in_stead: (simple map of london)
Mmm, lazy autumnal day. I keep saying to myself, "In a minute, I'm going to do something." Somehow, however, it is 3:22pm and I am still on the couch, fussing with the computer and watching TV.

I did the dishes? But only because I can't stand cooking in a dirty kitchen and I was struck with a fancy to have an omlette for lunch.

I am determined that, in a minute, I really will go get the pile of Year 9 books I brought home to mark and make a start on them.

Anyway, hi, eljay! How's things? I'm well, I hope you are well, too. New job is going well, although change is of course quite stressful. The commute, although long (80 miles round trip, 5 days a week), is also okay. I'm getting used to terribly early mornings to beat the traffic, but sleeping in later and later on weekends. Being married is nice -- mostly the same as it was before being married, but without a wedding to plan and pay for. Am now engrossed in house-hunting. It's all terribly grown up.

So what's new with you, internets? The more you talk to me, the more I can put off the aforementioned doing something! PLEASE TALK TO ME LOTS AND LOTS OMG.
in_stead: (let's fight!)
The BF took me to the ZOO today. There were monkeys! Of many descriptions! Lots and lots of monkeys!

Brace yourself for picspam of super-cute baby monkeys of many descriptions as soon as I find the chord to hook my camera up to my computer and upload them.

In other news: one weekend day and two week days left to the end of school. Hells, yeah, bitch!

In other, other news: TOUR. Hells, yeah, bitch!
in_stead: (maple leaf rag)
After a very long and very stressful two weeks (both professionally and personally), I utterly deserved Canada Day in London.

Yeah, bitch.

Of course, working all day, I missed the noon to six-ish festivities, including the road hockey tournament, but the music in the evening was really good, the beer was Canadian, and I picked up a bunch of swag.

Festivities continue today unofficially -- I am dragging the BF down to the Maple Leaf for further Canadian beer and poutine after we do a round of comic shops and other assorted geek venues.

In other news, down to two weeks and two days of school left. All my marks are in and all I have to do now is the fun bit -- planning and teaching the damn lessons! Not to mention we have a Year 6 day on Friday when all of next year's Year 7s come to the school and look tiny and terrified and confused. As well, on Thursday I am out of school to supervise a field trip of Year 9s up north. Woot!

In other other news, the sister graduated from high school on Thursday. I would have killed puppies to be there, but I did dash out between classes to call her and tell her I love her and am so very proud of her. She's done so well. She won the first ever Citizenship Award being granted annually to one graduate in the city! My parents filmed the whole thing and took tons of pictures so that I can see it when I go back in the summer.
in_stead: (OH coffee)
Monday morning

5 1/3 hours of sleep.

Not enough work done over the weekend.

3 episodes of The Long Way Around and 28 Weeks Later watched.

Many video games played.

...Oops?

Hello, week! I am not ready for you today! Please feel free to go away and come back tomorrow, yes.
in_stead: (dalektic)
Right, then.

Possibly the best day EVER. I am all a-glow with contentment.

(Even if I have spent the latter half of it working -- periodically the BF starts up piano playing in the other room when he takes a break from work, which makes even marking a great deal more palatable.)

Am committed to supervising on a sponsored walk tomorrow. A couple hundred of our anklebiters are joining in with a few hundred anklebiters from other schools in a walk across all the bridges of London to raise money to build a reduced-tuition high school in Uganda. Should be fun, even if the weather is looking nasty for tomorrow.
in_stead: (you are my)
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYS ARE MY FAVOURITE. Not the least because I was just not in the mood to work yesterday and really didn't get any of the planning and marking and things I need to get done this weekend even started, so not having to go in today to teach tiny lunatics is a massive bonus.

I am extraordinarily in the mood to work right now and am currently enjoying an all over glow of productivity. We have finally got through the Tudors and Stuarts unit for Year 8, which we began back in September and I was quite sick of, so I can only imagine how the kids felt. We are now on to Black Peoples of the America. It's basicly an examination of slavery in the U.S. up to the point of emancipation and sets the kids up for some of the American history units that take place in upper years History, which focus on the struggle for civil rights for various groups through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

And while I feel bad saying I'm having fun with slavery, I really am. It is an interesting topic and one that I haven't done all that much on before, so I'm learning a lot, too.

That said, I've been letting my Year 7 stuff slide a little due to my enjoyment of the Year 8 content and am going to have to put some serious work in on that today, too.

Am currently curled up with my seven hundred pounds of work at the BF's, abusing his wireless internet to download all kinds of multi-media teaching resources. He has (foolishly!) left me alone here while he goes to get the exhaust on his car fixed. It is raining and I like very little more than sitting inside all warm and dry while listening to it be wet and miserable outside.
in_stead: (you are my)
It's a beautiful day and I don't have to spend it with children! I am free to run off and frolic freely about London.

Which is what I'm going to do.

Comic book shopping today, yes siree. And if the weather turns less pleasant, I am thinking a visit to the Imperial War Museum as well.


(One of my students just passed beneath my window bouncing a football on his head. This is a disturbing intrusion of work into my life, made all the worse as I am still in my housecoat.)

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