What’s top of my mind: I’m having the CRT day from hell.
I suppose it had to happen sooner or later.
The day at school is divided into 6 periods. Today I’ve been put onto 3 periods of sport (YUCK), 2 periods of Maths (also YUCK), and 1 period of sex-ed with one of the worst classes on campus.
To add insult to injury, I was also given yard duty at the canteen for the first half of lunch, when the kids are hungry and feral.
I’m starting to wonder what on earth I did to upset the Daily Organiser…
Where I’ve been: rethinking my life choices.
Do I really want to earn Evan26’s Clown College fees??? Today has been absolutely no fun.
Where I’m going: England and Ireland in September.
I’m keeping this trip in front of mind today. I need something to look forward to!
Last night Corinna messaged me about a stage show we’re hopefully going to while I’m in London with her. It seems so far away, but before I know it, I’ll be stepping onto that plane.
What I’m reading: Elektra by Jennifer Saint.
I finished this novel on Saturday night. I couldn’t put it down. I snuggled up on the couch with the dogs, a shiraz in hand and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the house as I galloped through the story.
I only had the haziest idea of Elektra’s story before reading this. I really enjoyed the way Sant entwined the perspectives of Cassandra and Clytemnestra as well as Elektra in her retelling of the ancient myth. Ever since reading The Firebrand when I was in my teen, I’ve had a soft spot for Cassandra. SUCH a good book!
I’ve also been reading Tricia Stringer’s books. They’re easy to read, family saga-type books that I can listen to when I commute, or pull up on my iPad if the class I’m in front of is quiet and doing their work and I don’t have to watch them like a hawk. She must be popular – my local library has a heap of them available!
What I’m watching: my life dwindle away.
I have just one more period to go. The Maths kids are doing a test, so the room will be quiet and miserable, just the way I like it.
What I’m listening to: Kids doing revision for their test.
It’s some kind of algebra and they seem to enjoy competing with each other to get the right answer the quickest.
It would be my idea of hell, but this group seems to enjoy it.
What I’m eating: What’s left in the meat drawer of the freezer.
Later this week I’ll be stocking up on meat again, but for now, we’re eating what’s lurking in the meat drawer. We have some prawns, some salmon and some chook carcasses that I make into stock for the chicken and veggie soup Ryan28 and I like to have for lunch on the weekends.
Last night I made a simple pasta sauce and threw some prawns in. Delicious!
Every now and then, it’s a good idea to eat down what I’ve stored in the freezer. It’s too easy to just keep stocking it up, but then it ultimately leads to things getting freezer burn and being wasted. It’s strange to see so much empty space in that drawer, but soon it’ll be full again and the ‘Ma Ingalls’ part of my brain will be happy again.
What I’m planning: my wardrobe for my trip.
I’m only taking carry-on for my 5-week trip in September, so I’m beginning to think about what I’ll be taking with me. It’ll be autumn in the UK, so things will be getting a bit wet and chilly. I’m starting to look at merino clothing, like I did for Antarctica. There’s a lot to be said for merino as part of a travel wardrobe.
Who deserves a thumbs-up: a young PE teacher.
He used to be a student at the school and he knows full well that I’m not cut out to take a double period of soccer on the oval. He conflated our two classes and ran the double, while I mopped up things around the edges. If he hadn’t stepped in, that double period would have been an absolute shit show.
I said that I owed him one, but he said he was just paying me back for teaching him some great drama games that he uses when he needs to keep kids occupied. Those lessons would have been nine or ten years ago!
Sometimes, I guess that teachers DO get their reward here on earth.
What has made me smile: lunch at Evan26 and Jenna’s place yesterday.
It’s handy having weekdays off. Ryan28 and I went across town to organise a medical thing for him, and after that, we dropped into the kids’ place for lunch.
We don’t get to see a lot of them, as they live on the other side of town, so it was lovely to loll around on their couch, stuff ourselves with dips and crackers and just talk.
On Sunday we went to spend some time with David29 and Izzy. Married life seems to agree with them.
It’s a fine thing to see your adult children so content with their partners. 🙂
Dad joke of the day: