It’s been a bit of a busy week for me this week – largely (entirely, actually) due to work related reasons.
So on Monday I set off down to the Southeast of the country for a visit to a site I’ve been doing some work on – up to this point remotely from Warrington. I stayed for a couple of nights near Ipswich in Suffolk – a fair ol’ journey really…. My visit turned out to probably be more productive for me than for the project. Not a bad thing, I suppose? I’d never seen a facility like this and it was a good chance to meet like minded radiological protection people and see how they do things on a different site. I may be down again in the next couple of weeks based on some emails I got today…. I don’t mind, really. Although I do feel tired, it has made the week fly by.
I had some time on the way home and stopped at a town I’d heard some things about on the Anglia coast called Southwold. It was a lovely spot and I was wishing that Paul and Frank were there to share it with me. The weather was incredible – so warm and sunny – I could’ve been abroad….
(If you look very closely where the sea meets the sky in the first picture, you can see the site I visited with work… looking slightly out of place….)
Thursday was a bit of a nervous day for me as I was in Derby for my Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) appointment interview. So I did all that work in January to get my RPA portfolio ready for submission and then I heard at the beginning of May that I had been certified (i.e. the portfolio was good enough). The next step is the company has to deem you competent for the business that they’re involved in. I guess it went o.k. because the Corporate RPA and the Head of Radiological Protection decided to appoint me…. Good news all around – makes all my hard work in January “worth it” and it also makes it easier for me to maintain my competency. And it probably gives me a bit more variety in my work too.
Tonight I had a little catch up and some Chinese food with Harriet and Helen. I think I’m going to feel full for a while! This weekend is going to involve a trip to Chester, a bike ride (weather permitting) and some time with Paul’s sister’s family. Oh – and a just organised 3-way Skype with Nadine and Katrina (have you signed up yet, Mum?) for Saturday. Very cool.