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  1. Job woes/wins

    Guess who fucking smashed it and is waiting on a written offer? Me.
  2. bad stuff thread.

    Absolutely, I love the NHS for what it is, but my stance is now "if you can get this done privately, do it". Unfortunately I cannot, because my health insurance doesn't cover such a huge pre-existing condition and I don't have 10 grand lying around. But I would/will almost certainly use the hell out of it for anything else.
  3. bad stuff thread.

    I hope its feeling a little better this week lovely. Let me know how you are. Things have been a mess this week, oh my lord and its only Monday. Went to go to my second MRI appointment this morning, my hospital had referred me to a private hospital as there are overloaded at the moment. I had no letter, so rang the NHS hospital on Saturday to confirm everything was ok. Get there today and the poor staff at the private hospital had no idea about me. Instead of sending me home they accommodated me and some, I was supposed to be there at 9 and by 9:12 I was being called in for an MRI. Apparently one of the staff told me that her boss was sending some snotty emails to the team back at my NHS hospital, as this wasn't the first (or second time) this had happened. What irks me is this hospital was SO good, I told them if it wasn't a re-occurring issue I'd have had my surgery and consultations with them. So I've looked into my private healthcare to ensure I can use those doctors and hospital going forward and I can. Then I finally get my interview invite. After asking them to accommodate me in the mornings as I have night shift all week this week, they were unable to help me - at all. So now I have interviews 12pm until 5pm with a night-shift that starts at 8pm (and a morning shift until 11am). Given interviews go both ways I've been really unimpressed so far. To interview with 6 people in one day and to also then find the timings makes me feel a bit miffed. I'm sure it isn't like that, but I feel its not the best first (second, third) impression. So we shall see. Overall, I'm tired and really eager for Thursday afternoon when I'm finally off the clock and have no interviews/appointments/other to get too.
  4. The Exercise & Fitness Thread: The Struggle Is Real

    I will live until I'm 150 and I will NEVER like lunges. I love leg day, except those, I don't know what it is.
  5. Job woes/wins

    I heard back and I apparently smashed it. My recruiter is beside himself and said he'd never been so invested and was impressed with the feedback. I have no idea specifically what the feedback was but he blew him away at least. So much so that I skipped a step and now at the last stretch of interviews. I do have one person who is my competition. But if they are as good as they say we both are then I'd rather "lose" to them than anything. I find out tomorrow when the next steps is, but it's going to be 3 hours of grilling. Eep.
  6. good stuff thread.

    I realised there isn't enough positive thinking around here, so: What is the best thing to happen to you today, what is the best thing that happened to you tomorrow, I'd like to see all of you put a good thing each day! Mine was chatting to my housemate, I've been grumbling over him having his girl over for quite a while, so I bucked up the courage and talked to him and he was really nice about it. Load off my mind for a while
  7. Went to the hospital on Thursday, everything was super safe, came out, walked straight past a school and might as well have just coughed on everyone. What a joke. Hundreds (its a big school in Cambridge) of students walking around, mingling, parents not bothering either. My partner and I were already walking past in mask anyway, but my god, is it any wonder the numbers have gone up? Side note: My parents still think we should use herd immunity, when I'm likely to get it and possible die, so thats fun, had to point that out to them.
  8. good stuff thread.

    It's tricky! I switch between very happy and extremely sad, but that's to be expected. But first open surgery was very successful, even with the complications (and the nearly death bit), I recovered really well. I'm hoping that my body still has enough in it to do it again. Thankfully I had one of the best specialists in the country and now have one of the others too! Praise be to the NHS staff (though some of the admin staff can jump off a short pier). I thought pretty hard about it this weekend and I am leaning towards the whole thing rather than having the same as before. My surgeon/consultant has said that both surgeries are really really dangerous and I will (potentially) have to have the hysterectomy anyway. Plus having kids right now could kill me or the child anyway. So what's the point? I must admit I am quite sad about the choice being taken from me like this, but I'm ultimately very relieved that something is getting done and perhaps one day I won't have to worry about it anymore. Which is why the news is in here and not "bad news". Thank you so much lovely <3
  9. Job woes/wins

    Thank you! I posted in the good news thread, but it seemed to go well. The job that I wasn't so keen on and wanted to wait for the other role actually ended up sounding really interesting! So fingers crossed for next week when I hear back.
  10. good stuff thread.

    I wish I could do more for you and the NHS, they have quite literally saved my life. With this update, they'll likely do the same. Its been a weird week! It probably doesn't sound like this should be in this thread, but two things happened: - I finally got to see my consultant about my fibroids. Yup, ya gurl has got more that have grown after having a 9-10lb one removed in 2017. Now I've got two and they have no signs of slowing down. Just peachy (I actually have over 20 fibroids currently, but the rest have decided to just sit there and be chill). I was expecting a battle in care as my consultant didn't want to operate/do anything straight off the bat. Our chat went really went and I got 45 minutes of one to one care. He's agreed that unfortunately surgery is the only option. So I have to make a choice of a Myomectomy(which is what I had in 2017, with a 7 inchish scar) or a full hysterectomy. Both will include bowel surgery. So its a huge risk either way and both will need my old scar to be reopened - eep. I'm leaning towards a hysterectomy, which means complete infertility of course, I'm only 30 so I was surprised he agreed so easily, but the really matter is, I'm not going to get back and I'm already likely completely infertile anyway (its hard to test, but from my symptoms etc two hospitals believe this to be so). It doesn't seem like good news, but ultimately I cannot life the way I am now, so I'm really glad something is being done. Onto the actual good news: - I had a job interview today! There's two roles available, but one isn't publicly available for another two weeks, so I had the interview for one of them and I think it went well? The manager was a lovely chap and we had a few laughs during our chat. I'm not sure how well I conveyed myself as I'm not the best at that, but the opportunity sounds really interesting! So I'm hoping for good things next week. Mentally after two days of big life decisions I am now a slug.
  11. Job woes/wins

    Things have been a wild ride for the last week or so! Buckle in. In April last year I decided to finally pluck up the courage and speak to my manager about gaining a new title/role within our team. It'd be sort of sat there waiting for me since our last person left a year or so before. My manager had wanted me for the role and had waited until I felt confident enough to do it. In June the contract had been done and I was just waiting to sign it. Then we were bought out, first time in our company history. The role was suddenly "delayed" until September. No big, this new company said we could keep going they just needed to look at it as things might need to be added - fair! September comes and goes and I realised that things weren't getting anywhere, so I was pulled into a meeting with my boss and his new boss. Told the role was unlikely to happen and if it did, it'd be at least April 2020. They offered me more money and in response I did what I would never ever do, I said I would leave if this role didn't turn up. I'd hit the roof of my current job and with the take over my role was actually 50% less difficult than it used to be (aka boring). In Jan-March 2020 I started to look for a new job, taking various interviews, but nothing struck me as worthwhile, then Covid happened and I generally just thanked the luck stars I had a job. Fast forward until now and I was approached for a job that I genuinely thought was a great fit, but the money was going to be crap - so I asked. The money was double what I expected it to be and meant I'd get a decent raise and new role I'd wanted in my current place. So I went for it last week. On Friday, I found out one of my colleagues in my own team had gotten that job! The fucking chances, obviously I can't say jack to anyone because then everyone will know I've also been looking. However, the company is apparently really impressed with me and has two roles they want me to go for, one thats the same job as I applied but a different team and another technical role. I like the sound of both. I now have an interview tomorrow (Friday). I'm really excited about this one, first interview I've had where I've been like that. Its really good money, benefits and all. Plus they are looking into having their staff permanently work from home on a 50/50 basis. So erm fingers crossed?
  12. good stuff thread.

    It is great advice. I'm out here with 9 years left to go... shit.
  13. good stuff thread.

    Paying off debt after 11 years is no mean feat, well done @Cube! In the last few years I have really struggled with being social with friends, I regularly hang out with a couple and a few friends a bit far away, but I've not made any active effort, I find myself a lot more closed off and wanting to just hide away at home. This weekend I spent some serious time with my best friend and his partner, its been lovely. We're now making it a monthly thing with board games to get me out of the house and to enjoy some company. I felt like an older (nicer) part of myself for a bit.
  14. bad stuff thread.

    Its incredibly unfair and it sucks ass that you're unable to have a healthy baby you both want so much. I've no doubt from reading your posts/updates that this little one is going to have the best life and be so loved and cared for. I have everything crossed for you and your partner. I don't want to follow this with my own bad things much, so I'll keep it brief. The job I was hoping for went to a colleague that truly, truly doesn't deserve it, that's work for you sometimes.
  15. Pandemic Perks

    2020 has been terrible for us as a couple. I cannot for the life of me by arsed to waffle, so here's bullet points: - I was tested for cancer - wedding has been cancelled twice - I'm super ill again so we are fighting for more surgery - partner lost his job - Landlord has been a douche for various reasons. That said, lockdown has brought about a few nice things. My partner got made redundant so the money has meant we could now afford a house (if we can get 10%). He also took a job closer to home for less pay but I now see him way more than I've ever done in nearly 7 years! On a personal level my company has now implemented working from home on a permanent basis. For now it's forced but eventually will be half and half. I've wanted this for years with having a chronic illness. So that's a wonderful plus!
  16. What Have You Bought?

    Partner liked my white case so much, I decided to get him the same one in black for his birthday.
  17. It'll be a trial and error for a lot of companies I assume. So you won't be alone. From my understanding the company I work for has had WFH as a "privilege" for a very long time. As we have only recently been acquired in the last year and a half, we never got onboarded to WFH. But covid sped the process up. My boss was very against it to begin with and thought covid was overblown. Soon changed his tune...
  18. Same as other people here, I only wear a mask indoors in my town, but its a tiny one where even on the busiest of days I'll barely see 4 or 5 people on an hour walk. In the large town - Cambridge, we wear a mask as soon as we get out the car until we get back in. No exceptions. I don't trust anyone at all to behave themselves. The fact that it had to be put as a requirement before most of the population would wear a mask really screams volumes.
  19. What Have You Bought?

    Booked a spa day/weekend with the husbando for his birthday next month, we've never been to one, so felt it'd be something fun with all the shite we've had to deal with.
  20. bad stuff thread.

    In Cambridgeshire this past week it's been 34c and "felt" like 39c. This is to say you have my deepest sympathies because fuck that noise.
  21. bad stuff thread.

    Given we're nearly through the heatwave its unlikely I'll buy one now, but its definitely swayed me to get one nearer winter. With endometriosis I get warm all the damn time and a fan gives me a headache. So this will be a good alternative.
  22. bad stuff thread.

    I keep umming and ahhing about one, my main complaint is that we'd need to use it upstairs, which has three rooms, plus we have issues with putting the vent outside (and sealing the window). Too many cons, but considering the weather this year, its likely to happen next year if I can get one on offer when they are less likely to be sold.
  23. The Exercise & Fitness Thread: The Struggle Is Real

    The costly downside to losing weight! I think over the last few years I've had several "new" outfits. Enjoy the new stuff!
  24. What Have You Bought?

    That's all good, we've rebooked it for the 03/04/21. We want the original date so 04/04/20 to the 21. But whatever We're going over Halloween! We both prefer the cold and we last went during June, so it'll be nice to cozy up a bit and chill!
  25. What Have You Bought?

    A few nights in Edinburgh: As we had to push our wedding back for the third time (fingers crossed).