Tuesday, 3 June 2014

not so fresh anymore

Have a good luck at these no longer fresh, no longer beautiful peonies.


I feel just how they look. It has been a busy few days and I am only just now sitting down for a few minutes of reflection (and breakfast).

It was one of those weekends when life was unusually hectic. I should probably specify "my life". As the designated driver for a whole load of children I feel like I spent the weekend driving. Here a short summary of my Saturday: From home to football to the nearby country park for a party drop-off back to our neighbourhood for another party drop-off. Next stop the shops to find a sports top for Annie. Back home a quick count of heads followed by another rushed expedition to the shops because I needed a top, too (forgotten earlier). After a 30 minute break and a quick change of clothes, Richard and I went to a dinner party (thankfully not at our house), leaving the children in the capable hands of a babysitter.

Did I mention that I had to inflate one of our car tyres twice? With the foot pump. I think that tyre needs replacing.

Sunday was more quiet with only one child to be driven to ballet rehearsal but I had to start thinking about two presentations I need to prepare for Thursday and Friday, when I will be interviewed for two posts, one of which I really really would like to have and the other one I am not that bothered about. I sweet talked Richard into talking the remaining children for a swim, which was apparently fun but James had to be fished out of the water by the life guard. He is fine. I got the ideas for my presentations on paper and identified suitable literature to back my ideas up.

Monday I went to school. I spent all day shadowing biology classes at our local High School. This was fun but also very tiring. Sam did acknowledge my presence with the slightest of nods when walking past me but otherwise pretended not to know me. I had asked not to be in his class because apparently, I am quite embarrassing. Recently I did a small dance of victory when Annie did really well at an interschool athletics tournament. I have now been banned from attending any further sports events involving my older children. Which suits me just fine (don't tell).

After an early dinner, I resumed my driver duties and took Annie and two friends to the Mitchell theatre for their ballet show. I then dutifully joined the queue of parents to fight for the best seats, defend those vehemently from other lion mums (impatiently waiting or my man to arrive later), and then enjoyed the annual ballet show and the G&T at interval. Richard was the designated driver home. It is always nice to see the girls and few boys perform at the end of term and Annie was of course particularly beautiful. She always dances with a smile on her face.

So, for the rest of the week, I will be busy worrying about job interviews, and those presentations. But just now, I am dashing off to the French Café that primary one organises, complete with half a supermarket brioche and a glass o diluting juice.

Before I dash off, apologies for the moan above. Life is not always all camping and photography. Which reminds me: Thank you very much for all the wonderful comments, I am so happy to read them all. I'll try to reply to all of you this evening. One question that I was asked more than once was if I made the paper heart I photographed. I didn't. I wish I did. I bought it in Truro in a teeny weeny shop near the cathedral.

Have a great week! Cx

Edit: fast forward a few hours. I feel utterly useless. I was one hour late for the French Café, leaving Alistair to eat his brioche without a parent present. To add insult to injury, I also failed to remember that it was a non uniform day for Alistair. Luckily, there was one more French Café to go when I arrived (they do one class at the time) and Alistair was allowed to join this last class to see me.

25 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have been run off your feet, good luck with the coming week.

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    1. Thank you, I'll need all the luck I can get!

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  2. I hope that this week is less hectic for you and that the job interviews - especially the one that you like! - go really well for you and that you get a job! xx

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    1. No plans other than interviews are planned for this week, phew. Welcome to my space Amy, good to see you.

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  3. I always enjoy your posts, Christina! I feel like I need a cup of tea and a nap after reading this one. :-) Good luck with your interviews this week!

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    1. Thank you Kristie. I am glad you enjoy my posts. I enjoy your comments and your regular visits, and of course your own posts.

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  4. I hope you've been able to take a nap today. It sounds like you've been through the mill. I wish you lots of luck with your interviews!

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    1. No naps but an early night I hope! Thank you for the good luck wishes Jennifer.

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  5. Good luck with the job interview. You can't be the most embarrassing mum as that's me especially since I teach in my daughter's school.

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    1. Well, I am glad I am not the only embarrassing mother! Thank you for the good luck wishes Doris.

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  6. Wishing you all the best for your interviews at the end of the week. Hope they go really well. I think you are amazing the amount you manage to achieve - just make sure to refuel yourself too! E x

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I often do more than I should and then wonder why I am so exhausted.... I spent the evening knitting instead of working on my presentations and feel appropriately refuelled. For the moment anyway. Cx

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  7. Oh days like these. I have an interview on Thursday and have been reading up on stuff. I hope it cheers you up but i have put you on my blog list so I hope you get a few more visitors from the link. Here's to another day...xxxx

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    1. Good luck for your own interview Jo! Will keep my fingers crossed. Thank you for adding me to your blog list, this is very kind of you. Just a couple more days of madness and then it is time to relax again. x

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  8. Hey Christina,
    Firstly the very best of British for your interviews. I'm sure you will knock them dead.
    Life seems full pelt most of the time, I reckon. It's why I love my blog. It makes me appreciate the little, simple things that I would overlook otherwise. I think that you should give yourself a hefty treat after those interviews. You deserve it!
    Leanne xx

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    1. Hi Leanne. I quite like life full pelt. Most days anyway. I love my blog for that same reason, slowing down for a moment or two to appreciate those little things in life. I am planning to party all night on Friday, successful or not. Or maybe I'll collapse in bed by 9pm, with my May book that I have still not finished reading. Have a great week, bug house and all. Christina x

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  9. Don't forget to add taxi driver to your CV! Good luck with your interviews - I have one tomorrow too, eek! xo

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  10. All the best mums are embarrassing! It's a necessary rite of passage for us and our kids! I love your comment that life is not all camping and photography; let's face it for most of us it's ironing piles, cleaning up others' mess, cooking, ferrying children round and generally feeling wiped out! Very best of luck with your interview on Thur.

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  11. You're a star, you really are. Well done for doing the dance, love it! I hope poor James is okay, thank goodness for lifeguards. Good luck with the interviews, especially the one for the job you really want. And I hope you have a lovely weekend afterwards, you really deserve it! CJ xx

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  12. Hope the interviews go really well Christina and you get offered the one you want! I've not yet reached the embarrassed stage with my girls yet...all that exciting stuff to come :) Have a really good week.

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  13. Oh Christine, we should take time out and have coffee together, we'd both have several hours to travel to meet somewhere in the middle, but we would get on so well I'm sure!
    So sorry you're feeling useless, at least you made it to the French café, I have failed to arrive at every single class assembly this year so far, despite on 2 occasions arriving at school early and sitting in the car wondering why so many other parents were early too!
    I hope your week improves you do sound like Supermum, you're doing a fab job!
    Jay
    xx

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    1. Meant to add good luck for the presentations and interviews!

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  14. Oh goodness, you are so right, it's not all camping and nice photos, is it? I feel like I do a huge amount of ferrying around - our after school commitments have reached new levels of craziness! And I am always sending the wrong book/bag/letter in on the wrong day.

    I hope the interviews went well. xx

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  15. Oh dear, that sounds like a hectic weekend! I read you post and thought, "Yup, I've got all this to come..." My children are still quite young, but I know things will get more intense as they get older. I find it hard enough taking them to their activities, I dread to think what it will be like when they are older and make their own arrangements ith friends etc! But you do a great job, Christina! I do not know one parent who has not forgotten it's non-uniform day, it goes with the territory. And I also know that awful feeling of trying to get decent seats at a show and having to protect them with your life from them being stolen from other mums!

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