Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fine For Some!

This is the reason I've been totally absent from Bloggie Wonderland these past couple of weeks. I wish I could say that I've been shacked up in this wonderful villa in France enjoying a warm European summer, swanning around the associated champagne houses & eating & drinking to my heart's content. Unfortunately it wasn't me, it was my Boss! 2 weeks ago he went to Portugal for a work conference & then decided to stay on for a week's vacation. Think Florence, Venice, the Swiss Alps & Paris here. Then he called & said he needed to do some serious product investigation in the Loire valley. Interesting that, as I wouldn't have thought the cool, cavernous cellars of the French champagne houses held the secrets of the next generation of external cardiac defibrillator/monitors, but I stand to be corrected.

Anyhoo, his absence has meant that I have just experienced one of the most challenging, exhausting times of my working life. While I appreciate his confidence in leaving me to run his wonderful business alone just 3 months into the job, there have been days when I was ready to send in the Special Forces to kidnap him from his travels & bring him home pronto! Ours is a complex business with an exacting & technically/clinically demanding client base, many of them working in extremely remote sites.

The phone went non-stop & my problem-solving abilities were put the ultimate test time & time again. Early starts & late finishes, trapped in the office without a break. This morning I'm so exhausted I can hardly put one foot in front of the other.  He's back on Monday & it will be with the greatest of pleasure that I leave him to it & head out to see some actual clients. Somedays I think at 56 I'm getting too old for this caper, but only for a nano-second. I keep thinking of how miserable I was this time last year in a job that had nothing going for it. I'm very grateful for the chance to have something to challenge me in every way, but for now I think I'll head off to the sofa & the warm fire with a trashy mag. It's the weekend dear Hedgies, so go enjoy!

P.S. Our little grand-daughter is not far off making her appearance, so stay tuned!



  1. Ah, I was wondering where you were! Work has been full on for me too, possibly not to the extreme of yours, but I've been struggling today to get motivated. At least it is the school holidays now, so I'll be glad for the change of pace! xx

  2. There is something special about a boss that has that much confidence in you and it does tend to bring out your very best although I rather fancy your very best is always on show!!!!!
    Enjoy your fire and your mag dear Millie. xxx Jules

  3. Kick back and enjoy Millie....and let's face it, it could be a lot being lured and encouraged into a job...only to be told after you've started that the budget will only allow for you to work two shifts a week!

    Very frustrating! But I guess it's one way to stop me spending

    I know you're enjoying the challenge Millie, and at 56 you're in your absolute prime! We're too long dead baby!

  4. Well done at handling it so well Millie. You deserve a break now. Just delight in the sense of accomplishment! xx

  5. You sound much happier than this time last year Millie..... hope you had a restful weekend and can't wait to hear when the new arrival comes.. X

  6. I was about to send out the search party for you, Mills. I'm relieved you're okay, although exhausted. I hope your boss brings you back a little thankyou present from one of those cellars! J x

  7. You are doing a marvelous job and how great that your boss trust you and has freedom to travel.
    I just found your blog, through a mutual friend, I am enjoying reading your posts and have become your new follower.

    I look forward to welcoming you to my blog and to your comments


And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
~W.H. Auden

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