Monday, November 28, 2016

It's the little things....

My alarm clock went off earlier than usual on this dark and dismal Monday morning. Today was Parent-Teacher Meetings Day. We go in earlier to cater for parents who are going into work, teach our normal day and then stay after school for further meetings. Coupled with the fact that I was also on yard duty today which meant that I didn't get any break during the day meant that by late afternoon I was wall-falling with tiredness.
I was finishing up one meeting when Mam reached into her bag and pulled out
Half a dozen home made buns!
" Enjoy those with a well deserved cup of tea", she said, as she went out the door.

I could feel myself welling up and blinked back the tears.
Maybe the exhaustion had something to do with it!!!
But mainly it was because it was one of the most thoughtful things that anyone has done for me. Just when I was beginning to think that this can be a thankless job I was reminded as to why I became a teacher in the first place.
NO! It's not for the free buns!
But for the fact that I can make a difference in a young person's life.....and it is appreciated.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

52 in 52 at 52

It's that scary time of the year again, my birthday is fast approaching. And this time I will be 52. Yes, 52!!! I can't believe it either.

It's ironic that we spend the first,oh, twenty years of our lives wishing we were older so that we can do "grown up" things and spend the rest of it wanting to be younger.
·        So I can approach this milestone in my life in two ways.
A) I can spiral into a pit of depression
B) I can embrace it and put my half century worth of experience into fully living every day.
I'm going with B!

My favourite quote if from a very active 90 year old who when asked what her biggest regret in life was, replied
"Thinking I was too old at 80!"

And so I have a new project for my 52nd year.
52 in 52 at 52
I am going to try something new every week for the coming year. I have a few things in the pipeline, some big, some small. However I am still open to suggestions.
Just as long as they're legal!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Squeaky clean.

I was busy in the kitchen preparing dinner when I heard a strange squeaking sound. I paused with my knife in mid swing and listened again.
Yep there was a definite weird noise coming from another part of the house.
Now, it wasn't the squeak of a tiny rodent. It sounded even worse. I slowly opened the door and tiptoed down the hall. It was then that I realised I was still holding the knife.

"Well, whatever's there, I will have acted  in self defense," I reasoned.
The noise continued but was getting fainter. Wrong direction.
I headed back towards the sitting room.
Yes, it was definitely coming from there.
I slowly pushed open the door, expecting to see something from Fantastic Beasts.
Instead I found...
Andy Murray playing Novac Djokovic on an indoor court in the ATP World Tour final.
Dam squeaky trainers.
I put away the knife.....

Monday, November 14, 2016

Anyone for Afternoon Tea?

We headed to Carton House for Afternoon Tea to celebrate the imminent arrival of Ella's baby.

How terribly civilised of us!!!!

It was like stepping into Downton Abbey.
Of course, seeing as I've recently discovered my inner Domestic Goddess I couldn't keep away from the kitchen!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

It only seems like yesterday.....

I was sitting in the staff room this morning, happily drinking my cuppa, when the door opened and in walked Gerry my principal with a 30th cake. My heart sank as I thought
Oh my God, it's one of my colleague's milestone birthdays and I've forgotten it!

I looked around to see who the recipient was and was stunned to see everyone's eyes on me!
I was twice as stunned when Gerry placed it down in front of me and announced
Congratulations. It was this day thirty years ago that you started working here!
Wait a minute, what do you mean? 
I quickly did the maths in my head and came to the realisation that he was right. I have been 30 years here in Baconstown. Well I have done a bit more. I lived and taught in Abu Dhabi for five years and I was out of the classroom doing Drama inservice with the teachers,
But yep, it was my 30th anniversary.
I couldn't find a photo of me in my first year in Baconstown but this is one from a few months previously, in my very first teaching job.
The feckin' state of me!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

I was asked during Operation Transformation if I have ever hosted Christmas dinner. I haven't, for two reasons
A) My house is too small for a large number of people.
B) I don't eat turkey. As a small child I saw a programme about a battery farm as to how they were reared and killed  and I couldn't eat one after that.
Now, they obviously do the same to chickens, but as I haven't seen a programme about them, I'm okay with eating that fowl. I'm shallow like that!

Anyway, that got me thinking and I came up with a solution. I'd have lots of little pre-Christmas dinners for parties of four or five. Also I sourced turkeys that had a relatively happy and carefree life before the chop. My first victims, I mean guests were my nieces.

I decided to concentrate on the table decorations for this week. It means that I can remove them the next day and I don't have to look at them for the next seven weeks! I'm very proud of my effort, even if I do say so myself.

My menu was from a variety of sources.
Carrot and coriander soup from The Plan by Aoife Herne.
Main Course:
Turkey Moussaka from Lean in 15 by Joe Wicks
Butternut Squash and Lentil Curry for our vegetarian from The Plan by Aoife Herne.
Individual Apple tarts from Delicious by WeightWatchers

See,, not an extra calorie in sight.....all the more to spend on the wine!!!

I was most excited about pulling one of my X-rated crackers! What could possibly be inside?

I was the winner of.....a minuscule notebook. WTF?
 Why did I have to be over 18 to win that???

Afterwards we retired to the sitting room to watch Googlebox. I got the inspiration for a new programme.

How's about a programme in which we watch people watching a programme about people watching a programme about people watching TV?
I think it could really take off!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

That's crackers!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a big Christmas person. I don't mind going up to the attic to get down the tree and decorations but I hate the fact that in the New Year I have to put it back up. There was the year that I had mice in the attic and I didn't bother going up in the first place!

This year is going to be different. I'm going to start earlier and get value out of the festive season. I've decided to buy a few bits every week so I'm well and truly ready come December. Today I picked up a box of Christmas crackers along with my weekly groceries.

As she was scanning it through the till, the cashier looked at it, looked up and me and then let a wry smile. I obviously looked perturbed as she went on to explain.
"The till has just said that it needed ID to prove you are over 18, in order to buy these crackers!"
I was getting all excited thinking about what could possibly be in that festive box,....Liquor? Dope?
The cashier burst my bubble when she said
"There's probably a scissors or something sharp in there."
Well, what did I expect for E4.99!!!