I only have 6 girls in my class and twice as many boys. The girls hang their bags and coats on one side of the room and the boys on the other. You can definitely tell the girls' corner from the boys...mainly by the posters they have up and the fact that they tend to keep their area more tidy.
This is what I woke up to in the morning...Myst crawling out from under the duvet. He's never done this before, but his new surroundings are still a bit unfamiliar. Each time we have left and returned to the flat we've spotted a duvet lump...aka Myst.
Itty bitty daisy was snapped this morning before Matt and I headed out to B&M Bargains to look for a couple of curtain rods. I was looking out the window of our flat in Kingswinford and noticed lots of little flecks of white across the road in the front gardens of all the bungalows. Now it's really starting to feel like Spring!
Also, with some MUCH APPRECIATED help* from Josie & David (MIL & FIL), the walls in the bathroom and bedroom were stripped tonight and although we started to paper the bathroom, we ended up just short. Unfortunately, tomorrow is Easter Sunday which means...
E N G L A N D I S C L O S E D !
Unless we come up with a Plan B...the rest will have to be finished on Monday.
*help - if by help I mean they did MOST of the work, which makes us double-infinity in debt with gratitude.
This was our view inside ASDA when we popped in this afternoon for a pack of batteries for my camera. EVERY till was open and EVERY queue was RAMMED! Granted, many places are closed till Tuesday because of the Easter holiday, but sheesh! You might even think Jesus himself were coming to Easter dinner.
Business as usual for us Bennetts. We were in and out of the flat today surveying some damp areas and painting and glossing. We finished the bedroom around half-ten, but I managed this photo from the giant, front-room window before it got dark. Not a bad view, really.
For the first time in seven years I now own a piece of technological equipment that transcends anything else I have ever owned before! It arrived this morning via the friendly Royal Mail postman who followed my post-it instructions to knock loudly as the flat was upstairs. Say hello to my beautiful T-Mobile G1. I've heard mixed reviews, but I wanted to see for myself...and today I fell in love.
So, previously I had worry that I would not have internet access in the new flat until the end of the month. That concern is now in the past because I have UNLIMITED internet on my new fancy schmancy G1 as well as UNLIMITED texts! The fact that I don't have many people here in the UK to text is another story, but I'm just pleased with it's performance so far. It has functioning Bluetooth, GPS, and lots of little applications that I can download for free. I can even watch movies and tv shows on it if I want.
I may be voicing my praise prematurely, but I am completely twitterpated with this phone!
We arrived 10 minutes before our scheduled appointment only to learn we would NOT be receiving the keys today. Apparently the electricians have dropped the ball and we won't have the keys back until Thursday.
To lighten the mood, we decided to treat ourselves to Bacon, Sausage, Egg & Mushroom with Brown Sauce "between two bread trucks" as Matt says, from Little Devils. Then when we got home and went to warm them up a bit, we realised we PACKED the dish for the microwave...along with the mugs for a coffee...AND the silverware to stir...
Looks like we'll be here a few more days...with internet. A real shame, I say.
My affectionate nickname in college displayed proudly on the back of my day-glow orange Lincoln Lagers tee. This was my "assistant coach" shirt for Ohio University Intramural Softball and the only time I wear it anymore is to accompany my PJ bottoms to sleep in. The thing is so hideous and obnoxious, I wouldn't subject the public to it on purpose.
Notice the words in the middle of the photo...'staff meeting.' No, it wasn't a mistake that I received this memo as I am now the official Year 5 teacher!! The climax of my otherwise short-term, 1/2 day teaching and tutoring post came mid-week when things started a bit cryptic and ended with the offer of the job. Of course I accepted!! The best part is that this will more than DOUBLE my daily pay through the agency and it will give me proper experience teaching in a UK school. I will also be able to continue my one-on-one tuition with students once school resumes after break. Someone will come to my room in the afternoon a couple days a week to take over so I can continue tutoring on an afternoon.
At this point, the post will extend until the end of the school year, which is around the second week of July. I'm hoping that if things go well, it could mean a continued position with the school for the 2009-2010 school year as well.
I was in the class Thursday and Friday, but I wasn't to let on to the children that their teacher would not be returning. They will be notifying the parents over break and upon the return, it will be officially announced.
After two and a half years in a long-distance relationship, I packed my life of 29 years into 21 boxes and moved to England to marry and be with my husband, Matt. Now I'm reveling in the youth of my 30s in Great Britain, supply-teaching in primary schools near Birmingham and enjoying newlywed life, being a mommy, and all the surprises they bring!