Positive Redundancy #34 Zero Commuting


In my last job, I commuted into Dublin twice a week and to London once a month.  I remember being interviewed before I got the job, and I was so excited at the thought of glamorous London!  Woo Hoo!!!

In reality, that translated to up at 4.30am, showering in a cold bathroom, drying my hair in the sun-room, so not to wake anyone.  Creeping out of the house at 5am and scraping ice from the car window before I drove to the airport.  I was wearing the ‘suit’ when I really wanted to be wearing jeans, boots and a fleece – freezing!

I arrived in London, got on the tube and got off at Hammersmith – from inside the tube building I could take a lift straight to my building.  I went from stock levels meetings, to new video games in development, to marketing meetings to sales meetings.  I had lunch at the canteen, looking at my watch from 4pm onwards and making my excuses to catch the tube back to Heathrow.

So what I thought would be glamorous, turned out to be a series of commutes between car, plane, tubes and taxi.  Glamorous?  Well okay I did get to the odd premiere, and got free Xbox and DS games, but the commuting – Jeses I do not miss the commute.

Now I get up with the kids, get breakfast ready, drop them off to school and am home by 8.45.  There is never a moment at anytime, where I miss the 4.30am starts.  Now I am back home in time to drink a coffee while watching Sinead and Mark on Ireland AM – which is more the sort of glamour I appreciate now 🙂

About joanniemitchell

An enforced lady of leisure. A Lady who cant afford to lunch! I was in Corporate Sales for Global Entertainment Company until 17th January when I had the phone call - 'Meet me in the office with HR'. Now am pursuing my Masters in Professional Writing and looking on the upside after Redundancy.
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2 Responses to Positive Redundancy #34 Zero Commuting

  1. Writingluisa says:

    Hi Joanie,

    Just getting back into your blog after being on holiday and it’s as fab and funny as ever. And I’ve realised that I went to your London office for a meeting once when I worked at BBC Worldwide!

    • “that’s mad Ted” – strange how paths of strangers cross and don’t realise it until we become friends. You in Cardiff now? We are going to London for few days holidays end October – where will you be then?

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