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Time to chill

I’ve had a very tough week. And I can feel my nerves about to wreck and my sanity about to disappear.

Work has been really hard, really really hard, demanding and challenging. I haven’t had much time to relax, time for social media (my way of “socialising” during the week) or even time for crafting! I am in need of a good chill.

I’ve felt physically and mentally drained and, for a reason unknown to me, my hormones have been playing with me and I’ve felt about to cry in more than one occasion, with massive mood changes in a couple of times. I am always tired despite the fact that I’ve been sleeping ok (for once, Tommy hasn’t been too disruptive at night this week). This week has been so bad that I even called to get a doctor’s appointment next week to see if there’s anything wrong with me.

But it is Friday today, the blessed TGIF, and I am planning on not doing anything at all all weekend. I am going to be chilling! (To make things worse, my washing machine gave up the ghost the other day which in a way is good becaue then I’ve got an excuse to not do any domestic tasks). Jon and I will go and visit his parents up in the gorgeous Oxfordshire countryside, but I am going to take it easy and relax whilst I’m there.

It’s definitely time to chill!

Another due update

I know, I haven’t been updating this blog as much as I should… I haven’t given it up, it’s just that the other one and what it entails keep me too busy!

So here’s a summary of what’s been going on lately in the uninteresting life of Maria La Chica:

Card making. Yes, I’ve been spending quite a lot of time making cards. You can visit my other blog if you want to have a look at some of my creations. I am loving it, but it is a difficult hobby to have, because it requires lots of concentration and imagination. And I can tell you that sometimes it is very hard to concentrate on what you’re doing when your cat is jumping on your desk and walking back and forth over your card and tools…
The imagination bit I am overcoming by looking at lots of other blogs for inspiration. One of my favourite cards was inspired by a photo that I saw on the net. It was just a very rough sketch and idea, but it worked out perfectly in the end.

Work work work. Many things have been happening at work lately. I was finally given a promotion, after 3 and a half years at my previous position. I am quite excited about what the new position means and changes that it will bring to my daily routine. But at the same time, there are things going on in the office that I am not happy about. As I already told you, my company was recently bought by a multinational company and I can already see that it is going to take me longer than I thought to get used to all the changes and politics involved with a large organisation. I have had many a frustrating day lately, and there is very little I can do about it. “It is like it is and I can’t change it” – I’ve been told.
I will be travelling to Copenhagen in a couple of weeks for an Exhibition. I will be there for almost 5 days and I have plans to “disappear” for a few hours one day… There is no way that I will be in Copenhagen and won’t see any of the city! I was quite excited about the whole Exhibition thing at the beginning, but the more I think about it the more nervous I become. I am not a real talker and making small talk is quite hard for me. I am not a technical person either, so I wonder how I am going to get by. I will be fine, I know.. but all these questions keep popping up in my head.

Visiting friends. Jon and I have been a tiny bit more social lately (not hugely, but a bit more than usual). It is very handy than Jon’s best friend lives in Basingstoke as well, so he already goes out with him often enough in town. We’ve met Jon’s friend and his wife and kid a few times now and also met up with another couple who are mutual friends. We’ve also seen quite a bit of the family, doing our usual “games evening” thing (almost all of us love board games and meet up for a games evening from time to time. However, very rarely we manage to actually finish the game because we get caught in conversations, dinner and other bits and pieces and the game stays unfinished. I don’t mind too much, but Jon finds it frustrating and you can see his face and whole attitude changing the moment he realises we won’t finish that game…)
We also went to meet fellow Spaniard Elena and her other half (aka the Welshman) in the roman city of Bath just the other day (sorry, the photos are still in the camera!). It was a very enjoyable day, despite the freezing cold weather. I’ve just had my hair cut quite short too, so my poor little ears were suffering considerably…
Bath is gorgeous, I love it… The roman baths were very interesting.. you can’t beat a bit of roman history! And the company was great too… Sometimes it’s weird meeting someone face to face when you’ve only met them online. It’s strange to finally put a voice to the face and things like that… But at the end of the day, you realise that it is the same person that you’ve “known” for all these years!

Changing car? I am thinking of upgrading my car. There is actually nothing wrong with my little Micra, but if I am honest it is not the most comfortable car to be doing 70 miles everyday on. It probably isn’t the safest either if I was to have an accident (god forbid). So I believe now is a good time to make the change.
The biggest two contestants are the Ford Focus and the Hyundai i30. I like both and can’t really decide. I think the Focus is a bigger car (longer) and maybe I would struggle a bit more with it than with the i30. But the Focus is a safer bet than the Hyundai (despite the 5 year guarantee that Hyundai give you when you buy new). There are other cars that I like too, but they are far too expensive for me.. for example the Audi A3, the Mazda 3 or the Mercedes A160 (among others).
I will keep you posted in the coming weeks with these dealings…


Focus Zetec

i30

Other “smaller” issues:
I am a great aunt now… My teenage niece had a baby just last week. It’s a little cute baby girl who will be called Aroa (I hate the name… what’s wrong with “Maria”? xD). So yeah, my 17 year old niece is now a mum and my 40 year old brother is a grandfather… Wow.

I am really looking forward to our little break in Cornwall at the end of April. We’ve rented a self catering apartment for a whole week for only £250, which is amazing value. Plus I have never been to that part of the country and I am really excited about it (I know Jon doesn’t count holidays in England as real holidays – but for me this is amazing! Hopefully we will also be having another break abroad, so Jon can say that he’s had a proper holiday this year, lol)

And I believe this is pretty much it! I promise to update more often!

Perspective

The word engineer is grossly overused and misused in the UK.

You can go to University for 3-4 years, obtain an Engineering degree and then go out into the world and find work as an engineer. Probably something like “systems engineer”, “electrical engineer”, “M&E engineer”, and so on, depending on what you’ve studied. You will be paid decently as a graduate and from there you can only go up in the job ladder.

You could also not go to University, and get a job as a carpet fitter or as a plasterer after you finish school. If you get bored of that job or if you have higher expectations in life, you can always do a week-long course on how to repair washing machines and then you can call yourself a Washing Machine Engineer.

Those two people will use the word engineer to refer to their field of work, however, they couldn’t be more different in knowledge and experience. They use the word under their own perspective and no one will ever question them about it.

For the last 3 and a half years my title has been “Engineering support”. This in English could mean two things:

1) I give support to the engineers / engineering team.

2) I give support of an engineering substance.

Of course, the way I have always described my role is with the description number 1. I am not an engineer, and it is very hard for me to consider myself one when my bosses say that I am. But am I? In Spain it would be unthinkable that someone without an engineering degree could call themselves that (I have even been openly accused on the net of pretending to be something that I am not). However, I have been carrying out engineering tasks for the last three years, so a lot of people do believe that I have acquired the knowledge and should have the word engineer in my title.

From my own perspective, I just don’t want people to get the wrong impression. From next month onwards, my title will change from Engineering Support to Project Engineer: Coordination and Planning (or something similar, it is still not set in stone). Will people automatically assume that I can answer questions that are obvious enough but escape my scope? Will I disappoint customers when I reply to their questions with “I am sorry, I will have to check that and come back to you tomorrow”

I don’t doubt myself. I know my skills and my limitations. I just don’t want to disappoint anyone.



Me, at work, a couple of years ago…