Thursday, July 31, 2014

That time when the power went out

The other morning, I woke to my housemate faffing around getting ready for work. I couldn't hear the usual grind of the water pump or the shower spraying against the wall; I checked the time on my phone and realised that it wasn't charging. 

The power was out.

This was all fine I thought. The last time it happened, we had just blown a fuse. As I rolled around in bed hoping the fuse would get flicked back on, I get a call from my neighbour asking if our power was out as well. Turns out the whole street was out.

In my half awake, half asleep state, I was trying to figure out what to do. It was now 7.45, I had no intention of getting up this early, let alone be a human and do responsible human things. 

Do I call the power company? Could I even remember who we had our power with? No. So that option went out the window. 

Maybe I'll make a coffee whilst I try to figure out life. No power to heat the kettle. Goodbye potential day-saver option.

Meh, I'll just check Instagram and Facebook on my phone until I figure something out. Phone was nearly flat and I probably should save the battery, just in case.

Oh I know, I can use my laptop to peruse the internet for some day time fun activities. No freaking wifi and a flat laptop battery.

With all my options very quickly going out that wide open window, I went back to sleep. There was basically nothing else I could do that would be productive and enjoyable at now, 8.30 on a Wednesday morning.

The whole point to this, is that it really made me realise how much we take for granted things like electricity. It's a constant in our everyday lives, we don't see it ever, but we sure use a heck of a lot of it. We rely on it to work, rest, play and live in a massive variety of ways. I almost toyed with the idea of embracing the whole "no power thing" and getting creative with ways in which I could spend my day - but I knew it'd be fixed. 

I like that I live in a house with no T.V. We didn't have a microwave for nearly a year and a half and survived just fine. I like it when I go on holiday and there's no wifi to connect to, so you're detached from the world that is social media. I like living what I like to think is a 'simple life', but electricity - I need you! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The holidays are here!

The summer holidays have sped around that long corner of a school year and I now have a glorious five and a half weeks off! 

This school year has definitely been my favourite one out of the last three, but it didn't come without a stressful cost. I sat and passed my GSCE Maths exam and managed to sit and pass two more exams in English and Maths as well as compile a super-nearly-killed-me portfolio for my teacher's registration! But this year the kids were different. They were even cuter, even funnier and even lovelier than the last two classes I've had. Don't get me wrong, I've loved majority of the kids in all my classes, but this year I was able to form special bonds with them all. Their progress has been soooo evident and makes my heart swell that little bit more, knowing I've actually taught them. 

In September I start my Teacher of the Deaf course which is two more years of fun, stress and learning. I'm pretty excited to also be starting my British Sign Language course in September as well! 

Anyhoo, over the last week I've been seeing a lot of Cara as we partake in some sweet sweet London culture, along with Rachey poo as well! 

We've endulged in some pretty choice dance moves at a silent disco on the Southbank and saw some awesome bands play at The Scoop as part of the More London Summer Season!

We've gone to support a fellow co-worker and friend in a hilarious play!

And drunk jugs and jugs of Pimms! 

This weekend, my darling Grandad and Mum arrive from Wellington into Glasgow, and it's only 9 WHOLE SLEEPS until I get to see my Mumma again when she comes down to London!!! 

Our days are filling up fast with seeing family over the country and in London, going to Bath to see the Kaffe Fasset exhibition, going up to Scotland, and me and my Mumma having some quality time together! I've been super lucky since I've moved to London and have seen one or both my parents each year, but with studying and the waiting for a date for my sister's wedding, I don't know when I'll next be back in New Zealand! 

Take care lovely ones!

Friday, July 4, 2014

That time we went to Disneyland!

Boy, this really one of the happiest places on Earth! We had amazing weather, amazing company and an amazing time! Up there with one of the best days ever! My favourite ride was Space Mountain 2, a crazy roller coaster in the pitch black, my favourite purchase was my Pluto hat and the light, firework and little movie show at the end was tres bon! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

That time we went to Devon

8 "ladies"

2 cottages

8 back massages

A steam room and spa pool

Life won! 

Life's Latest

In between remaining a human, working full time and still trying to enjoy life... Here's what I've been up to lately!!

I have now passed both my maths and literacy skills tests! The literacy wasn't too hard, it was more the nerves that got in the way! The maths on the other hand - well that threw me. It's not my strong point at all and it was and is up there with one of my all time proudest moments!

Now that that's out of the way, I can very happily also say that I've been pretty lucky to be accepted onto the Teacher of the Deaf course! I have been lucky enough to have this opportunity - so bring on the next two years! Yes, that's two more definite years in London (sorry parentals!) but I cannot wait! And better yet - I get to do it with a pretty cool chick who I work with too!!

Lapping up the sun at any chance I can get has been pretty bon - especially when it's with some pretty choice people!

Making Pimms has been fun! Drinking it was even better!

Getting disposable cameras developed to have lifetime memories of an amazing trip to Paris was heaps choice!

Now I have the anxious wait for tomorrow's second to last observation and portfolio to hand in before I'm a registered teacher in the UK. Eeeeek!

Wish me luck!