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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
5:54 pm
Hey guys, I know I barely post on this anymore, but Thoughts and prayers would be appreciated. Mainly for patience on my part. The work situation is difficult (I'm working as a mechindiser and analyst for a co.) and I'm quickly losing patience. I need this job to pay off my loans. I'm also deciding on PhD times etc so things aren't very clear right now...

will update properly soon...

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
11:27 am
hey guys and girls! here is the url for my new "grownup" blog:) I'll keep this one up, but this one is about living in england specifically:

http://adventuresinangleterre.blogspot.com/

it's slowly starting, but enjoy!

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Thursday, March 11th, 2010
12:55 pm - 4 prayer intentions
Hey guys, I got some intentions for ya'll if you get a chance:

1) My great Aunt Mary Frecheau had a stroke last night. She's in the hospital now and has lost her mind. She can't name the names of her daughter and grandkids or remember her name or birthday. Please pray for her recovery. This woman is about my favourite crazy old person of all time. She's the one who is accident prone and rediculous and I kind of hope I grow up to be her one day. Please keep her and my family in your prayers...this woman really kept the family together...without her there will be a gaping hole in the family.

2) A dear friend of mine's boyfriend's grandma passed away. Please keep adam and his folks in your prayers.

3) The job situation is scary. It looks like im getting a crap job in a call centre which is good, but it is still scary. Please please please pray for me, that I have the wisdom and humility to get it together and that I end up where I need to be. I'm applying right now for an incredible oppertunity that I'd like ya'll to pray for. It's an archaeological materials placement with English Heritage. I'd get to do alot of science on old stuff, live in portsmouth, and DO LOTS OF SCIENCE ON ARCHAEOLOGIES!!!!

4) This is a good one! I'm leaving to go down south for a long weekend with rob tomorrow. Please pray for safe travels and that his mom likes me...we're going down to Bournemouth on the south coast of Dorset which is one of the most amazing coastlines in the world! there will be pictures! and we will drink cider! there will be delicious british food and Rob's Mum's cooking! There will be a puppy! hooray!

thanks guys! hope all is well with ya'll!

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Thursday, March 4th, 2010
2:25 pm
hey guys! interview went well though it wasn't what I expected. It was an interview to get on the list of archaeologists to call when the unit gets work. sooooo good? tomorrow I'm going down to pester the HELL out of temp agencies. wish me luck!

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Thursday, February 25th, 2010
3:03 pm - Panic on the streets of london
urg, I just did my budget and am now in full blown panic attack mode over money. this seems silly, But I never have had to have a freak out over money before...possibly because i never had a 300 pound student loan payment due in two months before...

holy crap i am nausiated. I need this job.

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
5:42 pm
ya'll prayers please. I have an interview for an excavator position on a roman fort up in newcastle on the 3rd. PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS.

I was getting wicked depressed with the no interview thing for the past 4 months...I hope to God that the law of "when it rains it pours" is true and I get a GAZILLION more because while this job is awesome, it isn't ideal and will involve relocation and craziness...but still I am grateful for this chance:)

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Thursday, February 18th, 2010
11:29 pm - meeting parents and tiddlywinks
for the first time in my life today, i met a significant other's parents today. well one parent. Rob's dad is up visiting and we went to pub quiz...he liked me! i am pleased! also rob makes a lot more sense...and I found out something delightfully british and hilarious...rob's uncle was on the cambridge world champion tiddlywinks team... I have chosen well.

in other news, i am annoyed that the olympics are 9 hours away and the BBC is annoying and showing it in real time...THIS IS LAME...HOW AM I TO GET MY FIX OF WORLD SPORTING?!?!?!?

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Monday, February 15th, 2010
4:53 pm
i had the best weekend.

Rob took me to dinner on friday for valentines day as he had to do work on the actual day as he is transferring today (basically he is halfway through his PhD so he has to present his research so far and get grilled by the dept today...). It was great! we went to the terrace, a nice restaurant in saltaire for their jazz night:) we then went back to his and drank some wine and watched die hard with his housemates...pretty perfect....on saturday we went for brunch and a wander around saltaire, visited some folks, and then went to a 1950's/60's cocktail party which involved BIG hair. it was awesome...

Today I got my hair cut and I've applied for jobs and have caught up on the opening ceremonies...can we quickly discuss how fly and rediculous they were? natives, totem poles, a fiddle/clog off AND A SLAM POET?!?!?!?!?!?!? CANADA FOR THE FREAKING WIN!!!!!

Robs gonna come over tonight for a curry and a movie...I'm really happy with this one, guys... We had a talk about the possibility of me taking a job away from the north west of england (more and more oppertunities are in london...it's entirely possible i'll end up there before too long.....) and we've decided that we want to be together regardless...I'm pretty sure he's gonna be around for a while:)

that's all:)

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Friday, February 12th, 2010
11:30 am
I GOT MY VISA AND AM NOT BEING DEPORTED THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS.

thanks for your thoughts and prayers guys!

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Monday, February 8th, 2010
1:16 am - Writer's Block: Superbowl madness or sadness?
If you're in the U.S., will you watch all or part of the Superbowl? Do you have a favorite team? If you're not American, what do you think about Superbowl Sunday?

I should preface this by restating the obvious, I am an american living in england. This sounds silly, but until I moved over here I didn't care about the game, I just watched it for the ads...the past two years however, It has become part of me and my identity. Maybe it's because folks ask me the rules of american football, maybe it's because i miss the folks at home who are watching it, but mainly I think it's because I miss home. I see the rediculous slow motion footage packaging and hear that american twang of the commentators and I am immedietly transported to atlanta or fredericksburg with people I love, drinking shit beer, and eating crap spicy snacks, watching silly ads and cheering for whichever team I choose...
It's funny, this year I actually am invested. The saints are in and i love them...but honestly, living in a country where there is no american football has made me a fan. I suppose it's not appreciating what you have when it's there but I can honestly say I miss it.

So in answer. Yes. I am watching the superbowl even though it means i have to stay up til 3 am my time. I'm screaming for the saints, drinking crap beer, and eating spicy snacks. Even if I can't be at home for it, I love that I am participating in a tradition shared by my countrymen even if it is 5 hours difference...

and above all...GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!WHO DAT?!

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Sunday, January 31st, 2010
7:38 pm - urg
I feel stupid for complaining in the wake of more relevant things, but ya'll...

Today was my last day as a legal migrant in the UK and the the home office has STILL not processed my visa...I am now an illegal immigrant.

There is nothing to be done...I did everything correctly and it is their fault for being behind...but I am concerned. Everytime the phone rings or someone knocks on the door my stomach drops because I'm afraid that it'll be the American Embassy telling me to pack my things and get out.

I cannot describe to you how crushed I will be if I have to leave this country on someone else's terms. I love it here. Despite my lack of job and visa I have been so happy these past few weeks seeing friends and being with Rob. I cannot imagine deportation. It makes me physically ill...

please please please pray for this.

current mood: nauseated

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Friday, January 15th, 2010
2:52 pm - few things
1) Man...Haiti...I know everyone on this thing has probably done so already and is sending thoughts and prayers their way, but please consider donating something, anything to relief efforts. As cheesy as it sounds, every dollar or even cent does help... I'm giving to the red cross because they were AWESOME after katrina but whoever you give to, pleas give something... I have to say I was incredibly humbled that after Katrina and Rita hit the gulf coast, haiti gave $36,000 in aid... $36,000 from one of the poorest nations on the planet. That's money they could really be using right now. After katrina, my cousin (who had 13 feet of water) was speaking to relief workers and they said that 3 cents was what it cost to give her a liter of clean, bottled water during her clean up period...so seriously...think about it.

2) a while ago I posted that they had found a node on my dad's thyroid. His biopsy came back today and thankfully it is benign, so no treatment or surgery this time! thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers!

3) no news to report. My visa application is in and I'm waiting to hear back, thoughts and prayers on this front would be most appreciated.

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Friday, January 1st, 2010
9:38 pm - 2010
right guys, here's my list of things of 5 things to do this year:

1) Don't get deported...or at least get my visa before I have to return home at the end of January due to lack of funds...
2) GET A JOB. ANY JOB. (going along with this is learning to control my finances better)
3) After that, build a career
4) Get my dissertation to article form
5) Lose 20 pounds

I feel all of these are doable, in particularly the weight one...usually I'm all like..."this year I'm gonna loose a bajilionty pounds!" and I think twenty is reasonable and doable and maintainable. I can do that but doing little things, like having 2 pints on a friday night with friends as opposed to like, 5 as the british tend to do...and making sure I get my 5 servings of fruits and veg a day...and walking more...

In other news, New years eve was really fun despite having the plauge. It ended up just being myself and R, the PhD student. That situation is really good now. He's been really awkward the past month with me but he managed to give me not one but two (!) actual hugs and actually pecked me on the cheek at midnight. This is a great leap forward for him in the "being a competent human being" game so I'm well proud...see, since our date to bolton abbey we hadn't actually hung out alone for any extended period of time and it was really nice to see that we were capable of that. It was also his 25th birthday so I made tacos and he made mulled ale and we watched Jules Holland's Hootenany, which is the best British New Years Tradition ever...basically, the BBC relaxes its drinking on air rules (which are pretty lax anyway) and a bunch of celebrities, musical acts, and the Jules Holland big band do music. Thing is, these aren't inane celebrities a la paris hilton...these are actually relevant funny celebrities...often ledgends of british stage and screen...and the music played is a nice mix of pop, jazz, gospel, classical, and quirky fun stuff...It is a lot of fun...so yeah...a nice chilled new years was had and it was great:)

i hope everyone had a safe and happy celebration and I wish everyone all health, happiness, and prosperity in 2010!

irene

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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
7:36 pm - in summary
Ya'll this has been a wierd year.

Overall I am proud of my accomplishments and think this has been one of the best years of my life...that being said, I am so ready to rock 2010 and for 2009 to be over. These past three months have been stressful and not being home for the holidays has been depressing as hell. I refuse to think that things won't turn around soon and I am looking forward to starting over in 2010...

I'm in Derby with Fi and her family now and am finally strating to get into the christmas spirit which is good. It's looking like New Years is gonna be a low key affair with just a few people. the 31st is R's (the guy I told ya'll about forever ago) birthday so we're gonna hang out, cook some food, and watch Jules Holland (the British new year's tradition). That situation is interesting, we are friends and get on really well but he is incompetently attempting to hit on me (he's never had a girlfriend, I am the first reasonable not crazy girl to be interested in him, and he's a crazed academic...this is hilarious and also sad at the same time.) I am not adverse to anything happening and do want something to happen between us, but I refuse to make excuses for male incompetence anymore which isn't helping matters. so yeah, watch this space...

in other news England has had record snowfall and the whole place looks like a freaking postcard. The concept of a White Christmas really excites me and has been a bright spot in the stressful few days:)

my thoughts and prayers are with all of you this holiday season! hope all is well!

current mood: cold

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
9:38 pm
hey guys, can we quickly discuss this?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8414124.stm

how freaking sweet is this? what up cancer?!?!? I think you just got SERVED! (sort of)

in other news, things are ok here...I have lots of leads on archaeology/museum jobs and I have a new lead on a part time job thanks to the loverly H-Lizzle (her company is based in Leeds and needs folks...sweet). I'm going to Derby for christmas and hanging out with my friend Fi's family, which will be strange but good.

This weekend I am going to the Theoretical Archaeology Group's conference up in Durham:) This is super great as I get to meet absolute LEDGENDS in the feild and hopefully network some. additionally there is free booze and a traditional scottish square dance involved AND its supposed to snow! hooray!

this is incoherent and I am tired so i'm gonna go to bed. I'll update more soon!

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Friday, December 4th, 2009
1:41 pm - update: remix
the good: I graduated with my MSc on wednsday. It was awesome! My folks are in town and got to see me be the first in my family to recieve a post-graduate degree. I am still very very proud of what I have done and am happy I made it through with flying colours. Additionally, I've been in contact with the museum in Kenya and they are behind me 100% for a PhD and will start looking for funding as well...These are good things.

The Rest: Other than graduation, things are pretty lame here. Still no job (even a crappy one) and It looks like I may have to go to court over my sketchy-as-hell letting agency. They have done three illegal things: (1) they seized out provided furniture illegally. we got it back, but still...lame (2) They let me illegally sign a lease with only my name on it even though there were two folks living there...this is illegal under british housing law and (3)They have not put my deposit in a deposit protection scheme which is illegal. I went to the office to break lease (cause these people are lame) and they said in addition to keeping my deposit they wanted an extra 500 pounds. 500 POUNDS. I have an appointment with a lawyer today and I am moving out tomorrow come hell or high water. Its just been really stressful and i havn't been able to spend as much time with my folks as I wanted as I've been dealing with this and applying or jobs...

Also I am now looking at the real possibility that I will have to come home in January. This depresses me greatly, not that I don't love home and everyone there, but I had hoped things would end up differently.

prayers are appreciated.

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
4:00 pm - Update
Hey guys

Things are Ok here.

First, the living situation is far from sorted but its just ok. Basically, My landlords aren't sketchy, they are just incompetent. I'm trying to move out as soon as possible into a spare room two of my friends have in their house. This will be cheaper and nicer as I no longer have a roomate as Katy decided to move to York since our landlords are incompetent. Also, what solidified my position on moving is that there was an assault with a shotgun in the wee hours of the night last week outside of a bar on the street behind me. Thankfully no one was murdered, but you know, had I wanted gun violence I would have stayed in Atlanta...the fact that the shots woke me up was quite scary and while I'm sure its a one time thing I feel getting out of city centre is a great idea...

Second, The job/money/settling down here situation is far from sorted. I'm remaining optimistic but jobs are hard to get here, like anywhere else nowadays I suppose. Money is tight due to the fact I have to keep an absurd amount of money in the bank to cover my visa. I'm having to borrow from my parents which I HATE. However, the good news is this. My folks and I set up a cut off date. If by the end of January if I am unable to support myself I am coming home to the states. By this point I will have my visa, so I can still move in and out of the UK for two years so that's good. I am optimistic here though. Quite a few museum positions are opening up in January so I am hoping some of these come through. Additionally If I can get some temp work or a crap job I am still going ahead on writing up my dissertation for publication and finding funding for my PHd so at least I'll be working towards my career...

third, the social situation is wierd. My friends are still awesome, but I need to get a job fast because otherwise I'll be 'that kid' hanging around the city they went to school in, you know? Graeme, Kat, Annie and I are really the only ones left except for the PHd's we're friends with, which is great, but it is getting increasigly strange as often it's just graeme and I as Annie is visiting her family in the states now and Kat is finishing up her degree. This is normally fine, its just that he and I are kind of in the same place right now and he is a male version of me, so now, when it's just the two of us we have the tendency to focus on the crap aspects, drink too much beer, and get mopey about the fact that we're single because its November in England, It's dark, and we want someone to cuddle with but neither of us want to cuddle with each other... Luckly, we were able to have a nice time on sunday just chilling and watching films, so that's good. I think it's just been a transitional time for both of us which was why it was wierd for a while.

Finally, I have a new nemisis. the Royal Mail. Seriously guys, don't send me any post for a bit please. Basically the Royal Mail workers have been doing postal strikes for the past six months...this hasn't been a problem really so far because the folks on my routes were not striking. Well, apparently my current postman has decided to go on "half-strike". What this means is that he wont deliver to my flat because it's on the top floor of the building and he can't be assed to climb the stairs. WTF? here is my thing. If you feel the need to strike, strike it up! fight for your right to party! but if you are gonna strike, Strike the HELL out of an institution. STICK IT TO THE MAN. GO BIG OR GO HOME. the half-assed strike pisses me off in a major way. it's just laziness really...i am enraged...grar...

So that's kind of the summation of what's been going on. I'll keep ya'll posted. Prayers and good thoughts would be appreciated!

Irene

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
9:27 pm
to every cloud there is a silver lining.

I got my provisional mark for my dissertation and I will be a Master of Science with Merit.

Sweet. Booya lipids.

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8:35 pm - crap
well guys, I made it safely to Bradford.

Sadly it appears that my landlord and letting agency are both sketchy as hell, I may have to go to small claims court to get my deposit back, and that I now have to find a new place to live in addition to finding a job so I don't get deported come january 31st.

I would go into more details but I am still so stressed, sad, and angry that I can't do it without crying... I'll let you guys know when I've sorted it all out but in the meantime prayers would be greatly appreciated

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
3:57 pm
I'm heading out to Bradford in 6 hours! ATL, you have been real and continue to rock my face off! catch you guys on the flip side where i shall recount my adventures!

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