Gigs, shifts, and lost productivity.Posted by blatantblithe on November 24, 2011 Blog posts | Personal | | One comment
I haven’t updated my blog for such a long time – I’ve been hella busy with my new job. It’s going really well, and I love working there, though I’m still struggling to get up early every morning – I used to lie in until at least 9am, now I have to get up at 6am. My body hates me right now.
As expected, working full-time has meant that I’ve had to devote far less time to my hobbies and other commitments. Before I worked, I could quite easily take on lots of tasks, arrange to go on various trips, etc – the only limitation was financial. Now I have far more financial freedom, but not enough time! I couldn’t attend Reclaim the Night Cardiff last week due to a late shift, and haven’t been able to see the SFN girls as much as I usually do.
This weekend I tried to squeeze in lots of stuff, and just about got away with it, though I’m not sure if I could manage it again. On Friday I performed at the Swansea Feminist Network Music Fundraiser! The gig was good; I wasn’t very happy with my performance, as I got quite nervous on the night and my nerves resulted in a number of mistakes on the piano. I got lots of positive feedback, so perhaps I thought it sounded far worse than it actually did. The gig was also my first social outing with my new hair, and most people agreed that I actually look better with brown hair. What do you think?
Ali Morris wrote a great review of the night at Swansea University blog The Siren.
The following morning (6 hours after I got home the night before), I travelled up to Nottingham to visit my friend Rose and attend the Nottingham University Prizes and Awards ceremony (I won an award for the work I did for the Women’s Network zine “Artemis”!). I had such a lovely weekend, and the 5-hour train journey was totally worth it. On Saturday we watched some live female comedy at Ladyfest Nottingham, which was lots of fun. I particularly liked Naomi Hefter, musical duo Lindsey & Catherine, and interactive comedy group The Gramophones, so do check those acts out if you’re interested in fun female comedy!
The weekend was awesome, but I’m not sure I can sustain this level of activity. I’ve already had to turn down Reclaim the Night London this weekend, as I’m so tired from a week of work that a day in London would just make me ill. (I bet those of you who work full-time will scoff at my weakness – I’m not used to timetables and getting up early to do things, I’ve spent the past 3 years either studying at uni, or on JSA!) While I’m sad that I won’t be able to donate as much time to my side projects, I feel good that I have a job, and have some money coming in.
But I have managed to get a few things done:
- My first column for The Girls Are went up last week! Take a look and comment: http://www.thegirlsare.com/2011/11/11/girl-with-a-guitar-1/
- I was featured on womens literature blog For Books’ Sake on Friday. I’m really happy with how this one turned out! http://forbookssake.net/2011/11/18/five-minute-friday-catherine-elms/
- Spill the Zines – November zine reviews: http://bit.ly/uTV7wr
Hopefully my productivity will get back to normal once my body has adjusted to my work schedule. We shall see.