Friday, 26 August 2011

Car boot finds, Spooky Men, interviews....

Hey, look what I found at a car boot sale last Sunday:

yes - this is the type of find that excites me :D

And I know they are only piddly little ones, but they are enough for me, for now. A much better way to incorporate weights into my circuits than tins of beans/bottles of water. Although it has to be said this week has been a bit lax in terms of exercise, for various reasons. Such is life - I will be back on it next week!

Monday night was a very good night - we went to see The Spooky Men's Chorale, haven't laughed so much in ages. Lots of big men, some with big beards, singing Georgian choral inspired songs with titles such as "Don't stand between a man and his tool". Fantastic voices, and so, so funny. If you ever get the chance - GO AND SEE THEM!!!

Laughter was just what I needed as I had the interview looming on Tuesday morning. I get very nervous about interviews, and had been carrying around this feeling of dread all week before it. It actually went very well, as far as I could tell. I'm hopeful, but trying not to bank on getting it - there were 3 other candidates. I've learnt from my experience with the supermarket, where they were taking on loads of staff and I was sure I would get something...nope.

It would suit me quite well though, its afternoons so I would be at home in the mornings for A (although not when she gets home from school), and it would mostly be driving around in a little red van delivering parcels. Its just a matter of waiting to hear now, the interviewer did say it can take a while for the decision to be made.

After the interview I had some news about our holiday - unfortunately we will have to cut it short :-( Due to circumstances beyond my control we cant have our second week over near Venice. I'm gutted, and considerably out of pocket with having to change flights etc, but its not something any of us could have foreseen, so I'm just trying to focus on us having a brilliant time with A's Nonno and Nonna in La Spezia and Pisa for the first week.

As for school, all is well :-) A is managing the early mornings remarkably well, and seems to be enjoying all aspects of school life. She did have to have a maths test, which she was quite worried about. Maths is the only subject that is streamed straight away, and A had been put into the bottom group to start with as they had no primary school record to judge her on - hence the test. She came home after the test saying that she didn't think she had answered anything right, and was resigned (and actually fairly content) to staying in the bottom group. I wasn't sure what to think, I know she has far more ability than she realises, but I also know how panicky she gets about tests, and thought she might have done really badly through sheer terror! The following day she announced she'd been moved up to the middle group. I hope this gives her a bit of a boost and makes her realise that she's not "rubbish" (her words, not mine!) at maths.


affectionforfitness said...

Hi K! My teenage daughter was tested, after taking both algebra and geometry in middle school, to belong in 9th grade algebra. So my husband went to the high school and asked them to allow her to take both algebra and geometry at the same time so that she can eventually take the highest math classes taught in her school.

Anyway, don't think it is anything personal about your daughter that makes them categorize kids in math that way. They did the same thing to my girl.

:-) Marion

The Knickernator said...


I'm watching your school experiences with interest as mine still wants to go next year...
Really hope you get the job, but if you don't, it's only becuase there's something mroe awesome around the corner.

I loved that my mum was at work wehn I got home from high school. Eat half a block of marzipan originally destined for a cake while I rock out to Metallica in the living room? Don't mind if I do!! xxx

K said...

Hi Marion :-)
She seems to be doing ok in the maths group she's been moved to - its quite interesting to see where they've placed her, as I really didn't have a clue where she was compared to her peers. And her lack of confidence made us both worry I think! At least she now knows she's on a level with her classmates.

Hey Knicks!
You know, I'd like to imagine she'll come home from school and settle down to her homework, but I think I'm kidding myself. She'll be eating crisps and watching the music channel, while texting and chatting on facebook to about 50 people. All at the same time. My multi-tasking wonder-girl!