Monday, 31 October 2011

We love the weekend


We've had a great week, things are really clicking into place and this is starting to feel like a proper life we have here. My waitressing job is going really well and I'm enjoying the busy shifts. The other girls are good fun and I think it'll make some friends through work. On Friday we stayed after close and had some wine together and a bit of a gossip, which I love! 

James is also making friends through work and we've seen some of them outside of work this week. James now plays Monday Night Football - which is touch-rugby for SPIM (Supporting Men in Medicine). I went along on Monday last week and was forced to play as they were short of people, I was very confused and mainly just ran away from the ball and other players. Fortunately the rest of the team turned up and I tagged off the pitch!

At the weekend we explored Caloundra (Clown-town)...

We hit the Mooloolaba beach for some catch and swimming...

Saturday night we celebrated Halloween by dressing up as scary clowns! Ashley and her housemates had a party which was really fun and we met more interesting characters... The police turned at at 10pm to tell the DJ (DJ Pauly D) to turn the music down. The girl who answered the door asked if they were in costumes. They left pretty quick, my guess is they saw the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Man...

Sunday we chilled out, slightly hungover and James still looking like he had eyeliner on. We used the public BBQs by the beach with friends, followed by more catch, swimming and cards on the beach...

If all our weekends are like this, I can't wait for Friday!! xoxo

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

New developments

New job

After last week's dramatic quitting of my sales job, I refocused my job search on Mooloolaba to avoid hour long walks and travel costs. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday handing out CVs to shops and restaurants and had a trial shift on Thursday at a place which is 2 minutes from our unit. James and I had actually eaten there the week before with our friend Ashley (a Scottish doctor who works with James).

It's a really busy place and I had already been warned that there was no space for slow workers. I was a bit nervous at first as it was so fast paced but I got into it and really enjoyed it. There are all kind of nationalities working there and there is a good 'work hard, joke lots' kind of atmosphere. I got the job and my first proper shift is tonight! It's good pay and I have my fingers crossed for good tips! *smile*

I'm so pleased that I found work again quickly, I was starting to feel a bit down about it and wondering if it was going to be tricky. I found out that 'Peter' from my old job is actually banned from working the TV kiosk at the Sunshine Plaza (the closest mall to me) so I don't have to worry about seeing his face again!

New age

James turned 26 on Friday! Being a boy he's not that bothered about these things so I got excited for the both of us! I got up early and made him a fry up and to have as he opened his presents. I had already bought him some RayBans (which I may well end up stealing...) but I got him some little things to open. You always need something to unwrap! For someone now living in the Sunshine State he has surprisingly few summer clothes so I sorted that out!

When he got home from work we had a beach walk, some wine and the out for Morrocan food for dinner and then birthday cake. You always need candles to blow out and make a wish!

New car

The next morning we headed down to Brisbane to return the Honda and go car shopping. My cousin Sean was amazing and helped us out so much. Cars are so expensive here compared to the UK, but petrol and insurance are cheaper... We used carsales website to find our new 1999 Toyota Camri! He was a pricey old man. It's a 2.2 auto and all ours! When we arrived at the dealer there was an couple there haggling over the price so we took a quick test drive and just as Sean said 'We'll take it', the other guy sprung up and said I was just about to say that! Too late buddy!

We spent the whole weekend down in Brisbane, so great to spend time with my family, we had yummy food (a huge bowl of fresh seafood on Sunday, sausages for James as he's not a seafood fan! I now know how to peel a prawn the correct way), some guitar hero fun, a trip to Southbank and lots of fun with the kids. Sean's kids are so cute, I love them! When we went to Southbank they did that thing kids do in public places where they automatically put their hand into yours and they both wanted to hold my hand all afternoon. Adorable!


A little bit of life...

Hello! I thought I'd show you a bit more of our new home town... here is Mooloolaba. It is so gorgeous and all this below is a two minute walk from our unit. I've had a few runs on the beach and James and I have been playing catch and walking on the beach most evenings when he gets home from work. It gets dark here at about 6pm so we have around an hour to enjoy it. I purchased a NFL football for these occasions. James was pretty happy about my choice of ball. Also note the open BBQ areas - we're hoping to give that a go this weekend! 

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The dark side is not for me

After feeling pretty pleased with myself that I got a job so quickly, I decided after four days that it wasn’t for me! I like to think that I’m not usually a quitter but this job really wasn’t worth hanging around for…

Commission only sales is one tough gig. Standing, with open body language and a big smile, on the same spot for nine hours a day, trying to get people to stop and talk to you is bloody hard! Also there is an hour and a half training before and a meeting at the end of the day too. All in all I was out of the house for 12 hours a day, leaving before James and getting back after him, all for $0 if you didn’t make a sale!! 

I’d leave the house before 6am and get to the kiosk in whichever local shopping mall I was in that day and think ‘yes, I can do this’. Then after a few hours of people ignoring me, telling me they already have it, are on holiday, don’t watch TV etc I would start to think ‘what the hell am I doing here?!’ On the fourth day, after arriving home with aching feet, knees and back, I googled minimum wage and saw that just to break that I would need to make two/three sales a day. That did not seem to be a likely occurrence so I realised it was time to jump of a sinking ship and write it off as an 'experience'!

One think it did give me, besides blisters, was the opportunity to meet one of the most irritating people in existence. The guy that trained me for the first two days, lets call him Peter, was, without a doubt, one of the most annoying people I have ever met. Just before I quit I told the boss that the thought of spending another day just with Peter made me want to hurt myself. And I meant that. 

To give you a visual of Peter, picture Wayne Rooney, with a permanent look of self-satisfaction on his face, in which he would purse his lips, look down his nose, narrow his eyes and nod. It's an expression that haunts me, along with the phrase 'It's gonna happen' which he would say about 100 times a day. 

Peter had a pretty good sales record, and was the most experienced on the team. I can tell you what Peter earned each year for the last three years, what his highest earning week was, how much his new catamaran cost, how much the earrings he got for his fiance for her birthday cost (she only got him a popcorn machine, Peter wasn' too impressed with the difference in price there), I know what his rent was each week, I know what his parott cost, blah blah blah it's safe to say that he liked to talk about money and himself. I would venture to guess I know more about Peter that I do about some of my friends. The ironic thing is Peter struggled to recall anything about me, even on occasion (in front of customers), my name! I am not called Marissa. 

On Friday he asked me five times what I was doing that night, five times I told him I was moving house. When he asked me if I had been to Caloundra before I explained that I had a great-aunt that had lived there but she had passed away, he interrupted me to point out some antennas on top of a building that reminded him of a computer game he plays. If I'm being nice I would guess Peter has ADAH, probably why he is suited to that job, if I'm being honest I would say he's just a self-satisfied prick. God knows how he ever got someone to agree to marry him, poor girl.

On to better things... I am now refocusing my job search in Mooloolaba, looking at retail and cafes, I'd like to go back to bar work so think I''ll take my RSA which is a qualification you need over here to serve alcohol. I'll keep you posted...

Home sweet home

We moved in to our unit on Friday and we're so happy to be settled and unpacked! It's a really nice place, all brand new appliances and nicely furnished. The best thing is the location, it's less than five minutes to the beach, bars, restaurants and shops. I love it! And we have a second bedroom (which doubles as my dressing room), so we're set up for visitors! James went and bought a 42" TV as well so it's a proper home! We're still waiting to get internet and a phone line sorted. Once that happens I'll be able to blog more :) This is my first experience of living with a boy and so far so good! I do keep reminding James that I hate the toilet seat being left up and not to drop his clothes on the floor, but he's still pretty great, all in all I'm a very lucky girl.
Here is our home ~~~~

This is the living room ~
Our bedroom ~
The spare bedroom/my dressing room ~
My dressing area ~
Kitchen/dining area ~