The aim of this blog was, originally, to show potential employers the varied work I do. Well, I don’t suppose many potential employers are reading this this week, so I guess it doesn’t matter that I really haven’t done very much. This has come as a bit of a surprise for me; generally I’m not very good at holidays.

I have done quite a bit of prison work – getting a book ready, preparing for my next session, correcting the newsletter (which went out in a rush, with errors; I want to have couple of good copies) – and I’ve written a report on this year’s work in the hospital. That was a really nice thing to do, actually – it’s not until you gather together all the appreciative comments that you realise how much this work is valued by the people who take part. And today I’ll do my end-of-month accounting and my prison end-of-month report.

But apart from those things, it’s been, well, Christmas. I had a lovely Christmas Day with my kids, and a good shopping trip with The Daughter on Boxing Day. The next day she cleared out her room – three bags to go to a charity shop and two big bags of rubbish! Well done The Daughter.

There have been presents, and games, and too much food, of course. It’s all been good, except the weather, and that could have been worse.

So now it’s New Year’s Eve. Next year is going to be difficult for people like me – mot enough work and too many people wanting it. Why anyone goes into this line of work at all, I really don’t know (except that it’s incredibly rewarding and lots of fun).

But of course things are so much worse for so many people, and I’m not going to moan about anything. Life is sweet.

A very Happy New Year to all my reader!

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