It’s a fortnight since my last post and that seems to belong to another person.
We’re in the Easter holidays and the alarms have been switched off. I seem for some very weird reason to have more energy. I woke up early this morning and rather than just reading a few books and faffing around I got up and went for a walk.
I have done the skills recording, which was a dreadfully stressful Saturday, although alleviated by a collective trip to the pub afterwards. That was last weekend. Yesterday I completed my essay. You had to pick out at least 5/10 skills and point out your use of them. I had more problem in assigning remarks I’d make to the right skills that writing them up. There is considerable overlap between effective questioning, checking your understanding and demonstrating deeper empathy with tentative remarks. Although I may go through it again before the end of the holidays I would be happy to hand it in and that is an enormous relief that suggests I might enjoy the holidays more without it hanging over my head. This is the quickest I have completed an assignment. I have put in not a single quotation or reference. I am comforted by the fact that in my tutorial last week my tutor said that my first assignment was too academic and the second one more appropriate to counselling. I’m not sure whether I was actually pleased by that.
We now only have one assignment left and I might be really brilliant and start on it and I might do something else. This is on personal development over the year and as such it will be interesting to write as progress has not stopped.
My mood has certainly lifted. This is also due to 2son having visited another school, even if he’s still finding it hard to get up for his current school or go and visit another one. I had to make his Universal Credit appointment on my own which was to hand over his sick note. Sorry, that should be a fit note. My son did hand it to me saying “look, I’ve got a piece of paper that says I’m retarded”. Anyway, at least we’re moving on.
After a slight wobble I am definitely going for the person-centred diploma rather than the integrative one. Those continuing from this year will split in two but I’ve got one or two coming with me and that’s all I need. We’ll have to get in of course. Applications open next Monday.
There are lots of other little bits happening, some good, some not so good, but none of them matter.