Let me help you remove your knife from my back

October 28, 2008

I like to think I’m quite a self aware person.  I think about my responses and behaviour, I analyse them, I relate them to my emotions and try to change them if I feel they could be better.  I am quite proud of how insightful I can be about myself and take it as a positive result of my years of maudlin adolescent introspection. 

Despite my self awareness, however, I do lack a similar insight into the actions of others.  My social skills are fine in terms of being able to relate to people on a daily basis.  I think I’m generally quite a likeable person and I always try to be a “nice” person.  In fact, I think that is my problem: I always give people the benefit of the doubt until they prove me wrong.

Considering the amount of times I have been proved wrong, you would have thought I would have become cynical about human nature.  But I never learn!

I didn’t start at school assuming everyone would be my new best friends.  But I did assume they would all be decent human beings.  One person has proved me wrong already by inviting me down the pub whilst complaining about my teaching skills behind my back.  Thankfully no one else at school agrees with that particular diagnosis of my abilities.

But when will I ever learn?!


Current status: still headlice free

October 22, 2008

Also: only two days til half term *does celebratory dance*

Also also: my kids did me PROUD in the Harvest Assembly today singing Food Glorious Food.  Loads of people commented on how good they were.  I think I’ve officially pissed off the music co-ordinator by my class being so fantastic.  Loves it.

That said, they disappointed me so much yesterday when I found out there was some bullying going on.  But we had a very positive circle time this afternoon so hopefully things will get better.  I am very tired now and am seriously counting the hours til half term and although I know the week’s holiday will pass in a flash I am looking forward to going back afterwards and starting to think about Christmas.

No rest for the wicked 😉


Half term: t minus 2 weeks and counting…

October 13, 2008

Technically only 9 days until half term – working days that is – as next Monday is my graduation and I have the day off for celebrating and merriment.  This is testament to the colossal organisation skills of my university who, whoops, forgot to check when half term is and set the graduation date for about 300 local teachers for the week before half term.  Just pretty much sums up the entire time I spent within their hallowed walls. 

Due to the unexpected timing of my graduation ceremony, my very nearest and dearest are unable to come, so I have my nan and my aunt accompanying me.  Not that I wouldn’t want my nan there, because I know she will love it, bless her.  And K wil be hurtling across London after finishing for the day at Hendon, to attempt to reach the leafy southern banks of the river in time for us to all go and get dinner together.

Random thought for the day
If tobacco advertising in the UK is banned, why are Rizla still allowed to advertise?  I know that technically their product doesn’t contain any tobacco, but the sole purpose of cigarette papers is to be used with tobacco.  It’s not like you can use them for anything else.  So why do I still see Rizla bill boards on my way to work?  Just something to ponder…

Well, I need to leave for work in seven minutes, particularly as I have been so busy this weekend helping K prepare for Hendon/driving K to Hendon that I haven’t marked my class’ homework.  Oops!  And yeah, today is K’s first day as a trainee of the Metropolitan police so please think positive thoughts for her if you get a spare moment today.

Well.  Hi ho, hi ho….