New Month, New Job, New House,

new homeThis week has marked the first working week of my ‘proper job’, which probably explains my lack of blog posts. I’m not that optimistic that I’ll be throwing many more posts up in the immediate future either, as I’ve a spell of business travel coming up next week before our impending house move next weekend.

My new job has, for the most part, been an enjoyable, if challenging, experience although the daily commute of a bus and 2 trains has been killing me. The fact I’ve got an absolutely terrible sense of direction and managed to get on the wrong train on Monday evening which took me back to the station I’d just travelled from, just rubbed salt in the wounds.

As ever, the frustrations seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment. For example, we were warned yesterday of a couple wanting to come around and view our property this afternoon around 4pm ish, only to told about 4.15 that they cancelled at the last minute. The fact that the estate agent had walked down from their offices half a mile away (and looked thoroughly miserable when he broke the news to me) was of little consolation.

More bizarrely, it seems the world is in the grip of a global shortage of parcel tape at the moment. This week I’ve called into two branches of Tesco, one Sainsbury’s and even an Aldi – and all are out of stock completely. Apart from Aldi, of course, who don’t stock it any of the time. Par for the course with them I guess.


  1. "which took me back to the station I’d just travelled from"

    Ouch, that is an horrific way to spend a Monday evening. That is soul destroying, particularly if you have to buy a ticket each time.

  2. Yeah, it certainly was soul destroying, Stephen. Lucky enough, though, my repetitive journeys were all covered under the 'permitted routes' of my ticket.

  3. I hear you with the problems about viewings. We're in the process of selling our place at the moment and there have been cancelled viewings (after we got the house clean and everything), vague timings ("we'll be there between 6 and 9 on Sunday evening" -- great!) and multiple viewings (why on earth do you need to send your grown children and grandchildren to view your potential house?)

    I hope wherever you're moving to has a shorter/easier commute.

  4. Hi Beth,

    At least I'm not the only one suffering with the frustrations of cancelled viewings.

    Re. the commute from my new place, it's going to be less than half what it is currently and will be able to drive (or bus) it as I wish. :-)

    Hope the frustrations with pesky viewers soon ends for you!

  5. Travelling back from the station you just travelled from must have been a nightmare!

    I have missed you on the blog front, come back already, darn your job :P

  6. Thanks, Pooni. It shouldn't be too long until everything settles down and I'll be back to my blawging best.



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