Thursday, July 26, 2007

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu!

Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu!

Off to France later ... no worries about the super-slow French dial-up Internet, because this year there is no Internet. Yep, that's right no Internet! Did you feel that? That was the hair on the back of my neck standing straight up!! A whole month - with no Internet. Can you imagine what that feels like anymore? Do you remember? How did we cope? I'm sure *crosses fingers* that the weather will make up for it - and I shall get on to France Telecom for the APs to demand* information on when service will be resumed!

So, until late August - have fun, take care, be good :o)

* Anyone out there who knows anything about French bureaucracy knows that this demand will be ignored and some little despot in the Telecom office will simply look down his beaky nose at me and shrug in a way that only Gallic despots can!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

**slapping face to encourage wakefulness**

Oh boy, tired and busy week!

Sunday ~ return trip from Northumberland. Takeaway and cards to say goodbye to Leah with the crowd from poker.

Monday ~ goodbye to all the kiddies! Followed by dinner and greyhound racing at the stadium in Crayford. I'd never been before - it was the end of year night out. What a laugh .... don't think I need to go again for a while but fun all the same.

Tuesday ~ finishing party for the staff who are leaving, I got to make 2 speeches!!!!! You can't imagine how much that appealed. But it was nice to spend time with friends and spend some time time with old friends too.

Wednesday ~ ... can I let you know later?

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Cat and Chris enjoying the refreshments
Si and Laura seeking shelter
Helen - a pocket or hand for everything and everything in it's pocket!

Cordel - the BBQ master

My muddy toes on Saturday night - I had to wash my feet on the doorstep in the mop bucket!!

Unconscious mutterings #233

I say ... and you think ... ?

Deputy :: Head Teacher
Name :: Jo
Arrested :: Crime
Trade :: Union
Old :: Age - coming quick after 2 nights in a wet field in Northumberland!
Fingerprint :: Mark
Dwarf :: Red Dwarf ... no not that Red Dwarf, this Red Dwarf!!! Smeghead!

Newspaper :: The Guardian or The Independent
Gabriel :: Angel
Certificate ::
Of merit.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Plans for the weekend?

I'm off to Northumberland me. The 3rd annual Beer and BBQ. It's a hell of a long way to go for some Beer and a BBQ ... but it involves lots of family so I'm sure it'll be lovely. It also involves camping ... oh joy! And apparently it will involve rain :o( But I'm sure it'll be lovely.

So, what are you doing this weekend?

And, if you have nothing else you want to do, there's always lots of questions at that's my answer - your daily pitstop for questionable fun!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Blog Fodder #19 - #24

So Blog Fodder has been back and I've missed 6 weeks - what a slacker I am! So here's an almighty catch-up.

Question #19 came from Gopher, of “The Ramblings of a Scottish Gopher.”
Define your musical tastes in 10 songs.

1. So, I'm a little bit disco ~ Boogie Wonderland
2. A little bit "rock disco" ~ Waterloo
3. A little bit old school rock ~ Sweet Home Alabama
4. Well maybe a big bit old school rock ~ Wishing Well
5. A little bit new romantic ~ Planet Earth
6. A lot country ~ She's in love with the boy
7. Copperhead Road
8. A little bit folkie ~ Big Yellow Taxi
9. And finally, I'm a lot Welsh ~ Road Rage
10. Mama told me not to Come (Tom Jones and Stereophonics version!)

And that's not even half of it because I didn't get to mention what I am currently listening to ~ Mika, KT Tunstall, The Kaiser Chiefs, the gorgeous Jack, Snow Patrol and The Fratellis.

Question #20 came from Kevin, from "One Rainy Day".
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?

As a kid, I wanted to be something very prosaic, like a primary school teacher. I was very aware of one particular teacher who ritually humiliated the children in her class and I didn't think that was right. I knew that as a teacher I wouldn't do that - and what do you know, here I am 27 years later doing just that!

#21 was set by margalitc, over at What was I Thinking?
What was the catalyst for the time when you REALLY went over the edge temper-wise?

My husband knows just the buttons to press and so it seems does my mother in law. 2 weekends ago she ragged at her youngest grand-daughter so much that it made me want to explode! It's that ritual humiliation thing again - I loathe it!

Question #22 comes from Truth, over at Piece of the Puzzle.
What is the best kitchen gadget that you own that you can’t live without?

I used to have a wooden lemon juicer, it was like a handle with the juicer bit on the end and it was fabulous!! In fact beyond fabulous. Or as they'd say in Wales "fabulous beyond"! It broke, years ago and I've never been able to replace it. I'd probably sell/swap my husband for a new one of those! It looked like this. I've seen Nigella using one and let's face it ... if the Domestic Goddess says it's good enough for her, then it's good enough for me!

Question #23 is Toy Reviews' topic.
You get to “restart” your life at any age. When, and why?

17 - I'd have doen a little better at A levels and would have started teaching sooner!

And finally, *preens smugly* I think you'll find that's me up to date!

Question #24 from Karen, of Karen Writes.
What fashion trend you followed was very cool then, but now looks ridiculous?

Just 2 little words are enough answer for this one - leg warmers! Need I say more?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Unconscious mutterings #232

I say ... and you think ... ?

Situation :: hopelessfull
Theme song :: something 70's and disco - Abba, Kool and the Gang, Earth Wind and Fire ... you know the kind of thing! **starts dancing**
Kelly :: My lovely teaching assistant
Club :: Dance
Swerve :: Car
Couch :: Sofa
Bigfoot :: Big shoe
Arbitrary :: whim
Inventor :: Alexander Graham Bell
Blazer ::
school uniform

Number 1

On 14th August in the year I was born ...

The Number 1 single was:: The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women

The Number 1 album was:: Jethro Tull - Stand Up

Born on 14th August::

1941 - David Crosby ( real name; David Van Cortland; guitarist and vocalist; solo and with The Byrds / Crosby Stills Nash and Young )
1947 - Maddy Prior ( vocalist, Steeleye Span )
1961 - Sarah Brightman ( vocalist; solo and with Hot Gossip )
1965 - Mark Collins ( guitarist, The Charlatans )

What about you? What was #1? And who do you share a birthday with? Click here to find out!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Is it hot in here?

Just for you Andy ... that hot ANTM judge.

Mind you, I'm also quite partial to Miss**please excuse tit in a trance typo** Mr Jay!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday 13th Strikes

I am now officially paraskavedekatriaphobic - I've just shunted the car! Joy! I think I might go back to bed :o(

Take that you dirty sea dog!

Today, I get to go to work dressed as a pirate - bet you wish you were me! Don't you!?!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

This week, it could only happen to a teacher ...

Walking across the playground on Tuesday morning. Knowing that football is only allowed on the field* - we have handball courts on the playground. I see a year six boy kicking a tennis ball to his mates and say in a loud, clear voice ...

"M, you know your balls shouldn't be anywhere near your feet! You lot should only be playing with your balls with your hands!"

I then had to go to the aid of my colleague who was laughing so much he developed a hernia. My face was scarlet. Every single lad in year six was howling with laughter!

Yesterday afternoon J comes running too me in the nursery shouting "R has had an accident, he's pulled the knob off the toilet door. I walk into the toilet and say "R where are you?" A little voice comes from the last cubicle so I walk over, peer over the top to discsover that the knob has in fact come unscrewed. "No problem R" I say "give the knob to me and I'll screw it back on."** R passes me the knob and I begin to screw it on when I suddenly realise it's slightly wet.

So I say "this is wet R, what happened?" Where upon he points to the pale yellowy water in the toilet bowl and said "it went down there, I got it out for you!"

To some extent I am dreading today!!

* We're truly not being nasties it's to protect the littlies from flying footballs. They get to play football / soccer on the field every day.
** Luckily my littlies in the nursery are too young to catch me out on that first very obvious double entendre!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


M25 closed on the way home from poker last night! A motorcyclist had died.

50 mile journey took me 2 hours and 25 minutes. I neglected to pee before we left. Tracy went though ... obviously much cleverer than me! I got in at 2.40am - shattered. Could I get away with bunking off? What do you reckon?

No, I don't think so either.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


So the summer fete was not what I expected ... I ended up on the BBQ - not what I expected at all. 3 hours of serving burgers, hot dogs and sausages. I went home via Tescos - smokey, grimy and more than a little sun burnt! Everything sold for £1.50 and at one point or another during the day I handed over the best part of £320.00 to the treasurer ... seeing as I made an executive decision to drop the price to 75p at half past four I have no idea how many I served but I know that I was on the 3rd handful of shampoo before my hair felt clean.

School yesterday was a great day, it didn't rain, we enjoyed our Internet pirate story and if I go by Fizzy's reckonings yesterday morning "if I don't count this week because it's already started, then I only have a week of school left!" I think that deserves rather a large hurrah in itself.

I see blue sky out of the window for the third day running - must be the summer they promised us. Enjoy :o)

Monday, July 09, 2007

Unconscious mutterings #231

I say ... and you think ... ?

Happen :: Event
Terribly :: Sorry
History :: Books
Master :: Mistress
Petrified :: Stone
Moan :: Pleasure
Attack :: Defend
Picture :: Perfect
Students :: school
Potter :: about

Saturday, July 07, 2007

I'm a good girl I am.

Sitting at the traffic lights on the way to work yesterday morning my mobile phone rang ... unfortunately I have lost my hands free ear piece so, therefore, like the good girl I am I didn't answer it. I missed the call. No number left it could have been THE CALL. You know THE LIFE CHANGING CALL. But I'm a good girl and those particular traffic lights are smack outside the new Police HQ ... so I wasn't chancing it.

And then I looked in my mirror to see the guy driving the Landrover Discovery behind me was rolling a fag. Rolling a bloody rollie! Whilst driving! And the police are concerned that I might be using my mobile phone. I don't know why he didn't just light up a bong whilst he was at it.

Sorry, rant over :o)

Friday, July 06, 2007

It’s been a long week …

Ok, I know that it’s impossible for it truly to be a long week. It’s only ever going to be 7 days BUT it’s felt like it.
It’s felt more like a week and a half and I can feel the rest of it hurtling towards me too. In fact I’m not really sure what day it is today *checks calendar* ok it’s Friday. Thank goodness!

Monday was the nursery’s annual trip – we went to the beach … a lovely day really if you don’t mind a little rain, wind, 90 children and some parents. It was actually a lovely day but the stress of keeping your eyes on that many children, that near the ocean Thames estuary was tiring! I was tempted to take a little nap on the return coach trip but I had B sitting next to me and boy can she come up with enough questions, songs, lorry counting sessions and shouts of “look Mrs L a horse” all in a row to keep even a knackered old teacher awake.

The rest of the week has been a rush of meetings, reports, meetings, lunchtime detentions, meetings, cabling surveys and meetings. And I think that’s why I feel like I do this morning – because there’s been very little children this week. I finally got back into class yesterday for the day but this morning I have another meeting and some TA training to do. But at least tomorrow is Saturday and actually summer fete day in school. I’m on the sand art stall, so I’ll get to spend time with children – it’ll be a lot like Monday. 100s of children and sand.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

All catch'd up!

Our weekend away was great - Simon played golf (the last part of his birthday present) with his brother Chris and Chris's mate Logan. We ate wonderful Indian* / Malay** food cooked by Simon's niece Cat and Logan rather than at a restaurant. We drank lots of prosecco, talked, laughed and cried - perfect family time.

* Kasmiri lamb stew, Chicken Saag, Chick pea daal - yum yum yum!
** Spicy Tofu noodles and a creamy, coconutty Quorn curry - I wouldn't have know it was a tofu which I hate and the noodles were gorgeous.