Saturday, July 21, 2007

Jolly Pants Association.

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.

I know it’s been too long.

But they are working me pretty darn hard here (should be worth it though – this month will hopefully be funding my autumn jaunt to Canada and helping to pay for a car, so I mustn’t grumble!). Here at LASA we are 12 days down, 8 to go, and the pace is quite frenetic, but we’re having a lot of fun also :-).

We’ve done so much over the last (almost) two weeks. We’ve been to the Palace of Westminster (I saw John Prescott! And Neil Kinnock!) and the House of Lords for luncheon, seen ‘Macbeth’ in Stratford-Upon-Avon, been to a proper polo match, visited so many stately homes and castles, met Earl Spencer… The girls (and me, huzzah!) have tried fencing, deportment, cookery; and had seminars on etiquette, makeup, manners…. It’s pretty packed.

And the girls are nice. It takes some adapting to get used to having a dozen teenagers to get here and there and fed and showered and rested, but they are a sweet group – very funny, very lively, very keen to enjoy their time over here. I think I’ll miss them when they go – but the late finishes, early starts and lack of free time I’m more than ready to say farewell to!

Away from LASA, I’ve been looking at dozens of cars online (v. exciting!), trying to get my moped sorted (both the police and my insurers have been pretty darn useless), trying to sort out my ‘free’ month next month, and getting all geared up for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I got my copy at a half after midnight and even in the midst of the craziness I’ve managed to get 130 pages in (so tired this morning, but so worth it).

Gotta go now – duty calls! More soon, I promise, and next month I’ll probably be posting every day because I’ll have time! How are you guys?

Love, as always,

PS Why ‘Jolly Pants Association’? Well, our LASA shirts have JPA on the labels…we’ve since found out those initials stand for something to do with polo, but I prefer my acronym!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Wowee, what a marathon!

I am just bushed. But glad to be here :-).

Term is over, and after 4 days of shindigs (whole school assembly, the enticingly entitled 'Extravaganza', section supper, final assembly, swimming gala, Year 3 leaving meet, prizegiving AND our leavers service) we are now on summer break. The last week was manic, but had some major high points - section supper was top, top banter, final assembly saw the first performance of our staff band (I had to sing lead on 'I Say A Little Prayer' in front of the whole Upper School AND all my colleagues - nerves aplenty, believe me!), and a really moving day yesterday as the Year 8s said farewell and headed off to their public schools (*sniff, blub*). They are going to do SO well. The Year 3s spoilt us with lovely pressies and adorable cards too, as is their wont, so we've had a wonderful time all round.

Last night was the staff 'Curry and Far Too Much Booze' get-together, which was top fun, and included an impromptu sing-/drum-/strum-/play-along. I have to say, dancing with two small people, singing 'Dancing Queen' with gusto and occasionally hitting a bongo was a strangely fitting end to this year!

This morning, I had a meeting for LASA, my summer job ( if you fancy a peek!), and am now sat in school emailing and preparing to take the last bunch of gifts home. The rest of the weekend will be phone calls, laundry, relaxing in the sun and packing - the first girls arrive Monday morning, so my LASA stint kicks off at 9 a.m....three manic weeks ahead, but some great experiences on the agenda.

How art thee, lovely folk?

Love, as always,

PS This time in a month I'll be in Scotland! :-)
PPS And I might have a car!! :-)
PPPS And I'll be about to go meet Caroline and Jeremy in Inverschneckie!!! :-)

Huzzah for the summer months!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Bouncing back. Slowly.

My brain hurts, and I feel thoroughly jangled this evening. I’m still reeling from the severe bumpage of Saturday, and the fact that I’m needing oodles of sleep to cope with life. I managed a gargantuan 8.15 – 3 shift at school today…then came home and collapsed into a deep and dreamless sleep till almost 7! My poor body evidently needs it though, because I’m feeling a little better now. Ibuprofen is definitely my new best friend though – I feel sore sore sore – every muscle seems to be registering its disapproval of the unscheduled flight and landing we had on Saturday. I keep having flashbacks too, which is perfectly natural, but a little traumatic. Once again, I’m so grateful my guardian angel was wide awake and on duty, but it’s still a pain to be in pain…the kiddies were very good today, but I think they were a bit non-plussed (everything’s having to be s…l….o…w for now, whereas normally I bounce around like Tigger!). I hope I get back to normal soon.

Thanks for all the prayers and good vibes and sweet messages – it really means a lot. Not having transport and being less than well and having to wait for police / lawyers / insurers to get it sorted is trying and tiring, to say the least, and it’s lovely to have your support and good wishes.

And now I’m going to do a survey…Harriet and Brett and Alicia have been churning out tonnes lately, and I felt it was time I rejoined the party. Plus, anything that doesn’t require much brain work is ideal just now.

Love, as always,Cxx

PS Harriet, this survey was insane!


FIRST OFF-------------
A - AVAILABLE: depends what for, surely? That’s a bit like saying ‘Any volunteers?’ and not saying what for! Available for babysitting / coffee with cute and funny guys / free holidays to the Carribean? Yes, please. Other things? Not so much.
B - BIRTHDAY: 10.12.80
C - CRUSH: Do you really want an answer here? I'm in my mid-twenties, people. Which is another way of saying duuuude, I'm not answering this.
D - DAD'S NAME: Trevor.
E - EASIEST PERSON TO TALK TO: Hannah, Naomi, Jean, Amber or Henry.
F - FAVORITE BAND: Far too many to list…
G - GUMMY BEARS OR GUMMY WORMS: Bears. The worms freak me out a little!
H - HOMETOWN: Forres.
I - INSTRUMENT: I’m a singer, dahling! Haha, but I dabble in flute, recorders and percussion (I’m good at triangle, timpani and glockenspiel but suck ass on the tambourine, fwiw!).
J - JUGGLE: I’m attempting to learn how to do so with scarves. It’s incredibly hard!
K - KILLED SOMEONE: No, thank God and all his angels.
L - LONGEST CAR RIDE: Carrboro, NC to Fremont, OH. School bus for the Orchestra French trip comes a close second though – Forres to Southampton!
M - MILKSHAKE FLAVOR: Chocolate, on the rare occasion I indulge.
O - ONE WISH: to have more wishes (Harriet, I’m nabbing this!). But if we were limited to one, I’d wish that all my friends and family could be happy.
Q- Quickie: Like part A, this needs qualification for an answer, surely?
R - REASON TO SMILE: this is a whole other post. My friends, kindness, music, nature, cuddles, fun, flirting, singing, my family, my class, banter…
S - SONG YOU LAST HEARD: ‘14th Street’ by Rufus Wainwright
T - TIME YOU WOKE WOKEN UP: Today it was 7.00 – woo, lie in!
U - UNKNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: Um, well it won’t be unknown anymore…”Friendly” bacteria make me really ill.
V - VEGETABLE YOU HATE: I’m not the greatest fan of peas.
W - WORST HABIT: Procrastination / beating myself up.
Y - YOUR NUMBER OF CONTACTS ON MYSPACE: One hundred and something? Quite a few bands in that number though.
Z- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius.

SECOND - MORE Q'Z ---------
Part 1: The Birth of You
Were you a planned baby?: Planned, not so much. Hoped for? Very much so.
Were you the first?: Yep.
Who was present at your birth?: Mum.
Were your parents married when you were born?: Yep.
What is your birthdate?: the same as it was a few questions ago.

Part 2: The Family
Are you parents married or divorced? Married.
An only child?: No.
If you have siblings are you oldest, middle, or youngest?: Oldest.
What are your sibling's names?: Sian and Peter.
Which parent do you get along with best?: Mum. Dad’s cool, but mum and I have a great bond.
What do you fight about? Really really dumb / random / off the wall topics like salad dressing or the death penalty or baby photos. We’re not so much with the big important fights round our way!
Do you have step parents?: Nope.

Part 3: The Friends
Do you have more than one best friend? Yeah.
What do you like to do when you are together? Anything and everything.
Do you share the same interests?: Ish. I’d say we all like to chat and have fun, but my friends are a pretty diverse bunch (and I love them for it!).
Which friend can you tell anything to?: The ones who know the most are Naomi and Hannah, but I’m private about some things.

Part 4: Your Personality
How high/low is your self esteem?: Fairly low, but much better than it used to be :-).
Do you get depressed about things easily?: I can at times. There are certain areas of my life which can depress me more easily than others.
Are you an extrovert (outgoing) or an introvert (reserved)?: I think I’m more extrovert than introvert, but I can be really shy with new folk, and do like to have time alone to regroup.
Are you happy?: Most of the time.
Do you live life to the fullest?: Most of the time.

Part 5: Appearance
Are you comfortable with the way you look? Ish. There are things I know I want to change, but it’s the psychological battle (a long, and rather dull if you’re not me story there) that’ll take the time.
Describe your hair? Really needs cutting.
How do you dress? For work – cute skirts and cardis and flats and pretty necklaces. For 'chillaxing' – jeans and tees and converse sneakers/ walking boots. For going out – skirts, tops, bling, heels.
Were you a strange child?: Oh yes.
What did you used to love that you no longer do? Until the age of five I loved Marmite – and I hate it now.
Do you have the same friends?: From when I was wee? Not so much, as I’m a service brat!
Was there anything in your past that was traumatizing? Oh yes, quite the bundle of stuff.

Part 7: The Future
What is your ambition?: To be a good person, to help people, to make others happy, and to feel happy and fulfilled.
Oh, and marry George Clooney, natch.
Are you scared of growing old?: A little.
Do you want to get married?: One day, sure. I just think it’s cool that people meet someone and then one day just think “Yep. You’re the one.” How randomly amazing is that?

Part 8: The Outdoors
Do you prefer indoors or outdoors?: Depends if it’s raining!
Favorite Season: I like em all.
Do you like walking in the rain?: Yes, if I can have a bath and a cuppa afterwards!

Part 9: Food
Are you a vegetarian?: Not at the mo. Could be with no huge probs though.
What is your favorite food?: Broccoli, grapes and cherries at the mo.
What food makes you want to gag? Caviar.
What is your favorite dessert? School cookies. Mmmm, carbtacular.
What is your favorite restaurant?: The Red Lion / Howies.
Are you a fussy eater? Nope.

Part 10: Relationships and Love
Are you single or taken?: Je suis en seul.
If taken who is the lucky guy/girl?: n/a
Do you think love is the best feeling in the world?: Can I get back to you on this one, please?
Do you believe in love at first sight?: I believe in lust / attraction at first sight, which may or may not turn out to be love.

Part 11: Experiences
What was one of your greatest experiences?: Passing my driving test! I’m not sure how I managed it what with the shock and pressure and nerves, but I really felt proud of myself, and that doesn’t happen too often!
What was one of the worst? No comment.
Have you ever done drugs? I tried weed a couple of times way back in the day. Not really my scene.
Have you ever thought you were going to die?: Yes! Once again, cheers guardian angel!


1. Next person you'll kiss: On the cheek – any one of the Y8s or the yummy mummies at one of the end of year shindigs. Romantically? Haha, I have no idea!
2. Next movie you want to see: Harry Potter!
3. Next person you want to go out with: Someone kind and funny and intelligent who’s not afraid to call me on any BS, if we’re putting in orders now!
5. Next time you're going out: of the house? 7.45 tomorrow. Once more into the breach, dear friends!
6. Next place you'll take vacation: Forres!
7. Next thing you are going to do after filling this survey out?: Take a bath and go back to bed.
8. Next thing you are going to eat: Breakfast!
9. Next time you plan to be drunk: Like Harriet, I never plan it, but I’d guess it will probably be when I’m in Scotland / next time I hook up with Henry, Hannah or the Gilesgate ladies!
10. Next thing you are going to do outside: Walk to Sarah’s car.
11. Next person you'd like to see fill this out: (Haha Harriet – did you predict right?) Anyone else who needs to chill out :-).

1. Last kiss: was nice, thanks. That’s all you’re getting people, move on please.
2. Last person you hugged: Holly.
3. Last person you spoke to: Brett.
4. Last alcoholic beverage: White wine.
6. Last movie: ‘Clueless’.
7. Last person you thought of: Harriet – because I cut and paste this quiz from her, and her answers are what I’m writing over!
8. Last school you went to: Winchester House, haha! As a pupil it was the “mighty” Forres Academy.
9. Last person you said I love you to: Brett.
10. Last run in with the Law: I’m far too good (or sneaky?) for that.
11. Last fight you were in: literally don’t know. I’m a lover, not a fighter.
12. Last bar/club/concert/party you went to: The Plough. Oh, the glamour!
13. Last person you IMed: was back in April ish.
14. Last thing you ate: Toast.
15. Last thing you saved up money for: The Klaxons CD. Which was then reduced. Score!

1. First kiss: was when I was nine.
2. First true Love: I’ll let you know.
3. First heartbreak: Ah, the unrequited loves of fifth and sixth year left their bruises!
4. First car: I’ll let you know! Soon, hopefully!
5. First pet: a cat call Moshe.
6. First computer: A BBC which took games on tapes. Awesome!
7. First concert: Some crappy garage band I think. First BIG one was Oasis at Murrayfield – amazing!!!
8. First alcoholic beverage: Wine. Lord bless a childhood part spent in Germany.
9. First time you stayed out all night: Ooof, that was a few years back.
10. First best friend: David and Emma.
11. First job: In a greengrocers. Which is now a takeaway, I think? And we wonder why Scotland has a health crisis?
12. First school: Applegrove Primary.
13. First movie you watched in a theater: that I remember? ‘The Little Mermaid’ or ‘Willow’, I think.
14. First thing you really saved up money for: A gift for my baby sister.

LAST ONES ---------
[ NOW ]Current mood: Tired, ouchy, happy, okay.
Current music: ‘Imitation of Life’ by REM.
Current taste: Diet Coke.
Current hair: A state.
Current clothes: Dressing gown.
Current annoyance: Bruising and policewomen who go off duty for three days, leaving you somewhat in limbo…
Current smell: Home.
Current thing I should be doing: Bathing.
Current windows open: This one, and WMP.
Current desktop picture: The London Eye at dusk. I’m quite proud of it, actually.
Current favorite band: Klaxons / The Beach Boys / DATW. Hahaha, I don’t know, I just like music!
Current book: ‘How I Live Now’.
Current cd in stereo: Charlotte Church! Hahaha, chick music!
Current crush: Blah blah whatevercakes.
Current favorite celeb: David Tennant.

[ DO YOU.. ]
Smoke?: Nope.
Do drugs?: No.
Have a dream that keeps coming back?: Yes. I’m hoping it passes.
Read the newspaper?: Sometimes. I tend to get my news online / on TV / on the radio more though.
Have any gay or lesbian friends?: Yep. Who doesn’t?
Believe in miracles?: Yes!
Believe it's possible to remain faithful forever?: Yes.
Consider yourself tolerant of others?: Yes.
Consider love a mistake?: No.
Like the taste of alcohol?: Yep, most kinds.
Have a favorite candy?: Mmmm, jelly sweets and marshmallows!
Believe in astrology?: A little. More of a nudge towards things than what rules my life though.
Believe in magic?: Yes, a little.
Believe in God?: Yes.
Have any pets: At the ‘rents I have a fifth share in a cat. Here, nowt.
Go to or plan to go to college: Again?
Have any piercings?: No, used to be ears but I let them close. (Ditto)
Have any tattoos?: No.
Hate yourself: I used to. Not anymore though, thank heavens.
Have an obsession?: Not really. I have a thing about numbers and patterns though.
Have a secret crush?: Not really. And as always, if it was secret, would I write it here?
Have a best friend?: A few – I’m a lucky girl.
Wish on stars?: Yes, always.

Ever been in love?: Nope.
When did you lose your virginity?: Not writing about that stuff here – in other words, none of your beeswax! :-)
Do you believe in "the one"?: Yes. But I think the whole idea has been twisted into something a bit odd by society.

Thank heavens, it’s done :-). I’m tired *again* now (told you I was stumbling back to normalcy!).

Good night, all!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Flying without wings. In two radically different ways.

So, it's been a really busy weekend here!

Yesterday I had a horrid day all round - I had an allergic reaction to a shampoo in the morning and had to get that sorted and then...

There I was mopeding into school, all chilled and safe...and a BMW comes right into me, far too fast, without even pausing at the 'give way'. By some lucky circumstance, my instinct was to rev and get out of there - the car hit my back wheel, threw me in the air, bounced me off the bonnet and landed me on the road. This was lucky break number one - had I not accelerated I would probably have been hit fully side on by the car and dragged/squished. Second lucky break was landing without losing conciousness OR breaking anything (but man, I have some AWESOME bruises!). Turns out I'm one of the few people who get to walk away from these things, and I am immensely grateful. Phew.

Police, insurance, etc. to follow, but I'm just counting my lucky stars I'm here to type this - laying there on that road sensing how I'd landed I was truly, truly scared.

Today I am 'flying' in a totally different sense, because I just passed my driving test! Yay!!!!!

Talk about pressure though - I'm sore everywhere and my mind is frazzled - but I did it!

Hope your weekends have been safe and happy!

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