It’s been a challenging and turbulent week on a number of fronts, and my resolve has been thoroughly tested. I’m still here, as is clear from my writing this post from bed on a Sunday morning, and I’m quickly learning how to dodge and bounce back from most things life sends my way.
A business deal very nearly hit the skids last week. I won’t go into more details here, suffice to say it appears loyalty may have played a part and we’re still working for this client. They’re the kind of client who are occasionally tricksy to work for, but once you know how they do things – and have a modicum more patience than you think you’ll need – they’re pretty straightforward, most of the time. There are days when they throw out some properly whacky curveballs, but that’s just part of the experience.
I’m behind on my walking and exercise plans, and there’s some minor food trauma I’m working off. Three days out to Cornwall last week meant my schedule was a bit muddled and the inevitable catch-up now we’re back is taking its toll. The plans we made for a Cornwall trip for Emma’s birthday were largely stuck to, although the number of people around the Eden Project was far higher than we expected thanks to half term. By early afternoon our time there had come to a natural conclusion and we left the place feeling OK – not great, just OK. The timing of the visit was perhaps the issue, the increased foot traffic and seasonal growing factors meant that there wasn’t much to see outside. On the plus side, it hasn’t been scrubbed off the list of places to visit, and we both seem to be in favour of having our respective nerd days in the local area: Emma can be a plant fiend at Eden, maybe accompanied by one of her local-ish plan fiend chums, and I can go wandering around the coast to take photos. I did manage to get some fresh air and exercise in the afternoon of the Eden Project day as I headed up to Wadebridge and the surrounding area when Emma was having a post-Eden snooze. The north coast reminded me what it is I love about the area, and after a rather humid/muggy morning dodging hyperactive kids it felt great to have some fresh air back in my lungs and a smile on my face.
And so, to today. The post-Cornwall catch-up is continuing, and my day plan is still somewhat disjointed. I expect to get to Wednesday before things are properly back on track, but there’s currently no time limit on these things. I’d much rather have time spent usefully than rush things and make rash decisions. I can stretch my days to include things that need to be done, my previous (bad) habit of slinking off to bed at 9pm regardless of what I was doing because I needed sleep has all but gone. Today was originally allocated to learning for a new project, but 4 days of backed up busy work isn’t going to magically go away, so a bit of cleverness and juggling is in order, along with some more time in my Sunday.
Oh, and some breakfast. That’s the first thing on my list, today.