Scary (unprepared) interview

I believe interviews are about being prepared, knowing what you want and how to express it as well as being presentable and knowledgeable about your future job. Okay, so I may have missed one or two (or all of those ticks today).

The big boss was away today so I was dressed semi casual. We planned to have a lovely team lunch but as luck would have it I was asked for an interview at short notice for a new job in another department which was originally scheduled this morning for tomorrow (and this already had me all worked up). This was moved to today after lunch, so what do you do? Say, no, I need to have my hair cut which I have meant to do for three weeks now, I am not wearing my corporate best today, I haven’t googled the latest trends yet and I am yet to meet with my friends to prep me? Do I tell everyone, ooh sorry, I can’t make lunch because I need to prepare for an interview? So I weigh it up and accept the meeting telling myself that if I can get a job looking this bland, then surely it was meant to be. Somehow this doesn’t convince me and I am feverishly dotting down notes for the interview; after all, I haven’t been to one in seven years.

 

I start thinking about questions and answers and was writing down point two when the other boss comes to tell me he just had a phone call about an unexpected meeting with an external client in two hours and he needs my help urgently. I have no option but to cancel the interview and start working like a mad person to make the deadline to the meeting so that we are at least ready for that. In between I manage to still do team lunch, crunch some numbers and I am just getting back into my relaxed mood when I am called to ask to still meet and have the interview today. So I just did it. It was okay so lets just hold thumbs. This is a huge career move and big opportunity as it is 100% different from what I am doing now and as they say change is as good as a holiday. Only time will tell…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Umm, if I had to show something I created recently then it would have either been reports or my itinerary for my upcoming holiday to the US so I thought to show something created by other people. These are engraved plates by the Great African Steps leading up to the entrance of the constitutional court at Constitution Hill.

Dogs need new loving home

A friend of mine is moving to the UK and he is looking for a new loving home for his dogs. They are fabulous dogs (although spoilt but who could help it knowing their background). If you can help, please give Kev a call.

Kay Kay

Update: My angels have homes. Please see end of blog for a note on this.

Justin and DJ are two very special male pooches in need of a loving and warm home. I am relocating overseas, and though I would have loved to take them with me, it just isn’t possible or fair to them. They currently have a garden to frolic in, and a very “South African” way of life. I’ll be moving into a tiny apartment in London without a garden, and will be working very long hours, and so their lives would not be happy ones if they came with me. I would love for my dogs to find the homes their beautiful souls deserve. It would be ideal if they could be homed together, as they have grown up together and are very attached to one another, but if this isn’t possible, separate loving homes would…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

Lions

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller

Oriental plaza and Prometheus

My friend and I went to the Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg for some shopping. It is just around the corner of Newtown. I haven’t been to the Plaza since I wanted a traditional outfit to wear to a wedding of a friend of mine, who has since gotten divorced which just reminded me how many years it has been, but what a marvellous shopping experience. The Plaza is great and they have a variety of shops. It is filled with aromas of spices and incense. I find they are especially good if you are looking for bargains on quality shoes, curtains, linen, material, some bling and kitchenware. They can custom-make curtains for you or do alterations on the spot. I got winter linen, a duvet and even managed to find a new charger for my netbook to replace the one that mysteriously died a few days ago. No visit to the Plaza is complete without a samoosa from the Samoosa den so we got some and went off to Rosebank Mall for some more shopping and lunch at the Mugg-and-Bean which is a trusted coffee franchise.

I met another friend at Sandton City late afternoon for a movie. We decided to go watch Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott, which is a sort of prequel to the Alien films which he also directed. The movie was entertaining and gripping for most parts but I wasn’t totally crazy about it. It started well but I did not like the ending and some parts felt a bit disjointed and didn’t make sense. I thought the scene in the medical chamber was also a bit much but overall it was okay.

Supper club – Ghazal

Last night we went to Ghazal for supper club. It is a North Indian restaurant at Coachman’s crossing in Bryanston and the food is simply delicious! The restaurant is stylish but relaxing with good service and fabulous food. It was full so I am glad we booked. We had samoosas for starters which is not your normal flat triangular ones but rather big, fat pyramid looking ones. I had the Lamb Jal Frezi for main which is tender pieces of lamb in a thick tomato based sauce with pieces of green peppers and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had some peshawari naan (which is a light naan bread sprinkled with coconut and nuts) and it just completed the meal for me. I absolutely love their food. They have interesting desserts that I would love to try next time. The meal was very filling and we could not finish our mains so desserts was tempting but most of us had to decline it  but there will definitely be a next time. Yum!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”  -Anais Nin