My mum and I went to visit my sister in London last weekend. I suggested the trip as a way of trying to cheer my mum up, despite the fact that I really didn’t want to go.
We booked into a hotel near to where my sister lives for one night. When I asked my sister to suggest a hotel, I had been thinking of something along the lines of cheap and cheerful but the place she suggested was a 5 star hotel!
I thought it was going to be way outside of my budget but there were some big discount offers and I booked the cheapest room I could get.
When we arrived to check-in I was told we had been up-graded. TO THE PENTHOUSE APARTMENT!!!!
It was absolutely amazing! We had a living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom on the 15th floor and two double en-suite bedrooms on the 14th floor. There was a panoramic view of the Thames from the living room and both bedrooms:
It was really great to see my sister – she cooked us a lovely meal at her house on the Saturday night and we met up with her again on the Sunday and went window shopping and for lunch before getting the Mega Bus back home again.
The best thing about the whole thing was the smile that it put on my mum’s face – I don’t think I have ever seen her look so happy. It was definitely worth going just for that!
On Easter Monday I spent a few hours with my boyfriend walking in the National Forest to re-centre myself after the London trip and then we curled up on the sofa at his house and watched a kids film on dvd (its a good job he is as big a kid as me when it comes to choice of films!).
Then it was back to work. It’s really quiet right now and there isn’t really much to do.
However yesterday we had an Admin/IT team building afternoon. No one was looking forward to it, particularly as Management would not give us any idea of what we were going to be doing. Not being able to mentally prepare myself for a major change from routine meant I was pretty stressed out and I also found the general negativity of everyone involved pretty overwhelming.
Despite this, the afternoon was actually ok. We had to work in 3 teams to build part of a lego car and then the teams had to come together at the end and put the whole thing together.
I was completely outside of my comfort zone for the whole time, particularly when having to participate in the big discussion bit at the end and I am not sure the afternoon met Management’s aim of us all getting to know each other better but it did prove we work well as a team (which we already knew!).
Everyone was talking about it today and most were still pretty negative about it, mainly saying that they thought it had been a waste of time. I am still processing it all but I am feeling quite proud of how I coped.