I was up with Stanley the Sparrow this morning.
The sun was shining, so I grabbed my camera and headed to the lake. These photos, and the new header for Dory’s World, are the result.
I’ve been thinking vary carefully about what I want to do with the rest of my life and have come up with a couple of lists (I’m very partial to lists).
Things I’m good at/enjoy/have good knowledge of
Writing, I’ve worked as journalist for almost 30 years; photography, my main hobby; I’m tech savvy, spent last year being lead superuser (superloser) setting up the new editorial software systems at work; research.
I’m creative, I have made clothes, can knit, made greetings cards, painted etc; I’m hard-working, have met deadlines all my working life; I’m a parent; I embrace social media; I grew up with two brothers who have Downs syndrome so I have vast experience of people with learning disabilities; I am a collector of quirky information – love learning new things.
I enjoy driving, cooking (my speciality is creating random dishes from things that have been reduced in supermarkets; exploring, history, science fiction and my Xbox (although I’m not sure what benefit being a middle-aged female gamer will be). I’m very good at lists.
Things I’m crap at/ don’t enjoy/ should avoid at all costs (or learn how to do properly)
Gardening, I am truly useless so I now pay a man to do it for me (daughters have christened him Wallace because he looks like the character from Wallace and Grommit); dieting, something I am going to have to learn; managing money, I spend it … this does not fit with the Plan; exercising … currently not a lot, my excuse is not having the time; time management …I work long hours, averaging I suppose 12-14 hours a day, I don’t, however, work on Mondays.
I need to play to my strengths and work on my weaknesses. But I need to avoid being fired for moonlighting while I’m at it.
Yesterday Man and I opened an online joint savings account for the pot of cash we need, we started our Ebay selling careers, which serve the dual purpose of adding to the fund and a bit of life laundry, and I investigated greetings card manufacturers to see who accepts freelance submissions.
Today is going to be taken up with a little bit of local research. And maybe some more photos … I’m glad Stanley and I were up early though, the sun has gone in now and the light isn’t nearly so good as it was at 5.30am.