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Apr. 1st, 2018

charlie, computer cat

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It's the Easter holidays at last! I am celebrating by having an extremely lazy Easter weekend, mostly playing Halcyon 6, which is a game Alex introduced me to and which I have been really enjoying. I'm finding it similarly absorbing to how I find Civ, which is perfect for how I'm feeling right now. I'm currently only on the easiest difficulty level, but I might try the next one up after I complete it, just for the fun of it :)

Mar. 25th, 2018

charlie, computer cat

Nearly there

It's nearly Easter at last! Actually, as it's been an assessment week, I feel like I've caught up a little bit. Oddly, I always find test papers easier to mark than books, which doesn't make sense really as they're bulkier and often take longer. I guess it's that I don't have to write responses or anything so it's mentally less taxing. Anyway, I think reading will be OK and SPAG is fine, but Maths is still looking pretty dire, even though they've made masses of progress since the start of the year. We're going to have to work really intensively on it in the last few weeks before SATS and then hope that all the borderline kids make it, which is a big ask, frankly.

Trug has arrived for the new veg planting, but is only part way through being put together as the drill keeps running out of battery. It is a very old drill, so not that surprising, I guess, but still, annoying. I might need to go and buy some horticultural fleece though as we are apparently forcast more snow over Easter, which is ridiculous! When is it going to get properly warm!

Liz is here for the week, which is really nice - so good to see her again! Managed to just miss crossing over with Niall and Nic but presumably, they'll see eachother at Eastercon so it's nice that we get a bit of time before that :) Also made plans to see Niall and Nic soon, which is nice. Last time we went up, I ended up wondering about staying in Oxford long term. I love this house, but I am a bit bored of Oxford, somehow. Still, we're unlikely to do anything about it while Alex's work is here as well as most of our mates. I guess we'll have to wait until he can get a job at the University of Victoria and make a really radical move!

Mar. 18th, 2018

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Snow again! This is ridiculous! I hope it's not doing anything too horrible to my garden - this doesn't feel normal for this time of year, although Alex and I were discussing that this morning and saying it's sort of on the end of the bell part of the bell curve rather than all the way down the long tail, if you see what I mean so hopefully, it won't have too much impact. I suspect the radishes we planted outside at school on Thursday are toast though, although we did cover them over, so you never know - they might make it. I'm also quite glad that my veg trug didn't arrive this weekend, as otherwise I would be champing at the bit to plant :) We've got lots of seedlings sprouting - there's three trays sitting on the dining room table soaking up any available sunshine and looking quite cheerful - lettuce, rocket, spring onions, land cress and, experimentally, kale sprouts. I've never eaten them but we like winter kale and we like interesting sandwich and salad leaves so this will hopefully qualify on both counts, and the packet says they only take 4 weeks to grow, so hopefully we'll find out soon!

School is an odd combination of comfortable and overwhelming at the minute - I had quite a chill week in the classroom, between taking the kids to take part in a choir concert on Tuesday and all the science workshops organised for science week but on the admin/leadership side of things, I feel like I still don't have a proper grip, and because of all the upheaval this year, I have lots more responsibilities than I was expecting. It's not that I can't cope with them, but I am worried that I will forget one - I nearly did this week, only a chance remark from Ruth saved me! I guess I need to get more vigilant about tracking tasks - more stuff in Habitica, maybe. In the process of typing this, I find myself wondering if I should be setting up a separate work account for Habitica or whether that's just going to confuse things. It's definitely a thought.

Mar. 11th, 2018

cassie by jeremy

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Been kind of an up and down week this week. As a result of my telling them that their child was poorly behaved in class, one of the parents made an appointment to see our interim head, which was a bit stressful. I try not to let that stuff affect me too much and I obviously couldn't not have said it, but still, it did rather cast a shadow over the week. Otherwise though, it wasn't too bad - I'm starting to feel like they're beginning to get things in Maths, which is a relief. Not everything, but some things are finally starting to penetrate!

We're planting veg in my class this term as part of our topic and I got so excited about it that I decided to try planting some veg of my own! So now I have a planter on order (thanks, Mum!) and am faced with the decision of what to put in it! So many choices - I definitely want to try growing courgettes, and tomatoes, and maybe carrots. I'm also considering a potato planter bag - I may be getting over excited here :)

Now that the weather has started warming up again, I've started trying to get back into Pokemon Go - I'm not that excited by the game aspects but I did enjoy the collecting and it did get me to exercise a bit last year. I actually went for a walk around the village where my school is - very pretty and picturesque! There are lots of new Pokemon since last time I was playing it, but whether I'll stick to it, who knows!

Mar. 4th, 2018


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Despite my constant gloomy "it's only a 50% probability on the weather forecast" nay sayings, we did actually get snow this week, and enough for a snow day off school at that. I think I have now had more snow days at new school than I had at old school in 8 years. I mean the head was very opposed to closing unless absolutely necessary (to the extent where we would stay open even if some of the further flung staff members couldn't make it) but also, it is just really much colder and snowier here this year than it's been for years. I do wonder what effect this will have on the climate change debate - not that it makes any difference to the science, but the very mild winters recently have contributed, I think, to a sense of climate change being present and happening now that's made it easier to persuade reluctant people and I really hope that tide doesn't recede but I fear it might. Anyway, the garden isn't looking like it was too horribly shocked by things - the blueberry bush is still budding like no-ones business. I am slightly worried that my lemon tree, currently living in the porch, won't have been very happy about it, but fingers crossed, I guess. Alex has been striking this week to try to stop the University from destroying his pension. Not the best of weathers to be on the picket line! I think they failed to have burning bins as well, so it was all shivering in the freezing temperatures.

The other notable thing that happened last week was that Harry managed to go missing for 48 hours :( Perils of owning outdoor cats, unfortunately. He's an absolute bugger for going through doors he shouldn't and is constantly getting stuck in the bathroom or my wardrobe so we think he just managed to get shut into someone's shed or something of that nature and he turned up none the worse for wear before it got really sub zero even in daytime, but still, we (including Clare) did a lot of fretting while he was gone. I kept checking places I'd already looked and ridiculous places like the drawers in the kitchen (even if he had managed to get in one, he would definitely have made some noise about it). All's well that ends well!

Suz came over yesterday and we spent a certain amount of time just sitting on the sofa doing work with Joan Osbourne playing. It was just like being students again, but with the addition of a reclining sofa :) It made me feel at the same time that that was the good old days and that these are still the good days, if you see what I mean, which is a pretty optimistic note to sign off for the week on!
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Jan. 14th, 2018

charlie, computer cat

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Feels like I haven't stopped this weekend. It's not actually true - I did almost nothing on Saturday - but it still feels like it. I can't decide if it's that I didn't give myself quite enough work time over Christmas or if it's that my PPA went really off track this week, but I don't know. I need to catch up. It does make me look forward to retiring from Brownies though!

Jan. 7th, 2018


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Went to see Star Wars last night and spoilers hereinCollapse )

Dec. 31st, 2017

charlie, computer cat

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We're home! I always enjoy the bit of coming home where I spend most of the first day back reassuring the kittens that the interruption in their fuss supply was only temporary and that I will always come home with more fusses for them <3. I spent a very soppy morning hugging Clare and letting Harry curl up by my feet under the covers while Charlie purr-snored at the end of the bed.

We took lots of gorgeous photos while we were there:

The view from the balcony

The coast at Alcala, where we went rock pooling and swimming in a natural swimming pool

Teide National Park - we didn't go on the cable car up the mountain, but we did go for a bit of a wander and find some amazing views.

Of course, now I have to get back to work!

Dec. 29th, 2017


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I was feeling all virtuous because I'd written a nice chatty update about our Tenerife trip yesterday evening and then the internet connection went down and it got swallowed! It's a long time since I've had that happen! Ah well. The long and short of it was that it's been a really lovely trip and I have been very much confirmed in my opinion that winter sun is a thing that really does have a fantastic effect on me. Alex and I were discussing last night whether this means that I should consider investing in some sort of lighting rig for the winter months - I find it hard to distinguish what's about light and what's the effect of the heat/warmth of it.

Anyway. We have had a really lovely trip and my note to self was (a) winter sun = good and (b) giving yourself a day off between school and departure to get things sorted out without getting super stressed is good. I now need to go and do my internet grocery order. It's simultaneously very handy that you can do that so that it arrives the day after we get back and annoying because I don't want to do the chore of sorting out the shopping list right now, but can't be helped.

Dec. 10th, 2017


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Although somewhat clichéd, I feel like I have to acknowledge here the fact that it's snowing. It's become so uncommon that I actually find it slightly unnerving. I rather enjoy sitting watching and listening to the rain but the snow is so quiet and it feels so isolating, even though it's not really as we're in the middle of the city. We had about 5 minutes of sleet on Friday and my class went crazy so I dread to think what they're going to be like on Monday, assuming school is open, although I have no idea if it will be. It's KS1 nativity so I assume they'll want to open if they can but who knows? I guess actually my class have very rarely seen snow so the excitement is not that surprising. I suspect it would be frowned upon if I declared a snowman making competition to be the activity for tomorrow morning, but I might suggest it to my head teacher and see.

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