Another week seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. I missed last week’s Little Loves as I was up to my eyeballs with university and work. And just as I thought I was out of the woods, I became ill on Sunday.
I seem to have survived this week on watermelon, crackers and wine. I’m the first to admit the wine isn’t the best form of medicine, but this week also included an invite with instructions on how to curtsy, so wine was a necessary accompaniment.
So, coming out of this week, here are all the positives.
I’ve started year 2 at university. And, despite all of my doubts over the summer I’m enjoying being back. My first module is on research design, so I’m back to focusing on my thesis. I’ve been reading lots, and I’ve also dug out my research proposal which started me on this path.
It’s good to remember why I’m doing this, I became lost in the first year in the necessity to pass modules rather than why I’m doing it. There are students on this module who are further ahead than me overall so it’s so good to have a different kind of peer support. They’ve convinced me with some good planning it’s possible to complete a doctorate in four years rather than five and so my motivation has increased with thinking I might be finished before CM starts high school.
I’ve been working away this week so haven’t really watched tv. On Tuesday evening I was fortunate to attend a Construction Youth Trust event (the one with the instructions on curtsies) and it was good to appreciate the work this fantastic charity does. I ‘watched’ as the various trustees and supporters spoke of the impact the charity makes and it really put things in perspective.
I also enjoyed meeting new people and catching up with people I haven’t seen in forever. Admittedly the aforementioned diet of crackers and white wine was a factor. But I was introduced to someone to whom both he and I said we’d never met, and it turned out we’ve spent the past five years exchanging emails and calls on some great work. I love that working virtually makes this possible.
With my assignment submitted last Friday, I went back into pompom making mode. CM wants something similar to the lettering the boys have in their space themed room. We found letters which you can fill in Hobbycraft, and I’m absolutely loving how they’re turning out with a rainbow-theme. I now need to decide what colour to paint the wood before fixing the pompoms into place.
Slightly stretching it this week as I’m still working through my wardrobe staples, I’ve worn some new bedding. Is there anything better than new bedding?
I’m not sure what motivated it, it was probably a desperate search for matching duvet and pillow covers… but I ended up giving the airing cupboard a complete spring clean. Which of course meant I had to replenish.
And of course, two little boys knowing mama was poorly, and leaving for a few days in London in the morning, became my bodyguards.
I am loving the introduction of ‘Your time capsule’ on Spotify, it’s kept me going driving to uni this week. But more so I’m still loving the time driving CM to her bouldering lessons on a Sunday. This week I got to introduce her to The Carpenters. It’s so odd, as I remember my mum introducing me to songs which are now so familiar to me. CM already loved ‘Top of the World’ and I was left remembering the film ‘Parenthood’ as we listened to ‘Close to You’.
This week seems to have been full of work achievements. It still feels like everything is coming together and I’m hoping being back at uni doesn’t compromise this. I’ve also been so reliant on the support of friends. The daily banter reinvigorated from Blog On; the person who says “Are you staying over tonight? Fancy a drink after work?”- ending with a walk around Tesco as you convince yourself you need something to soak up the bottles of wine you’ve shared (always cheaper than buying by the glass… and, of course, crackers being the obvious answer); and the moment you start reminiscing with someone over a beer to realise you’ve hit a ten-year milestone without blinking.
There’s so much around me which keeps me going, it’s so good to sit down with a friend to appreciate it.