Thursday, 1 September 2016

time for a life update

Hello lovely readers! As you've undoubtedly noticed, I have been blogging more sporadically than usual and have repeatedly mentioned (apologised) about how busy I have been. As a reader of blogs, I find it very frustrating when blogs I like to read offer excuses like that, but I understand why they need to because, as much as I didn't really want to say, I did. And perhaps it doesn't bother you as much as it bothers me but, if it does, hopefully you will find some consolation in the fact that I've been annoyed at myself for that reason. 

So, on the back of that, I really wanted to share with you the big changes that have occurred in my life, which will help to explain why I've been so busy!
As well as attending Star Wars Celebration and Comic Con in July, Ben and I had been looking to rent a house together and we found the right one right at the beginning of July! Which, with hindsight, was so silly because we had so much on that month (two conventions, a weekend in Wales, Ben had camp, eesh) so navigating packing and sorting out the house in that month, while sewing 2 complete costumes and making several props - whew! It was a hectic time, but hopefully you will agree, worth it; the conventions were a blast, as they always are, and we were finally taking the big step in our lives that we've been waiting for for years. 
one of my (new) favourite pictures of the two of us
A week before we were due to pick up the keys and move into the house, I received an email from a company that I've interviewed with for a job a couple of times over the last 7 months or so. I hadn't yet been successful, mainly because the opportunities the had at the time weren't the right fit for me. But, like I said, I received this email and ohmygoshtheyofferedmeajob!!! The very job I wanted - editorial assistant on soft crafts magazines!! A perfect fit! The company in question is actually Practical Publishing - Knit Now, Crochet Now, Quilt Now and Love Sewing,to name a few of the many titles they publish - and are based very close to where I live. 

Which is an opportunity I have been waiting for, for a very long time - the timing though is crazy!! Last month has been all about moving, sorting out the house, bills, internet, TV etc., while at the same time I've been preparing to leave work, helping to train a replacement, and writing in-depth instructions of what my job is day to day (working for a small business, one needs to prepare these documents). So I have been FRAZZLED. 
Today was my last day at work, and I start my new job on Monday - so 1st September is bringing me many changes. At least I have a 3 day rest now that *mostly* everything is sorted

Knitting has been slow going as a result, which is a shame, but my Totoro jumper I think will be finished tonight, while I watch Brooklyn 99, eat popcorn and drink some brandy. And I can stay up, sat on my own sofa (well, mine and Ben's!) and watching whatever I (*we*) want to!

So, here's to new challenges, exciting events, and everything in between!! I'm going to get my knit on hard, right after I've started to *finally* type out my Space Invaders hat pattern. 
Have you got any big changes going on in your life too?

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