Blue skies & the crunch of leaves


have a major case of the September tireds.  But I am fighting them with
naps, coffees, and occasional early nights (in bed at nine on Friday –
so rock and roll!).

these first few weeks of term, the pace is frenetic, and I haven’t yet
got the rhythm of my days – the morning I can afford an extra ten
minutes in bed.  The lunchtime where lingering for a chat is an option
(as much as you can when the break for lunch is only 35 minutes, or if
you’re on duty, 12!).  The free period that’s ripe for marking, when a
comfy corner close to the coffee machine is open.  This time in a
fortnight I’ll have it down, but now is a different case :).  It’s good
though, this starting over, this getting used to.  It’s worth it.

new form are lovely, but as is the wont of young boys, require lots and
lots of bounce and energy.  I’m enjoying getting to know their little
ways and quirks, learning how to make them giggle, where to pitch the
work.  My Year 5 English students and Year 6 Historians are fab too –
it’s always so lovely to see some familiar faces returning!

continues apace also – time with friends and excitements and letters to
write and fun to plan.  Blog posts to schedule.  Meals to make.  And
long lazy evenings, all too rare, tucked up with the kitties.  Life is
good, but life is busy!  I am determined *not* to hibernate and hide,
but instead to enjoy my friends and my love and my home and my hobbies
and my city as well as work.  After all, all work and no play…

Junior League has me busy too.  I’ll be blogging soon about our great Holiday Hampers project, which brings festive joy to over a thousand families in the capital.  I’m one tiny cog in a very very big machine, but I love being part of something so cool. And Christmassy.

you believe it’s 99 days till Christmas?  I promised this year I
wouldn’t plan properly until September 25th…..but now the season for
planning and dreaming and wishing is nearly here.  There’s always time
for Christmas fun!

cats are getting sweeter and sweeter by the week.  They are so well
settled now, and such good fun to be around.  I am loving to get to
know their little natures.  Poppet the boss, our talkative girl,
Matthew’s biggest fan.  Fry our sweet boy, who loves to give kisses and
have tummy rubs.  Leela, who’s such a quirky little thing, but who
loves nothing better than a good old purr and a snuggle with me.  Oh,
and cheese.

How’s your September going?


  1. Riot Kitty
    17th September 2012 / 8:36 pm

    12 minutes for lunch? Mon dieu! That sounds military. I'll enjoy September more when it cools off.

    • Claire
      18th September 2012 / 4:13 pm

      It's one of the quirks of the job! Can't wait for proper autumn and cool temps!

  2. Christielli
    17th September 2012 / 11:29 pm

    That's hilarious that Leela likes cheese! I've never known a cat to like cheese. Rilo liked Salt 'n Vinegar potatoes and peanut butter, so go figure.Yah… this month is exhausted. Last week kicked my ass. I know it gets less tiring too. I'm like you – I'm keeping busy doing lots of fun stuff, but I still feel the need for nights at home and early bed times too. 🙂

    • Claire
      18th September 2012 / 4:14 pm

      Dude, let's synchronise for a Skype date and early night soon!

  3. Siobhan
    28th September 2012 / 1:24 pm

    September always hits me hard and this year is no exception. Trying to carve out time to just be is so hard at this time of year but so necessary!

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