OK, first of all, I need to get some disgruntlement out of the way.

I found out on Thursday (only by hearsay, admittedly) that a colleague has been promoted.  As far as I'm aware, no post was advertised and no recruitment process was gone through.  I also have to say this isn't a post I could possibly have gone for because I don't have the skills or the experience.  Of course, I don't begrudge the colleague his promotion AND he's going to have to manage a new member of staff (because THAT post will be advertised) but it's just raked up a whole layer of frustration that had settled.

I love my job and I REALLY love being part of a team that is made up of a) posts that make sense and b) great people.  I'm in a happy place and I was enjoying working life.  But this just illustrates that if the powers that be WANT something to happen for someone, they will make it happen.  So, turning me down last year for even having a regrade CONSIDERED adds weight to what my husband says about them having me where they want me.

Well, I'm not going to settle this time.  Firstly, I have a line manager that I feel actually gives a shit.  Secondly, it doesn't matter if the powers that be think a Grade 7 post is NEEDED - what matters is that I believe I have a case for saying that I'm doing Grade 7 WORK; I'm not asking for the post to be regraded, I'm asking for recognition of the work I have done and am doing.  I did want to speak to my line manager yesterday but he wasn't in the office, so it'll have to wait until I'm back at work.  But at least I've got this out of my system!

In happier news, I've just bought a copy of a book I had as a child that I lent to someone and never saw again.  It's called 'Once Upon a World' and is a rewriting of the Bible for children.  I want to use it as part of my talk about my favourite Bible passage (Numbers 6: 24-26), which will include my thoughts on the Bible as a whole.

In less happy news, I spoke to an old friend yesterday and she was sounding old.  I mean, she is almost 81 but I only saw her a few months ago and she still seemed as bright and switched on as ever.  Yesterday, she was hesitating and losing her thread mid-sentence.  She said she struggles with numbers and writing, and can't handle money.  She uses her debit card, so can still shop.  And she's still managing to live independently.  It's just so sudden.  I will see if she's free one day next week, I think.

Also, the grandson hasn't been well the last couple of days, so I might be spending the day in Halewood baby-sitting.  I'm waiting for the daughter to ring and let me know how he is.

Right, I need to get some washing done before I go anywhere!  Bye for now, DW!

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