This week has been incredible for so many reasons. And I’m limited to ten of them! It’s simply not fair, but I shouldn’t gripe, for I’m the one who made the rules here (who’m I kidding? I’m totally gonna blow it tonight, but for good reason – you’ll see)
1. MY NEW JOB!
Yes, folks; it’s official. Today I got the paperwork through email* and responded, officially accepting their conditional offer. Conditional on my proving my identity and passing a criminal records check. All absolutely no bother (no matter what else you might hear to the contrary) and to boot, I had an absolutely wonderful interview with lovely people who I’m going to work with.
*saying I got paperwork through email sounds weird. But I don’t know how else to put it.
2. I GOT GIVEN FLOWERS!
From Mum and WonderAunty as a celebration of the job. So I held the flowers nicely and behaved myself for a photo, and then wore the card as a hat.
3. WE HAVE A NEW CO-HOST
Kristi. Now known as ‘New Kristi’, to differentiate her from ‘Old Kristi‘, though she reckons she may be older than ‘Old Kristi’, which I guess makes her ‘LessNew Kristi’. Or something. Anyway, she blogs over at Thankful Me, and absolutely has a passion for things which help a person to focus on the good in their life, and the things they are grateful for. She’s been a staunch and loyal participant and I’m THRILLED to have her aboard our little gang.
She was also the most eager to participate in a new little venture I’ve got going, of profiling the co-hosts** with Ten Things of Co-Hosts, which will happen on a Thursday. She gets Ten of my very special Awesome Points for being first. Next week, Clark’s up.
** I’ve sweetened the deal for them though – once they’re all done with their profiles, they each get to create three questions for me. Anything at all. They’re *loving* that idea. And if you want to submit your questions, it’s really very simple – become a co-host of Ten Things. I’m even thinking I might make some temporary co-host positions, so if you don’t want to commit to it forever, you could do a month or so…let me know what you think.
4.I GOT TO GUEST POST AGAIN!
This time, over at Katia’s blog. Again, on the topic of infertility and miscarriage, but this time sharing more of a potted history of my own story. It was hard to write, but I’m hugely pleased to look back on it (I wrote it a few months ago) because I can really see how far I’ve come and the changes for good which have been wrought in me. Doesn’t mean I’m not sad or mourning still, but it means I’m not panicking, anxious, and feeling as though I’ve been dropped off a cliff.
At some point I may turn into an infertility bore, but I really want to get the message out there for the sake of women like me, who (if they’re anything like I was) need to see other people’s stories, to track them through the timeline from loss to grief to healing, and know that there *is* another side to come out of. And yes, everything looks slightly different through the ‘Can’t Have Kids’ glasses, but actually, there is still goodness and laughter and love and happiness. I promise.
5. I FINALLY GOT THOSE FISH!
It was touch and go, because the water quality still wasn’t *quite* as perfect as I’d like, if I’m honest, but I put some stuff in which will protect the fish from any dodginess, and gave them another water change today. Niece and Neff sat for the half hour, helping me set the timer for every five minutes, so that I could add more water to the bag they came in from the shop and acclimatise them slowly. They’re now happily (well, ish, they’re still kinda shy and hiding behind stuff) flitting around the tank, exploring and enjoying each other’s company.
6. I AVOIDED SOMEONE I DIDN’T WANT TO SEE!
Seems kinda mean on the face of it, but this was an ex-parent of children who I worked with at the nursery (my old job) and not a family I got on well with. Nor did anyone, really. The kids were sweet enough, but we were never grouped together so I didn’t bond with them. Leaving a friend’s house last night with my Oldest Work Buddy, SusieQ, who should happen down the street but this family! They called to SusieQ and started talking to her. Fortunately, EmmaExplorer was driving me home and I RAN down the road and into the car *so* quickly.
I later had a text from SusieQ saying “I saw you! Well done for legging it!!!”
7. IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL DO WHAT I WANT TO
(Up to and including post all my Things with loud, obnoxious capitals)
Today I am gathering my friends to the beach, where we will picnic, paddle, playpark and possibly ice-cream it up. There will be no mishaps. All will be fun and celebrations and glitterbombs.
8. I KNOW WHAT MY CAKE LOOKS LIKE
My Sis is a master-baker. Seriously. I cannot even begin to compete (though I think I have the edge on her with cooking other stuff) and she’s made GORGEOUS cupcakes for the picnic (saves that panic moment where someone gets out the big birthday cake and all the guests shout and cheer and then no-one has a knife to cut the thing). BUT (and this is very sweet) her lovely chap decorated one especially for me, which is awesome, and also LOOK AT IT!
|Mine! All MINE! My preciousss*|
*whaddya mean I should share on my birthday? Get away with you!
9. I GOT A NEW MP3 PLAYER!
It’s cheap and meant to be fab. Which is great, cos I can’t find my old one since that time I went camping and fell into the river, drunk! It may be in the river (doubtful) or it may turn up in ten years when I finally get round to finishing the unpacking after the house move (more likely).
10. I WAS FORGIVEN
I was so busy blogging on Thursday that I clean forgot to go and pick up Niece from nursery. I was only ten minutes late, but they were ten stressful minutes (also got stuck behind a bin lorry on the way there *augh!*) and she was quite literally the very last baby in the baby shop. But she gave me a massive smile and ran straight into my arms for a hug.
I posted my tale of idiocy and woe on the Considerings Facebook Page (2 likes til I hit 100, FYI) and received ample placation from various bods who were quite prepared to accept that I’d done this.
I sat smugly and carried on blogging (and snuggling with Niece, while she watched Curious George. I actually stopped blogging for that, because I bet it won’t be that many years before she’s *far* too grown up to snuggle on the couch with her Aunty Lizzi) and was quite pleased that my transgression wasn’t so big after all.
Until I also forgot to go and get Neff from school.
Later that same day.
Sis was very good about it though.
11. I WAS FORGIVEN AGAIN
I started a new creative writing thing and in spite of having a link to my spiffy new page, clear on the bottom of the post (and later, at the top) the wool was truly pulled over people’s eyes. For which I apologised yesterday, because it was quite a difficult emotion which I portrayed, and tapped into a lot of people’s own fears. However, on the front of my testing the waters to see whether I was any good (albeit brief) at stretching my creative muscles, it went really, really well and I’m psyched about it.
12. I GOT AWESOME NEW SHOES
My birthday present from Mum and WonderAunty. They’re gorgeous. At least as gorgeous as the cake. And I get to keep them rather than eat them, so YAY!
13. IT’S STILL SUMMER
Despite what certain, pessimistic bods might say, the world is NOT going to look like the below for a long, long time. It just isn’t, k? I’ve been far too busy reveling in 30+ temperatures and loving every second of it. Because it’s not only Not Cold, it’s Gorgeously Hot!
14. I’M DONE!