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Oct. 8th, 2010

I just clicked the 'restore from saved draft'. Man, that was a while back. I've been busy. And removed from things a little, to cope with the stress of End-of-Term, Mercy Day and all that. Then it was our two week break and it's taken me the whole two weeks to feel human really. I've been north with my children to see my mother, drove half the night to go after a soccer practice. We got there at two in the morning! I made the children stay awake with me!! We got back on Tuesday and I've been procrastinating over school prep since then.

On the plus side, I have mastered the ancient (1970's) art of tye-dyeing! Finn's friends are now ordering t-shirts!

I lay in bed the other morning and had a sniffle about the past for some reason. I decided to get over some things so if you find you are off my flist, well, *shrug* sorry but I doubt you'll actually care. I think I've been a bit out of sorts mainly because of the Year 9 programme we're teaching at school and I'm doing every thing I can to get out of the 2011 round. I offered to teach all the Year 10s to make up for it... watch this space.

Finn has adjusted to having many friends kicked out of school and I think he's better off without those 'cool dudes'. He skated with them the other day, their first time all together after the Great Leaving, and said they are actually nicer now! I think they might have grown up a bit and realised they aren't grown up after all...

It's bedtime and it's pouring outside. I don't know how Asher will play in a soccer tournament tomorrow.

One thing about driving up to the Bay of Plenty, you get to see the most magnificent scenery. Lake Taupo was deep blue, the most beautiful lake I know. There is still plenty of snow on the mountains. Rivers are deep and vibrant after winter rains. I saw a lot of flooding and land slips, and LAMBS! Very nice to see lambs. I'll have to find a couple of pics from our trip. Finn has taken the camera chip to make a 'skim boarding' movie (their latest craze) from my photos and video clips. Later.

Okay, so sorry to have been away from here. It's good to be back. And to find a little e-gift there *hugs Mothy* Thank you.

Writing? Just can't just now. Maybe after the seniors leave in FIVE and a HALF WEEKS!!!

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suilven
Oct. 8th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
and LAMBS! Very nice to see lambs.
Ack! That means winter is most definitely on the way here. :( The clocks go back shortly too.
natesmountain
Oct. 9th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
-Ack! That means winter is most definitely on the way here.
I like winter. Although a nice sunny summer would be nice, I guess. It's raining here AGAIN! The land is getting waterlogged.
margaret_r
Oct. 9th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
It sounds like you've had a nice holiday and rest, hope you work things out with your school programme for next year. Good to hear that Finn is doing okay too, think he and his friends have learnt a lot from last term's events.

And tye-dyeing! I remember when I was very, very young I knew a girl who did tye-dyeing ... her t-shirts were very much in demand:)
natesmountain
Oct. 9th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
-I knew a girl who did tye-dyeing ... her t-shirts were very much in demand:)
Yes, Finn has already brought home shirts from friends for me to work on!! I hope I don't stuff them up! And I WISH I had no school prep to do, I'd much rather do the dye thing. *sigh* oh for life in a gypsy caravan for six months... I could do that!
margaret_r
Oct. 9th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
oh for life in a gypsy caravan for six months... I could do that!

I'm with you there - in fact I'd love to be there or anywhere else for six months*g*
natesmountain
Oct. 9th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
OMG me too. I am so over my life right now. I'm trying so hard to make it all work but it's just so hard! I want a break! I so badly want to go sit in a lighthouse and write.
margaret_r
Oct. 9th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yes! A break away from responsibilities and trying to keep everything together - some space to clear my head and write whatever I want without everything else intruding ... heaven! A lighthouse would be good:) But I'd settle for anything isolated*g*

We can dream can't we:)
moth2fic
Oct. 9th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
Hmm. I suppose there's no way of getting the seniors to go AWOL en masse and leave early?

I hope Finn's friends have learnt from their experience and that he finds new friends at school.

Looking forward to pics from your trip! It will be some time before we see lambs again!!
natesmountain
Oct. 9th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
-Hmm. I suppose there's no way of getting the seniors to go AWOL en masse and leave early?
Heh, you know our students too well. They are inveterate waggers.

Finn's friends do seem to have learned something about how to behave more like kids again. And our Finn has no trouble renewing old friendships and making new ones! He's very social.

He's made a cool video of their skimboarding so I hope he'll post that on facebook soon - I can send a link to the Youtube site! There's one bit where he has a little tantrum and kicks at the water. He's slowed that bit down so we can really enjoy it LOL! I am impressed with his movie making skills. For a 13 year old, they're really good!
moth2fic
Oct. 9th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Well - *looks around nervously* - I have a facebook account, quite specifically to see people's pics. I started one and backed out sharply when someone I wanted to avoid instantly found me. So my new one is in my penname which won't be recognisable till I'm rich and famous i.e. never. So if someone called Jay Mountney asks to friend you... What's your facebook name?
natesmountain
Oct. 10th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
Uh, facebook, I'm using my own name! Jenny O'Brien! But a huge amount of girls at school and old girls have friended me, and I have no idea why they would want to do that apart from the usual 'want as many friends as possible' mentality. I mean, if I were a student on the Net, I wouldn't want my teacher, and my religion teacher at that, knowing what I say on the Net to my friends! I have a Keeley Hunter facebook but I haven't activated it - maybe Keeley can be friends with Jay!
moth2fic
Oct. 10th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
Ooh! Yes! I don't want to leave myself open to a lot of teens so that would be a good way to go!!

Later: Jay looked for Keeley without success so if you activate it you should find Jay Mountney easily and be assured of 'acceptance'! then you can see the video of Jamie playing hopscotch...

Edited at 2010-10-10 10:53 am (UTC)
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