Trotting along.

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?



  1. ellorneo
    11th January 2009 / 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the positive post! You seem to be enjoying your year so far! It’s so encouraging to hear!One of the people I work with just spent Christmas in London and New Year’s in Paris. Lucky gal. Anyway, she said that even though it was -20 here when she got back, it seemed colder there because of the humidity! I guess that makes all the difference.January is good so far. Only one week down pretty much, but I am enjoying it!

  2. whatigotsofar
    11th January 2009 / 6:42 pm

    Cold and snowy.

  3. Cheryl
    11th January 2009 / 7:58 pm

    January is good, although cold and snowy. we’re supposed to hit -9 this week–and that’s Fahrenheit! -22 C. I am not looking forward to that, but have lots in life to look forward too 🙂

  4. PhilH
    11th January 2009 / 9:37 pm

    After recovering from a long long virus over Christmas, I got a new one over New Year, so my return to work is even more difficult than anticipated. On the upside, though, I have “plans”. They are exciting.And a really bloody good idea for how to finish “Bertie”. Which may mean that it is now the first book in an unlikely trilogy of completely unrelated stories.

  5. Sparkling Red
    12th January 2009 / 1:41 am

    A boy! Oooooooooo… exciting! I hope we get to hear more soon. :-)I can’t complain about my January so far. It’s a darn sight better than last January, that’s for sure!

  6. Christielli
    12th January 2009 / 2:05 am

    Glad to read that things are going so well for you. My January is going all right thus far, but can definitely get better and I’m plotting to make it get better.However, Feb. promises to be a kickass month for me.

  7. Wiwille
    12th January 2009 / 2:57 am

    Weatherman wiwille says it’s cold.

  8. Riot Kitty
    12th January 2009 / 6:45 am

    Holy cow, I thought it had been cold HERE recently!

  9. cdave
    12th January 2009 / 9:55 am

    Huzzah! Hope you post lots of lovely happy gushy posts about the boy. It’s always fantastic to see two people all loved up.

  10. AlieMalie
    12th January 2009 / 5:56 pm

    i wish i could be as cheery and positive as you, Claire.:)

  11. Scarlet
    12th January 2009 / 7:14 pm

    I can tell there’s a boy in your life. You have that little je ne sais quois that tells me you’re having that kind of fun.Enjoy the sleepover and all your singing and letter writing and all your other adventures. Your life seems so full. I’m happy to hear 2009 is treating you so well!

  12. Miss Ash
    12th January 2009 / 9:00 pm

    I want to hear more about this boy 🙂

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