The power of work

Today was a day of getting things done but it was a right mixture of jobs.

First up was uploading the new Solace benchmarking documentation to the website and linking to it and the Improvement Service website from our performance pages.

Next was logging on to a non-networked Mac to pay the subscription for our upgraded social media monitoring tool, MediaFunnel. The guys at MediaFunnel have been great while we’ve been trying to sort ourselves out. First we had to get Firefox installed on all the PCs it was going to be used on because it doesn’t work on IE8, our internal browser. Next we had to get IT to put us all in a special user group because our profiles were somehow stopping our social media streams updating. Just when we thought we had it sorted I got so far in the payment process and it wouldn’t let us put in the credit card details. IT tried to sort it but our firewall just wouldn’t let us do it. We’ve had two extensions on our free trial to let us sort things out – thanks Andreas and Steve. We got the payment through on the non-networked Mac so we’re back in business and ready for a pilot to start with some licencing officers tweeting about their jobs.

After that it was back up the stairs to meet HimIndoors to go through the Better Connected spreadsheet looking the reviewers’ comments to see what we can improve. HimIndoors looks after the web content of our largest department and he had 4 of the scenarios on the sheet – organising the uplift of an old bed, commenting on a planning application, starting a new business and reporting a pothole. Three we scored well in and one we scored pretty badly but we knew it was coming. Most can be sorted out easily – it just took the reviewers’ fresh eyes to see some solutions we didn’t. The others will take a bit of work from the department’s business team and possibly the suppliers of the applications involved.

HimIndoors left earlier than planned because our new Head of Comms arrived for a visit. He starts next month but wanted to come in and meet us all beforehand.

After lunch I put together a first draft of our entry to the LGComms Awards. It has to be in by next Friday but it’s done and just waiting on some figures for the evaluation. We also have to get the hard copies of what we produced for the campaign but it’s do-able.

Next came a press release about a book launch which I sent out to the local papers before uploading it to the website and cropping an uncroppable photo.

By that time there was only quarter of an hour till home time and no time to start anything new so I watched the next lecture for my complexity course. I have to admit I didn’t understand most of it but they changed the sequence of the lectures and the guy being interviewed was talking about stuff we should have seen before his film but we’ll actually see it afterwards. I didn’t realise there was time travel involved in this course but hey ho.

Today I have learned:

  • if I keep my head down and don’t get distracted I can get through a power of work
  • being stuck between two stubborn people stresses me out

Today’s recipe

Thai fish parcels


Serves 2

a large bunch of coriander

1 garlic clove, crushed

the juice of 2 lemons

1 tsp Lazy Red Chillies

2 tsp Lazy Ginger

1 tsp cumin

a good glug of dark soy sauce

150g desiccated coconut

4 knobs of butter

2 haddock fillets

Method: Heat the oven to 180C/Gas 6. Whizz up the coriander, garlic, lemon juice, chillies and ginger in a mini-blender. Put into a bowl with the coconut, soy sauce and cumin and mix well.

Take two sheets of tin foil big enough to wrap the fish in. Add two knobs of butter to each piece of foil. Add a quarter of the coriander mixture on top of the butter then place a haddock fillet on top of that. Add the rest of the mixture on top of the fish then seal the foil loosely. Bake for 20 minutes and serve with green vegetables still with crunch in them.

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