You all know my success story, plus the bumps along the way. After deciding to give things another go after the money fandango, we're back on track, and we're finally getting our own place next month. Which I am, of course, so fucking happy about. I did take my engagement ring off when it all happened, and haven't put it back on since. I know moving in together is a big enough step, but it just doesn't feel right to commit to getting married at the moment. Maybe it will again someday. Right now, I'm happy to move forward as we are.
See, during my work experience, I was made to do things that were not only dangerous, but also highly illegal. I had to clean the stock room, which involved climbing a ladder (hello health and safety!) and other things I couldn't/shouldn't have done. We filled in a questionnaire afterwards, and I said all of this, but nothing was done about it. My school was pretty shit, and they didn't give a shit. And the shop manager was a horrid woman. What 15 year old really knows what they want to do? It's rare. So work experience is usually a colossal waste of time.
I keep drifting in and out of the Saxon series. I like the books and fine them easy to read, but they never really grip me. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is a fantastic example of decent historical fiction. It draws on real life with the right amount of imagination on behalf of the author. I recently reread it and loved it all over again.
I just finishing rereading Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback. I love this book, it's beautiful. Downloaded The Unnamed Midwife on Kindle Unlimited (hello free trial). It's meant to be similar to Atwood's Handmaiden's Tale, which I loved, so I have high hopes.
I ended up working in a shop. Our school gave us the option to find our own placement, or to stay at school and help a teacher during that week. They provided zero help in finding a placement. Nobody wants a snotty 15 year old in their workplace. So I ended up folding jumpers for a week in a clothes shop. What did I learn? That I'm not cut out for retail.
Sorry, but who the hell can survive on 20 hours a week these days? My SO is out the house for 12hours a day, I'm out for almost 10. We work full time hours because we have to, we wouldn't be able to afford shit if we didn't. So yeah, I'd like to be able to work less or no hours at a job I don't particularly enjoy. My SO would probably keep working.
I'm in the same camp as Nestor. I work a job that isn't the best, but I value the security it gives me. Would I rather sit at home and write or read or twiddle my thumbs while receiving a steady income? Hell yes. I have severe health problems and chronic pain, so there are days I wonder if I'm going to be able to sit in traffic for an hour, work for 9 hours, then sit in traffic for an hour again. I do what I can to ease my pain, but it's not ideal. I speak to shitty customers and deal with their crap all day. Nothing is particularly exciting about my job. I don't value any of that. So why do I work? To pay for the basics, of course. I'm currently putting half my pay into savings in order to move into a new place. I run my car, buy my food, pay my bills, and use what little I have left over to enjoy myself. However, I know myself, and there's no way I'd sit at home twiddling my thumbs for long. I'd keep writing, take lower paid/unpaid jobs for the experience (oh wait, I did that), volunteer, etc etc. Not all who don't value working or particularly want to work are lazy.
I started rereading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Set in Iceland in the 1800s, it follows Agnes, sentenced to die for the murder of her lover. It's the best in historical fiction; I adore this book, and highly recommend it. It's beautifully crafted, harrowing yet wonderful. It was my choice for an article I did on #thisbook, to celebrate female authors, a couple of years ago, and it still continues to impress me. It also fits the winter theme very well.
I see it a lot, feminists "not being consistent". It's ridiculous, but a common complaint.
As for Femen, I love them. I love their fierceness, their confidence, their strength. I love what they stand for and how they stand for it. I love their passion. I personally think we need to be more aggressive sometimes, in order to be heard (but I am aware that not everyone would agree with me - and also, I wish it wasn't necessary).
Under the Dome was... boring. I really enjoy the TV show, but the book just never seemed to get off the ground. That being said, his style is fairly easy to read, and so it was still somewhat enjoyable.
Read Misery in a couple of sittings. A brilliant concept, well-written; King definitely gives you characters to remember, and the need to keep reading on. Reckon I'll start Doctor Sleep this afternoon.