I loved The Reading Residence's idea of defining a week in a word, I managed to join in for a week and then life got the better of me.
And yet, as I sat on the train home from London tonight, I couldn't help but think of a word to sum up the week:
It has been the boys first week of doing five afternoons at school.
The school staggers starts, so they started the Tuesday after Easter, and last week was a Bank Holiday.
They do so much outside of school, and then there's how much school would exhaust them.
And they are exhausted (and then Grandma took them to a softplay centre this morning!).
Mr J was sure they couldn't wait up until I got home this evening.
And yet, they still insisted, beyond their bedtime on mummy reading them a bedtime story, a new one- hooray!, 'Marshmallows for Martians'.
Seren has had to put up with mummy making her brechdanau rather than cinio. She's taken on another after-school activity, in that alongside Mr J starting up Junior Squash on a Saturday morning, he's decided to add 'Squash for Tots' to his repertoire. This morning's text informed me she had gone to bed at 8 and slept through to 8- completely unknown, she is usually a night owl.
And of course, Mr J has had to put up with me working away.
And for me, for so many reasons,
I expected closure on something today. Something that I was expecting to have closure on a couple of weeks ago. Something that has occupied my sub-conscious, I'd love to say for two months, the reality is it has occupied too much time for too many months.
I didn't get the closure promised. I don't imagine for a moment I have been interpreted as being reasonable in my response to the deadline offered passing in silence. I have reiterated that I haven't been told of (another) extension, so I'd like a response.
I have found myself in new situations recently, stepping out of my comfort zone.
On a personal level, I stepped out of my comfort zone recently, and afterwards someone shook my hand, and commented on how cold it was.
I have realised that is what happens.
And as I travelled to a meeting this week, as the weather turned to perfect, so I found my own temperature dropping. I realised how nervous I was.
The day went better than I could have predicted. I have once again realised how much I take things on face value. How whilst in my own work I like to think I think laterally, that some things outside of my control I just assume to be non-negotiable.
And as I realised that whilst I was surprised by the outcome, I realised my preparation had set me in good stead. Allowing me to be confident in the sphere of my influence.
I don't know how things will turn out for me 'professionally' (AKA at work).
I do know that regardless I have the most resilient little people, that I want to spend every moment possible with them.
And so, it is what we have been this week, and this is the trait we continue to perfect: