Chai And A Chat #23 #ChaiAndAChat

Hey there Peeps! I hope you’re ready with a large one… I’ve had one heck of a week!

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d probably whimper (through tiredness) that we made it to week two with no in-laws!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that when the kids are ill, appreciation for my in-laws peaks. Lil Princess started with a headache on the Sunday evening, which didn’t disappear overnight. She battled through school on the Monday, and was in tears by the end of the day. Obviously, I had Parents Evening too, so was reassured by the fact she could go home to my brother-in -law and rest up. By the end of the day she was full of cold, and a cough was coming too. Total head cold, poor thing. My dilemma was the next day. There was no way she could go to school, but I knew her uncle, and aunt, were working from home so they were more than willing to have her. I still had another parents evening to go though. I toyed with the idea of missing it, as my co teacher would be there, but bless her, she was also suffering with a lack of voice. We were in a dilemma. Do we cancel and reschedule or tough it out, as no matter what, this evening would have to happen some time? In the end after consulting my daughter and sis in law, it was decided that I finish up my work resonsibilities. She was in good hands. But it didn’t stop that motherly guilt that I should be with my kid, not worrying about 30 other children. She needed the next day off too, and thankfully, her uncle was home again too. Finally, Thursday came and she began to perk up… the ups and downs of being a working mum…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that, on the flip side, both Parents Evenings went pretty smoothly, all things considered, but they were LOOOOOONG days! No more this academic year now!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that World Book Day was on Thursday, and we love to celebrate it at school We encourage the children to dress up as their favourite book characters, though most end up wearing the latest costumes on sale in Asda… And as a staff, we usually have a theme for the year. This year was Witches and Wizards. And I, not one to follow the crowd, decided to be the witch’s cat, Wilbur, from Winnie the Witch books!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that after the positive rejection last week, there was more news! I logged into Twitter on Thursday, and learned about a hashtag called #PitMad. It happens quarterly, and basically writers can pitch their written novel in 280 characters to agents. Only agents are to like the pitches but you can support one another as a writers community by retweeting and commenting on the pitches. Many people will spend months tweaking their pitch… I wrote one in a few moments, and didn’t expect a thing.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that I got a genuine agent like!!! And over the last 24 hours we have been emailing. She loves the idea of the book, the story, and said it needs to be heard, and gave me some amazing feedback on what she had read, with really workable critique suggestions. She also suggested that I get a critique partner and, once polished, she would love to read it again!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that I acted upon her advice and I have ordered another craft book to help me wean out the show vs tell issues, and I have approached an editor to help with with critiquing and advising me where to go next. I have the problem that I am too close to the book, and I can’t change anything as I can’t look at it objectively!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I went a bit Easter Egg mad too… We will be holding a Nursery Easter Egg hunt on the last day of term for the nursery students and their parents, and I decided that instead of trying to hide millions of eggs, I would find lots of Easter themed items, such as chicks, rabbits, and little eggs, to hide around the allotment, for them to look for, and use a tick sheet to say they found them. Then at the end, they could get a prize. And then I saw Tesco had a deal on 75p medium sized eggs…. and I ended up ordering 55! Enough for the children, and for my team too! Lil Man’s face was priceless as he saw the guy unloading my home delivery. I did have to explain to the guy I was a teacher and that these were student gifts, and not that I was some sort of Easter Egg trader, or chocaholic! So now they are hidden away from anyone with a sweet tooth, in the hope that they will last until the end of term!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I celebrated my favourite inspirational woman on International Woman’s Day on Friday… my mum ❤
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that we kept the weekend very down low. Everyone needed a rest and, aside from the kids playing badminton and cricket, we did nothing! And I scheduled posts and read. Perfect!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d have to admit that the end of Sunday was not as smooth as I hoped, as teenage hormones coursed around the house and Lil Man showed his attitude BIG TIME. Actually just trying to take deep breaths right now so I don’t go and strangle him… Seriously, parenting teens and tweens is no fun a lot of the time (though there are ups too!)
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you aside from one late evening at moderation, so we can see if our kids are progressing as others are, there should be no more late ones, phew!
  • If we were sipping that chai togetherand possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d mention that I am so excited for the weekend as Pops and Mum are coming to spend it with us!

Have a wonderful week, Peeps! Let me know how your week went!

Chai And A Chat #20 #ChaiAndAChat

Well hello, again Peeps! Have you got that drink ready? My chai is waiting!

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d sigh and possibly be looking for something stronger than a chai!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that it’s been another week of fun at school. A four day week for the kids meant that we had to squeeze in plenty, to make sure all was covered, and another bout of short staffing meant Wednesday in particular, was rather trying, but, again, we coped, and I am still here!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that Thursday, aka Valentines Day, was memorable for several reasons. I got feedback from my writer friend for my manuscript, and though there was plenty there that I could work with, there were some items that I found a little hard to stomach… But, I got over it! Then I was informed that my Brother in Law feeling great, so he wasn’t able to go to the function we were meant to be attending at the weekend, which in turn impacted upon our plans to go to my parents as a family. Hubby Dearest doesn’t get to go often and I was so happy he was coming with me, as were Pops and Mum, but because of this turn of events, he would now have to drive his parents, meaning they would head back home, leaving me and the kids to go to Birmingham. Simple.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say I lied. Nothing is that simple, is it? On the same Valentines Day, Lil Man came home with a terrible headache and fever. This meant playing nurse to a teen who was even more grumpy than usual, and not agreeable to anything, trying to keep calm about our plans falling to pieces, and cooking a dinner to celebrate what should have been a romantic night… At least I got flowers!
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  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that Friday was a training day for me with the Brilliant Doctor of Happiness, Andy Cope, and it was another inspirational session (yes, I bought another book…) And there was more computer-based training in the afternoon for all staff, which I had already done, but needed to assist the older members of my team with. Then we were done !
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that Lil Man was still not well, so he’d been off school that day with his grandparents. I arrived home to find him on the sofa, not having eaten anything major all day, still burning up, and still suffering headaches. I was a little scared. He’d mentioned one of the lads hitting him on the back of the head a couple of days before (bants, they call it – I’m not sure if it was more being picked on…) And with his history of concussion, I was worried. At the course that day, another teacher had been talking about her son’s 14-year-old friend who got hit on the head, then lost the ability to walk for a while… We made the decision, with me getting rather emotional, that we wouldn’t go anywhere on the weekend, and if the headaches lasted until the next day, we would go to the hospital.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d confess I was so upset on Friday night I cried. It really hit me this week, how far I am from my parents, and that they aren’t getting younger. Pops had an investigative procedure on Sunday, and it seems to have been okay, but still, I wanted to see him and had been hoping to, before ill health had struck the household again. As I rang Mum to tell her of the change in plans, she was so calm and kept saying “Don’t worry, God willing, we will see each other soon.” That made me feel even worse… what if God had other plans…? Pops and Mum are also addressing the issue of advancing years by seriously considering downsizing their property, meaning a whole load of #KonMarie type sorting out happening there, and them looking at flats and bungalows…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know I had to see Hubby Dearest off on Saturday morning, then checked up on the patient, whose fever seemed to have subsided, thank goodness. We spent a calm day watching films and when the kids were settled doing their own things, I started in earnest, to go through the wardrobes of the house, and I did really good! 15 bags of clothes cleansed from our cupboards! I spent around 3 hours doing that, and then got read of 14 of them on Sunday morning! There is one bag which was filled with Indian outfits that mum-in-law is taking to India, but the rest… gone! I need to get three large bags out from the attic to sort them out too, then it’ll all be done, clothes wise. There is still so much more to do though!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you we had a chilled out Sunday too. After a leisurely lunch we popped into Bluewater Shopping Centre and had a wander around, picking up bits and pieces for Lil Princess’s birthday that is coming up, and my Father-in-Law’s too.
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d breathe a sigh of relief and say “Thank Goodness it’s Half Term!” A week off. But it’ll still be busy! Today I’ll be carless, as my car goes in for service (hopefully it won’t cost a bomb!) and we have dentist appointments. There will be hair and nail appointments, as well as get-togethers this week, to celebrate when that Lil Princess of mine turns 11 too… I’ll be wrapping presents soon!
  • If we were sipping that chai togetherand possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that I am also excited as I have spoiled myself with an All-New Kindle Paperwhite which should arrive later today, and I can start transferring my TBR list onto there, then wiping my old one clean to give to Lil Princess, so she can start her own collection!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d add that I’ll need to be on hand to help the in-laws back as the next time I speak to you over a cuppa, they will have flown to the Motherland for 6 weeks!

Have a wonderful week Peeps! Let me know how your week went!

One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Sleep-less-over

How come they get the fun of the sleepover, yet I get the joys of the sleepless night?

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge.

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One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds –

The holidays are here!… so why am I off to school again today?

Just a thought that probably goes through the heads of many non-teachers…

Including family and spouses.

I’d love it if, over the holidays, a classroom fairy came and waved a wand over our rooms, and magically made the previous year’s mess disappear, books filed away, and arranged for all the new pupils books to be ready, display boards to be all freshly backed and ready for us to start on the first day back.

But that’s not the case.

I’ll be popping in for a day (some will be in there for longer) to get things all organised, so I can then (kinda) forget about school for the summer, and concentrate on the kids, my hubby, and my Pops (might get some writing in there too!) for the rest of the break, until it nears the end of August, when we are back officially!

And the fact that I have been in during the holiday means I can start with a less stressed mind, knowing everything (almost) is ready for the new year!

Right, off to pack my school bag, one last time for this academic year… have a good day!

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge.

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One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Exhausted

Five. More. Working. Days….

Just one more week to go until we break up, and I cannot wait! It’s been an extra hectic end of term with family stuff on top of the usual school duties… I am crawling towards next Tuesday!!

No more alarms, thank goodness! getting a little rest, before the new year starts, in between going to be with Pops and Mum, and a few trips to keep the kids occupied.

But what I am not looking forward to  is constantly being referee to the kids… and I know that is going to happen… Gah!

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge.

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