Before I went away Banjo invented a type of drawing called scribblex (yes, drawing to Skrillex), Matilda organised and orchestrated her birthday party (hamburgers and water fight), including a clean up round robin beforehand, and the village helped me write my assignment by taking the children for the day - three children with three families. I watched my first box set: Mad Men Season 4, and loved it. Don’t know that I’ll be rushing out to watch more box sets (I find it strange that people boast about seeing certain tv shows, as if they made them, when really, they’re boasting about sitting on their lounge for twelve hours), but I’ve broken the seal. The only box set we have at home is West Wing, and yes, I’ve started watching it. It’s educational - the lead up to US elections. I wonder if candidates have asked Aaron Sorkin to be their speechwriter. I'm not in the habit of watching dvd's. We'll see.
been away at residential school. I’ve spent a week of thinking about
one thing: just one unit of study. Very unusual for me. No cooking or
cleaning. No organising children. I didn’t even read the news. While
away I found I was feeling more myself than I do at home, which is bit
of a worry. I found I can still do theatre, that I’m good at it, and
noted the freedom to just do it without worrying how it looks. I feel
now like I can be a drama teacher, and even though I have a lot to
learn, at least I have a clue about what it is I have to learn, so I’m
on track. Quite confronted by how free I can be in a theatre studio, yet
I haven’t danced on a night out in years, and I’m really quite
conservative now. I don’t have to be. And I have sorted my drama teacher uniform. I know what to wear. Done.
was good to catch up with old friends, who knew me when I was fun and
interesting, and be reminded that it’s hard to live with integrity,
after studying the arts, no matter where you end up. If it wasn’t
mothering for me it would have been something else I’d be applying
critical thinking to. A reminder that not everyone has the education we had.
that, coming from an arts background, of course I’m the kind of mother I
am, and of course I help organise a Mamapalooza festival.
I read ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’ by Jennifer Egan, which I enjoyed. Recommended.
While I was away I got an article published in The Hoopla. Not world changing, but nice to be acknowledged.
while I was away I wore my reading glasses. Like a new character.
Because I feel a bit funny wearing them in front of people who already
know me. Must grow up and wear my glasses.
oh, my back. Not a good idea to sit in a train for nine hours when you
have a fractured tailbone. I knew that. Didn’t stop me. Reminder to
self. Don’t do it again.
day back, last day of school holidays, I offered to take the children
to Luna Park. We drove to the train station. I withdrew some money.
Matilda said she didn’t feel well and wanted to go home (she didn’t want
to go out with Clancy). I drove her home. We drove to the station.
Bought rail tickets. Waiting on the station Banjo said she didn’t feel
well and wanted to go home . (She missed Matilda). We drove home. Then
tried to organise an outing with Clancy, without treading on other
children’s toes about who wanted to see which movie. Matilda now felt
fine. So even though I had planned an outing that meant lots of walking
around and not much sitting, I ended up sitting. Must do something to help my back.
while I was away, the children did more cleaning up after themselves
and their lunches were better (I’ve been a bit slack about holiday
lunches, but hey, after twelve years of three good meals a day, and
morning and afternoon tea, I’m on a break). And the children said they
enjoyed not hearing the word ‘assignment’.
So, coming up this term, and time to get back into work mode.
* Preparing lessons to teach ethics classes.
* Writing stories to perform as the library storyteller - look at folk tales. All help gratefully accepted.
* The playgroup I run - learn everybody’s name, get the resources together and decide about singing songs.
* Helping with the reading program - no preparation but there are conversations re organisation.
Uni assignments. My assignments this trimester haven’t been as good as
they could have been. Need to make this high priority and do better this
A block of prac at a local school. What to do with my children after
school? Do I just cancel all afterschool activities and put them in
after school care - they won’t like that! Organising people to cover me
in my jobs. Wish me luck.
And of course, Mamapalooza - that’s going to be one crazy week. I need
to keep reminding myself that I don’t have to write a book in
preparation for the Wordsmiths session.
And in between all this, I’ll be cooking, cleaning and running around after children. Or is it the other way around??
Now, off to work. If you see or hear me doing anything not related to my set goals for the term, give me whack!