Chai And A Chat #61 #ChaiAndAChat

Happy Monday to you all! And it’s the first Monday of December. Seriously, where has the year gone? Right, you got your drink? I’ve got mine!

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d start by telling you that illness appears to have left the building… well, for now, anyway. Though Hubby Dearest was complaining of another sore throat last night… *Go away evil bugs!!!* And the kids at school appear to be a lot more hardy too this week. There were a couple off, but not the hoard we had last week. Good thing too, as we have to start the Nativity rehearsals!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I do love the lead up to Christmas in school. The children have been practicing their play songs, and slowly, the parents are getting the costumes in. I just hope they are all in by today as we need them for rehearsals! I was busy on Friday, with one of my dear colleague friends, creating a Post Office for the children, removing the Superhero HQ that they have loved so far. Just hope they aren’t disappointed with the change! And I put a few decorations up ready for December too. The children will help us decorate the tree this week.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d have to mention my observation. I am pretty confident as a teacher. I know the children and their wellbeing, as well as their learning will always come first to me, but when I am being watched, I end up like a bowl of jelly… I know I will do everything, but I will forget little things. I even got the wrong group of kids to come to work with me! But realised pretty fast, and changed over. Aside from a couple of silly mishaps, it all went well, and my feedback was pretty much all positive. I don’t know why I worry, but you know, I’m only human!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d have to say that it was my five year Blogiversary too! I am always amazed that this little blog that I started on a whim, has now got just shy of 8,000 WP followers, and over 14,000 when all followers are included! Awards won, blogiversaries celebrated – that’s all fantastic, but the biggest things to have come out of my blog are the friends and Blogily I have met and the encouragement to write. Thank you all for that. I wouldn’t be where I am right now if it wasn’t for you all!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I am aiming to get my time management into gear, thanks to a great book I read at the weekend. I feel quite fired up, and have even written some goals out too! Time Management for Writers, by Katie Forrest. Available on Amazon, if you are interested!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that we had a lovely chilled weekend again. After swimming, Lil Princess and I went to get nails done and my eyebrows threaded, then we had a takeaway dinner, and it was great to be able to switch off from the madness that is my life usually.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d also have to tell you that on Saturday was my Finndian nephew #1’s fifth birthday! I’m always gutted that we aren’t close by, but a video call with him and the rest of my Finndian family made things a lot better! He is such a little clown, and makes us all laugh!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d have to mention that it is now December! Yes, the decorations came out and the household was Chrismassed up! Advent calendars were opened and all is well!
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  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d mention that we are going to be busy this week, getting all festive at school! There will be rehearsals, and Christmas crafts starting up, and to top it off, the children will be having their Flu Spray immunisations too! fun and games!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d say that I have another Dr’s appointment on Friday. Let’s see if there is any other joy as to why I am still getting these pains. Tiredness has been less, thankfully, but I still need that hot water bottle on my knees every night… Ow!

Right, that’s me done Peeps! Let me how your week has been.

58 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Book Club Mom
    Dec 08, 2019 @ 01:42:40

    Hi Ritu, congratulations on your 5-year anniversary! I’m glad you are feeling a little better, too. You have a busy life and with little ones around you at your school, that makes the holidays so exciting. I’m not sure why I haven’t seen your blog in a while, but I checked and it says I’m following you. I’m going to re-follow you just in case. Hope you are having a nice weekend 🙂

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  2. mitchteemley
    Dec 06, 2019 @ 21:59:19

    Happy Five, Ritu!

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  3. JT Styles
    Dec 05, 2019 @ 07:14:34

    Happy Blogiversary! I do not know how you do all you do but I admire you for it. Congrats to you. ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. Liz Gauffreau
    Dec 04, 2019 @ 00:50:30

    I would love to sip chai with you!

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  5. Canuck Carl
    Dec 03, 2019 @ 22:00:12

    Beautifully written Ritu. Hoping Friday’s appointment goes well for you. Sorry your nephew is so far away. So wonderful you were able to have the video chat! 🙂

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  6. kindredspirit23
    Dec 03, 2019 @ 20:04:41

    Great! I got my notice of my 10 years, but no such numbers as yours! wow! Hope over to my blog to see my lift of bloggers I tend to read a lot of…you are on there, of course!

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  7. Jacquie Biggar
    Dec 03, 2019 @ 19:26:51

    Congrats on your blogiversary! I love Christmas concerts, they really help to set the holiday mood- enjoy!
    Oh, I hope your knees feel better soon!

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  9. Jennie
    Dec 03, 2019 @ 15:10:28

    Happy blogiversary, Ritu! I’m so glad we have met through WP and become friends. ❤️ I do wish we could do a nativity play at school. Last year I was “spoken to” about making menorahs with paint sticks and hardware nuts. It was a great project. Sigh! I’m glad to hear the sickness bugs have finally gone away. Happy week, Ritu! P.S. What is eyebrow threading??

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  10. syl65
    Dec 03, 2019 @ 04:53:32

    Happy blogversary, Sister! I hope this Dr’s appt can give you some clear cut answers about your ongoing pain.

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  11. robbiesinspiration
    Dec 03, 2019 @ 04:43:26

    I love your Christmas decorations, Ritu, especially the Nutcracker. Christmas time is so busy with the schools, I feel as if I am struggling to keep everything clear in my head this year. Thanks goodness there are only three days left until our holidays. Good luck with the doctor’s appointment.

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  12. Dan Antion
    Dec 02, 2019 @ 21:01:00

    Congrats on making it to the 5-year mark in such grand style. I hope the Docs can figure out a solution for you.

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  13. Erika Kind
    Dec 02, 2019 @ 19:49:39

    Happy blogversary and all the best for the observation (you will make it wonderfully again) and for your doctor’s appt, sis.💖

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  14. johnrieber
    Dec 02, 2019 @ 17:55:25

    A week for you filled with so many positiveS – bravo to you!

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  15. IreneDesign2011
    Dec 02, 2019 @ 17:52:57

    Congratulations with your first 5 years at WP, Ritu 😀
    Good to read, that the time in school sounds good.
    Remember to relax, when your body demands it, otherwise you risk to be forced by pain.
    All good luck at Friday.

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  16. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Dec 02, 2019 @ 16:57:34

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary Ritu and for avoiding most of the germs flying around.. good luck at the docs.. and he might suggest two weeks in the sun and cocktails.. if only we could get that on the NHS….hugs

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  17. willowdot21
    Dec 02, 2019 @ 13:54:10

    Good luck at the drs Hun hope all goes well.sounds like you had s busy week and a fun relaxing weekend. The tree looks amazing. Busy time now until half term PACE YOURSELF!
    Love ya! 💜💜💜

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  18. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Dec 02, 2019 @ 13:42:44

    Sounds like you’ve been a busy lady, Ritu. Glad the germs are at bay. Lots circulating! We’ve had Ofsted at my workplace and it was stressful even for the admin team! So what it must be like for teachers to be observed I can only imagine.

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  19. joylennick
    Dec 02, 2019 @ 12:07:36

    Good to hear you are feeling better, Ritu. Long may that continue! Don’t forget, you live a busy life and are only human…It all sounds very positive at school – lots of fun ahead. Very low-key once the kids grow up and have their own homes – but hey, that’s life and we are very lucky as we see two of our sons quite often and email/chat to our eldest in Denmark every week. Enjoy and spread the love. Jingle bells! x x

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  20. Kathy - KN J Tales and Snippets
    Dec 02, 2019 @ 07:34:20

    Happy Bloggiversary! Amazing achievement.

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  21. shelleywilson72
    Dec 02, 2019 @ 06:48:33

    Happy Blogiversary! 🥳✍️

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