Monthly Archives: November 2012

astute selfishness

derived from “silver spoon”

It’s really strange, but I’m feeling a little guilty about that new job.  While the team took it well and didn’t seem too bothered, some were disappointed they hadn’t seen this job coming and asked me how I managed to get it.  Well, I smiled, rather sheepishly, it was down to being a bit sly. Not sure about you, but I never discuss any jobs I apply for.  If there’s the slightest chance that someone else could get them instead of me – even those I’m friends with, who I know loathe their job and are desperate to escape – I keep my cards close and merely say nothing, which lames me with levels of guilt I clearly can’t handle (adds some more sprinkles).

Of course, where there are more than a few jobs going, I would most certainly mention the vacancies [to those I’d still love to work with, haha].  However, in the case of this job, it wasn’t clear from the description just how many jobs were available, so what was I to do?  Risk losing out to a friend or something regretful like that?  You must be joking!  But I’m starting to think that I should have… it would have been nice to work with someone I know…  I was selfish, wasn’t I?  I’m an utterly horrible person!  To salve my guilt, let me share how I usually land my jobs so I don’t have to feel like I’m ruthless…

First of all, I always (ALWAYS) ask why I was given that job.  This may come across like an ego trip for Yours Truly, but without knowing why you landed the job, how will you land another in the very same company?  If you know what they like, the kind of people they’re after, it will give you a clear idea of how to get promoted.  Not only that, but you also understand which techniques really work and how those techniques will give you a future advantage.  After all, what’s the point in being [ambitious] if you’re riding on a wave of good luck?  You have to know why you’re good, not that you’re good enough, and who better to let you know how but the person who gave you the time to promote yourself in the first place?

Always (ALWAYS) remember the name of those who gave you the interview – why would you not?!   The person who interviewed me back in August seemed pleasantly surprised that I remembered their name and went through the trouble of finding them on the intranet.  They offered a meeting in person and gave me strong insight into the company as a whole and why I stood out from other candidates they had interviewed.  Without going into detail (trade secrets, you know!), the feedback was pretty good, made me feel great – really triumphant! – but more importantly, I was told there would be jobs coming up in November, which leads me to my final point…

If you no longer like your current job, always (ALWAYS) search for a new one.   Upon my good friend’s advice, I checked the intranet on a weekly basis until that new job came along in October.  Bitching on your breaks gets you nowhere, sitting there looking depressed gets you nowhere, so keep your eyes open and create your own chances or you’ll end up disappointed!!

Now, will you forgive me? 😦

look, cake and ice cream!

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still can’t believe…


tea and fashion

my new cat tea cosy

After my weekly German class, I decided to get into the Christmas spirit early and went into the heart of Grafton Street for a bit of shopping.  Above is my new tea cosy from the Kilkenny Shop, which recently opened a smaller outlet on Grafton Street in order to promote its Irish wares in the run up to Christmas.  I’ve never been to this place until now, and boy have I missed out on some really nice goods!  Not only do they sell various crafts made in Ireland but they also promote fashion brands such as Nica and Orla Kiely.  Since I went to the smaller outlet, I didn’t see this Orla Kiely birdcage umbrella or the “Twitter” tea towel by Ulster Weavers (best to visit the link provided as the image is quite small and they describe it beautifully in the ‘Quick Overview’!)

orla kiely multi flower birdcage umbrella

I hope to visit their larger outlet on Nassau Street before returning to work on Wednesday.  My bid to spend Christmas overseas has failed due to super-bureaucracy, therefore November shall be spent using annual leave to relax and enjoy my little windfall from the Irish Revenue.  For instance, I have splashed out on a splendiferous teapot from Avoca to go with my lovely new cosy…

my new teapot

…and treated my boyfriend to some early Christmas presents from River Island.  You’re probably wondering why I’m buying him clothes which he could purchase himself, but the thing is, my dears, I’m a typical 21st Century woman and it isn’t fun to spend all that money on myself.  I help him find clothes that suit him the most or give him ideas for outfits that work.  Compared to matching female garments, doing this for guys is so much easier and much more interesting.  Instead of considering how this type of skirt will go with a plethora of tops, you just decide shirt + hoodie + jeans = style and the whole lot can be intermixed with t-shirts, blazers, and hats.

At the moment, there seems to be a trend for quilted hoodies and jackets.  I am trying to persuade the boyfriend how this one from Quiksilver will suit him, as well as serve a practical purpose:

quiksilver porto hoodie

It’s a grey quilted hoodie with furry black lining and bound to keep him warm in the winter month to come, so never mind the price!  Ignore it completely!  As long as the quality’s good, it will last awhile without going out of fashion and still keep you warm on a great night out!

Right, Liebling? 🙂


imminent transfer


the wrath of a quiet woman

For the first time, in a long time, someone other than my boyfriend has made me angry, so when someone makes me angry, what do I normally do to try and calm down?  Well, look at dresses, I suppose, and pretty dresses, at that!  Whilst trying to find the most cute yet cost-effective dress for my friend’s wedding in England last week, I came across Nishe on ASOS.com and they had some of the most nicest outfits which I couldn’t help but revisit:

nishe sweetheart dress with bow embroidery (€37.50)

nishe heart embroidered tie neck blouse (close-up)

nishe heart embroidered tie neck blouse (€41.67)

nishe butterfly mesh prom dress (€229.19)

Unfortunately, pink isn’t really my style, and orange is a colour so foreign to my wardrobe that I daren’t wear it, especially in winter!  But I really liked the cute and quirky fabric and embroidery combinations that Nishe have to offer.

nishe swan embroidered chiffon dress (€90.29)

In the end, I wore this burgundy number for the wedding, along with a black cardigan from H&M picked up at the very last minute.

nishe star embroidered sweetheart tea dress (back)

nishe star embroidered sweetheart tea dress (front)

I feel better now, having shared these beautiful dresses!  However, let it be known that the source of my wrath was not allowed to fester in their foolishness for long (they got an earful at the office).  I sincerely hope they never test my patience again.

“Kamehameha, motherf**kers!”


hello trotro!

“Ich kann Französisch sprechen – kannst du?”

Let’s face it: Die Schule der kleinen Vampire is too advanced for the likes of me, so I switched to a programme I could actually understand and chose this little donkey named Trotro, a popular character in his native France. He has a lot of free time, thinks fondly of his teddy, and teaches me words I never knew before, which is precisely the reason why I think he’s really great! I watched three episodes yesterday, and like a child, had to watch them over and over again whilst writing down notes and transcribing my guess at complete German sentences. So far, Trotro has kindly taught me such gems as “Toll, es schneit!” (Wow, it snowed!) and “Brr, ich mir kalt, mein Hände sind eisig!” (Brr, I’m cold, my hands are freezing!) Not really useful right now, since it hasn’t started snowing, though it’s amazing how much I’ve learnt from watching a programme for kids!

Here are some words I learnt from Trotro und der Schneemann:

der Schneeball

die Schneeflocke

der Schneemann

I might invest in Hörbucher to pass my time on the bus. Since I’m not in Deutschland right now, I have to try harder than normal to properly learn the language, so maybe German podcasts will help me learn much better. At the moment, lack of immersion worries me and makes me pretty certain that it’s stunting my accent. Some insist that accents come later, that the basics must be mastered before you can work on aesthetics. However, neglecting the accent can mean you sound too foreign when you finally speak, right? Isn’t that the reason why you have so many accents in English??  It’s a bit silly to worry so soon, but I don’t want to talk like a Brit speaking German…

Speaking of which, I applied for an internal position last week in the hopes of moving departments. The role I have now doesn’t play to my strengths. Instead of having customers you can build relationships with, a dialler system contacts random people less likely to pay because they don’t bloody know you, so I’m moving on, crossing my fingers for a role in performance assessment. I’ve never done this job before, but what the hey, I’ll give it a go; it’s what I wanted to do before my redundancy, anyway! And the manager would like a chat with me and my team leader tomorrow or Tuesday. No interview, no documents, just a nice informal chat about why I want the job and how to transfer skills. As the only one in my department who went and applied, do my chances look good for landing the job?

I like to really think so – watch this space!

“Ich liebe du, Teddy. Liebst du mir?”


and the reader appreciation award goes to…

Look what I received from fellow blogger Agujas:

thank you!

This is the first time I’ve ever received one of these and it fills me with this warm and toasty feeling… thank you so much!!

And to answer the questions that come with this award:

  1. Your favourite colour?
    Purple, though teal is creeping in…
  2. Your favourite animal?
    Cat, because they’re independent and that’s how I am 🙂
  3. Your favourite non-alcoholic drink?
    Aloe vera juice.
  4. Facebook or twitter?
    Facebook.  I used to have a Twitter account but never used it so it’s gone now.
  5. Your favourite pattern?
    Moss stitch.  Very versatile and really good for winter!
  6. Getting or giving presents?
    A bit of both 😉
  7. Your favourite number?
    7, old and magical.
  8. Your favourite day of the week?
    Sunday, so I can wear pyjamas – even while cooking.
  9. Your favourite flower?
    Blue roses.  My boyfriend ordered me a bouquet for Valentine’s once and I’ve never forgotten them.
  10. What is your passion?
    Writing.  I may not write a lot now, but it’s in my blood and I just have to do it.

Now I have to think which blogs to share this award with…

I can’t give it to crayonsandmilk, The Sweaty Knitter or Doodlemum as they already have it, and I can’t give it to Agujas as she already has it too, therefore…

I nominate paperbagblog, a young and fashionable vegan living it up in Brighton and always keeping it positive! 

We used to go to school together until she moved away to live down south where the weather is nice and the beaches are lovely.  I’m not a vegan myself, but there are some interesting ideas for recipes and food, and you’ll enjoy some great cuisine if you ever visit Brighton as she knows quite a few places!

Congratulations, paperbagblog!