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Aug. 14th, 2007

I need to talk. So today was another flat out day. I woke really exhausted which was a shame since I'd actually gone to bed earlier than usual. And I really couldn't think clearly. I stumbled through the morning routine, sent everyone off to school or work and then drove myself to work in time for staff meeting, but I wasn't really ready for the day. And it was busy. We have a huge combined Mass tomorrow, for the Assumption, two colleges together and that means about one thousand teenagers in the hall, and me and the guy from SPC in charge of the proceedings. I do hope it all goes smoothly. We had a 'parts' practice before lunch, which went through lunchtime, I only just got back up to my school for the first period after lunch, then we had to walk the whole school down to the other college for a singing practice! I have a group of senior girls which I encouraged to do a liturgical dance, and they're amazing, they've gotten a group of boys to join in as well, and there're about fourteen of them altogether, doing a cool hip-hop Samoan style worship dance thing. After school Finn had violin and I just went along and sat there and indulgently read the paper, then tonight I had to drive Christy into town for her first German lesson. She is doing conversational German at night school since she had a clash at school and had to drop German. I have no idea really why she is still so keen to learn German but I won't stand in her way. It's cost me $350 and I'll have to drive her in or pick her up twice a week until it's lighter at night, cos the Goethe Institut is up in the seedy Cuba St area atop the mall. But German? Yikes! I am having trouble coming to terms with that, and I have no idea how to help her with that language! Quel dommage. Tant pis. On we go. So tomorrow I teach three classes then we're off to the big college for the Mass. I am not exactly looking forward to it but if it goes well, I know they'll want me to stay on in the job!!! It's kind of like another test - it's like that up there! Baptism by fire, no one is going to help me out, I'm on my own! But a mass *shrug* nothing tricky there for me! It's just incredibly INCREDIBLY hard to communicate and co-ordinate with the other college, who are the hosts and really think they're in charge - I've had to struggle with them all the way ;-)
And then Thursday I have a course to go on about Philosophy. I guess that can't hurt my poorly educated self. I loved anthropology, music, education, phonetics, linguistics, Maori, but I never did all this art and philosophy and history that I need for the Religious Education syllabus! Still, I'm good. I taught my Year 11s about James K Baxter this morning, they've never heard of him at all, not one of them! I read a poem of his about the Holy Spirit, with candles lit and lights out, and they were dead quiet and they liked it! I'll win them over yet! I told them how he was our postman when I was young, barefoot and long haired, and how my mother used to engineer to be at the gate as he came by so they could chat. That was before he was ever well-known. I'm surprised she didn't take him in like all the other waifs and strays we had in our house when I was growing up.
And I'm still deathly tired, and I guess you get sick of hearing that. There just isn't an end in sight. My new friend at the school, the first one to make friends with me there, has just resigned. She finds it too stressful, managing a family and full time work, and some of the girls have really been awful to her, hounding her and arguing with her. I teach one of the same classes, and they sure could be difficult. I'm lucky to be in a great place with them at the moment, but I can see how there is a clash. She came from South Africa, and has waited for ages for a full time job, so I feel really sorry that it isn't working out. I cried when she told me she'd just resigned. I will miss her kindness. I hate to see people leave.
And I feel so for Andrea, whose school is closing. I think it must have been such a lovely job to have. I must email her - Andrea, when you read this, well, I'm really thinking of you! I told Jenae too, she was going to txt you, she has an interview at St Anne's tomorrow
... OMG I am so behind...
And you know, this job seems to have stopped my - well, you know, womanly processes. I can't believe I'm actually in menopause yet, but *shrug* who knows... if it has happened that easily, then I'm very lucky!! I am definitely not pregnant. So, I dunno. Not too bothered. Maybe I'll start retaining some iron.
And it's raining, and very cold tonight. Bed sounds nice, I might take my work there soon. It's half past ten, and I just read a Very Exciting Passage of Harry Potter to the boys. Christy isn't following this last book, she's gone back to Inkheart. A friend sent the sequel a while back, which we shared, a most beautiful looking book and she wants to read it to herself now so she's revising the first one first.
And Steve still isn't home. I wonder where they went after squash... I suspect the neighbour's bowls club which has cheap beer and a pool table ;-)


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Aug. 15th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
Hey there, you, thanks, and *hugs back to you* I hope you're feeling a bit better now.
Aug. 14th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
And it's raining, and very cold tonight.
I know this scenario...here too but here it is supposed to be summer. :(
Aug. 15th, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, at least it's winter here! I was just explaining to one of our migrants that spring here is pretty awful, windy and wet. She looked a little horrified! I hope things warm up for you before the autumn arrives!
Aug. 15th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
I hope things warm up for you before the autumn arrives!
Too late I fear!
Aug. 15th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
You never know, there might be an autumnal heatwave? I'll wish one upon you *g*
Aug. 14th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
There just isn't an end in sight
I have had that same feeling a lot lately. Even if you get a lot done, there's always more to do. But you'll get through it just fine!!

Stick with it Jenny, I know everything gets overwhelming, but things will calm down eventually, or at least it will seem like it.

Enjoy Harry Potter! I'm still catching up, in the middle of book 6.

Sending you lots of love and hugs! Feel better!!
Aug. 15th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
-there's always more to do. But you'll get through it just fine!!
Thanks! I'll stick with it, just as you will! Btw when are you getting that butt into college?! *g*

Harry Potter is going VERY well! We're into some good scenes, although Finn fell asleep tonight! Asher is surprising me how much he recalls from previous books.

Hugs and love back to you, too, thank you so much xx

Aug. 14th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Hope the Mass goes well, hugs and prayers for that...

I'm not tired of hearing that you're tired at all... just hoping that you'll find some time to rest and write and stuff... time to look after yourself... hugs and prayers for that too!!!
Aug. 15th, 2007 10:40 am (UTC)
The Mass DID go well, I'm so relieved! Thank you for your hugs and prayers.

I actually have a reasonable next few days, I hope, as it's senior mock exams until next Wednesday, I therefore lose five out of seven classes and only have to do a little bit of supervision and teach my juniors! Nice, huh! I might get a bit of a breather. I have to go on a course tomorrow, the school really wanted me to go, so ethics and philosophy, here I come. It'll be fun being back on the Vic campus again, I guess. And being with adults all day!
And I wish you a safe return journey.
Aug. 15th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
At the risk of repeating what everybody else is probably saying and what you're saying to yourself, severe anaemia can produce extreme tiredness and the symptoms of menopause.
Go eat some iron railings, or something!!
Aug. 16th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
-severe anaemia can produce extreme tiredness and the symptoms of menopause.
OMG really? OMG I hadn't thought of that!!! I'd better go get it checked, huh! Maybe that's why I can't keep my eyes open or even play the right notes on the piano!
I have to take Christy into town for her German lesson so I'll pick up some nice Gothic iron railings for dinner *g*
Aug. 16th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
My grandfather had pernicious anaemia and eventually died because his depleted system couldn't cope with pneumonia. They'd have picked that up by now, and anyway,there are better treatments nowadays. But still - get it checked.

I thought art nouveau, or even Spanish moderniste, rather than gothic. There are more leaves and spirals and probably more iron content.
Aug. 16th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
-I thought art nouveau, or even Spanish moderniste, rather than gothic. There are more leaves and spirals and probably more iron content.
*snort* stop showing me up to be such a philistine *g*
And don't scare me, I'm sure it's just my mature age that's shut things down! But I think I'll get a form from the doctor's tomorrow and go hit the needle women up for some blood-letting. I certainly don't want to die of anything! OMG!
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