Monday, March 31, 2008
I haven't been teaching for the last 2 weeks but last week I stayed at Jeff's place with his friend and his girlfriend which meant lots of cooking, cleaning and coming backwards and forwards from home. This week has calmed down alot more as I'm home now and have lots of jobs to get done.
In general life is great but busy! I've been quite sick for the past week with an ear, throat and tooth being infected and very painful. I've also had the flu!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Each morning Jeff comes in and wakes me up and he says I am such a 'Grumpy Puss' in the mornings. Perhaps that has to do with the fact that he trys to make me smile when I don't even want to talk!!!!!! I've been doing alot of cooking and cleaning while staying here but I don't really mind! We haven't really had any problems with the people down stairs however they are very noisey in the mornings and the water pressure in the shower is non-existent same with the hot water as we share the hotwater system with the lodge.
Tonight we went to the movies and saw 10,000bc. I thought it was alright but not the best thing I've ever seen. Tomorrow night we're going to the spit for chip with lots of people YAY! I'm looking forward too it, plus I love chips. Sorry I still haven't had a chance to put up pictures as our internet at home isn't working and I need to contact up my camera... maybe tomorrow!!!!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I have to say it was the most busy one I think I've ever had despite the fact that we didn't go to AGMF (Easterfest).
I stayed at Rachel's last night which was great. I got a really good nights sleep and I woke up a little confused as to where exactly I was. Quickly figured it out though. We went to church and broke down just before we arrived. That was exciting but to find out more about that you can read Rachel's blog.
Jeff picked me up from Rachel's house and we went back to his house to tidy but as he has visitors coming for the week. When I arrived I found the remains of a 'Boy's Night' from the night before. This meant alot of washing up and general cleaning of the house. Jeff and I set off to work and got the place nice and tidy which book over an hour.
Now our next task was to stock up the house with the food that we would need for the week. For those of you who are married or live alone you will know the nightmare of shopping for food let alone for 4 people. So I sat down and wrote out a menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner than transfered this into a shopping list which was VERY long. We are extremely lucky as we are allowed to take any food we live from the kitchen at the Lodge below Jeff's house and it's like a mini supermarket however we still needed more things.
Off to the shops we went and got everything we needed. Jeff is a greater shopper as he can find things much faster than I can. I'd be walking around the shops for hours if I didn't have him with me. We got all the food home and packed it away. We now have a tidy house filled with yummy food. The next task is to make up beds for those coming and do the washing.
At night time we went to some Chinese place for dinner with my family and went back to my relatives for dessert yummm!!!! Its now past 10pm and I'm back at Jeff's house on his computer. He's got an assignment to do tonight so I'm hanging around reading while he works, than home to my cosy bed to sleep. Tomorow I'm going out for brunch with his family yumo!
I shall add pictures when I get home!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
But the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith and meekness.
Okay so you’ve read and heard that particular verse lots of times and I bet you are thinking of how you do each of those things but also how you don’t do some of them. Well it really made me stop and think that in general people are far too concerned about ‘their rights’. In some cases we do have rights and we should stand up for them however sometimes I find that people use ‘their rights’ as a way to get their own way. I know that is a little controversial but look at the verse above because I don’t think its suggesting that we think of ourselves as much as we seem to be. The one that really gets me is ‘longsuffering’. Ever had to deal with something that you didn’t enjoy, had to keep your mouth shut even when you wanted to say something or went along with someone’s idea even when you knew it would not work out? These are all ways to show you are longsuffering which goes against the idea of ‘our rights’. Sometimes we have to put aside what is important for ‘us’ and just do whatever it is without compliant.
That’s not to say that if you KNOW that something is not right that you should just sit back and take it. But I think that we need to begin to think about what is really important and what is not. I heard at uni once about an idea to teach children about what is a ‘big deal’ and what is not. You draw a thermometer on the board from zero up to ten. Give students some different scenarios and place them on the board as to where they would sit with importance – 10 being the worst. Sometimes (especially in teaching) I wish that I could use this idea with people so they understand that their complaints are not so bad after all.
I had a parent come in and complain that myself and all of the teacher aids had been spelling her sons name wrong. Fair enough but he had the same name as another boy in the class only spelt differently. For example one person was Rachel and the other was Rachael. If it had been happening all year than maybe it might be a small problem but after me being in the classroom for 1 week I found it a bit much to take.
So next time you feel hard done by and want to ‘plead your case’ sit back and think are you being longsuffering or are you being a ‘whinge bag’. Remember that these qualities above are those which Jesus had and wishes you to develop. And just to be clear, this blog is not having a go at anyone in fact it’s more directed at me because I am a ‘whinge bag’ all the time. Just thought you might like to know my thoughts at the moment.
Have a lovely Easter
In the middle session we made Easter biscuits by putting coloured icing on sugar biscuits with sprinkles... eww but the kids liked them. The only advice I give for this activity is that it MUST be supervised at all times and expect mess.
And as you normally would expect, in the afternoon we had a visit from the Easter Bunny and went looking all through the school for where he might be hiding. I found it weird as I had a few kids in tears because they were scared of the Easter Bunny!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
- Eating chocolate doesn't get rid of my headaches, it makes them worse
- I wake up before my alarm clock OR i wake up when I usually do each morning
- Wearing high heels seems like such an effort
- I want to watch the news
- I try to prevent getting sick so I can keep going to work rather than have a sick day
- I think about the best way to hang my washing so it doesn't need to be ironed
- Staying out past 10:30pm seems so much more difficult and I just want to go home to bed
- Buying something means thinking about whether it will be useful or if it will just take up space.
- Thinking about interest rates, loans and buying houses
- I cannot eat packets of chips
- I think about what to make for the lunch the next day while I'm eating lunch
- I discuss the sugar content in Breakfast cerials
- Buying cheese is much harder. Is it cheaper to get it grated or in a block
Thats all I can think of at the moment but I'm pretty sure I have more. In other news I finish up at B.S.S tomorrow and I have a new contract still at that school only teaching Yr 2 for 5 days woohoo!!! Hopefully I'll have pictures of the Easter Bunny hunt tomorrow.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Today we made piklets as their usual teacher has been allowing students to try a different food every week. I'm trying to decide what i will do next week. Either mini pizza's or Hot Corss Buns (this i can find an easy way to make them.)
Tomorrow my students are making name bags, doing some easter activities and having outdoor play. We've also been learning about the letter 'A' and singing songs to do with it. So i'm having quite alot of fun so far :)
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I see Jeff everyday not because I have too but because I REALLY want too! We were apart for so long that now we want to see each other in every moment almost YAY! But I just want to say that Jeff is such an understanding, sweet and kind person because now and again he has to give up seeing me to allow me to see someone else OR do something else. The other night I had to go to a youth meting and he really wanted to have dinner with me. He sacrificed this time AND his sleeping time to come over quite late that night to see me. This really made me realise just how lucky I am! And I know that even when I let my friends down that they forgive me because they are so very wonderful.