Well, I’m back. No real reason not to post other than I didn’t really have anything to say. Nothing much has been going on round here except help Tracey sort out her new flat. Still haven’t got most of the furniture in yet since we have no transport. But hey, I have a license now, so we can get that one sorted. Other than that, not much has happened. I’ve been referred to CDG in Basingstoke by the JobCentre as part of the “Work Program”. Hopefully this will get me closer to getting a job. (You never know). I bought some salicylic acid for my face to try and get rid of the scars and excess oil (see below) but that’s going to take some time. Plus I’ve swapped my computer’s OS. I have openSUSE Linux instead of Windows Vista. It’s sooooo much better.
I’ve done two peels using salicylic acid, (it’s only a 10% solution). Certain rules have to be observed: Cannot use any products containing salicylic acid 24 hrs before or after application. This lets out all but two of my cleansing products! Also, not supposed to shave 24hrs before or after application. Sorry, but not going to happen on that one . It stung a little on application and while I was timing it but that faded after I rinsed it off. There is no noticeable change as yet but, hey, first few applications don’t always show immediate results. (Just my impatience showing through again. I thought I’d sorted that ).
Went to the Work Program at CDG in Basingstoke yesterday. A friend of mine had his appointment at about the same time so we travelled together. It’s a very informal, relaxing atmosphere there. Much better than the job centre or the old “Job Clubs”. They have an added incentive to get someone into work. If a ‘client’ doesn’t get into work for at least six months then the company doesn’t get paid. This is unlike the old system where they were paid for “bums on seats”, regardless of whether anyone got a job or not. My advisor is a young American girl who is quite bubbly and eager to help me get back to work. Unfortunately she is not IT savvy so a lot of the work is down to me but she is learning, so it’s very much a two-way street: She has the resources to help and I have the knowledge to get the job. It seems to be working quite well, since I now have to be there in the morning to go through a mock interview prior to a real one that she and a colleague have managed to set up. Watch this space ->” “.
After CDG we went on a shopping trip through Festival Place. Oh. My. God. If I’d had a credit card I would have max’ed it out before getting a third of the way round the shops. The first shop was Debenhams. By the time we left I’d mentally racked up about five grand worth of dresses (I was being frugal ). It was great fun but seriously depressing knowing that I didn’t have the money. If I had, by the time we reached the station I would have been about 20 grand lighter in the pocket and would have needed a van to get my shoes, bags and clothes home . <sigh> One day…….