April 10, 2016

Another year has come and gone, time really goes by so fast. I thought I'd post some updates about what I've been up to. I'm just writing down whatever comes to mind so don't mind the random order of things.
I went back to Estonia in March last year like I mentioned in the previous post. I stayed home until October when I came back to England for a new job. I now work in Redhill, near London, for a family with two children named Joseph (7) and Cynthia (2). The family is nice and I'm doing good, but I still miss my previous job taking care of Kacey. Maybe it's because I was there for two years, but that little boy came to be really close to my heart. I really want to go visit him soon. They live in Lincoln now, and it's a long journey from Redhill, but at some point I really do want to go see him and his mom Alicia.
This is my first job with more than one child and I'm handling it very well. I do think that in the future I will choose jobs with only one child whenever possible, but now I know I can manage more than one just fine.
I didn't really do terribly much when I was home in Estonia, mainly just spent time with family and friends. I helped out around the house, and basically just had a really long holiday. I enjoyed it, but definitely felt the itch to go back to work towards the end of my stay in Estonia.
Right now I'm really looking forward to June when I can go home for two weeks. Because I do miss my family, I just don't want to be without a job for a long time, and unfortunately there really aren't a lot of great jobs to choose from in Estonia. So I like living in the UK, but I also get very excited when I can go home. I haven't booked my tickets yet, but I have to be home for the 21st for sure, that's when my younger brother is graduating high school. So I will take two weeks off work around that date.
I don't think I've mentioned it here, but I'm currently very into Postcrossing. If you love sending and receiving regular mail, definitely go check it out. Basically you send postcards to random people in the world and get postcards back from someone else. It's really fun and so great getting something nice in the post.
I think that's all for now, can't think of anything else to write about at the moment.

March 7, 2015

Wow, another year without any blog posts, I think it's time to accept the bitter fact that I'm absolutely horrible at this :)
I've had this new layout ready since the beginning of October last year, but I'm only now getting around to putting it up. The layout features a picture of the frozen sea around my home island in Estonia. My mom took the photo when she accompanied my dad on an ice-fishing trip a few years ago.
I actually might have taken even longer to update the layout if it weren't for the fact that I'm leaving England early tomorrow morning, and for some reason I want to finish up a couple of online things before I go.
I've spent just under two years being a mother's help with this family, but the little boy has grown up, he's 3 and half now, and I really want to try my hand at looking after a younger child. Lately I've been thinking of making this my career, not something I do while I figure things out, and I would like to include taking care of a baby in my childcare experience. But before finding a new host family I'm going to spend some time at home. I've planned to stay home until August, and start looking for a new family maybe at the beginning of the summer for an earliest start date of August 1. I might not find a family for that exact date, but I'm willing to wait for a little while until the right family for me comes along.
I'm mostly packed for my trip home, there's just a few things I need to do before I can pack up my room here comletely. I have to clear my things out by about 10 tonight, because the new nanny is arriving around that time. I'm going to miss little Kacey, but I can't stay forever.
I might make a post summarizing my life in England since the last post, but with my track record who knows :)

April 24, 2014

Another couple of months have passed, so it's time to post a little something here. The last few months have been quite uneventful. At the end of January I did spend a week in London, though, which was pretty great. I stayed at the Royal Docks Apartments in a flat of my boss' old schoolmate. It was a great location, because the DLR was only a 5-minute walk away.
I did a lot of walking around London in search of bookstores. I went to three different Waterstones, one of which was huge. It had some 5 or 6 floors, and I ended up spending a little over 100 pounds in there. I also discovered a great store near Waterloo station, I think it was, called Book Warehouse. They didn't have a terribly big selection, but they did have awesome deals. As I was doing a lot of walking around the area between Waterloo station and the London Eye, I went to the Southbank Book Market. It was a rainy day, so it wasn't very busy, but I did get one book there that I had wanted to read. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough free time to go looking for any independant book stores, but maybe I'll do that next time. Overall, I ended up buying 25 books during my week-long stay, which weighed down my suitcase considerably, but I definitely wasn't complaining.
Other than trying to go to as many different book stores as possible, I also went to Leicester Square for the first time. Even though it was raining most of the time I was in London, it was always very busy around that area. I went to eat at T.G.I. Friday's, and after that to the Häagen-Dazs place, where I ordered a mix-your-own concoction of mango sorbet and Baileys - it was delicious. On other days I also went to Giraffe and a Chinese place that I can't remember the name of. Now the reason why I find it important to write down these places is that I had never been to any of them before. And years from now I know I'll find it interesting to read when I first experienced these things.
Of the usual touristy things, I went on a river cruise, but I had done that once before last year. And one other place I went to that I think qualifies as a usual tourist must-see was M&M World. I knew they had Disney stores, they have one in Leicester, a mere 20-minute walk from where I live, but I didn't know M&M's were such a big thing. It was fun though, I did the What's Your Color? test, even have a video of it so I could remember for the rest of time that my color was dark green. Plus I bought two adorable mugs from there.
The only other noteworthy thing to happen since my last post is that I'm staying with the same host family for another year. My first year was up at the end of March, so now I'm staying at least until March 2015.
And that's all, my life isn't all that interesting, I'm afraid :)

January 4, 2014

Wow, I've really been neglecting this site. In all fairness, it's not only this site, but my fanlistings, as well. I've been popping in every 2 months or so, but haven't felt like posting anything here. But the last post was over a year ago, so I figured I needed to write at least a little something.
I feel like the biggest factor in me not paying that much attention to my sites is the fact that TFL went offline. It's still not online now, but they opened the forum again and that kind of helped get me back into the swing of things.
So much has happened since I posted last. I got a new job as a mother's help and moved to England to look after an adorable 2-year-old named Kacey. For the first few months we lived in Bury St Edmunds, but we moved to Leicester at the end of July. I've also had a chance to do some travelling in the UK, I've visited Peterborough, Cambridge, Manchester, London, and Birmingham. Oh, and also Nottingham, where I went to a first aid course for child-carers with the British Red Cross. It was a great course, I learned a lot, but I hope I never have to put any of my new knowledge to use.
In June I also went to Copenhagen, Denmark. It was an awesome trip. I did a lot of sight-seeing, including seeing the Little Mermaid, the Royal Naval Museum, the Blue Planet Aquarium, a bunch of churches and palaces, and taking the Canal tour on a river boat. One of the most memorable things from that trip is going to Tivoli, the huge amusement park in Copenhagen. I went on some crazy rides: the Dragon, the Demon, the Star Flyer, the Monsoon, the Odin Express, the Spinning Top, and the Golden Tower, which is the single most horrible thing I've ever experienced, but I'm still glad I tried it. My favorite rides were the Demon, and the Monsoon.
In October my best friend got married, it was an amazing wedding, and I'm so glad I got a little break from work to go. We had a hen party for her in September, which was a blast. We drove around the island stopping at various locations to have the bride complete silly little tasks, the last being shouting some funny vows from the top of the lighthouse. We then continued the celebrations in a little house near the beach. The actual wedding was so beautiful that I teared up a couple of times. My friend was a truly gorgeous bride. The ceremony and festivities were modern with a mix of old traditions from our home island.
Those are all the highlights from last year, I had some amazing experiences and I hope to do some awesome stuff in 2014, as well.
My holiday is over in a couple of days, I'm flying back to England on the 6th. Of course, I'd like to stay home a little bit longer, but I also miss Kacey. And I obviously need to go back to work to get money to fuel my addiction of buying books :)

December 15, 2012

After months of downtime Confessions is finally up again :) Thanks so much to the lovely Misaki ♥ for hosting me.
I'm really busy with all of the Christmas preparations right now, so a bigger post is coming in January.