I started with the easiest and arguably most important...my shoes! Easiest because they were already in boxes within big cardboard boxes and I already knew where they were going to go so I started re-acquainting myself with them. It was lovely!
The delivery guys started to help me unload things and put together the bed. We got to a point though that there was nothing else they could do as we had run out of space to put things and they're not allowed to just tip things onto the floor in case they trip on items or I trip on things they've left out. They lefy about 4pm and left me to start putting things in their place. By the time Steve came home I was almost there with kitchen things. This apartment really is built for a tall person as the cupboards are so high up (incidentally the shower is also very high up and I have to stand on tip toes to remove the shower head from its holder). Good thing we have a set of step ladders!
Then we had to work on clearing the bed which the delivery men had pretty much emptied all our clothes on. This is where we began to question what we had decided to ship. Yep, those 50 million jumpers? They can go back in a box and stashed away! That Winter coat? Same thing applies! It was a long evening but it was so so so incredible wonderful to be able to sleep in our bed. It's just typical though that the bed arrives the night before I start work so no lie ins. And when I could lie in, we were on the airbed which doesn't allow lie ins.
Tuesday was a busy day. I started my temporary assignment working for a company called Spotless, in HR administration. It was a very quiet environment with little interaction between people. I was given various tasks including looking at rates of pay on a spreadsheet, looking at sick leave clauses in employment contracts and some analysis work. All exciting stuff! I also had to take a longer lunch and go for a final interview for Hudson where I met the Executive General Manager for the Victoria region.
The next day I received an offer from Hudson for a permanent role working on the contract they have with the government and supplying office staff to the various departments that come under the contract. I was initially dubious about going back to recruitment but this role seems right for me and my impressions of Hudson are good. I had to change my mind set which had become accustomed to the idea of low commitment work and just temping over the next two years. Instead I've accepted a permanent role that is challenging and one that I am going to work hard it and hopefully reap the lucrative rewards! My my, how the mind is fickle! But I am really pleased and subject to signing a contract tomorrow should be starting work on Monday. A permanent job before Christmas; who'd have thought it?
I celebrated the job offer by going to the Ice Bar with Charlotte and Emma after work on Wednesday. We donned ski wear and braved temperatures of -12. It did raise the question of why we would pay for such an experience when we could have just stayed in UK. The Ice Bar was smaller than I thought it would be but then people don't stay for very long so I guess it doesn't have to be very big. There are some big ice sculptures including a throne to sit on. People tend to remain standing and move around a bit as it does get cold. The cocktail we had was yummy and we followed that with a quick shot. As we entered we were given a buzzer to tell us when we'd had our allocated 30 minutes and told that if we last it we can get on the Facebook wall of fame. Well the challenge was set! And I am pleased to say we made it although the last 3 minutes were very long.
Nicely chilled, Emma and I had to Pacific BBQ for a quick dinner. I educated Emma to the Hong Kong style café and we had a giggle at the spam sandwiches and mixed tea and coffee on the menu. Emma ordered a three colour drink which was somewhat strange and filled with beans and pearl barley.