I looked at my calendar this morning (after waking, and realising I’d set the alarm for ‘Sunday’ time, not ‘Saturday’ time – a move which would have meant I had oodles of time to get to worship band practice on a Sunday…but meant quite a rush for a Saturday morning to get to school. Man, that was hurried. Yet another reason not to like Saturday morning school, right?) and could not believe it was October 13th! Where has this year gone? Seems like yesterday I was looking out at a dark and dreary January morning from my desk, and now its all autumnal mists and new winter coats round here!
School is as hectic as ever – as I take ten minutes out to write this I am surrounded by the hustle and bustle of children, children everywhere. I don’t usually write posts at school, but after an hour or two of proofreading and tweaking reports (yep, we’re onto reports already) I figured my soul needed a little calming. Then I’m going to go mail a package (one or two of my friends may receive a surprise…some time in November, if the mail strike continues!), make some tea for Sarah, Soph, Fi, Rach and I, and then get back to the books. I am determined to finish all my marking and planning before lunchtime today, so I can actually enjoy my weekend!
What have you got planned for the weekend? This afternoon Fi, Rach and I are going to take a road trip to the Cotswolds for afternoon tea and lazy country shopping…it’s really been frenetic here, so cosy is a watchword. We’re also going to get our diaries out to plan a jaunt to London – Fi ‘won’ a photoshoot in a raffle and she’s very kindly invited me along. Should be banterfilled, so we’re going to make a weekend of it. Also in November I’ve got Hannah to come visit, and the Gilesgate girlies are coming at the start of December to help me put up my tree and swap gifts – the month is so busy we thought we’d be quick off the mark.
My Christmas preparations are a little underway already – because I’m in Canada for ALL of my half-term break, I tried to get some things sorted early. I also like to get started early so I can actually enjoy my favourite month of December! Between friends, family, school and church, it’s always busy…but in such a good way.
This time in two weeks I’ll be fast asleep…in Toronto! I am so looking forward to my visit. Meeting some of the Canadian contingent will be fabulous, as will spending time in two amazing cities! I’m also looking forward to dialling it down a notch – lots of walking, big cups of coffee and reading on the agenda. And nary a seven-year-old in sight!
Love to all, as always,