Friday, 5 October 2012

Reflection, frustration, procrastination and ACTION!!

I blinked and it was October.

Well what i really did was attempt a moment of relection, and realised I hadnt written anything down in ages, so thought BLOG.

Flash forward 20 minutes attemtping to remember my password and lo and behold I have created my own relfective cycle!! Move over Kolb.

 So I reflected and thought BLOG!
I couldnt find password ahhhh frustrated!
Tried to find the link on twitter...ended up looking at tweets and chatting, mmm procrastination.
Do I give up? Do I do it the old fashioned way and write in my reflective log (jotter).. or do I blog? Or why not continue to search for link, open blog and do both???Terminate or act???

I am just too bloody active for my own good, so I did both!

Anyway some tips on avoiding frustation was found in the procrastination part of this cycle and a great quote..

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

where is/has the summer gone.....??

Ok so I managed to get through the best part of a month with no posts, but hey I don't think anyone is actually reading my stuff anyway?? Note to self, need to market your blog better, or at least at all! But then, do I want lots of folk reading especially as I am appearing ill disciplined and not exactly creative?

Action for today: pick a few  victims... sorry followers and target them as readers

The last month has seen the plates in over drive: From a family trip to Turkey, (avoid Marmaris is you dislike a Blackpool like setting but in significantly warmer weather, about 40 degrees) to a conference in Crewe, (medieval setting, four poster beds and IT chat???)  a caravan weekend in Eyemouth, (bit wet, took dogs, no dogs allowed?) to finally a weekend in Perth playing polo at gorgeous Errol (living on the floor of the horse box for the weekend)

And still the washing, ironing and hoovering awaits, just with less time to do it!!

I met a few fellow plate spinners on my travels, and we shared our experiences. It was gratifying to realise that you are never alone in your juggling, and that a large number of (mainly women, but I dares say some men) people attempt the daily tasks of juggling work, family and life in equal measure.

We did decide on one tip, the benchmark for an adequately tidy home is long as you can see the floor, you are fine!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Why do delivery companies only work a 5 day week?

Well after the the joys of a 3 day week last week, I have succumbed to the notion that a 5 day week is bad for you, and not remotely acceptable. That coupled with the fact that delivery companies don't do weekends (what year is it?) has required me to take a day off this week to sit and wait for the aforementioned deliveries.

I dare say next weeks post will be along this lines of .. after waiting in from 8.30 am, the deliveries arrived at 4.55pm.

However, I am prepared for this. Thanks to my new found friend, Trevor the fantastic joiner, I have beautifully constructed wardrobes that fit in to my wonky walls and pitched bedroom ceiling. These wardrobes require painting, as does the rest of the bedroom, so while I wait for the aforementioned deliveries to arrive I will complete my painting and decorating thus keeping several new plates in the air at the same time.

I don't what i will do if next weeks post is...after waiting in from 8.30 am the parcels arrived at 8.45am..leaving me free to do what I like for the rest of the day. To paint or not to paint....?

Thursday, 7 June 2012

The problem with bank holidays...

Ok it does sound ungrateful, and Her majesty was gracious and generous to allow a double whammy of bank hols in the one week, but the trouble with bank holidays are:

(1) You have to squash 5 working days in to 4, or in this case 3 days which is never easy
(2) The roads to work are quiet, but you are not going there, and the roads to the swimming pool, park, beach, shops, tourist attraction, other (delete as appropriate) are surprisingly busy
(3) You get to spend more time at home, thereby increasing the opportunities to identify more housework, DIY, projects and tasks that ordinary weekends don't allow for
(4) Everyone expects to spend the additional free time with you.. family, friends, other peoples children this only leads to scheduling problems and disappointment
(5) Everywhere you do go, the poor people working the bank holiday view you with undisguised venom

So yes, I am ungrateful, and yes I did actually enjoy the jubilee weekend, and no, that wont stop me moaning about it!!!

PS the ponies enjoyed the weekend as they got a full valet! Should really have done the car though...

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

how often are you meant to blog??

Ok have failed miserably at the blogging regularly. First post 10th May, 2nd post 29th of May. Well at least it was within the same month! Ok so top stories from this month:

Hotel Araxa Palma - ELAG 2012 conference
European Plate spinning required for Elag conference 14th -17th of May in Palma.

Lovely city, nice hotel, new university campus and interesting conference. Plus my workshops went reasonably well and the technology worked so hey!

However life at home had to be organsied and first plate crash was the swimming lessons on tuesday night. Although bag packed and ready for uplift both George and Karys turned up at pool without it, smash!! Cue trip to fast food restaurant to combine active play with dinner! One less set of dishes to do and one less dinner to cook.
 Second plate cracked, rather than smashed as a trip to the dry cleaners for the kilt jacket required for Fridays wedding, will get to that, turns into a second dinner cooked chez Morrisons! However on returning home a certain pink pig is missing and a 20 minute return journey is required to locate missing soft toy. Joys, piggy is reunited with Karys and George breathes a sigh of relief!
Meanwhile in Palma the conference turns out to be much more techical than originally thought, and workshops that start at 5pm appear to be less well attended than the earlier ones??!! Figure that out! A room with very little sound proofing is balanced out nicely with red wine.
3 days of conference result in a 6.30pm finish, a Ryan air trip to prestwick returning at 1am, and a get up and go on the friday morning to make the wedding for 1pm.

End result of the week:
plates smashed 1- plates cracked 1
3 day conference, done
5 workshops to facilitate, done
1 overnight stay at wedding, done
mothers annual babysitting duties, complete
4 days dad in charge, job done
1 weeks worth of washing, house tidying, no food in the house, 2 suitcases and a full email inbox, jobs not done!!!!ah well thats what weekends are for isnt it??

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Start as you mean to go on

First post, mm so first impressions count they say?
Should I start with words of wisdom, or gradually build to a crescendo? Will anyone find anything I have to say interesting? Do I need to start my first post with so many questions?

Oh who cares, this is for me to gather my thoughts, try to reflect on what I've heard, seen, done and make some sense, so if it works for me, then that must be OK. And if anyone finds it remotely interesting then, they say, that is a bonus.