It got a bit windy!

It seems to have been a bit windy here in the UK last night. The wind seems to have taken out my mum’s fence!WP_20131224_001Thankfully though this is nothing compared to what others have faced around the UK with the floods, power outages, damaged properties and deaths etc. It’s a scary place out there at the moment! Trees falling down everywhere blocking roads. People being trapped in their cars because of floods and having to be rescued by the fire department.

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A lot has changed

As you can guess by the title of this post a lot has changed. Sadly I split with Katie in August after 10 years of being together. I wont go into details, but lets just say that the break up went quite badly. As a result I am now living with my parents in Sittingbourne with no job.

Sadly since the breakup I have only seen my children once, which was in November. As you may or may not know, my children are the purpose of my life. To see them as little as I do is very hard for me. I am comfortable with myself enough to say that I find myself crying because I miss them so much. They were a huge part of my life and i miss them greatly.

WP_20130725_021Thankfully, this doesn’t seem to heading down the way of the courts. Katie has said I can see and be with the kids whenever I want.

We have both agreed that I will be picking the kids up on Christmas day and bring them back to my Mum’s until they go back to school on the 6th January, which is awesome news, because it would have been almost two months since I last saw them. Having no job means I have to rely on Katie to provide petrol, which means I don’t get to see them anywhere as near as much as I would like to.

Hopefully all goes well and I manage to get a job soon, because if I don’t I wont be able to keep my car for much longer as it’s costing £300 a month just to keep it sitting in the driveway, which thankfully I’m not paying for! So far I have applied for just over 90 jobs with no success. Heres hoping the new year provides for me because I’m sick of not working and I really want to keep my car!

 

Two weeks and counting

It’s been two weeks since I started working for The Co-operative, and I’m really starting to enjoy myself. There are a couple of people I have to give shout outs to, because they have helped me integrate myself into the shop and for teaching me all that I need to know. So these thanks go to, Sarah, Darren and Adam.

The past two weeks has been all about learning the role of a team leader and how they differ from the customer service assistants ( or basically, till ops ). My main duty as a team leader is to the store, while the CSA deals with the customers. Duties that I have to complete are such things as bringing out all the chilled stock and getting it out, reducing items, facing up, price checks, cashing up, sorting the tills and locking up the store of a night-time. There are more things on my list ( 27 in total ) but I won’t go and bore you with listing each and everyone.

I finally have my own uniform now, and it’s very comfortable. The down side to it is that it’s too big. I need a smaller size, but I suppose I could live with it.

On Friday, Adam and myself took a trip to Brighton to go on a training course to get a Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification, which allows us to sell alcohol with out the need for someone else being present. That morning I was up at 4.30am, one of the earliest mornings I’ve had in a while, but it gave me plenty of time to have a shower and take my time getting dressed. We stopped off at a Sainsbury’s in Chichester on the way to grab a cooked breakfast, which was amazing! After leaving Chichester and got closer to Brighton, the traffic got real bad.Luckily though, I had the foresight to see ahead and we left very early. Even with the bad traffic, we arrived 25 minutes early!

The time we spent learning what we needed to be able to get our qualification was an excruciatingly boring one. The tutor was going over everything that we had to learn in the E-Learning just days before. However, he did manage to do this in a way that was entertaining and did lighten up the mood.