If this isn’t your first time here then you will already know that I approach my monthly wrap up posts with high, low, and standout moment categories. However, as I was thinking back over my October I couldn’t really work out where to put things, I guess because it has been a pretty uneventful month overall. Anyway, rather than miss a month I thought I would just summarise things without putting them under certain headings. I may approach all my wrap up posts in this way going forward because I feel as though it may be a better format. We’ll see. Anyway, keep reading to hear about my October.
So, beginning with work. As expected it was a super quiet month, working in a hotel resembles a ghost town most days now. There were some guests here and there but nothing like the usual numbers. October and November are always quiet months, but what we’ve experienced this year makes previous years almost seem busy. It’s hard to find any motivation to be honest, and it’s made even more difficult when the vast majority of my hours are furloughed. I feel as though I just get in the swing of working only to find myself off for a long stretch again.
The lockdown in Wales saw the hotel close again completely for two weeks, which again served only to make me feel more out of the loop. It’s great that the furlough scheme is being extended but it does mean that I am likely to only work a couple of short shifts per week, averaging only a third of my usual hours. It sounds great to have extra time at home but the longer it goes on the more of a hit it is financially. With both myself and my partner in the same industry our household income has drastically reduced. Don’t get me wrong, we are fortunate to have jobs and we aren’t struggling, but we had plans that this has greatly affected – mainly the opportunity to secure a mortgage, which is more than a little disappointing. I think sometimes it can feel uncomfortable admitting disappointment because we feel as though we should be looking at the positives or thinking about those worse off. I do agree with this, however, I also think that it’s more than acceptable to feel disappointed when you’ve spent time working towards something only to have those plans sent sideways through no fault of your own.
Life outside of work carried on pretty much as it has all year – with little to report. The lockdown rules have resulted in me feeling the familiar isolation of being unable to travel to see my family. It was particularly disappointing this month because my nephew turned three and I had hoped to go up and give him his present in person (it’s sitting wrapped in my wardrobe at the moment), but that wasn’t to be. He enjoyed his day though and that is what is most important.
We had a lovely Halloween, I dressed the little one up as a skeleton and whilst she wasn’t the biggest fan of her costume she was soon distracted by a huge pumpkin that she tried in vain to pick up numerous times – she’s nothing if not determined! My stepson came round that evening for a movie night, he wanted to watch IT Chapter Two so we did. Have you seen it? I watched the first instalment in the cinema and really enjoyed it but I must admit I didn’t think much of this one. I just found it lacklustre. It was fun to have some treats to snack on and just chill out though. It’s funny how quickly they change as teenagers though, last year I was sewing lights onto a costume for him to go out trick or treating, and whilst that was obviously cancelled this year I don’t think he would’ve been bothered anyway. They definitely grow up too quickly!
Overall it was a pretty difficult month, my daughter was teething for pretty much all of it so that wasn’t fun. There were lots of tantrums and lots of tears but she seems to be coming out the other side now. It also looks like the majority of her teeth are through now so at least the end is in sight. The ongoing uncertainty with work was a lurking stress as it has been all year, and the travel restrictions were frustrating but I’m trying not to let it all get me down too much.
There have been positive moments as well, obviously Halloween was fun, and I’m edging closer to reading all the books on my books that I plan on reading this year list…well, except one but I have a separate post on that coming soon so I won’t elaborate here. I also started binge watching The Office US, why it’s taken me so long to get to I have no idea but it’s kept me laughing through this month. I’m on season four and I’m obsessed! I’ve been a fan of Steve Carrell for ages and he doesn’t disappoint in this role. Have you watched it? I’d love to know what you think. I’ve also been watching Ozark, a completely different type of show but also brilliant. It isn’t the sort of thing I usually watch and I wasn’t sure what to expect but somebody I work with recommended it so I thought I’d give it a go, and it’s fascinating so far. I highly recommend both of those if you’re stuck for something to watch.
Lastly, just in case you missed anything, here are the posts that went up this month:
How was your month? I’d love to hear how things are going with you if you fancy sharing. Also what do you think of this style of wrap up, better or worse than usual, or does it not matter either way?
Wishing you the best for November. Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!