A year of work in progress – day 163

Day 163 – 29 September 2014

The autumn equinox has been and gone. There is more dark than light in the world in so many ways. We’re slipping into winter and that can only mean one thing, it is time to change into my winter wardrobe. Out go the short sleeves, light fabrics and enlivening colours. In come long sleeves, with cuff links, wool and sombre muted heather tones. Where there used to be a need to stay cool, now there is a need to stay warm. Hats, gloves and overcoats will soon be making an appearance. As soon as I made the change though the weather improved. We have had a September like August which followed an August like September.

Dynamo started and ended the day. First up was a discussion of its merits with the Deputy Leader and the Portfolio Holder. I used the recent aims and objectives report that went to the last board for approval as the basis for our conversation. I wasn’t at the board and haven’t heard yet if it was approved but it was enough to get going.

After lunch we got together to judge the awards for the upcoming Dynamites evening which is only a few weeks away. Clearly I can’t say too much but there has been a lot of interest resulting in a lot of entries and a lot of reading. All of the information was in a massive spreadsheet and we had to identify our top three for each category. To make it easier I ended up colour coding, with green for (my) first, amber for second and red for third. Those that I had an interest in and could not vote on I marked as blue.

It took us a while to get going and agree the rules, partly because there was so many of us on the panel and partly because we hadn’t all read the instructions. Once we got into it though there were some great stories of North East grown talent and a consensus was achieved. When it came to our bids I had to leave the room and sit on some chairs outside. It reminded me of my school days and sitting outside the head’s office. Happy days.

In between I had a couple of one-to-ones and a progress meeting on the web project.

A couple of presentations that I’ve got coming up have been worrying me. I even lost a little sleep over them as I’m not sure what I’m going to present. Next week I have the Institute of Customer Service event and a couple of weeks later I have our own conference to contend with. I’ve started the first but not the second so I best come up with something sharpish.

Learning points for today: only a stupid person would under-guess; the weather is a fickle thing; traffic lights are so useful; you should never lick a knife, especially with chilli jam on it and; I bite sometimes.

Today’s enjoyment rating 8/10 – exciting stuff.

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