Friday, June 19, 2009

Time to earn a living

I need to go and turn on the oven, wash bottles, get some washing on, change my clothes etc etc so i'll keep this short.

Just after we got back from Portugal, i found out i'd been ousted from my restaurant review column. Some weirdy, beardy (hope none of you has excessive facial hair) author who i'd interviewed 3 yrs ago when i kicked off the column has managed to get in there whilst i've been on maternity leave, and has stolen my gig. I suppose that's what happens when you go off to have a baby, but i'm mighty p'd off. He doesn't know anything about food and that really, really winds me up. He's just in it for the free meals and booze and to satisfy his big, fat ego! He writes far too many words all about himself really.

The Editor made the decision without even telling the Features Ed. As far as I knew, i was going back and had already written 3 pieces for them. They'd even given me a date to file again!!! I suppose I should check out my rights but as a freelancer, it's not great to rock the boat I suppose. I'm SO mad though!

As it happens, it would be hard to go back to it. It's impossible eating with B - who spends all the time trying to be anywhere but sitting quietly. I also can't afford childcare to spend time writing as it doesn't pay enough. I could have done it in my evenings, but they're so short as I'm always running around getting ready for bed as i know B will be up in the early hours...Perhaps i'll try to go back to writing in the future...

Sooooo, as I need to earn a few quid, i'm going to try hosting a P.ampered Che.f party. If it goes well and if I like it then i'm thinking of selling it. I can also offer my cooking skills on the side and sell lessons and/or catering. It's new to me although lots of my mates have bought PC stuff. I know it's more established in the US - what do you girls know about it?

I've my first party on Monday.

Really must go and do some chores now. I was out with some girlfriends drinking last night - it was great to be back in the real world for a bit - and i'm paying for it today. I wouldn't change my life for all the tea in China - or even all the chocolate in the Green & Black's factory - but sometimes it's nice to get out for some "me" time.

Many congrats to lovely Meredith on her new arrival.

I'm also really happy to report that my friend who lost her 23 and 24 week old twins last year (this month in fact) is pg (16 weeks) with a singleton. I'm so, so happy for her and have everything crossed. (She had IVF3 to get there)


Alex and Jill said...

I hate that you lost your job while on maternity leave...that's just wrong.

It's so funny that you mention Pampered Chef. My sister and I just got off the phone and we've been invited to go to a party next Monday! I'm definitely going...I love their products. You should sell online, as well.

I'll be praying for your work situation. I have no doubt that God can provide!


Soapchick said...

Bummer about your column, how rude of them! However regarding Pampered Chef - I love their products - have a ton. I absolutely love cooking on their stoneware - it does bread, cake, chicken marvelously (is that a word?). I use their garlic press at least 3 times per week and the Chopper is another must-have. If I were in the UK I'd come to one of your parties! Good luck and I think you'll do great because you know so much about cooking.

Hope the little man is doing well.

Soapchick said...

oh and one more thing - that is wonderful news about your friend.I truly hope her pregnancy goes better and she gives birth to a healthy baby!

Anonymous said...

I will be curious to hear what you think of Pampered Chef. I like the products, but some of them aren't as good as some of the higher lines out there. I think, though, for people who don't have many kitchen gadgets, it is great stuff. I do love their stoneware. I hope to hear what you think of the stuff, especially since you are a professional chef!

Betty M said...

Never heard of Pampered Chef. Will go and look them up. Any chance they do a metal measuring jug I really want one!
Really rubbish news about the column even if it wasn't looking practical. They should at least give you a gig reviewing cafes and places you can get to with B - I'd read that.

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Knock Me Up said...

I'm sorry, that totally stinks about the job. The PC idea is great though -- I have a few of their items and love the stuff. It would be cool if you could make that work out for you. Glad you had a good time out with the girls -- I'm going to a ladies night myself tonight and looking forward to a nice cold drink while sitting on a nice warm patio. I lurve summer-time.

Almamay said...

So good to see you posting again.