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Starting Out by Abigail Orona


Hello, my name is Abigail. I live with my family in a zoo filled with cats, dogs, horses, degus and two brothers. As far as hobbies go, I absolutely love to draw and read, I am actually quite passionate about them. I also like to go on daily walks, do 200 piece puzzles (the 500 piece ones won’t fit on my desk and if I put it anywhere else, you just know one of the cats are going to have a field day with it) and horse riding when there are no horse flies about because they give me the heebie-jeebies. I have been trying to get back into writing more as I definitely don’t do it as much as I used to, if at all. However, I do believe that writing this blog may help by giving me a bit more confidence which I hope then encourages me to write.


I started my first ever apprenticeship for tenant involvement with the Oxford City Council on Wednesday, which has made this week a very eventful one for me. The first day went extremely well. I was outside the Council a good half an hour before I was supposed to be, I met a lot of people who made me feel very welcomed and it was easy to settle in. I even received a laptop that I would soon be using to carry out my work and my own company phone which enables me to annoy the Tenancy Involvement Team as much as my heart desires!


The following day however, did not go so well. It started out great with the bus arriving right on time and sailing smoothly from bus stop to bus stop. That was until we entered town and I noticed that the road was completely covered by cars. This abysmal traffic caused me to be quite late and if that hadn’t been enough to send me into a dreaded panic, getting exceptionally lost in the building shortly after entering certainly did the trick. Thankfully, I did eventually find where I was supposed to be and settled in nicely. The feelings of dread soon subsided and the day then went on to become another success.


I will be updating you all regularly on my journey with the lovely Tenant Involvement Team!


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anthony.church01
anthony.church01
22. Sept. 2021

Hi Abigail,

May I add my warm welcome to you as part of the Tenant Involvement Team, you have joined one of the most pro active teams within OCC and I am sure the team will give you their full support as will the Tenant Ambassadors,

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Abigail Orona
Abigail Orona
11. Okt. 2021
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Hi Anthony,


Thank you so much, I am very grateful to be a part of the team. It was lovely meeting you on the Great Estates walkabout and I can't tell you how beautiful your husky was, I was dying to pet it!

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Abigail Orona
Abigail Orona
22. Sept. 2021

Hi Brenda!


Lets hope, but I am also conscientious of my writing ability. It doesn't help that I also would not know what to write about haha. If I don't do it though, I will never get the hang of it.


Thank you, you and Dave have been very welcoming, I am looking very forward to meeting you two. It is great that you are all striving for change, the world definitely needs it. 😊

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Greetings Abigail! I like the idea of the zoo! Degus are interesting creatures. Aren't they meant to be diabetic or something? Or knowing me I am confusing with something completely different!

As Brenda said, life's ups and downs, don't worry we all have them and sometimes more than we would like!


Sounds like quite a maze round the offices but am sure you soon find your way round the place.


Look forward to reading more as and when you post. We a nice bunch about on here and as Brenda said, all walks of life and have a story so if they ever give you a couple of hours to yourself am sure we can fill it for you wit…


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Abigail Orona
Abigail Orona
11. Okt. 2021
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It might be because people just don't know much about them and their diet. They are banned in California, I think because they can be destructive to wood! I will have a look and see if I can find that blog.

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Hello Abigail. Great that you have written this blog and it if gives you the impetus to write more that must be a good thing.


Sounds like your first couple of days were typical of life - up one minute and down the next. (Add Oxford traffic to that and it's quite a lethal mix).


I am sure as you get to know the Ambassadors you will be amazed at the variety of paths we have walked, We all have a common goal however in trying to make a difference.


So welcome to our little family and look forward to getting to know you!

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