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Monday, 11 April 2011

Whenever I turn around

... there is one more thing to do, one more call to make, one more lesson to prepare. Work. Live. Repeat.

Wonder who was the recipient of this particular 'magic'.
'Macumba' is still fairly widely practiced here.

Yes, I have been busy, probably no busier than some of you, but somehow, I just haven't managed to get on top of it. It's good though. Busy keeps me from thinking too much. I have a dozen blogs started in my little notebook. Wonder if I'll ever get them written up. Of course, they're all out of date now, except for those with their feet firmly planted in the distant past.

March Madness and April Foolishness spread to the classroom with one little girl being determined to drive me crazy. I was very proud of her, though, when she showed her dad up with a simple word like 'silly'. She was proud to demonstrate what it meant. Um... not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing, but still.

Her sister now sits in on all classes. It's either that or a wailing to end all wailing is started. It wouldn't be so bad if she weren't hell-bent on getting to the keyboard. She's a special kid with hydroencephalitis and major health issues, but she's made huge strides this year. She knows the word 'laptop' (go figure) and sit and she tries to say my name. Kudos to her. Most adults can't get it right.

I now teach from 7am (that's not the time I leave home, but the time I start) to 8pm every day except Friday. Saturday, I finish at lunch time, thankfully. Then I play catch up here at home. Sunday is just a heap of papers and lesson plans. I'm prepared for most of the classes. When I feel busy, I just think of my one 'new' student. She's not really new. She's a returning student. She's changing jobs, getting married and finishing her MBA all in the next couple of weeks. Insane! Oh and that's besides putting in many hours on an intensive English course.

It's our anniversary on Tuesday. 25 years. That's a long time, let me tell you. I need another medal. We won't be doing anything. I won't be home for that. I may treat us to a pizza for supper. It'll be nice not to have to cook for a change.

The scene that greets me (sometimes) at the metro station
on my way to my final student in the evening.

It rained today... rained quite hard with the usual flooding in some areas and widespread hail. We weren't really affected. I'm tired. Roll on the Easter long weekend. I think I'll vow not to budge out of my chair or bed for the entire weekend. Now there's a plan. Nah. I'll find something to do, like play catch up.


  1. Whew, glad you have some time to tell us about it - and even more, that you have the time to get such delightful photographs of the children.

    3 candles and not a chicken in sight - it must be good magic eh?

  2. Wow Tint you live a busy life.
    What grade do you teach?
    I bet you are a wonderful teacher. You
    seem to have patience.
    Congratulations on the 25 anniversary.
    You take care of yourself and don 't work so
    hard. Take time for you.
    A very nice blog.

  3. Lovely chatty blog again, I know the feeling of the start of a blog in a notebook, I have a few notebooks filled like that. It seemed so important at the time and now I cannot remember why *grins*
    What a lovely little girl you are teaching there, so rewarding that must be.
    Your hours are too long, slow down, girl, you gonna burn out.

    Here is a present for you anyway, was waiting for an opportunity, picture snapped just for you:

    Love you

  4. My goodness, that's quite a schedule! But I love those kids ... so much fun :)
    I'll give you a medal on Tuesday! LOL


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    "25 GRAND YEARS day by day, year by year.
    Precious memories tucked away of a destined love
    that withstood the test of time
    Growing stronger and more meaningful with each passing year
    Triumphant is this love.
    A celebration of a passion that began long ago
    And has survived good times and bad
    Sickness and health
    For the sole purpose of becoming

    Good to hear from you tint. what cute little girls. i remember the days when little fingers where forever itching to push those keyboad keys! :) Congratulations and many blessings on your marriage, in your work and in your life! xo

  7. Work tends to keep us occupied ;) but wow how interesting and rewarding it can be!


  8. Similar here... but whenever I turn around there are TWO more things to do. Oh well.

  9. Holy crap, no wonder you haven't been around. Those are hellish hours! I've missed you. :(

    Happy Anniversary ... congrats on making it this long. ;)

  10. I think I need a nap just reading that.


    Happy Anniversary - it's definitely medal worthy!!! At least pizza worthy, eh??? ;o)

    I'm so glad you're keeping busy - but am hoping you get some time for yourself too!

    Much loooove!!! *HUGS*

  11. I missed you more!
    Happy Anniversary!! 25 years really is something special! :)
    Remember those oooooooooold blogs when you wished you had more students and more work? My Mom always says when you pray for something you better duck!!
    Can't you use some macumba to transport yourself here? Where's a sangoma when you need one!???

  12. I missed you more than them! I wondered where you'd been... Do you even have time to poop? Yikes, what a busy schedule, makes me feel lazy.

    CONGRATS on your 25 year wedding anniversary! Pizza by candle light? Sounds like a good way to celebrate to me :-)

    Bring on the Easter weekend and some indulgent rest for you =D Have a good week now!

  13. *laugh* You sisters are brats!

  14. Happy anniversary to both of you :D *kisses and hugs*

    I've been busy lately too. But like you've wrote 'Work. Live. Repeat.' If there were not those super busy periods, how would we learn to appreciate those of idyllic peacefulness?

  15. What a special and amazing woman you are to let the little ones like that in and not get all huffy and make her leave and wail and carry on-- if nothing else when all these little ones watch their older siblings at lessons it sets a very good example about wanting to learn and study.
    25 years is a grand thing to have reached! I am excited for you both! Hooray and congrats!
    And I recall it wasn't that long ago that you had some big holes in your schedule and were thinking about the schools and now look at your schedule! Wow! I think the Easter weekend will be a well-deserved break! I hope that someone rubs your feet on occasion too and that means you, Mr. J! XXXXX

  16. Wow your lifer is a wooshhhhhh! I dont work (right now) and heck mine goes fast too tho.
    hang in there!

    I promised you a medal ... so here it is ... fully deserved! (oh, and one for Jurgis too! lol)

  18. No wonder you can't blog very often with that schedule! I hope you are making pots of money and won't always have to do it.

  19. Good morning from over here. Sounds like you keep very busy with everything . Congratulations on the 25 years as well .
    I get behind too on my blogging and reading. It goes in spurts sometimes
    Nice photos there. Looks like you live in quite a BIG city :)
    The little girl is adorable!


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