Another week has flown by, and it’s another week which has been absorbed with family, work and little else.
I made the ridiculous mistake of deciding to break up climbing lessons and Messy Church with a trip to buy school shoes on Sunday. The weather was appalling, there was flooding on local roads and I was once again left wondering why we cram so much in to come so close to breaking point.
‘Fortunately’ the flooding had resided enough to see me travel to London for the week. But I’m as Friday has seen me spending a couple of hours in the hairdressers, it’s not been a bad end to the week.
I finished The Power. Wow. It wasn’t what I expected. More than a little dark. But so thought-provoking. I found myself embarking on the usual weekly conversation about gender inclusivity in construction this week with a slightly different perspective.
I’ve moved on to Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time which feels a little lighter yet really intriguing.
Nothing. Three nights staying in a hotel saw me working in the evenings. I have to sort this out, I’m sure it’s just the time of year which leads to hibernation. But I would like to return to getting to the theatre when I’m working away.
This week I’ve been sticking with the Indie Party playlist on Spotify. Once again I’ve realised how much music supports my mood.
I also listened to a really interesting presentation at work on mental health. It was primarily focused on construction but moved over to general well-being. Whilst I can reflect on how much I am doing to support my mental health, I sense I may need to focus on exercise to overcome what’s becoming a challenging time at work.
Paper woven baskets. Just don’t do it to yourself.
My Messy Church craft was paper baskets. I usually get messy crafts (think glitter or decorating baked goodies), this time I got frustrated.
I mocked one up to take with me and got it wrong, it felt like it took forever. So trying to show children how to create their own was a little more difficult than usual.
But, it is so good to create crafts which you can work on together- especially when you get it right.
But, if I’m ever asked to weave a basket again…
I went out for leaving drinks on Wednesday. The very wonderful Jess has a new beginning. Fortunately we haven’t worked together for a while so whilst it was emotional, it was a little more in check (my tears waited for the final moments). It’s always so bittersweet seeing people needing to move on to realise their potential.
As it was straight from work I finally had the occasion to take out one of my birthday gifts (leaving my workbag in the office). And the compliments it received! I think it will be accompanying me more often.
I’ve got a few days off! The work marathon is over and I’ve banked a couple of non-work days. The camera and I will be spending some much-needed time together. And once the child-based marathon of football, drama, climbing and tea at my parents has seen through the weekend, I’m planning a bit of therapy with a paintbrush and some walls. But yes, I’ve started with sorting my hair out. It seems it hasn’t been tended to since June…. whoops.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and the week has been kind to you.