Monday morning always seems to creep up on me. Don’t you find that? One minute you’re zooming through the weekend, and then suddenly it’s bedtime Sunday (always a little later than planned, as the shift from weekend night to weekday night struggles to kick in), and then it’s Monday morning!
The Monday, here, of our penultimate week of term. I can hardly believe I’ve almost done my first term at my ‘new’ school … on the other hand I feel like I’ve been working there forever! Schools have a habit of doing that, I find – they are so all-consuming that you tend to get dragged in fast! But I’m happy – I love my class; my colleagues are a riot, as well as being inspiring and talented teachers; and I love the hours – losing that Saturday morning and the boarding duty has not only improved my quality of life…it’s made me a better teacher, because that’s time I can spend on planning, research, marking, or often just giving my brain a bit of a break.
I’m loving being in London for the run up to Christmas too – pretty lights and busy shops and celebrations left right and centre. I’m looking forward to my birthday drinks later this week (I’m having a 124th birthday as I’m sharing with three other friends!) – after the slightly lonely birthday I had last year (ah, living in the middle of nowhere…) it will be great to be surrounded by friends and my lovely boy instead.
The Christmas prep continues apace – I am so behind on cards (after a flurry of effort to get the international ones out on time!), so am planning to plonk myself down with a mug of mulled wine at least twice this week to get them sorted! Christmas itself should be lovely, time with my family and Matthew’s family, and New Years and Fakemas should be suitably chilled.
How are all your preparations going, lovelies?