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This Week #10

Lots on this week, and should have been more - I missed an extra school governors meeting scheduled for Monday. It's my own fault, I rely on my work email to tell me when meetings are, but school governors' stuff is all on my personal email (not even the blog one) so I check it less often. Tuesday was planning committee and a meeting of Torfaen Labour Women's Forum. It was the first in years and there were loads of ideas for things we can do. Our first project is a donation drive for toiletries and similar to give to the local Women's Aid.

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.


  1. My kids introduced me to The Inbetweeners, it is indeed cringe worthy yet funny

  2. My colleagues did a runner from work early as there were piles of people in Cwmbran that day and they didn't want to get stuck there lol!Glad you enjoyed it though x #kcacols

    1. I don't blame them, town was absolutely rammed! We live in Northville and you couldn't move on the way over even for people parking to go and watch it. x

  3. I must say I did listen to Bublee Christmas Album last week it feels like christmas is creeping up on us doesn't , and yes the rain has been awful I have gotten soaked many times in the last couple of weeks x

    1. I know, it'll be time to decorate the house before I know it! Ugh, rain. This week has been a bit of a blur of sitting soggily on the bus, lol.

  4. What a busy week you have had and well done for getting the Christmas present wrapping done - I still need to buy mine! :-)

    1. I can't shake the feeling that I've forgotten someone though, in spite of all my lists... I'm too used to being a last minute type! :)

  5. Sounds busy! We also watched Christmas light switch on this week. We attended rather less committees though, so the similarity ends there! #KCACOLS

    1. Hehe, I'm feeling a bit committee-d out at the moment! Still, counting down for the Christmas holidays begins now :)

  6. I have been listening to Christmas Carols too while I was baking my Christmas themed cookies.


  7. Sounds like you have had a busy week and managed to get a lot done! Mine hasn't been so productive and I can match you on the wet socks thing! I am so over this awful weather. Thank you for lovely comments on my blog every week too #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you! Wet socks are the worst - it just puts a dampener (ahem!) over the whole day. Thankfully this week has been much slower! :)

  8. I'm feeling tired too!! I need a break!! I love the Inbetweeners!! They are hilarious. I watched all their series and movies! My daughter is starting to sing Christmas songs now so I'm joining her sometimes but I can see this to be more often the closer we are to Christmas! Lovely photo! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. You are definitely one of us. I'm every week looking forward to have you here and also you are so great spreading the love with the commenting. Thank you lovely! :-) xx


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