So, that’s what work feels like? I had forgotten.
I’ve spent the last three days working with an MoD team in Abbeywood, Bristol. It’s a perfect 20 minute cycle ride although with the weather a tadge on the frosty side at the moment I have been wrapping up well. It’s been interesting. I’m conducting a team 360 on a small team of 20, led by a one-star equivalent. It’s interview based and not without effort – as interviews always are. I’m now in the report writing stage and meet with the boss on Friday. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Do I enjoy it? Well, I can tell you that it reminds me why I gave up work. Yes, it’s fabulous being back in the thick of office stuff, and there’s a small part of me that would like to run a team with that sort of responsibility, as I have done before. But the office politics are draining and I know it wouldn’t take me long to be pulling my hair out. So I’ll keep with the consultancy if you don’t mind. It is, I guess, the best of both worlds.
Other than that, C has been up to see Jen today and, apart from that, she’s being doing all the Christmas stuff. We’ve decided not to put up a tree this year. We leave for mum’s on the 24th and go straight onto Chatel after Christmas and have no intention of being back
in the country before the 20th of January. There’s not a great deal of snow there at the mo, but there is some due to fall on Monday. And it will be fine.
Bless my Mum, she’s given us a few quid for Christmas which we’ve spent on snow shoes (you know, the ones that give you big feet and you can trek on powder). We’ve always wanted a pair of those, so let’s hope they’re in good nick when they turn up. And C is pressing hard for a new pair of ski boots. Mine are 25 years old and I will wear them until I die – hopefully not by skidding off a cliff because my ski boots have let me down. C has difficulty getting hers on, and hers are 20 years old, so it’s probably about time. We’re working on that. We will keep using our skis (now at least 10 years old). That reminds me, I must get them out and prepare them with my ACME wax and edging kit I used last year. That’ll be fun!
No writing at the moment – apart from this. I can hardly manage to remain awake watching A New Life In The Sun, so the chance of concentrating on the new book seems unlikely. I think the title is going to have ‘Red’ in it. That’s all I know. I’ll crack on again on Saturday – I had reached a natural break, so it should be OK.
Rest of week? Report writing tomorrow, back into Abbeywood on Friday and then a weekend free. We’re with Mary next week, I have a day’s work at the school in Farnham and then back home in time to vote the Tories out of here. We have decided to vote Labour, because tactically that should help bring down the local boy in blue. It’s going to be a fun night!