I was going for job interviews. Boy am I glad that is over for now. Not a pleasant thing. I feel for anyone facing that challenge at the moment. It is pretty awful trying to sell yourself and feeling so examined and inadequate. And just generally terrified.
I took this photo this time last year after an interview, when Oxford was still nothing but a tourist attraction to me.
I am so lucky to be working in this beautiful city, which I am only starting to explore now. For the first few months I was in survival mode, scuttling in and out of the city like a startled hamster. Now I am finally taking the time to enjoy the place. I work with really pleasant people, which has not always been the case in my working life, and a friendly department, and the work is just fine. I really am lucky.
Now if I could just find the eject button marked "builders", all would be swell.
I know I complain about not fitting in, because I am not a scientist at heart, and that is never going to change, but if I have to work in the field, then this job suits me very well. And judging by my state of mind last year, being employed is definitely preferable to lurking around my flat.
It was also around this time last year that I started getting actual readers to my blog! Sweeeet. This was very exciting, because I had been plodding along for quite some time with no clue of how to find other blogs or how to attract people to mine.
According to my blog, this time last year I was committing fashion crimes, feeling concerned about the price of chocolate digestive biscuits, obsessing about South Africa, studying, and visiting the chiropractor.
Bloody hell, except for the job, nothing has changed at all.
What were you up to this time last year?