Just a quick note to say my new job is BIG and Emma Makes is busy so I need some time to sort those out. While I do I’m going to take a short blog break – until the end of September.
Last Monday I got up at 4.45am (Mum threw a pillow at me because I was sleeping through my alarm) and flew from Christchurch into a finance course. Then the week was a whirlwind of work and birthday and baking and work and drowning in email and some more work.
And here we are, Monday again. Here are my photos from Christchurch – I love going to other places and looking properly. It’s something you rarely do in your own home town.
I drove to work today – this week I feel like I’ve done no real work but have just been in meetings or answering emails the whole time. On Monday I’m starting my new old job so my first weekend task is working late and sorting shit out.
Today is my birthday (yay) and I’ve got enough leave to take a day off work, which I highly recommend to one and all. I think every birthday I’ve ever had started with presents in bed – Tom gave me a bunch of great things from his Paris trip, a wonderful ship picture from a Luxembourg market, some iTunes vouchers and a place in a Twig and Arrow flower course.
I’m really excited about them all and love the idea of buying new music so will happily take recommendations.
I’ve just returned from Ellen’s house where we started the day with ginger muffins, coffee and 1960s records. And she gave me a daphne bush so next winter that’s one less thing she needs to listen to me rant about wanting to find. I think I’ll plant it near the back door.
Next I’ll do a spot of baking – a birthday cake for myself to take to work tomorrow and two kinds of biscuits for a farewell on Friday. Then it’s solid pottering – probably in the studio, or watching a touch of The Good Wife or just staring aimlessly into space wondering if I’ll make it to 73.
Mum and I are taking a break in sunny Christchurch. I came down for the Readers & Writers Festival and she’s driving up to join me.
I’ve just returned from a super nice lunch meeting friends and thought I’d post my list of things to go in between Festival sessions and family time.
Feel free to add to this too:
– Make cafe
– Pay it forward
– Addington Coffee Co-op (tick)
– The dump shop
– Cotton On Kids (one of the few stores with the great bedding range)
– The Tannery
– Cafe Valentine
– The Botanical Gardens
Usually at the start of the week I can’t imagine having anything to write on my list. But throughout the week a ton of chores accumulate…
This week I got landed with the best of both worlds, career-wise. I got offered a short-term promotion while another staff member takes six months off, which means new challenges and more complex work but without having to leave my workplace or learn a whole lot of new names.
I really like my work and our small team gets on really well. This will mean managing two staff members and taking on more responsibility, which we all know I like because I’m nerdtastic. I also like that the new job makes me feel excited but also nervous – a good sign that I’ll be tested.
My reign of terror starts on 8 September. I’m keen to be a really good manager – feel free to tell me what you like in a manager as I’m on a collecting mission of sorts.