Sunday 21 February 2010

just a little update

working hard.

not playing so hard.

San Fran in April

Back to the UK in June

Monday 25 January 2010


It has hit me tonight, harder than since flying home from the funeral, how much I miss my dear dear Nan who passed away in August last year.

Tonight I just feel heart broken. I have just been sobbing, as if it was a new concept to me. Is this normal?

I feel guilty (of sorts) and gutted remembering the times after her stroke when she would cry and ask me to come home. I would so dearly have loved to 'see her again' and I know this can never happen. She cried when I left the UK and said we might not see each other again. I thought we would. She was strong, resilient.

I miss you Nan. I will never ever forget you. I love you. Here are some flowers I know you would love. I know you kept them always for Grampy and Andrew. - My Grandad died when I was 3 and my counsin died tragically in a car accident in his 30s.

I need to get some real flowers for you very soon.

I know my Dad is acting silly chasing the cat here, but I love how relaxed my Nan looks. This is the last time I saw her.

Saturday 9 January 2010

One week down, 90 days to gO

90 days to go until Spring Break according to a colleagues facebook.

I have found that once school is back my time is spent in a whirlwind. It feel like I have no time to do what I want to do, like read my book, or play on the wii, or watch movies. It feels like a scramble from start to finish!

But how can this be? I hear you say? Teacher's have it easy don't they?

I love my job but I do not love getting up at 5.30am to be honest. I have never been a morning person and I am so tired all week, one night this week I was in bed by 7.30pm! Not all schools here start as early, - some are early start and some are late. I am looking forward to the later start when we move back to the UK - which will be later this year.

Plus I am tutoring again Monday and Tuesday which I am enjoying but means I don't get home til 5pm so out of the house almost 12 hours.

I love my job, but nurturing and teaching 15 5 - 6 year olds does take it out of you!

Anyways, here's to the weekend! Though it will go by too week is a 3 day weekend due to Martin Luther King Day.

Sunday 3 January 2010

Winter Break

My winter break has truly been perfect. Let me break down some of the highlights for you.


I love to travel so dearly. To see places I have never seen before. Sometimes it almost makes me crazy that there are so many places in the world I haven't seen. Almost like I don't have enough time and money to do it all!

Chicago was awesome, the hotel was awesome (Hard Rock Hotel) , we saw many places despite the snow and rain and wind. I loved the buildings in Chicago. So beautiful. Trump tower as seen below was my favorite, closed followed by the corn cob building!


I have 3 books to read! I have started on The Gift by Cecilia Aherne and I am really liking it. Daniel got it for me at Christmas. I is about a very busy office type guy who helps a homeless man get a job in his office...and I won't spoil it but it is a little fantastical too as her books
sometimes are. I also have Knit the season and The secret life of CeeCee Wilkes to read.


If you haven't watched this series that was abruptly canceled, you should. Can not, for the life of me see why, but sometimes things remain true gems when they are not exploited. We have been watching it over the last few weeks and decided on New Years Day we would have a pajama day and finish watching it, plus the movie that followed to wrap things up called 'Serenity'. I just loved it.


Usually on New Years Eve we stay home, one of us cooks, we watch the celebrations on TV. This year we went out to dinner at Sushi 101 with Daniel's colleagues and our friends John and Steve. We then went on to a small house party with people we know through a fore mentioned John and Steve. Nice to do something different on Dec 31st for a change.


Has been a source of fun since I got it for Christmas. I love the Rayman's Ravin' Rabbids game, and the wii sports bowling, tennis and baseball. Tyring very hard to pace myself with buying of games becasue they are not cheap! But I would like Mario Kart next!!

I haven't even been ill this break which is fantastic. I have had some weird balance and headachey sensations going on since boxing day, but very on and off so going to see how it goes this week.

Back to school tomorrow, and I do miss my children in my class, but I am a little sad to see this winter break end. It has been so refreshing, relaxing and fun too. Perfect.

Thursday 31 December 2009

2009 Review of the year

Well 2009 has truly been full of ups and downs throughout.

Lets start with the ups...

Daniel gaining employment
very quickly and simple by sending in his CV (resume).

Daniel moving up the ranks so swiftly and now is manager of two of the smaller theaters and wears a suit and tie to work on ocassion. He has developed a good career from an initially more casual job and it speaks voulmes for his personality and his work ethic.

Was kinda cool to be here for the inauguration of Barrack Obama.

Friendships - and two in particular - have really taken off this year.

My family coming to visit us. Yes it was stressful at times, but overall great.

Graduation - both of my fantastic kindergartners who I was so proud of, and of my friend Amy who gained her Masters degree in Education.

Giving Daniel his Mac book...might sound superficial but the post here explains it.

Christmas in Chicago was awesome. Our hotel was so plush and so inexpensive we jut couldn't believe it. Yes, the weather was blustery, ice rain, falling ice from buildings and eventually snow, but it didn't stop us doing all we had wanted to do.

And the downs

The biggest down for me is my dear Nan having a stroke in February and passing away in August, on our wedding anniversary. I was proud to speak at her funeral. I miss her terribly, but I am grateful to have known her and had her in my life as long as I did. I love you Nan. (This also lead to kind of an 'up' as we were able to visit home, see my other equally wonderful Grandparents and friends and family). SO proud of my Dad, who took his own Mother's funeral service, (he is a minister) with grace, warmth and composure.

Close behind has been the hassle with our house in the UK...first a pretty big fire, not one but two tenants leaving, one without notice and one who was there for one month only.

The fear I was not going to be blessed with a second year in the USA. HUGE budget crisis in education here in Charlotte lead to crazy times. Also lead to other issues at school which I will only describe here as unjust and unfair. But I was strong and got through them, and kept my job which was a huge relief. I was not ready to be done here!

Looking forward to 2010

This year is going to be an interesting one for sure.

I love my class and look forward to seeing them progress to be ready for 1st grade.

I hope we will get to do a spot more traveling, San Francisco for Daniel's 30th, and Seattle to visit a friend.

The second half of the year is a little more uncertain...yes, we will be moving back to the UK, likely London to suit both of our job possibilities, but also that depends on our house situation.

I am hopeful we we obtain new jobs, and I think to be honest the return home will be stressful in terms of cleaning out this apartment an transitioning back to the UK. I can't believe our time here is amost over. Well 3/4 over. I wouldn't change it, but I feel like it is the right time to return to the UK for our next adventure.

I hope your 2009 has had ups as well as downs. Best wishes for 2010.

Saturday 26 December 2009

post christmas blues....

I am definitely a post Christmas blues sufferer.

Something about the come down after the big build up to the season.

I am so blessed....I have had 2 wonderful Christmases, just the two of us, in new cities to explore, wonderful presents from both far and near, web cam conversations.

Secretly I am looking forward to the next one with the families...most especially, God willing, with my Grandparents.

I equally hope there will be more years where it is just Daniel and myself.

So I am feeling a little teary, if illogically, sitting in our hotel room watching revolutionary road and eating fererro rocher.

I have also been very appreciative of people who have waitied on me this restarants, in Starbucks (including Christmas day), in stores and in the hotel.

This is all.

Friday 25 December 2009

The C Day

Things to remember

Being happy our usual breakfast place was open!

Opening up presents from Santa (via Davis family)

Calling our families on the webcam

Going ice skating. Always wanted to go skating on Christmas day.

Love presents my husband bought me...a Wii, 2 pairs of gorgeous earrings, ad bracelet, Ponyo dvd, how to photograph absolutely anything book and a Cecelia Aherne book.

A perfect Christmas meal - Cranberry and Apple Gnocchi, House salad with autumn potatoes, ice cream sundae and an Irish coffee.
And running after a guy who was asking for money for food to give him my only cash - a $1. Not much but I hope he knew someone cared enough to run after him. Many many begging on the streets but I have always felt I get a sense of who really needs it. When they need it, I know I have to do something in my heart.

Merry Christmas all.