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New Name; New Blog

14 Feb

The blogger who hasn’t blogged in months!

That would be because after attending and becoming inspired at the problogger conference back in (ahem) August, I decided that my blog needed a makeover and a name change.  It took me awhile to get everything all worked out but here it is!

The name has changed from “This is Who I am” to “A teacher’s life”, because lets face it 95% of what I blog about is teachery stuff!!


The makeover happend by Katrina from the The Mediamaid.  I love it (I am slightly addicted to gold spots at the moment so the design is perfect!)

I have lots planned for my blog this year – so please stay tuned 🙂

So please come and visit me over at my new blog: A Teacher’s Life

Head on over there and check it out (if you were a subscriber you will need to sign up again! Sorry!)

A Teacher’s Life


So We Cruised!!

3 Jan

For Christmas this year my husband and I fled the country via boat.

A cruise boat that is! For 9 blissful days we sailed, ate, drank, ate, swam, ate, ate, and relaxed!


We stopped at the Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Villa and Noumea.


There was always something to do on the boat! Our favourite was participating in the daily lessons: Martini Masters, Whisky tasting and Cocktail Mixing!


We had no phone or internet connection while we were at sea………….so to all of you who we missed wishing a Merry Christmas we did think of you!


and for Pato…….Yes, we loved the towel animals left in our room each night 🙂


Christmas Questionnaire

13 Dec

Christmas Questionnaire

Lauren from Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep inspired me to participate in the Christmas Questionnaire hosted by Michelle from Fabulous in First (both of these ladies are teacher bloggers too!).


So here goes!

Hot Chocolate of Eggnog?

So most of you know that I do not drink tea or coffee (and may I add that thankfully I didn’t receive any coffee cups for Christmas from the kids this year! Win!).  In winter I will drink a hot chocolate but never in this hot weather.  As for Eggnog – I have never tried it but it will be on my list of things to do when I spend Christmas in New York in 2015 (nothing like planning ahead hey!).

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Umm Wrap!! Who doesn’t wrap christmas presents?????

Coloured Lights or White?

Umm I’ve never actually thought about this one. I love them all!! I’m a big Christmas light person.  On one of our evening walks this week I made my husband go to the lights display in Queens Park (FYI this is the week to go – not too busy yet!!).

When do you decorate?

I usually wait until the school holidays to decorate my house for Christmas (so early December).  However this year as we will be on a Cruise Boat sipping cocktails on Christmas day I do not have a scrap of Christmas decoration up in my house.  Which was fine until I wrapped some presents last week and I had nowhere to put them!!

Real or Fake Tree?

My tree is fake and white – so not even close to real. Last year I made a tree out of sticks that I spray painted white.  I do remember as a kid we had a real tree one Christmas and it made such a mess in the house that it was never done again!


What tops your tree?

I honestly can’t remember (so it can’t be too great!).

Favourite Christmas Memories or Traditions

I love that for dinner Christmas night (like you need dinner after eating all day) we have prawns!! We sit and peel and eat (except for my husband who is allergic to shell-fish, he has a ham sandwich).

Do you remember your favourite gift as a child?

I remember thinking I was the coolest person in the world the year Santa bought me a CD player!!

Do you prefer giving or receiving?

Can I say both for this one?  Something I do love though is wrapping. I go to great pains each year when deciding what theme I am going to use to wrap the presents! Last year it was brown paper and I painted red dots on it. Read about here if you like!


Candy Canes Yuck or Yum?

YUCK! I can’t stand the sugar on my teeth! I throw them straight in the bin when kids give them to me.

Favourite Christmas Movie?

I love “Four Holidays” with Vince Vaughan and Reese Witherspoon and “The Family Stone”.


Do you shop online or in store?

All week (since I’ve been home on holidays) I have been surprised to find parcels sitting on my back deck (while my back door has been open). I have been wondering how I haven’t heard or have missed the parcel delivery man.  Well yesterday I caught him – he packed in our back driveway, walked across our backyard and left the parcel on the deck! He doesn’t even come to the front door! When I was explaining it to my husband he made some comment about how he must come here very often! AND well this week I have had at least 1 parcel delivered every day so…….I’m going to have to say online!

Photo cards, letters or store bought cards?

Ummmmm……………….none.  I don’t send out Christmas cards! Sorry people! Check facebook at Christmas for my Merry Christmas Wishes!



The Sports Carnival

18 Jun

Yesterday was every teachers favourite day of the year.


When it comes to a sports carnival it comes with associated Murphy Laws.

  1. It will, with out fail, be a cold windy day.
  2. You will come home with dirt embedded in your clothes, hair and skin (I don’t know how PE teachers do it!).
  3. Kids will cry because a) they don’t want to run b) they didn’t win or c) they would prefer to sit with Mum rather than stay with their group.
  4. Pretty much all of your class will leave when their events are finished except for 3 students who you don’t know what to do with and have to babysit for the rest of the day.
  5. It will make any teacher, even if they never drink – want a beer at the end of the day.


I dare you……..tell me what you LOVE about Sports Carnivals.

Today I am linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (I Blog on Tuesdays).


18 Dec

Today I am linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (I Blog on Tuesdays).

For awhile now my husband has been telling me I am a hoarder.

Have you seen the TV show? I am amazed by how much stuff people have.  My house looks nothing like that but our shed on the other hand is busting at the seams, mainly with my school stuff.  I haven’t been in the classroom for two years so all my ‘school stuff’ has been stored in the shed.

Today is the day for me to sort through it and I plan to cull!

Yesterday we carted it all from the shed onto our back deck.  Look at what I’ve got!


Can you believe I have so much stuff.  48 plastic tubs!


Actually that’s not all of it.  I still have a cupboard full of art supplies (pom poms, pipe cleaners, patty papers etc), a fridge, reading chair, couch, filing cabinet and a bookcase full of picture books.

My aim is to cut it down by half. Wish me luck!

Sunshine Award

13 Dec

The Sunshine Award

On Tuesday I had the pleasant surprise to be nominated for The Sunshine Award by Rita from The Crafty Expat. Thanks Rita!


The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere”. The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favourite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

Here are my answers to the questions:
1. Favourite Time of the Year?

Now – Early Summer (before it gets too hot).

2. Favourite Festive movie?

Love Actually

3. What is your Passion?

Travelling the world!

4. Favourite Colour?


5. Favourite time of the Day?

Night time

6. Favourite Flower?


7. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Beverage?


8. Favourite Physical Activity?


9. Favourite vacation?

The Beach

In no particular order here are my nominees for the Sunshine Award:

Stylish Sensibility

All That I Adore

Sew Cook Laugh Live

RedCliffe Style

Katrina From the Block


Thinking of Starting a Blog

One Mother Hen

Handmade Tears and Triumphs

Once Upon a Nap

My apologies if you have previously been nominated.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Cricket Widow

6 Dec

Do you enjoy watching cricket?

I have to admit that it is not a sport that I have a lot of interest in.  I’ve never even watched a game! Actually I did go to a 20 20 match a couple of years ago – I took a magazine and wasn’t too devastated when it rained and we got to leave early!

The sport, cricket and I could coexist on earth together just fine if my husband didn’t insist on playing.  I dread cricket season.  It is not just the game itself – which takes up most of Saturday and sometimes Sunday too, but it’s training twice a week, raffle duty at the pub on Friday and Saturday nights, going and watching other grades play and the cost of the equipment is ridiculous!  Especially those bats, that need to be pressed and oiled and banged in all the time.  Then there’s the sore muscles, radox baths and physio appointments.  I’m not sure how you can get so injured playing a sport where you stand in the same spot half of the time (we have even had a broken hand!).


It sounds like I am a bad wife when I say that I have actually never been to see my husband play.  My two main excuses are that I have very fair skin that can’t tolerate being in the sun and the second is the game is so darn boring!  I did attempt once to show up – it was the wrong field, I couldn’t find him, he didn’t answer his phone so I turned around and went home.


Is cricket season over yet?

If you can find something good about the game of cricket – please feel free to tell me!

P.S After I wrote this entry my husband asked me if I wanted to go to Brisbane on Sunday to watch a game!!