Chai And A Chat #164 #ChaiAndAChat

Hello, all! Relief is spreading through me, right now, as I embark upon the final week of term!

Are you ready with your drink?

  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that school has been somewhat easier. Unbeknownst to me, a new member of the team was to start on Monday, in my class. A new one to one support assistant for one of my SEN pupils. It’s always good to have these adults to support the children who really need it, and as we were down one of those children as they were unwell, it was a little easier to manage. Yes, there were meltdowns, but we had that extra adult to support!
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that we have done around three run throughs of the nativity, sans costumes, and it has gone from being a hot mess, to a kinda luke warm one. Some children are aware of their lines, some still have no clue… thanks parents, for reading the letters and supporting your child with learning their ONE LINE!
  • If we were having chai I’d say that the week ended on a higher note than it started, at school. We were made aware on Monday evening that one of our academy schools had received the OFsted call. Knowing we are also due an inspection, it meant we were all on tenterhooks, as when they visit one academy, they tend to follow with another school from the same group, and as they were in the area, it was highly likely. However, we were then informed by the DofE that there would be no more inspections this side of Christmas, to allow schools to arrange for all the midigations that would need to be put in place, in case of lockdowns, or stricter restrictions again. Oh, and maybe that we could enjoy the last week, too! (There is still a high chance that we might not be able to do our play to the parents. but at least we have it all sorted, and costumes for most of the children are in. We could always video it, amateurly, and send it to parents, I guess!
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that on Friday, we had a little team meal out. It was a kind of thank you to everyone for the support they have given, a little Christmas get together, and a chance to catch up with my TA who had to leave, after being injured. I think it was a get together that was much needed, outside of the school walls. I do love my team. They are the reason my job is a little easier… (but not much, because it is HARD!)
  • If we were having chai I’d whisper that there might be a little interesting news from me on the book front… It’s not official, yet. Contracts and terms are being read and looked over, but, what a lovely way to end the year! (And it was me that was approached, not via any sort of submission!)
  • If we were having chai I’d let you know that the weekend was very, very quiet. And I think that was needed. Aside from a little house work, and laundry, I did nothing apart from snooze and read, because I was incapable of doing anything more! “(One week to go…)
  • If we were having chai I’d give you little Sonu Singh update, since he’s been a little absent from the blog! Here he is, guarding the Christmas tree. I think we have found the right sparey now, to deter him from trying to eat the branches, however, he does love to sit by int, or lounge near it! Bless him!

This week is the final one before we break up. Still wondering whether things will be cancelled, Christmas performance-wise, for parents, however, we will ensure the children have a great lead up to Christmas! There is still present shopping to do and plans to be made for the festive season, but until we are told, by the powers that be, it’s hard to make any plans. I really want to be able to drive up to Brum to see my parents, even for a day and night, so I can reassure myself they are both doing alright, especially Pops, after his operation. I already have the basics of the Christmas Dinner in the freezer, just in case things end up with everyone having to stay at home… but we are hoping that won’t be the case! And I have a meeting with the publisher, who is interesting in signing me, too, so wish me luck, everyone!

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34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Dec 15, 2021 @ 14:12:10

    Hooray for the new adult in the classroom to support the child! Somehow school plays always come together, so the Nativity should be fine.

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  2. CarolCooks2
    Dec 14, 2021 @ 07:28:54

    Only one more week to go and then it will be your own mad dash as it always is for us mums…Congrats on the book deal 🙂 x

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  3. Leanne
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 22:58:27

    A better week came! Good luck on the book front! Very big and exciting news! Just one more week! You can do it! The little ones will be great!

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  4. Erika
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 19:46:12

    You made me absolutely curious, sis!!!!!

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  5. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 19:17:07

    Great news, Sis! Keep on writing. The three book arrangement sounds very interesting. I hope you will be able presenting you play around the nativity live, to the parents. Thanks for the note about Sonu! 😉 On the photo he looks like waiting for the moment the photographer leaves the room. Lol A cat as protector of a Christmas tree. Lol My experiences are different.;-) Good luck, and have a beautiful last week with the monsters. 🙂 xx Michael

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  6. dearanonymousfriend
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 17:02:55

    I am so very excited for you! How thrilling that you have been approached, I hope it all works out smoothly and successfully for you. Have been traveling a lot lately, just one more trip with my oldest and her family for Christmas and then home to have my family all here for a late celebration. Family is so important. Thank you for being you and for your words. Congratulations and if I don’t write again, Merry, merry Christmas.

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  7. Rae Longest
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 14:55:34

    Thanks for waiting…I just went to get my second cup of coffee of the morning. LOL Singh knows quite well where he “looks good.” Cats are such posers…I know mine is! /Users/raelongest/Desktop/IMG_0561.JPG
    I hope this pic of my Freesia comes through. She came from our city Animal Shelter with quite a backstory and was already named. We didn’t change her name. Freesia is the name of a Mexican flower. She is the flower of our household much like Singh is yours.
    So glad your week was improved.

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  8. Shivangi
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 11:28:45

    Congrats Ritu…so happy to hear about your contract 😀👏

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  9. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 10:21:45

    Happy for you, Sis!

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  10. CJ
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 09:24:38

    I am so thrilled that you have been offered a publishing contract, it is absolutely brilliant news and very well deserved. I hope you are able to agree the terms and that it all works out well. Good luck with the last week of term, no doubt it will be madly busy for you, but hang on in there, it’s almost over!

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  11. TanGental
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 09:13:55

    How did I not know about looming fame?!!! Fabbist news, Queen Ritu !! And 3 books. Ha! None of these ‘I’m a working mum’ excuses then! Seriously though what a tremendous boost and so well deserved. If there’s anything I can do to help – reading drafts etc – just squeal!!

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  12. Books & Bonsai
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 08:27:08

    Congrats on your wonderful news, Ritu. It is a wonderful way to end this miserable year!

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  13. Steve Tanham
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 08:03:55

    Such good news on the assistant! Will you be able to Zoom the play even if you can’t have parents atttend?

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  14. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 05:33:23

    I hope you have a calm, quiet, safe holiday, and end of the year 2021. Mazel tov on your book publishing contract. I hope all goes just how you want it to and you are filled with joy.

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