What I Ate (Mushroom Dhal, Seeded Granola, BBQ) + Life & New Job

Hey m’vegan chums, I haven’t been dedicating too much time to the bloggums lately, but I made a yummers mushroom dhal and a tasty homemade granola (cheap!!) and today I busted out the BBQ, which was a very extravagant display given that C is off down south this weekend.

The past couple of weeks have been pretty intense. At the end of April I gave a month’s notice at my position at a University here in Manchester. Since July last year I’d been on secondment to a role where I investigated academic appeals, malpractice cases (cheaters!) and complaints at a fairly senior level. Since Christmas I’d been dealing with a substantial caseload of bullying/harassment complaints, which got a bit overwhelming at times. Despite that, I really enjoyed the role (I feel like I’d make a good detective now) but I knew that the secondment was due to end in July of this year. I applied for a position at a super duper organisation based in Manchester that acts as a network for co-operatives/member owned businesses and organisations, and works to promote and develop co-ops and the co-op economy. A JOB WITH ETHICS, YO. I had my second round interview when I was fully in the grippe of tonsillitis (or so I thought, hallo glandular fever) and for some reason they offered me the job.

So, I worked like a super-mega-duper hardworking type person the last couple of weeks, trying to get all my cases wrapped up before leaving. I finished at the University at 4.30pm on Thursday, and started my new role at 8am on Friday. ARGH. What with still being in recovery from my Probably-Glandular-Fever I came home on Friday evening feeling kind of more exhausted than maybe I’ve felt since I was at the baddest point of my B12 deficiency last year. SO FLIPPING TIRED YOU GUYS. I’ve slept about 27 hours total this weekend and I’m still feeling pretty pooped, but I am SUPER EXCITED about my new job, and working for a small but influential organisation that has some proper actual ethics.

So I treated myself to a proper domestic time of it this weekend. LINE DRYING THE SHEETS. I pretty much spent two days with the fronch doors wide open, cooking and baking and listening to m’crime podcasts. In a very shocking display of laziness I even booked a walk for Vulpe on Saturday, and she was off out with her Dad on Sunday. She spent the rest of the time snoozing in the sun. I know the feeling pooch!

Although I am uber excited about my new job, I sure hope I can book a week off soon so that C, the pooch and me can escape somewhere and do some recharging.

I hope you all have a splendid week, blogfolk, and you get to enjoy some sunshine wherever you are! (or whatever you’re into, yanno)

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  • Reply Jenny

    Congratulations on the new job! Catching university cheats must have been fun, but I can see that the bullying cases would have been very draining. It sounds like the new job will be perfect!

    June 6, 2016 at 06:06
    • Reply Jenny

      Thanks Jenny! The old job was definitely ~interesting~ but yes, a bit draining! The new one is great but I’m totally pooped. Blog schedule definitely temporarily out the window 😀

      June 15, 2016 at 16:34
  • Reply onesonicbite

    Congrats on the job! I just imagine you getting a case like in that one episode of the x-files where the student comes back from the future and starts murdering everyone! Never rule out that possibility when things start to go wrong. ^__~

    June 8, 2016 at 21:28
    • Reply Jenny

      Haha I remember that episode, and now I want to watch it again! We never had any cases quite that strange but I think I would’ve struggled to solve a case like that so thank goodness!

      June 15, 2016 at 16:35
  • Reply veganinbrighton

    Your old job (catching crims!) does sound fun but your new job sounds amazing! I hope it’s great. You weekend sounds pretty wonderful too and I would happily scoff that BBQ plate right now.

    June 9, 2016 at 12:08
    • Reply Jenny

      Ha yeh it was sort of fun to untangle the cases and interview the guilty folks and wotnot, I’ll miss it in a way, but not the super weird and gross side to it! The new job is going great but my brain has been kind of sapped through adjusting to it 🙂

      June 15, 2016 at 16:37
  • Reply Caroline

    All the best for the new job. It sounds great and I hope you’re feeling better soon. Can empathise on the tiredness, I’ve just had a bronchitis flare up and more than the illness it’s the antibiotics I have to take that knock me out. I was almost asleep on my desk on Friday. Take care of yourself x

    June 12, 2016 at 22:14
    • Reply Jenny

      Thanks Caroline; sorry to hear you’ve been feeling so knocked out, it really does affect everything! I’m due back at the docs soon so they can check my B12 again and see if I do have glandular fever hanging around. Hope you are feeling a bit better x

      June 15, 2016 at 16:38

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