Friday, 30 January 2009

What a week

Today has been what I would describe as one of those weeks...
lots of marking, change of classes to a group with poorer behaviour, awkward parents, more poor behaviour, dreadful landlords, and just higher levels of stress than I really needed.
however the weekend has begun, I will manage to get the Tudor Grace you can see in the side bar finished, and start something new...
I'm still waiting to hear about a job for next year, I'm starting to consider a move to a new part of the country if nothing ends up happening with my current school. Ideas are forming about where, but I'm keeping them to myself for now!

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

I think I got my mojo back

Three posts in three days, looks like I'm back in the habit.
Today's post as promised is bought to you by the letter r, from Natalie

Basically she's given me a letter and I write a post around that letter.

1) Royalty
I have almost an unhealthy obsession with royal families. My favourite type of fiction is historical focusing around past kings and queens of England.

2) Reality check
Occasionally I need one, or sometimes give them to other people. Has happened a couple of times this week, to people asking me to do things that are not my job, and to students who want me to do their job for them!
Also had a major one at Christmas when I realised that being District Commissioner was running me in to the ground. I said enough, and have never been happier!

3) Renting
It sucks, I can't wait until it can stop, i want to decorate my house with pink walls should I so desire, and I won't have to live with half working things because a landlord won't fix them, and I'll be damned if I will because that's why I pay rent! I also want one of these-

and maybe one of these

The next rental house will be one that allows pets!

4) Radio
I always have a radio on. I fall asleep listening to radio 4, sometime the book at bedtime, but mostly before then. This has soothed me to sleep on many a night while I was still a student, and sent me back to sleep on nights I've woken up and not dropped back to sleep straight away. I also wake up to the sound of the news, at the moment it's usually hearing of another financial crisis, but never mind.
I also love listening to Chris Moyles on Radio 1, I march in to school (having got up late!) in the morning listening to him. He's not to everyone's taste but I find him hilarious! In contrast I also listen to The Archers, wouldn't have thought there are many of us around with similar wide ranging tastes!

5) Rivendell

I love this sock, I have the perfect yarn, I've had the perfect yarn for some time now, what I lack is the time... maybe teaching part time should be an option!

6) RSS feeds
This is the reason why I have to use Safari over Firefox. The RSS feed updater which allows to keep up with all my blogs is so clever yet so simple (Like much of the wonderful things from the brilliant Apple). I tried Firefox, it just doesn't work as well!

I think that will do, if you want your own letter leave me a comment and I'll pick one out for you.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

TV shows

Just as i was wondering about having to abandon this little blog for lack of content along comes a good meme.
This one's from Woogatherer

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows ever:
1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italic the shows you’ve seen at least one episode of.
3. Post your answers.

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI: Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER It's ending, sob!
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under-Only the first couple of series, it seemed to loose the plot after that.
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder- anybody want a turnip
19. Scrubs- have the first 2 series on DVD, love it, clever in a way that Friends never managed.
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who- I want David Tennant's babies
15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy- thanks to male student friends
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends - an ex=boyfriend was addicted, since then I don't think I've seen a complete episode.
06. 24
05. Lost- until it lost the plot...
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - I miss buffy, maybe I need a box set?
01. The Simpsons

Seems I either like a TV series or I don't watch it. One series that should be on but isn't (because it's a US list is Shameless). Occasionally rather close to reality TV, (you think I'm joking?)but again wonderfully clever very British piss take of ourselves.

Fancy a go? Feel free, leave me a comment and I'll come visit.

The next post will be bought to you by the letter R

Monday, 26 January 2009


the obsession continues, and really there is nothing else interesting going on right now. there are no cute kids, or even cute pets to photograph, and to be honest I don't do photos of myself, and my experssion right now is one of tiredness rather than cuteness...
Meantime, have another handspun photo, this is attempt number 3.
3rd ever handspun

100g of about Aran weight in undyed BFL if you're the sort of person who likes to know.