Everything is coming to a head now. I've had a difficult 6 months but in another week or two things should be a lot better.
Yes, today I started a new job. Which means that I have an income. Which means that I can move out of the family home. Which means that I get a life and some independence back. Which means that I should be happier.
I am working for a small medical devices company in the Quality Assurance department. Its not that dissimilar to what I used to do, except that previously the department was a lot bigger so I specialised on one corner of the work. This time I will be covering all of the work of the department, although not entirely on my own as I will still have help.
The first day is always boring. Getting security access, a desk, a computer, an email account, completing the pay role paperwork, learning the lay out of the site, meeting scores of people and of course (for a GMP environment anyway) reading through the mounds of paperwork. I esttimate that i have another day of reading yet, assuming that the boss doesn't put anything else on my desk.
On top of this, I have now left Portsmouth and headed up north to sunny Leicester. Except that it isn't sunny. In fact the three times I have been here so far it has been abysmal conditions with visibility on the motorway down to about a foot past the bonnet of the car. One of my new colleagues actually got their car written off by torrential rain which dented the roof and bonnet!
Things have been delayed with the house that I was intending to move into, so this week I am in a budget hotel while the letting agent sorts themselves out. Unfortunatly I couldn't get all of the things I needed into the back of the car so I have not been able to bring my gym or running gear, or my bike, which restricts the forms of exercise that I can do. But I have got my priorities right and have packed my swimming gear and joined the local tri club. Wednesday I intend to meet them for an open water swim.
With a bit of luck I will get the keys to my place on Friday and can spend the whole weekend moving my stuff from Portsmouth and London to Leicester. Then I will finally be able to settle down and put this episode of my life to bed.
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