Saturday, 15 December 2012

Wake me in the New Year!

This time of year has been difficult for me the past few years and 2012 is proving no exception.  I'm trying to focus on the positives - we have invites for Christmas Day (Nick's brother and his family) and Boxing Day (one of Nick's sisters and most of the family) and most things are ok in our little world.

But I'm still struggling with the run up to christmas.  I don't know if it's the weather/winter season - it has been very cold here although today is warmer or if it's the first christmas without Mum although she wasn't exactly here for the last few years.  It's probably a combination of all these things together with a horrendous work schedule and other complications.

My kitchen looks so much better but there are still things to be done.  My house looks a tip.  Our daughter is back home indefinitely and hasn't yet got all her things organised in her room so there are still things around the house.  I'm trying not to pressure her too much as she has split from her boyfriend of 7 years and is also having to look for a job as her contract expires in March.  She too is not in a good place.

My youngest will be home in January after over 7 months in the states so all 3 kids will be back at home.  Good job we have 2 bathrooms.  So I'm trying to be positive but that takes energy that I don't seem to have at the moment.  Today will be a wasted day - it was the staff christmas party last night which was a really nice evening, a much needed distraction, but too much wine consumed and too little water has produced the very predictable hangover.  Some lessons it seems are never learned!

Work anecdote for yesterday:
I'm definitely getting a reputation for being a grinch at work but there are a few others around.  We are also developing a group of microwave grinches.  Changes to lunch arrangements has meant that sometimes there is a high demand for the 2 microwaves we have in the staff kitchen.  It seems it's especially annoying when someone "cooks" in the microwave rather than just "reheating" because it takes more time.  A meeting set up to discuss the role of teaching assistants in the classroom got hijacked with their moans and complaints about rotas and the ongoing microwave saga.  The complaint seemed to really be what are management going to do about it?  Well they should be warned - if anyone raises the question directly to me the answer will be:
If you lot cannot resolve this conflict my answer will be to remove the thing causing it, i.e. the microwaves, because we are not obliged to provide them!  Or I might just cut the plugs off anyway!


  1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one feeling this very un-Christmas spirit. My son just moved back home and I too have stuff everywhere. It is very stressful and I still don't have any decorations up!

    The weekend we've spend moving furniture, rearranging thing and trying to get organized. I still have to clean out the closet so he can actually hang up his clothes!

    {sigh} Just tell me when it is Feb 1.

  2. Hi Wendy I jus want to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Thanks for still visiting :)

  3. I don't find this time of year easy and I've no idea why. Tonight was the night of the school panto. I went and took daughter and granddaughter, It was great, we had a fantastic time, they went home and I just became very sad. No idea why. :-((

    Had to laugh about the 'microwave' story, I guess things like that happen in all schools, here it tends to be who took all the hot water and didn't refil the kettle and turn it on. the role of school assistants isn't often up for discussion because out local authority has the 'and any other duties' clause in the small print of the contracts.
    But.............on the plus side, three more days and its another term over .. :-))
    Merry Christmas.

  4. *Knock knock* Waking you up on Christmas Eve Wendy :) to wish you and yours all the very best for Christmas, a Happy New Year, and prosperous 2013.



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