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Perhaps it's just the arrival of spring, but I've been feeling quite a lot better for the past day or two -- I seem to have a lot more energy and I'm not so down in the dumps anymore. I've spent the weekend going over and rewriting my CV, and looking at the list of things I've done over the past decade or more, I feel a lot more confident that I may have something to offer a prospective new employer, after all. Although I'm still not really sure how to explain why I made the break from intellectual pursuits in archaeology and architecture to a technical support environment in ICT. I was sick of not making ends meet in the first, but is that a good enough reason? And since I'm not really happy in the latter, and the doors have closed on the first, will my past experience count for anything when I go for something completely new and different? And what should that completely new and different thing be? Questions, questions...

Anyway, things seem to be coming along nicely on the CoRo UK 2005 Tour front, too: I've made plans to hook up with anonypooh, freakspawn and pohewa (travel arrangements & hotels sorted out), and I can't wait until we finally meet up -- I'm sure we'll get on like a house on fire! I've also found a place to rest my weary head after JM's Islington gig on April 29th -- but of course, it depends on what CoRo are planning for that Friday night whether I can make it there at all.

The only thing that's bothering me at the moment is my Achilles tendonitis -- it doesn't seem to be getting better of its own accord, so I suppose I'll have to find the time to go round to my GP later this week and see if I can get him to prescribe me some anti-inflammatory drugs. I think the injury is still in the peritenonitis-stage, so with rest and medication, it shouldn't take too long to clear up. I would try ice-packs, only I haven't got a freezer. Or I have, but it's out of order.

::grumble:: I hate Achilles tendonitis. I had to give up fencing competitively because of it ::grumble::

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freakspawn
Mar. 21st, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
glad you are feeling the arrival of spring! It does change things muchly:)

Can't wait to finally meet you, should be much fun!

Sorry to hear about your Achilles Tendon, sounds very painful!
gamiila
Mar. 21st, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your Achilles Tendon, sounds very painful!

Right now, it's more of a discomfort than a pain (except for in the metaphorical sense); it just means I'm having trouble running (also because the ankle on my other leg hasn't really healed up fully yet). Elevation, i.e. heels, helps to take the pressure off the tendon when it's overstretched like it probably is now, but again, the injury to the ankle on my other leg means I can't wear any heels (not even teeny weeny ones). Unfortunately, previous experience with this type of injury has taught me that it doesn't do to ignore it -- when it becomes chronic, and/or the tendon ruptures, it becomes very painful indeed, and then surgery and lengthy rehabilitation are the only option left. I've been at that stage now for some years in my left leg, which is why I'm so worried I may now develop the same condition in my right.

But hey! why talk about such rubbish when there's plans to be hatched and mischief to be made soon -- we are going to have a fantabulous time! : -)
freakspawn
Mar. 21st, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
eeeep sounds serious! Take care of yourself!

we are so gonna have a fantabulous time!
anonypooh
Mar. 21st, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
yay! I'm hopeless on any interview/CV advice .. luckily my new job really didn't require either! .. just a cup of tea and a typing test .. I got some luck there¬... but you sound in control!! :)

You think CoRo might try to sneak in a date before their Hush show Saturday? Guess it depends on what commitments, if any, Adam has convention-wise for Friday evening?

ouch - put your feet .. foot .. up!

We WILL get on like a house on fire - and make beautiful music together on our road-trip ... *ggl* .. or maybe not.
gamiila
Mar. 21st, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
and make beautiful music together on our road-trip ... *ggl* .. or maybe not.

Well, *not* if my vocal cords are going to be involved somehow! ;-)

Guess it depends on what commitments, if any, Adam has convention-wise for Friday evening?

Actually, I'd forgotten about that...but can you honestly see our boys taking it easy for a day or two? And I'm sure Ulster is still beckoning...

a cup of tea and a typing test

See? I could cope with that! Why do they insist on making me jump through hoops here? It's so not fair!
anonypooh
Mar. 21st, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
hee and even If Adam might be busy.. we could still get an Eric and Guests show ;)

but dagnabit ... I HAVE to be in Milton Keynes on Saturday morning! ..I could do a drive-all-night thing if needs be I suppose :)!

whee - we went to the same school of singing? (I'll just turn up the CD REALLY loud!)
gamiila
Mar. 21st, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
hee and even If Adam might be busy.. we could still get an Eric and Guests show ;)

LRS! LRS! Sometime between Mon and Thu would be perfect as far as I'm concerned (and yes, I know I'm a greedyguts -- what of it?)
bogwitch
Mar. 21st, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
Good to hear you're feeling better. I have .pdf book from Jobsite which I can send you if you're interested, it's about all aspects of job hunting.
gamiila
Mar. 21st, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, please -- I can do with some pointers!
bogwitch
Mar. 21st, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
Sent to gmail.

Also, about your previous experience. I don't think it's relevant what you have done before, but what you've gained from it. I think the employer will see that you are able to work to a certain level. You need to emphasise your key skills, and show them that your breadth of experience is an asset they can use.
gamiila
Mar. 21st, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
Got it; sending it to print now -- thanks!

I don't think it's relevant what you have done before, but what you've gained from it.

Exactly! God, you are good at this! I would never have come up with this argument on my own...
bogwitch
Mar. 21st, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
It's amazing really, I never come up with this kind of analysis for myself!
vegmb
Mar. 21st, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
I was sick of not making ends meet in the first, but is that a good enough reason? Absolutely. It is honest. It was not that you didn't like what you were doing, but you have to be able to live. That is actually the exact reason my dad quit teaching when I was a baby and no one ever thought twice about his reason.

And it's about time you actually looked at the things you've done and realized what a wonderful background you actually have. Confidence in yourself will be the biggest way to sell yourself for whatever you choose to do.

I'm glad to know Spring is having a renewing effect on you. I LOVE Spring. The not-to-hot and not-to-cold weather, and the wind. For some reason I love being outside in the wind.

gamiila
Mar. 21st, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
And it's about time you actually looked at the things you've done and realized what a wonderful background you actually have.

Before I cleaned it up, I reluctantly showed my CV to my therapist (she used to be an HR consultant before setting up as a psychotherapist, and had requested I bring it in). She said she'd rarely seen such a diversified CV, and that if I tweaked it here and there, expanded on my experience in archaeology instead of sweeping it under the carpet, it would certainly serve to catch someone's attention. E.g., it was only after she asked questions that she found out that being an archaeologist means being able to read a terrain, or stake out a grid using land measuring equipment. It's self-evident to me, but she made me realise it's not a skill everyone possesses, or automatically assumes comes with the trade.
vegmb
Mar. 21st, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
expanded on my experience in archaeology instead of sweeping it under the carpet
Aside from wondering why you aren't still doing this, I would think this would be a huge selling point for you.

it was only after she asked questions that she found out that being an archaeologist means being able to read a terrain, or stake out a grid using land measuring equipment
I knew this, but I find archaeology extremely interesting and have watch/read a great deal about it.
gamiila
Mar. 21st, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
Aside from wondering why you aren't still doing this

Basically, there were two reasons. One, the afore-mentioned impecuniousness; but second, and most important, the fact that in 1991, I fell ill with a -what turned out to be benign- tumour, and was in and out of hospital for the next two years. Add to that the fact that I'd only just started working, and that at that time we were also experiencing an economic slump, and you'll see how I missed my chance.

I still would like to get back into it, though -- and I've decided, that if I do manage to find a job closer to home and it offers the chance to do t parttime, then I'll take one day a week off to devote myself to it again on a voluntary basis. I know they always need people who sort of know what they're doing on digs.

I find archaeology extremely interesting and have watch/read a great deal about it

I'm the same with engineering; it fascinates me immensely. Isambard Kingdom Brunel is one of my heroes...as well as the nameless Etruscans who built the Cloaca Maxima and drained the Campus Martius in Rome. ;-)
roissy0
Mar. 22nd, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
I'm glad your feeling better! *hugs*

Have you completely sorted your room for London? Thought I'd see if you wanted to share before I booked my single. :) This shall be a very interesting trip. LOL
gamiila
Mar. 22nd, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
You're coming, then? Excellent!

As to my room at the Jim: yes, I have booked it, but I could easily unbook it if you don't mind sharing with me again. I promise I won't do anything foolish like fall down the stairs or trip over a rug this time; and if I do, you're welcome to just, you know, step over me...Would you want to stay 2 nights, or 1 -- and would you like the Lord Jim, any other hotel (like e.g. the one you were staying last time), or the hostel around the corner?
roissy0
Mar. 23rd, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm definitely coming, Yah! I just can't seem to leave the CR alone.

I'm in for both nights and I'd love to share again. At least it'll save a few pounds. :) Maybe enough to buy that Corn Mo CD. lol

I checked the Chelsea where we were last time, but it didn't show available. So yeah, the Jim sounds good. Do you want to book it or shall I?
gamiila
Mar. 23rd, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
OK, the deed is done. We have a double en suite booked, arrival Thu 21/04, departure Sat 23/04, total cost £128 -- which really does save us some money (my single came to £104 for the 2 nights...that's 40 quid we can spend on merchandising a piece! Or a slap-up meal/few drinksies, whatever). I'll forward the confirmation e-mail to you shortly.
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