Wednesday, 13 August 2014

taking a deep breath


Phew, they are all back at school. I am not sure if I could have stayed sane for another week!

I have been enjoying the peace and quiet in the house, just me, the cats and the grandfather clock (ticking away in the hallway, marking the passage of time). I am rather pleased with how the day is progressing.

Two loads of washing were on the line before 10 and I gently re-acquainted myself with my dissertation and analysed the remaining two interviews. I am glad I was given an extension until December to submit the work! I also identified another three jobs that I might apply for, in addition to the two applications that I have submitted last week.The table is littered with papers and stationary and colouring pencils, used coffee mugs and my breakfast bowl. 
And you know what? I might just leave it messy until we need the dinner table!

And now I must dash to spend my last hour of freedom with my knitting needles.

Have a lovely Wednesday. Cx


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  1. I have to wait another 2,5 weeks before mine are back to school. Must say I'm looking forward to it. It means M and I start work again too, and it gives the week a pleasant routine, which I like. Very much.

    What are you writing your dissertation on?

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    1. I am exploring the academic identity of university teachers (a type of lecturer with a teaching and scholarship remit, rather than research and teaching) at the University of Glasgow for a Master in Education. I look forward to finishing!

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    2. What an incredibly interesting topic. I always thought I wanted to be a university teacher but as it turned out, I enjoy teaching secondary school much more. I wasn't as interested in the research aspect as I thought I would be; the practical side - dealing with groups of pupils, discussing literature with them - is something I have found much more interesting and fulfilling. Good luck rounding things off the coming months! xxx

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  2. I remember the feeling, lovely to have the summer holidays but always nice for them to go back to school. Good luck with the job hunting.

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  3. Great pic Christina. Good work on your interviews. I'm also doing analysis and finding it a struggle this week - but go on my 'days off' tomorrow so think it'll wait another week!! BigR starts school three weeks today - eek!!

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    1. I have resorted to good old cutting with scissors and arranging piles of paper for my analysis. Quite enjoyable :) I bet BigR is all exited. x

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  4. I love that photo! I do like having the house to myself too. And good luck with applications. I wonder if anyone will ever employ me? Xx

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    1. I could use a good councillor, if you need urgent employment :)

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  5. What a gorgeous pic! We've had a full house of visiting friends over the past 2 weeks so I too am enjoying the peace & quiet. Slowly ticking things off my list and can't wait to get back to my crochet!
    Good luck with the job search - I'm sure there's something amazing out there for you so trust it will go well.
    xx

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    1. Isn't it nice how peace and quiet is so wonderful after a busy period? I am sure in two weeks time, I'll miss the hustle and bustle of the holidays. x

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  6. Such a lovely back to school photo - I hope you've enjoyed a bit of quiet time. Good luck with the applications.

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  7. What a lovely photo. Hope you enjoyed your knitting x

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  8. I'm back to work (Middle School) next week... and the kids return the week after... I'm ready to go back! Good luck with your dissertation, a mom of 4 kids... I know it's not easy! I go to uni full time and work full time.
    I hope you have a great up coming weekend!
    Tammy xx

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    1. I don't work unfortunately so I have plenty of time to study when the kids are back at school. I am well impressed with your energy Tammy! x

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  9. Enjoy the peace and good luck with the job applications. Lovely photo of your family.

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  10. I have just waved my two off, the youngest's first day at secondary school. Feeling a bit wobbly but I will soon be back in the school routine. Your dissertation sounds very interesting Christina x

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    1. Big school, how exiting! I can't wait for my youngest to go to High School. In 5 years time....

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  11. What a lovely photo. It's always nice to restore things to order after the holidays isn't it. Good luck with the applications and interviews. CJ xx

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  12. I love this attitude, I too will be looking forward to my twirlies going to school. People keep telling me how sad it is but to me it is the next part of the journey that I can't stop so I will just feel positive instead. My friend said last week "I wish they never had to go to school!" Then I realised she had text me from work and her kids were at her sister -in-laws!!!! Jo

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    1. You are so right! Having said that, I was a little bit emotional when the last one started school, he is teeny tiny and so cuddly cute that it seemed wrong for him to turn into a big boy.

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  13. Our schools don't start back yet - next week at the earliest and some are later than that. Hope you get on well with your job interviews.

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  14. Freedom is a wonderful thing, I know as a Mom you desperately need some time to yourself just to do what you need to without the constant chatter, bickering or occasional cry. Alone time is sacred, enjoy yours.
    Meredith

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  15. I hope that you are having a wonderful time just breathing and being you for a little bit each day! Good lick with the job applications. xx

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    1. That should of course be good luck!!!! Do not lick the interviewers, they won't like it! xx

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  16. Lovely photo - your Sam looks interesting. At least he let you take his photo, which is something my teen usually objects to. We're still not back properly though I had to go into work yesterday for results. I hope your job search succeeds and that dissertation gets finished. It sounds interesting. Once upon a time I did a MA in Education and explored how the introduction of the National Curriculum affected students.

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  17. Hi lovely! I'm playing catchup and having a good nosey through your blog. You sound busy and well. Loving seeing pics of your four. Have a great weekend. xoxo

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  18. Oh, I love that last line, about dashing to your knitting needles. Dashing to relax - that is how it works for me around here. I think my heart rate actually increases when I am knitting sometimes, because I am trying to get done as much as possible before the little babe wakes up!

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  19. Back already? Irish schools don't go back until the end of August. Our son is heading off to art college so the house will certainly be quiet when he goes - probably too quite but I'm sure we'll get used to it. A lovely pic of your four and good luck with the job hunting.

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  20. What a productive morning! It must be so nice to be able to get on top of things and in the peace and quiet too. Your family look so cute in the new school uniforms, I love those first day pics. Ours do not go back for another week. I am not looking forward to it because it means more running around for me, I have quite enjoyed not having the school runs for the last few weeks! :)

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