Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Sore thumb

I have a sore thumb. It's gone really big and throbs like crazy. It's much bigger than the other one. Not sure what's wrong with it. I'm going to see if Gareth will do all the washing up and cooking tonight on account of the out-of-action thumb.

Having a good week. The weeks seem to be going quite quickly now after I got over the shock of having to come back after Christmas. I am still rubbish at getting out of bed and poor Gareth has to deal with my moaning. The kids are really crazy at the moment and I am becoming one of those out of control teachers and finding myself shouting to be heard over the craziness. We have a long weekend with the following Monday off school. I am really looking forward to sleeping in late. Hopefully that will calm the kids. Next week we are off on a school trip so hopefully they will behave as it's always embarassing being the teacher out with a crowd of horrible, noisy children.

Pie for dinner. Friday tomorrow. Hooray!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

BBQ Night

Great night last night. Feeling a bit jaded today. Here you go Mum. At last here are some photos of me! xx

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Half-way Mark

We are exactly half-way through the school year which is a bit scary as I'm sure I haven't covered half the stuff the kids need to know yet. Work is crazy busy at the moment. I am trying to organise a trip to the kids museum but it's rally hard as they need loads of paper work and it's all in Spanish. I hate talking on the telephone. They go too fast and I can't see what they are saying.

The kids are really mad at the moment. We are doing a space topic and I'm glad they're excited but it's starting to be a bit much. Gareth is coming in as our specialist speaker tomorrow and they all think he's a spaceman and has walked on the moon. I didn't correct them so he'll have fun tomorrow - he's not used to talking to six year-olds and is a bit scared of 50 of them all asking questions. I can't wait to see it for a laugh. I just know he's going to freak out when the kids at the front start playing with his shoes and legs. Great!

I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself today. There are loads of bugs going round and I have been coughing and sneezing since the weekend. I had to miss a night out too. I had my bottle of wine and nibbles all packed and had to cancel at the last minute. I hope I feel better tomorrow as I want to keep up my resolution of going to the gym at least three times a week. I have managed it since the start of the year.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


I am so glad the pressure is off. It is so stressful applying and interviewing for jobs. It's so hard to wait for replies when you have no idea what they want or think of you. But at last we have been offered a job after our interview last night. We will be working in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam next year. Anyone wanting to visit is very welcome! I thought my interview had gone really badly. I had a horrible cold so my head was all fuzzy but it seems they liked me. Gareth and I will be working in the same school but on different campuses. We will have an apartment right in the city centre, where apparently the night life is really good and there are lots of other expats around. So it should be a bit easier to socialise than here in Mexico where we are all spread out.

The good news means at last I can get an early night and shake this cold. I have been far too wound up this week to do that yet. So good night!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


It's all going crazy this week. We have an interview tonight in about twenty minutes in fact. I am shitting myself Gareth is pretending to be calm. We have another one this Thursday so we could possibly have a job by the end of the week. Oh my god! I am freaking out!

I can't mention names or places right now in case the school are googling me and find this! So fingers crossed for our interview. I really, really want this job so I hope I don't swear or start mooing like a cow. Now it's in my head it might happen. Aaaarrrrggghh!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

BBQ Party

I have just come back from a really nice afternoon. We went to our friends' house who live just near our road who were having a BBQ. There were lots of people there and I got to catch up after the Christmas holidays as I felt like I didn't have a chance at school this week. It was really great to see Cali - our friends' baby as it's been a while and she has really grown up. She's really got a personality now and knows what she wants and doesn't. I ate far too much and am now shattered so Gareth walked me home. Night!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Back to school

Gareth was just saying the other day how long the holidays felt. But suddenly it's all over too quickly again. Tomorrow is a normal day up at 7am. I know we have it easier than most people who get up much earlier but I love my sleep and have been getting up about lunchtime everyday this holiday. I know I'm a lazy sod. I have been going to bed quite late. I think tomorrow after a day with the kids I'll be tucked in before 9.

Whenever we go back to school we start talking about where we should go for our next holiday. I don't want to wish my life away but it is exciting. We're thinking about Cuba for a bit of a beach holiday and hopefully see the country before Castro dies.

We have heard back from some interested schools and have a telephone interview planned for the end of January. I have my fingers crossed for a few other schools that they will like our applications. I'm so glad they understand how costly and time consuming it would be to fly all the way to London (although we would be prepared to do it). I'm hoping other schools will be just as understanding.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

I can't believe it's already 2007. It's been almost ten years since I left school - very scary. Everyone is getting engaged and having kids it's becoming very real that I'm growing up. Unfortunately I still think I'm 18 and I get a shock every now and then when I look in the mirror.

My new year's resolutions are to:
look after myself - eat well and exercise regularly - Gareth is my guru and personal trainer
not get stressed or worried about work (even if we are unemployed)

I feel very clear headed as I had a big clean out. We can't take everything with us when we leave so I'm trying to get rid of the stuff we don't use and give it to people who actually need it. I always like the new year for that motivation. Mum you should do the same with all your clutter! I got rid of shoes and clothes I don't use and have had a good tidy round the house. Hooray!