Saturday, 25 September 2010

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 24

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Day 24. Over three quarters of the way through the month already. Scary huh?

Day 24 was a great day for me because it's the day I learnt that


I won't bore my regular readers with all the info again, so if you want to know how or why I'm a winner, check out this post.

Love, Sarah C xx

Friday, 24 September 2010

I've WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scrap That Reviews had a Scrapagogo kit to giveaway this week and I was lucky enough to be the winner.

I'm still grinning with happiness and can't wait for it to arrive.

Happy? You bet I am

It's Tiggeriffic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Sarah C xx

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 23

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A simple lesson learnt today:

I need to have more patience.

'Nuff said really

Love, Sarah C xx

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 22

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Yep, I'm still here as tonight's changed a little
and I'm leaving here later.

Just learnt a lesson that; unfortunately, I learn so many times
and will forever be learning it I fear.

Don't ever think that your money is sorted. Just as it seems it is, someone else comes along wanting some coppers from the already empty jar. So, it's up to another three years of paying back a government overpayment.

Aargh ..............

They're quick enough to tell you you've been overpaid, but as slow as anything to sort out a new claim.

Am I fed up? You bet I am!!!

Hope you're all having a better day.

Love, Sarah C xx

Going AWOL

If you're a regular reader of my blog, or have come over from the LSNED forum, there will be no posts until Friday as I'm going to visit family
for a couple of days/nights.

On my return, I'll be blogging my learnings in separate posts to make it easier for me to see what I've learnt each day. I've also decided to do a 6x6 album for this course and last night managed to get all my pages together with the journalling on and have dated all 30 pages ready. All I have to do is embellish the pages and do the covers. Then I'll have one long photo post to show you it all so far. It was easier to do this time round as I'm keeping it really simple and using a 6x6 Amy paper pad that I didn't think I'd ever use (K&Co's Amy Butler Belle).

See you all here on Friday

Love, Sarah C xx

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 21

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To quote Frank Sinatra
"Regrets, I've had a few,
But then again, too few to mention"

One thing I do regret today, is that once again I've come to the end of a very unproductive day.

Being 'between jobs', 'a job seeker' or in real terms 'unemployed' means that so often there's no structure to the day.

When you're employed, you usually know:

 1) what time you have to get up,
2) what time you have to leave the house to get to work,
3) what you're doing through the day (or night if it's night shift),
4) what time you're going home,
5) what time you need to go to bed.

When you're unemployed, you too often know:

1) that you don't need to set an alarm clock,
2) that you won't be leaving the house unless you push yourself,
3) that the day goes too slowly,
4) that if you're living alone, you'll be alone most days,
5) that you can stay up late and it's not going to matter.

I know that some people think that being unemployed is a choice and that most of us don't want to work.
How wrong are they? Being unemployed and signing on, means that you have to go to the job centre once a fortnight, explain what you've been doing to find work and be ready to apply for anything and everything that you're capable of doing.
There's no picking and choosing.

Spring 2009, I took a job doing tele-sales from home trying to get appointments with companies for security alarms. The company was new and the whole thing was being trialled for five weeks. I got paid if the appointments I made generated sales. After five weeks of working up to eight hours a fay, I made three appointments, which I was told made sales. Yay, I thought, £75 for five weeks work. I'm rich. No, I wasn't. I was later told that all three companies changed their minds so I was getting nothing. I had no way to prove it and no money either. The company folded and I was back to the job centre again.

I've taken temporary work through agencies and looked everywhere. Once a fortnight (as I sit opposite the job centre advisor) I feel like I'm being judged. "what have you done this last two weeks?" Erm ....... slept, eaten, done housework, oh and looked for work". They bring up the list of work on their computer and "woohoo" I'm told that there's one job they have that I can apply for. One job!!!

My regret stems back a few years. When my ex and I first separated, we were working for the same taxi company. As I was only working a few hours a week, I gave it up as I couldn't bear to work with him. I would have had to be nice to him both in the office and over the two-way radio. Taxi operating is a job I've done since I was nineteen. I regret giving up that job and having nothing. I loved the people I worked with, got on well with the customers and had a ball. Now, I have the job centre and the humiliation of the fortnightly visit.

So wish I'd been thinking with a clear head
the day I handed in my notice, but:

Love, Sarah C xx

Monday, 20 September 2010

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 20

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I had to smile when I got today's prompt.
In it, Shimelle tells us that she's gone from being a red and black girl to loving pink and almost overnight.

Until about almost two years ago, I was a black and purple girl. So much so, that my crop-a-dile had to be purple (and I trawled the net looking for one too!!) and my ex-DH had to suffer a purple bedroom a few years ago. I also scrapped in purple a lot.

I still like black, but I'm now a pink girl (including changing my crop-a-dile to a pretty pink one!). When I moved into my flat in May, I decided that I wanted the living room, kitchen (sort of open plan living) and bathroom to be black and red. Colours my ex would have cringed at. So, I got some red towels and  tea-towels for the kitchen and a small amount of red accessories for the living room. Already had a black towel for the bathroom. Three months on, I've changed my mind. I want black and pink for the kitchen and living room and brown and pink for the bathroom. My bedding's been brown and pink for over a year now!!! And I hardly ever scrap in purple now.

My youngest sister despairs of me as in her words "pink's my colour, purple's yours". Sorry sis, but pink's mine now too. I know changing colours wasn't a conscious decision. I've learnt from that, that not everything is planned, some things just happen.

Love, Sarah C xx

Sunday, 19 September 2010

LSNED 2010 ~ DAY 19

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Sunday, quiet boring Sunday. After six days, it rolls around again.

I had a really long lie-in followed by an afternoon of doing nothing really. Spent the time playing games over the internet, all the while looking at the kitchen thinking "I really must get in there, do some washing up and clean the place". All afternoon.

Finally, at around 21:00, I get in there and by 21:50 I've washed up everything in site, cleaned every surface and got the rubbish ready to go out in the morning. Followed by a sit down and cup of coffee as my leg was screaming for a rest.

Next time I think about putting off the chores, I'll try to remember what I've learnt here and just get on and do them.

Love, Sarah C xx

The Sunday Creative ~ Prompt 13

The Sunday Creative

This week, Madeline's word is


which for me is an easy one.

When I was 17, I moved from my parent's home into rented accommodation. Money was so tight, that often there wouldn't be much to eat. I remember cutting one potato into matchstick sized pieces and cutting an individual meat pie into four so that my cousin, her boyfriend, my boyfriend and I could all eat. By cutting the potato small, it would look like we had more to eat than we actually did have.

Ever since then, I've worried that I'll have no money, and not be able to eat. Because of this I have to keep both my cupboard and freezer full of food. At least I know I can eat every day now.

Love, Sarah C xx