The last week of the school holidays was a very, very productive one for me. Firstly, I prepped and shot my series for this month's Seven Vignettes - it's an Instagram competition, check out the #7vignettes hashtag if you haven't already. I'll be doing a post showing those vignettes later in the month. You can see above, that my creative director Jenkins, offered assistance from a distance (I'm a poet and I didn't ... that's a lie. I intentionally rhymed). And I took her advice by using the giant key in one of the shots (that's what she's sniffing up there). I don't know what I'd do without her input. No, really.
I managed to meet up with this fabulous lady, who has been helping me get some focus and clarification business-wise. Oh the ideas! Oh the energy! Oh it's so lovely to engage with positive, creative, driven women. I'm lucky to know quite a few around here and I can't tell you what a difference it makes.
School wasn't neglected either. Units have been prepped and planned. Notes and resources have been made and filed away, ready for later use. I've been in regular contact with some of my seniors who have been emailing questions and versions of their assignments for me to answer and proof. I'm feeling fairly on top of things as far as that's concerned and that's a nice feeling to have. With any luck it'll continue for the rest of the term. I've made serious promises to myself to not procrastinate about marking in Term Two. I'll let you know how that goes.
The vacuuming's done. The bathroom's clean. Linen has been washed. I've cooked a massive spaghetti bolognese (with a sauce of my own concoction - not from a can or a jar, can I just say that adding a splosh of balsamic vinegar is a great thing indeed) that has been squirrelled away in the freezer for school lunches. After the chaos of last year, it's a strange feeling to be ... dare I say it or I'll jinx it, organised. Nice, but strange.
What do you do to keep yourself organised - are you the type of person who, for example, deals with the cleaning all in one hit? Or dribs and drabs daily? Do you hire a cleaner? (I've been tempted, but for some reason find it hard to justify it for a single-person, single-cat household.) Do you have kidlets and do they help? I've asked Jenkins numerous times to take care of the washing up, but she'll have none of it. That's why I got a dishwasher in the end. Anyway, I'd love to hear what you do, let me know in the comments. Have a great week whatever you're up to.
Linking up with Em for her Weekly Stills.