On being better, weddings, and the World Cup

It’s proving to be one of those weeks. Actually, more like one of those months. You know, the ones where you feel like you’re a total failure. I feel overstretched and hyper, and as such, I feel like I’m dropping the ball….

Work is the one place that’s claiming a huge majority of my time (far more than it should) and yet I look round my room and even that’s not 100% – we’re in the midst of exams and reports and end of year shenanigans and I can barely grasp how I’m going to get it all done (I will though. I always do. :-)).

Outside of work, I feel like I’m being a crummy friend, blogger, daughter, sister, girlfriend, correspondent, joinee….but after a 13 hour day and a two hour commute, all I want to do is curl up and relax. So I’m really truly sorry if you’re reading this and I’ve let you down. Summer term is ever this way and it goes against my instincts and my usual way of doing things – I like to be involved and social and helpful and supportive. And I feel I’m not doing enough of those things right now. As I said, I’m sorry, and I hope you can forgive me.

There is a major light at the end of the tunnel, though. I like to call it ‘July’. Exams will be done, the reports written, and the boys will be all but gone as they move on to their next year. There will be stresses, yes (hello, house move?), but I’ll have more time and space in which to work on them.

So roll on July and the chance to be better. A better friend. A kinder girlfriend. A supportive big sister. Someone who actually makes it to the gym, who remembers birthdays, who has time to be there for the people they love.

I can’t wait.


On a more positive note, this weekend I get to be there for two very special people who I love, as my darling friends Laura & Garry tie the knot! I am so thrilled for them both – they are the nicest, sweetest, funniest couple and I am going to be so proud to stand up for them on Saturday :-). Photos to follow, no doubt (I shall be asking the handsome and debonair Mattheiu to be my blog photographer, just like he was for Jenna’s wedding).


Finallement – the World Cup kicks off tomorrow. Who will you be supporting? My class are super excited about it – as is a primary school teachers wont, I am helping them to make a display!

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  1. Shan
    10th June 2010 / 11:31 am

    I can imagine how busy you are, Andrew's classes have exams next week so he's pretty busy right now, don't get much time together. Always a light at the end of the tunnel though.And in my house, we support the Netherlands! We are so excited for the World Cup here!

  2. running42k
    10th June 2010 / 4:36 pm

    At least there is light at the end of a short tunnel. Cheering for Portugal here and we already have the flag on our car.

  3. Wiwille
    10th June 2010 / 5:33 pm

    Ahh the life of a busy bee. I'm getting that way myself, but I won't complain, cause I don't have kids. Imagine that kind of nightmare schedule.

  4. Siobhan
    10th June 2010 / 6:25 pm

    You are not a crummy friend, and for me, who always sees myself a as crummy friend in relation to you? Well to be honest knowing it can be hard for you when work gets hectic too makes me feel less bad when it is hard for me during my major manic periods at work.You always make me feel loved and befriended. So don't sweat that at all.x x x

  5. Christielli
    11th June 2010 / 2:11 am

    Whoa! I can identify with this post as a fellow teacher. I feel like crap 'cuz I've been so busy with school that I forgot to send Becca T a bday card and almost missed saying happy bday to her on Facebook. It's a hard time of year for teachers, and I think that we are blessed to have summer to improve on our correspondences. (I still need to return your phonecall from April, dude!)"I'll get it done. I always do" is a personal mantra of mine too. It's been harder to chant this year 'cuz I've done so much more than I usually do.And house move!?! When you have time, you'll have to write a post on this! Does this mean no more ghetto-fab Leyton?

  6. Riot Kitty
    14th June 2010 / 9:14 pm

    Hello from NYC! If you only have 9 hrs a day to yourself, and wish to sleep, I say don't feel bad about being a bit absent! It was an absolute zoo here during the world cup game – suddenly Americans were interested in the sport 😉

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