Friday, 30 September 2016

The Big word of the week is WORK - Brain dump - Help needed?!?

I know I said I'd not be looking for work until 2017, but have been talking to friends who are just going back to work etc.

There's the age old question: What do I want to work? Do I want to go back into admin/pensions/secretarial work, or do I want a career change? At my age, would a change in career be an option? Or should I just trudge back into a "desk jockey job" that I don't like?

How many people are actually LOVING their job or have the job only because it's good pay and makes ends meet? And works around kids etc?

My main thoughts right now are: I would like a term-time job that works around the girls' school hours. We've been through a hellish time for 5 years to actually HAVE them, so I'd like to be able to spend as much time with them as I can. And yes, I actually would like to go back to work, just for my own sanity and to regain my own personality again, not being "mum/mummy/mami" or "K&M's mum".

That's the main thing. And given that I've mostly worked to get the money & benefits, not really in something I absolutely LOVE and am happy to return day in, day out ... what shall I do? What do I WANT to do?

I love the medical field, but that usually comes with shift work or hours that wouldn't work with term times. Would it be feasible to get a term-time job for the time being and do some studies around it to get a job later when the girls are at S1 say, for a job I really love?

So ... medical field. And sports ... and looking after people (running the Edinburgh Wolves and helping the "kids" - ages ranging 14 - 48 at that point!!! - And working with the Stirling Clansmen). And I'm crafty.

I've got my diploma in Sports Therapy, but given I've not practiced since I received the diploma (due to pregnancy and then the girls) and I was not insured (decided against it as it would have cost a lot of money for not really being able to do anything), so I assume my exam has lapsed and I'd need to do a resit at minimum. And I know that the Sports Rehab & Education people were looking into creating a governing body and that the course was planned to be at universities only in future (that was looked into in 2010 and I haven't followed up what the situation is at the moment) instead of the distant learning course with practical modules like I did.

Would I want to do Sports Therapy? Could I do it? Would I be able to get a job in a practice rather than working self employed (cost factor)?

Also - I know some of my friends work evening/night shifts and weekends, and that is not really something I'd like to do as I would like to see Doug and the girls as much as possible...

I've got no idea right now. It's just things floating around in my head ... any comments/suggestions are much appreciated.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt 2016 - Final Roundup

I'm DONE!!  Rinda's scavenger hunt  ... and I managed all photos! :D Despite late start. 

  1. A "wild heart" - a naturally occurring heart 

  2. A footprint or paw print

    (enough paw prints on Cramond Beach!)
  3. A skeleton, bone or X-ray

  4. A book or magazine read during 2016

  5. A porch or deck

    (taken Wednesday during my ventures into town. It's the "porch" of the Royal College of Physicians - LOVE it!)
  6. A camper (caravan)

  7. A family gathering

  8. A drawing, art project, artistic photograph, scrapbook page, greeting card or art journal page created by you
  9. Someone playing with, in, or around water

  10. A bicycle

    (going for a ride on the Cramond Beach Promenade)
  11. Fresh produce

    (fresh produce at "our" Aldi, and Blueberries I picked today in our garden)
  12. A window

  13. The Moon

  14. A buffet of food

  15. A team logo

    (added a new one ... ticket delivery for the NFL International Series 2016... ;) Not for us unfortunately, the tickets are going to friends or people who took them off us.)
  16. A map showing a trip taken during the time period

    (The Supertwins went on part of the Walk with my mum and me in July 2016 - Part way being from Juniper Green to Saughton)
  17. Twins

  18. A supermarket cart, basket or trolley full of groceries

    (Our shopping went past and all items were in the car before I remembered to take the photo! So when we popped back in to get one more item I snuck a photo of someone else's shopping trolley... :o )

  19. A seasonal cocktail or beverage

  20. Someone laughing

  21. A photograph of you with a newspaper or calendar page from the time period covered in the Hunt. Note: you may not use a substitute for this item

    (photo of me holding yesterday's newspaper, which contain the official class photos of half of all P1 classes in Edinburgh) I HATE most photos taken of me ... not very photogenic! ;)
Alternatives - if you're having trouble finding any of the above, you may substitute from this list (but you may not substitute for item #21)
Alternative 1: a lighthouse

Alternative 2:
 a baby (human or animal)

Looking forward to the Winter Scavenger Hunt now really. :)

Friday, 16 September 2016

Photo Scavenger Hunt Summer 2016 - Update (NEARLY THERE!!)


Took the girls to Cramond beach after school, they had their lunch there. Weather was nice enough, the sun was out and despite quite a bit of wind the girls wanted to play on the beach and go on their bikes. 

We met up with one of their P1 friends on the promenade and had lots of fun! 

Managed to add 4 more photos to Rinda's scavenger hunt (3 of which from today). I'm confident I will manage all the items this summer!! :) And that despite a very late start. 
  1. A "wild heart" - a naturally occurring heart 
  2. A footprint or paw print

    (enough paw prints on Cramond Beach!)
  3. A skeleton, bone or X-ray
  4. A book or magazine read during 2016
  5. A porch or deck

    (taken Wednesday during my ventures into town. It's the "porch" of the Royal College of Physicians - LOVE it!)
  6. A camper (caravan)
  7. A family gathering
  8. A drawing, art project, artistic photograph, scrapbook page, greeting card or art journal page created by you
  9. Someone playing with, in, or around water
  10. A bicycle

    (going for a ride on the Cramond Beach Promenade)
  11. Fresh produce
  12. A window
  13. The Moon
  14. A buffet of food
  15. A team logo

    (added a new one ... ticket delivery for the NFL International Series 2016... ;) Not for us unfortunately, the tickets are going to friends or people who took them off us.)
  16. A map showing a trip taken during the time period

    (The Supertwins went on part of the Walk with my mum and me in July 2016 - Part way being from Juniper Green to Saughton)
  17. Twins
  18. A supermarket cart, basket or trolley full of groceries
  19. A seasonal cocktail or beverage
  20. Someone laughing
  21. A photograph of you with a newspaper or calendar page from the time period covered in the Hunt. Note: you may not use a substitute for this item
Alternatives - if you're having trouble finding any of the above, you may substitute from this list (but you may not substitute for item #21)
Alternative 1: a lighthouse
Alternative 2: a baby (human or animal)
So, that means I can finish things on Sunday during / after our shopping trip! Numbers 11, 18 and 21 to go. YAY! GO ME! ;)