Friday, November 30, 2012


Cheesefest ahoy!  Call me sad, but I love this song in all its silly, frothy wonder. 

I read somewhere that you know you're an adult when your guilty pleasures are no longer guilty, just pleasures. In which case, I'm definitely a grown up!

End of a very busy week here, ready to head to Rory and Eileen's for a late Thanksgiving. Bring on the turkey, the pie, and the sweet-potatoes-covered-in-marshmallows!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pinterest: Christmas

So many wonderful little time!

Instead of an advent calendar, a pile of Christmas books - you read one each evening.  What a gorgeous tradition!

Giftwrap a big old box, and keep it for discarded wrapping paper.  What a great way to keep everything neat, and make the Christmas photos even more special!

I always find the best organisation tips a little too late - this handy guide has tasks for all the weeks from October to help spread the cost & workload!  I do something similar, but it's always good to compare notes - great tips here!

Love this.  In the true season of goodwill, focusing on others.  Wonderful!

How have I been teaching for eight years and never yet encountered the sticky tape ball game?

One of my favourite memories of our Junior League New Member project was helping the kids to make gingerbread houses.  Such fun!

I love lists like this!  Always looking for neat ideas for Matthew and the boys in our families!


After one of the busiest fortnights in ages, this evening I have an evening free.

No marking.

No socialising.

No meetings.

No duty.

No work.

No volunteering.

No blogging.

I'm going to leave at 4, doublecheck the arrangements for our trip tomorrow by hopping off at London Bridge, and be home by six.  For an evening of relaxing, tidying, decorating Dave the tree, snuggling with kittens, spending some time with my favourite boy and writing Christmas cards while I listen to this.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Do They Know It's Christmas Time?

My four weeks of Christmas music carries on apace.  And today, it's Band Aid...

True fact: I once taught a very sweet little girl who had the best misheard lyric for this song.  One day she came in from the playground saying "Miss T, Miss T, can we listen to beaver world?"  After much discussion it transpired that to her, "Feed The World" = "Beaver World".  I can't un-hear it now!

How are all your Christmas preparations going?  I am typing this before heading out of the door to do the last of my Holiday Hampers volunteering (brrrrrrr, chilly warehouse ahoy!) - so lucky to be a (very small) part of something so cool!

Christmas Books for Little People in school we are getting very excited for Christmas and the lead up to the holiday season.  There are some really great books to share during this season, so I put together this short video, in case you're seeking inspiration!

All of the books are available at bookstores around town, and on Amazon, too! I've linked below, should you wish to research further:

Grumpy Badger's Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: Yellow Back Book (Dr Seuss - Yellow Back Book)
On This Special Night
One Winter's Night
The Puffin Book of Christmas Stories
Letters from Father Christmas
The Best Christmas Present in the World

Miss T

Note: Associate links used.

More Joy

Lovely Laura showed me this video the other night while we were having dinner with her and James.

Love it.

Very sweet, funny, and makes me a little teary too!

Have a lovely Wednesday, all! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pinterest: Christmas

Surely *everyone* is feeling excited by now? ;)

Here, Dave the tree is almost up in all his splendour, and the house will soon be starting to look, sound, and smell an awful lot like Christmas :)

Source: via Claire on Pinterest

I love chalkboard art :)  I'm nowhere near talented enough to make this, but I love the idea of sweet Christmas messages and quotes dotted around.

I need this stocking.  So do my cats.

I am *so* doing this for my class party!  Reindeer!

So many great ideas for Christmas activities!

I love doing RAoKs anyway, but at Christmas they are even more fun!  Lots of great ideas here - I may do some at Karmageddon at the weekend!

The reason for the season :)  If I still taught Sunday school, I'd totally use this!

Just looking at this picture makes my nose tingle with Christmassy citrussy yums!

How are your preparations going, lovelies?

28 days to go....

....and on each and every one of them I'm going to be sharing some of my favourite Christmas songs, movie clips, poems, and pretties.

Because, as Bublé points out so adeptly in the clip above - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Project Life Tuesday: Third Week in November

The Mom Creative
How on earth are we here already?  It feels like last week I was driving friends loopy with my Christmas countdowns (100 days!  99 days!) and now here we are, late November, dark evenings, and the very best time of year just around the corner....

I have *not* been the best photographer this past week, but it's been a busy and exciting time.  Large on the horizon was definitely Holiday Hampers, but I also found time for friends and fun too.  And snuggles with kittens and my favourite boy also.  I'm a lucky, lucky girl!

 Got to go and see my very clever boy pick up his CFA.  It's a long process of exams and admin - he was just starting Level 1 when we very first met.  So proud of my boy!

 Now that's a lot of tea!

 The boys at school donated so many gifts to Holiday Hampers.  Such kind and generous wee folk!

 Blue skies over the Thames.

Davina Tree!  The decorations have started appearing...

Monday, November 26, 2012


Joy comes in many forms.

One of which must be three cats, with a paper bag.

Happy Monday, all.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Social: 4s!

Sunday Social

This week on Sunday Social, the theme is 4′s:

1. Name 4 jobs you’ve had in your life.

Prep school teacher, boarding house assistant, special needs carer, shoe shop assistant.  I enjoyed (or enjoy!) the first three....I was not so fond of the last!  I liked the selling and organising aspect of it, but as I don't like feet or ladders it was a hard job to love!

2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over.

Mean Girls 

"I want my pink shirt back! I want my pink shirt back!"

"That's Ren and Stimpy. They're way existential."


"You're so wise. You're like a miniature Buddha, covered in hair."

When Harry Met Sally 

"I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

Good heavens I love that movie!
3. Name 4 places you have lived.

Forres, Aberdeen, Durham, London.

4. Name 4 of your favorite foods.

Toast, cheese, butternut squash and tomatoes!

5. Name 4 things you always carry with you.

iPhone, purse, keys, lip balm.

6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation.

Toronto, Puerto de Mogán, Edinburgh, Bruges.

 Lou and I, our first year in Edinburgh.

 Matthew and I that same year in Edinburgh.

 Christy and Alexandra in Toronto.  Such a fun break!

 Bruges - a gorgeous city.

 Mogán - can't wait to go back there again - sea, sun, napping.

Such a fun Sunday Social!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Thank You

Five Minute Friday

It's one of my favourite times of the week.

Time to link up with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday.

And in this week, what better theme than 'thank you'?


Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this wonderful, busy, silly, lovely, stressful, rewarding, challenging and fulfilling life. 

Thank you even for the things I'm not always eager to praise, for I know in the frustrations there are blessings to be counted also.

Thank you for early morning alarms, because even though I struggle to get up at 5.45am, I know I'm lucky enough to have a job to get to, in an economy where not everyone is able to work.  I also know that getting up is a trial because my bed is warm and comfy, so thank you for my cosy, safe bed.

Thank you for my mortgage.  It's big, it's a little scary, and it sometimes prevents the buying of shoes/cocktails/plane tickets, but I'm so grateful to have a home, a space, a place to call our own.

Thank you for the litter tray.  I know as I clean it I can grimace a little, but it's there because I'm lucky enough to have not one, not two, but three adorable cats.  Thank you for Poppet and Leela and Fry.

Thank you for marking, for the piles of scripts and books.  All the paper cuts and late nights and missed fun times are worth it, for I have students who work well and make progress, and I'm so thankful for that.

Thank you for the quarter-to-midnight emails.  While replying to them bleary-eyed can seem a strain, I know I'm blessed to teach children whose parents are so engaged with what we do in school.

Thank you for the crush of the tube, elbows in my shoulder, face smushed to the window.  I'm so lucky to have a safe and convenient way to get to and from work.

Thank you also for all the more obvious blessings - my love, my health, my family, my friends.  A million little kindnesses, adding up to a life that should always be one of thankfulness.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

5 weeks to Christmas! More Pinterest fun...

Oh my.

It is getting *chilly* here now!  I am very grateful for central heating and a cosy winter coat as I enjoy my favourite time of year :)

5 weeks to go, and I am still in a tizz of glee and joy about all the Christmas prep.  So many things to make and do and prepare!

Here are my latest Pinteresty Christmassy finds - enjoy!

Oh, I love this book for littles! Just too cute for words!

Source: via Claire on Pinterest

I am a pretty big country music fan. And a very big Christmas music fan.  So here is the wonderful Carrie Underwood nailing 'O Holy Night'.   Just a stunning rendition!

Making our Christmas play list is one of my very favourite things!  I have a spotify mix, but also make a couple of CDs to have on in the background at shindigs.  I love the mix on this - lots of my favourites here too.

This idea is so sweet it *literally* made me tear up.  If I'm ever lucky enough to have kids, I am stealing it enturely!  It's a Christmas Eve box, that you open on Christmas Eve at sunset - inside are new PJs, a book, and other Christmassy treats!

Heck, I might even make a grown ups version (PJs, Christmas movie, champagne) for Matthew and I!

How clever is this?  Using a little scrapbooking paper to lift a ziploc bag.  Wonderful!

Source: via Claire on Pinterest

Reindeer cam!

I love how smart Pin-ners are!  A pillow = a Christmas snowman?  Awesome.

We put our decorations up on Sunday here, and December 3rd at school - how about you?

Project Life Tuesday: Second Week in November

The Mom Creative

Another lovely, busy week!  Linking up as ever to share my Project Life pictures.

The temperatures are really dropping and the nights are drawing in.  Christmas is well and truly on it's way, and any spare moments I have are filled with planning Christmas fun...  Spare moments being a fairly rare thing at this point in the term!

On Wednesday it was Boutique de Noel, the big annual Christmas fair/fundraiser the Junior League holds.  It was *brilliant* - the ladies truly outdid themselves.  I bought so many gifts and thoroughly enjoyed the auction and visiting with so many lovely folk!  Above is the gorgeous Amberly, who pledged in the same class as me, and my colleague Jo, who came along too.  Such a fun evening!

Eileen came along to BdN too, but this snap is from Tuesday, when I popped in to see her for a quick cuppa.  Always love a girldate with Eileen!

We shopped hard at BdN!

Over the weekend Matthew and I travelled north for a whistle-stop visit to see his family. This was my train picnic for the journey home :)

Goofiest smile ever?  I was very pleased to have found festive friends!

On Saturday, Elly (Matthew's sister in law) and I spent the day together.  We went to the beach (always a treat!) and caught up over drinks and food.  She is such a wonderful girl - I am so glad that my relationship with Matthew and her marriage to Nick brought the two of us together!

Beautiful Elly (you made the blog, honey! ;)).  Can't wait to meet our niece when she arrives next year - I 
am stockpiling goodies...

How I spend any evening I manage to have free - blogging/reading in my Christmas PJs!

On Thursday the Year 4 parents took Margot, Richard and I out for wine and food.  It's always lovely to catch up away from school and I really enjoyed some lively conversation!

How was your week, lovely folk?

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