I originally titled this post ‘Life Update’, then I realised that in the past month or so, nothing of much importance has happened! Day to Day Life has mostly involved both Mr B and I getting used to both of us working and seeing a lot less of each other, so trying to make time for each other as well as getting all the boring shopping/cleaning jobs done!
I’ve really enjoyed settling into my new job and already feel very settled there now – our Christmas lunch involved Secret Santa and I received a book on baking – people are obviously getting to know me well already!
This week, as part of my induction I went to visit a Learning Coordinator who I provide administrative support from the office in Edinburgh. We were able to chat lots about what her job involves and we also went to visit a young lady who suffers from a heart condition, and subsequently has missed a lot of school and teachers were not supportive in helping her get her Standard Grades (equivalent to GCSE’s). When we met her, we could tell that she was extremely fed up with the education system and the fact that she had just turned 18 and had not achieved her Standards. We also could tell that she really wanted to achieve these. Lead Scotland (the charity I work for) provides opportunities for disabled people and carers of disabled people to get access to learning opportunities and so the Learning Coordinator was able to put together an action plan of ways in which she could help the lady achieve her goal over the next year or so. It was an inspiring meeting and really helped to put into context the work that I do in the office, many miles away from the Learning Coordinators all over Scotland.
Outside of work, I feel like I haven’t been doing that much, but that probably isn’t true. Presents were bought in record time, we enjoyed a visit from my friend Laka at the beginning of the month and we went to a lovely wedding in Essex (which involved a commute from Essex to work in Edinburgh the following morning on not a lot of sleep – not recommended!) and that was also a good chance to catch up with my family as we’re staying in Scotland for Christmas and New Year in 2011. I’ve also enjoyed too many excellent roast dinners, started playing the obligatory Christmas party games, and also helped in planning an outdoor nativity (complete with pigs, sheep and hens) on a farm in Kinghorn. We probably had the easiest job – organising the mulled punch inside the farmhouse while everyone else was outside getting very cold!
So that’s it – Christmas is now well and truly upon us. I’m now unfortunately trying to fight off a chesty cough in time for Christmas but we have lots of lovely stuff planned and also lots of time built in to relax.
I hope that you have such a restful and relaxing Christmas. I think this is a great video (courtesy of St Helen’s Church in London) which explains the ‘reason for the season’ – I’d love to know your thoughts!