this post is basically just because i can.
my friends bought me a gorgeous little glass teacup and saucer for my birthday. i have refrained from using it until now because it is so fragile and i am afraid of breaking it. it was on display on a corner unit in my living room, and it was just taunting me, so i christened it yesterday afternoon:
this is from a set of twining's classics that i bought... i am so glad i bought this pack of classics because i had never tasted lady grey before but now i know that it is just gorgeous. this, though, is ceylon, and it too is quite tasty, although i did put a bit too much sugar in. this was taken yesterday afternoon when i was having a cup of tea while reading a book.
the book, obviously, is feet of clay
by terry pratchett. i have read it many times before; the Watch ones are my favourites because i adore Sam Vimes with a passion. this is a shiny brand new copy, though; i spent £25 that i don't have on brand new Watch books the other day because when i asked my parents to bring the terry pratchett books up, my dad sneakily kept the ones that belonged to him, and sadly this was most of the Watch ones. So I've started rereading the Watch ones in order; i'm just finishing Jingo now, and moving onto the Fifth Elephant this evening. The Fifth Elephant is probably my favourite after Night Watch. <3
aaand this is a teapigs lemongrass tea temple, taken about 10 minutes ago. along with the pretty cup, the girls bought me two packets of tea temples from teapigs - english breakfast, and lemongrass. i thought i'd have this one now because its quite late, and this is caffeine-free, and its also meant to aid with digestion, which i suppose is always good. i put a teaspoon of honey in it, because even though i will gladly turn down a dessert in favour of a sandwich, i enjoy my tea sweet. and this was just lovely - just like lemsip but without the prerequisite of feeling manky and ill. i'd definitely recommend it.
i may post some more teas because i have a large collection that need drinking and i have a shiny glass teacup and a camera. so yes. :D
in other news i am ridiculously excited about a brand new rpg my friends and i have set up. it seems to already have had a really positive impact on friendships which long since became strained and/or distant, and i just. well, it's really making me very happy at the moment. hopefully it will continue to do so, although it is early days yet.
also, i am ridiculously stressed about money. I think I have less than £600 in my bank account; my rent (£338) comes out next saturday and i am still jobless and have a pittance income from my benefits.
i got a phone call today from a job i applied for at the DWP. it is for an executive assistant so i doubt i will get it because that sounds quite big, but i have been shortlisted to go and take the numeracy and literacy tests that they require followed by an interview. the tests are next saturday (1st aug), and from what i can tell i presume that the interview will be the following week. i am pretty nervous really. it would pay me well enough to be able to save up for my postgraduate, which i desperately want to do. and, like i said, i am just terrified about my finances at the moment; i don't have enough coming in to cover outgoings really so a job would be fantastic please. however, judging by my parents' stagnant 'careers' in the dwp, it is entirely possible or even likely that it will be a horrible job that i will hate and stuff.
but i suppose it is also possible that i might enjoy it and be brilliant at it and it will be great etc.
i think a lot of the problem i have is that i honestly don't feel that i am qualified to do anything. why would anyone give me a job? particularly one with a responsible sounding name like 'executive assistant', lol. i am spectacularly useless. i hope i can do it.
to make financial matters worse, aaron and zara-louise are coming back tomorrow and we are going out for a meal for zara's birthday. while obviously i am happy to have them, and really happy that they had such a good time when they stayed a few weeks ago that they wanted to come back so soon - the restaurant they have booked (babycream on the albert dock) is pretty expensive, and then i think they want to go out afterwards so that is another worry. just, argh. i hate spending money on going out drinking, just because it is such a waste. i don't enjoy going out and to add insult to injury it generally costs a small fortune.
and i'm going to have to shave my legs for the occassion.