Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Aw.. Thank You!

A huge 'Thank You' to Sally and Patricia who have awarded me the 'Versatile Blogger' Award.  I will try to respond to it properly in a couple of days....

Things have been seriously manic in 'Stand and Stare Land' since the beginning of the week.  As you all know, I think I have one of the best jobs on the planet.  Nevertheless, secondary Music teaching can run seriously out of control from time to time.  This week has been one of the those times..

On Monday I worked in the classroom from 7.30 - 3.00; loaded the school minibus with a drum kit, amps etc and drive down to the Solihull Library Theatre; sound checked for the school's Rock and Pop Festival from 5.15 - 7.00; then supervised the performance 7.30 - 9.30. 

On Tuesday I interviewed a potential new colleague from 8.00: taught from 8.30 - 3.00: went back down into town to try and find a hot meal to keep me going; sound checked for the second evening from 5.30; supervised the performance again THEN put everything in the minibus and drove it all the way round the motorway back to my house.

This morning I drove the minibus all the way back to school, emptied it with the help of some Year 10s mid-morning; taught all my usual lessons AND did a further community concert this afternoon!  All of this has been done without the aid of a single cup of coffee - although I have to admit that I was seriously considering an expresso at break...!

The poor school minibus is also in a state of shock.  It's almost 20 years old and used to being driven at 30 mph on very short urban trips.  All of a sudden I was forcing it up to something close to motorway speeds.  I am in position to report that it's max speed going downhill is about 68 mph.  Unfortunately there are some steep uphill sections on the M42/M5 as well where the minibus struggled to maintain 50.  I was something of a rolling 'road block' during the rush hour this morning!!!!

I'm blogging from school at the moment because I'm waiting for Mark to come and pick me up.  I should be marking a set of Year 11 essays but I am too exhausted to see straight, let alone read critically!  I'm supposed to be going to pilates tonight..... not sure that's going to happen!!!!  A night in with 'my fella' seems far more appealing.


  1. Oh my........what a busy life you have, I feel exhausted just reading about your manic running around this week...........treat yourself to a warm bubble bath with a glass of something bubbly on the side, then enjoy your night in with your fella. x

  2. What a hectic schedule you have. How do you manage? Take it easy this weekend coming.

  3. Crikey what a mad week...time to be kind to yourself methinks! Glass of wine and a sit down! x

  4. Hi Jan, I have nominated you too! You're popular this week, congratulations xxx

  5. What a busy bee you are. The glass of wine sounds tempting too!

  6. Wow, busy week, I'm sure it was all worth it though, a rock and pop festival sounds fab, Eleanor would have loved something like that. Well done on not giving in to temptation.