Viva Espana!

lanWoo hoo… another holiday in Lanzarote, BOOKED! I adore the Canary Islands and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be returning there this year. Although I’ve been to Lanzarote twice previously I’ve never been to Costa Teguise, so this is even more exciting. There’s lots of new places, new people and new experiences to look forward to, not to mention all that gorgeous sunshine!

As I appear to have lost more weight since my Gran Canaria adventures last December I’ll need some new clothes, and new swimwear too. It’ll be fantastic to be lazing around on a vast beach under rows of palm trees being surrounded by bird-of-paradise flowers again. I can almost taste those sangrias and mojitos already! Now where did I put that Spanish phrase book…?!

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Musical Bingo…

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No, I’d never heard of it either but nowadays I’m up for most things and as this new experience was part of a Quiz Night in aid of a local wildlife charity I was more than ready for the challenge.

Our venue was one of those quaint village halls; the ones equipped with a stage with red curtains and little wooden steps at the sides; and armed with a vast array of shockingly unhealthy, but delicious, snacks and drinks our team was raring to go. However, despite initial brilliance in Round One, and exceptional observational skills in the Picture Round, we were eventually beaten by several other teams in the quiz section…and then, after the obligatory raffle, came the musical bingo…

Each team were given a sheet full of song titles and artistes and the idea was to listen to snippets of songs being played, crossing off the ones you identify on your own sheet; the winner being the first to get a line, and then a full house. Singing and dancing was enthusiastically¬†encouraged, and there was even a conga line at one point. We’d have been good at Name That Tune, as we instantly recognised the majority of the tracks, but unfortunately were beaten to the finish by another table. However, all was not lost as we managed to come second and were all awarded fabulous choccy Easter eggs – result!

Happy Campus…

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I’d maintained loose links with my local university ever since I graduated back in 2008, but now I’m happily single I’ve re-connected with campus and it’s given me some really positive new experiences. During 2014 I took part in numerous paid¬†experiments for psychology students; as you might imagine, I’ve participated in some extremely bizarre and amusing tests! The extensive grounds are a haven for wildlife and it’s been a joy to wander around with my Nikon Coolpix snapping flora and fauna around the lakes and woodland and I even joined the gym!

Today was another first for me РI attended the Student Union Carnival to celebrate One World Week. Mother Nature treated us to near-perfect blue skies and glorious sunshine while the performers delighted onlookers with an array of dancing from around the world, juggling displays and a variety of multicultural food and drink stalls. Flags were flying all around the square and everyone was smiling and clapping along to the beats. It might not have been in quite the same league as Rio, but it was fabulous.

OMG – I Got The Job…!

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Life really is full of surprises, and it appears that middle-aged, peroxide blonde zombies are exactly what certain employers are looking for (ref: previous post) and I got offered the position within 24 hours of the interview! It hasn’t actually sunk in yet, but I’ll apparently be receiving my official paperwork in the post and a training day will happen in the next few weeks. As it’s casual work it’ll fit in perfectly with my current part-time job, so I really couldn’t have asked for more.

I have to admit that the jury was out regarding how 2015 was going to go, however, even though it’s only February this year really is shaping up rather nicely. New experiences, new friends and now a new job! Who knows what the future will hold but from where I’m currently standing it’s looking VERY exciting indeed!!!

The Interview…

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New experiences come in all shapes and sizes. Some are funny, others are exciting and my latest adventure was… erm….surreal. I haven’t been interviewed for a new job in donkeys years, but the lure of some lucrative ‘casual’ work within a 30 minute walk from home was an opportunity not to be sniffed at. However, sods law dictated that I failed to get a single wink of sleep the night before and was therefore sporting my ‘well-past-its-sell-by-date‘ look at stupid o’clock in the morning. Not the ‘first impression’ I was hoping for but you simply have to play the cards you’re dealt.

On arrival I was shown to the interrogation room, where my brain cells decided to die and the best I could muster was a glazed expression. Trying desperately hard to focus, I completely blagged my way through a series of questions; none of which I can now recall; and I now have to wait to hear whether or not I’ll be offered a position.

Fingers crossed that they’re looking for a middle-aged, peroxide blonde zombie!

The Quiz Team…

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My only previous experience of a Quiz Night was during a holiday in Corfu, where the room was full of iphone cheaters which totally ruined it for me, so when I was invited to a local event I was a teeny bit cautious. However, after being reassured that no mobile devices were allowed and that the evening would also include some decent grub and an opportunity to make new friends I figured I’d give it a go, and I’m sooooo glad I did.

Several of the questions were deceptively hard and I have to admit to being about as much use to my team-mates as a chocolate teapot for the most part (nope, no idea who sung Je T’aime!), but it didn’t seem to matter and I genuinely had a great time. The food was delicious, drinks were large and the company was a real pleasure. I now can’t wait for the next one!!

Every Journey Begins With a Single Step…

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If you’ve made some great new friends since being single, chances are they’ve recently introduced you to some equally great new places and experiences. This can be quite an eye-opener, especially if you’ve been a bit ‘set in your ways’ up until now. If you’d previously been too unsure of yourself to hop across the channel on a ferry, or not had the confidence to join an evening class, then these types of activities, along with hundreds more, can now become a regular part of your exciting new life.

Instead of being a hermit or sticking to a familiar routine to avoid anything ‘scary’, the world can now potentially be your oyster. Don’t make excuses any more, jump in with both feet and allow yourself to feel truly alive.