Wednesday, 26 February 2014

52 Lists / Nine

Joining in with Ema at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List your best qualities

I'm a loyal friend.

I will always remember your birthday.

I like to listen and won't jump in.

I'm a family-minded person.

I make pretty delicious white chocolate and custard cookies.

I always try to be the happy and lively one.

I have a good memory for useless information.

Thanks for all your kind messages last week.
Sadly I now have pneumonia, so have been signed off from work for this week, been told I must have lots of bed rest and take a silly amount of antibiotics. Hopefully this will shift it and I will soon be back to normal. That said, I'm not a good patient and into my third week of illness I'm getting a bit bored.

To top it all off it was my birthday yesterday - the day the GP told me I had pneumonia. It wasn't the birthday surprise that I had in mind but I had lots of kind birthday and get well messages from friends and was able to open my cards and presents with Mr P and Mum and Dad. I even managed to eat some birthday cake! I'm now thinking I shall have a second birthday à la Her Majesty when I'm back to my normal self.

Hope you have a good week.
Enjoy the early spring sunshine! x

Saturday, 22 February 2014

52 Lists / Eight

Joining in with Ema at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List the good things about your town

Mr P and my parents living so close by

18 minutes by Tube to Central London

30 minutes in the car on M4/M40 to lush green spaces

Peacefulness in a busy spot - I can hear the birds

Can walk to the River Thames

The cheap fabric shops

It's where my family have lived for the past 120-ish years

Memories - It's where I've lived all my life

I found this a tricky one as I didn't want to just write about London so thought I'd think about my little pocket of the City. We live in an odd area that always seems to be up and coming but never actually gets completely there. Usually I think that the best things about it are the good transport connections to get to lots of nicer things as it's not the prettiest of places.

But it's home and I guess that's why I like it and why I chose to stay here.

Thank you for all your comments and kind thoughts about me being fluey. It really was a nasty bout! I still don't feel like I've fully recovered - my temperature didn't come back down to normal until Wednesday and I still have a nasty chesty cough which is keeping us all up and awake at night. I never realised that flu was so debilitating - my body still feel very wobbly if I stand up for too long and I'm getting tired very easily. I think it will be another week or so before I feel completely my normal self again and as I am back in school on Monday think I'll need lots of stamina and early nights to get through the first week back.

Enjoy the rest of this springlike weekend. x

Monday, 17 February 2014

52 Lists / Seven

Joining in with Ema at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: Things on you to do list

Feel well again

A week late in getting this done but I have pretty much not been myself since Friday 7th when I arrived home from school feeling a bit odd and before I knew it I had full on flu.

It's been horrible. I don't want to describe what it has been like but for anyone who's suffered it, you'll certainly know the difference when people say they've had 'the flu' and are bouncing around as normal after a couple of days.

I've not had an appetite and now that I do feel like I might want to start doing things again, I walk from one room to the other and have to sit down as I have no energy.

You can imagine, 10 days in I'm a little bit fed up now. The only saving grace has been the Winter Olympics which is easy sick tv to dose in and out of.

So my current priority is to get well soon and manage to enjoy a little bit of this half term week not sitting on my bottom, sweating and drinking honey and lemon drinks!

Hope you had a good one last week despite the floods and enjoyed the flashes of sunshine at the weekend! x

Monday, 3 February 2014

52 Lists / Six

Joining in with Ema at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: Things that make you happy you're alive

Cats - mine and just the random ones I pass in the street that I like to converse with

Fairy Cakes

Red skies at night

Birdsong, especially the blackbird at dusk


Tea from a flask after a long walk (preferably with a slice of fruit cake)

Snuggling on the sofa with my Mum and watching a girls film

The moment when a child says something amazing or does something independently for the first time

Books and illustrations by Shirley Hughes

Time with my godchildren

The sound of church bells

Frosts in winter


October - because of the joys of autumn and the anticipation of Christmas

Getting up very early in the morning and pottering when it feels like the rest of the world is still asleep

Picnics with my parents and Mr P

The hill near Edington where we got engaged

Letters and cards from families and friends

Doesn't it feel like all of a sudden the days have got longer?
Have a splendid week! x

Saturday, 1 February 2014

What Was Achieved? - January 2014

Is it possible that we've already completed 1/12 of the year. It doesn't seem quite right even though I've been counting down the days, hours and possibly even minutes of what has seemed like the longest month ever. In fact, I think I've probably done a very good impression of Eeyore this month.

January didn't start out well. The lingering cold I'd had since the start of the Christmas holidays turned me into a full-on snot monster on the eve of going back to school and even now I cannot seem to shake it off completely. I've felt really tired all this month and have just craved sleep and my bed. For someone who is normally a morning person, I'm finding it odd not to do my usually bouncing out of bed routine.

I've found it a hard month at school. It's got to the point in the year when you start to know the children very well and can see who is making great progress and who is going to struggle to make any progress despite all the interventions and support you throw at them. Reality of what you can achieve in terms of good data starts to set in! I'm loving seeing some children grow in confidence and be so much more chatty and animated than they were in the first half term. Did you see their self portraits on Instagram? They were superb; it was very proud teacher moment! The call from Ofsted looms and as a school we hover from thinking that they won't come next year to worrying about them coming next week. It's the strangest feeling to get to 12.30pm on Wednesday and breath a sigh of relief that you've escaped them for another week.

Although some of the things I wanted to achieve haven't been touched yet (my nails are still bare and I haven't even picked up the phone to my dear friends let alone visit them!) - I have somehow managed to achieve a few things as you can read in my list.

I'm aiming for another 2lb weight loss this month. I need to avoid the sweet treats that still linger from Christmas and make a bit more time for exercise. I'm sure being a car commuter has a lot to do with me being flabby. When I had a 40 minute journey each way to my teaching placement, on foot and with heavy bags, the weight seemed to fall off. Now I have a 15 minute drive and I'm getting lardier by the minute. It's not good. I MUST sort myself out!

February means half term and my birthday. A reason to be slightly more perkier, especially today as we woke to blue skies and sunshine. I'm hoping that it will be a sign of good things to come. I'm not making any major plans for the week's break from school mid-month. I need to sleep and declutter our flat as it's getting a bit of a squish in certain cupboards and hidey-holes. But I am making sure I get a day out in London on my own: just some quiet 'me' time, wandering around favourite shops, going to see my favourite paintings, finding somewhere to linger with a coffee and my Kindle and just enjoying being in the centre of things. Ah, bliss!

What are you looking forward to this month? Hope February treats you well! x