Wednesday, January 28, 2009

They call this work

I’m sorry to go on but I need to share something else about my new job.

One of the things we like to do as a family is go Geocaching. It’s a cross between orienteering, letterboxing and hiking with some added surprises. It’s great fun especially if you have a teenogre at home who doesn’t want to go out hiking any more. Put a GPS in their hand and they are off.

Anyhow it came up in conversation at work this morning that we do this. Turns out that they’ve wanted to do some Geocache events in the school holidays for a couple of years but knew nothing about it.

So at Easter and in the Summer I’m running some introduction to Geocaching events at my all time favourite walk in the Dale – and they call this work!!!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Old Job - New Job

Team Meetings

Old job:
20+ people crammed in a small room. Lots of talk about organisational restructure, new ways of working and performance indicators.

New job: 6 people in a large room, chocolate brown Labrador snoozing on my feet. Lots of talk about dry stone walling, heritage conservation and volunteer surveying groups.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Catch Up

Is it really only a couple of weeks since New Year?

I've started my new job and so far so good - the people are nice, the work is interesting and I'm looking forward to when it feels like 'home' rather than feeling like a fish out of water.

I've had a stinking cold but I got over it really quickly. Since my five week cold/cough in Sept/Oct I've been seeing a clinical herbalist. One of the aims was to improve my immune system - and I got over the cold in four days which is a big improvement on five weeks!!!!!! I also wanted to look at my allergies and it would appear that I am no longer allergic to dogs. The lady who teaches me bobbin lace on a Thursday evening has two dogs and for the past four years I have had to take allergy tablets otherwise I would sneeze, cough and wheeze my way through the evening. sometimes the tablets didn't work and I felt really awful. For the past six weeks I haven't taken any tablets and I've been just fine. I love my clinical herbalist.

I was away last weekend at a tutorial. We tried a new venue and it was amazing. Greenwell Farm - perfect in every way. I was a little late arriving and imagine my delight at walking into the room to see four people (including the tutor) knitting. I had taken my knitting last time for breaks and the evening. This time I was able to knit during the tutorial. I felt much more grounded and was able to focus so much better. I am so thankful for a tutor who understands that it is possible to knit and listen.

My new job is 4 days a week so Tuesdays are for studying and catching up on paperwork. I was ill the first week and catching up from being away for the weekend last Tuesday. I am really looking forward to getting into the rhythm of Tuesdays. This Tuesday is for studying, maybe a walk and some laundry.

Dalesboy is playing in a concert this afternoon - I wonder if I can sit at the back and knit.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Last Days

Today is my last day at my current job. I turned up as a temp for 3 weeks and stayed 2 1/2 years. It's a great job, 15 minutes from home, there are plentiful harvests of sloes and elderberries just outside the office window, the people are lovely and the systems and procedures just complicated enough to stop complete boredom - and it's time to leave (I feel like Mary Poppins!!!)

My angel card for this week is integrity and until today I wasn't sure why. I'm leaving because of changes that mean I was being asked to work in a way that meant I wasn't able to do my best. I'm leaving because I don't like to play 'playground politics'. I'm leaving because..................the time is right.

I've enjoyed my time there. I've met some great people and made some wonderful friends. Now I must go there for the last time, do my thing and log off for the final time. Last days - a time for reflection.