This week: Half term round up

I usually have tons of plans during half term. A lot are often to do with catching up and getting ahead with school work, and then there’s always a long list of things I want to get on and write as well. This half-term has been a little different. Being the summer, I’m enjoying a lot of extra time at work because my exam classes have gone, which makes my job suddenly manageable in the time I have while at school, which is brilliant. I also didn’t really have any writing goals this half term – instead, I had goals …

May moving on

It’s been a hectic few weeks! Blogging’s really taken a back-seat as we’ve been so incredibly busy. Our house purchase was complete mid-April, and we moved into a house that has the potential to be truly stunning. We’re really looking forward to doing lots on it, and on the first day took loads of ‘before’ photos and a video tour, with a view to starting a blog about how we’re going to renovate and do up our house. We’d love to read some more about UK couples who are doing this, too – there are tons of US-based home renovation/DIY …

Half term thrills!

With all the hassle and political complaining about teaching, it’s an oft-repeated comment that teachers have too many holidays. Any teacher who tells you the holidays aren’t a great incentive is probably not telling the truth, but equally no teacher will ever tell you that they drop their work at 3.15 Friday and don’t pick up till Monday morning at 8am! The half term holidays are a good chance to catch up on everything. They’re a great opportunity to get any remnants of marking done, and after the difficult half term we’ve just had, it’s taken me several days to clear …

Poetry Friday: Death is Nothing At All

Bit of a sad one today in some ways – apparently this is popular at funerals (odd phrase) and that’s where I heard it too. If you don’t do well with sadness, then feel free to skip this one and come back next week, or read an earlier one again that’s more cheerful! It’s been a little over a year since my grandma died, and her house is being sold today – which is the last thing, really, left ‘to do’. I don’t think tasks and jobs like that are given enough importance when we talk about grief. The focus tends …