It's been almost 6 months since I last posted anything here. Have been keeping an eye on my favourite blogs but not with enough time to comment on any of them or post anything on mine either.Lots of things happened meanwhile, good things. To cut a long story short...
...changed job in February, to a permanent one (finally, the first one since I arrived in the island), and am loving the team I am working with, not only because I can identify myself more with them, but because it's mostly men and men tend to be more practical, a lot more fun to work with and they don't waste time and energy being bitchy; moved house again, due to my new job (as I was taking 1:45 h to get to work, which I did for an entire month); started the process of downsizing massively; spent an incredible holiday in Iceland (a truly magical country, to which I'll definitely go back); have been enjoying even more the cultural life of Manchester (went to shows like The Cult, Epica, Adele, Roger Waters with his The Wall Live, Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris with their Dr. Dee - An English Opera, Björk and her Biophilia show and more recently Marina Abramović, Antony and Willem Dafoe with their The Life and Death of Marina Abramović).I can truly say that I feel at home in Manchester, in pace with the life that revolves around me, truthful to myself and my ideals, and living my life the way I want to live it (and not the way British society might expect from an emigrant). I'm at peace and settled.
Sainsbury's problem sorted today, after 5 phone calls and some tweets! It took them about 3 weeks, almost 4 to finally sort it.
I am giving them the benefit of doubt and attempted a 3rd online purchase. Let's see what will happen.
Sainsbury’s is definitely my favourite supermarket but I must say that the Online service is terrible compared to the experience of shopping in store.
I really miss Continente (Portuguese supermarket)! They were always professional and their online service never failed.
When the concert ended, Kate went outside to greet the fans and me and my husband got to chat a bit with her. While I snatched an autograph in the ticket, she kept looking at us saying she had the feeling she knew us from somewhere. Strange, but funny all the same. At last, I asked her if she had ever been to Portugal, and she replied that she'd been there loads of times, and that she loved it over there, sharing fond memories of "Bairro Alto" and acknowledging that Portuguese was the only language to have a word for the feeling of missing someone, i.e., SAUDADE.
Kate was really charming, sweet and approachable, both on and off stage, which is why we had such a wonderful evening.