Chai And A Chat #51 #ChaiAndAChat

Happy Monday to you all! I hope your week treated you well. Here’s my update!

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d begin my recount by telling you that the exhaustion hasn’t subsided yet. I still try and read every night, but by 9.30pm, my eyes are closing and I just need to sleep!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that we completed our Early Years Baseline that we have to complete. This gives us an idea of the children’s raw capabilities at the age thgey enter school. It gives us a chance to really tailor learning to the classes we are teaching, ensuring all the children are supported and challenged. My beauts are really beginning to show their colours now… especially my special beauts, the Fidgety Five, for want of another name. They either call out, lash out or have to be sat out! There is the odd run out too, so we have to make sure classroom doors are securely shut, so no one goes walk about! But, all in all, I am pleasantly surprised with my beauts!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that the Class Photo we were having taken on Thursday went a lot better than I expected! The children sat as we wanted, and apart from one child, one of my beauts, who really wanted a chair to sit on, rather than the ground, everyone was happy to sit or stand where placed, and there were plenty of ‘Cheese!’ call outs! Just time to wait for the newspaper spread now!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that, away from school, I am still waiting for a response from the publisher, but I got lovely feedback from the last of my Beta Readers, and it made my heart sing, and the day went so wonderfully for me, after reading it! I can’t wait to get this book out, whether traditionally or independently. I have such positive vibes, I just hope they aren’t me being too sure of myself!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d mention that the curse of injury hit me again… though this time I don’t actually have a clue how it happened. On Wednesday, I started to feen an ache in my wrist, which developed into a sharp pain shooting up my arm. I hadn’t bumped it anywhere. I hadn’t strained it trying to pick up heavy objects. I was flummoxed. Then I remembered that over 25 years ago, I used to suffer from a tendon injury in my wrist, tenosynovytis. It felt like that, I used to find myself with a bandaged wrist a couple of times a year. As a youngster, someone told my parents to have some special Indina blessing done on it… it entailed finding a person with both sets of grandparents still alive, and as they tie a black thread around my wrist, they chant a saying “Jeevey mere Dada Dadi, jeevey mere Nana, Nani, Tootey tera gana gani.” This loosely translates to “May my grandparents have a long life, and may the curse around your injury be broken” (Loosely, honestly!) My cousin’s daughter was called up to help me out here, having all her grandparents around, and can I say that after that, I didn’t have any more pain… until now, over 25 years later! So, I got myself a support, and now I need to find someone to help me out with this special black thread… both my children have their grandparents, but I am not sure if they are able to tie it on me, as my own kids…still researching!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d remind you that I mentioned the hygienist appointment I had… Well, I went, and was cleaned thoroughly, and charged £60 for the pleasure of being told that I know what I am doing, and to continue what I do, and to see her again in 6-8 months, or even a year! £60! So expensive! But my teeth feel extra shiny right now…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d happily tell you about my night out with half the Tootie Frooties! For those of you not in the know, the Tootie Frooties are a group of good friends I have, locally. We are all mums, and all have similar senses of humour. We try to meet up a couple of times a year, if not more, to just chill out, relax and loosen our mummy collars once in a while. This time we went to a comedy night at the Woodville Halls, which is our local Civic Centre. The comedy was hilarious. Honestly, my jaw was still hurting the next morning, from all the laughter! four extremely funny individuals kept us entertained for longer than we anticipated, then we went off to the restaurant where we had booked to eat dinner 1.5 hours earlier (oops!) And we ate a lovely Turkish meal, before heading home. It war such a fun night, something I needed to do, that I hadn’t had a chance to for a long time. Friends are so important, that we have to make sure we take time out to be with them ❤
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that the weekend was extremely calm, with just one set of swimming lessons to go out for. The rest of the time was spent vegging, napping, reading, grocery shopping, eating, watching TV… basically relaxing!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that this Friday, Lil Princess will be accompanying me to school as her school has a Staff Development Day. Lil Man doesn’t like being with me in school, but she is really excited at the idea, so she will help out for the day. It is quite handy actually, as we have the children’s first ever individual School Photos too!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d mention that on Saturday, we have been invited to Lil Man’s end of season cricket awards, and I am looking forward to it, especially since he has had a great season. I hope he gets a little recognition. It will boost him up considerably!

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

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 238 – Friends


“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”

Bernard Meltzer

Cool quote Spidey!

I went out with some great friends on Friday night.

I don’t have the Buzz to my Woody here, locally. My BFF for the last 25 ish years… but I have a group of wonderful friends locally, The Tootie Frooties, and one of those is my other BFF.

We look out for each other, we laugh, we laugh together, and because our children are friends, we lookout for each others kids too.

We went to a comedy night, had a few drinks and ran late at the comedy night, but went for a quick meal afterwards. It was such a fun night, much needed after a long time without meeting up, sans kids!

My jaw ached the next day from laughing so much, not just from the comedy, but from our own laughs before and after. That is friendship.

And I know, that with them, I can be myself, without anyone having major expectations of me. They know the Ritu they see is the Real Ritu. And I’m not perfect. None of us are. But we are us. And we love each other as we are.

Those are the friendships worth having ❤

So… tell me, how often spend time with your real friends?

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps  And enjoy your week! ❤ 

#SoCS Sept. 21/19 – Wrap/Rap

Linda’s #SoCS prompt this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wrap/rap.” Use one, use both (for bonus points), use ’em any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Do you know how to wrap?

(No, I’m not talking about rap – the music form, though I have tried my hand at it!)

I think wrapping presents is one of the hardest things to do!

Usually, mine will be pretty neat, but I end up using too much paper because I cut too much for the object that is going to be wrapped… Then whoever is opening said present feels like they are playing pass the parcel, unwrapping layers and layers, until they get to the gift at the end!

I’d never get a job in one of those shops where you have to offer to gift wrap items bought… I’d constantly be getting my knuckles rapped for wasting too much paper!

Yay! Double points!

September 19: Flash Fiction Challenge – Interlude

Charli’s Carrot Ranch prompt this week:

September 19, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about an interlude. It can be a pause between two key moments, the pause between acts in a play, an intermission, or a temporary amusement Go where the prompt leads you!

Sweet Interlude

Sophia leaned against the headboard, taking a drag of her cigarette.

She smiled at her reflection in the mirror; hair messed up, lipstick a mere stain left on her lips.

She watched him pull his pants back on.

“Hurry, Sophia!”

Marco slipped his shirt on, still buttoning as he left.

Voices. Her supervisor was coming.

She flushed the cigarette down the toilet, changed, and flung the door open.

“Oh Sir, these guests, too much! Smoking in here. Smell it!”

She bustled out, to the next room waiting to be cleaned, wondering when her next interlude with Marco would be…

Murmur #writephoto

Sue’s #WritePhoto prompt:

It started with 
A murmur
Then someone screamed
Blue murder

Startled starlings
But for me
All that mattered

Was to catch that
Last glimpse of sun
After all it would be
My last one

My last sunset
My last night
My last breath
Yes, that's right

Then they grabbed me
From the wall
Stopped me quickly
Before the fall

Ritu 2019

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