When you’re juggling several jobs, feeling starved of a decent social life and the weather’s not been as ‘spring-like’ as you’d hoped, nothing cheers you up quite like having a good old natter with a couple of close friends; especially if it involves cakes. Today’s delicious treats were coffee topped profiteroles and raspberry éclairs, both filled with lashings of fresh cream. Afternoon tea does not involve calorie counting, and it never should.
We always manage to have a laugh and cover a wide variety of topics; everything from dead pigeons to farting in the bath. In fact, I doubt that there’s any subject we wouldn’t be able to discuss, and I find that very liberating. In a world of political correctness gone mad, it’s a relief to be able to ‘tell it how it is‘ knowing you won’t be judged. In fact, it feels so good that afternoon tea with friends should be available on prescription. It’d save the NHS millions.
When you receive an email from your new company offering fast-tracked promotions for a select few; and clearly you’re one of those they wish to promote; it comes as a bit of a shock, especially when you’ve only been working there for a year. To be honest, I had to read the email several times before it sank in, and even then I thought it had to be a clerical error, but apparently not.
My knee-jerk reaction would normally be to take up the offer, and within a week acquire a senior status. However, the reality is that with just twelve months worth of experience I currently feel under-equipped for the role, and I need at least one more year under my belt before I’ll be confident enough to take on such an important job. While the extra cash would be great, of course, and it’s a huge compliment to be asked, sometimes you just need to slow the pace down a little. Although I won’t be attending the required training this time, I haven’t turned down the promotion, I’ve simply put it on hold until I’m ready for the next big step. No matter how tempting, it’s not a particularly good idea to start running before you’ve mastered the art of walking.
I have to admit, that even though I spend quite a bit of time entering online competitions, due to social media creating literally thousands more entries for each one, the odds of winning are at an all time low, but since being single I appear to have had rather a good run of luck regarding prizes.
Not only have I already received a Go Pro Camera (kerching), Swarovski Binoculars (more kerching), a £50 household cleaning products e-voucher, a 3 figure sum gift voucher, Ray Ban Aviators, an expensive wooden play kitchen for children and alcohol (always welcome), I’ve accumulated numerous small wins of cash, toys, DVDs, toiletries, mugs and so on…
Not bad for a ‘hobby‘, and now I’ve just been told I’ve won a new water butt! It may be a very old cliché, but you really do have to be ‘in it to win it‘.