New job! 
Friday, September 10, 2010, 8:09 pm
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A new semester at the university, and a new job so I am no longer working at the faculty to be a part of it. I had sensed rumblings of imminent unemployment in June, so prepared by looking for work and also actually someone else upstairs has been matching up the pieces for me - so I immediately had several job offers to take up when the university let me know on the 5th. Things are looking up - my accommodation is sorted out until February, and my work schedule is almost completely booked for the next two months. God is certainly looking after me...
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Working holiday 
Monday, August 9, 2010, 6:57 pm
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I came home hoping for at least a bit of rest and relaxation away from a hectic schedule in Montenegro, only to find that I'm even more busy here - due to uncertainty about my job at the university, I've had to look for extra freelance work. It seems that work is actually looking for me, and finding me with great success. I'm now working not only for the UN but also media monitor McCann Erickson, Gligorije Dijak publishers and now various private projects with clients in Podgorica and London. Even if I am asked back to the university, I think I will scarcely have to time in September to do more than six lessons a week. This is probably a blessing in disguise, forcing me to get off my backside and change my life situation, which probably means moving house and reorganising my priorities. But the plus side is that I can take my work wherever I go, when I'm staying with friends in Nottingham, with family in Yorkshire or London, or back in Niksic.
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Summer plans 
Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 1:09 pm
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I've updated my site with some of my plans for the summer in Montenegro. You can check it out here: http://www.reetpetite.org.uk/montenegro/nextstep.php. The mountain bias is not unintended, being a country particularly blessed in them. Now that I have a new camera, I'm going to be snapping with a vengeance to justify the money I spent on it. Pictures soon to be coming to the photo section of my website.
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UK visit 
Saturday, January 9, 2010, 10:53 pm
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I know I've been really rubbish about updating my blog, but honestly nothing particularly has happened that is going to be of significance to anyone else. But just for those that like to idly keep tabs on me I'll try and briefly chronicle what I've caught up on. Spent new year in Nottingham - stayed with good friends, ate lots, saw Avatar at the cinema in 3D. It was over far too quickly. In London, I celebrated Orthodox Christmas with my brother's family, saw Marijana, a Montenegrin friend who recently got married and has had a baby here; today met up with Abi, who has Croatian roots but has lived in the UK most of her life; sorting out boring things, like renewing my passport, looking into getting an ID card, eye test (need new lenses), buying my year's clothing in the New Year sales. I also bought lots of DVDs, caught up on one series of Dr Who, watched 12 Monkeys, Bullit, and I'm saving 7 other films to watch back in Montenegrin when the dull routine of normal life (yeah, right) stresses me out. I'm fastidiously refusing to do any work while I'm on holiday, so it's all piling up for the 13th, when I get back. Oh how I natter on...
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Christmas break 
Thursday, December 17, 2009, 11:11 am
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Just eight days away from Christmas (by the Gregorian calendar) and the semester enters its interesting phase - i.e. no more classes, just the humdrum of marking written exams and conducting the oral exams, the students' tears and panic when results are posted. Unfortunately I won't be going home for Christmas, only the second time I have been absent from the family celebrations, because of the exam schedule lasting till the 29th. However, I will be celebrating Christmas with some students who will get to sample boiled brussels sprouts, Niksicko pivo Christmas pudding, cranberry jelly, etc a la Montenegrin. Just gotta get a Christmas tree and lights. Btw, it's snowing in Niksic - chance of a white Christmas after all these years.
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