31st January – Still sick

When you have been sick most of the night, then you sleep (or are sick) most of the day. Even the puppy ditched me as I was no fun. 

It’s hard to be looked after when your two plans for the day are: be sick tidily and try not to be sick by sleeping. 


29th January – Not again

I don’t know what made me sick. It could have been stress, germs, tiredness, back, a combination or some triggered by others. 

What I do know is that when you are going to be sick, don’t got to the closest toilet, the one without the door code that you can never remember, go to the one without the lift. Because if you go to the one without the lift then you won’t get stuck as the lift refuses to change floors. As the doors open and shut 6 times before finally deciding to descend. Then you wouldn’t have students who initially laugh at the lift beep as the doors open time and time again, and then look with pity as you are sick and the lift finally moves. 


26th January – Working hours

Apparently you can’t work past 6pm, else they lock the convenient way out.  And then there is just a dark corridor and a locked door. 

Maybe it’s encouraging a healthy work life balance… Or maybe it’s forcing you to go right the way through the college, and back the length of the car park back again (in the rain) which mostly made me cold, wet, grumpy and late. 

Late for dinner which was trying to preserve my sanity, gave me my 5-a-day and a very exciting present (and loan.) I’m sorry I was late, wet and grumpy. Thank you for the patience. 


25th January – Team

Sometimes teams are a group of people who all do things independently, or have tiny sub-teams that collaborate. 

“Go team” became a bit of a standing joke after, regardless of who did the work – even if it was just 1 or 2 people the whole team was praised. To be honest it was massively unmotivating, knowing no matter how much you had done, someone who had coasted and contributed nothing, was just as much a part of the team and only the team could achieve there was no recognition for individual effort or lack there of. 

Tonight in a different settings my rangers looked, as part of the “Mission Spectacular” at team work. Looking at roles within a team, working together and effective leadership. (Take the lead.)

What was lovely was that there was recognition for contribution. Appreciation for the Ranger who had organised and resourced it. Understanding that sometimes you need someone to take the lead, and others to follow instructions. Understanding that following instructions accurately is just as important a role giving out the instructions clearly and figuring out how to do something. 

I may be the leader on paper, but tonight Amy ran the meeting. And although the actual activities were (in theory) simple, they showed really clearly how a great team can work together under clear leadership and achieve. 

All be it the main “tangible” achievement was building a pyramid of plastic cups without touching then!

But that’s also the first section on our mission completed.