I’m sorry to say this month was extremely uneventful, but nonetheless, here’s what happened:
A few days after I returned from my fabulous Egypt holiday, I got let go from my pub job. It’s low season and although I’ve been improving, I guess I was still the weakest link, so they had to give me a notice. After they gave me a two week notice, they scheduled me for less than half of the hours of my fellow coworkers, even though I’ve raised the issue of uneven distribution of part-time hours before, so I told them to shove it and they can get on without me if they’re going to treat me like that. I took it really hard at first, but now, it seems so far away…
Especially since I now have not one, but two new jobs. For one, I am cleaning with a company called Why Bother? When they took me on, they told me it might take a few weeks to get me consistent hours, so I’m being patient and taking the hours I can get, which include a weekly hoover of a rock-climbing center and some one-off end of tenancy cleanings right now.
My other job is care giving. I will be providing clients with basically any non-medical needs similar to what a family member would do. This includes anything from basic companionship to errands to personal help. Similarly, I am still undergoing training but hope to finish my packet and online work by the end of this week and start shadowing within the next few weeks.
Over the last few days, international students have been arriving at Sussex for the spring semester. I have volunteered to be a mentor with the Buddy Scheme again this term and was paired with an additional three students, one of which from my undergraduate university of Arizona State. Emina and her friend Alex arrived from Arizona State and got settled at the hotel before summoning me for dinner. Over dinner and a drink (at the one and only Wetherspoons), I answered any questions they have and talked about what to expect on their year abroad. The next day, another one of my Buddies, Abena from Penn State arrived to Brighton via coach with her classmate Sarah. Sarah was living off campus, so I summoned an Uber for her and sent her on the way before Abena and I took the bus to her accommodation on campus. It was great to meet the four ladies and hope to see them again soon and hear from my third Buddy before the term starts.
With sparse hours and Diego taking exams and back in Spain, I’ve been quite bored. But, February has a lot in store for me: university starting again, at least two gigs and who knows what else!
What I’m listening to: The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets by Marmozets, The Near Future by I Fight Dragons, Reaper by nothing,nowhere., Very Fast and Very Dangerous by Reuben, Full Collapse by Thursday, Endless Light by O’Brother, Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars, Learn to Swim by Evertim, Nonstop Feeling by Turnstile, Lost Loves by Minus the Bear, Sea of Brass by British Sea Power, Seafoam by Kamakaze Girls, Intersections by Into It. Over It., Abstract Figures in the Dark by Tigercub, Hold On To Your Heart by The XCERTS, Currents by Tame Impala, Knowing What You Know Now by Marmozets
What I’m watching: Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Rotten (season 1), Fresh Meat (season 1-4), Shameless (season 8), Minimalism, Shaun of the Dead, Little Miss Sunshine, Jack Whitehall: Live, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (season 3)
What I’m reading: Animal Liberation by Peter Singer, Why Is Sex Fun? by Jared Diamond
Photo by Fleur Treurniet.