Five Lessons From The Sound of Music

Breaking from my weekly routine is due to a piece of news that I only received at the weekend and I felt needed marking: Maria Von Trapp, the last member of the family singers (before the three later children were born to the Captain and Maria) that inspired The Sound of Music, died at 99 years…

A Warm Embrace: Coming Back to The Bell Tree, Broughty Ferry

Arriving back in Dundee and requiring food with bare cupboards gave us one primary idea: to head back to a place we loved. Bear & I had discovered this particular eatery on a whim when wanting something nice for lunch. It became a keen favourite for a number of reasons. I decided that I would…

Job-Seeking: Trying to find a specific needle in a pile of needles.

Recently I read an article which described an American Masters-degree holding jobseeker who, in order to grasp what his competition looked like, put a fake job listing on craigslist. Within 24 hours he had received over 600 applications. The people he was expecting for his run of the mill job were graduates, high schoolers, etc….

Just Eat: Worth The Middle Man?

A year or so ago I was introduced to the website Just-Eat by my fast-food-loving husband. It is a site which includes a number of cultures of food, in a range of locations, and allows you to browse the menu and then pay without ever leaving your sofa. Since then it has often been a…

Short-term Pain, Long-term Reward!

The next month is full of hard work. Whether it’s working to earn a few extra pennies, or job searches despite the current economic state, or packing up our life together so far and moving everything down to Birmingham. It’s all just a lot of work. And it’s daunting me. We kept every cardboard box…

Surprise! Surprise!

Over the past few days I’ve been planning a small surprise which came off last night, with a little stress, a lot of food, and a huge amount of laughter and love. It was in honor or my husband: a week early birthday meal in his favourite pub with as many of his friends as…

Hopes For Life In Community

A few months ago I wrote about my hopes for a life in Birmingham, what I might do in the art world and academia, and how my husband might also be able to find something great there. I have since then been scampering around trying to find rental properties in a nice place, close to…

Piece of Mind: Mental Wealth Bursts the Bubble

So we got there! After finally finishing my painting (it went right done to the line) and then getting stuck unable to deliver it, I finally got both my large and small paintings into the exhibition. Then it was all a matter of waiting.

The Busy Month Ahead

So the summer nights are coming in and with May it brings the changes in so many people’s lives. For my husband it is almost the end of his degree and so there are deadlines and work to complete. For myself it is the end of one contract and the slight overlap with a new…