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Jenny says no...

And so my year has begun. Meetings, new students, class rolls, option clashes, seating patterns, goals for the year, new staff, orientations, opening liturgies, Academic Mass, it's all starting again. And as a parent, there are stationery lists, duraseal book covers, school fees, new uniforms, shiny shoes, school lunches, travel arrangements, music classes, tennis coaching, sport, timetables, bags, blazers... it's all so busy.

For Christmas, I had bought my friend a black paper photo album, just a little one. It seemed kind of plain, so I decided to decorate it. I went further than I expected, making it into a kind of scrapbooking thing full of memories of things we did together, scraps of paper I was able to scan of activities we had completed back then. I had old pics, old maps we'd drawn up of our adventures together - she was Father Galvini and I was Simon Templar. I had a real mixture of stuff, parts of a letter she wrote to me from Medical school, a funny envelope of bits and pieces she'd put together for one of my birthdays, some photos from school, jokes we'd shared, relatives we'd visited together... I posted it off and she phoned the other day. She loved it, and instead of using it for her own memories, she's going to put in some of the things she has saved from our time together. She'll send it on to me, and I can add more, and we can send it back and forth... we have plenty of great memories. Despite our differences, we each had one parent at home through those years, and we formed a close bond. We were inseperable right through high school.

I realise I haven't posted for a week. I actually started this post days ago, and LJ saved it for me!
Sorry. I really can say it's been frantic. I've worked until midnight every night after getting my own children sorted for their various schools. And this week I did something I have never done. I said NO. Yeah, I really did. I emailed our Bazaar co-ordinator (for our Parish and Parish school) and said I couldn't organise the entertainment for the Bazaar, I had too much to do at school with ERO (the Ministry) coming the week before the Bazaar and Year 13 Retreat the week before that. I can't believe it! I actually said NO! You'd be proud of me. It felt amazing, like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I had started jerking awake in panic each morning at dawn thinking about what had to be organised! And so it will go ahead without my planning. I did meet with the woman I've handed it on to and I gave her all the hints I could. I forwarded an email to her as well, from a company and she's replied to my forward, so her mail came back to me! OMG! I fear for the Bazaar... but I am NOT OWNING THAT PROBLEM! I am free! ...so to speak.

I feel like I have so much to tell you. I had to teach all day today with my new classes. I'll get back to this over the weekend. It's a long weekend, with Waitangi Day tomorrow. I love LOVE four day weeks. OMG, they are the bomb.

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hannahfmuk
Feb. 5th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Yay to you for saying no! You sound so painfully busy that I'm once again stunned by how much you manage to get done. Look after yourself.
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
-Yay to you for saying no!
Thank you *g* I can't believe how good it feels!

You sound so painfully busy that I'm once again stunned by how much you manage to get done. Look after yourself.
It's not that bad. It's amazing what you can do if you fill up your days. And evenings. And nights! And get up early in the mornings *snort*

Wait 'til I start a Grad Dip in Theology. Then I might just go nuts. And moan about wanting to write...
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 6th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
I said NO
Heck yeah!

I love the memory book, that's amazing. It great to have such close friends in the world!

Glad to hear from you! I haven't updated in quite a while either...darn our busy lives!
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
-It great to have such close friends in the world!
It is. It is indeed. Friends you can trust with anything. I only see this one every year or two but distance and time never matter. I mean, heck, I haven't actually met you yet, huh!!

-Glad to hear from you! I haven't updated in quite a while either...darn our busy lives!
Thanks. And yeah, how come some of my good friends on my flist are just not posting! Busy busy, I guess. At least we have lives to live. That's a blessing in itself.
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 7th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
I mean, heck, I haven't actually met you yet, huh!!
True!

At least we have lives to live. That's a blessing in itself.
Also true! I'm gonna see if I can whip out a post right now!
moth2fic
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
*is very very proud of you*

Now you've done it once it will get easier...
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
-Now you've done it once it will get easier...
You know, I think you're right! I've never ever said no to doing a task before, I think... but now... I have the power LOL!
microjotz
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Well done ! It needs practice but sometimes it is good not to be available to do everything !

I just wish it brought a bit of free time for YOU but at least the worry is gone,that helps.
natesmountain
Feb. 7th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
-Well done !
Thanks!!

-but at least the worry is gone,that helps
Oh it helps immensely, I am a terrible worrier!!!

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