This year was always shaping up to be a rather full one from the start but it turned out to be even more hectic for longer than expected.
Kicking off the year was the web design course which turned out to be just what I wanted. It was one of those courses where the course is what you make of it and I made a lot along the way. Thanks to it, the accommodation sites have had a major facelift and that in turn has enabled me to run up a trial Android version of them too.
The final part of that course was a work placement which was in Wasp Solutions, a fantastic place to work and almost the perfect job for me. Unfortunately in many ways, the main job offer came along just a week into that which everyone but me thought was fantastic. With that offer in the bag, I had to fit in a trip to France to pick up all our stuff, something that we’ve been meaning to do for a year or two now but which we didn’t get around to until this March.
The “new” job is basically the same job that I was doing eight years ago, but with a different view out the window. As with this type of job, it’s a fairly slow start and it’s some months into it before things start to get really busy.
Alongside the work, I was doing the level 2 chemistry course with the OU from last November, adding their autism course for a few months and then adding signals & perception to that as from February. Course-wise things got really hectic in June with the chemistry exam for the first two weeks and the pre-course work for the two summer schools for the last two weeks. Then it was off to Nottingham and York for the residentials themselves in July with the final week going in doing the assignment for the perception course. August disappeared in doing the assignments for the two summer schools and in September it was catch-up time for perceptions before the October exam. Funnily enough, right now, I’m just about exactly on schedule with the perceptions course despite everything.
Adding on complications to that lot was the saga of Mum’s dentures which has dragged on since May and she still doesn’t have them. Finally, Wendy broke her foot which in turn used up all my holiday time in picking the kids up from school.
In theory, the end of the year should see a slow down in all sectors but no doubt other things will come along to fill the gaps and then some. Still, as of now, there’s just a level three chemistry course starting at the end of October and the final few appointments to get Mum’s dentures sorted out which is a lot less than I started the year with.Copyright © 2011-2013 by Arnold Stewart. All rights reserved.