Yes, all my post titles from now on will be some sort of thing to do with teaching, you don’t even need to ask. In fact, please don’t ask, too many questions from inquisitive children this week!!
So, I’m back! It might just be for now, and I might disappear for another two weeks, but we’ll see! It hasn’t just been the fact that I’ve been so busy being a teacher, I have other excuses. In fact I didn’t even make it to school two days last week! Take a look at these pictures and you’ll see why:
So, this is the village where Ben and I have just moved, and yes, it is pretty much underwater. I’m sure some of you heard about the bad weather we were struck with in the North of England recently. Well it actually worked out that on that day, I came down with another one of my awful cases of cystitis (yes, you definitely wanted to know that!) and needed to get to the Doctors to get some antibiotics. So Ben set off to drive me there at like 7.30am, we got to the edge of our village, saw this massive puddle, but since I was in so much pain, Ben decided to try driving through. This is where the day just went whoooosh downhill. Halfway through, the car dipped and that was it. We stopped. Engine flooded, car stalled. In a thigh high puddle of water. The stream (literally, it’s barely a trickle) had burst its banks and broken down the wall alongside the road. By the time I got the camera there, it had dropped quite a lot! Notice the black car in the final picture – that’s Ben’s car. Notice where I have the camera – on the other side of the flood. Yep, I walked out through thigh deep flood water, in my Topshop jeans, with cystitis (oh and a cold, but that was nothing compared to everything else haha!). Ben had to push the car out while I sat there waiting for something to happen. Nothing did, and I just needed to get out because I was in so much pain, so walked the half a mile home sopping wet.
Luckily the car is alright – the water did flood in when Ben opened the door to get out and push it out, but it didn’t permanently damage the engine (unlike my dad’s car….that’s coming later). So we ended up stuck in the village as the crossroads, the only other way out to anywhere (picture number 4) were flooded too. Another man’s car had broken down there too and he was a few miles from his village, so we had him at our house for like 5 hours!
So anyway, I desperately needed these antibiotics, so my mum decided she would get them to me (in her monster truck of a car). She and my sister set off, managed to battle their way through closed roads and floods, and got to us about 2pm. Later they set off back, and several phone calls later from them trying to find out how they could possibly get back because nearly every road was closed, we had a phone call saying something had broken on my mum’s car and my dad was on his way to get them. Finally at 6pm, I was upstairs and Ben shouted: ‘Your sister’s outside!’ And she was. Turns out my dad had flooded his car’s engine trying to get to us, they’d pulled the broken bit off my mum’s car! They finally set off again and found a route home (I think it took them about 3 hours after that to do a 50 minute drive).
So it was chaos. And now my dad’s car is basically unfixable. They told him it would cost £12000 to fix!! So…unfixable. So he’s getting a new car now. Ben’s is okay, the garage across the road fixed it up easily. And my mum’s car is okay, I think! (My car however had a little, ahem, incident with a wall at school the other day…I was going about half a mile an hour and trying to parallel park…). And the next day we still couldn’t get out, so it meant two days off school, so a lot of catching up to do, hence why I’m so busy!
Roll Neck Jumper: Zara
So anywaaaaay, school is going well!! I’m still loving it there. It’s still a massive amount of work, but it’s definitely getting easier. I’m getting into the routine of it now, I’m actually getting up on time every day (6.45am!). I’ve now done 3 weeks of teaching, all by myself, and I’m so proud of myself! It was really quite scary at first because I’d never taught a single lesson in my life (except my interview lessons), and I turned up jet lagged on my first day to teach 2 hours straight away. Now I’ve taught, I don’t know how many, lots of hours, and I’m feeling so much more confident about it! Seriously though, I was never confident at school, I hated public speaking, and I generally tend to think of myself as not very assertive and I hate conflict. But hey, teaching involves all of these things at some point – especially the public speaking! I actually have control over my classes too (at least I hope!), and I think they’re learning (which is kind of the point!). I’m currently teaching around 3 hours a day from ages 11 to 18, and still finding it a little weird that some of them are only a few years younger than me. Okay, the other day I found a notice posted at the school in August 1990, before I was even born!!
Speaking of that, it was my birthday last weekend! I went home for it and out for a meal with my family, which was lovely. I also went out with my grandparents the evening before I went home because they were in the area in their caravan so took Ben and I out. It was a lovely end to a chaotic week! And I got some amazing presents! I’ll show you them properly sometime, but some favourites include Minnetonka moccasins (I saw them everywhere on holiday and just had to have some), a flash for my camera, lots of books (of course =D), fudge and so many other things.
And final words from me, quickly about the outfit (since this is technically a fashion blog!), new skirt from Primark – I got this when I went to the Leeds Blogger Meet Up because I thought it would be perfect for school! And isn’t it almost identical to the Topshop one?! It has an elasticated waist, and I don’t think it’s as tight material as the Topshop one, but I love it. In fact, I think I’ll wear it again next week =D This is quite typical of one of my school outfits at the moment – I tend to wear pencil skirts with blouses and jackets or with jumpers. I have worn dresses with blazers a couple of times, and today I’m wearing a midi skirt with a blouse and blazer, but there isn’t much variation yet because I haven’t built up much of a work wardrobe yet (although I’m sure Ben and my parents disagree =p)!
Hopefully I’ll be back soon, I do have some more outfit photos to post, but who knows when I’ll have time to do another post!