I’m writing this on Monday, sitting on the train to Manchester, hurtling through the Yorkshire countryside and out of both my home county and my comfort zone.
Tomorrow is the first phase of our flagship Bright Ethics assessment. I’m both nervous and exceedingly excited, as this marks the cumulation of months of work, sweat and tears.
It feels wrong somehow to be jovial about the weeks past and present due to certain international events. We spent the whole weekend under a cloud, despite the ban on talking about “he who shall not be named” and “that other thing we won’t mention”. I retired my phone for the weekend whilst out in Manchester playing with my band, not wanting glimpses any news or social media posts.
The past few days have personally also been very strenuous, as lead up to one of the most intense weeks since my university finals gets underway.
For some remarkable and positively cosmic reason, the 16th November is the day when everything in my life seems to be happening. The rest of this week is jam packed too, including a talk at the University of York Women's Studies department and exhibiting with Bright Ethics at Venturefest, a regional conference, on Wednesday.
Come Friday, there’s a bloody big glass of Pinot with my name on it.
I also have a rather historic meeting between the Guild of Entrepreneurs and the Merchant Adventures to attend here in York. As a Guild Master (God that sounds odd to say “out loud”) it’s my responsibility to ensure that the Guild of Entrepreneurs puts its best foot forward and makes a good impression.
This retrospective seems to be going well - all I have done is talk about the week at hand, not the week gone past!
So in the past week… here are some of the things I have enjoyed!
1. Cheese and Wine with the Guild
Last Tuesday the Guild had its social event at Love Cheese, a wonderful cheese emporium just off Gillygate here in York. We worked our way through a selection of British and French cheeses, topped off with some rather excellent wine pairings!
At £21 a head, I thought this was fabulous value for money and provided a really good way of getting to know people. So good actually that a fair few of us headed to the pub after to continue the conversation (which was understandably about the then impending election)
You know the drill, you go in for one damn chair and you come out with the entire shop.
On the way back from Manchester, Des and I decided to “quickly” stop off at the Ikea in Leeds. Two hours later we came away with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink, including a new very sexy recycling organiser/unit which I am *far* too excited about.
I also decided to finally get a couple of Christmas decorations for the house, though I will wait until December to put them up. Promise.
3. Making Music
As I said, Des and I headed over to Manchester on Saturday to play a gig with our jazz band. Des is on bass and I have the job of presiding over the vocal aspects, something which equally terrifies and thrills me, despite the fact I’m not exactly a very good singer.
It was incredibly fun though and probably the best we have every played as a group. I
The audience were also very appreciative, even dancing on the tables at one point, though the role of alcohol may or may not have a lot to answer for here…
Right, my train is just about to reach Picadilly, so I will have to love you and leave you here.
I will sign off with a picture of me in a novelty hat (H&M’s finest)