Well, this week I've had a lovely relaxing week off work. I finished work on a Friday night and spent the first day of my week off at Chelsea Flower Show, which was a real treat.
On the first Sunday, I caught a class at the gym and when LB returned from a practice expedition for her Duke of Edinburgh Award, we headed off up north to visit family in Yorkshire. We stayed just a couple of nights, and then we came back down to London on Tuesday.
The remainder of the week I have spent at home, reading, pottering, doing odd jobs, catching the odd class at the gym and just generally enjoying my time off. I had a bit of a splurge at H&M whilst out grocery shopping on Thursday. I needed some new summer clothing, mostly tops to wear for work. I probably spent about £55, but I got 7 items for this amount and I'll wear all of them for work this summer, as some of my existing clothing was looking very tatty and scruffy and needed replacing.
I had intended to blitz the house during my week off, but when it came to it, I didn't get started until this Saturday, when I managed to blitz downstairs. Upstairs still needs doing, but I did manage to catch up on most of the laundry and ironing, which is good.
I did quite a lot of reading of a book I bought from the CS before I went off on leave. It is called Money - Master the Game, by Tony Robbins and is a book I've heard a lot about and was interested to read myself. I found it quite compulsive reading and although it's a very thick book, I managed to get more than half way through it during my week off. It gave me some great ideas about investing, which I might put into action in the next few months.
I also managed to spend an afternoon at the allotment on Saturday. There was an event on at the Boxing Club next door with a DJ, so I had great music to listen to whilst I worked and people going into the event kept stopping to chat to me which was nice. I managed to get the whole plot weeded, planted up and more seeds sown, so I was happy about that. OH put the tomato plants in last week and they seem to be doing pretty well. I also harvested our first salad crop from the raised beds in the garden this week, the first of many I hope.
LB completed her expedition for her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award this weekend. I'm very proud of her. I think it was tough for her. A lot of walking with a heavy rucksack. She was very happy to get home. She's got a week of exams now, which isn't great timing.
I'm heading back to work tomorrow I think, possibly for a meeting, otherwise it will be Wednesday when I start back proper. I'll know for definite when I speak to the Manager today. I'm hoping it's not been too stressful a week for him. I know I'm going to be very busy going back, so I'm trying to prepare mentally for it. Things are constantly changing at work and it's a job just keeping up with the changes at the moment. I'm sure I'll be back in the swing of it within a couple of days.