Absence – Anita Blake’s fault
Yes I am still here, still alive, still kickin’, and very much ashamed of my extended absence from blogging life!
In my defence, it has just been the start of one of the busiest school terms of the year. Term 4 – cramming 8 weeks worth of work into 5, 3 weeks worth of assessment into 2 and writing reports while entertaining a classroom full of over-worked, over-excited children for the remaining 3 weeks. At least, that’s what it’s like at my school.
But, thankfully, we are nearly into week 4. That theoretically means only two more weeks of ‘learning’ before we get down to assessment doing (which requires much less day-to-day planning but lots more concentration!). We’re almost at the point of no return, where you hope all your hard work has paid off, the children have actually LEARNED something, and you get those moments of pure pride when you see all your kids have achieved.
Even though I’m now in my third year of teaching, I am still finding some things a challenge – a welcome challenge, mind you! When, for example, you are told that this terms Science unit is on Heat and you’ve never taught it before (let alone thought about it since your own primary schooling!) you are always worried that you aren’t doing it correctly – you’re not teaching in the right sequence, you’re missing something vital, you’ve misunderstood a concept and in turn are teaching the children completely the wrong thing. The worry is always there, keeping me on my toes, but I think that makes me a better teacher in the end. The stress does build up, however, and I find myself needing to unwind and relax most evenings.
I think the below image explains it pretty well.
Which brings me to the REAL reason for my absence. It’s not really my fault. It’s Anita Blake’s. Honestly.
And who’s Anita Blake, you may ask? She is who I turn to when I want to lose myself for a few hours.
Anita Blake is the main character of a fantasy fiction series by author Laurell K. Hamilton. She is a zombie raising, vampire and shapeshifter loving, kick-ass heroine that I am currently obsessing over every time I have a moment of down-time. I have just downloaded book 11 onto my Kindle cloud, and 21 days ago I had just downloaded book 5. Yeah. I’m that kind of obsessed.
Those who know me well know I have a real appetite for reading, and a penchant for fantasy novels (of the horror kind, not the kinky kind!) with strong female leads. It has gotten so bad in the past that I have had to ban myself from buying books, lest I neglect each and every responsibility and person in my life. I think my record is a book in a day…and it’s a record that I’ve reached quite a few times.
It seems that that is what has occurred over the past three weeks…in fact, my last blog post and the book 5 download occurred only three days apart – coincidence? I think not. I read the first 4 books in the series while I was overseas earlier in the year, and managed to tear myself away when I returned back to work. Usually I can just read the book until the end and then I have to wait a few months for the next instalment so it doesn’t cause too much interruption to my life, however I started this series late and have a total of 11 – that’s right 11! – more books to read before I’m done.
But it’s ok! I’m slowly getting my addiction under control. In fact, I had endeavoured not to buy book 11…but then I came home and Ryan was playing his computer games and I though ‘Screw it, he’s not gonna be feeling very chatty for a while’ so I did and I don’t regret it!
In fact, I’ve had a couple of exciting things in the past month or so that I’m very keen to share with you all, and I plan to do it asap!
So…stay tuned! I promise it will be worth it!