Back to Square One

My lodger has moved on. Just my luck – I’ve had two full months of pay from my ‘proper’ job, and three months’ worth of rent from the lodger, and I was just beginning to think I could relax a little. Silly me. And now I need to decide whether to go looking for another…

Rent a Room

When I first decided to take in a lodger, I’d sort of thought I would prefer to have a woman lodging with me. Then I realised that men probably make up a larger proportion of people looking for lodgings, so it would be silly to reduce my chances of finding one by limiting myself to…

Housemaids and Housemates

The day finally arrived – my lodger has moved in. This is quite a big house, and I have a good sized attic – it isn’t a loft conversion, it’s an actual attic, with proper stairs. It was originally used by Blanche, the housemaid who worked for the first owner of the house, back in…

Job #26

Back in June I applied for a job (The Hunt for Gainful Employment ). I didn’t get it. Never mind – there are lots of jobs I didn’t get, we’ll just add it to the list. When she rang to tell me I hadn’t got it, she said they’d keep my details on file –…

The End of the Seventeenth Century

In February 2016 I was earning next to nothing in a job that was causing me a great deal of stress. So we discussed it, my husband and I: a proper grown-up discussion. He got me to put into words what it was that I enjoyed about the job, and in fact why I felt…

Space Plague and Chocolate Truffles

These last two days I’ve been working at the Bradford Science Festival. I was assigned to help http://smashfestuk.com/ in their Space Plague tent. An immersive experience, where families help to diagnose and treat an outbreak of Space Plague and in the process do a bit of differential diagnosis, epidemiology, and chemistry, have fun with lasers…

Job #25

I like being busy. And for far too long I’ve not been busy enough. That all changed on Wednesday. Since I woke up on Wednesday morning I’ve Hoovered, dusted and mopped the attic (in case a potential new lodger wanted to come and have a look), hoovered, dusted and mopped the first floor and the…

Big girl pants on

It was a pretty shitty day yesterday. As you know, I’m looking for work and I had an interview a few days ago (you can read about it here). As you also know, I’m looking for a lodger – and I’d found one (and you can read about that here). What do you mean you…

The Hunt for Gainful Employment

The Big Day I had an interview this afternoon. I run a business with my husband (you remember, the one that walked out of the marriage back in February). This is severely career-limiting, as you can imagine, so I need to find some sort of gainful employment. I need a job. I’ve applied for quite…

Renting A Room

I need to start making some money. This is a big house, and I’m going to rent out the attic – one bedroom, a sitting room, and a shower room. This puts up some of my costs – I need to pay for a gas safety certificate – but should make a profit in the…