea, your innocence made me realise in that moment that as much as life sucked right there and then. I had so much in life to look forward to and enjoy. I may not have had innocence like you, but I had people like you in my life.

I will never forget that day for as long as I live.


I am so happy to be your auntie. I love saying I have a nephew as cool as you. You and your little sister are two of my favourite littles in the world. In fact you are Honor's favourite person- you are the only person who can make her laugh as loud as she does.


As each birthday comes and goes I hope you never change your spunky personality, your cheeky smile and your eccentric attitude. But most of all I hope you grow up knowing how adored you are and that if you ever reach a point where life sucks a little bit - you have a family that are always here, forever and always. I remember last year we were nicknaming you 'Cautious Cohen' because you were always so wary. Now you are the complete opposite and it's so fun to see! Never change sweet boy.

Happy birthday Cohen, you're just so wonderful to have in our lives.

Love, Auntie
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Gutted

I have mentioned here before that it is my dream to become a Health Visitor. I have wanted to do it for a few years but I wanted to get a few skills under my belt before I specialised. I have been waiting since last summer for a training position to become available and in March one did. I jumped on the chance and applied straight away.

Yesterday I received an email saying I had been short listed for an interview. Before I even proceeded reading the rest of the email I was doing a huge happy dance in my head. I got to the interview stage- how amazing is that!

However, there's a catch. There always is. The interview is a date I am not in the country and when I called to re-arrange I was told that was the ONLY day they were doing in interviews. I have tried every scenario in my head like getting a flight a day early (there aren't any!), Skype, telephone interview etc. But to no avail, the interview committee won't budge.

I missed out.

And I am gutted.

So so gutted.

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Waxing is quite Taxing!

I decided a few weeks ago that I was done with shaving. I hate putting so much effort into shaving safely (you can trust me to always nip myself somewhere!) and then get stubble the next day. In fairness I am quite lucky because I don't have quick hair growth but still...it's annoying. So fast forward to a weeks back when I decided to start waxing again. I know you can do it at home...but don't be silly I am not inflicting pain on myself. I'd much rather pay for someone to do that job for me. It's much quicker in calmer environment but not so nice on my bank balance. Hey ho...

What I never realised was how much effort has to go into waxing. It's said to be easier to get waxing done but I am not so sure.

1) You need at least a 1/4 inch of hair growth. It may not sound a lot but to me that is still long enough. My beautician says it normally takes 2-3 weeks for that hair to grow. Eww! And guess what?! It is coming up to summer and my PJ's are short or 3/4 length. I detest it when my legs touch and leg hair spikes against each other. It's makes my body wriggle in revulsion...just one of my 'things' I guess. So before I could even book the appointment I needed to grow my leg hair out. *thumbs up*

2) It is recommended to not have waxing done on the weeks leading up to your period and the week of your period. This is because your skin is extra sensitive and as a result it'll be more painful. So hang on, that only really leaves 2- 2 1/2 weeks a month to wax. Which then means you need to start growing your hair out not to coincide with it. This is becoming more of a maths lesson don't you think than a waxing session?

3) You need to exfoliate before having your legs waxed and then once waxed you are not to use any products for 72 hours (apart from aloe vera gel). I am a product queen! After every shower I moisturise so this was a little difficult as my skin just felt dry. You have to agree that's a fair bit of nice preparation for something you want OFF your body?

So next time when I get waxed...I'll make sure to do all those things. Hindsight really is a good thing! I have to say though that I had my legs waxed 4 days ago and they are still so smooth. It's totally worth it!




See you in 4-6 weeks leg hair!

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