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Not my last working week forever but my last at my current job.  Then I’ll be enjoying a nice mini-break in the New Forest and Bath for a couple of days before preparing for the start of the new job.

So what to do? They’ve not got a replacement for me yet so I’m writing detailed handover notes of basically everything and anything I do currently, which surprisingly is quite a lot when you have to list it all down! So, from my point of view it’s all there for who ever needs or wants to know.

But then what?  I’ll probably have the last 2 or 3 days faffing and tidying maybe… any suggestions? I do need to finish planning CK’s hen doo…

I’m both anxious and excited and sad all at the same time to be leaving my current work.  I’ve been here just under two years and have learnt an awful lot – this place has actually helped me to focus on a career path which I enjoy and really get me going on it.  Of course I’ll miss the crazy, slightly strange people here (you’ve got to be a bit odd to work in the creative industry, I know I am!) especially as we’re just a small unit (small business with only 8 employees) so when people leave, I know from experience that it makes a big difference.

However, I’m keeping focused on my new role which is at a bigger agency with a lot more responsibility.  I thank fate for finding this job for me.  The short story is – I almost got made redundant/asked to go part time, so I updated my CV and started writing to companies I liked the look of, these guys replied and asked me to come in for a chat.  No job was advertised but they thought I’d fit in well and I was the ‘sort of person’ they like at their agency, so it’s a new role that I can totally make my own.  A daunting but incredibly exciting prospect!

So, any tips on how to prepare for starting a new job?  I’ve only thought of two – updating my wardrobe and spending a few hours in Paperchase deciding on which new notepad will most suit my new job.

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And so, here is the story of one of the very happiest of days. I must warn you, my hubby-to-be has brought tears to the eyes of grown women re-telling our story.

For me, it was a regular Friday at work, busy finishing things for the week and looking forward to dinner out in celebration of 10 years together with my boyfriend. I’d always thought we’d get married at some point, but just not really actually thought it would ever happen. Little did I know of the events that would soon unfold….

A car arrives at work to collect someone. My boss says, pack up your things Mary, that car is for you. Of course I didn’t believe him at first but then realisation set in and off I go. Theres a note with the driver.

“Don’t Panic, Brian knows where to take you. See you soon.”

So, dinner out then? my brain is on overdrive working out what is going on… we’re off to London Brian tells me, and no we’re not picking Stu up on the way. hmmm whats going on, I’m in jeans and trainers and am in no state for anything fancy in London.

I get a text: “how you doing?” …..Well being sneaky and wanting to get my own back for the surprise I reply “busy at work, might be late home. see you soon” Very soon after though I gave in (I couldn’t spoil a perfect plan) and sent an update: “I’m in a car with Brian, whats going on?” The reply: “Enjoy the journey, see you soon”

We arrive in good time at The Raddisson Hotel off Oxford Street. More instructions to call the room and go up to 314. I’m in the lift, putting on some lip balm thinking this is crazy.

And then I get to the door and go in. There he is on one knee. Out pops the question. In floods of tears I manage to blurt out a ‘yes’

It was private, special and totally us. However, what will always stick in my mind is that he had a smart suit on, half an ironed shirt and no shoes or socks. Apparently as I had been taken up in the lift and not the stairs I had arrived at 314 slightly sooner than expected.

Stu tells me later over dinner that he left for work as normal to keep up the surprise, even taking his lunch box (which was empty) with him so I didn’t notice. After parking a little way away and walking the dog, waiting for me to leave for work, he returns home, packs a suitcase and is off to London. Amazingly he packs my favourite dress, a selection of shoes and a matching handbag (nice Radley one) and remembers make-up, hair stuff and a selection of clothes for the next day for me!

Our dinner at Gordon Ramseys at Claridges was totally amazing, not only was the food incredible (I never imagined Cauliflower soup would taste so good) the service was fantastic and made the whole evening really memorable and special. After the taste sensations of 8 courses, including Pigeon, Scallops, Veal and John Dory we were invited into the kitchen before retiring to the lounge for coffee. We met the head chef Tim (no sign of Gordon) and saw where it all happens, an amazing experience that will not be forgotten.

my-ringSo here it is:

The ring we chose together. It took a lot of looking to find the perfect one and it is true, I did get that warm fuzzy feeling as I looked down at the sparkly diamond and thought, this is the one.

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I hardly ever do these things ( honest!) but a lot has happened over the last week or two (more blogs on that later) so I though I’d give this ago, thanks CK!

1. My brother always says that I’m ‘the adopted one’ despite us all looking like clones of each other.  One Christmas I almost believed him.

2. I’m a grade 8 pianist and played Cello at school to Grade 7. Once, at an orchestra practice I accidentally dropped my bow onto someone else’s cello and it made a massive hole in the side.

3.  I always insist I have no middle name and that my real name is Mary-Louise (with a hyphen) but I just prefer Mary.  In fact I don’t actually think its true (although I will check my birth certificate) and I believe it because if I was ever in trouble mum would shout “Maaaaaryyyylouuuuiiiseeee”

4. I sometimes hated being the youngest sibling and would refuse to go to bed.  My two sisters and brother would take turns each night carrying me up like an aeroplane.

5. Laughing is the best feeling in the world.  I’m sure me and my fella have a very odd sense of humour, luckily we both get each others jokes.

6.  I was going to be called Louise, but my cousin got in a month before me.

7. My parents are the best at fancy dress.  Dad once dressed me up as a Dice.

8. I used to have a high bed as a kid with a desk underneath.  I used to crawl under the desk into the foot wide cavity behind where I would sit with a torch for hours reading The Beano.

9. I wish I had more time for hobbies like painting and playing the piano.

10. When I was 18 I entered some competition and won a sky dive. It was brilliant!

11. I love animals and wanted to be a vet.

12. I didn’t like reading much so I used to make my sister CK read to me at night and would prod her if she stopped.

13. My right knee is particularly knobbly due to Osgood-Schlatter disease when I was a teen.

14.  My mum recently told me, as I put a toy hedgehog out in the pile for car boot, that my Dad scoured the whole country for that toy and eventually got it from Harrods.  Apparently I was adamant that I wanted a toy hedgehog.

15. I was an accident prone child and once fell back on one of my brothers toy aeroplanes and got it stuck in my head.  The 999 staff thought my mum was a hoax as we lived near an airfield.

16. I used to go horse riding every week and would fall off a lot (because I liked going fast, too fast!)  but always seemed to catapult myself when my parents were watching!

17. I have an old suitcase full of pony magazines, posters and rosettes.

18.  I spent whole weekends lining up all my soft teddies (school photo style) across my bed.  They all had names and some would refuse to sit nicely next to each other.

19. I love stationary and would love to work for Paperchase.

20. I got my belly button pierced whilst on a group holiday in Newquay.  It grew out and now I have the holes and a slightly strange scar where the skin went really thin.

21. I am totally useless at remembering what films I have seen, who was in it and also the names of bands/music that I like.

22. I had a massive toy soft dog called Mutsey (thats what it said on his collar). Years later Dad got me the same make of soft toy which looked exactly the same but minature, he is also called Mutsey.

23. I like knitting, making stuff and hobby-craft.

24. My favourite Toy is a bear called The Fonze or Fonzy. I had to perform many operations on his seams to keep him together as a child, he is probably the reason I am quite good at sewing. I still keep him in my wardrobe.

25. My boyfriend planned a massive surprise and proposed on our 10th anniversary (on 27th Feb) and took me to Gordon Ramseys at Claridges for dinner.

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