Tuesday 29 May 2012
"Can you help me do the final briefing for Work experience on Monday"
"Yes of course"
"I think it would be helpful if we showed them examples of what is suitable work wear and what is not appropriate" (last year we had a girl turn up at a primary school wearing a little vest top and shorts - we're not letting that happen again!)
"Can you rifle through your daughter's wardrobe and find some 'good' clothes and some 'bad clothes'
"No problem, she's left almost a whole wardrobe of clothes behind"
"And I thought you could wear a sarong"
"Yes, as an example of inappropriate clothing. I'm going to wear a ball gown"
"Can't I wear the ball gown"
"No. You're the assistant, you wear the sarong"
Last week, she gave me my script.
"Here's your script for the role play"
"You never said anything about role play"
"I thought it would be handy for us to do an example of ringing up to arrange an interview"
"Do I have to?"
"Yes, it's more effective if we act it out"
"And you're playing the part of Mr Pitt"
"Mr Pitt? I'm a man?"
"You like Brad Pitt, I thought you'd be happy"
Today we set up the hall. Two microphones and a laptop on the same level as 160 seats.
"Will you be ok getting up on stage in that sarong?"
"Getting up on stage? No one mentioned getting up on stage"
"You're only little, they'll see you better if you get up on stage while you are showing the different right and wrong clothing"
"But my sarong may slip while I'm going up the stairs"
"In that case I'll change my speech to "This is a suitable white t shirt, that is an unsuitable white vest top and those are Mrs K's most valuable assets"
Happy to report I finished the hour with modesty intact and all assets still firmly under wraps!
Monday 28 May 2012
Sunday 27 May 2012
A wide variety of words this week:
Minimalist - I don't really 'do' minimalist but I guess the style of the table lamp and the fact that the table top isn't cluttered fits the bill
Ornament - I'm not a great ornament collector, I don't have many places to put ornaments, we have patio doors in our lounge and dining room so no window sills to
Restful - memo to husband, keep an eye on the time when you decide to have a snooze in the sunshine while your wife is at work. When she returns at 4pm there is no way she will believe you have been busy in the garden if you are discovered snoring in the patio chair.
Artificial - a pretty display of fake flowers in a local shop
Soft - a real cuddly cushion
Boring - the words 'audit sheets' fill the bill here. Files on my desk at work
Cleanliness - it's so lovely to be able to hang the washing out in the sun to dry after months of using the tumble drier.
So that's me for this week. I'm off to learn how to tie a sarong tightly as I have a starring role in tomorrow's Year 10 assembly on the topic of 'Inappropriate clothing for your week of work experience'. I do hope there will not be a Judy Finnigan moment .... (British readers may remember the hostess of a popular daytime chat show going up to receive an award only to find that her dress had slipped down to her waist on the walk up to stage and she was displaying all her assets to the audience) I was never a Girl Guide so my knowledge of knots isn't very good. Wish me luck.
Friday 25 May 2012
Such a pretty printed envelope, and look how the scruffy little dog in the bottom right corner looks just like my daughter's puppy! Even the back was perfectly stamped
and inside was a pretty note-let along with 2 little Scottie dog inspired cards
So a big thank you to Carol Anne! This happy mail was perfectly timed as I needed something to make me smile after a stressful day at work. A colleague has resigned and will be leaving in 3 weeks and while they find a replacement, we are having to organise ourselves to absorb her work into our already busy days. Another colleague was ill today and I had to urgently schedule 163 seven minute appointments for our incoming Year 7 girls over the space of 4 days.
Plus it's still exam time and the stress is starting to tell on our sixth formers. So many of them are asking to sit in the front row because they are feeling panicky and don't want to feel claustrophobic. If they ever get round to building us a new school (this one is over 100 years old and well past it's 'use by' date) we will need one very wide, short exam hall. 90 seats, all in the front row.
Tuesday 22 May 2012
Monday 21 May 2012
Sunday 20 May 2012
Portrait of a woman - this is the last photograph taken of my Great Grandmother. She died a few months after I was born but lived with my family in her last years. She was officially the oldest inhabitant of our town, and I think she was 95 when she died. This photo was taken when she was asked to plant a tree in Mulberry Green, Old Harlow.
Faceless portrait - this is typically me on a Monday lunchtime. I always eat my main meal at lunchtime on a Monday as I have my fitness class in the evening. And always spend the time checking my phone to see who has updated Facebook or Twitter!
Portrait of a stranger - We get many dog walkers going past our house en route to the park and normally it would have been easy to photograph a stranger. However, this day it was pouring with rain and I had to wait for ages for a hardy dog walker to appear!
Candid - took a sneaky photo of the husband working on his laptop in the kitchen
Group - my niece wanted to have some balloon dogs for her daughter's birthday party and I helped with the balloon modelling. The blue one has a rather disproportional tail!
Flower - Love the delicate nature of forget-me-nots and the colour is just beautiful.
Interior - this is a fab new shop that has opened in town, full of all kinds of unusual things. Including a rather brilliant, very large dolls house in the window. Not sure we have room for that!
Sunday lunch beckons so I think my blog browsing will have to resume after that. Looking forward to a lazy afternoon of checking up with what everyone else has been doing.
Friday 18 May 2012
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Monday 14 May 2012
Bumpy - roof tiles seemed to fill that criteria
Woven - a chenille blanket that we keep on our spare bed
Prickly - a cactus that we brought back from Lanzarote about 15 years ago. It still flowers every year even though our climate is nothing like the Canary Islands!
Woolly - a warm knitted cardigan that has seen much wear during these last few cold and miserable weeks
Sandy - oh I struggled with this one and finally had to go for a page from 'A Simples Life' by Aleksadnr the Meerkat. (bought for me as a joke one Christmas)
Unforgettable - a picture of a photo taken at my niece's wedding a few years ago. Our daughter was a bridesmaid, our son played guitar during the meal and I iced the cake. A real family occasion and such a lovely day.
Self Portrait - quickly took a photo in the mirror before I left for Saturday's crop.
Sunday 13 May 2012
What a lovely day we had yesterday. My trusty Tomtom and co-pilot penguin guided me round the busy roundabouts, correct lanes in dual carriageways, down country lanes and brought me safely to the Scrapmates crop. It was so nice to see Denise and Karen again.
After a tasty packed lunch provided by Ann, we settled down to work on the layout she had created for the crop.
She had told us that it was a ‘pretty’ flowery layout so I lifted a photo my daughter had put on Facebook that was taken when she went to a friend’s wedding with her boyfriend. As you can see penguin is sulking here as he hates it when someone else pulls off the black and white theme better than him.
Friday 11 May 2012
Tuesday 8 May 2012
Sometimes I know exactly what I'm going to use for my photos and other times I have to give it much thought and then it gets to bed time and I panic "I've not taken my photo today!" I say as I'm getting ready for bed. "Take it tomorrow" says the husband "no one will know." "I will know" .... and I grab my camera in search of inspiration.
Rough - the bark of a tree
Lights - my dining room ceiling light
Dessert - chocolate mousse. What else?
Beautiful - The bleeding hearts are in flower in the garden, such a pretty flower.
Grunge - Denise gave me some Tim Holtz grunge board hinges a while ago. The inspiration was in the name of the product!
Smooth - The eureka moment came while I was ironing. What could be smoother than a freshly ironed garment?
Futuristic - ummm ... well .... does this qualify? 3 little mettalic men that my daughter has hanging from her cooker hood. They have a certain futuristic quality about them. Don't they?
Sunday 6 May 2012
Wednesday 2 May 2012
I've had to cover most of it to so as not to give too much info away. I also had a package to send off to my penfriend's daughter. I follow her on Twitter and her location tweets kept coming up as 'Erica is at Thornton's' which made me wonder if she was more of a chocoholic than I am as over here Thornton's is a chocolate shop. When I sent her a message to ask her how much chocolate she got through in a week, she sent back a reply to say that Thornton's is a petrol station in the US. So I thought that as a surprise I would send her some Thornton's chocolates so she can tell me which Thornton's she prefers! I would show you what is inside the other package but I need to wait until the recipient receives it, just in case she happens to pop by my blog. I really wasn't sure what to send as a) I'm not very artistic and b) I've never done a mail art exchange before. Oh well, it's in the post now - too late to change my mind!
I've just this minute realised why the post office may have been empty, postal prices went up in the UK yesterday by a considerable amount, obviously I'm the only person in town still sending things!