Up and Autumn! 2015

If you missed last month's post, find it here: "...And Working Overtime."

The months are just flying by for us. October really is a beautiful month; the crisp air, the fall leaves. In the beginning of October we marathon watched 'Better Call Saul' - It's on Netflix and is a  really good show. I've been unemployed for most of the month, so I've been focusing on my yoga.  I've been striving for an hour plus every day.  

Big news! On October 2nd, England had their minimum wage increased by 20p. Also October 5th, the governments put a 5p charge on all plastic bags.

The first weekend in October we went for a walk to Harbourne, we were on the search for new bedding. With the colder months coming up we wont be able to wash our bedding and have it back on our bed the same night. We don't have a dryer, so I'm not sure how we will be drying our clothes in the winter.

Ah, relaxing nature


 Weather in the UK changes a lot. One day it can be unbelievably sunny, the next, monsoon season! So much rain!

October 6th was Birmingham Vegan's monthly pizza night. We had a pretty good turn out and the pizza was amazing as always. We ordered an XL so we could have cold pizza for lunch the next day. Yum.
Vegetarian Sausage pizza!
 That week we started planning for another holiday with my mom. She's coming back to see us! Yay.

I'm still temping through agencies. I got a call for my first job in October for the 8th. I had to show up at the store 'Next' and help set up their window display. It was surprisingly a lot of work. Next is a huge department store and we had to do a window for home, men, women, and kids.

I spent 8 hours constructing the site with 9 other girls. The trees were 9 feet tall, and we had to build them from the ground up! The trees had fake snow on them that would snow on you when you were constructing the tree. We had to wear safety goggles, gloves and a face mask. I was covered in fake snow by the end of the day.

By the time I had left at 530, only the home window was completed. The other girls had to stay until it was done, I'm not sure when they finished. The group of girls go around to every 'Next' store and set up the displays. They started at 8am and have to stay until its finished that day. Tomorrow they head to another store and do it all over again. It's not only Christmas displays they do, it's all window displays year round. It's so much work that regular employees can't do it, they need a specialized staff.
Completed Home Window
 This was my first foray into manual labour. Everything was so heavy. Those glass lights are bigger than my head.
Home
 In the background you can see the stool I had to use. I was one of the shortest ones there.

 I don't stand much taller than those manikins, so you can see how tall those trees really are.
Outside of Home's Window
That weekend we just stayed home and relaxed. We played board games with our flat mate and got things ready for our holiday. I went on some more registrations with recruitment agents in hopes to have a job when we return from holiday. I was offered a full time permanent job starting the 19th, but unfortunately (but not that unfortunately) I would be on holiday then and they couldn't save the position for me.

We bought 4 tubs of houmous, because at 55p, who couldn't. Q: "Where do you get YOUR protein?" A: Houmous.
 On Friday before we left we had a friend over to play a board game. We baked cookies and he brought a vegan fudge cake. yum.

That weekend we made our way to Manchester.  It was a good trip but very busy right before our holiday. We got back to Birmingham quite late and still had some stuff to do before we left the next morning. Stuff like packing and getting our boarding pass for our flight.

 On Monday, October 19th we made our way to the train station for our holidays. This is how much we packed for 7 days.
 We took the train to Southampton.

When we got to Southampton, we were officially on our holiday to the Iberian Peninsula.

The last week in October, we went back to work.

On Friday we went out for drinks with some of our friends. The shooters were too cheap and resulted in getting 4 or 5 trays of 12 shooters. Plus other drinks were reasonably priced. Needless to say, it was a very good night.

On Saturday, after we slept in we carved our pumpkins. We were able to get them for 50p each!
Couple of skulls

Our flat family of pumpkins.
 After we carved our pumpkins we headed to city centre to return our library books and there was a freestyle mountain bike and freestyle motor cross/arena cross show set up in front of the library. We stuck around and watched. We got free arena cross lanyards!

Motor bike tricks
Both were really impressive. They did the little show in city centre to spread awareness of their upcoming show in January. http://www.arenacrossuk.com/

We didn't go out for Halloween. Halloween is not nearly as big of an event as it is in Canada. We just stayed home and enjoyed a movie.

We had a really great month.

To see what we are up to next month, find it here: "Food, Friends and Festivities."

Comments

  1. Sounds like you had a really busy month! Glad you got to travel and enjoy yourself some! I am not sure how well I would do with putting up store display's but sounds like you rocked it like a champ =)

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    1. Haha, I don't think I would do it again! Putting up a display was hard work!

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  2. The pizza and humus sound yummy. It sounds like you have been busy. Better to be busy than idle.

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  3. I have been to the UK many times, and each time I fall in love all over again! Really loved your post - and that Pizza looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you. It was amazing. We love the UK too.

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  4. Wow. What a busy month, you had! I love your pumpkin carvings. Mine never turn out that well.

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    1. We look up designs online and pick an easy one to mimic.

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  5. I agree about UK's weather, they have fake sun! One moment it's sunny then it's raining, or they call it spitting... I thought Halloween is a big deal in every Western country... I'm surprised it isn't in Canada!

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    1. It is very popular in Canada. It wasn't as popular in the UK.

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  6. My husband left the UK because of the rain, he just couldn't take that most of the winter was so raining. That pizza looks so good, I love a good vegan pizza. You did a great job on the window! I would have given up when I was too short to do anything! :P

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    1. I had to finish a days work! I hated every minute of it though!! I don't mind rain, it is the cold I don't care for.

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  7. Those were pretty colorful shooters that gave you. Very cool! And I am very curious as to how the vegetarian sausage pizza tasted. It did look yummy.

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    1. Full of sugar as well! The sausage was quite good. I'm not a huge fan of sausage to begin with, but everyone we know really loves it.

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  8. This looks like quite the trip. I truly love your nature shots. So breathtaking.

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    1. It is about the only nature we can find in England.

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  9. You had such a busy month. I love the window display at the store and I also like the sound of a vegan fudge!

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    1. Delicious. Yeah we had a great month. We like to stay busy.

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  10. Wow, look like you had a busy month! I'm raving for pizza now

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    1. We did! and yes that pizza is delicious.

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