Trying to keep up a good balance

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since my last blog.

I’ve tried to continue with my plan of a good mix of work and ‘me’. With some hair and pedicure appointments I have managed to spoil myself and I even visited a gym to see if I could get motivated into getting fit. I’m not sure I’m disciplined enough to make the time yet though. But I do hope to get there one day.

As I was a little behind with paperwork I did get up early around my appointments to make up for lost time.

Business and pleasure in Taunton

I had a very early start to meetings in Taunton last Wednesday so thought it would be a good idea to book into a hotel in Taunton for Tuesday night for both John and I. We could have a little mini break and also check out the local restaurants. It meant I would also get a bit of a lie in and be up bright and early ready for the group meeting at 8.30am and SCC Full Council meeting at 10am.

We had a really lovely night in Taunton, sampling some unusual gins in the Castle Hotel and a very different Indian meal. We both enjoyed time out from home, not worrying about the dog, or me having an early two-hour drive to Taunton. It’s not something we can do every time I am in Taunton because eating out, hotel and dog sitter does not come cheap, however, it was worth it in the end.

Straight after the meetings in Taunton we headed home as I had a meeting to discuss a planning appeal locally.

On Thursday I was at MDC for a meeting then back to Taunton on Friday with two Rode Councillors. We were meeting with Highways Officers to discuss a road improvement scheme planned to resolve issues in Rode. It was also an opportunity to catch up on two other schemes in Norton St Philip and Frome.

I then met with a communications officer to find out why certain postcodes in my division were not receiving a SCC resident newspaper, Somerset Matters. We agreed a plan of action to deal with that problem and the next step is to implement that plan. I then travelled back to Rode for another meeting with a MDC officer.

Completing projects a priority

On Saturday, I took a break from the office , although on Sunday I had to get up early to work on two big projects, both with deadlines and ones that I had been working on all the previous week. With still a lot to do, I stood back and decided I should cancel at least two meetings, one on Monday and one on Thursday to get the job finished.

Looking into August, the meetings are fewer, but I have the deadline of those two projects looming. So that will be my priority. On a personal note, I have a less than pleasurable 3 hour appointment with the dentist.

I also have to confess, that I did not go to the carers conference as I planned as I felt I didn’t have the time to do so. It was a great shame and maybe something I should have made sure I went to. I guess my committing to my promise did not work for me that day. As I’ve said before though, I am trying and I have most certainly improved on the personal and work balance I had a year ago.