Monday, Monday and a Lyla complete

It’s 6.03am.  I’ve been up for an hour while E pottered around with ties and shaving and matching shirts to trousers (who would be a man? It seems like such an effort).  He had enough time to bring me a coffee though.  My hero.

I got up because there was work I absolutely had to do before leaving at 7.20 for another day of sorting out 12 year-old girls’ spats and picking up email tasks to add to the to-do list.  Of course this blog was supposed to be about all the ‘making-things’ I do to put off the list.  Now it seems it has become part of the procrastination in itself.

Autumn is really with us.  Summer did seem to wilfully depart all of a sudden this year.  As far as I am concerned though, this means time to rock out the cowl and gloves that I finished in September.  If you read my first post you will know I had some trouble making my first attempt at Lyla.  My yarn was to soft and droopy (not an attractive word… maybe I meen ‘drapey’) and my tension was all over the bloomin’ shop.  However, persistence is never futile.

After a cheeky matinee at the National during the last legs of the Summer break I made a quick stop (I was there drooling for an hour or more) at iKnit in Waterloo.  There I picked up a couple of skeins (determined not to run out this time) of Artesano Aran Calder and some leftover buttons to add a splash of pink to my project.  Once I had this yarn It was difficult to stop me.  I had barely unpacked my other treats (I was in a bookshop for an hour too – good day all round) before I was away.  Suddenly crochet made utter sense.  With no need to really keep both eyes on the project I was able to sit happily with a glass of wine, an episode of something – it was probably The West Wing for the millionth time – and still it all came together.

Of course, as soon as I was done (and it was super, super quick) I was longing for some co-ordinating gloves to balance out the look.  I found this pattern which seemed satisfyingly easy to follow and open to a little tweaking along the way.  I wanted to add a little puff stitch to tie them in with Lyla and decided to throw in a couple to rows just after separating for the thumb.  Sitting where they do when you have them on, I think of these cheeky additions rather as puff-stitch-knuckle-dusters.

I’ve just put them on actually.  The heating doesn’t kick in ’til 6.45.


Anyway… time to crack on with the rest of the day.  I might just have another coffee before I really get up though.

Happy Monday.

New job, new display

This year I have become a HoY.  That’s a Head of Year to you.

Actually I am Acting Joint Head of Year 8.  The other part of my joint is M, or Irish Nana, as we are wont to call her.  ‘Nana’ may seem a strong term (she is all of 25 years old) but it refers to her ability to keep us all in check… with a little Irish twang.  Nana is a history teacher, school eco-council founder and general good egg.  Between the two of us we are learning how to do this new job and relying on each other when we aren’t sure if we are being too strict or not at all strict enough.

I am still Head of Drama, so my colleagues have come to refer to me as a HoD/HoY, which sounds pleasingly exotic when said at pace.

Taking on this new role has made me so busy that I have left my first lonely blog post out there for a long time without any sense of follow-through.  I should be very grateful that anyone has bothered checking in at all, but it seems that they have been.  To those kind few, thank you.  Also, don’t fear.  While I have been super busy I have, of course, found ways to procrastinate.

In our first few days in post both M and I felt we were somehow floundering.  We were back in the school building but our year group (180 girls) were still on holiday and blissfully unaware of how emotionally unprepared their new Heads of Year were.  We kept ourselves sane by labelling folders, filing documents and planning our display board… successfully putting off the business of worrying about whether we were in anyway qualified to be responsible for the behaviour and attainment of so many children.

I was pretty happy to throw myself in to something which had tangible outcomes.  Cutting up card, laminating, stapling backing paper; it all came together to make me feel like I was really achieving something.  In actual fact it was just another way to keep those thumbs busy before the onslaught of the new term, and put off the huge to-do list which was hanging over from the last one.

Anyway… here is the Year 8 ‘space’ themed display.  Now our ‘shooting star’ is full of pictures of the girls and their achievements so far this term: speech and drama exams; Paralympic trips; Tennis trials (meeting Andy Murray!) etc.  The ‘rocket race’ and ‘fuel cells’ are underway to promote attendance and I actually catch the girls checking it sometimes.

Perhaps most impressive is that we are 5 weeks into the term and nobody has nicked one of my rocket laminates.

Rather blurry… Apologies.

Anyway.  So far, so good with the job.  Double job.  As ever I love being in school, teaching and a new challenge.  Managing at team of 10 or so teachers also gives rise to plenty of opportunities to bake for the meetings.  Of course really this is just putting off the (still growing) to-do list.

Nutella Cupcakes… got us through the September meeting.

Gingerbread cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream and sugar shards.  The recipe is here.  October meeting fodder.  But really, who needs an excuse?