After three weeks of non-stop searching, I finally got a job of sorts! It is only part-time, 23hours/week over three evening shifts, but the pay is ok.. I will still look for extra work for the daytimes when I am not at the uni, because I would really like to break even with money, after rent, and not sure 23hours is enough for that!
The job, though: funnily enough, it was not a pub that I gave my CV into at first, but they had a 'staff wanted' sign up so I gave them one, and they gave me my first shift last night. It is a bit of a dodgy pub, pretty much the only straight one in a gay area (oxford street/flinders street) and is open 24hours. Many of the staff are kind of tough looking, missing teeth and all that, but are very nice! All the other clubs and pubs in the area shut their doors 'lock-out' at 1 or 2am, then the Court House Hotel is the only one still letting people in, so they get all the crazies and drunks all night long til about 8am. I work thurs, sat and sun nights, 3-11, when it's relatively quiet. Still loads of crazies, though, last night one guy said to me "is this your first shift? ho ho ho.. what are you doing working here, this is a BAD-ASS pub!" which is pretty much the reaction I get from anyone who knows the pub, when I tell them where I'm working... I have that bad-ass action to look forward to, then!
I was getting quite frustrated and down about how difficult it was to get work here, and a bit sad about Sophie and Grace leaving next week, I've really enjoyed sharing with them, it is so sociable and friendly and SO nice to have someone ask how yoour day was when you get home in the evening and genuinely want to know. I'm going to miss them! Having work has changed my view of Sydney again, and my mood is better! The guarenteed 23hours allows me to relax and not worry so much about money, I like Sydney again, now and I don't mind staying another 4weeks here. Being on my own again will force me to be more sociable and talk to people I don't know.
Oh, and ALSO am so relieved that I can now stop trekking round pubs, bars, restaurants and coffee shops, looking presentable, giving my 'employ me' spiel, handing out CVs and hearing nothing back, I can do more things on my list, now!
Couple more things checked off my to-do list, Taronga Zoo (which is a great zoo, with a cable car that goes up the side of the hill with the most amazing view of sydney harbour), really expensive though, with the return ferry to get there, too and I don't think it was worth the money, especially so soon after being in the Wildlife Rescue Centre and being so much more involved with animals. I wonder if I'll ever be able to enjoy seeing bears, elephants and gibbons in the zoo again... this is not a bad thing, infact it's a good reflection of how awesome the experience was in Thailand more than anything else. Was happy to see a "Tasmanian Devil" though, which I have never seen before.. they are kind of cute and furry and not at all devil-like! Saw koalas too, wallabys and kangaroos, which were mangy and boring, disappointingly!
Am at the uni today, doing more fun limpet stuff.. today I am mixing up this stuff called Megapoxy, which comes in two parts, then gluing the wire mesh to the inside of the limpet shell super-fast as it sets within 3minutes of mixing.. kindoflike plastic cement. I have to wear gloves as it is an amino-inhibitor or something and is absorbed through the skin into the blood stream and acts as an immunosuppressant.. yay! So it's kind of awkward and very sticky! Tomorrow I go to drill more holes in rocks and prise off limpets, then friday is out on the boat again..
Lunch break is over, back to the lab.