It’s been a mixed week. I’ve found work a little tough, to the point where I had to stop myself from bawling on one of my colleagues the other day. Normally, the working day generally goes without a major issue as I am based at a few good schools, but for some reason there seemed to be something in the air, and it seemed to be that within every class I worked with were a small group of students who were determined to have a confrontation, regardless of how calm and pleasant I tried to remain. Nothing I did was right, and even after all these years I still find it difficult not to take it personally, particularly when the agitated student is someone I normally have a great working relationship with. I think that everyone was at the stage where we were all tired and needed a break from each other, but I still can’t help but be taken aback when a student feels that it is acceptable to challenge something I have said or asked them to do – five minutes with my mother and they would adopt basic manners and never be rude to an adult again. Of course, the response I’m expecting from many is ‘they’re only children,’ but while I’m not a parent myself, I expect that 14, 15 and 16 year olds should know how to say please and thank you as an automatic part of their vocabulary.
However, it hasn’t been all bad. I’ve got the next two weeks stretching ahead of me for the Easter holidays, and as you can probably tell by my lack of posts followed by several reviews, I’ve been out and about testing chocolate and tapas and celebrating friend’s birthdays.
I’ve also been to a gig – something I haven’t done in a while. I received a text from my friend and former colleague asking if we wanted to go and see Postmodern Jukebox with them for his birthday. I knew very little about them, but The Bloke and I went along, only to discover that they were a truly incredible group of musicians and performers (who were all the best at what they do in their own right), who covered modern songs in a 1920’s – 1940’s style. It as fantastic – and I loved their covers of Justin Bieber’s songs in particular (which is saying something as those of you who follow the blog regularly will know my feelings about Bieber…).
And last night, just to round everything off nicely, I went along to the beauty event at Harvey Nichols, where I treated my friend to a Dior makeover and then spent some time marveling at the sheer amount of samples we got in our goody bags! I’m so pleased that I haven’t focused on a particular niche – it means I can throw myself into anything and everything, and it’s proving to be a truly wonderful experience! I must admit, I’m really getting into this beauty thing now – a year ago I couldn’t even put eyeliner on, now I know about contouring, highlighting and strobing and my make-up collection is beginning to take over my bedroom! I think I’m going to have to change my ‘About’ page!
I have plans for the next few weeks, but I’ll bore on about them over the next day or two. This evening is mine – The Bloke has gone to meet some old friends up north, so the cats and I will be spending the rest of the evening eating strawberries, watching American Beauty and curling up under a duvet – well, they’ll do the sleeping, I’ll do the eating. I haven’t watched the film in years, and made the decision not to watch a soul-destroying chick flick like I normally do as I end up sobbing and feeling down for days afterwards. I’m going to go and put on my jammies and relax…
Can’t get much better than that!
I’m looking forward to catching up with you all over the next few days!
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