A line from ABBA which sums up my week at work. However, after having a day from hell which left me feeling like I was going to burst into tears, I came home and, accidentally while working, found a really interesting and inspirational teaching blog which led me to this video clip which I feel COMPELLED to share. I could not agree more with the sentiment of this speaker:
16 August, 2014
I've no photos to share. It's been a crazy busy week, and I have been utterly exhausted the last few days. The school had orientation for parents and students over the last 3 days and we were required to do long shifts of meeting and greeting and seating families (something I find tiring and draining beyond belief). Neither of my class rooms are ready (I've still not seen the one in the new building as we only got signed off on the building on Friday and poor classroom teachers have had to spend the whole weekend moving in for school to start on Monday). I took today off and went and had a one and a half hour deep tissue massage which was brilliant, but I am in quite a bit of pain from it right now. I've spent the evening printing and laminating and I'll head over to school tomorrow and hopefully get into my second room to set it up a bit. If not, I still have things to do in my first room. It may be somewhat quiet around here over the next week or so as I settle into the routine.
10 August, 2014
****all photos screen shotted from our various instagram accounts****
So Kit is fortunate enough to share his birthday with the nation of Singapore. 15 years ago he was born on Singapore National Day. Actually, it made deciding what to do on his birthday a bit of a pain. As a public holiday, everything is more expensive and more crowded.
However, last week Matt short term hired a car. Which means we basically pay month by month (not cheap here, but cheaper than buying). And while I'm too scared yet to brave getting out on the roads here (they drive like lunatics) it's good at least in making it easier for us to get out an do things.
So yesterday, for Kit's birthday we decided to go to Sentosa for the day.
We took the kids to The Wave House which has flowriding. This is the same "beach club" where Matt and I went to see Pete Murray in concert a few months ago. All along the beaches in Sentosa they have these various beach houses and yesterday (and maybe every day) they have ridiculously loud music pumping out of massive sub woofers and speakers (a little unpleasant for my aging ears).
We ate some lunch and then Matt and the kids got up to have a go (we'd booked a 2 pm time slot).
I was in charge of taking photos of everyone with their various phones and itouches. For the first 40 minutes that meant no photos at all as the moment they got on they were off and shooting up the back as shown in this photo of Kit heading up after falling off. (He did stand up, but I didn't get a photo).
It got to the point where I was scared to jinx them.
Towards the end of their time, though the staff changed over and these guys were really good at getting in and positioning them and showing them how to do it.
Remi got it first. he's still holding the rope here, but did manage to stay up on his own (once again, I was too busy watching and too scared to jinx them by getting the camera out)
Even Matt got up and going for a bit.
Kit and Remi are keen to go back again, and we may even do another family session there. The verdict was , though, that it was a lot harder than it looked which justified my decision not to even try.
After that, we moved next door to another club for some drinks in the pool.
We were hoping for somewhere a bit more relaxed, but here they had a dj pumping out some overly loud beats, so it wasn't quite as idyllic as it looks.
|DOOP DOOP DOOP DOOP|
By about 4 we were ready to head off, which is probably just as well as everyone (except me!) caught a bit too much sun.
I think Kit was pretty happy.
08 August, 2014
So Ive nearly completed one week back at work. It's been a bit frustrating with the new building not yet finished, a camp group in our other class rooms and lots of presentations that we've all heard before. Typical school stuff really and we should have expected it all. As far as I know, I've gone from no class room last year to TWO class rooms this year in two different buildings. It's actually not so bad because I really do 3 days in the Early Years/Lower Elementary side and then 2 days in the Upper Elementary side. It will be a bit like having 2 part time jobs. But that's two class rooms that I need to set up and it looks like it will all have to be done RIGHT before school starts in just over a week.
Meanwhile: Our neighbours have been sending us photos of the work on our yard. Remember how I left the yard a total mess? Well. on Tuesday, Heather sent me this photo:
And then yesterday we got these photos from Steve:
03 August, 2014
We're Baaack! We arrived safe and sound; although with aching backs, knees, necks (except me who has decided that from now on I'm doing long halls with a proper neck brace, rather than those stupid plane pillows. It was brilliant: best sleep I've ever had on a plane) and feeling a little jet lagged.
We got in early in the morning and it was weird to have the whole day in front of us. As we had no coffee pods for the machine, Ella and I went out to get some and had an early lunch out. I had a hankering for one of my favourite dishes here, Yong Tau Foo which is an assortment of tofu based dumpling things and other bits and pieces (that you choose and I really never have any idea what any of it is) and it's served with a soup and noodles.
Today is officially my last day of summer holiday and tomorrow I'm back at work and all that entails. Funnily enough I'm a bit nervous, which I didn't think I would be. It just feels so different to everything I've been doing for the last 6 weeks.
30 July, 2014
Here we are at the end of our summer vacation. Tonight we fly out. We've spent the last two nights staying with our wonderful friends in Connecticut across the road from our old house, and last night we had dinner with Oscar's girlfriend's family. A nice little stop between the heartbreak of leaving Vermont and going home.
So before we get caught back up in life in Singapore, I thought I'd share some last photos from the summer...taken with my actual camera, not my iphone.
Unfortunately we didn't make it back there as it's a good 40 minute drive from our house and the snow making pond is closer and not so crowded.
As for my annual "leaving the house pictures":
And as for outside: Well, it's a bit of a mess. We have had the drainage problem by the side of the house fixed with a new french drain. I put weed felt over it before I left to keep out dirt and stuff. We will have to put either soil and grass or something on it next year. I still have dreams of a stone patio out this side of the house at some point.