In the garden

Evie

Kaitiaki
Staff member
Some days, being a teacher is really heartbreaking. It's the holidays but I got a call from my principal. I won't mention any details here other than to say it was a tragic accident and we will be one student less when school begins.
 

Magdlyn

Moderator
Staff member
I'm so sorry. When does school start up again? Do you get like a full 2 months off, or less?
 

Evie

Kaitiaki
Staff member
I start on 30 Jan, classes start 2 February. Different schools have different start days, but most schools get 6-7 weeks off.
 

Magdlyn

Moderator
Staff member
I start on 30 Jan, classes start 2 February. Different schools have different start days, but most schools get 6-7 weeks off.
I just wondered. It varies widely here by state. The Northeast where I live always gets off from June 21 at the latest, to about Sept 2. Some states get much less, and then get a longer winter break.
 

Vicki82

Active member
Just got caught up on your posts, Evie. Sounds like things have been pretty hectic, both good and bad! Hope you can enjoy the NRE as much as possible given all the other things going on.
 

Evie

Kaitiaki
Staff member
I've had some moments when I can truly enjoy the NRE but January has really been challenging.

However, looking well into the future, today I booked next year's longer term accommodation for Puck's visit here.

Looking even further into the future, I've started saving for my return visit after that. Small savings, but it will add up over time.

Adam and I have been making plans for the year as well, many which revolve around household plans (painting, organising, etc.) I've rearranged the budget to free up some cas for these things. It will mean longer to pay off the credit card, but overall, even with the interest, I think it's worth it. It means this place won't feel like a holding pattern and we'll get to see some progress.

Now to get my energy back. I really enjoyed those few days of NRE and feeling like I could actually have an exciting life. I was doing pretty damn well until the tragic death of the student. That's going to sit heavily for a while yet, so I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to have the high level energy again.

Today, I dyed a couple of pieces of clothing that I hadn't been wearing for different reasons. I am pretty pleased with how they have come out. I'm about to hang them to dry and then I'll really get to see how they look. I'm wearing my hair dark now so although this is a dye colour I originally had around for an entirely different purpose, I'm hoping it will suit me in clothing. If not, it will be pretty easy to dye the clothes black 😁
 

powerpuffgrl1969

Active member
COMPLETELY off topic, but how do you feel about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's resignation? I don't know enough about her to make an educated opinion, but I have seen you mention her once or twice and I was curious.
 

Evie

Kaitiaki
Staff member
Well, I'm not particularly surprised. Leading a country takes its toll on anyone and she's had a hell of a lot of sexist bullshit to deal with on top of everything else. She's been a superb prime minister but there was no doubt she would have lost the next election. This allows Labour the chance to put up a real fight in the campaigning this year. And it's pretty clear that the succession planning has been in place long enough that there was a very quick change of leadership. That's what Helen Clark (the last female Labour PM) didn't do and Labour subsequently lost the election. Jacinda learned that lesson, the plan was clearly already in place, and she can go enjoy being a full time SAHM for a while.
 

Evie

Kaitiaki
Staff member
A little summary of her time in office:


In my world, I'm a little under the weather but not testing positive for Covid (feels like I should be though). I only got 5 mins to talk with Puck today so I'm also missing him more than usual. But it's date night tomorrow afternoon so we get a long call without risk of interruption.

Work starts again on Monday (although I should be doing all sorts of prep right now, sigh) so that will keep me busy. I have had some good news that should make this work year less stressful. We'll see. I really want to have enough energy to keep up with learning new skills, just in case I really want to jump ship from teaching after this workplace. 4 more years (max) but am I doing myself a disservice even trying to stay that long? Or is that outweighed by a little longevity on my CV, a chance to learn the new student national assessments in a comparatively relaxed environment, and a short commute while I focus on some home improvements and as much travel as I can?

The great Kiwi dream is winning lotto. I'm dreaming a lot right now.
 

Evie

Kaitiaki
Staff member
I really hope you do, it can be a very refreshing change.

So, Puck and I had our long call today and talked largely about his visit here next year. It's going to be hard now to not compare to the experience we had on the last visit. But we're going to have to treat it as another sort of blank slate with regards to how we will live day to day. He asked about winery tours and although it's a smaller (less well known) region, where I have booked is wine country. And the AirBnB comes with bicycles yay!

I've just been talking with Adam about how Puck might perceive NZ. We're both very interested to know.

I want more than I'll ever get.
 

Evie

Kaitiaki
Staff member
I had a first date yesterday with a local-ish guy I met on the other site I write at. We'd been texting a while and he seemed okay but...

NEVER AGAIN.

I felt so unsafe by the end of it, I've deactivated that profile. I'm not long off the phone from just hanging out with Puck for an hour after telling him about it.

But, onwards and upwards today. It's Sunday morning and I have some stuff I want to do today. We'll see how much I actually get done, but I might even start with a list. It's been a while since I've actually done a list to enjoy crossing off. Tomorrow, work begins again with some staff only meetings. I don't have to deal with students until Thursday.

Adam isn't working today so I'm looking forward to spending some more time with him, too. We had last night together as well and enjoyed dinner and a movie at home. I honestly wish we lived somewhere else, somewhere with good restaurants! We hardly ever go out anywhere, but hopefully the changes I've implemented to the budget will allow a bit more flexibility in a few months once we've built up a little savings. But then, we also need a plumber pretty soon, and Adam needs hearing aids. And I need to visit my parents again next weekend so that's petrol and accommodation. Sigh, it never ends.

(I've actually reached out to Tech's widow to see if she is up to me visiting her - she's said there's always a bed there, but that could have changed or it could be too short notice. Hopefully she'll text me back.)

I've got this, though. There might be some stress at times, but overall, we're in a pretty strong financial position.
 
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