Where I’m At

Thursday 27th August 2009

It’s my last day of work tomorrow. I’ve been working back in Cardiff for the last couple of months, doing the enabling works for the job I was going to start in January. I’ve had a lot more responsibility here which has been pretty cool, and in lots of ways I’d be happy to stay in work rather than go back to uni. For some reason though, having the finish line in sight makes me look forward all the more to finishing, going home and doing all the things I’ve been unable to do while I’ve been working.

I’ve had a damn good year. Probably my best since starting uni, which – while it may not augur well for the coming year – makes me think that at least I’ve picked the right profession, which is good. It’s been a fairly unsettled year, but perhaps that’s made it better. I really hate routine, so the rotation from consultancy to contracting then between sites probably helped keep my attention. Either way, it’s been enjoyable and very satisfying. I’ve got lots of good memories, especially from working on site. It’s a fairly concentrated thing, working away, because all you have to occupy your mind is work during the day (obviously) then during the evening you socialise with colleagues as well. That said, one of my favourite things about contracting is the amount of different people you meet. As the work goes on different people come on-site to do different things, and you start to work up good relationships with some of them. The interesting thing about being a site engineer is that you have to talk to everyone and get on well with them, be it company directors or general labourers out on site. You meet a good spread of people, which means that if you ever get bored it’s easy to go out and find someone to talk to…

This summer has also been extremely good. While I was working in Oxford I didn’t get much chance to see friends. During the week I was obviously away and during the weekends I was generally tired or busy doing stuff I couldn’t do during the week because I was away from home. Since I’ve been in Cardiff I’ve at least been able to catch up well with uni-friends and it’s been pretty cool, including lots of pub trips and a road trip to North Wales which was fairly awesome, even if I did get beaten at pool by a guy with 2 broken arms. Had some home-friends down to visit the other week as well, went to V with them this last weekend (absolutely awesome, which surprised me) and I’ll be home the next few weeks (well, mostly. Still have to come to Cardiff a couple of times a week for hospital appointments 8-). So I’ve had loads of chance to see all the important people (except Lucy, we need to catch up when I’m back home. And one other person who has mostly fallen through the net and You Know Who You Are ¬_¬).

I’ve been thinking about the future recently as well. I’m going into my final year, so should probably think about what to do. I have some ideas, but really it all hinges around who will actually give me a job… I have some ideas, but nothing concrete (and honestly, pun not intended). I have no real idea where I’d wanna live as well. I have a few places in mind, but again it all hinges around work. I have very little tying me down to any particular place so I think that I may as well go somewhere new. Outside of work, I have a fairly good idea of what I want. Whether that is attainable or not, however, is a different matter. Whether I throw caution to the wind and see what happens, or abandon that idea completely, is also a different matter and one I’m trying to decide upon at the moment (yes I’m lame. Shut up now).

Anyhow, on the whole, life is pretty fucking awesome. And now, I must sleep!

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Friday 28th August 2009, 8:51 am

What does a site engineer actually do? I appreciate I come across terribly naive in asking this, but a friend recently asked me if we actually wear lab coats in the lab (!?) so I can see how if one is totally separate from a certain occupation, that one isn’t always aware of what it involves. Like, what are you communicating between people? I envy your certainty regarding your chosen profession, even if you don’t know the specific road, at least you’re headed in the right direction…

Go for it.

And sleep before midnight? Gosh, no time for early hours 3am blogtimes now you’re a real worker, eh?!


Friday 28th August 2009, 8:54 am

Also, I’d like to hear more about V festival (…that you are now a Killers convert? :P) as well as the previously suggested topics of Photography and Alcohol. Maybe not together, as we all know that is inevitably a Hopeless Combination.


Friday 28th August 2009, 10:01 am

It was actually more like 1, my servers time isn’t right for bst I think…

Definitely not a Killers convert :p Snow Patrol, Lily Allen and (to an extent) Pendulum, however…


Monday 7th September 2009, 2:14 pm

Hah, you should have seen Dickie at the Killers, you have never seen somebody not enjoying something more! Urgh, far too many negatives in that sentence.

Just noticed you’re listening to a song from Amnesiac. I was listening to that yesterday, good album.


Monday 7th September 2009, 3:07 pm

Heh, it’s funny cos it’s true…

Yeah, I watched Radiohead’s set at Reading on iPlayer, and it was pretty damn awesome. They’re pretty damn awesome. I somehow forgot this fact. I hadn’t heard much other than OK Computer/Pablo Honey/The Bends. I like it, and now I need to buy In Rainbows because it’s not on Spotify…

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