Maladignia's blog
Sitting cat Welcome to my home-cooked journal.
Here you will find my rants about every day life and things that keep me busy.
In the past I have frequently written, but there's no saying if I'll continue on that path. It all depends on how busy I am.
Have fun reading my scribbles.
Counting down...

I quit my job. Per January first I'll be unemployed. No, I do not have a plan yet, no new employer yet. It's just that I was so fed up with feeling miserable in my current job (with the set back of Studio Fonkel not 'saving me') that even Matthijs said that I should just 'get out'. So I sent my letter of resignation on the 24th of September.Now I am counting down the days till it is finally over. My last day at work will be the 18th of December because I'm taking 2 weeks off around the holidays. (And I still got 7 free days left)

So on the one hand it feels good to finally have made a decision and acted upon it. On the other hand it is very scary that I'll be without a job soon, with no income and no plan. I'm thinking about starting on my own, selling crafted items or clothing. But there's no business plan yet. All I know is that I'll probably need a parttime job to pay the bills and have the whole tax/insurance stuff taken care of by my employer. The other days will be for me and my yet to be formed plan.

I'm looking around at job offers but for most of them I do not have the right background/training and others are a no go for me because I do not want to work in the weekends. I've got too much weekend hobbies so "I can't get the Saturday off" really won't cut it for me. Lots of vacancies want you to be 'commercially oriented' and sound like you need to sell stuff. I don't think I could manage that with a product that I wouldn't use myself. Callcenter work might be a better fit, though answering questions of agitated (and sometimes horrendously stupid) people might require more patience than I'm gifted with. But at least you'll be helping people, or trying to. I do take pride in tidying up and cleaning (as long as it isn't my own house... unfortunately), so a job as a cleaner might be it. Still.... how long would it take for me to get totally frustrated?

For now I'll focus on surviving the last month-and-a-half of my current job, then I need some time to recuperate and get some of my resilience back before I'm ready to be a convincing candidate at a job interview.

Written by Brenda :: 04 Nov 2014 - 17:21 :: Comments :: Link
Journal of our vacation

Here it is, the journal that I kept during our 2 week vacation. There's also a gallery of pictures, though they might not be very interesting to look at if you weren't there.

Written by Brenda :: 15 Sep 2014 - 10:05 :: Comments :: Link
It didn't work out

Heard back from Studio Fonkel; they do want to add me to their team but there is just no work for me at the moment. They promised to get back to me when more work comes their way, but for now I'm just stuck and utterly disappointed. And having a bad week...

That sucked as a 'welcome back' message among the other 50 or so mails that were waiting in my inbox. Fortunately there was also some good news; I'm going to join the bellydancing part of Parnassos' 20th anniversary 'party' in December this year. That means lessons on Mondays, starting the 22nd of this month in Utrecht. Level should be high since you had to audition to get in (16 places). My audition was a weird one: sending a video and telling the teacher (Kyria) that she could talk to Roos or Annet for reference. But it worked: I'm in.

The vacation was good, though memories of it are overshadowed by the bad work news. I'm still digitizing the diary. When it's finished I'll post a link to it here.

Tonight back to streetdance, which started again last week (when I was still in Friesland), this time with a new teacher since Marit has to pop out a baby sometime soon. Having bellydancing lessons on Monday means no play at Amersical this year, so I'll probably join as crew. Monday the 15th we get the 'introductory evening'.

This Saturday we plan on getting informed about, and hopefully buying, a new locker machine since the old one keeps snapping the hardest-to-guide-through thread because of a broken part. On Sunday a friend of Matthijs will come over from Belgium. Weekend after that (20/21) we go to a wedding and perhaps do an 'escape room' with friends and the weekend after that one we combine our birthday parties for friends. Then there's a visit to my mom in Apeldoorn and Sibbe Sunday, Moots (though we still have to decide whether to go or not) and then Cadansa for which I bought tickets for Saturday and Sunday. Pfew.. and then we're in October already!

Written by Brenda :: 10 Sep 2014 - 15:19 :: Comments :: Link
Somewhere in the middle

The exiting stuff I mentioned in my last post (omg... 30th of June.. time flies) didn't work out the way I hoped. There's a small atelier/shop here in Amersfoort, EvaGoDiva, where the most awesome felt creations are made. I applied for an internship there, but the positions were already filled. We had a good 'interview' though and my contact details have been written down, for when they have lots of work and might use my help. Haven't heard from them since. I tried 'walking in' last week but the shop was closed. Dead end?

Still some weeks to go before I'll hear from StudioFonkel. I was determined to set up a website with Drupal and get into SCSS (two things they use but I haven't worked with) but haven't gotten further than deciding on a Drupal distribution (Gridly). Nothing designed, installed, tried, done yet... There was a Coursera course (animal welfare), belly dancing (much fun, but even the teacher isn't sure if she can teach me new stuff....), meetings, Exit preparations, rehearsing 'When I fall in love' for an upcoming wedding, and other excuses. Not that determined then, ey? Perhaps this weekend.

We've decided to skip the Summoning because we didn't look forward to all the hassle with the sh*tload of stuff we always bring. And the weekend before (so last weekend) was Parkfest and the weekend after will be a wedding and departing for Friesland (2 week vacation). Though I'm not a big fan of sailing (Matthijs is) I'm looking forward to two weeks away from home and work. Parkfest felt great, four days of camping and folk music and dancing. Though the Friday was very rainy, the sunny Saturday and Sunday morning made up for that. And hey, Matthijs got to McGiver a shelter for cooking on Friday, for the real outdoor feeling. ;-) Very cozy with the rain dripping on the tent.

Got to get back to work now. Bleh... my heart is yearning for doing creative stuff; sewing, felting, embroidering, whatever. Not programming. I sincerely hope that StudioFonkel can change my view on web-things by just being different and doing different stuff than Brevidius.

Written by Brenda :: 12 Aug 2014 - 10:13 :: Comments :: Link
Good stuff is happening
Me in my dance outfit

I sent an open application to Studio Fonkel 2 weeks ago and got invited to a first interview a week later (that went on for 1,5 hours!) on Monday. The Friday after that they called me to tell me that they would like to offer me a job, but that they want to 'wait out' the summer; with interns leaving and a couple of potential clients coming in. So they will call me again in the second week of September (after their clients and my vacation) so we can discuss the work they have for me and how to proceed (terms and stuff). Exciting!! We both agreed that this is not 100% binding yet: if they don't have work for me well... there's no work. If I find an other job meanwhile I'm free to do so. However, I have the feeling that we'll see each other in September and I might (finally) switch jobs then!

The image you see on this blog post is me at the day of the A-dance end of year shows last Saturday. The photo is made with a phone so the quality isn't really all that, but it gives an impression. It was a long day with lots of waiting (and a dressing room shared with hyperactive Wushu kids and their mothers and fathers...) but it still feels so good to be on stage, even though it is only 4 minutes in a show of 2 hours. In the afternoon I made less mistakes than in the evening show, but in the evening show I had more fun. So I ordered the DVD of the evening show. I watched an (illegal) video (made with a phone too) of the evening show and I am sure that a non-dancer wouldn't have seen my mistakes. And we're all rocking it!! We were with only 8 girls on stage, so there's nobody to hide behind. You're always 'in the spotlight'.

The streetdance lessons will continue into the summer (there's no real summer stop) but from the 16th of July I will be travelling to Bussum on Wednesdays for mini-workshops belly dancing by Roos. Looking forward to that! Though it is a shame that I have to miss the last lesson (with zills!) because I will be rehearsing "When I fall in love" with ex-members of Musilon for the wedding of Suus and Michiel in August. But that is replacing one fun thing with another, so not too bad. ;-) Depending on how much I like these summer lessons I might decide I want to do my next season of belly dancing in Bussum. And depending on that I might have to switch lessons at A-Dance again. (OMG: it felt so good that some of the Tuesday group, where I danced last year, still recognized me and came to talk to me and stuff!)

I got some more exiting stuff coming up, but more about that later. I do not want to get hopes up and then have to say it didn't work out.

Written by Brenda :: 30 Jun 2014 - 18:20 :: Comments :: Link