I got a job! (Probably…)

May 2, 2015 miscellaneous 26

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The Week

Heeello bloggy blogglings of Bloglington (what?),

this week has been eventful! I have two posts more or less ready, but every time I sit down to polish them, something happens to get me away from my laptop. Do expect more posts next week, and feel free to whack me over the head if they’re not up soon (except for the people who know me offline, because you’re close enough to actually hit me, and we wouldn’t want THAT).

I got a job this week! Well, I think… at least they told me to come back next week, so I’m assuming it’s a done deal. It’s mostly office work, but the people seemed nice, and it’s close to university, so I ain’t complainin’. I’m still looking for a new place to live too, but since my old one doesn’t actually suck, I’m pretty choosy. I looked at five rooms this week and only one or two (decisions are HARD) are maaaybe possibilities. I’m mainly looking at shared flats, so it’s kind of competitive and there are usually a lot of candidates.

I’m also finding it extremely hard to decide whether I want to live with someone after talking to them for a couple of minutes (or even an hour). Can we get to know each other for a year first? No? Okay then. So far I’ve refrained from sending e-mails with the text PICK MEEEE, so maybe I haven’t found the right one yet. I just discovered a place that looks good online though, so fingers crossed!

Photo of the Week

I took this in a nearby forest, where the whole path was overgrown by wild garlic. Doesn’t it look like it’s just missing a profound tumblr quote?

The Shiny

I didn’t buy any books this week – I know GASP – but my website theme randomly stopped working yesterday and everything was all messed up. It was VERY frustrating, because I liked the theme (Sugar and Spice) and it was completely free. I couldn’t figure out why, and to be honest I had neither time nor inclination to really look into it, so I bought Ashley’s Tweak Me theme. I know a lot of you are using it and she replies to support tickets pretty quickly, so I figured what the hell. It’s a bit on the pricey side for a poor student, but I tried it out on the test site first and there really are a lot of options.

Since I didn’t actually plan on changing it at the moment, I kept the banner and colors of my old site, so I think people who’ve been on the site before should still be able to recognize it right away. I wasn’t too happy that I had to change my theme without putting some proper thought into it at first, but I took some time to tweak it the way I like it yesterday, and now I’m fairly happy with it. The only thing that still bothers me is that I can’t get post titles to be centered on the home page for some reason. I like full site, clean, minimal themes, so that’s how I configured it, but I’m wondering whether it’s a little TOO minimal now. We’ll see! Let me know what you think in the comments. :)

I’m linking up with the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

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How was YOUR week? Are you excited about the new royal baby? (I couldn’t care less.) Is the new site theme working for you? Any technical issues? Let me know!

26 Responses to “I got a job! (Probably…)”

  1. verena

    ooooh you have to tell me where that wild garlic grows! I wanna have some!

    congrats for your possible new job! where is it exactly?

    now I thought about going to that design market for 2 hours and I’m still afraid missing out on something. But well. I think I don’t.

    my week was a bit exhausting, but I enjoy weekend now!
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  2. Alyssa

    Your first line pretty much convinced me to read the entire post, and I shall be tweeting out this post by the power of that line. *still giggling*

    Congratulations on the maybe-job! That’ll console you over the theme, but I’ve seen a lot of people using Ashley’s themes and they seem generally happy with it :D I didn’t actually notice there was a change at all until you mentioned it and I started looking closer! I do like minimalist themes, and I quite like your design for the most part, except the purple-pink and the blue sort of clash sometimes? Maybe it’s just me, though — don’t just listen to me :)
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    • Vlora


      Hahaha glad my the weirder parts of my post appeal to you :D :D

      Thanks! They do, that’s why I got it. Haha yeah, I tried to keep it as close as possible, so I guess you’d only notice it if you’ve stared at it as much as I have. THAT’S TEAL NOT BLUE, DAMMIT WOMAN. :D No you’re right actually, I’ve been thinking that for a while. I was just too lazy to redo it all because it always takes so long. :D Do you like the new color better than the pink? Worse?
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  3. Lola

    Oh that’s good news you probably have a job! And good luck with the house hunt, it’s sounds hard to find something good. And indeed an hour sounds like not nearly enough time to really get to know someone and decide if you want to live with them.
    And I like your new design! I also use the tweak me theme and I love it, it’s easy to use. Although I still have the old version as I can’t afford to buy V2. You can always ask ashley how to get the post titles centered? I like the minmal design with the touches of brown colour and I am happy you kept the old banner for now so it’s still recognizeable. You can always change it later.
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    • Vlora


      Thank you! It is, because there are always students looking for a place! I’m sure I’ll find something eventually though; I’ve only been looking for a week. :)

      Oh yeah, I’m using the old Tweak Me too. It was already a stretch to buy that one, the new one was WAY too expensive! It’s enough for my needs though – the banner and the button and everything are independent of the theme anyway, so I just needed something that looks clean and works. :) Yeah, I guess I could ask her, but I already bothered her about something else yesterday haha So glad you like it! I changed the banner and the color scheme up a bit, so I’m actually very happy with it now.
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  4. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I THOUGHT something looked different, but then I’m just like “Nah, Cait, you’re going nuts.” XD So I’m glad I’m not nuts, and the blog looks great! and still definitely recognisable. hehe. I want to revamp my blog look, but since I have like 0 ideas on what I want to do, I shall probably do nothing. I’m wonderfully decisive like that.
    Definitely just missing a tumblr quote! WELL DONE ON THAT NICE PIC. XD
    And I hope you find a perfect place! It just needs to come with, like, a million bookshelves and overlooking an ocean, preferably with turrets and secret passageways and maybe a personal chef. Oh wait. That’s a castle. I want a castle. We should all get castles, to be honest.
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    • Vlora


      I can’t say anything about your mental state in general, but you were definitely right about the blog design. :D Thanks, I’m glad you like it! I changed the color scheme and some other stuff up a bit, but everything’s still in its place, so I expect most people won’t even notice the difference. I’m super happy with it now that I redid the banner though! Hahaha I’m sure you’ll come up with something GREAT, and if you don’t it looks awesome as it is. :)

      Hm… That place is actually sounding nice THANK YOU FOR RAISING MY EXPECTATIONS EVEN FURTHER. :D
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  5. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    YAY for a job! But I feel your pain with the roommate thing. I am not easy to live with for any extended period of time, which is why my roommates and I ALWAYS parted ways.

    I think I can help you center the title! I just did mine the other day. I have v2, but I had the original as well, and I think it’s generally the same stuff. So you go to Theme Options, and then Blog Archive. Scroll down to Styling, and under Post Title Font, find text align, then select center. Hope that helps!
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    • Vlora


      I have no clue whether I’m easy to live with – I TRY to be considerate and understanding and mooostly keep to the cleaning schedule, but if I don’t like someone I don’t want them in my home, so the internal anger probably just hurts myself. I did passive aggressively throw my roommates underwear onto his sofa when he wasn’t there, but I feel like that’s his fault for hanging it up in the hallway in the first place. He was totally pissed off when he confronted me, but I didn’t feel like compromising on that particular issue. :D

      OMG THANKS. That was exactly what I was looking for! I think I didn’t find it, because I keep forgetting Blog Archive is for regular posts, not just the look of archives. :D
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  6. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections

    Congratulations on the (almost) job! (How awkward would it be if you didn’t get the job after all? Heh.) You’ll be one busy bee. You better make time for cake.

    Also, yeah, shared flats, you really can’t get a feel of what someone’s like in just a few minutes. You should do a Sherlock and go, “Flatmates should really know the worst of each other.”

    So… what are your worst flat mate qualities?
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    • Vlora


      Hahahaha I know, right? I wondered the same thing and decided in that case the next Cake Conversations post will just have to be titled “I lost my job! (Already!?)” :D PSSH please, there’s always time for cake.

      WHAT DO YOU MEAN, I HAVE NO BAD QUALITIES. Believe it or not, I’ve actually been thinking seriously about your question since I read your comment a couple of hours ago. I think I used to be passive aggressive when something pissed me off and I wasn’t friendly enough with someone to talk to them about it, because I HATE confrontations, but I’m working on that. I try not to get upset over every little thing because it’s a shared flat and someone is always going to do something that pisses someone else off. I guess if someone doesn’t like me, my worst quality is just that I’m home a lot. :D I also stay up pretty late, but I TRY not to be loud at night. I also have friends stay overnight because the bus connection is stupid in the evening, but I feel like it’s a normal amount. I DON’T KNOW, OKAY. I’ll ask the roommate that I like about it, mainly so she can tell me I have no faults. :D
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      • Karolina @ Bookshelf Reflections

        *gasp* YOU HAVE PEOPLE STAYING OVER? I hope only with the permission of your flatmates! I’ve had friends live with flatmates and they would always complain when someone would let someone else stay the night. Even if it was a boyfriend! They didn’t complain about parents as long as it was once or twice a year and not for more than one or two nights. Now I don’t know what kind of relationship you have with your flatmates, but I wouldn’t like having people stay with me without getting the flatmates permission first, and that would get pretty tiring pretty quickly. But that’s probably only because I would HATE if they started letting people sleep over without asking me, you know?
        I once had a friend who lived with flatmates (and this is a different friend. Having flatmates is very common in Germany, especially in Munich where rents are… well, bigger than mountains.) and her flatmate had a boyfriend who lived in a different city. Their flat was tiny, and yet any time they had vacations the boyfriend would come and stay with them. And vacations between semesters in Germany last two-three months, so I can’t even fathom how she didn’t murder them! Now, I know this is extreme. But he practically lived there for 4 months a year and didn’t pay any rent with them, didn’t pay for the water and electricity he used etc. and didn’t even add to the grocery fund. Honestly, if it were me, I would have thrown him out. And he even dared to ask her to leave the kitchen to let him and her flatmate eat breakfast alone, like a couple. I WOULDN’T EVEN BE ABLE TO CAN.
        Ok, I’m sorry I brought it up. I know it’s completely irrelevant and has nothing to do with your post, I just remembered it and felt like venting so… I let it out on you. Sorry?
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        • Vlora


          Oh yeah, I hear Munich is even more expensive than Tübingen, which I can’t even comprehend because in Tübingen you better be prepared to sell your firstborn child to get a crappy one room apartment. I think it’s okay to have people stay over for a night or two sometimes. I have one roommate who I’m friends with and we usually mention it when we’re both home, but the other roommate and I really aren’t friendly (which is why we’re moving out), so we basically just avoid each other a lot. I don’t complain when he has friends over (mainly because he never does), but the one time we did try to establish some rules (after he called us racist for mentioning he could clean too sometimes…), I said it would be good to tell people if we have people stay over for more than a day or two (as I didn’t want to ask for permission every time someone stays over for one night) because he had a girlfriend back then and she sometimes stayed over for days on end without him ever introducing her or mentioning it beforehand, which really got on my nerves. Even now when I’m looking at shared flats and the roommates have a partner I’m kind of hesitant about it, because I reaaally don’t want them to stay over all the time if I don’t like them (and in a small flat even if I do). OMG that boyfriend sounds SO ANNOYING. I think I would have either punched him or moved out at that point. I HATE when I don’t feel like I can move around comfortably in my own room because you’re disturbing a couple. And then he asks her to leave?? RAGE.

    • Vlora


      Thanks! If even, often they have back to back “castings” and you only talk for, like, 10-15 minutes. I mean sometimes it works out, but other times you have to compromise a lot. Ah well, I’m sure I’ll find something good soon! :) Thanks, you too!

  7. Deborah

    Well done on the job front – hopefully! And good luck in looking for new accommodation. It’s good you aren’t desperate and need to make a quick decision that you might regret. Having a horrible ‘home’ life can be really frustrating when you’ve got so much on your plate!

    Have a great week.

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    • Vlora


      Thanks, it worked out with the job! :) Yes, definitely – I’m really picky because I don’t want to move somewhere where I don’t feel comfortable. Thank you, you too! :)

  8. Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com

    Lots going on for you. I cannot advise you on roommates; I always had terrible luck with them. So if I say anything – do the opposite.
    Great luck with the new job and themes are weird. Ashley is great though and I wish I had joined up with her before I picked up mine with all their features.
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    • Vlora


      Whoops, your comment somehow ended up in spam! Yeah, you really DO need luck with roommates… Some suck while others are great, and you can never quite figure it out beforehand. Thanks, and yes themes can be super weird, especially the free ones!

  9. Romi

    Ooh, congratulations on the probably job!
    House searching seems like it would be a little exciting but mostly terrifying- I’d be freaking out a LOT, I’m sure! But I hope it goes well for you, Vlora, and you find a place that is nice and suited to your wants and needs. Hopefully it’ll be more fun than stressful.
    Oh. Website design. I’m still on blogger, to templating is really simple, but it still took me quite a while when I updated my theme a few months ago, and I get so frustrated with that kind of thing. Your blog is looking really nice- I love the aspect of there being so much white, it makes it look really clean and neat, to me, and your font is gorgeous. I’m a font lover, so that definitely gets me.
    OOH. I love that picture! Definitely looks like something you’d find quotified on tumblr. Xx
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    • Vlora


      Thank you! I get excited every time I see a new offer that looks good and already imagine myself living there, but then it either turns out that it’s not for me or I don’t get it, so it was all for nothing. :D The search is taking up a lot of time though, so I’m getting a little tired of it!

      I’m so glad you like my blog design; that was exactly what I was going for! :) OMG yes, fonts are life. They’re so important to design anything, I had no idea!

    • Vlora


      It is a yes, I think! Haha me too – one of my roommates is awesome and the other one sucks. I guess it really is just a 50/50 chance when you don’t know someone that well!

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