Chai And A Chat #23 #ChaiAndAChat

Hey there Peeps! I hope you’re ready with a large one… I’ve had one heck of a week!

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d probably whimper (through tiredness) that we made it to week two with no in-laws!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that when the kids are ill, appreciation for my in-laws peaks. Lil Princess started with a headache on the Sunday evening, which didn’t disappear overnight. She battled through school on the Monday, and was in tears by the end of the day. Obviously, I had Parents Evening too, so was reassured by the fact she could go home to my brother-in -law and rest up. By the end of the day she was full of cold, and a cough was coming too. Total head cold, poor thing. My dilemma was the next day. There was no way she could go to school, but I knew her uncle, and aunt, were working from home so they were more than willing to have her. I still had another parents evening to go though. I toyed with the idea of missing it, as my co teacher would be there, but bless her, she was also suffering with a lack of voice. We were in a dilemma. Do we cancel and reschedule or tough it out, as no matter what, this evening would have to happen some time? In the end after consulting my daughter and sis in law, it was decided that I finish up my work resonsibilities. She was in good hands. But it didn’t stop that motherly guilt that I should be with my kid, not worrying about 30 other children. She needed the next day off too, and thankfully, her uncle was home again too. Finally, Thursday came and she began to perk up… the ups and downs of being a working mum…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that, on the flip side, both Parents Evenings went pretty smoothly, all things considered, but they were LOOOOOONG days! No more this academic year now!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that World Book Day was on Thursday, and we love to celebrate it at school We encourage the children to dress up as their favourite book characters, though most end up wearing the latest costumes on sale in Asda… And as a staff, we usually have a theme for the year. This year was Witches and Wizards. And I, not one to follow the crowd, decided to be the witch’s cat, Wilbur, from Winnie the Witch books!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that after the positive rejection last week, there was more news! I logged into Twitter on Thursday, and learned about a hashtag called #PitMad. It happens quarterly, and basically writers can pitch their written novel in 280 characters to agents. Only agents are to like the pitches but you can support one another as a writers community by retweeting and commenting on the pitches. Many people will spend months tweaking their pitch… I wrote one in a few moments, and didn’t expect a thing.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that I got a genuine agent like!!! And over the last 24 hours we have been emailing. She loves the idea of the book, the story, and said it needs to be heard, and gave me some amazing feedback on what she had read, with really workable critique suggestions. She also suggested that I get a critique partner and, once polished, she would love to read it again!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that I acted upon her advice and I have ordered another craft book to help me wean out the show vs tell issues, and I have approached an editor to help with with critiquing and advising me where to go next. I have the problem that I am too close to the book, and I can’t change anything as I can’t look at it objectively!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I went a bit Easter Egg mad too… We will be holding a Nursery Easter Egg hunt on the last day of term for the nursery students and their parents, and I decided that instead of trying to hide millions of eggs, I would find lots of Easter themed items, such as chicks, rabbits, and little eggs, to hide around the allotment, for them to look for, and use a tick sheet to say they found them. Then at the end, they could get a prize. And then I saw Tesco had a deal on 75p medium sized eggs…. and I ended up ordering 55! Enough for the children, and for my team too! Lil Man’s face was priceless as he saw the guy unloading my home delivery. I did have to explain to the guy I was a teacher and that these were student gifts, and not that I was some sort of Easter Egg trader, or chocaholic! So now they are hidden away from anyone with a sweet tooth, in the hope that they will last until the end of term!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I celebrated my favourite inspirational woman on International Woman’s Day on Friday… my mum ❤
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that we kept the weekend very down low. Everyone needed a rest and, aside from the kids playing badminton and cricket, we did nothing! And I scheduled posts and read. Perfect!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d have to admit that the end of Sunday was not as smooth as I hoped, as teenage hormones coursed around the house and Lil Man showed his attitude BIG TIME. Actually just trying to take deep breaths right now so I don’t go and strangle him… Seriously, parenting teens and tweens is no fun a lot of the time (though there are ups too!)
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you aside from one late evening at moderation, so we can see if our kids are progressing as others are, there should be no more late ones, phew!
  • If we were sipping that chai togetherand possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d mention that I am so excited for the weekend as Pops and Mum are coming to spend it with us!

Have a wonderful week, Peeps! Let me know how your week went!

39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thebeasley
    Mar 16, 2019 @ 17:16:34

    I’m so thrilled to hear about the agent liking your pitch and all the advice they gave you. Can’t wait to read your book when (not if) it’s published! Also, how amazing are your in-laws? So great that you have lovely family nearby to help out.

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  2. dornahainds
    Mar 12, 2019 @ 22:44:20

    Good Kuck with this agent. 😎🥀

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  3. englishwithkirsty
    Mar 12, 2019 @ 08:53:55

    Great news about your book :)) Sometimes it’s those surprise encounters that can change everything!

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  4. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Mar 12, 2019 @ 00:53:40

    Sipping early morning tea with you, Sis! Lol You are busy as ever, but the Bitmoji shows how we love to see you all days! 🙂 Michael

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  5. Erika Kind
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 20:44:13

    Awh, your mum is for sure the best choice for celebrating on that special day.

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  6. Book Club Mom
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 19:35:55

    Everything changes when the little ones get sick and there’s no telling when it will happen! You’re fortunate to have such a great family support system!

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  7. dearanonymousfriend
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 19:16:34

    and once more I finish reading this post needing a nap! You do an awesome job and although being a working mom has it’s time filled with guilt and questions, working moms do instill in their children a sense of responsibility and an awesome work ethic in our children. Hope this week is slower and much easier with no extra meetings or sick children!

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  8. robbiesinspiration
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 18:54:22

    A lovely coffee post, Ritu. We all suffer the same guilt when our kids are sick and we have to work. Congrats about the book, so exciting.

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  9. Dan Antion
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 17:30:43

    I get tired just reading about your week, Ritu. Sounds like some good stuff though, especially an easy weekend.

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  10. eloisedesousa
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 16:53:04

    Hope this week is not as busy for you. 😁

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  11. joylennick
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 13:51:31

    That sounded like a typical teacher/mum/writer week to me. (If you can call anything ‘typical’). Your mum looked very beautiful, and what a lovely, slim figure! Great news on the book front! Upwards and onwards xx

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  12. syl65
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 13:21:11

    You had a heck of a week Sister! A mixture of experiences going on. Have an upbeat and inspiring week ahead 💜

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  13. Jennie
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 13:17:40

    Thanks to you, I discovered Winnie the Witch. I love that book! You had a busy week, especially balancing work and family. I hate the long evenings at school. Tonight will be one of them. Happy week ahead to you, Ritu! 😀

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  14. Rhonda
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 12:35:15

    Oh, to have your energy! Congrats on the progress you’re making with your novel. That is exciting news!

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  15. Rachael Stray | https://rachaelstray.com/
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 11:03:27

    Wowzers Ritu what a week. Glad lil princess is on the mend. Amazing news on the book front too – keep going!

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  16. TanGental
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 08:21:56

    I saw a lovely quote last week which this post reminds me of ‘saying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is called parenting’

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