Did I tell you I had been accepted by the BBC as an official judge for this year's BBC 500 Words competition? This annual competition invites children to send in a story in 500 words or less and these are then distributed to a team of judges to mark. I was sent around 14 in the 7 to 11 age group to read and mark and I had the best time doing so. And then last week, after the competition closed, I received a Certificate from the BBC acknowledging my help. I am so used to handing certificates out that it was quite a shock to receive one myself and I was really chuffed! Another string to my bow!
I have - over the last couple of weeks - been on an intense training course with the care company I will be working for. It has been fun and I have met some lovely people already. But some of it - particularly the section on policies and legislation were really heavy going. I have now got one afternoon of training left then I will be able to go out and meet my clients. I have stipulated I can work all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Friday morning at a push. And the good thing is that my Mondays and weekends remain completely free. This is the work/life balance I was looking for and I know it is going to be hugely beneficial to Steve and I because our weekends are so precious. We are always out somewhere, doing something -on Mothering Sunday we went to Greenwich Market and the weekend just gone saw us exploring Leatherhead, Epsom and Cheam. Some of these areas are so pretty and quaint - and we still have the Downs, Belmont Common, Box Hill, Kingston and who knows where else to visit!
We are away over Easter. That will be our third Easter running and this year we are heading for Suffolk on Maundy Thursday, getting back on Bank Holiday Monday so really looking forward to that.
Have a great Easter everyone. Catch up soon.