I am working really odd hours for the next few months and as part of that it means that I will be working a lot of weekends, but with days off during the week. My concern is that when I am off during the week I will just waste away the day at home and will have done nothing expect watch day time television. So I have arranged lots of things to do (although I have realised that I need to be careful that I don’t wear myself out by doing too much. Some days I start work at 7am…).
I was off work today but didn’t get to sleep in. The freeholder texted gone 9pm yesterday to say that some trial holes would be made today to check on the subsidence. What she failed to mention in the text was that they would arrive at 7.15am and wake me up by parking outside my bedroom window and then start drilling at 8.30am – having got another neighbour out of bed to move his car. I sent the freeholder a somewhat terse text to tell her that she needed to provide much more notice and much more detail in future, and that as I have to get up at 5.30am tomorrow (yes! On a Saturday! And a Sunday!), I am sure I would feel my lack of sleep from today. I told her in January, and then reminded her in April, that I would be working unusual hours and specifically asked for a schedule of works so that I could plan accordingly. Oh, how pleased I am that today or tomorrow she will be served with a notice telling her we are taking over the management of the property. Perfect timing.
Anyway, back to doing things with my days off… Today I met up with a school friend. We first met at the tender age of 11 years old on the very first day of high school. Today I met her off her train at King’s Cross, and while I was waiting for her train to arrive bumped into someone I used to work with. I am having lunch with her in a couple of weeks so tried not to summarise too much of my life in the five minutes we spent chatting in case we had nothing to talk about over lunch. Somehow I think we’ll think of something to talk about though…
Yesterday I did some volunteering with The Conservation Volunteers. I’ve never done anything like that before, but it was really good. Being a newbie made no difference to what they were willing to let me do. I ended up wading for a couple of hours in a lake clearing blanket weed. They provided the waders and explained what to do if I fell over in the water, in order to make sure that I didn’t drown – helpful! Anyway, if you are at a loose end, I’d really recommend giving them a go. I know someone else who volunteers with them and thinks they are great. They are all over the country, so you don’t have to be London based.
Next week, I am out for dinner a couple of times with friends, I am going to find out more about training to be a solicitor (a possible career change, although I am now wondering about doing something similar that doesn’t involve four years of part time study etc etc), going to a house auction (purely to see what it is like, if I end up buying somewhere, something has gone seriously wrong!), and other such things.