Wednesday, May 31, 2017


We were looking forward to our field trip with the fisheries officer to a local river.
Seeing as the Irish weather can be so unpredictable I was giving the class a list of what to bring. I typed it on my laptop and it went straight up on the interactive white board.
God, when I started teaching 32 years ago we were lucky to have a blackboard and a piece of chalk!!!
I wrote:
Please bring your wellies, raincoat, suncream.
I got up from my desk and started to walk around. I was a bit perturbed to see some of the kids sniggering, very unlike them. I took a quick glance at the board....and my blood ran cold. I had actually written
Please bring your willies, raincoat, suncream.
I nearly broke my neck getting back to the keyboard and began pressing delete, delete, DELETE!!!

Of course my kids were staring at me, wanting to see how I was going to deal with this catastrophy. So I imparted these words of wisdom.
"And that is the reason why you should always check your spellings before you print. Now, take out your lunches!"

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My life of crime

Life is a bit crazy at the moment. At a time when I thought I would be winding down before the summer holidays, we got the news that we will be having a subject inspection in school next week. Needless to say it's been full steam ahead.
 I was late coming home from school today so I decided to pull into Granuaile's in Kinnegad to save myself from cooking dinner.
When I came out, I was planning a hundred things in my head that I still had to do. I got into my car and shut the door.
It was then I noticed something strange. There was a packet of Baby Wipes in the pocket of the car door.
"I don't remember buying those", I pondered.
I looked at the passenger door and sure enough there was another packet there!
"What the hell??" I thought.
I looked at the dashboard and then it dawned on me!

What are the odds of there being a similiar car parked beside mine, and it not being locked? I mean, how else would I have gotten into it?

Well, I hopped out of it as if it had an ejector seat. I looked up and down the street to see if the owner was approaching but no sign. There were two young lads standing in front of a shop who must have been bemused to see a mad woman jump out of one car, hop into the one beside in and take off like a bat out of hell!
It's a life on the run for me :)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Reboot up the backside!

I've let things slide over the past two months.
Some of my old bad habits were beginning to sneak their way back into my daily routine. Things like snacking on a sandwich while standing over a pot cooking my dinner, popping into a local restaurant on the way home from school as I haven't gotten the shopping in.
I was still cycling two or three times a week but I hadn't been out running regularly. And its amazing how quickly your fitness level can drop when you're not challenging it.
As a result my weight has slowly crept up by almost half a stone. Not the end of the world by any means, but I did recognise that as a slippy slope down to regaining all the weight that I have lost.
And, hey, I didn't pull a fire truck for nothing.

Happy to say that my resolve and motivation have returned. I worked out that I have seven weeks left to my summer holidays, exactly the same length of time that I had on Operation Transformation. And so I have started from Day 1 on the eating plan.
I'm happy to say my fitness levels are still way above what they were back in Jan 2016 and so I'm getting my running plan "up and running" much quicker.

The thing I'm loving is that every menu brings the memories flooding back.

Day 1: Meatballs and spaghetti.
As this was the first time I had to cook in front of the cameras, I remember being so stressed out that I didn't taste a bit of it as I gulped it down. How easy was it to make this time around? What was I stressed about?

Day 3: Roast chicken.
This was when I had the girlies, Michelle, Emma and Lauren over for dinner. It was greatly delayed as I had failed to turn on the oven properly! I was feeling very bad about this failure on my part til I saw the last series of The Great British Bake Off when one of  their competitors also failed to turn on the oven. So I'm in good company!

Day 5: Lemon Rosemary Chicken:
This was the one I got my knuckles rapped over, as I cooked it three nights in a I hadn't been organised enough to get my grocery shopping done. And do you know what? It tastes as good now as it did back then!

I'm really looking forward to reliving lots of other good memories. And the best part? I won't be weighing in on nationwide TV in my Lycra underwear!!!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Getting back in the saddle....... or even my running shoes

Training has been a little hit and miss recently. If I got out for a run or a cycle once a week I was doing well. So it was with some trepidation that I agreed to do the Kells 5k run on Bank Holiday Monday.
Hey, even thinking about doing it was a step in the right direction!

It was brilliant to meet up with these two, Lucy and Chris.Meeting up with them helped me remember how good running made me feel.

 So off we set.
 I had planned on running for two minutes and walking for two. But I got so caught up in the atmosphere I was soon running for three and walking for one. I then encountered a problem that I don't remember having to deal with last year. It was nearly too HOT to run! Seriously, it was the sunniest weather I can remember. It had been kinda drizzling when I was leaving home this morning and now the sun was splitting the stones. I was furious with myself that I forgotten my sun screen.
 Thankfully the end was in sight and I ran over the finishing line. It was one of the hardest and slowest runs that I have done. It's unbelievable how unfit you can get without training for only a few weeks. But I've gotten my mojo back.

And sure, isn't that the main thing!