Thankfully this week wasn’t as eventful as the previous, even if the city’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, did declare a public health emergency following the toxic air that descended upon London.
17th – time to plan:
On a Tuesday, the team would usually need to stay much later than 5:30pm to ensure that the magazine was completed in time for the Wednesday deadline. Now, we’re getting things complete so much quicker. This allowed me to spend time researching and planning ahead for future issues.
18th – sunshine:
I noticed when I got off the tube and begun walking towards the office that the sun was shining down on my face. This brought a feeling of calm and was a nice change from the cold, rainy weather we’ve had of late.
19th – wedding invite:
Two of my good friends, Laura and Sarah, excitingly got engaged last October. Since they’ve got lots of friends, I wasn’t expecting to be asked to go but I was overjoyed when I received an invite! There’s nothing like planning for a wedding – even if it is six months away…
20th – working from home:
To promote our magazine, The Week Junior, we had a stand at Kidzania’s Careers Week event. Logistically it made no sense to go to the office for half an hour before leaving for my 11 o’clock start, so instead I worked from home for a couple of hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sun was shining, I missed the morning rush and I was able to have marmite on my toast! The little things… plus I had an absolute blast at Kidzania. I hope to work there again sometime.
I was also greatful for old English gentlemen:
Usually on the tube, people push to get on, terrified that it’ll leave without them. On my way back to the office, after working a couple of hours at Kidzania, a gentleman who was probably in his 80’s insisted that I get on the tube first even though I had been behind him on the platform. It was so kind!
21st – a decent sleep:
I decided to head home the previous night to suprise my mum as my plans had changed last minute. It was pure heaven to not have noisy neighbours above me hollering throughout the night.
22nd – slipper socks:
In the Christmas sales I treated myself to an unbelievably cosy pair of slipper socks that have the fluffiest of linings. They were practically glued to my feet all weekend as I refused to take them off!
Not my snap – Yui Mok/PA
23rd – layers:
The increased pollution and dense fog meant that the temperature was also affected, making the morning commute a very chilly one.
This week has been insanely mental so I just haven’t had time to go shopping or cook proper dinners (shhh… don’t tell my mum!) Work is normally busy on a Monday and a Tuesday anyway because it’s press deadline, but this week we began to host flat viewings as our newest housemate is leaving to go travelling next month.
So, currently in the fridge is some mature cheddar, salad cream, a selection of tomatoes, Quorn turkey, tomato ketchup, eggs and butter… totally living the dream right!
#104: Pause whatever you’re doing, and ask the person nearest you what they’re thinking about (call someone if you have to). Write a post based on it.
Since we’re on press day, I can’t really ask anyone nearby… time is precious! So, I’ll bend the rules ever so slightly and make an educated guess at what they’re thinking (and by evaluating certain behaviours and comments I’ve noticed so far today).
“There’s still so much to get done before this evenings deadline – copy still to write, pages to be approved, images to drop in… it’s going to be a late one! Although, thankfully not as late as last months a.m. finish – yikes! If only we had the ability to stop time… quick everybody check their purses for 50p coins and start rubbing the Queen’s nose!* Although we might have aching thumbs after and we need those to put this magazine together!”
* FYI – The Queen’s Nose: this is a TV series based on Dick King-Smiths novel of the same name, which started in 1995 and ran for six years on CBBC. This programme followed the main character, Harmony Parker, being given a magic coin by her uncle – this allowed her to do anything she wanted, with just a rub of the Queen’s nose!