Tuesday, 10 December 2013
This year is looking much the same, I'm busy working in the mornings and the afternoon/evenings are filled with events, cleaning, visits, cleaning, carol singing, cleaning....
I don't finish til 2pm so by the time we get home the light is fading and photos are limited to atmospheric candlelit ones. But on Saturday I am planning to get some morning shots of my tree, my cribs and my tidy house. All that cleaning needs to be recorded for posterity; it might be the only time that the house is tidy!
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Did you watch it? Did you? Did you?
We were at a family party (a niece's 18th) and, God bless her, she never even blinked when half of her Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents all sat in a room for 1.25 hours (why is it easier to do digital than fractions?) and watched. That's me and all my blood relatives. It never usually happens. Never. Yet we sat altogether and had a wonderful blast of nostalgia, a binding experience as we watched a programme that we all loved and still love. Class.
I loved the felt gingerbread house I saw on Tales From A Happy House last year. I have been lusting after one all year, and the other week I sat and made it!! I gave it a lid, just like a Cath Kidston sewing box. Of course, I need to figure out a fastener, hence my finger in the photo below. It has pride of place on my piano, holding the sweets that are left over from filling advent (only one week to go!)
My daughter made one as well, and one day when I am home and it is light (I wish) I'll take the photos and show you them properly. For now, I'll leave you with a gratuitous chocolate shot. Enjoy! I wish I could offer you all one for real! x
Friday, 22 November 2013
And the second new project? Come on! You have to come back again to find out if you're right!
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Sunday, 6 October 2013
I'm settled on the settee, playing hooky from life and relaxing. The kids are watching cartoons, I'm listening to the Human Game, an audio book about the search for the men who killed the POWs in the Great Escape. The blanket has been claimed by the Princess for her new bed. I'm hoping to finish this one and begin another for me to complete before Christmas. As if.
Saturday, 5 October 2013
And it won't get any easier as time goes on!!
I spent three days this week in a computer room having training for a legal software system. Of course; because I'm a qualified teacher, so it makes sense. (not)
Actually it sort of does make sense. Mr AngelJem setting up as a solo practitioner is only possible because there are case management systems out there that do away with the need for a secretary or even a load of letters posted every day. And D Day is approaching fast; like he has 3 days of employed work before we go solo.
Taking a chance like this needs everyone in the family to be supportive. This week was made possible and smooth because my parents collected and cooked for us three days in a row. It's our future, so it needs me to back him up with all the support I can. Going on the training gave me an insight into his career, which it is so easy to go through life without, and an input into the firm. I'm the IT consultant, the girl who can do. And I will enjoy it so much.
But life never stands still. And on Monday I start work proper paid work as a learning mentor part time in a nearby school, just when I needed the comfort of a regular wage and the confidence that I was making a regular and steady contribution to life. I'm not sure how much time I'll get for blogging; I have a feeling that it will be a lot more mobile blogging than time spent on the laptop, but I hope that I will sort out time management, get my house to a reasonable level, support Mr AJ and enjoy working in a school with a staffroom full of very nice people everyday.
And I must thank massively the people at Eclipse who produce Proclaim Legal Software. They had the most adorable coffee machine free for client use only that made latte, cappucino and hot chocolate. They didn't blink when the answer to "What's your background?" was "I'm an Infant Teacher" and they made training enjoyable (Thanks, Mel. I will fill in your questionnaire tomorrow)