Chai And A Chat #160 #ChaiAndAChat

Week two of term two done… Boy, was I shattered!

So, have you got your drink handy?

  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that, as usual, school was a bit crazy, what with staffing up in the air, we were all running from pillar to post daily, like headless chickens. We had interviews happening for one to one positions for some of my specials, as well as a lunchtime supervisor down, so me needing to be on the playground for part of my lunchtime, to support. The children had a good week, with a few crazy days thrown in. I have incomplete paperwork coming out of my ears, and the threat of Ofsted, possibly ringing at any time… it’s a nightmare… We also had the nurses in to administer the nasal flu sprays for the children whose parents signed up for it. On top of all that we had parents evening on Monday and Tuesday. I was shattered, by the end of the week, I’ll not lie. So tired that on Friday, I got home and fell asleep at 6.30pm, waking at 8pm disorientated, and worried that I hadn’t fed the kids!
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that we have also decided on a Team Christmas meal (at a very unChristmassy Indian restaurant!) I feel that the team have been such troopers through a crazy couple of terms, that we need a team building evening. Oh, and talking of teams, Covid numbers are going up, and we are going to have to be a much stronger school team, as members of staff, or their families are beginning to test positive, again… We were all lucky to get our double vaccinations, however, jab two was in March, and it’s been over six months, and none of us have been offered any booster jabs because we are younger… yet slowly, people are getting ill again…
  • If we were having chai I’d say that, on Thursday, it was Remembrance Day. We shared some videos with the children, and taalked aabout why we mark the 11th November as such an important date. It is fascinating to hear what the children think. Some have obviously been talked to at home, by consciencious parents. Some really didn’t have much of a clue, but they were all aware of Poppies, and the heros we will never forget by the end!
  • If we were having chai I’d update you on Project House. So, we now have blinds in each room, though one set needs replacing, and the pelmets need to be attached (they forgot to send the relevant attachment!) We have roller blinds in the bathrooms. Lil Man’s shower extractor fan is working, again. The kids all have wardrobes, instead of clothing rails. All that is left is the dining table and sideboard, but we are leaving taht until the Christmas sales! Phew! Hubby Dearest has been a fantastic project manager for all of this. And on the way, we have found a great handyman, who knows how to do so much. He is Mauritian, and is trying to build up his ratings here, in the UK, where he has no recommendations, yet. He has been brilliant with all that he has done, and the experience he brings from working on similar jobs back in Mauritius, is blatant. Honestly, everyone needs a decent handyman, and I think we’ve found ours!
  • If we were having chai I’d say that I spent a long time reading and relaxing, this weekend, even though I had work to do. I couldn’t focus, so retired to my reading nook, and finished a book I had been struggling with for a good ten days, due to tiredness, and then finished a whole other one!
  • If we were having chai I’d share with you that Sonu Singh spent most of his Sunday hiding in a box under the coffee table. He had a vet appointment on Saturday for his annual check aand jabs. Yes, as we are aware, he is overweight (Please, Hubby Dearest and Lil Man, listen to me when I say that you don’t feed him every time he miaows!) However, we have also been advised to get a heart scan ECG for him, as the Vet thinks he detected a heart murmur. It could have been more anxiety based, as he had been in his carrier, and he hates it, but stoll, we are all a little worried, right now…
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Reflecting the slightly greying hair, now, with an updated Bitmoji!

This week will be, as always, a busy one at school. I have no doubt. We are a lot of staff down, for various reasons. And I am off on Friday. (The Academy we are a part of, have offered two paid days off, during the year for each member of staff, as a reward for hard work.) It is actually our twentieth Anniversary on Thursday, so we decided that the Friday would be a good day to have off, to celebrate properly. I look forward to letting you know how we get on!

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40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Nov 19, 2021 @ 14:32:02

    School is way too busy, Ritu. Please take care of yourself. I really hope you can hire aides for your children with special needs, and also hire a substitute teacher. If a staff member is unexpectedly out at my school, it’s a disaster. And it’s hard on the kids to have different teachers.

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  2. willowdot21
    Nov 18, 2021 @ 23:59:46

    It’s been a busy week for you Sis but as ever you’ve bossed it💜💜💜💜

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  3. Rae Longest
    Nov 16, 2021 @ 18:08:10

    This week, only two days in, has been so stressful I’m ready to get in a box under the table and stay!

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  4. Dan Antion
    Nov 16, 2021 @ 00:57:56

    Sometimes, escaping into some good reading material is the best thing we can do. I hope you have a good week, Ritu.

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  5. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Nov 15, 2021 @ 20:31:44

    Ritu-Sis, I wish I was there to help you. We got our cats, an electronic feeder from Amazon. I have it set to go off every couple of hours with alternating one or two tablespoon servings. It sounds crazy, but it works. I think my girls are in a better weight range now. When we got them from the adoption agency, they ate like wild beasts, and promptly threw it all up… cats! 🤦🏼‍♀️ Anyway, that might be something that would your sweet kitty. I’m sending you hugs and a bit of extra energy. ❤

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  6. Erika
    Nov 15, 2021 @ 20:23:13

    I am glad you decided to take time for yourself last weekend. I hope this week is going to be less hectic.

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  7. Mary Smith
    Nov 15, 2021 @ 20:06:37

    Your week sounds more than busy! I hope Sonu Singh is fine. My sister was told her dog had a heart murmur but it turned it was her poor dog being terrified of being at the vet. When the vet came, minus white coat, to check at home all was well. Enjoy your anniversary celebrations.

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    • Ritu
      Nov 15, 2021 @ 20:17:49

      I think it may be something similar, Mary, but we need a check up to see.
      It’s definitely busy, here, but we have to cope, right now!
      Thank you for your well wishes and take care of yourself!

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  8. robbiesinspiration
    Nov 15, 2021 @ 16:59:48

    Hi Ritu one-on-one help with your special needs kids will help a lot. I am glad you have sorted out your house and furniture and have a nice treat to look forward to at the end of the week.

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  9. johnrieber
    Nov 15, 2021 @ 16:04:46

    As always, busy times!

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  10. CJ
    Nov 15, 2021 @ 09:33:24

    Your week does sound busy, I’m not surprised you’re so tired. You really are under a lot of pressure at work, I do hope it eases off soon. And I hope all is well with darling Sonu Singh. I have a similar problem with Bertie, my cockapoo in that some people in the house feed him little handfuls of food every time they see him. Sigh. I am far meaner and I have secretly cut down his daily food to compensate and to avoid cutting remarks from the vet about how he is no longer at his Young Dog Weight. Hope you have a good week and a lovely day on Friday.

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  11. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Nov 15, 2021 @ 08:56:34

    Reading your roundup, i am getting tired too, Sis! But harden the working community is a very good thing, these times. Dont worry about Sonu. You have to buy him some gym tools, as he is not allowed to go outside himself. 😉 Maybe you should chasing him twice every day, from the first floor to the attic. Lol Definitely, congratulations on finding a handyman. Something like that is a matter of luck even here today. Best wishes, and please stay save (and funny). 😉 xx Michael

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  12. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Nov 15, 2021 @ 08:52:10

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  13. CarolCooks2
    Nov 15, 2021 @ 08:00:06

    Wow, I’m tired just reading this…but lots of good things happening with the house its great when you find a good handyman…:) x

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  14. Leanne
    Nov 15, 2021 @ 06:03:04

    Despite the challenging week, you got through it. Great things are happening with your new house and fantastic things to come. You can do this, Ritu!

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