Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Having stuck with it for so long, I had to see it through to the bitter end. Sky 1 were showing it simultaneously with American tv, which meant I had to get up at 5am...on a Monday morning. But I couldn't risk waiting to watch the repeat on Monday night. Knowing my luck I hear or see a spoiler during the day.
So 4.55am saw me cuddled up on my sofa under my duvet. It's at times like these I'm sorry that I refuse to have a tv in my bedroom...electronic emissions during the night, and all that jazz! The opening credits started and then......DISASTER. The screen went blank and the message went up Temporary Fault.
Someone in Sky must have been having a major cornory. All I could think of was that I'd gotten up at that inhumane hour for nothing. Thankfully it was restored within seconds.
I won't go into all the details. I was left kinda confused even at the end of it. It reminds me of the time I tried to read James Joyce's Uylesses. I spent ages agonising over the meaning of every sentence Many sentences later I gave up as I realised that I had no idea how these individual sentences went together to form the plot of the book!
Will probably have to get the box set of Lost and rewatch it, bearing in mind what I now know! But I won't do it this week!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
One of my pupils was receiving his Confirmation this morning in the Church of Ireland, Maynooth. So I set off bright and early to attend the ceremony. I was quite excited about going there as I have never been to a service before. The nearest I got to one was watching an episode of The Vicar of Dibly.
It is a stunning church. The walls inside are unplastered so you can see the stonework. It reminded me of one of the churches in The Tudors. It was a blessing on a day like today (glorious sunshine) in keeping the place cool.
It was so unusual to have a woman in vestments leading the congregation. Catholic Church, take note! The girl beside me was so friendly in sharing her hymn book with me, I didn't have the heart to tell her that she was wasting her time as I didn't know any of them.
And boy, do they sing! What is it about us Catholics that we refuse to open our mouths to sing in church. That's a job for the choir.
But today, everyone sang every hymn and every verse of the hymns...all five of them! Thought I was now on the set of Songs of Praise.
We would only sing the first two verses and a chorus...at a push!
When it came to Communion time the bishop told us that they welcomed everyone to receive at their altar, even if we were of a different denomination. The Jesus I believe in encourages unity and solidarity, so I went up to receive.
I wasn't sure of the protocol, so I followed the lead of "nice girl who shared hymn book".
Got a shock when I realised it is normal bread that is used, as opposed to Catholic unleavened bread. I couldn't understand why we remained standing at the altar after receiving the bread. Then I noticed two people with chalices coming with the wine. For a moment I thought
Why are there two chalices? There is hardly a choice between red and white.
Of course there wasn't. It was just to speed up the process.
Afterwards we filed out and the bishop shook everyone's hand. It was a lovely ceremony...and experience, one I'd definately do again. Will need to brush up on my lyrics beforehand though!!
Friday, May 21, 2010
I thought That's what I want to support.
My Dad died from cancer four years ago. It was a tramatic time for all of us. How on earth does a young child cope?
I went up to reception to ask about the details...most important one being, "Just how many lengths of this pool constitute a mile? "
"That's 40 lengths" said the smiley receptionist.
That's do-able. I've been doing 30 lengths for the past few months. I can surely add another 10 onto my workout.
"Oh no, wait a minute. That's for two people. It's 80 lengths for one".
Whaaa...? I'll never manage that
But then I thought about it and decided that if I was going to do something then it shouldn't be easy. So before I could really think about it I had signed up. I then started my training. I added on 5 lengths every time I went to the pool. Today I did 74. And I still have a week to go. So things are looking good.
I suffer from Primary School teacher syndrome....which means that if I have something written down, I have to do it. This is the message board in my kitchen.Sad, I know! But it means that I will swim that mile. Will I do it with a smile??? Seeing as my face will be under water for most of it, you will just have to take my word for it!!!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
"Miss, how do you spell "enthusiastically?"
Eh, not sure, so I gave the standard answer of every teacher in doubt.
"Very good word Ben. Look it up in your dictionary".
Ben stared at me with a very peturbed look on his face.
"But Miss, how am I supposed to look it up in my dictionary when I can't spell it?"
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
This year we used a picture from the children's book, projected it onto the chart paper and all the children either drew (ie traced) or painted a character. So it was a nice communal effort.
On the afternoon before Confirmation I carefully loaded the poster (which was quite large) into my car and headed off to the church to put it up. DISASTER!
For some unknown reason the red and blue paint had flaked off in transit! Maybe it was old paint..in these recessionary times schools use whatever we have. Whatever the reason, some of my apostles had lost their robes and were now in the nude! And as you can see we had managed to slip in a few females into the picture as well. Hey, if Leonardo da Vinci could get away with it in The Last Supper why couldn't we? And if Dan Browne is reading this he might get inspiration for his next novel...although The Baconstown Code doesn't have quite the same ring to it, now does it???
However, a teacher is always prepared. I whipped out a red and a blue marker and did a bit of doctoring up. Bet you can't tell from the picture!
And so a scandal was averted...which the Church can well do without at the moment.