After a gloriously sunny weekend involving country walks, flying, visits to horse sanctuaries and National Trust properties, and general rest and relaxation, it was a little difficult to switch back into work mode this morning. I rarely have two days off in a row now, let alone three! It did me good to get outside and enjoy the world, and it was much needed. I eased myself back into working by planning out my week using my gorgeous new daily and weekly planners that I got for my birthday:
I’ve written about them on my other blog if you’re interested in buying them: http://www.cosylife.co.uk/product-reviews/stationery-alexia-claire/
I had a busy day, starting with some edits to a couple of bits of last week’s work. I also finished a voiceover script I started last week, which is for a video one of my clients is producing. After that I wrote a long article on techniques to help you write better essays, and a blog post on my own blog about the candle making (http://www.cosylife.co.uk/product-reviews/candle-making/) I mentioned the other week. I had more work come in: an extra article for a regular client and some straplines for a local design agency I’ve done the same thing for in the past. It’s already shaping up to be a busy week.
It was an interesting morning, as I had a meeting with a potential new client. They found me through my website and the project is to ghost-write a book, which is new territory for me; I have worked with quite a few authors but mainly on copy-editing and their websites. I really hope I get the job, as it would be a really interesting project to work on. I met the potential client at her beautiful house and was greeted at the gate by two very enthusiastic Labradors!
On my way home I called in to Marks and Spencer and bought some daffodils and mini eggs, to celebrate the arrival of spring. Then I got straight to work on those straplines, which was really hard and fried my brain. After that it was on to some edits to the voiceover script I finished yesterday, and then putting the finishing touches on yesterday’s article and sending that off. I then moved on to another page of web copy for a different client, but my head was spinning by that point so I took a break and baked some banana bread. That did the trick and I managed to pretty much finish the web page by the time Lee got home from work.
I spent the morning at the Guide Dogs Training Centre in Leamington, where I had an induction morning for my forthcoming new volunteer role in the Puppy Day Care Centre. This role will entail looking after the pre-training dogs, taking them for walks and entertaining them while their normal carers are out at work. I’ll be doing one morning a week, and today was just about the health and safety stuff and meeting the dogs I’ll be helping to look after. This isn’t one of them, but isn’t she adorable!
The ones I’ll be looking after are a bit bigger than this, and even more boisterous (this pic was taken on a rare moment when she was sitting still!)!
I spent the afternoon writing an article for a client about interesting careers and how to achieve them. It made me realise how happy I am with the way my career is going now; I’ve definitely found the right job for me, and I could never go back to not being self-employed now.
On a less happy note, we received some awful news in the evening: our beloved airfield is to be sold and have houses built on it :-(. We’ve spent so many happy days there and it’s such a busy and thriving airfield that we were pretty flabbergasted with this brutal decision. As far as we can make out, it’s not even because the airfield is losing money; it seems to be doing really well, being a popular destination with aviators and home to a number of very successful flying schools. It seems to me that the only reason it is being sold is because of the landowners’ lust for money. Hopefully there will be a campaign to save it, so that we can feel as though we are doing something, but I’m skeptical about how much these things can ever actually achieve. It’s not as if they are selling it as a going concern: they are actually approaching the council to ask them to consider it in their house building strategy. Awful.
I had a productive day and managed to get the second half of the careers article written and three quarters of another one on the varying quality of education offered by different universities. This is a good subject for me to write about because having been to Oxford, where one is expected to write two essays a week after somehow getting through vast reading lists for each, it irks me that many other universities are setting students two essays a TERM. How can their degree be worth as much as mine? The answer is that it can’t. As I am arguing in this piece I’m writing for a client.
We were dog-sitting today and took a break to take him for a walk around the village, which was pleasant because the sun was shining when the fog finally lifted. This was the stunning sunset, with a thin layer of mist just starting to form:
Continuing the Guide Dogs theme, we went to the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre this morning for a tour of their impressive facilities and, more importantly, the chance to go gooey over some very small puppies. We’d booked the tour weeks ago, before I became a volunteer. I’ll write more about it on my other blog, but in the meantime, here’s a cute puppy pic…
I spent the rest of the day with a throbbing headache, and therefore didn’t get as much work done as I’d have liked. I had a client call to discuss some research they’d like me to do for a forthcoming new whitepaper, and then I was meant to have another client call about an upcoming website writing project, but in the end that got rearranged to Monday. Just as well really, as it gave me a chance to languish on the sofa nursing my horrid headache and watching Lee battling with trying to pull up a big plant in the garden, which was putting up rather a fight.
We both spent the day working. I had an article to finish off and another one to get started on, as well as a document that a client wanted me to edit/repurpose, so that took up much of the day. I also found time to get some hot cross buns from Marks and Spencer, including these yummy ones for me (I don’t like raisins you see):
They were a nice note to end the working week on; I’m looking forward to a day off tomorrow to enjoy to continuing warm weather before yet another busy week next week.