A change is as good as a rest. So a rest and a change must be doubly awesome…

First things first, thank you for all the lovely comments, emails, etc. after the mini wobble last week. I was just so very sad. It only lasted about 48 hours, but it was a necessary evil, methinks. There were situations and things I needed to be sad about, and I feel better for having hit the low. Thank you for letting me do so!

So now I am on summer break, which feels a bit like coming off of the motorway where you’ve been barrelling along as fast as possible, heading up the slip road and sitting down for a picnic. It’s nice and all, but the change of pace is a shock to the system. I’ve done quite a bit in school today also, cleaning / sorting / filing, and will be in and out during the next fortnight. And then, up north to visit the Scottish contingent 🙂

The end of term itself was the usual whirl – Thursday was eeevvvviiiillll (trying to get the kids and all their stuff and their binbags of games kit out), and then Friday was a bit of a love-in – hugs and thanks and cards and prizes and presents and then all of us staff getting together for curry and a few drinks. We also said goodbye to two of my good friends, which was sad. And the staff band I help to front performed, which was amusing.

Saturday dawned crisp and sunny and clear and I spent the morning drinking tea and relaxing and generally having a great time. And then I drove up to Liverpool for a ‘Doctor Who’ party at Casa Jamanda. Top fun! Dalek cookies, lovely conversations, more Doctor Who than you can shake a stick at, and lots of silliness. And then Jamie, Laura, Amanda and I spent most of Sunday in our PJs chillaxing, talking, and being silly. Ace.

Yesterday I hit the housework (long overdue!) as I had to be in for a package to be delivered. Of course, the package never arrived. Grrrr. But now both my flat and my classroom are at the halfway point of a grand tidyup – it looks awful but it’s getting better 😉

So the next two weeks are sort of potter-y – lots of bits and bobs to do, and maybe a few jaunts hither and thither – Brighton? Birmingham? Harlow? Bracknell? Towcester? MK? London? I just can’t decide (holiday brain!). And then, to the north, to the north….



  1. Wiwille
    8th July 2008 / 4:49 pm

    I have seriously never heard of a Dr Who party. Sounds like fun, although I should probably sit down and watch an episode though.

  2. running42k
    8th July 2008 / 6:11 pm

    Glad you are feeling better.

  3. rebecca
    8th July 2008 / 6:23 pm

    oh, you write so whimsically, i love it! and i love the word, chillaxing….kind of says it all!oh, lucky you that you have a nice break now. my daughter is also a teacher and each summer when she goes on break, i wonder why i never became one….oh yeah, little kids and me …. not a good mix…. LOLthanks for coming over to visit my little blog and for your lovely comment….

  4. whatigotsofar
    8th July 2008 / 6:46 pm

    Summer break, oh how do I miss thee? Let me count the ways.One, to sleep in till Noon.Two, to sit on the A/C vent in my skivies.Three, two’s enough with that image of me half-naked.

  5. Miss Ash
    8th July 2008 / 8:49 pm

    Yay!! Enjoy the time off and kick your feet up!

  6. Riot Kitty
    8th July 2008 / 11:08 pm

    I’m jealous. I want another vacation!

  7. Steve
    9th July 2008 / 12:33 pm

    I’m sad I missed Liverpool.However! Hopefully when me and Siobhan get a flat, there shall be many many jaunts to London from yoru good self as the sofa shall be yours!Of course if we can find a deep enough cupboard, we can execute our plan too. While singing Stingray.

  8. robinbird
    9th July 2008 / 1:55 pm

    hello claire, i have spent a bit of time winding my way around your blog and am delighted to hear (in my head) the tone and tenor of your clever (and very british) use of language. that is of course a compliment as i sincerely do mean delighted 🙂 words and things like ace, fortnight, motorway. and there’s tea drinking, top fun and taking a jaunt to liverpool. all sound very exotic to this very american girl 🙂 thanks so much for coming by to visit my blog. it led me here to yours where i can enjoy a bit of european travel and spend some time getting to know you and your friends.have a great day finishing that housework while settling in to your holiday break mode. oh and i do appreciate the quotes from your classroom. especially the one that goes: “Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love…Kindness is good will. Kindness says, “I want you to be happy”. the kindness is goodwill part resonates in my heart.robin

  9. Siobhan
    9th July 2008 / 2:22 pm

    I’m sad I missed Liverpool.However! Hopefully when Steve and I get a flat, there shall be many many jaunts to London from your good self as the sofa shall be yours!And enough of this talk of cupboards…

  10. angel, jr.
    9th July 2008 / 4:59 pm

    I’m glad that you are feeling better.I never knew what to do with myself during summer break–it seemed that I did better when I had a schedule to follow.

  11. daisies
    9th July 2008 / 8:07 pm

    have a lovely holiday and oh how fun does a “doctor who” party sound 🙂

  12. Green tea
    9th July 2008 / 10:17 pm

    Glad your mood has lifted, nothing worse then the doldrums.I wish I could run up to Liverpool 😀

  13. JLee
    9th July 2008 / 10:36 pm

    The Dr. Who party does sound fun/interesting. I would make fun of it, but I had a Kip’s Big Boy party one time, so I can’t talk. 😉

  14. Jaime
    10th July 2008 / 5:30 am

    “The change of pace is a shock to the system”I so get that! Being a piano teacher, I get a nice long summer break as well, and even though it is so nice to have this down time, it does take a while to adjust.Hope you are enjoying your new freedom!

  15. Cheryl
    10th July 2008 / 2:01 pm

    Enjoy your break. I’m glad you’re feeling better.

  16. vivavavoom
    11th July 2008 / 10:42 pm

    glad you are feeling better. must have been going around. I had a rough mid- end of June. don’t want that again! have a great weekend.

  17. Christielli
    13th July 2008 / 6:38 am

    Welcome to the summer of fabulousity my friend!Long live it, and may it never end. Well, it will eventually have to end because I’ve already blown a lot of its paycheque…

  18. Scarlet
    13th July 2008 / 11:28 am

    I’m glad you’re having better days “chillaxing.” I need to chillax! :)Enjoy the north, the north.

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