Volunteering…

Here’s an update on Veronica’s oh-so-interesting life (!). What’s new? Well, first off, my life as a volunteer has basically grind to a halt.

In a previous post i mentioned that my CRB check for the NAS has come through, well the lady finally got back to me (2 days later than when she said she would). The day she emailed me, she asked if i could go to the group session that was on the next day – a little last minute, but hey i’m unemployed, so of course i’m free! She also told me the details about the training, but i can’t make it due to it clashing with a prior commitment, and the next volunteering session also clashed with my graduation celebration plans. So long story short, i’m not going to be able to start getting some experience of working with Autistic individuals until at least March, when i am back from my holiday.

This wouldn’t be much of a problem, however, when i turned up to volunteer for the children’s group last week i was told my CRB for them had expired. I technically wasn’t meant to be there, but since i turned up they let me go along that day. Finally managed to get hold of the woman who is in charge of CRBs for the council today and dropped by the Civic Centre to fill out the form to renew my CRB. But it will take at least 2 weeks to get back, by when i will be off on my holiday any way.

So now i’m officially not volunteering anywhere. Which means more time for me to do… absolutely nothing.

In other news, today i learned that ‘grinded’ is not actually a word haha. Oh and graduation is exactly one week from today!

Sorry it’s a boring, photo-less post today. But i’m probably the only person who reads this blog anyway XD

♥ Veronica ~x

Last Few Weeks of 2012

The last few weeks of 2012 had been oddly hectic, everything seemed to happen all at once, one after another. I was so free in the previous weeks by comparison. But these few weeks have also been very memorable.

Let’s see, on the 9th i began working a one-week temp job of stuffing and franking envelopes for a private medical practice. My friend asked me to join her in doing this job, and we would be earning 12p per envelope. Every time i recount this story to people, they think it’s an easy job but honestly its one of the most menial things i’ve done! Very monotonous, and we had to handwrite all the addresses onto the envelopes because they decided to ‘save money’ and not order envelopes with windows.  Stuffing large envelopes consisted of including a 2013 calendar with the actual letter and adding a plain piece of paper as ‘backing’, which to be honest i think was such a waste of paper! Not very environmentally friendly at all, and if they didn’t bother with the paper they probably could have bought the windowed envelopes! Stuffing the smaller envelopes was slightly easier, we had to fold the letters to size and add a flat magnet. I know it all sounds really simple, but actually if you factor in writing the addresses on, sealing the letters and stamping/franking the letters it took bloody ages. At the end of the day, we averaged about 500 letters between us. That’s £30 each, for a whole day’s work which didn’t include any proper breaks just a short 10 minutes for lunch and then maybe a quick 5 minute coffee/tea break. We were meant to be working 9-6, but in actuality we stayed til 6:30pm and sometimes 7pm so it works out worse than minimum wage, and we were not getting paid by the hour. We were also expected to post the letters, and we had to take time out to hunt for the nearest post office or post box that had a letter box big enough to fit the letters in. Basically, the take home story from this one week’s experience is that i now appreciate letters more. Behind every letter that comes in through the post – be it a proper letter or just spam mail or what have you – is probably a poor sap like me stuffing the envelopes! Thankfully, we only ended up working for 3 days.

On 12/12/12 at 12:12pm, i was still stuffing envelopes lol, well we took a short break to make tea and coffee but nothing special happened. And after a day of envelope stuffing i met up with a friend from my masters course for dinner. She wanted to borrow my notes, as she has to retake some modules this year. I was really tired but was happy to meet up with her as i know how much she struggles with the course, and really want her to do well. And since she moved to london to be closer to work, i rarely see her now. And she also gave me my first Christmas card and gift of the year 🙂

Then on the 13th was my friend’s 21st birthday. The plan was to surprise her at the restaurant, but we later found out that someone had let something slip so it wasn’t too much of a surprise after all. But nonetheless, it was really fun. I don’t really get to see these friends that often, mainly because when i met them they were all first year university students whilst i just started my masters course. During the year of my course i was so immersed in all the work that i had hardly any time to do social things so i never really initiated plans for meetups, and now that i’ve finished my course, the chances of meeting up seem even less. But i’m glad that from time to time that they still think of me and try to include me in things, hopefully this will stay the same in the coming year. Oh yeah, and there was some drama at the restaurant! A fight broke out between two groups of diners there, one group was there for a wake and another just some kind of party/gathering. No one quite knows what happened, we only saw three people arguing/fighting up the staircase but apparently someone got injured in the car park after the people in the restaurant tried to break it up. At the end of the night, the police wanted to question all the diners to see if anyone saw or heard anything.

And now we move onto the 14th! A day that i won’t be forgetting any time soon! I SAW BIGBANG LIVE IN CONCERT!! Yes, i got to see them live at Wembley Arena! Our seats were soooo good! And i never thought i had it in me, but i turned into a complete utter fangirl. Bigbang’s english is so cute, especially Daesung! I left the concert completely in love with him, his english was just too adorable. And omg, Taeyang my love. Best moment was watching him rip off his shirt haha. Oh yeah and Taeyang had a nosebleed at the beginning, but he just shoved a tissue up his nose and carried on. Bless him, and i love him more now because of his the-show-must-go-on attitude. Okay, i think i’ve fangirled enough in real life so i will now swiftly move on haha.

The next day, i met up with my old uni friends for Christmas dinner. Hadn’t seen most of them for more than half a year, so it was good to finally get the whole group together and just catch up! We’re always missing either one or two of us when we try to meet up, so it was really nice to get to be together before the year came to an end. We didn’t really do anything too special, just Christmas dinner at a bistro and then we went to a dessert place to just hang out and catch up some more. But really what we did wasn’t too important, the main point was to see everyone ^__^.

Finally, the 17th was a day to remember. I met up with my friends from Chinese school, and it was almost a complete group meet-up, but unfortunately someone fell ill. However, it was such a fun day. We had dim sum, then dessert at candy cafe then headed to The Magical ice Kingdom at Winter Wonderland where we managed to take lots of nice photos together. A recent group photo has been long overdue! A couple of people had to leave early, but those of us who stayed went on to try out this ramen bar called Bone Daddies. Definitely recommend going there, and i totally understand why it’s so popular, the bone broth of their ramen is so good and i especially loved the soft boiled eggs that come with the ramen.

On the 18th, i went in for my volunteering session with the children centre. It would be the last session before they took a break for the holiday period, so there was a christmas “party”. Just some festive snacks and things for the parents and children, and christmas craft making. This brings us to the week before Christmas, spent most of the week just trying to get all the Christmas shopping done with my mum, food for actual Christmas day and of course gifts for family and relatives.

On the 22nd, i managed to squeeze in a meet-up with the bestie. I haven’t seen her for half a year as she moved to York to study so it was good to finally see her face. We just had a quick catch up meal and post-apocalypse celebration waffles lol. Then just helped my friend look for a Christmas present for her mum lol.

I guess really when you look at the weeks as a whole, nothing too major had happened. But it was eventful and this entry is just another log for myself to remember what had happened in the last few weeks of the year. If you actually read this entire entry, you have earned yourself a cookie :D.

♥ Veronica ~x