It’s Been a While *Dusts off Blog*

So it’s been a while huh? I’ve sadly neglected this blog, but I swear I’ll be more active from now on.

There have been some big changes for me, both in real life and in game. So I’d better explain.

I now work full time at the pub. Which is great, but for now at least I’m working Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until close. As Enthusiams raiding nights are Monday, Thursday and Friday I had to make the hard decision to change to another guild, one that had raiding times more suited to my hours. So I am now a raiding member of Oops Wrong Button on Bronze Dragonflight EU. I’m also playing a Beast Mastery Hunter as my main now. I still have characters in Enthusiasm, and I will be dropping in to visit ALOT. I cried when I left, much to G’s bemusement, not being an online gamer like myself he didn’t quite get why I was upset.

Another change in my life is me and G get married in May. So much to plan, when I think I’ve got it all sorted something else comes up, and I had a disaster with ordering my dress online (the ‘UK’ company turned out to be a Chinese shop selling knock offs of other people’s designs, they even stole photos for the original websites), but I got my money back in the end and its all back on track. G’s outfit cost more than mine! But I am geeking out to the max in one respect. I am turning up to my wedding in a DeLorean. That’s the Back to the Future car for those who don’t know. Hey, what can I say, I have love those movies since I was a little kid! I’ve always wanted to ride in a DeLorean and now I am!

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Anyway, I am at work so better be getting on with things. I’ll be designing a new banner reflecting the new changes for my blog later.

Serving Beer Makes Me Feel Oddly Creative.

When I was a teenager I loved to draw. I spent most of my lunch breaks at school drawing, mostly copying pictures from anime and comics, but that helped me get a basic knowledge of what to do and I did my own stuff too. I also used to write stories, though no one was EVER allowed to read them. Then between the ages of 17 and 20 something happened I’d rather not talk about and I pretty much stopped all that. I guess I got out of practice, and was far too critical of myself and found the antidepressants I was on made my hands tremble, so I stopped drawing all together. And that’s kind of been a theme. Same with the digital photo manipulation, my life went haywire for a while and I’ve found it hard to get started again.

Then I started working behind the bar at work. It’s amazing what serving beer can do for you! For the first time in years I feel creative.

Firstly I have found a new self confidence. I never would have seen myself in a job so closely interacting with people a few years back. I haven’t mastered the art of small talk yet, but I find myself chatting to strangers, something that used to terrify me. Finally people are not scary! Well, yes, they are but I can ignore it and deal with them anyway.

And I’m guessing the new self confidence has awakened the creative part of me again. I have an idea for a story bouncing round my head, that I came up with on a very slow shift whilst washing glasses. It revolves around a pub, and is probably a bit Ashes to Ashes meets Neil Gaiman, but I may just write it. I’d go into details but I’m always worried if it IS a good idea someone will pinch it before I do something with it :)

And I want to draw! And photomanip! And oh my gosh I’ve not felt like this in years…

Now I just have to find the time.

Promoted! Sort of…

I was unemployed for 3 years before I lande a job where I currently work.  Employers, when they saw I had been off work caring for my mentally ill ex-husband seemed to assume that meant I had been sat on my butt all day when the truth was I had to be ‘on duty’ as it were 24/7.  So finding a job after we split up wasn’t easy, and i was thrilled to get not just a job but in a place where I got on with the people i work with.

That was last year, and now my hard work has paid off.  I’ve been put on permenant contract, given htree whole bar shifts of my very own and best of all, have been told I can start doing some college courses my boss will pay for.  Woot!!

Ofcourse the downside is it stops me raiding in WoW on a tuesday, but I am not SO big a geek I will let that stop me :)

The Fallout After Monday!

Today is a bit of a crazy day. I got to work at 9.30 today and was immediately asked if I could also work behind the bar in the afternoon. Seems the guy meant to be working fell over when drunk on Monday, gave himself a black eye (faceplanted a minibus seat) and has now developed Conjunctivitis. The other bartender is on holiday so if I don’t work a few hours my boss will have to work 15 hours solid. I don’t mind, I need the money, and gives me a chance to show I can work a shift on my own. So all’s good.

Except I was wearing jeans and an old tshirt to clean in, and didn’t have any smart clothes with me. I also live three miles away from the pub. And don’t drive. So it was work til 12.45 housekeeping, get the bus home at 1.00, change, grab a sammich and get a bus back at 1.49.

Of course at home I couldn’t find my normal work pants so I’m having to wear a pair that give me a horrendous VPL. And I have a stinking cold and forgot to bring tissues. And waiting for the bus it hailed on me.

I really hope the guild raid is on tonight, I need to kill something.

The Fallout After Monday!

Today is a bit of a crazy day. I got to work at 9.30 today and was immediately asked if I could also work behind the bar in the afternoon. Seems the guy meant to be working fell over when drunk on Monday, gave himself a black eye (faceplanted a minibus seat) and has now developed Conjunctivitis. The other bartender is on holiday so if I don’t work a few hours my boss will have to work 15 hours solid. I don’t mind, I need the money, and gives me a chance to show I can work a shift on my own. So all’s good.

Except I was wearing jeans and an old tshirt to clean in, and didn’t have any smart clothes with me. I also live three miles away from the pub. And don’t drive. So it was work til 12.45 housekeeping, get the bus home at 1.00, change, grab a sammich and get a bus back at 1.49.

Of course at home I couldn’t find my normal work pants so I’m having to wear a pair that give me a horrendous VPL. And I have a stinking cold and forgot to bring tissues. And waiting for the bus it hailed on me.

I really hope the guild raid is on tonight, I need to kill something.

All Work and No Play..

Not had much chance for gaming this weekend. Yesterday I was working in the morning doing housekeeping then in the evening I was working again but on the bar, which went well apart from cutting my finger open slicing lemons. I’m still a novice barmaid, but I’m getting better, and don’t worry I threw out the lemon slices I bled on.

Inbetween shifts G and I took my mother into town. Bit of backstory: my mother is 64, disabled and year before last had an affair and walked out on my dad, so think are, shall we say… Fraught between us. But I’m doing my best. Sadly one of my mothers worst habits is making snide personal comments about me, it makes her feel better about herself I think. Well yesterday the topic of her snideness was the Pandora charm bracelet G bought me last week to celebrate good news. For those that don’t know, Pandora is sort of expensive and quite fashionable, neither of which are the reasons I got mine. My bracelet is braided purple leather with three silver charms: a snake, a pumpkin and a round charm with enamel flowers. Well, mum chose to make comments about how she always thought I was ‘above’ such silly things as fashion and I’m losing my integrity. I got my bracelet for one reason: I liked it. So sue me, behind the gaming, tomboyish semi gothic exterior I like pretty shiny things. So to say she kind of put a downer on a perfectly nice afternoon is an understatement. But we made it home without me killing her.

Then, just to top things off about half an hour after I finished work I started with a stinking cold, which persisted through the night and made work this morning an utter joy. So no gaming today either: I’ve been in bed all afternoon reading TV Tropes and drinking hot toddys.

I have to get better tonight though as tomorrow is my works Christmas meal. Yes, I know it’s January but we can hardly close up the pub for an evening during a busy period. I even have a Santa outfit to wear. Yes, I’m crazy.