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(3) New Beginnings

23 Sep

September’s a funny old month, isn’t it? The leaves catch up with what everyone else has spent the summer enduring and go red and crispy. The nights roll in earlier and faster and then hang around, refusing to get out of bed in the mornings. Scarves and coats and boots come out in temperatures which, were they encountered in May, would precipitate Shorts O’Clock. The onset of autumn, tied as it is with the onset of school terms and harvest festivals and so on, has much more of a feeling of novelty to it than January ever does. 

It’s fitting, then, that this month for me has seen not one, not two but three new beginnings. Let me break it down for you. 

1. I started a new job (briefly) as a maintenance assistant (!) at Addenbrookes Hospital, also known as Cambridge University Hospitals. I was only there for three weeks (bank staff, woo!) and it was fascinating. I’ve been places no-one else would get to go in that hospital now. And I know how to rewire a light fitting and fix a socket. Oh, and I got very good at soldering. My proudest moment? It’s a toss up between taking the back off a broken device that I hadn’t been shown how to fix and working out how to fix it, and a colleague telling me that she had been looking up what we had talked about the previous day (Pompeii + Herculaneum) and thought it was awesome. I was sad to hand the uniform back in at the end and I have come away considerably socially enlightened. 

2. Jewish New Year. Goes without saying really, but every year is a new year. 5774 is hopefully going to be a damn sight more interesting than 5773, although the latter did get me to where I am now, so I can’t complain too much. Every experience contributes to the next one n’all that jazz. As with last year, there was a significant lack of time for thinking about what I’ve done wrong and what I’m going to do better. On the plus side, there were far more apples for baking with this time around. 

3. New university. This is it. I’m here. What I said I would do – I’ve made it. Now I have to actually, y’know, *do* it. I’ve got a lot of reading to get done. But I’m here, in my new house, making (I hope) friends and doing stuff. It’s all terribly exciting and a little bit terrifying. Leeds is a much, much bigger city than I’ve ever lived in before but I am determined that this year is going to be a good one. 

Well. That’s it for now. Three new things. In a pleasingly ironic turn of events, I’m off out now to a ‘school disco’. I think the last time I went clubbing (and accidentally at that) was in May. Wish me luck. X

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