where i live…

…well, from 9am-5pm anyway…

As a super brief update – I’ve been working in the University of Nottingham’s Human Resources Department as a temporary Administrative Assistant.  It’s a full time gig at the satellite campus not far from the Uni and has been a great opportunity to get some UK experience to sortof ‘beef’ up my resume.  I have to admit, it took some getting used to.  For example, every morning they would ask, “would you like a drink?” in their English accent and come back with a tray of piping hot mugs of tea delivered to each person.  I thought it was so funny, ya know?  So, the first day, I walked myself down to the kitchen to get my own coffee and to my surprise, there was none!  Yup, only tea.  Well…and instant coffee but I don’t think I could or would ever want to get used to that!  SO, tea it is.  I enjoy it actually…and they’ve got a big water boiler hanging on the wall with a spicket so it’s “no hassle”.  I later learned from an American friend that its sortof rude to get up and get your own ‘drink’ without offering to get everyone else’s.  That’s all it took – I was learning how to prepare everyones tea to their liking the next day and gladly allowing them to fetch mine.

Oh, the fun subtle differences…even on the computer keyboard.  I could go on and on…

Overall its been a good experience so far and my coworkers don’t look at me like I’m an alien as often (and to be fair, vice-versa) haha.  I’ve enjoyed them and they’ve helped me more than they know.  I will say, I am looking forward to finding a position of my own…one in the Social Service, NGO realm where I can get down to business.  I’ll write another post with my job search update but I wanted to show everyone where I’ve been working!  Who knows…I may get lucky and move on to something else soon!

November 21st, 2008

Entry Filed under: Life Updates


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  • 1. Eric Lee  |  November 21st, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I wonder if those blue skies are real…

  • 2. jenn  |  November 22nd, 2008 at 1:09 am

    post a pic of your keyboard! i wanna see it!

    also, can you do your blog postings in more of a british accent? i’d really enjoy that.

  • 3. Mom Reinhardt (Linda)  |  November 23rd, 2008 at 6:52 am

    I would love having tea served to me at work! So do they have a perpetual cup of tea going all the time, or is it at 10:00 and 4:00??

  • 4. Eric Lee  |  November 23rd, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Oh, and do you have elevenses?

  • 5. Leigh  |  December 9th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Hey! Just checking in. How is the job search? Anything turn up? I’ve been drinking my tea with milk and honey lately. And lots of it to keep warm while bell ringing :)
    Love you!!!!!!!!!!!

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