Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The good and the bad about this week

Why is this week being so slow??? Here's what's happening:

This sucks:
  • Work is annoying me. I'm responsible for a project that nobody is happy with. I have to make a lot of compromises and in the end no one is satisfied. It's stressing me out.
  • I'm rehearsing for The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht - the show is really cool, but rehearsals are just too consuming at the moment, it's too much pressure!
  • I didn't even get a chance to do a wrap-up post for the read-a-thon, in which I participated rather casually, but still. It would have been nice to re-cap and link up.

This is making me happy:
  • We're going to Poland on Saturday and staying for a week - yay, no work, no rehearsals, and two grandparents eager to look after Baby S. I can't wait.
  • I just had the yummiest ever falafel wrap. I discovered a fabulous Lebanese around my workplace and I'm there all the time now.
  • We're about 600 people working in the same building and some colleagues organised a book swap table. You put books you want to swap and take whatever you want in return. Today, I found what I think is a real gem - Can Any Mother Help Me? by Jenna Bailey. It's based on a collection of letters/articles written by a group of women, housewives, in the 1930s and 1940s, basically about their lives. It seems to be a fascinating piece of social history.
  • I subscribe to audible.co.uk and recently got The Journey Into Yourself by Eckhart Tolle, which is not a book but a retreat. Tolle is famous for preaching focussing on the now rather than dwelling on past event or wishing your life away waiting for the future. It really relaxes me. And it's both enlightening and funny. So far, of course, I only just started listening a few days ago.

How's your week going?


Kailana said...

Book swaps at work are a fun idea. My friends work has one, but she is always complaining about her disinterest in the books that other people bring in. So, it's really good you found a gem!

Aarti said...

I'm sorry about that project, but at least you had an excellent falafel, which I feel can make a bad day great :-) And have a wonderful trip!

Larissa said...

A great Lebanese close to your workplace? We have to go there one of these days... ;-)

Iliana said...

Oh I'm sorry to hear work hasn't been good. I am kind of in the same boat but hopefully changes are coming soon :)

Count the days until your vacation! How fun to get to spend time with your family and hopefully getting a chance to relax too.

Tasha said...

Mmm, falafel. The book swap table sounds like an awesome idea. And have an awesome time in Poland.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

I love the idea of a book swap table at work. We have a small office so I'm not sure how well it would work, but it seems like a cool idea.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Hope you're enjoying your trip Joanna!

Love the book swap idea! On our floor we have a library but not much in there that I'm interested in. Would be much better, I'm sure, if the entire office building was involved!

joanna said...

Kailana - yeah, some people at our office think it's a great place to bring books that need to be thrown out... It's really annoying!

Aarti - I'm soo addicted to the falafel, it always lifts my mood!

Mamma Vega - we do indeed!

Iliana - I'm sorry your work isn't going great - I hope it's calmed down by now...

Charley - it's a good idea because it doesn'r require much organising or oversseing... It works!

Kim - we do it for magazines too, maybe that would work in your smaller office...

Trish - organise it once you're back at work! ;-)

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

I'd love a book swap table at work, but I work as such a small office I'm not sure there would be many choices!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

Wow, I'm such a dork -- I didn't notice I commented already with basically the same thing. Silly me :)