21.11.11

Settling-in Update

I don't know if it was Josh's near death experience, but I feel more settled in Cardiff this week.
Don't they say that stressful situations make you bond with the people around you quicker? Maybe it was the fact that I burst into tears in front of the whole college. They've seen me red, blotchy and sniflfling. I feel like we have no secrets from each other now.
Whatever the reason, (apart from the choking incident) last week was a good week. We're getting more into a routine and we're really busy.
I'm still working part time in two different offices, but for some reason all the hours I get offered seem to fall on Thursdays and Fridays so I end up doing really long days and then having the rest of the week free. Last Thursday I worked 8.45am - 9.15pm; that was a looong day. 
This is what my weeks normally look like:
Mon - Wed: This has varied depending on the week. Monday is normally spent doing chores around the house and often recovering from having guests at the weekend. I normally end up working a few hours at the college, and if we're not having guests from outside Cardiff to stay I make sure I organise to have coffee with a few people to get myself out of the house. I've also been doing quite a bit of design work for various people which has been good because I love doing it and it keeps me busy.
Thursday and Friday I work all day, and normally into the evening too. Thursday evening we have homegroup so that's a long day.
Saturday is normally taken up with guests and Sunday we travel up to the valleys for Josh's placement in the morning and then church in Cardiff in the evening.
I'm loving that we're having loads of visitors. I just worked out that over the last twelve weeks we have had at least thirty four different guests from outside Cardiff, and many of those have stayed over or visited multiple times. I'm so happy we have a house we can use for entertaining!
Seeing family and old friends gives us something to look forward to and helps us feel more settled. It's easier to make new friends when you still feel supported by people who really know you.

I was worried working part time would mean I was really bored, but there has only been one week that I got really frustrated at the lack of things to do, and that was mostly my own fault because I was tired and couldn't be bothered to organise anything which meant I got really lethargic and down. For now I'm enjoying the freedom and time to keep our house organised, experiment with new recipes, make treats for guests, write letters and meet new people.

We're slowly getting past the 'superficial friendship' point with people in Cardiff, and we've even been invited away with a group of people for New Years.

Things are looking up!


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4 comments:

  1. I'm so happy for you!! :)
    See? Having a part time job is not so bad!!
    I can't wait to have my own part time job, and be a full time housewife!

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  2. Hi!
    Sounds like a busy but happy week. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Food for Thought
    http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2011/11/ready-for-thanksgiving.html

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  3. Glad to hear you're getting there :)

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  4. It's good to feel settled. I'm really pleased you're enjoying your Cardiff experience!

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