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The Bucket List...

Well, here I am. I couldn't even log in the last few days for some reason.

It feels like sitting down with my friends for a coffee and a chat, although I don't know what you're all up to or anything. I guess I could just fade away but what the hell, it's late, one a.m. and I just finished the power-point for Mass tomorrow. So I'll post. We've been out at a party, which had a couple of redeeming features, an interesting guy I talked to for the last half hour about school things and some fresh crayfish. I haven't posted for a while because I have been so incredibly - well, you know how it is to be busy, you're all busy people.

I've been to my last writing course on a Saturday for ever today. It was a strain, I refused to share my work but participated in the feedback and writing tasks with full attention. One woman muttered, 'why do you even come' when I wouldn't share but I ignored her. I found that sharing left my work feeling tainted so I just refused. On the evaluation form I wrote that the course should be re-titled as 'Dr Phil's course for sharing your problems and learning how to write them down'. I bet she doesn't hand that evaluation sheet in *g*

We've had a whole-school Prize-giving the other night. It was a great night, a really great night. I was moved to tears a few times. I stayed late talking to parents, then the Dean and I wandered back to hang up our academic gowns. We then plonked down wearily in the staffroom, exhausted, just to relive the evening and five minutes later our three senior management women all came in after locking up. The boss brought out a lovely bottle of wine, they got five glasses, the Assistant 'boss' produced a hamper her husband had prepared for her with brie, cashews and crackers (nice husband, huh!), and we sat and had a chat. It was fun, being part of the team, and we didn't leave until nearly one in the morning! Next morning I had to take a group of ten Year 9 girls into the Catholic Centre for a Caritas Justice Day workshop! OMG! And one of my students from way back in '88 turned out to be the current Caritas fundraiser. She ran a great session with the students and we caught up in the lunch break. She said when I came to her school back then, and she was in my form class, they were all saying, 'What's going to happen, we have the new teacher' and they were scared of me, and then within a week they were crowing, 'We have the best form class and teacher ever!' Older teachers still remember 4 OB - it had... character! Now it'd be called 10 OB I guess, with the change of name from 4th Form to Year 10. There were sure some cook kids in that class!

I feel like I have so much to say but I'm tired now. One woman at the party said last time we'd met was just after I'd fainted and hit my head and had stitches. I showed her the scar! She said it was nearly three years ago or something like that. Amazing, huh. I wonder if I won't see her for another three years. How time flies. In the holidays I'm going back with my children to where I did my first teaching section TWENTY FIVE years ago. I've never gone back there in twenty-five years! And what do we achieve with all that time? I haven't seen The Bucket List yet but there's a flier in our bathroom quoting a 'Life Coach' who talks about making a list of things you want to do, if you want a long life. It says have up to 100 items. I know Viv is good at it. I am always too timid to hope for things, I think. But maybe I just will make a list. I'm feeling more in control of MY life these days, despite the huge amount of work I have to do or the busy lives we lead in this house. So I'll think about a list... feel free to add some of your list here, it might *shrug* inspire me! xx

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greenpizzazz6
Dec. 6th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
One woman muttered, 'why do you even come'
How rude!

I am always too timid to hope for things, I think
Hope is rough for me too. I never think it'll actually happen, so I don't hope because I don't want to get disappointed.

It says have up to 100 items
Wow, that's a lot! It's certainly something to think about. I can't even think of one thing!
natesmountain
Dec. 7th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
-How rude!
I wish I'd thought that at the time. I just felt like shrivelling up!! When people are rude, I always feel angry afterwards, when they've forgotten just how awful they were!! Then they can't understand what you're upset about and assume that I must have a problem. *snort*

-Wow, that's a lot! It's certainly something to think about. I can't even think of one thing!
Well I can see that you did! Good on you!
greenpizzazz6
Dec. 7th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
hen they can't understand what you're upset about and assume that I must have a problem.
I get that too! It takes a while to move from disheartened to angry sometimes.
natesmountain
Dec. 8th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
-I get that too! It takes a while to move from disheartened to angry sometimes.
Yeah, now when I think back about those ones that felt like that, I just feel a bit sorry LOL! We'd have been such good friends by now...

I have to work to find a way to just forget.

As do you. xx
greenpizzazz6
Dec. 6th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
I started a list, and my best friend is too! I think this is a great idea!
-Wander through Chicago
-Go to Time's Square on New Years
-Build an amazing sandcastle
-Sing kareoke
-Do stand up comedy
-Read the bible
-Write enough songs for a cd
-Go to the top of Sear's tower in Chicago

Still working on it...
natesmountain
Dec. 7th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Hey, you, you've started a great, fun-filled list that would really make you happy. I'm impressed.

I'd love to hear you do stand up comedy. I wonder what you sound like...

I've done the kareoke. OMG. Never again...
greenpizzazz6
Dec. 7th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Hey, you, you've started a great, fun-filled list that would really make you happy. I'm impressed.

I'm up to 25 things and still thinking...

I'd love to hear you do stand up comedy. I wonder what you sound like...
I've always thought that would be so much fun to try! Scary though! One thing on my list is to meet you in person, so maybe one day you'll know!

I've done the kareoke. OMG. Never again...
It scares me to think about trying, but that's part of why it's on my list! I think it would fun to try out at least.

What do you think, are you going to make a list!
natesmountain
Dec. 8th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
-'m up to 25 things and still thinking...
Keep going, 75 to go *g*

-What do you think, are you going to make a list!
Me make a list? I was just talking about one LOL! But yeah. Okay. I'll think of MY first 25 items tonight.

And I'm on your list? OMG that is so cool!!!!!!!!
greenpizzazz6
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Okay. I'll think of MY first 25 items tonight.

And....
vivh
Dec. 6th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Lists...
You're right I love lists like that, you already know lots of mine but here we go... things I want to do:
-Go in a hot air balloon
-Go to Egypt, cruise on the Nile and see the pyramids
-Swim/float in the dead sea
-Go for a cruise on the Caribbean
-Travel on Trans Siberian Express
-Watch the whole of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in one day
-Return to New Zealand and have coffee with all my friends!
-See Macchu Pichu
-Go to Uluru
-Visit San Francisco
-See the Grand Canyon
-Go parasailing
-Go bungee jumping
-Travel around India by train and see the Taj Mahal
-Fly on concorde
-Travel on the Amazon
-See the Angel Falls in Venezuala
-See the Niagara Falls
-visit Kathmandu
-go to Iceland
-swim with dolphins
-hear whales sing
-scan all of my old photos into the computer
-go to Pompei
-see the Eden Project
-go white water rafting

I could go on, so much I want to do and see...most of what's there isn't possible just now... but I hope to go in a hot air balloon for my birthday this year, and we have plans to go to Disneyland Paris again this summer if all is going well with Chris by then... I hoping to go for a short break to either Lucerne or the Avignon area of France with Mum later in spring or early Summer and get to Keswick for at least a couple of days during the convention. Longer term I have promised Chris a trip to NZ in the first holidays after he is off treatment...
Shorter term there are many places close at hand that I really want to go and see, all of which are possible as day trips, including the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Conway Castle in Wales, Llandudno, a walk up Bidston Hill, Shrewsbury, Southport... most of those are not really new experiences, just places I haven't been for many years...
Also see the silly meme Ian and I have just done... that's full of good ideas!!
natesmountain
Dec. 7th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: Lists...
I KNEW you'd have a list of wonderful proportions and hopes and dreams. I really hope you do ALL of these, you deserve to. Most of yours are travel ones, huh. I don't think so many of mine would be, I'm not sure. I also want to go to Uluru and the Grand Canyon. My brother has flown past both but I want to touch the soil.
You could bungee jump while you're here having coffee with us all *g*
And it'd be great to bring Chris out when he's over all this. Very special.

--swim with dolphins
-hear whales sing

This morning at Mass, just as the altar girls rang the bells at the Eucharist, we could hear a tui calling really loudly outside. It was magical.
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