Yippee!!! Finished work for 2017!

Ok so if you follow me on social media at all, you might have guessed that yesterday I worked my last day in 2017! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my job at The Prince’s Trust and I have been mad busy doing new cool stuff since October, travelling the UK having cool adventures. However, as much as I do love my job, I love being at home and spending all day with M more. MUCH MORE.

So we have a full 17 days off work together and we realised this morning, we have lots of relaxing and wonderful things to look forward to, namely:

  • Christmas card swap breakfast tomorrow
  • A mini-break to Harrogate
  • Christmas Eve party with my fam
  • Christmas & Boxing Day with all the fam
  • A mini-break to Chester
  • Lots of lovely time off doing nothing.

Christmas really is my favourite time of the year, our house is looking twinkly and it’s tends to be the only time all year where we have a full 2 weeks break. I love it.

We are visiting Harrogate for the 3rd time at Christmas as we ended up there December 2015 after a failed trip to Wetherby. We are going for a few nights and it’s such a great way to wind down before the whole Christmas parade kicks in. We are staying again at the White Hart Hotel as it’s right in the centre of Harrogate and within walking distance of most things.

Whilst we are there, we are also going to watch The Last Jedi at the cinema as for the last 2 pre-Christmas trip there, the latest Star Wars film has been out and this year is no different. Tickets are already booked and I can’t wait.

I have to admit though, that I feel a bit guilty as I haven’t been doing much with my You Tube Channel since October and I don’t feel fab about that. With so much on I just haven’t had the head space to get creative. But it’s not the end of the world is it,  I am sure once the new year rolls around, I will be able to kick it back into life!

Hope you have got something fab planned for your Christmas time and remember that if Christmas isn’t your thing or it just gives you the sads. Then it’s just another day.

Call the Samaritan. It’s ok not to be ok.

It’s so good to be home…

Oh yes, it’s so good to be home! I have been away for 21 days out of the last 42, with my last week away this year being in Leicester. This time I stayed at the IBIS in Leicester, but I wasn’t that impressed and I won’t be back. It was one of those hotels, where nothing MAJOR went wrong, but lots of little things did which meant I didn’t particularly love it. Namely….

  • The batteries went on my TV remote control and I had to get out of bed, get dressed and go down to reception as I couldn’t turn the TV off.
  • I am pretty sure the housekeeping team broke my vanity mirror.
  • During breakfast I couldnt make the drinks machine work because the drip tray was full, which took far too long to figure out.
  • During another breakfast there were no plates and I had to chase staff down to replace them.
  • The sheets were scratchy.
  • The loo in my bathroom didn’t flush properly and when reported, the hotel didn’t do anything about it.
  • The pillows were hard.
  • The toilet door didn’t close properly, or at all.

One morning, whilst eating my toast in the hotel bar/cafe, I saw a prostitute come out of the lift. “How do you know it was a prostitute?” you ask. Well it might not have been, but I don’t know how many women sport thigh high boots and pigtails at 7am.

Also, I went out for dinner on my own on my first night there, and on arrival at Nandos, I found it had inexplicably closed 3 hours early! So I had to walk a little further into Leicester to find something to eat. On that walk I became a little uneasy and as someone that isn’t easily spooked walking on my own, I wasn’t happy. The town had a very odd vibe and to be honest, even though it was 6:45pm, it felt more like 2:00am. Needless to say, after that I didn’t bother and just ate at the hotel.

I did like the decor of the hotel, it was sort of Ikea meets Japanese pod. Also randomly, there was an android phone in my room to use.  I didn’t use it. The ONLY good thing about the hotel was the super-fast internet, which meant I could FaceTime M and it worked perfectly.

Ibis 3/10 🌟🌟🌟 – I won’t be back.

G x

 

My week in Salford (and lovely things to come)

As you know I have been working away in London for the last 5 weeks trying to get my head around a new computer system in order to train hundreds of Prince’s Trust staff how to use it. Well this week, that training started in earnest when I trained some of our staff alongside the lovely Laura from Dundee. I had the first day jitters initially, but by the second day they settled down and we ended up having a really good couple of days.

I have been doing IT Training for about 15 years on and off, but this is the first time I have ever trained people on a system I didn’t know inside out. But the fact that it seemed to go ok and the feedback was good, has given me so much confident that I feel good about the sessions I am doing solo next week.

Actually, next week sees me going to Leicester for the week and as I have never been I am interested to see what it’s like. I am going on my own, which means 4 x nights in the Ibis Leicester, but I am back on Thursday night so it’s not too bad.

Also, this weekend is our last “free” weekend before the Christmas hoopla kicks in.. namely:

So lots to look forward to and I think that this weekend I might pick up my vlogging camera. I have really neglected my YouTube Channel over the last couple of months due to work things but as Christmas approaches and VLOGMAS tickles my creativity – I think it’s time to start filming.

Happy days!

G x

Garden Winter cleanup

Isn’t it sometimes funny that we put small jobs off for months! For some reason our brains avoid certain things and us cleaning up the garden for Winter has been one of those things. But in just over an hour today, we cleared as many leaves as possible and emptied all the pots ready for next Spring. It felt good to see it clearer once we had finished, but I just wish we were better at doing the small jobs!!

It actually doesn’t look massively different on these photos, but we filled a wheelie bin and about 10 big tubs full of leaves! I am now of course, just waiting for snow!! Finger crossed.

I’m done with London! | London | Week 5

That’s it then, I am done with London! This final week was an extension to the original 4 and it really marks the start of the next phase. I have been learning a new computer system whilst I have been down South and from next week, I have the enormous task of training all our NW staff – it’s going to be fine *blinks very fast whilst nodding*.

But seriously, we had a great last week, still learning lots and trying to wrap our heads around lots of technical information. On Wednesday, I suggested to everyone that we all go out for dinner on our final night together, so we all went to Pizza Express Finsbury Circus and had a really good laugh telling stories and blowing off some steam.

As a non drinker and after a fab few hours,  I waved everyone off to the pub, whilst I actually went back to my hotel for a kip. The following day it was hilarious to hear that some of my colleagues had let off more steam than others…but we don’t need to talk about the photo that was taken in the middle of the road, in the middle of the night. My lips are sealed. 😜

It was bittersweet to leave as I am not a city girl at heart, but I’ve really enjoyed the experience and the challenge of travelling solo and staying in our capital city. The tube no longer daunts me at rush hour and I have 100% mastered how to take a wheelie case on and off escalators and trains without stopping  or missing a step. I rule!

Over the next few months I am training staff in Salford, Leicester and Birmingham, so watch this space to see how I get on!

G x

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