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Late evening musings...

We seemed to have survived the Ministry of Education inspection okay. Our Principal is thrilled. Everyone has been so nervous and tense this week but it's over now. We have a barbecue lunch with the Board of our school on Sunday and hopefully it'll be smiles all round. And our big church-school bazaar is tomorrow. I just have to run a 'bowling' stall. Sounds good. I went over this evening to see how the preparations were going and it was the usual pre-Bazaar chaos but, if anything, a lot less chaotic than usual. Trouble is, there's a heavy rain warning for practically the whole country (we can share one weather system between all of us) and that means RAIN. We haven't had a wet Bazaar for about eight years. Everyone is very worried about it, but frankly, it's not like we're giving the money to the poor. I don't care how well we do. I just hope we have a great day, build community spirit and cover at least our costs and a bit more.

This morning at dawn I went for a walk around the block - the sky was a brilliant, startling rose pink, and the seagulls were rushing about in the sky, two sure signs of impending bad weather. Hanging over the Orongorongos this evening are the most amazing, thick, white rounded cushions of clouds, as if they're waiting for the rain as well.

A friend of mine was at dinner with one of the guys I debated with last year. Somehow they got onto talking about me, and (since they're both gay) my friend rushed off and got my story, 'Angles and Curves' and shared it with the debate guy! He really liked it and wanted to know how I seemed to have got it all so right... I think my friend said I had a good imagination *g* It's pretty cool to have a story that is enjoyed by people I respect.

And so a week of less excitement hopefully begins on Monday. I do have to play the guitar at a big 'Catholic schools teachers' Mass midweek, but I actually enjoy that. And I played Flute III in the concert band at school today, just for fun. Christy's friend conducted, as part of her Level 3 Music Leadership assessment. Now that was weird! And I started the first readings for the post grad course in theology. It's a whole bunch of holy stuff that I already know so far so that's promising! I won't get A++++++ grades like Blue Leaf, but I do hope to pass!

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moth2fic
Feb. 27th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
That is fabulous feedback about your story!! Told you!!! I shall make sure Marg reads this post, too! (She's a bit busy at the moment).
natesmountain
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
Hee, you're so encouraging *hugs Mothy* It makes me want to write more... some time soon!
vivh
Feb. 27th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the inspection went well... and that other things seem to be going well for you too!
Thinking of you and wishing I could "pop over" to see you and all my other friends over in NZ....
natesmountain
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
Thanks. All is good, albeit flat out as usual. We had the Bazaar today and it rained and rained and rained non stop from 8 am until tonight!

I wish to see you so much too, I think it'd be such a relief to just sit at a table and order those coffees and just be together in person!
blue_leaf
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yikes "the Ministry of Education inspection" that even sounds frightening. You may get those A++++++ grades Jen. God Bless you :0)
natesmountain
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
The inspection from the Ministry is called ERO (Education Review Office) and a team of six people poured into our tiny staffroom to meet us after the welcoming powhiri. They stayed for four days, just walking unannounced into anyone's classes and nosing about, asking questions and reading planbooks etc. It was pretty intimidating but thank goodness we seemed to have done well.

And no, I'm not an A++++++ student - oh, except in First Aid, I used to get A+ for Advanced First Aid down at Red Cross while getting Bs for my work up at the university!
blue_leaf
Feb. 28th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Well friend, you are an A++++++!!! in my book :0)
margaret_r
Feb. 27th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
How wonderful to get such great feedback on your story, it's so good to know when you do get it right and your work is appreciated.

Good luck with the bazaar, hope it doesn't rain too much and spoil the enjoyment of the event.
natesmountain
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
-it's so good to know when you do get it right and your work is appreciated.
Thanks! It was more fun than I would have imagined, writing a less than 1000 word story. I found I had to be so crafty, so careful with my words, so precise but creative at the same time!

And it rained for the Bazaar. It rained and rained ...and rained! Non stop the entire time. We still had a great time though. Nothing can keep us down!
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 2nd, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Great to gear that he liked your story, always nice to have positive feedback!

The walk sounds perfect...just the thing to add some peace into the day.
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