A Valentines ‘gift’ during Anti-Valentines

Last week I subscribed to a local gin club which sends out regular boxes containing the best South African gin and local produce based on a theme. Craft gin is something which has really grown in popularity over the last few years and there are a lots places opening to support this industry. Looking at pictures of some of the spectacular bars I can’t help thinking how romantic it would be to go there with someone special. Alternatively going with a few female friends, could be a good way to meet someone. Why is it that all my female friends are either married with children or don’t drink or both?


So when I stumbled across the gin box last week I figured I would give it a try. I could learn more about craft gin and who doesn’t mind the odd gift’ showing up in the post. The website said that boxes are typically sent out in the first week of the month. Being the middle of February I assumed that I would get the March box. It turns out that the company is more efficient, and 2 working days later the February box showed up. With … surprise, surprise … a Valentines theme. So much for Anti-Valentines.


Cocktail for my valentine


I’m starting to appreciate how much time I have been spending online dating. I few times recently I have found myself with a few hours in the evening and not quite sure what to do with myself. Especially later in the evening when I just want to chill and relax. I am starting to make some progress with some of my other projects but  most of that is activities I do not have the mental capacity for later in the evening.


One of the reasons I started blogging is that I was curious about the idea and where it could lead. I also wanted to learn more about how to blog and use social media. Those who have been following for a while may have noticed that recently I have been trying out some additional features and different things with pictures and screenshots. Small things, that hopefully are making my blog more interesting. A priority is getting more traffic to my blog and I found a useful article on search engine optimization in the Community Pool’ which I am planning to try out. Food for thought: How best to add blogging to my CV if I don’t want prospective employers visiting this site.


I also managed to find some time, over the weekend to look for jobs. In the process I realized that there are key differences in my LinkedIn profile compared to my CV so I need to review both. My CV is a little bit too focused on the type of role I am doing but I think there may be a few useful bits on LinkedIn.  I would like to widen the search because staying in South Africa is more important to me, than staying in my current role. This means I am going to have to think more creatively about the jobs I apply for.


Overall it has been a good week and I’m glad I decided to go for the Anti-Valentines month.


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