And now we’re into the year proper, aren’t we? I can’t believe that Christmas and New Year’s was only a few weeks back – the festivities feel like an age ago. But here we are, January 11th – here it’s a cold clear day with a northeast wind whipping through the garden. Me, I’m just grateful for something of a letup in the recent cold snap… on Friday I was outside on playground duties in -2 temperatures! Even with a snuggly coat and a scarf and gloves, that’s way too cold!
Being back at school is the usual mad rush, and as always, I am loving being back with my little gang. I really do work with my favourite age group, I must say. Seven to nine year olds are the best fun – relentless, that’s for sure, but fun and silly and enthusiastic and challenging. I think we’ve hit the ground running this term, which is kind of lucky. Our Lent term is a zippy thing, only 10 weeks, so we have to get into it quickly or else suffer the consequences! Hence why my dining table is currently cunningly disguised as a paper explosion (what with the schemes of work and markbooks and playscripts and target sheets and reading articles….not to mention the the thank you note checklists, copies of halfread magazines (as much as I love The Economist‘s Year in 2009 review, it’s not a one hour wonder!), recipes, receipts and other bits of junk!).
Life outside of school is busy too, but I’m lucky enough to have a couple of downtime weekends kicking off this month. Glamorous it is not, but I do so love a day or two to do all those jobs that slide otherwise (ironing, accounts, phone calls, etc.), plus sleep lots, get to the gym, and watch lots and lots of The West Wing. Other than that, it’s all about singing, working out, reading, writing as many letters as I can, and planning stuff. I’m also looking forward to a few fun weekends in late Jan / early Feb. Weekend with the boy in two weeks time (which leads me to add, yes, there is a boy. We’ve been going out three or four months, I think – maths is not my strongest suit! – and he’s lovely and makes me smile pretty much every day. More on him if and when I feel like embarassing him a little more ;)), girly sleepover the weekend after that, a stay with Hannahbanana and the kitties and rats the week after that, and then? The laziest Valentines day plans ever. Win.
So that’s me, so far. How are your Januarys going?