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New start, new ride

Just a quick one on this glorious Wednesday!

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Today was my first day at a brand new school. Last year I formed a pretty significant bond with my advisory as part of the Big Picture Education pedagogy, and I was dreading having to leave them and start fresh. I’ve never been a big fan of change, and I had settled in so well at my old school that I ended up in a panic on the drive down to my new school this afternoon.

However my old school was nowhere near perfect (it is solely the familiarity and the students that have me missing it). So as soon as I got all my induction information and realised that I could finally be in an environment where I could learn and not have as much premature responsibility as at all my previous schools, I was a LOT happier. I loved being a part of a Big Picture school because of the emphasis on knowing your students and having a strong relationship with them, which is one of my biggest strengths as a teacher by far. My relationships with those kids were some of the best in the school, and I am very proud that in my farewell speech my line manager told everyone how I was a big sister figure for the disengaged kids especially,and that I was frequently the only one they responded to and would complete work for. Even now it brings me to prideful tears thinking how far I was able to bring those kids, though they are coupled with fearful tears knowing some of those same kids will go backwards without someone investing that same amount in them as I did.

As great as my student relationships were though, the staff were another story. Not dissimilar to my previous two schools, often I was left to my own devices with a huge amount of responsibility for someone only two years into her careers. The English department was nonexistent both in support and function. I would have my reports all ready to go with very little guidance, only to be told I had done them wrong and I should have been told the correct way to do them.

My new school already has a vastly different feel amongst the staff. The English department head has been amazingly helpful and there are a lot of existing systems in place for personal and professional support. One of my personal beliefs when it comes to teaching is that I will be less than useless in looking after and educating kids if I am not looking after myself. I struggled a lot in my first two years with that, overworking myself and taking on a lot of duties that were beyond me, and only recently finding a balance between work and self care.

Maybe that’s why I was hesitant and on edge this afternoon before arriving to school. I had finally found that routine and balance only for it to be swept out from under me without being able to do anything about it. I like to have control over things, and I do tend to panic first before letting go and enjoying the ride. Hopefully I have the panic all out of the way now, and can enjoy being at what seems to be an amazing school.

Hope you all are having an awesome week and that you Australian teachers are taking care of yourselves ahead of a new school year!

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Hottest Thanksgiving Ever

Long time no post (yet again…)

School is really kicking my arse at the moment, as well as an insane amount of personal drama of the “can’t believe this is happening to me” persuasion. BUT in great news I have a position for next year where I can start fresh and possibly get permanency (ah that golden word!) so I’ve been able to handle the work drama. I am very thankful for the help my principal gave me in getting the job, and so I thought in the spirit of American Thanksgiving I would list a few things I am thankful for right now.

  1. Marvel’s Jessica Jones. I know she’s not exactly the greatest role model but damn, she’s just awesome. More amazingly is how much I am astounded by David Tennant’s Kilgrave. He is really compelling as a villain and an amazing actor. I’m currently watching episode 8 (AKA WWJD?) and I just love it.
  2. Good friends. Malinda at work and Caro from decades of friendship keeping me sane, Coop coming home for the holidays, Rach getting her dream job, Mich being there for me when I needed it and most of all J for being everything I need and more.
  3. Water. Swimming keeps me sane and helps clear my head, and   though I’ve been dry of late I’m hoping to get back into it soon.
  4. Perth. With this weather and the amount of driving around I’ve done lately I’m falling more and more in love with my home town. I can’t wait until the school holidays so I can explore more of it with friends and family.

Back to reports for me now, I’m hideously overdue with them and trying my hardest to stay on track. I don’t know why I consistently do this, procrastinate and lose motivation for things that I know will benefit me and make me feel good in the long run. It’s getting real old real fast and I don’t know how to stop it.

Delightfully positive right? Hope you are having a good weekend.

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Hello October!

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Things that I want to accomplish this month include:

  • Finish reading the Thone of Glass series by Sarah J Maas – I’m addicted and currently in the middle of Heir of Fire (book 3).
  • Swimming at the pools a minimum of 1km per session, and at least three times a week.
  • Eating at least two pieces of fruit per day, and at least two servings of vegetables per day. Doctor says I have dangerously low iron levels so I’m looking to completely revamp my diet, starting with a new love of mushrooms and spinach!
  • Going to the beach at least four times this month. I’m ridiculous, the second the sun comes out a light goes off in my head saying “well. must be summer, time for thongs and bathers and sand and seaweed!”
  • Walking/running at least once a day – again. with the aforementioned revamp. I call it “Operation Hottie.” I’m also doing the Colour Run on the first of November, which I know is more fun than run, but I still want to do well!
  • Keep my bedroom clean. End of term saw me doing a lot of mindless dressing in the mornings without any time for laundry at night, resulting in the Everest of dirty clothes piles in my bedroom.
  • Stick to my Lorna Jane Active Planner – it’s all pink and amazing, and the core of my 12 week aim/Operation Hottie for the next three months. And on that note..
  • Lose at least 2cm from some measurement in my Lorna Jane planner. I’m trying hard to remember it’s less about weight and more about how my clothes fit me (especially with all my swimming making my arms so BUFF), but who doesn’t want to see that number on the scale go down? And finally:
  • Watch my darling Eagles take the flag this Saturday!

Hope you had a fantastic September and that your plans for the last three months of the year are coming along great! Just 12 weeks until Christmas!(shudder)

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Versatile Blogger Award 2.0!

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Thanks to Liz at Gilmored I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! (I like this much more than the first one) I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan, and a lover of books and have attempted the Rory Gilmore reading Challenge many a time, so her fantastic blog is tailor made for me! Apologies for the ultra late response, I am not yet very good at balancing my work and fun time!

For this award, I am meant to thank the person who nominated me, share 7 facts about me, show the award on my blog and nominate other people.

7 Facts About Me:

1. I love going to the theatre especially to see Shakespeare and musicals. At the moment my all time favourite is Wicked, which I have seen five times, and yesterday actually I just bought my ticket for #6 when the production returns to Perth in a couple of weeks. However The Lion King is (finally) coming to Perth in November so i am predicting a tight race for my affections!

2. I hate eating peanuts or nuts of any kind, to the point where I’m pretty sure I have psychosomatically given myself a peanut allergy. Though I recently discovered that cashew and almonds are okay for me.

3.  I love comic books (yes, I’m that girl, actually heading to go see Age of Ultron this afternoon) but in particular Batman and in that universe I am in love with/want to be Harley Quinn. She’s terribly clever, terribly insane and terribly in love with a man (The Joker) who will literally be the death of her!

4. I love to read, I live to read, and often at my own peril. Too many times I have been hooked on a book and “just have to finish it, which turns into me still up at 3am when I start work at 8! At the moment I am reading a series by Andy McDermott (that is okayish, but hooked me on all the archaeology and ancient wonders more so than the character sand the writing).

5. I have never traveled internationally without my family (and then only once) and only domestically (within Australia) once, and that was with my best friend who is pretty much my sister. I have a thousand and one places on my list, but somehow never seem to be able to swing a trip anywhere, and the thought of going alone seems overwhelmingly daunting to me.

6. I have fantasies about being so well known that when I die and people are going through my belongings, all my journals and notebooks get chronicled ala Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks by John Curran. I have at least five at the moment that I use (whichever is closest, not a very organised system) and those go back to 2002.

7. I have a phobia of emus (and to a lesser extent ostriches). No idea what this is offically called, or where it stemmed from, just that even as a high schooler I would steer clear of the emus (in an enclosure even) at the Royal Show. Once when I was 13 and had family visiting from South Africa, I stayed behind at attached to my father or in the gift shop when we took the visitors to an open range zoo (AKA kangaroos and emus just roaming around and the visitors get to feed them).

Blogs I Want to Nominate (and adore!)

SusanMcMovies

A Patchwork Life

Bookarahma

The Coffee Chronicles

Paint The Silence

Delights and Dismays

Not A Girl, Not Yet A Post-Grad

The Basic Bitch Bible

Friday Five: Fictional Fanatic

Happy Friday everyone! Summer in Perth means there is sport a-plenty, and when it gets too hot to go outside while waiting for the next Australian Open match to start, I turn to my many fictional loves. This week I’ll spotlight five (or probably more) of my favourite fictional sporting teams/figures.

Dillon High Panthers

 

East Compton High Clovers/Rancho Carne High Toros

 

Average Joe’s/Globo Gym Purple Cobras

Tree Hill High Ravens

Mighty Ducks (couldn’t pick between animated
or Gordon Bombay, until this:) 
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Who do you love to support? How are you spending your weekend?

Love,
Andrea

10 Things

Today I was browsing through a friend’s fabulous second hand lifestyle blog and I came across her little tribute to Ten Things I Hate About You. Which I have now decided to appropriate for myself, as I am a fan of lists! This one was ten about her, I have kept her sentence starters because I quite liked them.

  1. Collecting Perth Wildcats memorabilia, Audrey Hepburn memorabilia and my newest one is scarves. Started as a necessity for what I thought would be my new job but now is just a bunch of scarves.
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  2. Wishing for some fun time with my number one. Tonight is their first night off in more than a week and they want a night to themselves (being a very individual, independent person). However since I so rarely get to see them I am struggling to keep myself from sending them twenty “what are you up to,” “how is your night,” “wanna hang out” messages. Sigh.
  3. Feeling antsy for some reason. It’s been a tiring and emotional week and my sleep schedule is so out of whack that I no longer know when I am actually tired or not.
  4. Watching season one of Friends. Funniest show of all time!!
  5. Smiling whenever my dad tells me to, even in text. This goes back to my child modelling days when I was taught smile number one (big smile with teeth) and smile number two (little smile, no teeth). My whole life whenever I have been upset or angry my dad will ask me to show him “number one” and no matter how old I am (as in how old I was last week when I called him upset about something. Also on Monday when I sent him a message saying “No job L” and he replied with “No worries SMILE, and think of the positives LOVE YOU!!” I smiled even though I was crying at he time) it makes me smile. Without fail. Gosh my dad is pretty amazing.
  6. Thinking that I really wanna see my number one, that I should have saved half my Turkish bread and fish melt for later instead of having it all for dinner, and that I should really clean up my room.
  7. Recently enjoyed how many gripes I have with episode two of the new season of Game of Thrones as a fan of the book series. For example, when Brienne and Cersei were chatting this is what was happening in my head: “WTF BRIENNE ALWAYS LOVES RENLY NOT JAMIE YOU TWAT! SHE IS LOYAL AND TRUE TO HER WORD BECAUSE SHE HAS A KNIGHT’S HONOUR AND FOLLOWS THROUGH ON HER PROMISES TO EVERYONE, NOT BECAUSE SHE WANTS JAMIE IN HER BREECHES! ARGH!!
  8. Totally Addicted to bass? It’s okay if you don’t get the reference, I listen to some obscure music sometimes. Probably more TV show and books, to the detriment of almost two university degrees, one hot body, one body image and almost two whole years of my life..
  9. Craving a hug from my number one. They have a way of making me feel safe and home and excited and loved all at the same time. Plus it’s been a rough week and I would really like some level of comfort beyond “something will come up eventually, keep applying.”
  10. Looking forward to the start of the Bulls’ off season in the wee hours of Monday, the Wildcats’ Ball next Saturday, the new X Men movie and Game of Thrones. And of course The Winds of Winter. But I have a feeling that the more people complain about it, the longer it will take to reach our Jon Snow deprived hands.

So that’s ten things about me, hopefully you don’t hate them!

Love,
Andrea

Life Updates and Literature

Long time no speak!

Just a quick one for now, life has both treated me fairly and unjustly in the past month or so. I have been fortunate enough to get some English relief work for the end of term one, only to be rejected for that very job when I applied for it. It has been a very emotional, gruelling period. I put everything I had into those students for the short time I taught them, which only served to remind me that this makes me so happy, that it is what I love doing, and that I am excellent at it no matter what. And for the record, I was rejected for the job due to my “lack of experience.” Bogus excuse but one that will rear its head time and time again until someone decides to give me the very experience I seek.

All my fantastic teaching has left my “to read” list growing higher and higher, so I thought I would share a few that I am hoping to tackle while in between jobs.

 

I’m currently in the last few chapters of the most recent Sue Grafton, so hopefully get that done tonight and get stuck into the next one on my list! I am looking forward to getting back in touch with my books, even if it isn’t technically touching them (I predominantly use an ereader now). My Goodreads Challenge goal for the year is 100, and so far I am sitting on 36 which is eight books ahead of schedule. Not bad, but by my usual standards fairly average!

Hope you are getting some good reading in too!

Love,
Andrea

Last Month of Summer (Day 63)

So I have been all too sporadic with my posts for January. I really wish I could say I was doing fun stuff, but unfortunately not. Although I suppose finally finishing up with uni counts as something pretty fun! Next step now is to find employment for myself, which so far has eluded me for far too long.
So I thought I would pictorially update you all on my January activities, which have been quite varied.

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My first time taking the car through the car wash.
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Wildcats vs Townsville at Perth Arena.
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My newest cross stitch and my favourite hero.
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Greatest food ever invented!
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Pink and sparkly ♡
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My baby cousin, the super sleeper
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Gozleme from the Turkish food truck at the Bather's Beach Sunset Markets
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Mum went on a cruise and all I got was this wicked cool t-shirt.
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Nancy Boy cocktail from Chik and Kent
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Mark Worthington practicing his future game winning shot
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Dad's 50th birthday, making me feel way old!
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Australia Day Skyworks
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Gold and sparkly, cultivating a slight glitter addiction!
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Kicking ass and winning prizes on my final day of uni!
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Frangipani from my friend's backyard, after I swam in the ocean properly for the first time
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Wildcats vs Cairns at Perth Arena

A lot of pictures, plus a lot more amazing moments undocumented, so I guess I had a pretty good January.

Here’s to an awesome February which hopefully bears the fruits of employment!
Love,
Andrea

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My first time taking the car through the car wash.

SUMMER Day One: Youthful Excitement

Today is December 1st. December 1st in Australia means SUMMER!!

I love summer, it just makes me so happy. I love the sun, the beach, the music, the sports, the parties, just everything.

And even though this is a years old movie now, not to mention part of the High School Musical franchise, this is the song that blares in my head every time I think of the fun I want to have this summer (particularly that first ten seconds or so, just epitomises my longing for the sun!)

Off to do something summery!

Love,
Andrea

PS: I am going to attempt to blog every day this summer. Hopefully I will be too busy to post more than the song that is in my head or a quick list, but the goal is there. Wish me luck!

The Liebster Award

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So a couple months after becoming a Versatile Blogger, I’ve been nominated for another award – the Liebster Award! Many thanks and warm fuzzies to Erin at hodgepodgepilotswife for nominating me! I’m so incredibly honoured and I really like how she’s described the award so I shall leave her explanation here:

I say love because “liebster” is derived from the German word lieben, which means to love. Loosely interpreted, it can also mean sweetest, kindest, nicest, or beloved. So a Liebster Award is essentially a token of appreciation passed around in the blogging community. It’s also only given out to up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers to encourage new bloggers. At least, that’s how I’m interpreting it.

 So again, many thanks to Erin for nominating me! I feel again like this is something I should be able to put on my resume to make me look better!

As passed on to me, here are the rules for receiving and accepting this award:

  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
  3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award with fewer than 200 followers.
  4. You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

Here are the questions Erin gave me:

  1. What’s the most memorable moment in your life so far?
    My 23rd birthday (this year) consisting of sleepover, presents and rugby. Greatest night of my life with the greatest person in my life.
  2. What’s the best book you’ve read?
    I have read probably a million and one books, and as an avid bibliophile it is almost impossible for me to narrow one down as the best. However, at the moment (and I stress that because it could very well change in the space of the next book I read) I will say And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Each time I read it, even though I know how it ends, I still get filled with anxiousness, fear and excitement. Each character gets a moment in the spotlight for the reader to sympathise with and suspect, and it is just an absolute classic.
  3. What’s your favourite season of the year?
    Summer. While I do love my birthday autumn, it’s hard to go past the season where I have the most time off. I love the beach, I love Christmas and New Year’s, I love all the summer sports, and I love love LOVE sundresses and road trips and summer playlists. Today is officially ONE day before summer here in Perth, making me a very happy little Vegemite!
  4. What’s a hobby that you’d like to pick up one day?
    Surfing. I adore watching it but because of my near blindness (-10 shortsightedness) I am never completely comfortable enough in the ocean. If I ever had laser surgery, or got a pair of prescription goggles, I am so there.
  5. What’s the best vacation you ever took?
    My leavers (schoolies) road trip at the end of year 12, November 2006. My best friends plus Dunsborough plus beaches and day trips plus copious amount of alcohol and boys always equals the best trip ever. It does not escape me that this trip was seven years ago, making me well overdue for a good trip!
  6. What’s your favourite Sunday breakfast?
    Bacon, eggs, sausages and toast at my Granny’s house after church. She used to make a huge breakfast for everyone after Sunday church (I was always on toast and table setting duty) and it’s one of my favourite parts of growing up. Every time I make my breakfast sandwich now I think of her and I smile.
  7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
    I would want to look like this:

    damn.
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  8. If you could be any character from any book, movie or TV show, who would it be and why?
    This is such a hard question! Again, at the moment, I think I’ll go with Rory Gilmore. She is just cute as a button, knows exactly what she wants out of life and has an amazing relationship with her mother.
  9. What superpower would you want and would you use it for good or evil?
    It would be a toss-up between being able to make people tell me the truth (without them realising they did) or teleportation. I cannot count the times I wish I was able to think and point (ala Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and not have to go through the strenuous process of traveling somewhere.
  10. What’s your favourite CD from high school?
    Music from The OC Mix 5. I was a little bit obsessed with The OC in high school. Somehow my own final year of high school matched up with Seth’s and Summer’s and Marissa’s and Ryan’s, and this compilation made up of songs largely from that third season came out in my year 12 and made for a lot of memories. “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap played over the loudspeakers constantly on my year 12 ski trip, “Rock and Roll Queen” by The Subways was sung along to by me and the other girls in my homeroom and “Forever Young” by Youth Group is still one of the songs that I most identify with. Exactly how much did I love this CD you may ask? I was given two copies of it by friends in year 12, and at one point I was able to just type out all the lyrics for all the songs on it, just from having played it over and over again.

Questions done! The ten blogs I nominate are:

http://beefandbubbles.wordpress.com/

http://couchtimewithjill.com/

http://moviescene.wordpress.com/

http://adriftonvulcan.wordpress.com/

http://teawithmin.com/

http://blondebombshellinwonderland.blogspot.com.au/

http://souldeconstructed.wordpress.com/

http://marissaloveandhope.wordpress.com/

http://mtbooookish.wordpress.com/

http://onandofftherunway.com/

And here are your ten questions:

  1. What’s the most memorable moment in your life so far?
  2. Who is the most inspiring person you know?
  3. What’s your favourite season of the year?
  4. What book do you think everyone must read in high school?
  5. If you had a TARDIS where or when would you go?
  6. What is your favourite video game?
  7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  8. What can you not live without?
  9. What superpower would you want and would you use it for good or evil?
  10. What is your favourite family tradition?

Once again thanks for the nomination, and I look forward to the responses!

Love,
Andrea