There are many challenges in being a teacher, but I think one of the biggest ones is when you have students who appear to either not realise or not care about all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I can admit that the reason I work 80-hour weeks is that I work slowly -- I'm an anxiety-riddled perfectionist who likes everything to be thought through. I don't expect everything to be perfect, but I expect myself to have done as much as possible for my lessons to have gone as well as possible.
It's not about being the best, it's about being my best.
That's probably why I'm my own worst enemy.
|Doing work on mood in class, and this kiddo got it right,|
It's like... glad I stayed up until 2am figuring this out for you, kid.
|Like the Pacific Ocean.|
I took a day off work to recharge my batteries. It was actually meant to be a day for me to catch up on all the marking that I still haven't done, but... I am the worst when it comes to marking turnaround times. Still, I did a short 3-minute meditation (usually meditation drives me mental), completed some much-needed house chores and ran some errands. It was a good day, all in all.
|Never surprised by the quality of this kiddo's art skills.|
Qantas did end up pulling through -- after discovering a wait time of two and a half hours to talk on the phone, I ended up utilising their text message chat service, and ended up getting us what I think were the last two available flights to Sydney! We weren't able to sit next to each other buuuut we also didn't care -- we were on our way to Sydney and not about to lose out on a night's accommodation!
|I always appreciate a window seat, especially when I know there's no danger of me needing to pee.|
|Still gettin' all them goods.|
I ate some seriously delicious stuff while in Sydney and naturally took no photos of any of it. The Sephora Collection booth at School of Sephora had like a pick-n-mix lolly bar, so I 100% took advantage of that.
|This sugar rush from this was insaaaaane!|
|It was a tough choice between Bloomy and Curly Red.|
|Just so good on a hot day after a lot of walking around in terrible shoes.|
My dish did take a while to come out -- we made the usual-style joke about the chef going out to catch the squid for the ink -- but it was delicious. Do I think it would have worked with the ravioli? Yes, I do. I didn't think the sauce was so thick that it wouldn't mix, but then what do I know?
|Menu @ Merchants. Photo credit: My bestie.|
I've really put in extra effort to listening to Murder in a Nunnery and it's gotten quite good! It goes to show that it's only really worth listening to something if you're in the mood for it, otherwise you're unable to focus and you'll miss parts. I think I have perhaps 10 minutes left on the audiobook; I can't wait to return it, it'll be a true sense of accomplishment!
I brought along two books for the plane ride to Sydney, just to give myself a little choice, and I got about 60 pages or so in on Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood on the plane ride over. It's one of the Book Club books that my students are doing, and I borrowed it from my public library because there weren't enough copies for me. I was glad for it, in the end. I persisted in finishing the book on the plane ride back to Melbourne, and it wasn't exactly my cup of tea. I'm not quite sure that it's a book I would have been thrilled to have bought.
|I'll just read this gorgeous coffee table book next time.|
...After I get a coffee table.
There hasn't been a great deal of time to watch anything this week. It's been RuPaul's Drag Race UK, Season 6 of Below Deck while I've been planning at home and a little of Season 1 of Below Deck to introduce my bestie to it. I think I did attempt to watch a little of The Golden Girls, but I ended up napping.
Re-watching "Below Deck" has been interesting -- to me, there have been several unlikeable people on the show, and their sense of entitlement makes me feel like I'm back at work dealing with students who think they're owed respect that they have not earned at all. I don't know, perhaps it's always been a problem and I'm only really seeing it now.
|This park is maybe as far from the high seas as you can get. Kinda.|
Listening to recently
Podcasts have once again been the main source of audio input this week, though I've been moving more towards The Good Place: The Podcast, as well as a couple of other little bits and pieces from other shows that I've been getting through just so that I can delete them from my list.
I did also start listening to Office Ladies, the podcast by Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer on the TV show The Office, and I downloaded episode three for the plane ride. I also misplaced my headphones, so I got to listen to about 20 minutes of it on Saturday evening when I decided to go to Starbucks (!!!) and borrowed my bestie's. I really enjoy these kinds of podcasts; I love to learn all those extra behind-the-scenes tidbits that you used to only get with director commentary on a DVD.
|Early evening walk to Starbuck + podcasts + photos of Old Sydney = lovely.|
I suppose I'd like to know: what's something delicious that you've eaten this week? Let me know!
|This post was brought to you by a woman who knows that's a Tuesday, thus, not the weekend, but whatever, she's tired.|