Over this month I am going to be attending several training sessions on workflows, an IKEN-related process which is being implemented as of this month. David nominated / volunteered me to be the lead WPO on this, as I know about the precedents, and I've already attended the initial training (twice, once with fee earners and once with WPO's), as well as a meeting with Senior and ITSO, two focus groups with various members of staff, and another meeting with ITSO, in addition to extensive email correspondence. This bodes quite well for next year's PDR anyway (my target for job-hunting is April 2013 as that's when my pay stops increasing), but it now means that ITSO wants me to attend all the training sessions with all the fee earner teams so that I can fill in the gaps in his knowledge.
South is implementing the workflows as of this week. On Friday (after their training) I sent an email to Jerome (West's Head) advising him of the various suggestions made by South, and yesterday then had to stand in for Senior again as she's on leave to advise the WPO's that South will be starting to use the workflows. I anticipate this will be the cause of moaning, etc., but moaning didn't get rid of IKEN and it won't get rid of workflows. If they stop griping and help make the system more efficient it will make things easier and less frustrating for everyone.
And if that actually happens I may well die of shock.
Er, anyway, as Paul put it: Council efficiencies at their best, that I have to attend the same training session about six times even though I already know how it works. :P
So last week was rather uneventful other than the above, though nonetheless I only managed to spend one evening actually at home. Monday we went to the pub with Lloyd and Denise, Tuesday (obviously) I had choir, Wednesday was Noel's birthday so we went to Paul's mum's, Thursday GLORIOUS NOTHING (read: catching up with household chores like laundry) and Friday we went back to the flat for Lisa's birthday and enjoyed a very tasty curry. Graham (the new tenant) popped down to join us and it we got to know him a bit better; it transpires he's a complete lightweight when it comes to booze.
It just took me about ten minutes to remember what we did on Friday; this month is so insane that my short-term memory is frelled. I did, however, enjoy my quiet weekend, as this week is also going to be insanely busy. On Saturday we finally went through the freezer and filled out the whiteboard, realising the insane amount of food we had bought but not eaten. If we are actually organised we won't have to go shopping for at least another month. (Ah, it's so scintellating being a grown-up, innit?)
So, this week:-
Monday (yesterday) was meant to be a gym day but neither of us really fancied it, so instead we went to Bella Italia. Oops.
Tuesday (today) - last rehearsal before Equinox.
Wednesday - going to Spring Hill Tesco to pick up chicken livers and various other ingredients in advance of Mother's Day
Thursday - spare shopping day in case Tesco have no chicken livers, also getting cards/gifts.
Friday - leaving work at half-three to get home and bake cake.
Saturday - rehearsal at 11.00am, concert at 7.30pm, out of house all day, Paul going out to get meat and Guinness for main course and whatever else is left to buy.
Sunday - up early to make pate and whatever else needs making, tidy and clean lower floor of house, rest for a bit, family arriving at 6.00pm, eat, drink, sleep.
The week after that is mostly uneventful except for seeing Oliver! on Wednesday. :)
On Sunday we went out for a pub lunch at the Kings Head, walking to Bearwood and trying out the Abbey for a quick drink. Seemed okay on the Sunday but I wouldn't want to go there of a Friday evening.
Roll on April and our week off; even if we can't book anywhere to go it will be nice not to be at work. :P
Oh, and talking of which, we've finally booked our holiday for September. 11 nights in Corfu. :) I've booked off an extra two days (18th and 19th September) in addition to the two weeks I already had as we arrive back at 6.30am on the 16th and I'll need more than a day to recover. :P
Okay, that's more than long enough. Over and out.