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Hey there, team, how are you?  I am waaaaaay behind. Sorry.  I've been absolutely flat out this week, Monday was a normal school day, then I had a staff meeting after school, so I didn't get home until five, at seven I had to be at a meet-the-teachers at Finn's new school, but I also had to be at a meeting for the Archdiocese about youth at the same time. I went to that after the school meeting and I made it for the last hour! Home before ten. Then I had to get Mass plans done because today was a school Mass. Tuesday evening was meet-the-teachers at Asher's college, and I spent the rest of the time planning the Mass and making a really thorough powerpoint with lots of images in it.  I was so tired at the meet-the-teachers I think I actually fell asleep for a moment - I missed the introduction of one teacher!! I don't think my friends I was sitting with noticed.

Anyway, the Mass went really well. We're not a big college, just three hundred, so we just fit neatly into the church down the road. It's a nice church, just built a few years ago, to replace the awful L shaped construction they had there with an altar in the corner.  The new Principal turned up from our brother college and concelebrated (shared the celebration of the eucharist, as he is a priest - they haven't had a priest in charge for quite a while), which was really nice of him. He must have popped away from his school sports day.  Ours is on Friday. Yay. I'm on first aid duty... and gate keeping.... and wallet minding.  Whoopee.  I'd prefer javelin or high jump. *shrug* I'm not going to complain. I guess at least I won't get wet if it rains.

But anyway, the Mass was GREAT! It's such a relief, after last year's debacle. Now I know what they want and what they need, which helps enormously. It was even quite a spiritual event, and the priest was wonderful. Back in the staffroom I asked him if he'd marry me *g* He had a good laugh.
He spoke well to the girls, really meaningful words, and he used my choices of readings well, too. For the Gospel, I chose the woman caught in adultery. She would have been stoned, but Jesus suggested that the person without any sin of their own cast the first stone (aka rock!). Very quickly, the place emptied out and the woman was left alone. Jesus told her to get going and not to sin again. A fresh start. A new beginning. That was my focus for the Mass at the start of the year.

I still have piles of work to do at the moment, but I'm so relieved that the stress of the Mass is over.  There isn't another big Mass for ages now.  Things like that though, your rep at the school is damaged if your events go badly, believe me!!!

So that's all about me. I'll have to get through all your posts and see how you all are, huh. 

And Lost started again tonight and it was very odd.  I watched while I was marking books. The reviewer in the paper suggested we've come to accept it as a kind of art form and we're no longer expecting a satisfactory resolution or even loose ends to be tied up. We're just going with the flow!  Not a bad idea all round...  I might find that 'busy' icon Moth made for me! 

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hannahfmuk
Feb. 13th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Hey! Good to see your post - I'd just popped over to my friends list to check one last time to see if you'd posted... if you hadn't, I was going to email to check you were okay.

Glad to hear your Mass went so well - I'm very impressed with your very suitable choice of theme. Our school didn't hold masses, but we had a 'start of year' assembly and I vaguely remember the principal giving a talk that had something to do with an acorn... possibly... eh, it wasn't all that inspiring (as you may have realised!).

Hope all continues to go well for you.
natesmountain
Feb. 14th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
-Good to see your post - I'd just popped over to my friends list to check one last time to see if you'd posted... if you hadn't, I was going to email to check you were okay.
Oops, sorry. I just never got time to sit here without needing to work or sleep. Even now, I want to go to bed LOL! Sports day tomorrow.

-I vaguely remember the principal giving a talk that had something to do with an acorn... possibly... eh, it wasn't all that inspiring (as you may have realised!).
Hee, acorns wouldn't mean anything to anyone here but the very well read! We don't have many oak trees in NZ. Our principal tries really really hard to inspire the girls but it's an uphill battle in this very average socioeconomic catchment area. We have over 50% of our girls speak or at least hear another language at home.

-Hope all continues to go well for you.
Thanks, it's sooooooooooo good to know you're still out there *g*

*sigh* Martin... goes to get WaT icon
hannahfmuk
Feb. 14th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, it's sooooooooooo good to know you're still out there *g*
Oh, I'm always out here, even if I'm shockingly bad at posting comments to your posts. I love hearing about your life.
natesmountain
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
-I love hearing about your life.
It's such an odd life though. I have days when I wonder when I will wake up and find it was all a dream! Maybe I read too much Robert Ludlum. And you don't have to comment much at all, it's just so nice to know you're still there and still okay... even watching my odd life *g*
vivh
Feb. 13th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Sounds so busy... but a productive happy sort of busy at the moment... glad things are going well!

What would you have done if the priest had said yes!!?
natesmountain
Feb. 14th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
Well, you know what it's like to be busy ;-))

-What would you have done if the priest had said yes!!?
To the proposal? Um... *giggle* I would have kissed him and then broken the news that I'm already married *g* I did give him a big hug. He was just so delightful, we are very lucky.
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 14th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Glad to hear the Mass went well. Sounds like it was a really stressful experience!

Glad to hear things are going okay, don't forget to fit in some time for yourself!!
natesmountain
Feb. 14th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
-Glad to hear the Mass went well. Sounds like it was a really stressful experience!
Thanks! It is really stressful but I always try to maintain a calm exterior so no one knows the incredible turmoil churning around inside *g* they all say, 'gosh, you're so calm' - if only they knew LOL!

The relieving PE teacher is having the same trouble with sports day tomorrow. Everyone says, 'just do it the same as last year' but as she and I know, it's not that easy, especially when you weren't there at that time last year!
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 14th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
I always try to maintain a calm exterior so no one knows the incredible turmoil churning around inside
Yeah, that's the way to do it! Just con 'em, the rest will work out.
natesmountain
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
-Yeah, that's the way to do it! Just con 'em, the rest will work out.
It seems to work surprisingly well *g*
oOH AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY OMG HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 15th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
oOH AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY OMG HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
lol...thanks!
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