Hello! I'm really sorry I haven't written a proper update in a while. I've mostly just been chilling (out maxin' relaxin' all cool...) before I start on the jobhunting, and to be honest I don't really have much to update about.
My exam on Friday went pretty well, I think. Well, fingers crossed, anyway. The questions were all really good, so I'm hoping that despite my abysmal essay I will still manage to scrape a 60+ for MAF.
I still need to fill in and send off my application form for the Graduate Trainee post at Manchester Uni library. It is really my last hope of getting a library job, seeing as I didn't get the one in Liverpool (which I am so sad about - it would have been perfect
for me and I am convinced that I would be perfect for the job, too. I can't believe I didn't even get an interview. Life is hard). I haven't heard from Chester yet, either, and it's getting towards the end of May now. There's still some time but I'm not holding out much hope. There are more positions available in Manchester so hopefully I'm in with more of a chance and I am pretty excited at the prospect.
Anyway, so today I am planning on spending some time perfecting that application and sending it off. I also need to fix my CV. I am still not really sure what address I should put on it - I get the keys to my flat on June 1st, I believe, but my lease here doesn't run out until July 12th and I don't know really when I'll be moving. I don't want to put my parents' address on it in case people see it and think I won't be available to work, so I am in a bit of a dither at the moment. But I'll figure it out. I also need to traipse around looking for application forms for places like Asda, Tesco, and maybe visit the job centre too. I think I'd be quite happy to work somewhere like a supermarket though. I just, I want a job so much. I hate the idea of being dolescum*. :(
I ordered my PC on friday! My dad insisted that I get it in bits from Novatech, though, which means it has to go to my parents' house first so that he can put it together. Also I ended up only getting one 500gb hdd, which is annoying. My dad said he is going to ask my uncle to buy me another, smaller, internal hdd in return for him having my old pc though, so hopefully that will work out. Because really I want my OS to be installed on a separate hdd, and then all my 'stuff' to be kept on the 500gb one, and then my 500gb external to be used just as backup for my internal. Because I have this paranoid fear that it is going to explode one day and my entire life is on that thing, I don't know what I'd do! My dad insists that one 500gb internal is plenty, but I really like stuff. :|
So yeah, it cost me £442 for: a 500gb hdd; 4gb of ram; an amd x2 processor; an ati graphics card; built in wireless adapter; some other bits and bobs; and 64-bit windows vista - I am still pretty sad about this, but I wanted 64-bit (for potential future ram upgrades!) so I couldn't get XP, and I am too impatient to wait until the end of the year when Windows 7 makes it onto the market. I'm sure that Vista won't really be a problem for me, as just an average user, but I still feel a bit like I am selling my soul to the devil by buying it.
I've also downloaded .exe files for all the programs I use (thankfully they all work with 64-bit: although actually I needn't have worried I don't think. It seems that nowadays more things do
work with 64-bit than don't. Hurrah!) and plonked them all onto my external in a folder called 'for justin mk II'. I am not entirely sure what to call my new pc though. Justin was named when Justin Finch-Fletchley was my much-loved HP RPG alter-ego and was somebody who meant a lot to me. Which actually is making me pretty sad to be getting rid of him. I can't really call him 'Justin II' because it doesn't mean the same anymore and it kind of cheapens the original Justin. I know it is pretty ridiculous to be taking something like this so seriously, but I don't know. I am a very sentimenal person, I'm afraid. I am sure I will figure it out. :p
So, according to parcelforce tracking, my pc bits are currently 'out for delivery', which I presume is a good thing. I really really hope they're not delivered tomorrow, though. Wednesdays are the one day a week when nobody is home - my mum is at work, my sister at school, and my dad goes to his weekly therapy thinger on wednesdays. it will be just my luck for delivery to happen tomorrow. i didn't think it would do - i ordered my pc on friday and got free delivery, which is supposed to be 3-5 working days, so i just assumed it'd arrive on friday. nevermind.
I'm going to go home on friday afternoon for a few days, then - i'm thinking i'll probably stay till wednesday 'cause my mummy says she wants me to spend my birthday at home. She's said she has budgeted for £150 my birthday present which is pretty exciting. I was hoping
for, but not really expecting, £100 at most so I am really pleased. She's also said that she doesn't just want the money to go towards my pc, though. 'cause it's my 21st, she wants to get me something that i can keep, so I suggested that they get me a bracelet. I don't really wear much jewellery aside from necklaces - i have a pretty large collection of nice necklaces and i used to wear a different one every week or so when i was at school/college. however nowadays the only one i ever wear is my diamond and emerald one that joel bought me. so my parents getting me a 21st necklace would be pretty wasted because i would be torn about which to wear, haha. i would quite like a charm bracelet, but my housemate got a charm bracelet for her 21st and i would feel like, i dunno, i was copying or something. :| but i really really like the idea so it is definitely there to think about. my mum said that whatever of the £150 didn't go on my present could go to my pc as well. so hopefully my grandparents will give me some money, plus my aunties & other peripheral relations, maybe i'll get £200 or so towards my pc altogether, which certainly isn't something to sniff at.
i am just so excited and ridiculously full of love for my parents at the moment actually. i wouldn't even care if they weren't giving me anything for my birthday (...well, maybe i'd care a little
bit :p), just because i know that if they could they would give me anything i wanted. it makes everything so much more meaningful when you know how much they've worked to give it you - my mum has been working on sundays for the past few months in order to earn extra money, and even though they have debts and other things that it would benefit them to spend it on, they're still determined to give me as much as possible. i think some of this current affection is due to the fact that i am now officially a grown-up - i am no longer a student and i am moving in with joel. until now, although i've been away at uni for the last 3 years, my parents house was still home
, but now i have a different home. every time i go back i feel more and more like a guest and less like i belong there, which is pretty painful. :( even though i am so excited about living with joel i can't help but be distressed at the fact that it means i don't live with my parents anymore, y'know? :( sigh.
it's just pretty weird 'cause all my family is at home. my generation on my dad's side is the first that has gone to uni - my older cousin lives in manchester now, as she went to uni there; and my big brother lives in leeds 'cause he went to uni there; and now i live in liverpool. but everybody else - my aunties and uncles and grandparents - they all live pretty close by. one of my cousin's on my mum's side moved to ireland with her boyfriend but they moved back within months and now live a couple of streets away from her mum, lol. so to be officially moving away is pretty sad. we're a pretty close family. i miss my grandparents a lot.
so i am going to be at home for my birthday, which will be nice although probably also a little boring. also, because i am currently ipodless it will suck a bit to have to go on the train. i have a walkman phone and a dsi so it's not like i will be musicless or bored, but i miss my itouch a lot and to be doing something like a train journey without it just seems wrong, lol. i have promised to give liz a list of books that she and my friends can pick and choose from for my birthday. also i have said i'd like a glass teacup and liz suggested getting me some alcohol. we're having my party on saturday (the 30th). i am really not a clubbing person so i just want a stay-in party - i'm thinking music, drinking games, haribo, that sort of thing. i hope everyone enjoys it. most of my friends are more going out on the town sort of people but, i mean. it's my birthday so i think for one night they can try and have fun getting drunk and giggly at home instead of going out. i think i'm going to dig up some drinking games and things and hopefully have a blast. and liz is making me a lemon flavoured SUNSHINE cake which may even surpass last year's bunny rabbit cake!
i am pretty excited.
i should really hurry up and sort out that list of books though. hm hmm.
ALSO. In a follow-up to this
post I made the other week, I am thinking about setting up a music community for that purpose. If anyone has any name suggestions that would be great. :D
I don't think I have anything else to say. I ought to go and do some job-related work now.
*Not that that means that I think everybody on benefits is scum! Particularly in this economy I know that that is far from the case. But where I come from, most of the people on benefits are claiming just because they don't want to work. So I have a sort of ingrained prejudice against them. :\