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Ah, holiday how I remember thee well!  Yes, I have returned from Mauritius, land of sea, sun and rum, and now am back at the grindstone.

Health: The trip always throws my routines out and despite resting quite a bit during the holiday itself, the travel just eliminates any benefit.  So, status check: very tired and very achy – especially as I went over on my weak right ankle three days before the end of the holiday and while it’s only bruised from the minor sprain, it is still quite sore.

Family & Friends: I’ve seen LOTS of family over the last two and a half weeks.  My sister, her partner, my uncle, my father and myself all managed not to have any major blow-ups/fights during our living together which is a small miracle.  I think there was tongue biting and small irritations with each other all round but nothing escalated.  Maybe we’re getting wiser in our old age (maybe not).  Otherwise family weddings and events all generated much to discuss and gossip about.  We had the best night ever on our final night; a party at my Dad’s house, lots of guests, lots of food and booze, a good time had by all.

Psychology: Got a great result for my last essay and have begun work on the final essay due next week.  It’s the priority this week as I want it out of the way.  Revision will then follow for the exam in October.

Coaching business: Just caught up on my emails so far.  The priority this week is to get the refreshed website live so I can announce with a new-look newsletter next week.  I also need to get on top of the finance admin.

Writing: I didn’t get time to write much on holiday!  I have created a character bible for the original novel which is a good thing but not much actual writing itself.  I’m thinking about doing National Novel Writing Month in November to focus on it since I won’t have the psychology to worry about then.  I have done some writing for GeekSpeak – reviews for Torchwood which will continue alongside the Doctor Who reviews I do.

Most fun thing of the week: The family farewell party!  And seeing the cat when I got home – I missed her!

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Postcard from Mauritius

So, I’m here in Mauritius, having made it despite far too much left outstanding before I left.  Luckily I did get the essay written which was the main thing and I’ve had the mark back (online assessment is a wonderful thing) and it was best yet.

The holiday is going remarkably well; I’ve had 5 mosquito bites to date but I’ve killed 3 mosquitoes so I’m thinking it balances out.  The weather is warm but not too hot which is great.  We spent a couple of days in a 4 star hotel on the North bay.  It was a fantastic couple of days just relaxing and unwinding (a proper holiday).  We’re now back at Dad’s and gearing up for the wedding on Sunday.  I have my saree which is a lovely plum and gold number which I even remember vaguely how to wear!  The rest of the UK relatives are beginning to arrive too so I would guess the next few days are going to be frantic.  Wish me luck!

Don’t Panic

OK, so I have an essay to write, a business to run, a relative staying, a kitten with too much energy and lots still to do before I go to Mauritius… I’m not panicking, nope.  (OK, maybe just a little)

Health: Up and down unsurprisingly and the trip isn’t going to help.  I’m resting as much as I can.

Family & Friends: So I now have my Uncle staying with me in the run-up to Mauritius.  I wasn’t really expecting him this week so have organised things which means that I’m now worried about leaving him alone too much.  I’ve had to cancel a visit with friends as I can’t fit it in.

Psychology: So behind it isn’t funny.

Coaching business: I made my radio appearance which was great and a very fun experience.

Writing: Lots of things lined up and if I have something to look forward to in Mauritius it’s having the time to write!

Most fun thing of the week: The radio show without a doubt.