The Weekend Blog (Vol.73)

19th September 2015

Train tickets

I’m sure you can guess why there was no post on Thursday.

I started my new job on Monday, and for the first time in my life I am working 9 until 5, plus commuting time. As I’ve just had three months off I am completely out of the routine of getting up, getting ready and going out, so obviously it’s taking some time to adjust.

And this explains why there was no post on Thursday. I’m now wishing I had been more organised in the weeks leading up to the start of my new job, but hey, I’ll get I sort things out!

I’m enjoying work so far, and I’m learning loads every day. I’ve never worked in an office before so it’s a completely new experience for me.

Tyrone and I were aiming for a quiet, lazy Friday night with beers, good food and Gogglebox, but our neighbour decided to be selfish and turn his bass up really loud. Then when we asked him to keep it down it woke us up at 6am. Needless to say, we were not happy.

But every cloud has a silver lining as they say, and so at 6am when we were wide awake we decided to look at houses on Zoopla to get an idea of what sort of a house and what sort of a mortgage we could get on our wages. We hate living in a flat and we know that the only way to get away from noisy people and students is to buy a house in the suburbs.

We’ve got a long way to go in terms of savings but I’m happy to start early and have a goal to work towards. I may have to sacrifice some travel opportunities in the process (*cries*) but right now this is our priority.

In the words of a man who was born in this city I call home:

“You may say I’m a dreamer,

but I’m not the only one.”

– John Lennon

I hope you are all having a great weekend!

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  1. I know what you are going through, the neighbours can be a nuisance. After spending the first 30 years of my life in flats (gosh I sound old), the last 2+ (almost 3 :D) were a bliss. I don’t think I would be happy to live in a flat again.
    I was thinking to meet for a coffee, but I imagine you are busy now with your new job. If you have time, send me a message x

    • Holly

      I spent the first 18 years of my life in a detached house in the middle of the countryside, so noisy neighbours is just something I’ve never had to deal with before.

      Yes! I’d love to. I’m only really free at the weekends now but I’ll message you and let you know when I’m available. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kya

    I am glad that it is going well. I hope that you get used to the routine in no time and can organise yourself around it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    That would be so great if you could get a house. I am sure that you will get there. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Sarah (Things Sarah Loves)

    Glad you are enjoying your new job and urgh about your neighbour! It is great to have a goal to work towards though!

    Sarah xx

    • Holly

      I’m trying not to let the neighbour get to me too much. I’ve complained to someone higher so they can handle it now. He might actually listen to them.

  4. Chynna

    Hope your new job is going well!

    Gogglebox is so funny – best Friday night TV. Annoying about your neighbour, though. How exciting that you’re looking at houses! Even though you’re a long way off, it’s always good to be prepared ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  5. I’m a bit behind on your blog so congrats on your new job!! I hope that it is going well for you so far and that it will be a great experience for you! And now that you have a steady income you can really start saving early for a home! I hate renting for all the reasons you mentioned, so we are trying to save as well so when we move back home, we won’t have to save for long to find someplace for ourselves.

    • Holly

      Thank you! I have so many problems with renting/living in a flat. Sometimes I wish I could move home to save money but I’m too happy in Liverpool. It’s a difficult situation.

  6. Michelle

    Great quote to end the post on ๐Ÿ˜€

    Yeah, good luck finding a house. I know my husband and I were in the process of that, and thought it was better to wait at the end. Wait until I had a job and we were stable enough, plus we’re in no hurry to get a house until our family grows which won’t be for years.

    • Holly

      Haha, thanks! Can’t beat a bit of John Lennon.

      We will have to wait until Tyrone finishes university before we can actually look into buying a house, Even though we have two years until that we’ve decided to start saving early.

  7. So glad you’re enjoying your new job! Are the other people friendly? I’ve never worked in an office either so I’m a bit scared of when I graduate. it’ll be a huge change for me!

    Looking into buying a house? That’s awesome! I wish you all the best. Unfortunatly the market in NZ is crazy. The town I live in is one of the “major” cities (even though there is nothing here, thanks, Earthquake!) so the prices compared to smaller towns is just crazy! My partner and I could buy a house in a smaller town but there would be no job oppertunities for him because he’s a programmer. Argh. I had a quick look the other day and for a $450k~ house, you need like $92,000 deposit! I mean, if you have that deposit at that young of an age, you maswell just buy a house outright and have no mortgage! Idk. It’s a tough subject. Makes me a bit upset because I’d love to own a home. But it’s totally not do-able in the near future if at all unless we move to a small town. I wish you guys luck! I loved going to open homes and just imagining what we could do with every room!

    • Holly

      Thank you! Yes, they’re all lovely. It’s so strange having the freedom to go to the toilet or get a drink when ever you like. When I worked in retail I had to ask for permission!

      We are lucky because we live in the North of England which is quite a cheap area to live. I mean, the city centre, where we live now and rent, is expensive but the suburbs of the city is a lot cheaper. I’ve heard the New Zealand is expensive to live but that’s crazy!

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  9. Iโ€™m glad your new job is going well! Iโ€™m super happy for you. ๐Ÿ˜€ My hours are 9โ€“5:30 (or sometimes 6) but I think itโ€™s more common to be 9โ€“6 (rather than 9โ€“5) in IT companies. I hope your commute isnโ€™t too bad. I live out in the suburbs so everything is an hour away by train.

    That said I hope you find a cute little house in the โ€™burbs. Iโ€™ve lived in that kind of area all my life and although it is far from the action, and it takes a while to travel, itโ€™s usually not bad. I think that in Sydney they are trying to build more houses further from the city. I think they are not only more affordable but they are building the houses before eventually improving transport. I live far west and when they made the Westlink motorway it was like a miracle, you could skip all the heavy roads and just take this massive highway to shoot into the city. It took a while but I think it was like a blessing for people who lived out our way. And the new houses are beautiful haha, I want to move closer to the city when I move out but I actually think I might move further now that I am hearing about all these new housing developments.

    • Holly

      Thank you! Some people stay later by as junior I’m contracted to work until 5, so that’s when I go! My commute is only 7 minutes each way so I really can’t complain!

      Fortunately, Liverpool isn’t that big considering it’s a city, so commuting in or out doesn’t take to long. They’re working on improving my local station, platform by platform, which is a pain because for 4 months after Christmas I’ll have to walk to Central station. And that will just make my commute that little bit longer. I can’t really complain though. Coming from a town where there are only two bus services, I find it such a novelty having a metro train system.

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