Monday, 30 June 2014

52 Lists / Twenty Seven

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

This week: List the things in your bag right now

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From Monday to Friday 'my bag' is my trusty Cambridge Satchel Company 15'' Classic Satchel in Vintage (a sort of tan colour) that Mr P gave me last Christmas. It's a 'Mary Poppins kind of bag' as it's not too big but can literally hold all the personal belongings I need to get through the day at school. 

This is what it contains today...

My house and car keys

My iPad

My iPod

My phone (not preceded by the letter i)

A Percy Pig umbrella

Two purses - a Radley one with my bank cards that is bulging with receipts (and needs a good tidy up) and a Holly Hobby coin purse that my lovely friend Paula made and gave me for my last birthday

A small hairbrush

My sunglasses

My glasses in their Cath Kidston case

A small makeup bag (again Cath K) containing emergency items like tweezers, nail file, plasters, paracetamol, heartburn tablets, a mirror, throat sweets, tissues and hand gel

My school diary

My school notebook

Blue biros and a black gel pen

Some postcards I bought in Paperchase at the weekend

A DVD on teaching children talking skills that I was given at my course today

My Oyster card (funnily enough in a Cath K wallet)

Paul & Joe lipstick (17) and lip lacquer (07)

Tin of Vaseline

Chewing gum

The key for my desk at work on a lanyard with a whistle (not used at all this year)

In addition to this very long list of things in my satchel I also carry an extra bag for my lunch and another huge bag with resources, papers, planning and any books that I need to work from at home.  It's also not unusual for me to be carting round egg boxes, toothpaste tube boxes and kitchen roll tubes or anything else that can be used for junk modelling. (It's a good job I drive to work, I don't know how I'd manage lugging everything around by public transport even though I have some friends who do).

As you can see, I don't travel lightly. And if I find I'm missing something I get quite distressed and anxious even though I probably don't use everything every day. I just like to be prepared for every eventuality.

What is the item in your bag that you hate to be without? x

Monday, 23 June 2014

52 Lists / Twenty Six

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

This week: List your life essentials

Love and hugs

The English countryside


A nice cup of tea and a slice of cake

The buzz of London life

Friends and family

My eclectic choice of music accompanying me everywhere on my iPod

Saltwater Sandals

Snail mail

The joy of working with young children

Chips at the seaside


The different seasons

A glass of cold squash/cordial

A good magazine

Mr P's good humour and quirky comments

What keeps you going? x

Sunday, 22 June 2014

52 Lists / Twenty Five

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

This week: List the things you want/need to let go of 

Feeling miserable about the England football team not getting through to the next stage of the World Cup (sad face!)

Worrying about when Ofsted are going to visit

Fretting about my hair falling out

Feeling bad about not updating my blog even though I'm super busy

Negative thoughts about things I cannot change either because it's out of my control 
or because it's in the past

Getting stressed about the house not being tidy

Doubting my own abilities

Thinking that I'm not doing a good job as a teacher if I'm not working every night

Being stubborn about things because I'm too scared of change

What do you need to let go of?
Does not updating your blog stress you out?

I hope you've been enjoying all this gorgeous weather. It's bliss, isn't it? x

52 Lists / Twenty Four

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

This week: List the things that you're currently excited about

Wimbledon...both attending in person and watching on TV


The Summer Holidays - 6 weeks and 1 day off school!

Our holiday in the Outer Hebrides

My new iPad Mini - won in a raffle, an unexpected surprise

Bike riding

Going to see Moominsummer Madness at the Polka Theatre with my best friends and their little ones

Getting my classroom ready for another year (although I do want a holiday first)

My cousin's wedding

Summer food and eating al fresco

Baking and crafting in the summer holidays

Summertime pedicures

Driving around with the windows down and my iPod playing on super sunny days

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

52 Lists / Twenty Three

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

This week: List your summer to do list

Have Saturday Afternoon picnics

Make sure there are lots of days out in the countryside

Enjoy attending the Ladies Final at Wimbledon

Go on holiday!

Have a fantastic weekend at a hen party, followed by another super weekend at my cousin's wedding

Survive the last half term at school

Get ready for the next year at school

Wallow in sport during the Commonwealth Games

Prepare for my new role as subject coordinator for R.E.

Lose some weight (always on any list)

Oh and get fit (ditto)

Learn to play some nursery rhymes on my ukulele

Read some books

Don't forget to wear sunscreen...or carry an umbrella

Buy a bike and ride it

Do some crafting - make my Christmas cards and presents

Listen to the sea

Do some proper cooking

Watch Frozen (Am I the only person in the world who hasn't seen it yet?)

Keep my summer sandal-wearing feet moisturised


What is on your to do list this summer?

I'm working from home today, busily writing reports (41 done 28 to go!), so this is written whilst I make a fresh cup of tea and change the washing load. I hope you're having a good week and dashing in and out of these silly showers. I thought it was meant to be June. I'm not so sure we're working from the same calendar in London! x