Jane Reynolds's Weekly Blog – 22nd April 2012

Here’s this morning’s Sunrise over Swindon. A bit dull and overcast, but there it is anyway!

It’s Monday 7.20 am as I start writing this bit. That’s too late. I’ve got to be strict and not do ANYTHING on a Friday night, as it puts me ‘on the back foot’ all weekend and makes the blog late.

If I don’t post it until mid-morning on a Monday I have to spend the rest of the day doing all the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff (which means I effectively ‘lose’ a day), and I can’t afford to lose that much time.

Even though I rarely do anything or go anywhere, If I DO end up doing something on a Friday night it’s spoiled because of the knock-on effect it causes. I HAVE to have got Friday night’s Soaps watched before I can start writing my Soapy Corners, and I’m generally at my desk by 7.00 am on a Saturday morning.

If I’ve been out, even though I’ll start watching at 5.00 am, by the time I’ve finished; got to my office; made some toast and coffee (I’m always hungry by then!), and finally get sat down, it’ll be almost 9.00. Those early-morning hours from 7.00 are my most productive, and are the equivalent of at least three hours by 9.00.

That’s what happened this weekend, and with WordPress deciding to have one of its Sunday go-slows, I finally gave up last night after a twelve-hour day, but was up at 6.00 this morning to get back in to finish it off. As I don’t even get paid for it, it’s not worth the stress, so if you want to ask me out on a date (ha, as if!), don’t ask me on a Friday!

Right. Here’s this week’s blog. Have a good week and I’ll see you next week. Thanks for reading. J

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