What sort of wife would I like to be?

Earlier today, I was talking to one of my US friends on Facebook messenger, and we were discussing all the options to enable me to go and live in the US. The obvious one would be the work opportunity, but convincing an employer to job sponsor me, at my age, and with my list of skills, it might be easier said than done. It could happen, and if some employer reads this, and wants to offer me a job, then yes please!

The second one, which might be amusing at my, err, more advanced age, would be on a student visa. Not only is there the snag of being rather mature to be a student, especially given I never went beyond O Levels at school, due to a single parent scenario, where I had to get out to work ASAP, its not that practical an option either.

The third one, and I must say, one that fills me with amusement at the thought of it, is the marriage option! Fine, I’m laughing too, I’m 58, have been independently single for about 16 years, and not every man’s dream woman either! Well, I say man, but I’m equally open to a female partner nowadays, but anyway…

But yes, its not just the fact that I’m well used to doing what I want to do, when I want to do it, that might make being a good wife complex. As is well known around here, or should be at least, me and sex arent great partners! Thats actually over 17 years since I did “it” with another person, in fact! Oh, and I havent cooked regularly, or anything more than basically, in years! I know, dream woman, not!

Of course, my dream self as a wife, wouldnt have any of these issues, they’d be programmed into me. Yes, Stepford wife time! 😀 In truth, I’d probably love life as a 50’s housewife. I’m submissive, so having ‘my strong man’ telling me what to do, and think, would be heaven to me! I know, I’m funny, before any feminists bite my head off, but yes, I would love it, even if nearly everyone else wouldnt! Fine, I’d prefer the tweak of being the robot version, but if someone knows a way to make me a human Stepford wife, that might make a decent second prize! Still doesnt solve the issue of finding someone who wants me as a wife/partner, but anyway…its a start!

Apple Pie, any one? 😉

Equally, if someone just wants to turn me into a robot wife, I wouldnt mind at all!

The video. Well, I guess that if I was turned into a Stepford Wife, this might be how I feel?

A change of lifestyle, a change of name?

Well, yes, I’ve gone ahead and done it, made the first formal enquiries about becoming a student, officially! Fine, at this point, I’m still waiting to see if there is a suitable Foundation course I can do this year (the one initially suggested is international students only, and Yorkshire is yet to declare independence from the UK, so…), but I’ve gone ahead, and taken the first steps, formally.

We will see, I still think its a slightly crazy idea to start studying again at 57, but it holds appeal, and my opportunities as a worker seem limited (or less) at present, so maybe I should? To be honest, its more how the mature brain is going to react to studies again, rather than the crazy notion of actually doing it that bothers me more!

If only someone could do a neural download, or stick me in a rejuvenation chamber, or something, but anyway…

The other daft idea I’ve got at present, is to do a name change. Yes, after all this time, being Stevie Lou officially, and not Stephanie Louise, is beginning to get to me. Yes, I dont think I’ve got bimbo-itis, but I want a really girly name! Why I took the abbreviated version (other than that was what everyone called me) when I did the name change, I have no idea! But now, at my age, its a bit “young”, I feel?

Mind, if I am doing a name change, the name that really appeals (even if it isnt quite so girly) is Harlean Carpenter. No, I have no idea where I got that idea for a name comes from lol! Middle name, I could roll with Jean, though I might stick with Stephanie, one last tie to my old self.

The other cheeky idea I’ve got, for getting it done (given I’m out of work at present, remember), is one of these fundraising schemes that seem to have taken off of late. Its not like I’d need a fortune (about £100 for deed poll, passport, and passport photos) to do it, but it just sounds silly to me. But nothing ventured, nothing gained, I guess? Lets face it, if no one donates, I’m no worse off, so…I couldnt formalise it before September anyway, as I have an air flight booked in my current name, but after that…

Fine, to finish, the video. Where I might be living shortly? 😉 Let me say I know nothing about the group, found this through a You Tube search

Seriously, your dream job, I’m shocked!

I will explain that title, honest I will!

This week, due to my currently unemployed status, I’ve been on a course in Leeds. Its been interesting, something new, and should have culminated in a job interview today, but due to someone going sick, that will now be next week. So, before they let class out early, on top of doing interview skills, we did a brief self improvement thing, and one of the questions we were asked, was, “What Is Your Dream Job?”

Well, believe me, its not call centres, though I suspect thats where I will end up working again, but anyway…it got to my turn, and everyone looked at me. Well, given that I assumed being an actress in the 1930’s wasnt really a current job option, I said, “Scientist, or Engineer.”. Believe me when I say it, that the look I got from everyone was of shock, and amazement. Fine, it might not be as glamorous as ‘footballer’, or ‘pilot’, but it really appeals to me now.

Funny thing was, it wasnt just the choice that was stunning people I gathered, it was that a woman wanted to be a scientist! I know, not so long ago, it was seen purely as a “man’s thing”, even despite people like Marie Curie, and others, but anyway…So fine, as is my way, I ended up doing a short piece, saying that nowadays (unlike 40 years ago, when it might have happened), a woman being a scientist, or an engineer shouldnt be shocking, but anyway…Yes, I suspect they had the wrong image of things, but thankfully I had Will’s words, and images in my head, and put forward a fine case. At the end, I was even getting the odd nod of approval for wanting to do so!

Yes, maybe if I was 17, and pretty, then I might have come up with something like being a model, but now…Yes, I’m proud to be different, its more fun that way. Just a shame I havent got the qualifications, or was 40 years younger, but anyway…yes, I’ll end up in a call centre, I guess!

The video. Found this through a search on You Tube,

If I was (40 years younger)

Anyone got a spare rejuvenation chamber, or something? Because, believe me, if I was 17, and not 57, I’d be getting signed up for the Electrical Engineering course at Loughborough as fast as I could! Yes, the day really was that interesting, and as for the labs, and things… 😉

Fine, if things play out, and I can start the Foundation course this year, at 57, it might yet happen. But in all honesty, I’m not sure how the brain is going to react to being reintroduced to serious studying after 40 years, which might be a snag. Of course, if someone wants to give me a neural upgrade, an implant, or just a good dose of suitable AI, hard wired into my mind, I’ll take it, happily! Yes, I really was that impressed with the place, loved Will’s enthusiasm (and he’s a lovely guy, full stop), and the labs looked amazing, and one or two chambers, and machines certainly tickled my fancy, I must say! Yes, fine, both to work on, and to work on me, oh, I wish!

Yes, thats a big if. 99% of the people at the Open Day are looking to start courses in 2016. I might not have been the only one hoping to start this autumn, but there would only have been very few, at this point hoping for that. Will is going to check for me, and see if there are still vacancies on the Foundation course for this year, and if there are, the temptation may be too great. Though given its been 40 years, and I have forgotten most of the ‘clever stuff’ I learnt back then, it may be a step too far, if I’m being realistic.

If its next year, then I suspect it wont happen, assuming I’m not made redundant again at the wrong time! Clearly, if I am in a mundane job, I might throw it up, and start studying, but 4 years, from the age of 58, sounds even crazier to me! Mind, its pretty crazy contemplating it at 57, I guess?

But yes, regardless of events, whether I ever get to go to a University or not, ever again, I’m glad Will talked me into going, it was a marvellous experience, so glad I did it. Of course, if I got connected up to one of those delicious machines, my intelligence might get a considerable boost, and I could succeed, but this is science fact, not fiction lol! Or yes, get me in a rejuvenation chamber, make me 17 again, and I’ll crack it for myself.

Thanks to all at Loughborough University, for the whole experience

The video, yes, the clue, for once of late, is in the title

Anyone got a schoolgirl uniform?

And before anyone starts looking for an adult sized version of one for me, I am joking! Mind, if anyone wants to offer me said modelling session, then just maybe? But me, studying again, yes, its going to happen, regardless of whether I go to university or not, and thats still a possibility. But before then…

So fine, this stage of diligent schoolgirl life is actually potentially job related, not university wise!

This all started this morning with a phone call (not the last of the day, by a long stretch, poor thing) from an employment agency that I’d applied for a call centre role with. Yes, they like my CV, and yes, they want me to go to the next step. No, not an interview, as you might have guessed by now. I have got a 2 hour awareness event in Leeds tomorrow lunchtime, to learn about next week, when I will be doing a pre work training course! It does culminate with a proper interview on Friday week, but in the meantime, a bit of studying to do.

Oh, and equally before anyone gets any ideas, I’m assuming the training methods are of the traditional kind, sadly.

So what looked like a calm patch, with just signing on at the Job Centre on Friday morning, and then Loughborough University open day on Saturday, has become a manic week and a half! And then at the end of the day, I had contact re another job I’d applied for, easily passed the tests, and a phone interview will need to be sorted out for that, at some point!

So no, I have no plans to do my hair up in pigtails, put on a schoolgirl uniform, or anything else, but I will be studying. Well, unless a photographer wants me to, at another point in time…? 😉 But yes, it looks like I’m in for a crazily busy period, ah well. Like London buses, nothing for a while, then everything comes along at once!

The video, well, I thought this had happened for me, but its beginning to look just the opposite. A live version from 1990, an impressive one.

Maybe I can upgrade myself?

So yes, an update on a recent posting.

That open day, to look at the possibility of becoming a student, studying electrical engineering, yes, I’m going. All booked up for next Saturday, including a hotel for Friday night, on the campus at Loughborough University, so I can make a full day of it. Yes, I really am that serious about it. Who would have thought it, me becoming a student at 57! I know, I never do anything in the normal way, so I guess its typically me?

But looking forward to the day there, and where it might lead, absolutely!

You’re right, the comment about it leading to me upgrading myself is a light hearted comment, though it would be nice. Yes, create a nice 20 something Jean Harlow robot body, download my mind into it, and see where things go from there. Oh, I wish! Maybe 20 or 30 years from now, it might be possible, but I’ll be very old, or more likely dead by then!

But it has to be said, the challenge of doing something like this, making something of myself, and all that appeals no end, even more so given I might just raise the average age of students at Loughborough University somewhat! But the more I’ve thought about this, and the more I’ve found the challenge of finding a job at my age, with my qualifications, then yes, if I think I can make it work, I will probably go for it!

The beauty of it, is that beyond the cost of getting there, plus the hotel stay, if I decide it is too crazy, I’ve lost nothing. After all, who expects anyone to become a student at 57? Well, one lovely gentleman at the University, that I know as Will does, but beside him…?

The amazing thing I have realised, is that a lot of what I saw as science fiction 15 years ago, either is, or is becoming reality! Alright, as yet, I dont think we’re close to turning humans into robots, but a lot of the other stuff I have suggested…getting there, or even got there!

Who knows, before I get to retire (on current status, in about 10 years from now), maybe I will have begun to create the robotisation process, or a means to download the human mind, into a robot/computer, but probably not. But a girl can dream, and maybe envision it.

Regardless, next week may mark the first step towards me making that happen. Now wouldnt that be great?

The video. Well I did mention upgrading, and when I think of that, I think of Cybermen, and Dr Who! So, I offer a Dr Who tribute, set to the 12″ version (far superior imo) of the Timelords song.