The last few weeks have been very busy (and VERY hot) at Bulldog Towers and I am lacking the focus to put together a proper, helpful blog post. I do, however, like to share my "journey" (ugh) so I am cobbling together the highlights and lobbing them into the cosmos:
1. I have been hobnobbing
Delighted to have attended the annual banquet of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants last week. Got to wear a posh frock, fraternise with a whole host of interesting chaps, and have an all round super evening at Mansion House. This is me with a grin on, as captured by the fab Deputy Clark, Barbara Brooks, who proved an excellent person to drink port with through the speeches.
If you have not heard of the company (and I hadn't until very recently), its sort of like the Guild of Accountants and Usurers in Terry Pratchett's Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, but in London, and real. (NB: If you aren't enough of a geek to know the Discworld, I'm a little surprised you've ended up on my blog in the first place!)
2. I am in demand!
I am hugely flattered and excited to have been invited to speak at the next ICAEW Practice Conference in November. I attended the conference last year when Bulldog was very much in its infancy and I was still at the "bricking it" phase of working for myself. The conference was hugely informative and encouraging, and I'm delighted to be part of this year's programme. If you are an accountant in practice, thinking about starting up on your own or just generally interested I'd encourage you to check it out. Come say hi on the day if you can!
The lovely folk over at Accounting Web also ran a profile on me last week, covering such high brow topics as how I start my day and what colour my calculator is (you can read it here). As you can imagine, Esme and I are working very hard to stay grounded following such exposure and acclaim.
3. It is HOT and I still have to go running
Having been born and bred in the UK, with only a few short intervals abroad, this long stretch of sunny weather has me a tad discombobulated. Working? Whilst its hot? Leaving the house?! Are you mad?
It doesn't help that I am currently in training for my first ever half marathon (the Royal Parks in October - sponsor me if you can!) Running is BRUTAL in this heat. I'm hoping that when the weather finally breaks I will suddenly attain the grace and fervour of Mo Farah. This may, or may not be, over optimistic. Either way, pity me.
Esme has also been finding it difficult with the heat and distressingly, was attacked by angry wasps last week. She's recovering well after a great big anti-histamine injection in her backside, but the daft sausage did give us a bit of a scare. On the plus side, she is getting better at finding shady spots to hang out in.
So that's pretty much where I've been and what's going on, I'll be back with a more informative and useful topic of discussion when it cools down enough for my brain to function properly.