The life and times of a happy go lucky blogger in London
So much time so little to do…

Yes, the about turn of non stop whirl of working life leads, one thinks, to a life of leisure. But the thing is, I’m one of those people who just needs to think about doing one thing and then life just seems to get really frantic, well, not frantic but sometimes it’s the equivalent of a drop of water on a Gremlin.

Take for example a simple trip to my storage unit yesterday. Easy enough, drop off stuff, pick up stuff and enjoy a lengthy lunch in a local posh pub…

I’m thanking my lucky stars that I went actually – I opened up the door to find all my storage boxes had collapsed and there has been a damp problem in that area of the building following the cold snap. So now it’s a case of unpacking, repacking and moving units – what a zen-like task and what a pain in the arse too. However, on the bright side, I only go there once a year or so and if I hadn’t gone everything would have rotted. I think some of my stuff is ruined. I went there to take a stack of packing boxes which cost me a fortune last time I moved and I stubbornly refuse to ditch them.

So now they’ve gone from my house, amazingly the space is already replaced by a new load of boxes from my meanderings online in a few of my favourite shops. I ordered a Dyson animal on Amazon which looks amazing. It replaces my old Dyson which I thought was fine, even though it’s 10 years old. I asked my cleaner why the rugs always looked so dirty and she said it was the Dyson, she told me it was like using a toy hoover – I was mortified, so I had to replace it. Pricey to say the least but it’s built to last and it had £50 off.

Next a delivery from figleaves – I’m really impressed since I placed the order less than 48 hours ago, most of it is 50-70% off. Then my White Company delivery – great! Kids hangers for Miniminx’s ward robe, and the Brighton Bath Towel rail which I’ve waited and waited for a discount on but it’s never in the sale so I jumped straight in. I’d forgotten that I’d bought a backgammon set reduced from £80 to £35 and so that was a neat surprise and 30% off scented candle is my other bargain. It’s like Christmas day with all this arriving.

But last night my very disappointing Sainsburys shop arrived with a lot missing. The driver was apologetic but it’s not his fault. I’d gone for a lot of 2 for 1 offers and some were missing. They’ve also done the old – give the internet shopper stuff that’s nearly out of date trick – so my 2 for 3 on rice noodles is ridiculous as I only get through a pack every three days and the sell by is tomorrow. Bummer. Even worse, three of us were playing on Wii Fit and my Super Hoola record score was reduced as we had to get the door – it was actually quite funny tho.

And the job hunt? Pah, there’s nothing go on so I’m looking forward to getting my hair done (an essential for job hunting) and visiting the dole office tomorrow. I’ve decided to take a positive approach and try and see what courses are available to me in my out-of-work state.

Is anyone else blogging about being unemployed? I seem to be unable to find anyone out there…am I missing something??

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6 Comments to “So much time so little to do…”

  1. Coding Mamma says:

    Ah, yes, the classic give the Internet shopper everything you need to get rid of trick.

    Good luck with the job hunt. Have you thought of freelancing, or is your field/are you not suited to that?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just wondering if was a good idea to replace a Dyson with another Dyson? Was the old one not working because it was old, or because it’s just not as wonderful as Dyson claim? Is the Dyson animal really that much better?

    Being unemployed in the UK must pay a lot better than it used to – I could never have afforded to do all the shopping you’re doing (new Dyson, £35 game, and scented candles . . . !) and pay a cleaner!

  3. Amy says:

    Hi Nixdminx

    De-cluttering can be very therapeutic but so sorry to hear your storage unit has flooded, you must have been so upset. I work for Big Yellow and we provide clean, dry, private, self – contained storage rooms. So many customers use their units for de-cluttering exactly like yourself.

    If you’d like to chat more please don’t hesitate to email me or you might want to visit the site

    Good luck with the job hunt!


  4. nixdminx says:

    I’m going to do three days without shopping next week…I’ve got to work my way up to it though! I spend 3 to 4 hours a day shopping for jobs so that won’t count and I’m in the freelance, interim and permanent aisles but the shelves are bare at the moment…

  5. nixdminx says:

    Hello there, the Dyson was nine years old and was guaranteed for 5 years so it was left outside my house and has gone to another home(!) I bought the Animal, which is great by the way, because I hope it will be as reliable as the old one. A friend of mine has gone through three hoovers in a year so I thought I’d invest in quality and that this one will last just as long. By the way, I don’t qualify for any benefits and I doubt I’ll be shopping any more, well at least until I get a new job, but the cleaner? I’m such a bad housewife, I’d rather pay someone else to do it and enjoy the extra time ;-)

  6. nixdminx says:

    Hi, thanks for getting in touch, I’d like to know your rates and what’s near W4. I use in Brentford at the moment. I’ll check out your web site. Thanks again!

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