Sunday and how it ‘feels’ for me depends hugely on whether or not Monday is a work/school day. Because I work in a school, and an academy at that, our holidays are different from local authority schools. This gives rise to shorter terms and more frequent but slightly shorter holidays. I quite like it. I like the fact that some of my holiday mean that I’m ‘home alone’ and, being a girl who likes her own company, that is a good thing. So lots of my Sundays are relaxed but many more are domestic whirlwinds of activity and homework support.
Tomorrow is a work day, first day back in fact. I am not on domestic overkill today because I’ve had over two weeks to catch up on all things ‘clean and tidy’ so I’m pretty chilled on that front. Also, Si and Ethan are not back tomorrow as Ethan has an inset day and it’s Si’s turn to stay off with him. So, no uniform to get out, shoes were cleaned on the day we broke-up and PE kit was ready even before then. I have my share of OCD to go with the depression 😀 . In some ways it can be a blessing, really 😉 .
I always feel very anxious the first day back after a break. I’ve no idea why and it only applies to this job [Teaching Assistant]. Si is the same, he also works in a school so we know how each other is feeling. I think there is a lot of emotional energy tied into working with children and one has to gear oneself up to playing that part. And it really is an act sometimes. Remaining calm and patient in every situation. Being prepared to listen [properly] to the good and bad of children’s lives and reacting with compassion and love regardless of how you feel on any particular day. No room for depression at work which is possibly a good thing. Despite having been crippled by my emotional state at times it has never caused me to have a day off work. Luckily I have amazing colleagues so that helps too.
So, back to today. Up at 8.30am ~ very rare to lie-in past 6.30am and by 8.30am tomorrow I’ll have been at work half an hour ~ OUCH!! lol Si went to meet his dad for breakfast in Mac D’s which they do every other weekend or so. I stayed home with E and sorted some laundry, hoovered downstairs, made breakfast for one not so small boy and made the beds. I also have to deal with the ‘zoo’ first thing each morning which involves cleaning all the trays, feeding them, washing all food and water bowls and sweeping or hoovering depending, as I only hoover every other day unless a disaster occurs. It is now lunchtime and I’m going to enjoy the last of our Christmas gammon, that I cooked a few days ago, in a ham and mustard sandwich. It’s our second joint as we loved the first one so much we bought another. I’ve also got some vegetables to make soup with that I’ll put on to simmer after lunch. Then it’s going to be family time, possibly walk Honey if the weather doesn’t turn wet ~ it’s very gray and damp out there in not so sunny Milton Keynes. Then reading time. . .
I’ve nearly finished ‘The Light Years’ so I am hoping that by my next post I’ll have a review of sorts and I’ll be onto my next title.
Enjoy your Sunday…..