I was temping all last week at Amber's work because her and Russell had the week holidaying in Ireland so that worked out quite well. I've been job hunting anyway and it automatically got me signed up with an agency which was great. I also signed up with another agency and may even look at contacting one more because then there is more chance of getting more work. I am thinking that I will stick with office temping work for now because of the flexibility and it seems like it is better pay than retail. It is also quite good to be trying something completely different to what I am used to and because they will be short term positions I hopefully won't get bored and sick of it. We'll see what happens anyway! I didn't hear from them today but I had a few chores to do so I will nag them tomorrow if I do not hear from them. Andrew and I are very much hanging out for our first pay now! Bring it on!
I have also contacted some theatre agents and will follow these up over the next couple of days. I was told that you just have to keep pestering them and be quite pushy and they'll eventually get back to you. It seems like you pretty much have to be signed up with an agent to get work in theatre here so I will try my luck. I am keeping my eye out for open auditions and will give these a crack when something interesting comes up. I have also thought I might do some amateur stuff just to get a foot in the door and I just miss it so much so this might be kinda fun.
Over the weekend Andrew was helping Martin Searancke (a friend of ours from Auckland) with a lighting and sound for theatre Expo he was involved in. They set up a stall and were selling Martin's lighting control product called LightFactory. On Saturday they first had to go and get a table from IKEA, which had a ride on two tube lines, then they went and picked up a TV, which went for a ride on ANOTHER two tube lines, so it sounded like a big day. On Sunday, the Expo opened, and Andrew was on the stand with Marty all day, and he really enjoyed it.
I had a pretty relaxing day on Saturday which was nice and we had some neat Skype conversations home to NZ with Dad and Kaye then Aidan, Lee and Bradley in the evening which was very cool. Dad and Kaye have just set up Skype at home so this is all very new to them and it was great to be able to show them around our wee apartment with my iPad. I will upload some pics of our wee place very shortly now that we are all set up and have made it more homely.
On Sunday I had arranged to meet Dad's cousin Rex and his wife Marilyn at Green Park at 11am. They are here on holiday and have two more days in London before they head off on a 15 day cruise which sounds incredible. Andrew whipped away from the Expo to join us for an hour or so which was nice and we met a lovely Kiwi family who have been living in London for quite a while now but are about to head back to New Zealand to settle with their two children. My old hairdresser (Sara) who used to work at Marilyn's Salon came along also so it was fabulous to catch up with her and handy to know that she is working in a salon not too far away from where we are living. I'm sure I'll go and visit her when my I desperately need my hair done and have enough money to do it!
We went back to where Rex and Marilyn are staying which is a beautiful Hotel with stunning gardens out the back where we found a table in the shade and ordered drinks and sandwiches. After a couple of hours we decided to move on so Rex, Marilyn, Sara and I headed for Southbank to check out the action. We ended up hopping on a cruise down the Thames which was spectacular. We had a running commentary so this was helpful and it gave us a different view of the city. We saw Houses of Parliament, London Aquarium, London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, St. Pauls Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe, Vinopolis, Southbank Cathedral, London Dungeon, H.M.S Belfast, tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Design Museum. We were so lucky with ideal weather conditions and it was such a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It was so great to catch up with some more NZer's again here in London and made it a very special weekend for me. So we did a whole round trip on the Circular Cruise and we got off at Embankment where we caught the tube back home. I met Andrew in Hammersmith after his day at the Expo and we did some supermarket shopping before heading home for a quiet night in.
We will definitely be doing this cruise again because it was a great way to see the City and you can hop on and off wherever you want which is perfect for visiting different attractions.
We have had another great weekend in our new home!
Rex and Marilyn brought a great gift for us from Dad and Kaye which we were very happy about. They got me an All Blacks T-Shirt and an All Blacks Scarf for Andrew. We were wishing we had brought some NZ attire before we arrived because we would have worn this during the Olympics but unfortunately we hadn't thought this through. We can use this for when the A B's tour in November. We will have to head to the local pub and watch a game and wear our NZ gears. We are definitely loyal Kiwi's and we'll be back! Thank you Dad and Kaye for this awesome pressie!