This week I've just felt like I'm spinning lots of plates, and spinning them badly! Veronica, the mayor of Torfaen, has had to go into hospital for a knee replacement, so as deputy I've had to step into her shoes for the duration. It's way more exhausting than I thought it would be. I don't think it helps that I'm naturally a shy and retiring type, and the role is all about making small talk with strangers! Hopefully I'm not being a total disaster at it.
It is fun how diverse it makes your days though. Over the last fortnight I've been to AGMs, concerts, the south wales Dashain celebration, a parade of the Royal Welsh through Pontypridd, and met with a delegation of officials from the Suzhou Planning Bureau. Next week, among other things, I'm opening the poppy appeal for the local British Legion branch, helping to host a fundraising quiz night, and dropping in at a 100th birthday party. There's never a dull moment, really!
We're spending the day at my mum's today, so the hope is I can get all my blog stuff written and scheduled for next week, so at least there will be one less plate to spin.
☆ READING: I found an old piece I'd written about LGBT+ representation in youth media - I reposted it for National Coming Out Day on Tuesday.
☆ WRITING: The A-Z of Creepy Retro Television.
☆ WATCHING: Scary - and not so scary - movies for this week's Friday Frivolity linky!
☆ LISTENING: My mum introduced Marianna to the 80s cartoon Raggy Dolls. YouTube duly introduced me to the full length version of the theme tune... I can't stop listening!
☆ WEARING: The deputy mayoral chain - my neck has a permanent crick right now!
☆ EATING: I had my first mince pie of the season this week.
☆ REVIEWING: The Book of Everyone - I'm hosting a competition to win one in that post too.
I posted about linky etiquette, and did the 5 Things Blogging Tag.