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I have finished Blinded by the Light and found it easy to get into and very engrossing. Once the plot began to unfold the tension started to build and there were times when I needed a break from the narrative to unwind.
LadyHawke – you have just given me a horror of thoughts. Not once did it occur to me that there are now photos of my backside recorded by the camera. Also there will be pictures of me looking at it and bringing my sister to the bathroom to look at it too.
OH MY GOD!!! :(
hanging my head in shame and embarrassment
If anyone is on Facebook you can see a picture of my aunts the nuns at the restaurant we ate yesterday. If you look closely at my hip you can see the monitor that was recording the pictures the camera was sending. :(
I am so so so so tired, lol! WHAT a weekend!
Yesterday was son’s 17th birthday. He is now old enough to learn to drive, which is frankly scary! My BIL is a driving instructor, and has offered to give him some preliminary lessons. What son will do for practice, I’m not too sure. Our car at the moment is a hire car, and even when my DS gets the proper company car, I don’t know if the insurance will cover him. Maybe we can pay to add him on as an extra? We will see.
So, after opening gifts at pretty much the crack of dawn, we left for our weekend in London. This weekend was actually MY birthday gift from my DS, back in May when things were very fraught, and he was trying to show me how much he loves me. He bought us tickets to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the West End.
We got to the hotel at about 10, too early to check in, obviously, but we were able to use their carpark, and head for the Tube. We went to Trafalgar Square, and The National Gallery. That place astonishes me, it’s simply amazing. The theatre was just around the corner.
We checked into the hotel……..we had booked a family room, but there was some sort of problem, so they offered us two rooms instead, with compilmentary breakfasts for the inconvenience, which seemed ok to us all! It worked out very well. Son and DS stayed in one room to watch the football, and daughter and I retired to “The Reading Room!” It also meant daughter was not disturbed by the TV and got to sleep at a reasonable time……after finishing THG, which she declares is one of the best books she has ever read! Once the football had finished, son and I swapped rooms!
I took a cake with us, and stuck a candle in it so we could sing to son……amid cries of “blow it out quickly before we set the smoke alarm off!” I also brought his birthday cards to put up in the room. I didn’t want his birthday to be lost.
Today, after another early start, we walked through Kensington Gardens to The Natural History Museum. Which was SO BUSY!!! All of this was so lovely and familiar to me…….although I haven’t been to London for a long while, when I was little we used to live only about 20 minutes away by train. My parents took me to the museums and the galleries frequently, so lots of lovely memories.
After a hotel breakfast, we didn’t need lunch, even though the Food Hall in Harrods was VERY tempting!! We had a look around some of the luxury departments, jaws dropping and eyes popping…..we came to a handbag hall that I fell in love with……. Most of the handbags didn’t even have a price on display, so we knew they cost at least as much as our house! Oooh, and talking of houses, I told daughter if we sold ours, we couldn’t even afford to buy a shed in London. I don’t think she quite believed me……until we passed an estate agents. A flat in one of the huge places opposite our hotel was for sale. One bedroom, at £1.25 million! (And I told her that was fairly cheap!)
We walked back through Hyde Park, and drove home, being very lucky with the weather. Lovely sunshine in London, but we had very very heavy rain and lightening most of the way home.
It was a wonderful weekend. My DS planned it brilliantly; he’d printed out maps, knew where we were going, how to get there, where we were going next, how long it would take. And we needed a little time away.
I do NOT want to go to work tomorrow! Still, just this week to go, then I have a fortnight off, yay.
Asti What a splendid visit to London with all the family, and you managed to pack so much into two days! I hope that your son enjoyed his birthday, please pass on our belated good wishes. How was A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Did you know that you can get an app of the National Gallery for phone or Kindle? I am happy that your daughter tackled THG with such enthusiasm, survived the heartache incident, and was so satistified with the story. I am impressed with your DS’s organised itinerary, my DS tends to look at a road map after getting into the car at the beginning of the journey! I print off maps and put them in a folder and if we are meeting family members I also add details of those members for my two males who have poor memories for such details.
I’ve had a good evening’s entertainment – Downtown Abbey continues to grace our Sunday evenings with very interesting storylines and elegant clothes, and now we have the return of The Paradise on ITV, also a costume drama, but set in a department store at the end of the 19th century. I feel hugely indulged.
MM I am impressed by your calm handling of the new investigative technology. How wonderful not to be hanging about for ages in a hospital, which used to be the old way of gaining such information. Been there, done that, wasn’t keen on the process, but it was back in the early fifties.
MM the monitor was probably turned off and it was certainly too far away from the camera. The camera has only a very limited “send” range. Since there is no actual film and no receiver was within range, I figure your modesty is safe. And no one would have known that you dragged your sister in as a witness if you had not admitted it here. ;)
Asti It sounds like a wonderful weekend. A fortnight off sounds like heaven, too. ;)
Wolfie Put it in perspective. How did your younger sister feel about it? Was she the first in her class? It is very embarrassing to be the only one in your group of friends or your class to need the support. And boys in that age group have absolutely no empathy and tend to be extremely crass. ;)
Lady Hawke rough intro to substitute teaching. Ouch! ;)
I am taking a fortnight the last half of November. We are running away for one week and just staying around home for the other. ;)
This morning I received a call at 5:30 AM to report to a school at 7:30 to substitute for 7th grade English. So, this time they called a bit earlier than I needed but I’ve been able to get ready at my leisure. I’ve made breakfast for my daughter and packed her lunch. I ate something and packed a lunch for myself. I’m ready to walk out the door and I still have 30 minutes before I have to leave. So, although I could have used more sleep I don’t feel as out of sorts as I did on Friday.
GRAYMAYNE, they start calling at 5:30 AM trying to fill spaces for substitute teachers. If I had said no, the phone call would have continued to roll from person to person until someone said yes. So, they start early to give themselves time to fill approximately 250 empty teacher slots a day.
I am tired again. The seventh grade was better for the most part than the high school experience. Trying to keep some “almost adults” full of attitude quiet was extremely fatiguing. I find it easier to discipline children. I did end up in the last period having to go next door and get a real teacher to come in and threaten them for me.
It was daughter’s Parents Evening tonight. I know I do my Proud Mummy bit quite often, but this is an amazing one. Daughter’s teacher said, and I quote, “(Name) is the best writer we have had in this school for a great many years,” OH WOW!!!!!!
I’m going to to be smiling about that for a very long time.
Lady Hawke, is there a limit to how far you have to travel to cover for a teacher? Is that regulated by the state or by you? It looks like it might be a pretty regular income……I hope that you enjoy it, and that it makes life a little easier.
ASTI, that is an absolutely fabulous compliment to your daughter’s skills. I know you are bursting with pride.
I am only working within the county. Although I live in a central location the county is too large for me to be able to access the outer fringes of it on a last minute call. So, I have only selected schools that I cab reach within a 15 to 20 minute drive in the morning. Any farther away than that and I would not be able to received the call, get dressed and reach the school in time if it is an early start school. I simply don’t want to spend a lot of time in the car burning a lot of gas anyway.
So far, regretfully, I would have to say I have not enjoyed the two days I have worked. I did not receive a call this morning and I was relieved. I have already discovered that it is a bit like supervising wild animals without any weapons to use in self defense.
Yesterday in the last section of the day which was the last two periods combined into a 102 minute session the students were out of control from the moment they entered the room and were absolutely ignoring my attempts to get them to sit down, be quiet and work. I asked politely. I asked not as politely. I threatened them with another teacher and then I went for another teacher. The woman came to the class and blasted away at them. They sat down, shut their mouths (for the most part) and did their work, in hostile (almost) silence. Someone was making whistling sounds and pulling the ear jack out of their iPod so I would hear two seconds of music. The girl finally started talking out loud and very obnoxiously. I stood up, taking my notepad with me, marched over and demanded her name.
I wrote pages about the behavior of that class. After the final bell rang the teacher who came to my assistance came to ask me how the rest of the day had gone. Several more walked over and joined the conversation. When I started telling my story they knew exactly which student gave me the most difficult time with me having to tell them.
I feel very powerless. I can’t slap them across the face. I’m not allowed to curse at them or scream at them. I can’t call their mothers. I don’t have any phone numbers and I am not allowed to use my phone while at a school. So, my only alternative is to take names and/or call in another teacher. They don’t seem to have any immediate fear of me so I can only count on the fear they have of confronting their regular teacher the next day.
Asti Wow, indeed! You can, at the very least, take credit for passing on the love of books and reading to your daughter.
It looks as if the UK is in for something of a wild night weather-wise in the early hours, I just hope I sleep through it. My DS has an early trip to our medical centre tomorrow for a fasting blood test, I am hoping that the storm detritus won’t interfere with his trip.
Lady Hawke, I am afraid I remember from my own school days that supply teachers were considered fair game. The only thing you can do it be as firm and controlling as you can, and YES! report back in detail. Once they’ve been yelled at by their regular teacher about thier behaviour, they’ll give you a bit more respect next time you cover. Good luck!
And yes, I am beyond proud!
Thank you, *Graymayne! We’ve been having thunder and lightening……the tv conked out for a little while, causing much panic amongst my men who are watching football! I hope too that all is ok for your DS tomorrow.
We have a pleasant, sunny afternoon after a wet, grey morning. My DS had his flu’ jab this morning after his blood test, I haven’t had mine yet. We need to go food shopping before we run out of cat food. I’m working on my Catchin Fire bracelet but it is proving a bit of a struggle to illustrate the plot and still produce a balanced and attractive end product.
I had my annual appraisal today, and it went so well, I am still blushing at some of the lovely things my Manager said aboout me. It looks like I’ll be getting a small payrise, possibly backdated.
Son came home today with a letter about a school trip to Italy. He has NEVER wanted to go on any of the educational trips abroad that the school have offered before, so we are delighted he wants to go, and are happy to pay, but it couldn’t have come at a worse time! They need the deposit within the next ten days. Goodbye, overtime money!
Lady Hawke, how are your parents?
Ironsos, I am glad your weather is good enough for you to enjoy your walks.
ASTI, you have a lot of good news lately. I’m so happy for you. One of the perks of living in Europe is that I’m certain traveling abroad must be much less expensive than it is for us. We have never been able to take advantage of the trips to Europe offered by our school. My daughter’s school is going to London, Dublin and Paris during Spring Break.
Daddy is still unhappy about his circumstances, still wants to go home, still wants mother with him every second. He is walking some distances in therapy but not as much as he would like. Mother is tired. She spends a lot of time, hours, sitting alone while my father is in therapy and then she spends a lot of time with him making mournful eyes at her, putting guilt on her for leaving him at the rehab at night. She goes home at night, exhausted, without the time, energy or will to get anything done. My daughter and I go to the rehab after I pick her up at school in the afternoon and we sit with them until my father eats dinner and then we take my mother home. As a result I am going home tired without the will, time or energy to get anything done. Fortunately, for my mother she has a limited amount of things she has to do. She is not having to cook very much since she is living off of frozen dinners. She is fighting to get her laundry done.
We had our first morning with the bite of ice in the air. We’ve had a few cool mornings the last week or two but this morning the air felt sharp.
Lady Hawke, it is SO nice, after such a difficult 10 months, to be getting some good news and some positives.
Yes, travelling within Europe is/was pretty affordable. Until the recession started to hurt us, we’ve had cheapish City breaks in Amsterdam, Prague, Rome, Venice, all of which have been so wonderful. We’ve had family holidays in France and Majorca, and our honeymoon in Sorrento. We haven’t been able to afford abroad for a good few years. Just daughter’s school trip to France last year, and now this Italy trip! Horrid children!
I cannot begin to imagine how much that trip would cost! I am imagining the cost of a trip for son to the US…….eep.
I’m so pleased your Father is recovering, but the guilt tripping is awful!! He must be hating being there, and it must be horrid for all of you. Have they indicated how soon he might come home?
They have no time table. It depends on how long it takes him to achieve what he needs to achieve to come home and live safely. It could be ten days or two months. It is dependent on his resolve and his strength. He has plenty of desire and resolve so we are waiting on his strength to allow him to do what he needs to do.
I have Wednesdays off so I have already cooked tilapia in curry for dinner tonight. It has been good to be able to plan dinner and get it ready before going to the rehab to pick mother up. I will feel less rushed tonight.
Lady Hawke I am concerned for your mother because she is being physically and emotionally drained by her situation and that could adversely affect her health, this is why she is so depleted when she returns home. Think of it as being the complete opposite of your experience when your old college friend contacts you for a day out together and you come home with your batteries charged (figure of speech). How you can persuade your mother to reduce her hours of vigil I can’t imagine but I urge you to try.
The days I work my mother does not get to go to my father until after school has let out for the day and she goes home directly after dinner. So, there are some built in breaks. Unfortunately, then there is anxiety because she has been home and not with him because she knows he is going to be anxious to see her and sad she will be leaving shortly.
I have to go teach physics, calculus and trigonometry today. Can you hear me laughing all the way across the pond? I hope to find Geek Wizard children are better behaved than the muggles I’ve encountered so far.
I won’t be able to deliver my mother to my father until this afternoon. So, this is one of those days she will have an enforced break. Tomorrow is Friday and we’ve been told to count on working on Mondays and Fridays even if we would prefer not to do so. Those are the days of the week teachers are most likely to call in sick whether they are sick or not. So, my mother will have a long day at home with a short visit to my father again tomorrow.
In its own way it will stress her and it will stress him as well but she will have an opportunity to do some laundry and be quiet at home.
I liked the Geek Wizard children. They treated me like a person who was worth talking to and not ignoring.
ASTI, I have another suggestion for you in terms of some “feel good” books. Have you ever read any by Adriana Trigiani? She wrote a trilogy that began with Big Stone Gap and has since written other series and other stand alone books.
I would recommend you start with Big Stone Gap, set in the same mountains as the Mitford books but up north one state in Virginia instead of North Carolina. The setting is another mountain town but the main character is the unmarried female pharmacist/chemist whose family owns the chemist shop. It is another series with well developed characters set in the 1970s.
It is a little more commercially appealing than the Mitford books. There is an out and out romance in the plot.
The reason I thought of it is that I am on Adriana Trigiani’s Facebook page and they started shooting the movie in the last couple weeks. Ashley Judd is playing the lead. Whoopi Goldberg is in the cast as well. Those are the two people I think you might recognize. I don’t know if you ever saw The Cosby Show in the UK but one of the Cosby kids, all grown up, is in the cast as well.
I thought you might want to locate these books and read them before the movie comes out.
The other two books in the trilogy are Big Cherry Holler (in English that would be Big Cherry Hollow, a hollow being a small valley) and Milk Glass Moon.
It’s payday, woohoo! We did it! We survived the toughest month yet!!! Collapsing on the sofa and sighing with relief, before starting to worry about the coming month…….!
DS gets paid next week, so we see definitely how much he’ll be bringing home and how far it will stretch.
Lady Hawke, I know of those books, and believe you have recommended them to me before. They’re not cheap on Amazon, so I will keep my eye out in the second hand shops, thankyou. I could certainly do with some feelgood.
I am glad you have met some civilised children!
Asti: Might I suggest “Mercury Falls” by Robert Kroese. It’s sort of C.S. Lewis meets Douglas Adams. Funny,
informative and a great light read.
My DS is out with his camera locally in the sunshine. He is making an effort to do more with the adjustable side to his camera to improve his control over the end product, having had one or two unsatisfactory results over the last three months. I find looking at his photos a good way of keeping in touch with what I am missing because I can’t walk far due to breathlessness.
There are some nice photos of Prince George’s christening today on the BBC News website. Prince William has not been one to give in to age-old custom with regard to Royal events; the invitation list to his wedding was radically pruned then filled with people known to him and his bride, and the same has happened to the christening. I think he has taken to heart the difficulties experienced by his mother and is determined that his wife will not be faced with the same thing. The godparents are people well known to both of them and only one had royal connections, Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara.
Well, our wonderful internet phone system keeps kicking people out. I have had to log in to the phone system 8 times, so far today. ;)
Off to shut down computer and reboot to try and fix it. ;)