Trip Start May 27, 2010
97Trip End Aug 31, 2011
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I liaised with my new workplace a couple of times during the week, but concluded that I wouldn't be starting until at least 31 May because of their lengthy and super-thorough reference checking process. Staying at home and having Sky upstairs and down, meant that I usually came to rest on the couch at about lunchtime when The Hills was on. Hello new addiction. The show is so shit. It's done in the same sort of style as TOWIE (The Only Way Is Essex), real characters but altered realities. It makes you think what you are watching is real, but it's all scripted and badly acted. Nevertheless, I have watched The Hills every day since I've been in Birmingham, and if I haven't been home to see it, I've recorded it to watch later. In any case, there's never anything else on Sky. It's all Judge Judy (which, thanks to Kellie Tric, I've been watching a bit of as well!), Real Housewives of Orange County, and Neighbours.
I did a bit of research into scooters and one day we even went to the motorbike shop and had a look at a couple. But in a frank discussion Phil and I decided that a scooter may not be the best option for me in terms of transport. There's a bus that goes right past the house which drops me at the train station, and the train station is a 10 minute walk to where I'll (eventually) be working. So getting to work wont be difficult
We decided the lounge room needed a bit of zhoozhing and so we went off to Ikea on Sunday afternoon. Beforehand, we stopped at Molly's for breakfast. Eggs Benedict. I know where I wont be going for Eggs Benedict again. But regardless of the ordinary eggs, it was an interesting setting to have breakfast and people watch from behind the safety of my massive mug of tea. Chavs, real ones, coming in from the estate down the road. Rihanna's sisters (they must've been – they had the same colour red hair and skin), bums hanging out by the ATM, opportunistic and hoping that someone would drop some money on the ground for them to swoop in and scoop up. For me so far, Birmingham isn't about old churches and monuments. It's about the people. It really is a feast for the eyes and makes people-watching really entertaining.
When we finally averted our eyes and got to Ikea I had to exercise some serious self control and not put everything I saw into the trolley
On an island not so far away, Nat and Mike got engaged which was exciting news to hear, and
means that a trip to Thailand might be in order sometime next year!
My first visitor will arrive on Friday. Gemma is coming up for Friday night, meaning that we're decorating a bedroom as well. I can't wait to watch Philo put together the bed and table for that room!