Wednesday was joint scrutiny committee, looking at budget cut proposals. I had a bit of a baptism of fire as they needed all the members of healthier scrutiny (social services, etc) they could get, but I'm such a new member I've yet to actually attend a meeting of that one! The choices are so stark when it comes to social services. Cutting back street sweeping and stuff sucks, but is vastly preferable to, say, stopping nighttime call outs for continence management. Unsurprisingly that committee overran so it will be reconvened on Monday. Community Council was at 6pm but it was really too tight to get there in time, so we took Marianna to see the Christmas light switch on at Cwmbran Shopping instead. We were going to take her to Santa's Grotto but she was having none of it, screaming and crying at the indignity of being out in public, so we just took her home and put her to bed.
On Thursday we had an update from Aneurin Bevan Health Board at work. I complain about work all the time, but it's times like that you realise you are in a very privileged position. I brought up my pet crusade around monitoring of post term pregnancies - as a member of Joe Public the only person listening was my mum, but as a councillor I get the ear of the Chief Executive and the Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology! Not bad, eh?
Marianna and Anthony as the lights came on.
☆ READING: E. Scott's 'Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential - America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine'. I wrote a post about it.
☆ WRITING: A post for Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. CORGI Home Plan are running a campaign around it; I'd put my name down and figured they must have already filled their quota, then they got in touch with me on Wednesday to ask if I still wanted to run a giveaway for a CO alarm - cue some quick typing! :)
☆ WATCHING: The Inbetweeners 2. I don't know why I hadn't watched it before, it's hilarious!
☆ LISTENING: Christmas songs! My mum had Marianna on Friday so we did the majority of the Christmas present wrapping to get it out of the way.
☆ WEARING: Wet socks. Every time I've left the house this week I've seemed to end up with wet socks.
☆ EATING: Japanese sweets. I won a Blippo candy subscription box which arrived on Wednesday. Expect a review at some point next week.
☆ FEELING: Tired.
It was a big week for the blog - I finally took the plunge and bought a custom domain name! You can read more about it HERE. I also posted about my dream bathroom, reviewed C'mon Dolly and did the versatile blogger challenge, after being tagged by Amani Lyrical. In other news, I got to be a featured poster at the Frivolity Friday linky and was mentioned at #KCACOLS.