Saturday, 19 November 2011

Tis (not) the Season!

It's coming up to that time of year again, the sleigh bells are a ringing, the carollers are a singing and there's advertisements for overpriced gadgets everywhere. Each year I receive the same signs that Christmas is just around the corner, here are my top 5:

1) The Coca-cola ad
2) Christmas songs on the music channels
3) Home Alone
4) Hearing someone say "happy Christmas"
5) Christmas lights being switched on in town

But wait! Christmas isn't just around the corner, in fact it's another six whole weeks away. It's still November, I haven't bought my Christmas cards yet, I haven't eaten mince pies or started singing "Silent Night" when I'm doing the washing up. Yet all of my top five Christmas signs have already shown up, it's mid-November for Christ's sake (pun not intended).
Christmas is a time of year we all enjoy, but part of the wonder of it is that it only comes around once a year. I think starting the celebrations too early ruins it, the signs become meaningless. Unfortunately the thing about signs is you can't control them, I can put off the mince pies and Mariah Carey songs all I want but I can't control what Leeds City Council does.
Maybe I'm just being a grinch, but to me Christmas cheer will never start before December 1st.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

I Just Want a JOB!

As you may have guessed by my post title I am still unemployed. Everyday I receive rejection, or at least I think I do because 90% of places don't even tell me I haven't been successful, I just have assume I haven't. It's like every job I apply for is one of those weird relationships where you're more than friends but less than a couple and eventually you "end it" by fazing out contact...no? Just me?
I've had three interviews since being made redundant (that phrase makes me feel like an outdated 90's computer) in July but zero success. It's not that I don't interview well, 2/3 of those interviews I got down to the last two but the competition is so fierce I sometimes think I've lost before I've even tried.
Still, I don't give up easily, and if I'm going to keep wearing £45 moisturiser I need to get a better source of income than checking for change under my couch.
"Spare some change?"

South Park doesn't really tie into this blog post but, hey, this is my blog, and if you don't like it you can just suck my balls.