“Food to dine for…
I am very anxious that tomorrow is a real turning point in my pathetic and weak-and-watery stakes because we are [meant to be] attending a wedding on Saturday. We have been looking forward to this event for a l-o-n-g time. To be honest, I am sure we will go, come hell or high-water and if I hit a downward slide then I can secrete myself away somewhere quiet at the very plush venue. Keep your fingers crossed that this isn't necessary please!
The role is 3 days per week which means, should I be successful, and should I want the job, I could give up one or two other commitments. I am also going to be doing some copywriting for a friend’s business (and her clients), and this is something I did whilst in Australia (part-time / remotely) and I enjoyed it.
However, having said all of this, I have been thinking of trying to move away from employment within education as – basically – I think it has been bringing me down. The kids are fine… it’s the parents [sense of entitlement and general ignorance] and politics [Gloucestershire Education Department needs a good shake-up, as does the national set-up] and ridiculous paperwork [bureaucracy, lack of funding]. I mentioned that I needed to get out and “do something mindless” to my best-friend but she said that would drive me mad too! So, the solution must be to…. win the lottery!?*
Talking of employment and bureaucracy – you will be pleased to know that after approximately 3 months of dipping in and out of the Government’s HMRC Gateway and filling in numerous forms, contacting various on-line helpdesks, receiving both digital and paper copies of instructions, this week I eventually managed to get access to be able to submit my self-employed income ‘self-assessment’. Good grief… I am trying to be honest and do the right thing and give them money, but what a palaver. I have until October 31st to submit this information on-line. I will obviously start that process soon because no doubt it will take weeks…
On the more fun side of life, it has been a mixture of events both done and dusted and on the horizon: