Posts Tagged ‘education


Swine Flu

So yes, I’ve been struck down with the dreaded swine flu recently which has resulted in cancelling many plans and feeling dreadful.  It’s starting to leave me now, however I’m being sensible and have cancelled an all day shoot on Sunday.  I was SO looking forward to it, however I would have been working non-stop from 8am – 6pm with no break, and as I have bronchitis as well I just can’t risk it.  It makes a change for me to be sensible it has to be said, usually I’m a complete numpty.

This weekend I FINALLY start my volunteering at the Horniman’s Museum in Forest Hill.  I’m really eager to work within education in an arts / heritage role, and working at Horniman’s will hopefully help me to achieve that.

I’ve been going there ever since I moved to South-East London, 15 years ago.  It’s always been a favourite place to just linger and take in the wonderful exhibits, ravaged by time.  Photographing creatures floating in formaldehyde is probably my favourite  pass time  there – not sure I’ll get much chance to do that while I’m working though! ha ha.

[d i s s e c t i o n] (by The Polstar*)

Click on the dissected cat – you can see some photos from Horniman’s there 🙂

So while I’ve been sick I’ve been knitting and creating patchwork. I started making this one night when I had insomnia and couldn’t face actually working on the computer. I had a bag of bits of fabric from various things I’ve been making so I decided to do a bit of crazy patchwork. I had no idea where I was going with it until my dear friend in the US broke her foot. I’m putting together a ‘care’ parcel for her and this is going to be part of that. A groovy bag. There’s a LOT more work to be done it – not least the embroidery and adding lace/ buttons etc. however it’s something I can do while watching TV so I find it fairly relaxing. Today I put it on some interfacing so I know what bits need filling in. So now it gets REALLY fiddly.
Crazy patchwork in progress #1 (by The Polstar*) Crazy patchwork in progress #2 (by The Polstar*) Crazy patchwork in progress #3 (by The Polstar*)

I just really hope she likes it.

As I’ve not been on the computer much I haven’t been making any brushes – however will blog when I do!


so today …

… so far, has been good.  i’m realising why i do this job: because i love teaching.  i have one bottom set, they’re extremely weak, and everything is done in baby steps.  their final task today was to start producing a poster with an example of a persuasive technique on it.  one student asked me to write ‘in bubble writing’ on her poster (she has trouble writing).  then it was pronounced by the class as ‘sick’ and ‘better than graf’.  so i spent the next few minutes writing on everyone elses’ posters.  i don’t mind, it’s the writing of the example that i want them to concentrate on, however, my ‘bubble writing’ is not ‘better than graf’ … it’s just that they’re impressed by almost anything! bless their little cotton socks (most of them anyway!).

tonight i’m going out with a couple of friends for a drink.  we’ve not been out for ages, and i’ve only seen her once since her twins (thing 1 and thing 2) were born.  i’m really looking forward to it.  i’ve needed a real girlie night for a looooooooooooooooooooooooong time.  i mean, i love you boys an’ all, but sometimes a girl needs her girlfriends, and lately, i don’t seem to have been able to see any of my girlfriends.  m thinks that the fact that the majority of my male friends being gay means that it’s just the same as hanging out with the gals.  believe me, it’s not.

one of my friends (you know who you are!) complained about my lack of capitalisation in this blog.  YES i KNOW i’m a bloody english teacher, but is everyone ‘their job’ every minute of every day? NO.  so fuck it, i’m going to write with capitalisation when i bloody feel like it.  and today, i don’t bloody feel like it, and yesterday i didn’t bloody feel like it.  however, tomorrow, i might feel like it.

anyhoo … should go … i have a meeting with the ‘head’ in a minute about my ‘other day’ when i’m not teaching.

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