Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Life lately

I'm back! It feels like I've been away from real life and work and - most importantly - blogging for WEEKS (it's actually only ten days). 

I had a cold, which became a throat infection, which became a chest infection. One of those illnesses that seem to drag on and on, and leave you with no energy. I couldn't even really read (shocking, I know!) because I couldn't concentrate on books. I just stared at daytime TV and watched old Glee episodes and Gilmore Girls reruns. I was off work for almost a week, which is unheard of for teachers (we're stubborn old sods who feel guilty for missing a single class, let alone a whole week of school).

BUT! I'm feeling pretty much myself now, with only a persistent cough to keep me awake at night.

Because I was ill, I got really behind on reading blogs and my Bloglovin is now at about 300 unread posts. So if you've written something fab recently, I will get round to reading and commenting soon, I promise! I say that because one thing that's been really lovely is the amazing comments people have left here in the past couple of weeks. I was so nervous to tell you all about the Bravissimo review, and everyone was great about understanding my reasons for doing it. 

Even when I was too ill to blog, I enjoyed keeping in touch with people on Twitter and reading comments here. This is going to sound very soppy but I feel very lucky to be part of a such a wonderful community. I do feel like so many of the people I have 'met' on Twitter or here on the blog are my friends now. The internet is a nice place sometimes, innit?

And what else can I tell you? 

Well, not to brag but someone got 'Outstanding' on her performance management observation. Again. I know I shouldn't care about arbitrary judgement of my teaching, but it is nice.

The Boy and I went to Norfolk and had a wonderful long weekend. A full post with photos to follow soon.

At the moment I'm staying with my mum and step-mum, who also have my uncle & aunt visiting from Canada. I have a large (30+ and counting) family on my mum's side, and not one of them lives in the UK, so it's always amazing to have a rare chance to catch up. 

We also got a chance to go and see the house my brother and his partner - The Wardrobe Angel - have just bought, which has the most amazing view. Our own view, of the houses opposite, has never looked less appealing (and it was pretty unappealing in the first place!)

I'm still taking part in Sarah's Two Days The Same, and enjoying the challenge.

And I put up details of this year's Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap today - sign up is open until November 17th.

So that's my life lately, I think you're all up to speed now!


  1. Glad you're feeling better! I know what you mean about people on the internet keeping you company. It's pretty marvellous for that!

  2. Ah glad to hear you're feeling better now! Weirdly I almost posted a 'Life Lately' post up just now, but decided to post holiday pics instead! I may do one later in the week though xx

  3. Sorry to hear you've been feeling pants, throat infections really are the devil in this job. Well done on your outstanding, us teachers work hard and getting a grade like that is surely a nudge in the right direction! Hope you're feeling better now, loving the brogues and blue combination btw ;-) xx

  4. Glad you're feeling better and congrats on the 'outstanding', it's always nice to be told you're doing something well :) I too was in norfolk, last weekend actually! Neeeeed to buy some brouges, yours are ace.

  5. I'm glad you're feeling better.

  6. Aww, you say the nicest things! Well done on the outstanding x

  7. Well done on your Outstanding! I still get super nervous with them even though I've been reaching 7 years!!! mine is coming up. I just submitted my application for the upper pay scale so feeling a bit nervous about that!

    Glad you feel better! X

  8. Glad you are feeling better - sounds like you have been super busy! x