Life is slowly settling back into it's normal pattern over here as everything returns to normal. Five weeks in, work seems like I never actually left and that's ... ok, actually. The flat looks like a home and Sam (my flatmate and I) have settled in and are enjoying living together again. It's been busy though and time is flying by!
There's been work drama of a good, but slightly stressful, variety. After 3 and a bit hard months of hunting for my right contract and turning down the wrong ones, it seems like the offers of employment just keep coming. I had TWO enquiries about my availability for permanent positions in the last two weeks - pretty serious enquiries and not from the agents actively searching for new opportunities either. One of them even ended up with my going to coffee with the financial director of a company I saw back in early August who still wanted me. Anyhoo, it turned out to be wasted time for both the director and I as the agent had cocked up and got start dates wrong on all sides, but it was a relief for me in all honesty, as I didn't really want a permanent job when I've only just got into contracting but felt guilty for not listening at least.
There's been other adventures recently too - a sunset visit to the zoo a couple of weekends ago was pretty awesome - quiet and peaceful with the animals settling down for the night, talks from the keepers, bands playing in the gardens and a BBQ - it was a gorgeous evening.
Last weekend I was in London and we watched the Great River Race from my friend's flat and had a BBQ by the Thames, followed by sunny walks from Kingston to Richmond admiring the property porn along the way!
Earlier this week, I also attended an evening event at Harvey Nichols with Sam. It was a lovely evening with a talk through the history of the Dress of the Year selections since 1963 and a look at fashion history at the same time. The talk was given by the curator of the Bath Fashion Museum and the writer and editor of the new book about Dress of the Year and was fascinating, illustrated by slides of all they were talking about and chat about no just the clothes themselves but snippets on the designers and selectors and how all the outfits were shot for the book. Plus there were goodie bags, and I'm not going to lie .... being let into Harvey Nicks after dark to an event populated but the most fashionably and expensively dressed people I've ever seen was pretty cool. And there was champagne. I could get used to it.
I've been catching up with all my Bristol friends in between - we've had dinners at the house, and I've met up for drinks and dinner out and about - being back in Bristol's ace. And the next couple of month's look even better! We're going to Dismaland on Sunday evening, the Banksy exhibit which Sam managed to get tickets for. I'm going to some World Cup rugby courtesy of friends from home, and our trip to Vietnam is looming on the horizon along with ski trips plural once the winter arrives.
Life is busy but good!!
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