Getting on With It

It’s been totally cray cray in the Mason household this last week and a half. So busy that I haven’t been able to turn on my laptop let alone think about blogging.

One of my good friends had a birthday party which I attended with the rest of our ‘book club’ and had loads of fun in their garden and met her friends and family. It was a great evening, just chilled enough with lots of chats and music. Then three of the group went off to Ibiza for a week leaving two of us at home with the British weather and work.

But I don’t mind because I’m loving my job. I love learning about the company and customers and fixing things. I like being able to tell that what I do makes a difference and I hope I’m doing it well enough to achieve that. I also know I can learn so so much more and get really good at it. It’s exciting!

On Thursday was my birthday and only the second birthday in my life where I was at work (since my birthday is in August I was never at school for it either!). My colleagues really spoiled me and decorated my desk with banners and 30 confetti. I got some goodies too! They sang happy birthday to me (in English & Polish) and brought me a cupcake with a candle. I was truly spoiled!


That evening we went to my In-Laws and had a birthday tea with all the family. It was a perfect day. Then on Sunday we went to my parent’s and did it all again!

On the Friday Gary and I headed to Campbell Park after work and set up our camping chairs with a picnic, ready for Proms in the Park. It’s an open air classical concert where you’re encouraged to fly the British flags and sing along to the songs. Lots of Pomp! Though I forgot to bring our little flags I was wearing a hoody that had one on the back, by coincidence, so I waved that about a bit until I got cold and put it on instead. It was a great evening though, and they played some of my favourite pieces.


A photographer from MKFM also took our photo for their website. Cheese!


We’d had some amazing news that day too so it capped off a brilliant day (I’ll share when I can…. I’m not pregnant before you ask!)

After that amazing weekend I started to feel really manky. Like exhausted and fluey. So I spent the next few days lying/sitting very still and trying not to move my arms. I tried to run on Monday but managed 1.5miles before I recognised my muscles were in pain rather than just being worked or a little tired. I took it easy and didn’t run or bike for the rest of the week and was able to recover at work since I’m not on my feet all the time any more. By Thursday I was feeling more or less myself again and today I’m feeling great – only a little achy in the arms but that was from trying to see if I could do push ups (I can’t).

Today I took a massive step. I took a driving refresher lesson. I passed my test about 5 years ago and have driven about 3 times since. I’m petrified of driving and it peaks any anxieties I have. But I don’t want to be biking in the winter (or autumn, or really now for that matter….) so I need to just grow a pair. The lesson went okay. I was very nervous and came back drenched in sweat (ick) but I did it. The instructor didn’t seem worried and is happy with working on the areas I need to but it’s reassuring that he can brake the car if needs be. I’m happy!

Last night I met up with my Book Club again and caught up with them post-Ibiza. It looks like an amazing place. We’ve decided on a trip somewhere all together next year – I’ve never been anywhere with a nice beach so that’s the only prerequisite I have. Give me white sands and clean water and I’m golden. It was so nice to see them all again even though it had only been two weeks, I missed them!

So this weekend is a bank holiday. My first bank holiday out of retail which means I automatically get three days off! I need to get back into running (only a week and a half of training time left until my 10k!!) and I have a new toy to try out- a Garmin Forerunner 10 which I bought with birthday treats. I can’t wait to take it for a spin 🙂 I’m hoping it’ll help with my pacing – though I’ve found that Gary is a pretty good pacer!

Whatever your plans for the Bank Holiday are, I hope you have a good one!

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2 thoughts on “Getting on With It

  1. Happy birthday for the other day!!! I love being able to spread birthdays out now I’m older. Everybody has to help celebrate it, even if that means you have to have a second or third celebration three or four days later! 🙂
    Well done on getting through your driving session. I passed my test the day before going to America to stay with a friend’s family for 8 weeks and I was pretty worried when I first got back, so I couldn’t imagine driving again after five years. Your confidence will grow the more you do it though and pretty soon you’ll wonder how you ever coped without driving!

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