November & December 2014: Jorbs, Bavarian Adventures, I put a ring on it & Chrimbo

So the employment woes carried on throughout November.

Things were very slow moving with the Wine Rack and when I finally did start, they were giving me four 3-hour shifts at varying hours, spread across the week. This made scheduling for my seasonal position at Indigo hella hard. So I decided to be a chancer and declined the offer with Wine Rack before I even started. Although the seasonal gig at the book store was also part-time, it meant I could pick-up any shifts that people were trying to give away or trade and Indigo had a much bigger staff. I guess I thought if I was more flexible and really rocked it, that maybe I could stick around come January.

So for a while I only worked at Indigo while continuing my job hunt for something full-time and permanent. Roisin continued her own two-job shuffle, working at Villains during the week and Indigo on the weekend.

We also started solidifying plans in November to head back to Scotland in February. We’d not been back since 2013 and as 2015 was fast approaching, it felt like it was time to check-in with family and friends. That’s a bit of a weird thing in our situation… even when we’re skint, we have to magically come up with funds for the UK. Sometimes I wonder how we manage to pull it off… but it always works out somehow.

We did manage to get away briefly at the end of November with Holly and Dani. We just did a day trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan, also known as “Little Bavaria.” We wandered around, ate some delicious salt water taffy, had a “traditional” Bavarian meal and of course we stopped at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.

I have to admit that I didn’t remember Bronner’s being a) so bloody expensive and b) only consisting of ornaments. In my head I remembered it as the toy store in Home Alone 2. What can ya do?

Finally, in late November I had an interview with a safety training/recruitment company. They were looking for a front desk/admin person and I didn’t get the gig. But! After the owner saw the amount of design and social media experience that I had on my CV he decided to hire me part-time to handle his marketing. So I started there early December and shuffled between there and Indigo for the entire month. I think I only had a handful of days off but considering how frivolous we’d been with our ill-timed and yet amazing purchases … I think this was all for the greater good.

So December was essentially a blur of Christmas decorating, baking, shopping (everyone got books, and I mean EVERYONE), an overwhelming amount of illness (I believe caused by the germ hang-out we generally call “the mall”) and 13-15 hour days trying to wear all the hats and to afford our impending UK adventure.

I did manage to surprise Roisin though. Almost a year after our initial engagement I decided to do my own proposal.

We met at a Chan Bang run by our mutual pal (and legend) Roberta Pia. So when Roisin decided to introduce Windsorites to the wonders of jammin’ Chan Bang style, I thought it’d be super appropriate to pop the ol’ question at the event. So I got her boss and coworkers in on it and asked some pals to bring cameras and such. I made sure there was enough bubbly for the bar, then I purchased ridiculous and cheap McCain Deep Dish cakes and iced them with a bad illustration of a ring and the words “I PUT A RING ON IT.” Then I waited for her to play “Syllables”: the tune she played on the night we met which started this whole thing.

For the ridiculously embarrassing video of the whole thing – see below. Geeeezo.

And then our pal Charlie Bucket who was about to play “50 Ways to Lose Your Lover,” switched gears and serenaded us with “Dream a Little Dream” instead.

And that was the end of our 2014. All the work, all the jobs, all the books … all the proposals.

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