I’ve worked for the Highways Agency for about three weeks now, and I’m really starting to enjoy myself here. I work on a 12 hour shift rotation pattern, which means I’m starting at 18:00 and finishing at 06:00. Unfortunately this doesn’t exactly leave much time for a social life, but at the minute I’m not thinking about that. I’m more concerned about paying back money owed, and saving for a life of my own.
I still haven’t got used to not being around the kids and, I find myself tearing up when I finish on Skype or on the phone with them. It hurts, and I don’t think I’ll ever get used to being away from them, but sadly it’s something that I have to deal with as it will never change.
A while ago last year I bought some tickets to go and see Russell Howard at the Theatre Royal in Winchester. Thankfully Kate was generous and told me that I could have the tickets and I could take whom ever I wanted. When I first did a shift with the Highways Agency I got to know someone who worked there, we got talking and like most people she likes Russell Howard so I asked her if she wanted to come along with me.
We’ve booked a hotel in Eastleigh from 1st to 3rd February so there isn’t any rushing around to get to see the show, or on the way back. This way we can take our time and I can also take her on a tour around Winchester. Not to mention if we wanted to have a drink we can as the hotel isn’t that far from the train station.
I’ve made some plans to catch up with the kids for a few hours while I’m there, and I’ll be taking them to school Monday morning. It’s not a lot of time with them, but I’ve planned to go back and see them on the 11th February and spend all evening with them after school. I really miss them.
If you’re a reader of my blog and keep up to date with things, you will know that I had the kids down for Christmas. While they were down I had to pull the camera out and grab a few snaps of them. For now I only have the two photo to upload as I’m at work. When I get around to it I’ll upload some more.
Things finally seem to moving along for me at the moment. I have managed to procure myself a job with the Highways agency working for them in their Maidstone Office as part of the Network Control Centre team.
Working for Highways Agency is finally a job that I love doing, and it involves office work, which is what I have been wanting to do for quiet a long time now. The job basically entails taking calls from the roadworks crews out on jobs and logging them in and out. Taking calls from the police and other agencies, and raising jobs for the crews to attend to such as potholes, clean ups from crashes and damage to network property all along the Area 4 routes.
The systems they are using have been taking a while to get used to and it requires a lot of input when creating a job from a call for the crews to go out and attend. Over time I’ll be able to pick it all up and I wont be so worried about making mistakes. Thankfully I’ve only made 2 mistakes so far which were easily fixable since I’ve started, which is damn good considering that there is no formal training on how to use the software. You have to learn everything on the job so if you’ve not dealt with something yet you wont know what to do. Personally I think this is a bad idea!
Today I received one of the best presents ever: 11 days of time with my children.
I travelled to Winchester today and picked Ryan and Chloé up at 3pm. We stopped at Cobham services for a toilet break and had a long awaited coffee caramel frappuccino which I shared with the kids. Chloé doesn’t like it so she had a cup of water. We finally got back to Kent by 7.
I’m so happy that I get the next few days with them.