July 23rd, 2009


Last PWG Networker!

So, more for my information that for anyone else's interest, here's the link to the last PWG Networker that I have been responsible for as Editor :-) And on the whole I am really pleased with it, lots of different people contributed.

July Networker

But along the way in creating this last Networker, which is a huge stress and amount of work, I have learnt an important and slighly painful lesson. One of my PWG / CS friends proof read the copy and two weekends ago I made the final changes and sent the last version to the graphic designer. And the final version was published on Tuesday this week.

But today, this friend has still found errors in the copy and I feel terrible, because this is clearly my mistake / responsibility. I think this teaches me that doing too much, being responsible for too much on your own, sometimes doesn't work. That sometimes letting go means admitting that being 8 months pregnant, working full time and juggling at least 2 PWG roles isn't helpful. That letting go means giving someone else the whole responsibility, way head of time. Or it means changing the deadline or missing the deadline as appropriate. I can't be so stubborn headed that I do a less than perfect job, and then blame myself or my pregnancy for having too much to do.

Does that make sense? Do any other perfectionists out there have any advice for me?
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Water Relaxation

After my crash yesterday (see photo of treacherous pavement!) I left work today at lunchtime and slept all afternoon, think my body really needed it! I still feel quite achy and bashed up, no damage apart from grazes.

Tonight I went to the 5th of my 6 pregnancy / water courses at the Unispital pool (University hospital). There are 8 of us, all in the third trimester (the first babies are due in the first week of August) and we have fun in the water. Lots of stretches and breathing and then some pair work.

We trust each other, tow each other round the shallow pool with inflatable and generally relax. It is so funny to see us - lots of pregnant bellies floating around. It is also quite reassuring to see each other's shape and sizes. Afterwards I feel nice and weary!