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I was reading through my back catalogue of blog posts, and came across a post entitled New Girl which I wrote just over a year ago, a day or so before I began my current job.

It made me think of how I view that job and my life now.  I was apprehensive about the new job, in a much bigger firm, and the juggling of home life around this full-time post.

Well 14 months on, I can tell you how that panned out…

The balancing is sometimes hard, but due to having an understanding boss (hopefully he won’t read this) it’s very rare that the job really prevents me from being there for the girls when I need to be. Admittedly, since my younger DD has started senior school it has been a lot less stressful.  That extra step makes it a lot easier.

I experience the things that all full-time working mums do. Weekends that have to revolve around food shopping, chores and laundry, while trying to ‘do stuff’ with the kids. Busy weekday evenings, where you never seem to sit down until 9pm. And manic mornings with school runs vs breakfast/early meetings.

I had/have a lot to learn in my new role.  It took a bit of time to settle and not find everything confusing.  But I learned more in my first 6 months than I had in 3 years at my last job within the same field.

I have added value, I work with some great people (and some tricky ones) and rarely dread going to work.

I don’t regret it, enjoy it a lot. Any downsides are ones that would be replicated at most other jobs too, so I can’t complain. But it truly feels like I have been there 2 years+ instead of the 14 months it has been. Is that good or bad?

A long long week

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A long long week

Last week was my birthday. Yey! 39! That’s about as exciting as it got.

I did have a nice birthday, thank you. But I have had one of those weeks that have felt like a month.

My 14yr old DD had a Spanish exchange boy come and stay from last Friday night (midnight!) until today.  He is a lovely boy, my affection for him grew when he presented me with a lovely bottle of vino tinto from his Grandfather’s winery and a huge bottle of lovely looking olive oil from his town. (It did wain a bit this morning when he walked dog crap through the house though, I’m not a ‘morning person’ and I was running late, and I had to take this in my stride. Hats off to me.)

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Oh yes! It’s the weekend…

And we come to end of a very normal week in my world.  The end of the month – February 2010, it’s been emotional.

It’s pay day, and it’s even ‘Dress Down Day’ at my work – a Solicitors firm – I, of course, have rebelled and cheekily donned an old pair of flaired cords, that my DD commented on this morning ‘You do know that cords are so not in fashion Mum?’ With said cords, a pair of CAT worker boots (complete with steel toe caps – you *do* know how competitive TKMax is when they’ve had a delivery of new stock?) which are 4 years old! Almost vintage worker chic darling.

Anyway, I digress.

My weekend will consist of thus;  tonight housework, laundry marathon (which continues until Monday or the Washing Machine dies) intermittent tweeting, cooking the ever faithful Thai Red Curry with green beans http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1972/red-pork-curry-with-green-beans

Which I love because its quick, simple but with the essential tweaks that make it that bit better than anything other than authentic Thai – Nam Pla and Palm Hearts.  I heart it. (bear in mind I eat a 2 man portion in under 5 mins)

My faithful weekly fix

I will also attempt to attack the ironing mountain that I have avoided eye contact with for well over 2 weeks.  Does this make me slovenly or a domestic nonchelant?

Tomorrow, I am painting my chimney breast.  Yes, all of it. Be still my beating heart. Walking the dog, and generally doing chores/food shopping and all other things that are making this blog such an entertaining and enthralling read.

Sunday I shall read papers, drink nespresso and then cook Sunday lunch for my parents.  If anyone read this blog, I would at this stage ask for a straw poll as to which I should cook… as no-one does (by choice) I will not.

In summary this week can be tagged as * domestic boredom * dieting failure and * depressing weather * slight blip of Olympic entertainment.

In fact, signing up for ‘Words with Friends’ has been a highlight.

How much more proof do you need that I am in the middle of an exceedingly boring and mundane existance?

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