When you're not working it's easy to slip into perpetual holiday mode. While this sounds lovely (and so many people have told me that I'm lucky not to have to work at the moment) it's not ideal for a sense of personal accomplishment. And although it is tempting to let the days slip past as I do nothing but read books and watch TV, I hate ending the day feeling like I've done nothing worthwhile. Plus John is working hard so I can hardly sit around being lazy.
Hopefully by the time my visa comes through I will have done some research and made connections that might make getting employment easier. In the meantime I find it important to have some routine, and to be able to end the day with a list of accomplishments. At the moment we are living in temporary accomodation about an hour away from where we plan on settling, so it's a little pointless to spend much time looking for jobs at this point, but there are certain things I'd like to achieve while I have the spare time.
So here's my average day:
- Get up when John does and make coffee. Because of the bus schedule John doesn't have to get up too early. We're up before 8. Except for the other morning when he had to leave for work before 6am and if you think I got up then you are sorely mistaken. Anyway, we have coffee together and John leaves for work just after 8:30.
- After that I read my book for a bit and make a list of things to do that day. Yes, I'm a list-crosser-offer.
- At 9:30 I either head out for a run or to the gym. I was pretty lazy the last couple of months in Belfast, and in the last 2 weeks did almost nothing but go out for meals and drinks, so a bit of work on my fitness level is required. By the time I've finished exercising (plus had a dip in the pool and a soak in the hot tub - I love our apartment complex) it is after 11.
- Next is all-important internet time: looking for job and volunteer opportunities, reading articles, working on a self-improvement project (next up: hour of code ) or doing something equally productive (blog post, anyone?).
- Lunch! Which is also breakfast. I should probably stop having coffee and no food at breakfast time.
- After lunch I take myself off for a walk to check out San Francisco and see some sights. I promise to take some pics today and share them. I always take my book and if I pass a nice cafe or park I'll often stop for an hour or so and either read or watch the world go by.
- On the way home I usually stop at the supermarket. Because we're living in temporary accommodation we don't have a fully stocked pantry. This drives me rather insane, but it's not like I don't have time to pick up a few groceries every day. On the list today: BBQ sauce and orange juice.
- Once home I do chores. We have a fortnightly cleaning service (yeah, I know) so I don't actually need to clean but there's always tidying up, emptying the dishwasher, laundry etc.
- Only after 5 will I allow myself to turn on the TV. I've started watching The Tudors and I could seriously just watch it all day.
- John's bus gets in around 8 so I either go and meet him and we go out for a meal, or I cook dinner and we eat in the apartment together when he gets home.
- Finally, time to relax in front of the TV (we've started watching Cosmos which just proves what a geeky household we are) and then bed.
So yeah, that's my exciting life at the moment. It's fulfilling if a little lonely but I know it is only temporary. As soon as we're settled into our new place I will be out proactively making friends and sorting out our house until I get a job, but until then I'm happy enough with my own company. Of course, it doesn't make for the most exciting blog post material, but that will come in time.