Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 241 – Exhausted


On an exhausted field, only weeds grow

Henryk Sienkiewicz

Yeah, thanks, Spidey, for likening me to a field…

But, honestly, that is how I feel at the moment.

You all know that I have stepped back from posting regularly because I mentioned being rather tired. I felt that a little mental break would help.

I had submitted my manuscript to a publisher and used that six weeks of waiting to step back from that creativity too.

Unfortunatley, I can’t step away from motherhood, or my day job of being a teacher, but even there, I have tried not to stay later than I have to at school. Usually, I’m in from 7.45am, and I leave betweek 5-5.30pm.

As for home, I have skimped on wheat I can, ironing as and when I need to, keeping the hosue clean and tidy, but not pushing myself too much, and sleeping earlier.

But it hasn’t really made a huge amount of difference.

Take yesterday. I had a littel cat nap in the afternoon, except when I woke up, I realised I had slept for 3 hours! And I could have stayed asleep for longer.


That is how I feel.

Adn I know I can’t give my best in this state.

I have called the doctor and made an appointment, but the earliest I could get was in NOVEMBER! I hope that I can ring in during the half term and see him earlier. Maybe it’s a vitamin deficiency, or something else.

Whatever it is, I need to get it sorted. I can’t exist like this.

I have a book to get out there. I have a class to teach. I have two children who need encouragement. I have a husband who needs his wife by his side. I have a family who want me to be the best me I can be. I have friends I don’t want to miss out on seeing…

So… tell me, what suggestions do you have for lessening this exhaustion?

April 25: Flash Fiction Challenge – Exhausted

Charli’s Flash Fiction Challenge:

April 25, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes exhaustion. Who is exhausted and why? Can you make art of exhaustion? Go where the prompt leads!


Seriously, you don’t have a clue.
Yes, so what? You get up, get ready, catch a train and work 9-5. The evening commute is hard, so you need a drink at the end of the day. Then you sleep. And repeat.
At least you sleep.
I’m not sure what time I wake up, because I’m not entirely sure I go to sleep. It’s an endless round of feeding, changing, getting housework done whilst he sleeps, then all over again. Babies don’t have a clue about tiredness.
No. I’m exhaustipated.
Simply too tired to give a sh*t!

Ritu 2019

Frantic Friday! – #Exhaustipated

The weekend couldn’t come soon enough!

And I have another big week ahead of me so I can’t relax just yet!

You all know I have rather a lot of duties in school this week, with two classes, and subject responsibilities, and the Governor role too…

And I am coping, honestly!

Yes, I am tired, but I combat this by falling asleep earlier.

  • If I don’t read my book then fair enough.
  • If I miss my fave show on Telly, no worries, it’s recordable.
  • If I don’t make the lunches, they can be done in the morning.
  • If I can’t be as hot on my blog and reader, I just have to cope with it.

Can I give you an example of one of my days this week?

Obviously, I wake up at 6am and have to make sure the kitchen is tidy, lunches packed, school bags ready by the door, feed the cat and birds, shower, have breakfast, read my emails and browse my reader, answer notifications and check my other Social Media, holler for Hubby Dearest and the kids to get up, then when all are ready, we finally leave!

  • 7.50am Get to school.
  • 8.00am Settle down in nursery for the morning.
  • 8.45am Let my nursery children in and spend time interacting and observing them. Meet a new parent and child, showing them around the environment.
  • 9.40am Get called to attend my Reception class to be part of the ‘My First Class’ photo that our local paper takes, and submits into a big supplement of all the reception classes in the area.
  • 10.00am Other teacher leaves to do a home visit with one assistant, leaving me with the other assistant, to field drink times and outside play.
  • 11.10am they arrive back in time to take kids back in for fruit and story.
  • 11.25am Off to a Reception parents meeting, which should last 30 mins.
  • 12.25pm Meeting overran by half an hour so yamming lunch down my throat as have a meeting with a fellow new Governor, to book in some training.
  • 12.45pm Realise I was meant to be in the classroom letting the afternoon nursery children in! Thank goodness Wednesday is the day my team teacher and I are together!
  • 12.50pm Spend time with children, observing and interacting.
  • 1.20pm Off to set up for some planning time.
  • 1.30pm Scheduled Progress meeting for children with possible SEN issues in Reception class.
  • 2.35pm – It overran again. Try to do some paperwork before…
  • 3.10pm back to Nursery to help supervise the end of the session as the afternoon kids can’t sit or stay quiet or understand instructions!
  • 3.45pm once all kids are picked up, head back to planning area to meet with Reception team to discuss the plans for next week.
  • 4.15pm Back to Nursery to discuss next weeks plans with my team teacher.
  • 5pm Finally leave work.

Then it didn’t end there – got home and had to make sure homework was done, dinner was eaten, birds and cat fed and cage cleaned. Quality time with the pets too. Also assisting Hubby with packing for his Boy’s weekend away. Ironing. Made lunches. Blogged… Collapsed to sleep just after 10pm!

So, do you get why the weekend is so welcome? And this was a week where the Reception class were only in for half days!

Next week, we start the Reception children on full days, which involves staying with them for lunch too for the first week, which means Monday and Tuesday will be full on! Wednesday I am with them too, to cover my Partner Reception teacher, then I have planning time in the afternoon. Nursery on Thursday and Friday, with a Governor’s meeting on Thursday evening too, and the children are having their first individual school photos on Friday, which is always fun with the Nursery children!

Oh my days, I need a real holiday!!!!!!!!!!

Monday Meh! (Again)

Forgive me if I am not as wordy for the next couple of weeks…

The end is in sight, but it still feels far away!

Two more weeks until I can slip my teacher hat off and actually relax!

But there are still plenty of jobs to get done before I can do that!

The school kids don’t know yet which teachers they are getting next year, so there is a little buzz around because there are some changes in place. We have met most of our new students, and half have visited us, but there are still a few more to come. There is all manner of paperwork that needs updating and sorting out before the year ends, to tie up loose ends, and prepare for the next academic year.

I will probably need to pencil in the first week of holidays as time to go back into school with my colleagues to prepare the classrooms too!

Then, my envisioned summer of writing and keeping the kids occupied took a different turn, when we got a sudden influx of wedding invites!

At least 4 weekends with functions, one in the week day, I need to figure out when we are going to spend a week with my parents, and we are going to try and get away last minute too!

But on the flip side, I managed to make it public in my household that I do intend to concentrate on writing during the break, so now I have said it, I gotta do it, eh! If my Hubby Dearest wants to be a kept man, funded by the spoilts of my best seller, he needs to let me write it, eh!

Back to the now…

I am falling asleep much earlier each night due to exhaustion.

I have mentioned being so tired in the past…

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Actually, right now, I am just plain exhausted, and I do give a shit! I don’t like to leave my blogily hanging either! So I will be around, but I might not be as noisy as I usually am!

So I am off to drag myself into the shower, and get ready for the penultimate Monday of term… And I shall try not not yawn…but I can’t promise that!

Have a much perkier Monday than I think I’m going to have Peeps!

Finally! The End of Term!

Boy, it’s been a looooong term! It feels like from September to now lasted around 4 years, not 4 months!

But then that is a pretty common misconception amongst us teachers. We keep on going, despite being shattered, and the end of the Christmas term is always so joy filled for our little ones, we want to keep going, be part of their happiness!

So it is always so wonderful, and much appreciated, when we are gifted something at the end of the term. It is never an expectation. In fact, a card would suffice. But then, it makes us feel special too!

I came home with rather a haul from both pupils and family and colleagues!




The top left was a gift from my Secret Santa.. a notebook for me to write poems into!



Tired as I was, it was not important as I had a Christmas party to attend with my colleagues! Yes, the staff Christmas party! Sometimes the stuff of nightmares, but if I’m honest, I have amazing colleagues, and we all have such fun!

Then today I added an extra layer of exhaustion by visiting Bluewater Shopping Centre, and going ice skating with the kids, eating a rather large lunch, and hare-ing around finishing the Christmas shopping, whilst trying to hide things from the kids! But Hubby Dearest and I had it all covered!


To top it off, I finished as much of the wrapping as I could.


It’s just a good house clean, before the Big Fat Fella in Red arrives, and the last bits of food shopping to do tomorrow! I fear my second wind will only last another day, then I’ll end up ill, like the rest of the household, but I am holding out!!!

Til tomorrow Peeps!

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