Grateful for everyday #11

An emotional day, in tears on a colleague before 9am after loosing my confidence at work over an issue.
However, there were still pros:
-unwavering support from colleagues
-students who want to learn and give you back your faith in the young
-establishing some more career direction by a chance conversation

A day off work tomorrow with my hubbie, off down to the allotment.

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A home office, a baby, a life

So beautifully written, describing thy moment of realisation ‘I’m the adult’ so well. You think it would be a scary moment finally letting go of the very young you and accepting adulthood, but when it happens it’s the most natural thing in the world!

write meg!

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Who knew a room could launch you into adulthood?

I spend a strange amount of time not feeling “old enough.” Not old enough to have a house, a car, credit cards, a checkbook. Not being old enough to have a husband and a baby on the way; not old enough to argue with cable companies and insurance representatives, to be grocery shopping independently and gathering tax documents.

Though I don’t obsess about it, I often feel like I’m glancing over my shoulder — waiting for someone else to swoop in and take care of things. Fix the insurance snafus; adjust the thermostat. Be the adult in the room.

It’s scary to realize you’re the adult present. The one throwing the party, taking the phone calls, signing up for health care. It’s all you.

We have a home office. One with built-in cabinetry, outlets for computers, actual computers, a mug with…

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Grateful for everyday #10

Double figures!

Pros
-A gentleman shook my hand in thanks for the pharmacy advice I gave to him today
– I offered some help to my church
– My hubbie cooked the most glorious curry for tea

Cons
– I feel technology will always get the better of me, particularly when the technology is run by the NHS
– Couldn’t quite get today’s 40 acts done, I need to think outside the box. That means 2 acts tomorrow!

Grateful for everyday #8

A thoroughly enjoyable day. Productive at work and home.

Pros
-we booked our adventure to France! Most people would call it a holiday but I’m not sure we can when travelling with 2 18month girls! It will however involve red wine and sand in varying quantities!
-I assisted one of my students with a variety of problems and he left genuinely enthused.
-I booked a catch up curry with an old friend
-Hubbie and I made pancakes

Cons
– My throat and neck tell me I’m coming down with a cold
-I miss my girls

Tomorrow is the beginning of lent and I have signed up for #40acts.. Here goes!

Grateful for everyday #6

..not to be served, but to serve.

Pros
-The whole family went to church this morning
-Having decided giving something up for lent would be too much pressure this year, I have discovered @40acts. An act of generosity every day throughout lent.
-The more I read about mindfulness, balance and reflection the more at home I feel.

Cons
-The heating was broken in church (Burrrr!)
-Feeling rather behind in the house due to new working pattern
-A complex decision to be made about how I wish to serve in the church more (without upsetting aforementioned family balance)

Lots to think about, but surely that is what Sunday is for.

Grateful for everyday #5

A long day at the end of a tiring week! However I have a warm sense of achievement.

Pros
-My new pharmacy is running like a well oiled machine of which I am now an integral cog
-We had a much larger than anticipated audience for last nights concert, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony must be well liked!
-My friends little girl is out of danger in hospital

Cons
-I didn’t see as much of my girls as I like today, which still feels strange
-I was more nervous than usual for the concert as I felt under practiced (‘Must try harder’)

Grateful for every day #4

My first day back at work today, to be honest, despite some trial days earlier in the month, I felt like I had been hit by a bus when I got home. However we had the higher education equivalent of Ofsted to visit..no pressure then!

Pros
– I felt most welcomed, even the head of department recognised it was my first day
– My teaching wasn’t chosen to be reviewed by the panel (huge sigh..)
– The department passed their interim inspection (massive cheer)
– The girls thoroughly enjoyed their day at nursery, ate everything and brought home decorated valentines cards.
– employing a cleaner at home was ABSOLUTELY the right decision!

Cons
– A sense of displacement in the department due to an office move and change in responsibilities
– A really close colleague has decided to take on a new role elsewhere
– This is going to be a tiring juggling act!

Overall a really positive start back after my leave. I feel organised at home, if a little displaced at work for the time being.

Grateful for everyday #3 – one week later!

This is much harder than it looks! I am still very grateful but finding it hard to find the time (I know, it’s a couple of minutes) to compose my thoughts. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”

Pros (for a whole week)
– I met a new group of friends at a house group
– I gave blood for the first time in 10 years
– My daughters were christened on Sunday

Cons
– It was my last week of maternity leave, I now fall into that of most difficult categories, working mum
– I haven’t had sufficient time to rehearse for a forthcoming orchestral concert
– My annual planner book still hasn’t arrived! Best laid plans and all….