The Polar Express
I woke up early this morning feeling very cold and tired, and sick of applying for jobs and going for interviews, knowing that I would probably have to have to apply for more jobs and go for more interviews in the coming days and weeks… I guess that is what the job search does to you! Getting back to this morning, though, I was very happy that Ben decided to come with me, because I was really dreading making the trip on my own. However, after a car trip, a train trip, and a transfer to another train, we were on our way through the Peak District on the Pennine Express, which today felt like the Polar Express!
I was sitting on a busy train studying the notes I had made for my interview, and when I looked up after about twenty minutes I suddenly realised that we were chugging through the still-dark, hilly countryside which was covered in a blanket of snow. It was a particularly spectacular and magical feeling because last night I went to bed in a place which was green and alive, with a few flowers even scattered around, and all of a sudden I was on a train in the dark going through a winter wonderland! I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera but hopefully I have learned my lesson and will bring my camera everywhere now! I do have a couple of pictures which I took on my phone, but I don’t know how to transfer them to my computer and I am too tired to try tonight. Sorry! You’ll have to take my word for it. It was beautiful.
Anyway, I think perhaps there was some magic in the air today because I am very excited to report that I have been offered the job! I am still working out the details so it is not set in stone yet, but I am very excited about the work I would be doing and I am very excited to have a job offer in the field I want to get into.
More on this soon, but for the evening, I am going to put my feet up (held firmly against the radiator to thaw them out) and relax. I have just finished eating a delicious meal of ‘cheesy’ chickpea quinoa and spinach, pictured below, which I adapted ever so slightly from the original recipe (see link to Chelsea’s blog) to make it spicier with about a half teaspoon of chilli flakes instead of the chilli powder and using my own, slightly healthier method for wilting spinach. It is amazing how quickly the spinach wilts so just pour a tiny bit of water on and see if you want it more wilted, but wilting the spinach apparently makes the vitamins easier to absorb, and I know it is easier on my IBS than raw spinach. I also enjoyed a glass of my favorite New Zealand white wine which was on sale at the grocery store this week. 🙂
Stay tuned to hear more about my job offer, which will hopefully lead to a job!