Posted in Health, life, rant, Writing

Figurative Ledges

So the summer is drawing to a close and there’s not been much to speak of weather-wise. I’ve been working, studying, and beating myself up about all the other things I don’t have time or energy to do – including blogging.

I’m currently still in the process of recovering from the worst bout of Tonsilitis I’ve ever had. It’s been bad before but it’s the first time the doctor has given me a massive dose of antibiotics – although I went on the Friday and she stated I’d be fine for work on the Monday. Riiight. So here I am, a week later and still not back at work yet. My throat no longer looks like an alien laid eggs around my raw tonsils but everything else is still funky. My right ear, (a.k.a the bad one) has taken to gurgling every time I hear sound, my glands pulse every time I move, and my eyes are making my brain swim when I stare at the computer screen, but I’m in training for returning to work on Monday.

Other than when I’m having dietary issues I get sick around my head, usually the sinuses and ENT so it’s only the second time this year I’ve been so horrifically ill. At Christmas we were visited by plague-ridden guests who made Madre and I ill for two weeks and I lost my sense of smell and taste for six days. True fact, I ate from a jar of Jalapeños as if they were cucumber, nor could I smell the tub of Vicks.

Obviously with these types of sickness, you can’t do the normal things to pass the time like listening to music, watching tv, or playing video games… So I read, after a few days I could stand just to read from normal books. Some Dante, Homer, Mary Wollstonecraft and then my Latin grammar book. I find solace in my nerdy habits.

I’m behind on my dissertation, I’m gutted about the last mark I received but I finished it while battling an ear thing that was the lead up to the tonsillitis; but at least I passed. The dissertation is due in about a month and a half. But of course I signed up to another TEFL course for teaching young children and I have mere days to finish the assignments for that… Naturally, the stress has been piling on me and through lack of being able to do anything without suddenly being whomped by exhaustion or my head spinning, so the darkness/dementors has been moving in – hence distracting myself with Latin and that I’ve barely made a dent in my classics books.

Another recent habit when my ears aren’t acting up is listening to audiobooks and crocheting. I’ve ploughed through The Stand by Stephen King and the Scarlet Bernard books by Melissa F. Olsen and now I have several of the Great Courses lectures downloaded too. Right now listening to the Foundations of Western Civilization by Professor Thomas Noble, so amazing and in only thirty minute lectures I’ve been getting through them quite quickly.

I’m not back to my usual self yet, a lot of other stuff has happened that’s not helping how I’m feeling, but I know I can only take one day at a time, and right now I think it’s time for bed and some of the Iliad.

e x

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Posted in Education, Travel, University

Job searches, soul searches…

Having heard nothing back from the jobs I’ve applied for I’ve returned to scouring the various job sites looking for something, anything that seems relevant to my skills and experience… Pickings are slim here. I guess being up north I was quite spoilt fortunate in that there was maybe less competition for each job and I at least got an interview (also every job I applied for asked to hire me).

Alas, I’m caught between jobs that are paying a chunk less that what I’ve been used to and barely more than what was considered a high wage four years ago. A trend I’m noticing is that many employers are trying to lure people with promises of a higher wage only to then state that it’s only part-time, temporary, on a month-to-month basis to cover maternity leave, or; worse yet, mentioning at the bottom of the ad that the post is technically a self-employed one so the employee has to pay their own taxes and National Insurance so the inflated hourly wage isn’t that great after all.

I suppose I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to work as… Batgirl has already been cast, so I’m still looking. I have a great variety of skills and could open my own coffee/book/photography/language shop and even do a jam session at the end of the night. I’ve tried for hotel work with the belief that while Brexit is still a huge clusterfuck hotels are never out of favour with travellers, so there would be the chance to use languages conversationally. Plus, many are international chains and I’m totally fine with relocating if the opportunity arose. A stable opportunity. I’m really starting to sound my age.

I’ve also looked at the TEFL jobs page (worthwhile if you’re more spontaneous than me) to see what opportunities are available. South Korea is very tempting, they seem to treat native English speakers like royalty or K-Popstars (much the same thing). Of course, my heart longs for Italy but many of the jobs are part time and too similar a wage to home that I’d need to hope to make up the difference with tutoring. Show me a full-time job in Sorrento and I’ll be there!

The Scottish Government and SAAS announced this year that they’re offering a loan of up to £10,000 for students to take a full-time postgraduate course at a Scottish University (£5,500 for tuition fees and £4,500 for living expenses). They’re also offering £2750 a year for a maximum of two years for part-time students to study, which appears to include the Open University… so much temptation!

Later,

e x