I started each day over the last week with the intention of writing. I’ve got a million things to share, comments to reply to, pictures to upload and various social media things to catch up on, and yet I failed to actually achieve any progress in completing even the smallest online task, despite having the best intentions.
When it came to Christmas prep, I was the most organised I’ve been in years. With working very little over December (being in the fortunate position that this was by choice) I took the opportunity to finish off the last of my shopping, wrap gifts and write cards, and with a few weeks to go before the big day, I was done. The tree and decorations went up, social and travel plans were made. Term finished, and my teacher friends breathed an enormous sigh of relief.
For me, however, it’s been a rather surreal experience. This time last year I walked out of the school gates with an immense sense of excitement – I’d been counting down the days for a long time (and praying for snow on several occasions along the way) and when that final day arrived I was overwhelmed with joy that it was finally over for a few weeks.
This year was completely different. After the students had left, my colleagues went to a compulsory goodbye get-together for staff who were leaving, and I (as I’m not contracted to participate in any form of meetings) went home. There was no sense of relief or feelings of utter elation… It was just an average day, because I’m happy 99% of the time as it is. I also know that I have an enormous amount of hours already booked in for next term at various schools, so I don’t have to spend the holidays worrying about where the next pay-check is going to come from.
How lucky I am.
I’ve got a lot to catch up on, which I’ll hopefully try and do tomorrow, but in the meantime I’m going to sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet I have this evening…
Hope you’re all doing well xx
Merry Christmas, Suzie!
And you my lovely!
Your tree looks fabulous!
Happy Christmas, Suzie. Wishing you all the best for 2016.
Haha! That was one from the wedding the other week – I wish my tree looked that good! Unfortunately, mine looks like it’s been drinking for the last 11 months!
And a very happy Christmas and new year to you my lovely – thanks so much for everything the year! X
Have a great Xmas Suzie and I hope you’ll be around next week to help me in my new wee venture…
And you Steve – wee adventure?
Yeah…on the radio
Ooh – sounds fun!
Merry Christmas! Don’t worry about the writing, we’ll be here when you write, be it tomorrow or a few weeks.
Thanks so much – merry Christmas to you too!
Merry Christmas Suzie🎅🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼
And you Rosie!
MERRY Christmas. Suzie!
And you my lovely!
You sound so much happier than when the job was eating you alive. All just a little change in status.
Absolutely! Have a lovely Christmas Sharon!
It’s nice to hear you say that you’re happy 99% of the time. I remember when that wasn’t the case. I’m now happy for you. Be happy, do what you do and write when you can. We’ll be here.
Thanks so much Phil. It’s certainly a change from last year isn’t it! How was your Christmas?
My Christmas was good. Sadly I have to go back to work today.
Aww no! It’s a bank holiday here so lots of people have an extra day off today. Hope it goes well!
You really are in a lucky position Suzie. I envy you. I had to work until the very last minute before being able to get prepared for my trip.
I hope you enjoyed wonderful Christmas Days with your family. 🙂
Thanks, it was great! How was yours?
Not too great… but that happens…
Aww I’m sorry… How come?
I spent time with my sister and brother-in-law. And they’re simply GREAT. But unfortunately someone else is here as well and that ruined it for me. But this isn’t something I can write about in a comment…
Ah I understand…
Silence is golden, but I truly cherish every moment with Carter, too. It’s a fine balance, really.:)
Lovely post, as always.:) Now enjoy the peace and quiet, and relax. School will be back in session soon. Happy New Year!! I hope you and yours are well, too.
Thanks Dustin – hope you’re having a break! Happy new year to you too!
You are very welcome! With a three-year-old running around, on winter break from preschool until the 5th of next month, there isn’t much downtime around here, but whenever I can get out to read in peace, I take that time. Thank you!
I can imagine haha! Thanks Dustin!