So as you may be able to tell - I got the job
On the morning of my interview one of my best friends Hannah posted the Gosling meme on my Facebook wall so it was only apt to add in another when I'd got the job! I am honestly thrilled and while I don't start for almost three weeks in the second week of June I know that time is going to be put to good use by writing lots of scheduled blog posts to tide me over in my first few weeks where I'm sure my head will explode from the information and by spending lots of time with my girls before they head off to full-time childcare. Luckily it's an inset day today and Layla has a whole week off school thanks to half term so it'll be one week after that of spending time with Amelia while Layla's in school before it begins.
Speaking of childcare, I had no idea how expensive it was. I've decided to go with a nursery rather than a childminder as I think my girls are still young enough where interaction and constant stimulation is important so I came, I saw and I didn't quite conquer. It was worked out at an annual cost (for one full time child, one part time child after school and full time in the holidays with a pick up from school) as £14,000 per year. Let's just take a moment to look at that figure. That's more than a private education. That's more than a 10% deposit on a decent house in my area. That's more than I earn per year. I won't lie and say that that figure didn't put a dampener on my employment celebrations but I know that it's for the best and I also know it's one of the cheapest figures in this area. One lady on Twitter told me about her £8,000 a year costs for one child three days a week. I can't even.
So I have a lot to sort out before I actually walk into the office on the 10th and attempt to get to grips with all they want to me do but most of it can't be sorted until the morning I actually start work so in reality, I'm just busy raising children and blogging. I can't thank you all enough for your tweets to #laurasdreamjob, the tweets of luck and the tweets of congratulations. This feels like more than a job to me, it's the start of a career if I can prove my worth, and to think that this little blog helped me get the job is a wonderful feeling because the blog wouldn't have kept going through some pretty tough times if it wasn't for all of your comments, emails and tweets. I've made some great friends through this and hopefully now some colleagues so let's just take a minute to have a big pixelated hug and tell each other we're fabulous.