Chai And A Chat #175 #ChaiAndAChat

Gosh, it’s been a crappy week, in so many ways, but there were good bits, too…

You ready for a recap?

  • If we were having chai I would bring you up to speed with school, since we were back last week. It was a hectic week, with so many ‘things’ going on. There were meetings, and I had a lesson observation. The nurses were in, doing height, weight and vision checks, too. We had meltdowns from SEN children. Absences. But, the kids coped wonderfully with the health checks, and my observation went swimmingly, I believe. I am just so shattered…
  • If we were having chai, I’d probably swap for a hot water, as I have a delicate tummy. I ended up at home on Friday because Lil Princess kindly passed on her dicky tummy to me. I have spent the best part of the last three days in bed. All I can say is thank goodness that I began using the online grocerey shopping!
  • If we were having chai I’d ask you if you were aware that COVID is now gone? Well, that is according to our government, who are now wrapping up any special measures, including routine testing for staff and pupils, and isolations for a certain amout of time. I mean, I know it has to happen, sometime, but it feels like it has all just come about rather fast, don’t you think?
  • If we were having chai I wouldn’t be able to avoid mentioning what is happening over in Ukraine. My heart is so heavy, rigth now, it doesn’t know what to think. One of my old colleagues is from the Ukraine, and when you know someone who is being directly affected, it makes everything even realler. On top of that, it hit home that Finland is on the border of Russia, too, and they are being threatened with sanctions, by Russia, too. They are 50km away from that despot, Putin, and it scares the Bejesus of me. It is consgtantly on the news, so I am anticipating questions from even the more astute, younger children who I teach. What do I tell them? I find it hard to discuss the situation with my teenage kids. Lil Man is asking if he’ll have to sign up…
  • If we were having chai I’d try and lighten the mood a little with this news. My Book Baby, Marriage Unarranged, had an Amazon Orange flag on it for a little while! Thank goodness my publisher was able to screenshot it and send it to me! These ratings change so fast so it’s great to have it there, in picture proof!
  • If we were having chai I’d want to share with you, a little something that I had done. I always loved the little sketches and drawings that other writers and authors have as part of their branding, so I had one done! What do you think? Even got Sonu Singh in on the action!
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This week is another busy one at school, with Shrove Tuesday to celebrate, as well as me doing some observations on my team, World Book Day (One of my favourites!) and we have a visit from ZooLabs, too, which the children will really love. Homewise, I just hope I am feeling better, and get some more words down!

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38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    Mar 01, 2022 @ 13:53:02

    Hey get you Sis, orange flag and new avatar you and Sonu Singh look great! You look like you are bossing it at school even though you are under par! I do hope you are on the mend too. As to the war Putin is a meglamaniac and I pray he will soon go the same way as most meglamaniacs go! The things he is doing are not for pardoning he is evil. Prayers for your Finidian family. I don’t think Putin can really get away with invading any more countries without serious repressions. As I type this things are getting worse for the Ukraine.
    I agree with you home delivery shopping is definitely the way to go.
    Sending love and hugs.💜

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  2. Jennie
    Mar 01, 2022 @ 12:12:52

    I’m so glad you’re on the mend! The world news is giving all of us a very heavy heart, for sure. As to Covid, we are hoping to drop the masks in a few weeks. Fingers crossed!

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  3. Leanne
    Mar 01, 2022 @ 00:34:52

    Tough week but you got through it. Congrats on being a Best seller!

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  4. Erika
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 19:14:50

    I hope you are feeling better after you took a clear rest, Sis. Yes, the times are so hard when we see how one person can stamp with his feet on the virtues of humanity that 30 years ago reached such a breakthrough. We need to show our solidarity in any possible way and don’t step back when it comes to sacrifices we must bring. The sacrifices of the Ukrainian people and all the Russians in the military who don’t even want to fight that war are much worse…

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  5. johnrieber
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 16:35:31

    Glad you are feeling better and yes, it’s a very hard time to have young impressionable minds: the worst worldwide medical crisis in a lifetime, followed by aggressive military action that defies reason…sad times

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  6. Lori Bonati
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 14:06:50

    Hope you feel better soon! Our state (New York) just lifted the school mask mandate. I hope it’s true that COVID is on the run. It is just terrible what’s happening in Ukraine. P.S. I just subscribed to your mailing list. I’ve been too busy settling into my new home to do much reading and blogging, but now I finally have a bit more time. Be well!

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  7. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 13:26:05

    It was great to see your orange flag ritu. Awful scary goings on in the world at the moment. And the mask or lack of seems foolish to me. Hoping for better news soon.

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  8. Keith
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 13:12:47

    Have a great week and March. Keith

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  9. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 10:03:52

    Wrapping you in warm sister love! ❤

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  10. beth
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 10:00:02

    this week, with all of the heartbreak and tragedy in Ukraine, we have also seen the people stand up for themselves, seen a true leader emerge, and have seen the world rally around to help support them in their efforts. I hope this week is better, masks are becoming optional in many places today, including most schools here. I know covid is not over and am a bit worried about how it will all go as we move ahed. I wish you a better week ahead

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  11. CJ
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 09:39:55

    It sounds like a tough week, but very well done on that best-seller flag. The situation in Ukraine is heartbreaking isn’t it. And I worry a lot that after a while the West will just ease off the pressure and let Putin get away with it. Zelenskyy’s bravery, altruism and strong leadership puts our dreadful PM completely to shame. CJ xx

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  12. nimi naren
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 08:18:59

    Congrats Ritu on your book and on it becoming a Best Seller. I look forward to reading it ❤

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  13. Sadje
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 07:00:41

    Congrats on being the bestseller Ritu. Yay.

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  14. CarolCooks2
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 06:37:35

    Covid is not over here as our grandson has just tested positive so we are quarantined as has my grandson’s girlfriend in WA…Covid is alive and well as I hope we will all be…and now Putin..when will it end …

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    • Ritu
      Feb 28, 2022 @ 06:40:35

      Oh, Carol. We are all so aware it is not over, here, too, but the government are so keen to push that we are now at a stage where we live with it, like the flu. Compulsory testing has been stopped. And they are asking people to just use common sense…
      Oh, and, Putin??? I don’t even know what to say… Xxx

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  15. Lauren
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 06:12:01

    Congrats on the orange flag. I hope this coming week is far better. I for one, do not believe the pandemic is over. I shall continue to mask on the few occasions that I venture out.

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  16. Rajiv
    Feb 28, 2022 @ 05:42:07

    if we were having chai!

    But I’d also tell you that the USA/NATO/the UK have all contributed immensely to this mess in Ukraine. I am not excusing Putin, but this bloc – US-NATO-UK – is equally guilty, and I don’t trust them.

    Come to my part of the world, and you will see the mess they have created here!!

    But then, I will also buy you a nice chai!

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