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Shrove Tuesday tomorrow... Pancakes!

So. I survived the Staff Only Day.  The liturgy I was so worried about yesterday went really well and quite a few people were really nice about it afterwards. Some teachers particularly enjoy a good 'moment'  so that was great to hear from them.  I made an amazing river of stones on the floor in the centre of the room - I laid out black paper in a random pattern, then I trickled big mismatched beach stones from Breaker Bay yesterday, small white stones I bought from Palmers last year, brown rough stones one of my seniors borrowed from the Attaturk Memorial, little blue and green fairy stones and various sizes of purple candles (for Lent), plus a big scallop shell and some dried beach grass.  It looked great, and the kind of people I work with can appreciate that kind of thing *g*    I got through my Departmental meeting too. My staff seem really keen to have a great year.  My final reflection of the day went fine. I have to lead prayers for the rest of the week at morning staff meeting as well (and do all the dishes). Then my turn is over for a couple of terms.  I have a heap of paperwork to do but I'm trying to reassure myself that I can cope with that tomorrow morning after staff briefing...

It's finally raining here. It's been so dry, we were wondering when it would ever rain again. Now we know... *g* it's actually chilly this evening. I'm looking forward to going to bed.  JC jnr left a whole pile of his old religious books for us to take if we want, and there just happened to be a big fat copy of Vikram Seth's Two Lives, a kind of biography-memoir-reflection. He's the one who wrote A Suitable Boy, which I loved so much. I didn't like his one about the musicians though... what was it.. An Equal Music. I felt that one was wringing me dry. I never finished it, which is not like me.  I hope this one is okay.

Poor, poor Christy has another subject clash this year. Last year's clash meant she had to drop out of her beloved German. This year it will have to be Chemistry or Art History and she was so keen to do both. I am going in to do battle for her tomorrow but there just isn't a solution that will get her what she wants.  It's so disappointing. And it's cost me a fortune to let her do adult German conversational classes, and I've just paid for another season of that. I have no idea why she even learns German. We don't really know many Germans. She never came to Germany with me. If we meet someone who speaks German, she clams up. I don't even know if I'd ever go back to Germany again, even though I wrote about it so lovingly in Safe.  But I guess Christy will go there, sometime soon.

And so. My flist has been on overload, I never saw so many posts since I last looked! I might blame my darling vpikyle for much of it though, he's on a roll!!! *hugs kyle* 
Thanks though, guys, gave me heaps to read. Tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday. Now at least I know what we'll have for breakfast.

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moth2fic
Feb. 4th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
Other teachers are very appreciative of things like your river! It shows them how much you've tried and gives them inspiration in various ways. Glad it went well!

Has Christy got a German penfriend? My friend Monika was 'given' to me as a penfriend when we were 13... She's still one of my closer friends and she is just retiring from teaching this month. She might know of possible contacts. I don't talk to her that often - she's hopeless with emails and I'm hopeless with snail mail... but I'm going to stay at the end of March. We're planning a 50 year anniversary holiday soon.

We'll have pancakes for dessert after dinner. Maybe stuffed pancakes as the main course too. Colin thinks they're a completely wonderful culinary invention. He's better than me at cooking them too, so I think I'll just do the mixing bit!

Edited at 2008-02-04 09:53 am (UTC)
natesmountain
Feb. 7th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
-Has Christy got a German penfriend?
Christy did have a German penfriend, she wrote back to Christy once, then Christy wrote again and sent some stuff, but we never heard from her again! I think it's hard to get teenagers to do that stuff these days. I think they should probably share Bebo or something.

stuffed pancakes are magnificent. I hope you had them and enjoyed them!
moth2fic
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
I think maybe modern penfriends should be internet based...!

The pancakes were indeed superb, thank you!
natesmountain
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
-I think maybe modern penfriends should be internet based...!
Maybe that's the way to go. I still treasure a letter in the mail box out at the gate, but maybe modern teenagers are happier to get something on the computer!

And I'm glad the pancakes were great!! Yum!
vpikyle
Feb. 4th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
I knew I could count on you for a shout out. Four hours and counting til my next couselling session, I hope my dear therapist has his morning adderol and coffee, because we have much to discuss. I've already got everything outlined on graph paper and I'm lamenting what a shame it is we only have 1 hour(not even that 55 minutes) to accomplish as much as possible. How does that translate into the metric system?

Christy will start learning to drive soon, no? May I recommend a 1968 Chevy Malibu. At 4000 pounds and with a 2 speed automatic transmission(idle or warp nine)it's the safest car ever to be put on the road. See my prior post to explain this point further.

Hugs back to my Kiwi Mama!
natesmountain
Feb. 7th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
-Four hours and counting til my next couselling session, I hope my dear therapist has his morning adderol and coffee, because we have much to discuss. I've already got everything outlined on graph paper and I'm lamenting what a shame it is we only have 1 hour(not even that 55 minutes) to accomplish as much as possible. How does that translate into the metric system?
It translates like you have a lot to discuss! I think that that is a healthy sign. No bottling up *g*

A 1968 Chevy Malibu? Sounds... delightful LOL! I'll get Finn to draw one for us.
dani257
Feb. 4th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like she just has a passion for German. And, it sounds like she's really much more dedicated to it than most of my attempts to learn foreign languages.
natesmountain
Feb. 7th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Passion for German, yeah. Whether she actually uses it... well, time will tell!!!

I studied French at school but we never did actual conversation. How silly is that, really! We did dictation, translation, reading comprehension... no conversation!!!!
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