Monday, 16 November 2020

Monday

 Good morning, everyone.  Here we are at the start of another week, well into the second week of lockdown 2.  I've unlocked the front door to put out some recycling stuff and it's dry and doesn't feel too cold, which is nice after the amount of rain we had yesterday morning.  To be fair, the sun did make an appearance from time to time but never for long before the clouds rolled over and more rain fell.

It was a very pleasant day.  Beth came around for lunch and we had a good old chit chat before setting off back to her home with the computer monitor.  Unfortunately, it seems that it is her PC that's on the blink, not the monitor, so when she went home late afternoon, she took with her my old laptop which will be hers when various bits and bobs have been repaired anyway.  She can't be without a computer right now the reason being . . .

Do you remember that a few weeks ago I had received some really, really good news.  It's OK to say now but, after a long time of searching, she had found a job and one that I think is right up her street.  It's supporting people with mental health problems in the workplace.
Several years ago, people from Access to Work came to school to look around my working environment and to advise senior management what could be put in place, etc, to support me with my hearing difficulties.  This seems to be the mental health version of that.
It's been very tough for Beth over recent years and we're hoping this will be a fresh start for her.

She hasn't been given a start date yet (lots of paperwork to fill in and get actioned first) and, initially, she will be working from home.  A laptop should be provided but, until then, she needs technology to stay in contact with her future workplace.

Anyway - she has my old laptop!

Sue was right in her comment; Strictly was more than a bit of a surprise but I was so relieved that none of my real favourites was out.  Bill is number one in my book because not only is he proving to be a super dancer, he has so much humour and character that he demonstrated very clearly in his dancing.  I like Caroline too and my third favourite is Ranvir.

No spoilers but, as it wasn't the couple it really should have been who left, it would have been my second choice for dance off. 
(that doesn't quite make sense but you know what I mean)
The other was a real and utter shock!

Today there are three things in the diary but none of them are anything to fuss about.  Jeff comes round this morning to sweep up leaves and generally make the garden look neat and tidy.  I have to get in touch with someone from school to arrange a governor's monitoring 'visit' which will be online.  Thirdly, I have a chat with Dad arranged for later on this afternoon.

As well as that there's washing, housework and clearing out so I certainly won't be bored today (am I ever?).
Have a really good day, everyone, stay warm, safe and well.  xx

17 comments:

  1. I look at the Strictly spoiler website so I can enjoy the results show more without worrying about who's out!!
    Same as reading the end of a book first - which I also sometimes -actually often- do. I don't like surprises!
    Have a good day, at least it isn't starting with the torrential downpours of yesterday morning.

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    1. And why not if you want to. It sounds reasonable to me. Ditto with books.
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  2. Congratulations to Beth, must be a weight off both your minds. I was surprised too over the dance off couples....not who I thought should have left. I feel so sorry for Nicola, having to stop through no fault of her own, her huge smile lit up the dance floor. Xx

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    1. I guess this is where fan base comes in useful plus people thinking some are safe so they use their votes for someone else. I was very sorry about Nicola too - she was having such a great time.
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  3. That's fantastic news about Beth's new job. Huge congratulations. X

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    1. Thanks, Jules. Fingers crossed that it works out well for her.
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  4. Yes another Monday in lockdown, we're not visiting shops again, altho no one in our little town when we've gone for veg.. lovely news for Beth, such a worry when there's so few jobs around. My eldest son has no work and altho' he has now got universal credit, it doesn't even cover his mortgage.

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    1. It's a rotten time for many. It's been bad enough for the unemployed, whether disabled or not, under this government, but it's even worse now.
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  5. Congratulations to Beth. That really is fantastic news and I hope it works out for her.

    I don't follow Strictly so can't comment on the elimination, but I did see Bill Bailey being interviewed during the week so have seen a little bit of his dancing.

    Enjoy your chat with your Dad ... fingers crossed that there are no Zoom issues. xx

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    1. Here's hoping. We only chat for a short time but it's lovely. Thanks for your good wishes.
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  6. I'm happy for Beth with her new job. I hope she enjoys it. Glad you are doing well in your second lockdown. Covid is running rampant here in the US and right now we don't have decent leadership to get us through it. Hopefully, the new administration coming in January will get us on the right track, but that's a long time still. We don't have Strictly here, we have Dancing With The Stars. They took off my favorite co-hosts this year and Len Goodman can't come to the US from the UK to be a judge so the show is quite different now and I find it less interesting to watch. Just haven't followed it that much this season. Have a great day, Joy!

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    1. A month can be a very long time in politics and, right now, lack of leadership is a disaster really. I so hope things stabilise for your country, both politically and health-wise, very soon.
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  7. How wonderful for Beth!!!

    God bless.

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  8. How nice of you to give Beth your laptop. I inherited my brother's, I need to have it cleared by the local man at the computer repair shop. I always try to get my electronics second hand. Congratulations to Beth. I have several friends who are looking for work right now. That is good news...

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    1. Thank you so much. Jobs are hard to come by and she's had such a rough time. I'm deeply glad for her.
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