Wednesday, April 23, 2008

so much change, so little time

So, for almost three months now, I have been interviewing with an incredible company, and have been offered a job with them. It's been a long tough process, and the process itself has been an enormous learning curve.

My feet are still, five days later, not quite on the ground as I write this. Honestly, it hasn't sunk in yet.
All this change is kind of overwhelming, exciting and terrifying at the same time.

I figured - when all that shit of a few weeks ago happened and continued to happen...and continued to happen – only if I got this job, I'd stay in Johannesburg. That was the plan, give or take, at any rate.

In the meantime, I'd been organising an ancestral visa to the UK in case I didn't get this job. Why the UK? (And not Berlin – my first choice?) It is the easiest and quickest place to get to. And there was a time when I wanted to leave here pretty fucking quickly. As a result, I had all the paperwork ready. I was already imagining my life over there: and it would be fairly obscure. I was going to go start over, and make Brit friends and eat Spotted Dick. I applied for 7 jobs in London in a wild frenzy.

Then I got the job here. And frankly, I'm ecstatic. I am so excited, I can't even begin to describe it. I've looked up at the clouds and said to whomever is listening OK, so what the fuck. Is this why? To balance out all the shit you've dished me? How is it you have helped me achieve something against every fucking possible odd out there?

The great news is I still get to go to London and Dublin at the end of May. For training. I am absolutely so excited, Jesus, I am so chuffed and excited I could literally dance about the streets flashing my fanbelt to whoever is willing to notice.

Never been to Dublin before, how surreal. All this change, everything, it's all so insane. Dooblin!

When my notice period is up for my current apartment, I'll be moving into a little place all on my own. I'm scouting out new homes at this very moment, the pressure is on. I saw the first place last night. It's strange looking for a place on your own. I've only ever done it with boyfriends and flatmates. The place seemed very cold last night, and I don't want to live in a cold place. It has to be something that immediately grabs me. I'm not sure if I want to leave my house, it's become that much of a comfort zone. Maybe I should just stay. Arrgh, what to do, what to do.

So much to do and organise before I start working full-time again.

The universe works in the most mysterious ways. And I still don't understand it.


The Chantal said...

Awwwww I'm so happy for you, congratulations on your wonderful new job! Feel free to say what job it is sometime :) curious!


Peas on Toast said...

Hi Chan!

Thanks so much! All this change and organisation has come up so quickly - there I was just sitting around pitching stories from my living room, and now...well, all sorts of stuff is happening. I will not panic! :)

I don't know whether I can say what job it is and where just yet. But just know it's a super amazing one :)

Perhaps in time. xx

c@th said...

W00T, squeak some takkie and throw on that scarf layyydeee. lets get the party started.

Well done Peas! X

Peas on Toast said...

Thanks C@th!

Comments from the people around me have forced me to reconsider wearing my scarf on regular occasion. Bastards. They all seem to think it's my bloody blankie and don't appreciate the colour coordination.

Hmmph! :)

Nessers said...

Good things always come to good people and you are a good person...

Well done Peas - they are lucky to have you

Peas on Toast said...

Thanks so much Nessers. :)

It really has been a tough couple of months, but this has been the ultimate reward! :)

MsBehavn said...

You were always going to be fine after all the drama that was happening and your fabulousness was spotted!


From Poenda ... to Dublin ... and beyondddddddddddddddd!!!! (I watch too many animated movies - can you tell? LOL)

Peas on Toast said...

MsBehavn - thank you my dear. Sitting in limbo for two months wasn't easy, as I'm one of those people that always needs a plan and a back-up plan and a back-up plan after that. So delivering all my troubles unto the universe was a difficult thing to do. But I'm really glad it's worked out this way - I'm so terribly excited!

Now just to get my head around everything and to view new apartments with an open mind! :)

boldly benny said...

Congrats, congrats, congrats!

Anonymous said...

Don't worry Peas, I'm pretty sure the universe also has trouble understanding you :)

Peas on Toast said...

Benny - thanks thanks thanks dollface! :)

Kyk - probably. No actually, definitely. But then it made me, so the way I see it, it has to deal with the consequences. :)

Graeme said...

I heard a rumour you're working for Google...

Ches said...

Muzzle muzzle Pea's! I know how it's either shit, or champange!


- Ches opens some champs! Yeehaa, lets get smashed!

Peas on Toast said...

Graeme - you did? Bless! :)

Peas on Toast said...

Ches - Muzzle muzzle, let's drink! :)

Revolving Credit said...

Dman, so now you actually have to get up in the morning and drive to work?

c@th said...

bugger them. i say the scarf stays! itll be useful when its brrr cold in dublin. because it will be, even when residents there are fannying around in bikinis, youll know, its cold.


KaB said...

I strongly believe that all good things come to those who wait...congrats on the job sweet so glad you've got something to cheer you up :)

As for Dublin & the London...hell yeah...up the Irish & down with the pommies! Whoohoo...what a party...with work too :)

Peas on Toast said...

Rev - yip, the 8-5 grind starts all over again :)

c@th - oh hell yes, I'm taking that scarf to London and Dublin. I have a feeling THEY might like it :)

Kab - thanks so much! Yes patience isn't normally my virtue, but I suppose when forced, it can bring good things!

Jam said...

So happy for you still...!!

leez said...

Congrats peas.

After all the shit thats happened something good was bound to come of it.

Don't ditch the scarf. Maybe those dublin blokes are into that sort of thing.

Billy said...

Congrats! Glad to hear you are finally getting some good shit thrown your way.

Peas on Toast said...

Thanks Jammy!

Leez - I'm telling you, they're just the sorta blokes who'd probably swoon at my scarf. Then offer to buy me a Guinness 'cos they'd be so impressed. :)

Billy - thanks angel, oh me too. Me too!

Revolving Credit said...

You can tell the Irish lads that you're a rastafarian leprechaun.

Although, that may make them wanna see you pot of gold, or in this case, would it be your golden pot??

Maxine-Anne said...

being one of the blessed few who have waited for this day to hear the nuus... i can let everyone in on a little secret!!!

TheE Job is THAT fabulous that you would want to reach out and touch her ..right now!!!
Men everywhere would want to be her man...girls would skinner in jealousy...celebs would invite her as their guest of honor to their fabulous dinner parties...and she would swan past and say "yes" or "no" or "spank me very much" only SHE...THE PEA with the incredible job can do!!

Oh if they only knew!!

babes i told you this would happen...i told you so..i told you so!!!

How very DARE you!!!

Love you china!!

Peas on Toast said...

Rev - well I got myself a green jersey, you know, to fit in, like. As for my pot of gold.... :)

Ah Maxine-Anne you sweet little lovebundle, you're too kind! I'm just super stoked about the job, I seriously am. xxxx

The Divine Miss M said...

Congratulations Peas! So glad to hear that things have worked out :)

Drinks on me in London? ;)

Peas on Toast said...

Thanks Miss M!

Drinks on you, that would be swell! :) (As long it's a snakebite);)

Sheena Gates said...

This is so fabulous. I haven't been able to come here since you told me the other day. I was too afraid of blurting it out.

Good look in dooblin, dood.

Peas on Toast said...

Thanks Sheen! xxx

DT said...

That is brilliant news. Congrats. Three months of interviewing couldn't have been easy! Time to open bottles of Champagne!

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Bloody hell Peas!! Bloody well done chicken!!
You deserve it after weeks of shit, right? Right!
Well done! House hunting can be awfully exciting! The moving part...not so much! :-)

Have a fab night! Love Blondie x

The Divine Miss M said...

Snakebites!!! You're trying to recreate Lopz and mine's night last week aren't you?


Snakebites and Karoeke anyone? ;)

Peas on Toast said...

DT - thanks dollface! Yip the interviewing was gruelling, but not out of context with the company's policies. I have learnt tons just through that process alone. Phew!
And tonight, I'm doing just that! (Friends and champagne!)

Blogshell - thanks my lovely :) The househunting is stressing me out a little, I won't lie. It's more the timeframe than anything else...and yes the moving and packing up four years of shit that isn't going to be so glamourous! :)

Miss M - absolutely! Now you talking! Keen as mustard! :)

Anonymous said...

Good things to those who wait, eh? Well done my friend - you deserve a break. Now, go knock 'em dead!

SwissTwist said...

Congratulations on the job, Peas!!

Although daunting, I'm sure finding just the right new home for you is going to be so very rewarding!

If you're in Europe, please drop off some cream soda Fizzers in Zurich!!!!!! *hugs*

Peas on Toast said...

Thanks Swiss and Parenthesis! :)

Green fizzers, you sure?? I mean, I can bring Marmite, chakalaka (mmm, it's ngah!), biltong....;)

SwissTwist said...

Oh yes, Green Fizzers indeed... Marmite I can get here (yuck!) and well chackalaka is not so ngah for me. Sad... I know

Peas on Toast said...

But Swiss....Crosse & Blackwell Chakalaka is nyaaaahhhh!