The Weekend Blog

9th November 2014

Fireworks from our flat

It’s not often I can look back and conclude that overall my week went well. Even though I did get some crappy news on Tuesday.

The crappy news was that the government refuse to give me any support with my hip condition. Perhaps if they hadn’t taken 6 months to give me an assessment then they would have seen me at a point where I was unable to leave the house due to being in so much pain.

I couldn’t even get a wheelchair after I had major surgery on my hip and couldn’t walk for like 6 months, so I shouldn’t have expected anything more really. Obviously they’re too busy dealing with benefit cheats.

Enough on that. I threw the letter in the bin and off I went to The Body Shop for a blogger event. I was so grateful for all the pampering I got that night as it look my mind off the bad news.

On Friday I had to go to Leeds for work purposes. For those of you who don’t know, I work as a blogger for a communications company, and my job is to let them know what students like. It’s great because I don’t just get to blog; I also get to have my say on projects they are working on, and what I like and dislike about them.

4 other students around the country do the same job as me, so on Friday we all travelled to Leeds, where the company is based, to meet each other. We got the chance to see the offices of the company, and instantly I knew that it was my dream work place. If you ever seen the A Beautiful Mess studio then I can certainly compare it to that. Bright, airy and a whole lot of a creativity buzzing around.

In the morning we were set a challenge to buy a gift for Β£5 for one of the other bloggers. We had no idea who we were buying for as we’d only just met each other, and we had no idea where we were going. I got my colleague a Cath Kidston mug and she got me Christmas themed hat and gloves.

We shared gifts over lunch and had drinks later in the evening. I then had a mad dash to catch the train. I was so grateful that my boss had reserved me a seat on the train as there was almost no room at all; not even for standing. I had to kick someone out of my seat because obviously they couldn’t read the reserved tag.

This week I also changed my research project/dissertation topic. Call me crazy but I can guarantee you it will be worth it. It’s still based on sustainable tourism and waterfront development in urban areas but I’ve changed the case study from Liverpool Waters (which doesn’t even exist yet) to Albert Dock.

We didn’t go to any fireworks displays this year as this was the view from our flat (credit to Tyrone for the photograph). Seriously though, why would you bother going out in the cold when you can stay inside with hot chocolate and watch this?!

Happy weekend!

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  1. Cat

    Sorry to hear that the government won’t give you any support πŸ™ I’m amazed you couldn’t get a wheelchair after your surgery either. Not being able to walk for so long is a good use case for a wheelchair!

    Your job sounds really cool πŸ™‚ I think that’s great that they arranged for you guys to meet each other and see the offices. That’s also a neat idea to buy each other gift with only Β£5.

    Good luck on your research project! The fireworks are beautiful. What a great view! I stopped going to crowded fireworks displays a while ago. It’s nicer if you can find a quiet place to see them πŸ™‚

    • Holly

      We had to go to a charity in the end to borrow a wheelchair, but even then they wanted it back soon after my surgery.

      It was such a challenge buying for someone we didn’t know, but I was pleased with the presents I bought and received. πŸ™‚

  2. I’m sorry to hear that the government doesn’t want to give support for your hip condition :(. That’s the thing I don’t like about government services sometimes, there are a bunch of people who really don’t need government support (due to laziness or getting through loopholes) but get it while others who really need the support don’t get it. Why does this sort of thing happen ,___,?

    Despite of that, at least you got to go to The Body Shop event! Your job sounds great because you’re doing what you like! Hopefully you both like your quick gifts :). It’s really nice of your boss to go out of their way to help you out by reserving a train spot too. Hopefully your new topic will be fun to work on!

    • Holly

      Unfortunately I know plenty of people who get disability support when I know for a fact they aren’t as worse off as me. I guess it’s just my luck.

      It’s the first job I have had that I’ve actually enjoyed for more than the first week, haha!

  3. Urg pretty typical really, I’ve had naff all help for my arthritis. Although uni have been superb.

    I’m in total agreement about fireworks, we watched our neighbours from the spare room window.

    Your job sounds interesting πŸ™‚ x

    • Holly

      Yeah, my uni have been been great too. They’ve supplied me with so many useful resources, and my lecturers really take into consideration my condition when we have field trips.

  4. The Β£5 present challenge is such a cute idea! πŸ™‚