My first day back at work was just as I expected.
I got into work at 9.45 and went to a meeting at ten which lasted until 12.00 and then I went to another meeting which ended at 2.15, then I went to the bus stop via M&S where I bought a sandwich and then I caught the bus to my other office where I had a meeting with my team and then I went to the station and caught the tube to the office of Mars Bar where I attended an event for urbanists and then I left and got a tube and a train and a bus and got home at 9.15. It makes me tired even writing that.
I spend at least 60% of my time in meetings every week. When I had my first job in the public sector I went to one meeting a month and that was the team meeting. How things have changed.
The urbanist* event was interesting as it was a networking event for woman urbanists and most of the women there were in there 20s and early 30s. I realised when I was there that there has been a massive change in how professional people speak. I have never used the word "awesome" in my life but I heard several of the attendees describe things as awesome without any trace of irony. They had lots of energy and were confident but it was a bit wearing being in the room with all that youthful potential so Mars Bars, Kerrs Pink who also there and I slipped out early and spent the final part of the session gossiping in the corridor.
And now I have to drag myself off to bed.
*Another word I am incapable of using without sniggering.