lizziec: (acid)
It's not often that I post things about teaching here rather than friends locked over at [livejournal.com profile] chapter_read but my search for jobs is making me a little bitter at the moment and I feel my ranting is safe over here for once.

Basically there are no jobs out there for me at the moment, teaching wise. I'm actually pretty ok with it at the moment as it gives me some distance in time and space from my PGCE and more importantly I'm actually rested.

Unfortunately jealousy raises its ugly head, usually when I hear people have jobs who I know were worse than me on my PGCE.

The first idea of this came a few days ago while reading the TES staffroom boards, History subject section. I'm reading lots of pleas from teachers trained in other areas than history, who have not done it since year 9 or GCSE who have been shafted timetable wise and are teaching some history. Mostly it's KS3 (years 7-9) but some are teaching history GCSE and are begging for help because they have no clue. And I know I could do the job better if only the school would hire a history specialist for it. I COULD DO IT! Grr.

The other came a couple of days later when a course mate who is still not qualified (not passed their QTS skills tests - I have and am fully qualified now) texted me and told me they have a job. I am not only fully qualified but I know I am a better teacher. Grr!!

With these exceptions I'm fairly reconciled to my lot and things are going pretty well (with the exception of the edexcel saga (triple grr)), though my brain needs some exercize soon. I may start a research project or something.

Any ideas?
lizziec: (acid)
It's not often that I post things about teaching here rather than friends locked over at [livejournal.com profile] chapter_read but my search for jobs is making me a little bitter at the moment and I feel my ranting is safe over here for once.

Basically there are no jobs out there for me at the moment, teaching wise. I'm actually pretty ok with it at the moment as it gives me some distance in time and space from my PGCE and more importantly I'm actually rested.

Unfortunately jealousy raises its ugly head, usually when I hear people have jobs who I know were worse than me on my PGCE.

The first idea of this came a few days ago while reading the TES staffroom boards, History subject section. I'm reading lots of pleas from teachers trained in other areas than history, who have not done it since year 9 or GCSE who have been shafted timetable wise and are teaching some history. Mostly it's KS3 (years 7-9) but some are teaching history GCSE and are begging for help because they have no clue. And I know I could do the job better if only the school would hire a history specialist for it. I COULD DO IT! Grr.

The other came a couple of days later when a course mate who is still not qualified (not passed their QTS skills tests - I have and am fully qualified now) texted me and told me they have a job. I am not only fully qualified but I know I am a better teacher. Grr!!

With these exceptions I'm fairly reconciled to my lot and things are going pretty well (with the exception of the edexcel saga (triple grr)), though my brain needs some exercize soon. I may start a research project or something.

Any ideas?
lizziec: (acid)
It's not often that I post things about teaching here rather than friends locked over at [livejournal.com profile] chapter_read but my search for jobs is making me a little bitter at the moment and I feel my ranting is safe over here for once.

Basically there are no jobs out there for me at the moment, teaching wise. I'm actually pretty ok with it at the moment as it gives me some distance in time and space from my PGCE and more importantly I'm actually rested.

Unfortunately jealousy raises its ugly head, usually when I hear people have jobs who I know were worse than me on my PGCE.

The first idea of this came a few days ago while reading the TES staffroom boards, History subject section. I'm reading lots of pleas from teachers trained in other areas than history, who have not done it since year 9 or GCSE who have been shafted timetable wise and are teaching some history. Mostly it's KS3 (years 7-9) but some are teaching history GCSE and are begging for help because they have no clue. And I know I could do the job better if only the school would hire a history specialist for it. I COULD DO IT! Grr.

The other came a couple of days later when a course mate who is still not qualified (not passed their QTS skills tests - I have and am fully qualified now) texted me and told me they have a job. I am not only fully qualified but I know I am a better teacher. Grr!!

With these exceptions I'm fairly reconciled to my lot and things are going pretty well (with the exception of the edexcel saga (triple grr)), though my brain needs some exercize soon. I may start a research project or something.

Any ideas?
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Jack O'Neill (two l's ;)))
I've recently been watching the TV reruns on BBC4 of I, Claudius. It's very good. Full of death and stuff. My friend Sue introduced me to it and now I'm somewhat hooked. Fifth episode tonight. I fully recommend it to you if you have BBC4 and time free at 9 tonight. There are 7 more episodes after tonights. Watch it! :D

When [livejournal.com profile] no1typo found out I'd been watching it and wanted to read the books, she brought me them. The first "I, Claudius" and "Horrible Histories: York" arrived yesterday. The second "Claudius the God" should hopefully turn up soon. I'm so excited :D

My teaching certificate from the GTC turned up today, complete with my DFES number on. I only have to pay £33 to the GTC (essentially a Government Quango) and I will be a fully registered and qualified teacher :D

Had [livejournal.com profile] red_pill to stay last week. It was good, I'd missed having him around and he can be very good company. His pictures (including some funky pictures of half grown up duckings with their funny stumpy wings taken at Keynes Pond) can be found here. There are also some pictures of Cane Hill, Shakeaway in Croydon and Tapas at typos, which all pretty much sums up the last weekend of July. Tapas was thoroughly excellent and a good time was had by all. Got to know [livejournal.com profile] cutter666 better, which was nice, and saw lots of Xiphi, Si, [livejournal.com profile] bethanthepurple, foo, rah, the-moof-mother and her partner, mop, [livejournal.com profile] bleandweller, azz and many others.

Doing clearing hotline for the Uni next week. Puts off the panic of finding a proper job for a bit longer.

All's good at the moment. Yay!
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Jack O'Neill (two l's ;)))
I've recently been watching the TV reruns on BBC4 of I, Claudius. It's very good. Full of death and stuff. My friend Sue introduced me to it and now I'm somewhat hooked. Fifth episode tonight. I fully recommend it to you if you have BBC4 and time free at 9 tonight. There are 7 more episodes after tonights. Watch it! :D

When [livejournal.com profile] no1typo found out I'd been watching it and wanted to read the books, she brought me them. The first "I, Claudius" and "Horrible Histories: York" arrived yesterday. The second "Claudius the God" should hopefully turn up soon. I'm so excited :D

My teaching certificate from the GTC turned up today, complete with my DFES number on. I only have to pay £33 to the GTC (essentially a Government Quango) and I will be a fully registered and qualified teacher :D

Had [livejournal.com profile] red_pill to stay last week. It was good, I'd missed having him around and he can be very good company. His pictures (including some funky pictures of half grown up duckings with their funny stumpy wings taken at Keynes Pond) can be found here. There are also some pictures of Cane Hill, Shakeaway in Croydon and Tapas at typos, which all pretty much sums up the last weekend of July. Tapas was thoroughly excellent and a good time was had by all. Got to know [livejournal.com profile] cutter666 better, which was nice, and saw lots of Xiphi, Si, [livejournal.com profile] bethanthepurple, foo, rah, the-moof-mother and her partner, mop, [livejournal.com profile] bleandweller, azz and many others.

Doing clearing hotline for the Uni next week. Puts off the panic of finding a proper job for a bit longer.

All's good at the moment. Yay!
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Jack O'Neill (two l's ;)))
I've recently been watching the TV reruns on BBC4 of I, Claudius. It's very good. Full of death and stuff. My friend Sue introduced me to it and now I'm somewhat hooked. Fifth episode tonight. I fully recommend it to you if you have BBC4 and time free at 9 tonight. There are 7 more episodes after tonights. Watch it! :D

When [livejournal.com profile] no1typo found out I'd been watching it and wanted to read the books, she brought me them. The first "I, Claudius" and "Horrible Histories: York" arrived yesterday. The second "Claudius the God" should hopefully turn up soon. I'm so excited :D

My teaching certificate from the GTC turned up today, complete with my DFES number on. I only have to pay £33 to the GTC (essentially a Government Quango) and I will be a fully registered and qualified teacher :D

Had [livejournal.com profile] red_pill to stay last week. It was good, I'd missed having him around and he can be very good company. His pictures (including some funky pictures of half grown up duckings with their funny stumpy wings taken at Keynes Pond) can be found here. There are also some pictures of Cane Hill, Shakeaway in Croydon and Tapas at typos, which all pretty much sums up the last weekend of July. Tapas was thoroughly excellent and a good time was had by all. Got to know [livejournal.com profile] cutter666 better, which was nice, and saw lots of Xiphi, Si, [livejournal.com profile] bethanthepurple, foo, rah, the-moof-mother and her partner, mop, [livejournal.com profile] bleandweller, azz and many others.

Doing clearing hotline for the Uni next week. Puts off the panic of finding a proper job for a bit longer.

All's good at the moment. Yay!

My post

22 July 2006 08:52 pm
lizziec: (Third Watch - bosco and yokis (car))
Last year I got one of these:


I woke up this morning to some post.

my post )

My post

22 July 2006 08:52 pm
lizziec: (Third Watch - bosco and yokis (car))
Last year I got one of these:


I woke up this morning to some post.

my post )

My post

22 July 2006 08:52 pm
lizziec: (Third Watch - bosco and yokis (car))
Last year I got one of these:


I woke up this morning to some post.

my post )

Quizzes

7 July 2006 12:23 pm
lizziec: (Third Watch - yokis)
Here. Have some quizzes. I was bored this morning and passed some time.

Love Profile )

Which Brady am I? (and do you even care? ;)) )

The Name of my Penis )

Which drug matches my personality? )

Which X-Man am I? (aka, do I die in X3? ;)) )

My Simpsons personality )

Which muppet am I? I am... )

My personality! )

Which Tarot card am I? )

I am a candy! )

What my sleeping position says about me )

My inner child :( )

My mood ring is... )

What should I major in (let's assume I haven't already finished my degree... )

...In other news, I found out today that I passed my PGCE ;)

Quizzes

7 July 2006 12:23 pm
lizziec: (Third Watch - yokis)
Here. Have some quizzes. I was bored this morning and passed some time.

Love Profile )

Which Brady am I? (and do you even care? ;)) )

The Name of my Penis )

Which drug matches my personality? )

Which X-Man am I? (aka, do I die in X3? ;)) )

My Simpsons personality )

Which muppet am I? I am... )

My personality! )

Which Tarot card am I? )

I am a candy! )

What my sleeping position says about me )

My inner child :( )

My mood ring is... )

What should I major in (let's assume I haven't already finished my degree... )

...In other news, I found out today that I passed my PGCE ;)

Quizzes

7 July 2006 12:23 pm
lizziec: (Third Watch - yokis)
Here. Have some quizzes. I was bored this morning and passed some time.

Love Profile )

Which Brady am I? (and do you even care? ;)) )

The Name of my Penis )

Which drug matches my personality? )

Which X-Man am I? (aka, do I die in X3? ;)) )

My Simpsons personality )

Which muppet am I? I am... )

My personality! )

Which Tarot card am I? )

I am a candy! )

What my sleeping position says about me )

My inner child :( )

My mood ring is... )

What should I major in (let's assume I haven't already finished my degree... )

...In other news, I found out today that I passed my PGCE ;)
lizziec: (animals - giraffe kiss)
I think I love year 7. I'm fed up cos I've shitloads of work to do tonight and I stumbled across this little gem:

"Even though Thomas [Becket] got his head chopped off he still had his pride"


That was closely followed, in the same essay by:

"To control Jerusalem would have been a honour as it had the grave where Lord Jesus had died."


Bless :D
lizziec: (evil bunnies)
Today, I am mostly grumpy. I have not had enough sleep cos I was utterly unable to sleep in both Saturday and Sunday so I'm tired. I ache because I have been sitting on the floor filing stuff from my course away (four leaver arch files full so far and counting) and I have a headache because we now have a paper shredder to get rid of the shite I've collected on the course and it's been running so much today we have three complete recycling sacks full of shredded paper (one from yesterday, two from today). I still have lesson plans to do and I'm grumpy.

So now you all know.

Beware.
lizziec: (bookshop)
I have a 4k word essay due tomorrow morning. I will be working all night and therefore spamming you horrendously with my progress.

Deal.

4:37am

FINISHED! :D


Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,859 / 4,000
(96.5%)


I'm now going to have a cornflake cake and catch some zzzzz's. Have to be at uni in 4.5 hours :|


4:34am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,844 / 4,000
(96.1%)


BWhahah!

4:26am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,699 / 4,000
(92.5%)


So close!

Hrm. Hungry. Perhaps I should have a crispy cake... :|

Decisions, decisions...

4:13am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,450 / 4,000
(86.3%)


OOh! I really am getting there! :D

3:56am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,086 / 4,000
(77.1%)


I think I might be getting there... :O

3:36am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,660 / 4,000
(66.5%)


Yay! Someone else is up! I thought I was the only one after [livejournal.com profile] kimble and [livejournal.com profile] barakta wimped out unusally "early" for them ;)

Yay for [livejournal.com profile] manyfacesofjase! :D He wins the prize ;)

3:17am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,220 / 4,000
(55.5%)


Powernap didn't help. Still exhausted. Doesn't help that Ben seems very restless tonight :|

2:20am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,928 / 4,000
(48.2%)


Keep falling asleep on my laptop. I also keep writing bollocks I have to go back and change after. I'm off for a power nap now I've reached practically half way. If I haven't spammed again in an hour call me :|

2:05am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,657 / 4,000
(41.4%)


1:46am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,212 / 4,000
(30.3%)


Oh fuck off. I must have done more than that :| :(

1:08am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
802 / 4,000
(20.1%)


12:30am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
358 / 4,000
(8.9%)


I still have a long way to go... :|

On the up side, I have now written my bibliography. Go me.
lizziec: (bookshop)
I have a 4k word essay due tomorrow morning. I will be working all night and therefore spamming you horrendously with my progress.

Deal.

4:37am

FINISHED! :D


Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,859 / 4,000
(96.5%)


I'm now going to have a cornflake cake and catch some zzzzz's. Have to be at uni in 4.5 hours :|


4:34am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,844 / 4,000
(96.1%)


BWhahah!

4:26am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,699 / 4,000
(92.5%)


So close!

Hrm. Hungry. Perhaps I should have a crispy cake... :|

Decisions, decisions...

4:13am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,450 / 4,000
(86.3%)


OOh! I really am getting there! :D

3:56am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,086 / 4,000
(77.1%)


I think I might be getting there... :O

3:36am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,660 / 4,000
(66.5%)


Yay! Someone else is up! I thought I was the only one after [livejournal.com profile] kimble and [livejournal.com profile] barakta wimped out unusally "early" for them ;)

Yay for [livejournal.com profile] manyfacesofjase! :D He wins the prize ;)

3:17am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,220 / 4,000
(55.5%)


Powernap didn't help. Still exhausted. Doesn't help that Ben seems very restless tonight :|

2:20am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,928 / 4,000
(48.2%)


Keep falling asleep on my laptop. I also keep writing bollocks I have to go back and change after. I'm off for a power nap now I've reached practically half way. If I haven't spammed again in an hour call me :|

2:05am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,657 / 4,000
(41.4%)


1:46am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,212 / 4,000
(30.3%)


Oh fuck off. I must have done more than that :| :(

1:08am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
802 / 4,000
(20.1%)


12:30am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
358 / 4,000
(8.9%)


I still have a long way to go... :|

On the up side, I have now written my bibliography. Go me.
lizziec: (bookshop)
I have a 4k word essay due tomorrow morning. I will be working all night and therefore spamming you horrendously with my progress.

Deal.

4:37am

FINISHED! :D


Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,859 / 4,000
(96.5%)


I'm now going to have a cornflake cake and catch some zzzzz's. Have to be at uni in 4.5 hours :|


4:34am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,844 / 4,000
(96.1%)


BWhahah!

4:26am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,699 / 4,000
(92.5%)


So close!

Hrm. Hungry. Perhaps I should have a crispy cake... :|

Decisions, decisions...

4:13am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,450 / 4,000
(86.3%)


OOh! I really am getting there! :D

3:56am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,086 / 4,000
(77.1%)


I think I might be getting there... :O

3:36am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,660 / 4,000
(66.5%)


Yay! Someone else is up! I thought I was the only one after [livejournal.com profile] kimble and [livejournal.com profile] barakta wimped out unusally "early" for them ;)

Yay for [livejournal.com profile] manyfacesofjase! :D He wins the prize ;)

3:17am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,220 / 4,000
(55.5%)


Powernap didn't help. Still exhausted. Doesn't help that Ben seems very restless tonight :|

2:20am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,928 / 4,000
(48.2%)


Keep falling asleep on my laptop. I also keep writing bollocks I have to go back and change after. I'm off for a power nap now I've reached practically half way. If I haven't spammed again in an hour call me :|

2:05am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,657 / 4,000
(41.4%)


1:46am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,212 / 4,000
(30.3%)


Oh fuck off. I must have done more than that :| :(

1:08am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
802 / 4,000
(20.1%)


12:30am
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
358 / 4,000
(8.9%)


I still have a long way to go... :|

On the up side, I have now written my bibliography. Go me.
lizziec: (bookshop)
It's the holiday! Two whole weeks without school :D This makes me very happy and, as a newly married, means that avenues are opened up to us that weren't before. One of these is love bites.

Cut for potentially TMI )

Still, it amused me, especially looking back :D

In other news, ben and I got a new car stereo yesterday. It plays cds! :D We tested it out on the way to the hospital and it works beautifully. There's something quite nice about speeding along a good road playing Green Day - American Idiot at high volume on a lovely day, even if we were going to the hospital :)
lizziec: (bookshop)
It's the holiday! Two whole weeks without school :D This makes me very happy and, as a newly married, means that avenues are opened up to us that weren't before. One of these is love bites.

Cut for potentially TMI )

Still, it amused me, especially looking back :D

In other news, ben and I got a new car stereo yesterday. It plays cds! :D We tested it out on the way to the hospital and it works beautifully. There's something quite nice about speeding along a good road playing Green Day - American Idiot at high volume on a lovely day, even if we were going to the hospital :)
lizziec: (bookshop)
It's the holiday! Two whole weeks without school :D This makes me very happy and, as a newly married, means that avenues are opened up to us that weren't before. One of these is love bites.

Cut for potentially TMI )

Still, it amused me, especially looking back :D

In other news, ben and I got a new car stereo yesterday. It plays cds! :D We tested it out on the way to the hospital and it works beautifully. There's something quite nice about speeding along a good road playing Green Day - American Idiot at high volume on a lovely day, even if we were going to the hospital :)
lizziec: (potterpuffs - Luna Lovegood - wisdom)
For one of my uni tasks I have to write about two pupils and how I taught them: one "Gifted and Talented" and one SEN. I've written up the Gifted and Talented, but run out of concentration and focus as I moved on to the write up of the SEN pupil.

What is the problem that the SEN pupil experiences?

ADHD.

How very appropriate.
lizziec: (potterpuffs - Tonks)
I stole this from [livejournal.com profile] kepplar. It's fairly accurate as far as it goes - I would have done English/English Literature if I hadn't done history, but the thing is flawed as there *is* no history on there. Go figure.

You scored as English. You should be an English major! Your passion lies in writing and expressing yourself creatively, and you hate it when you are inhibited from doing so. Pursue that interest of yours!

</td>

English

67%

Sociology

58%

Philosophy

50%

Journalism

50%

Mathematics

42%

Theater

33%

Chemistry

33%

Linguistics

33%

Biology

25%

Engineering

25%

Art

25%

Psychology

17%

Anthropology

8%

Dance

0%

What is your Perfect Major?
created with QuizFarm.com


In other news: Back to school tomorrow :'(
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Sam Carter)
I should be doing paperwork right now, but I'm not cos I only just got back from dropping Phil at the bus station for the 8pm coach.

Why did it take me so long to get back from a 5-10 min run?

Well... (and for more information on this see [livejournal.com profile] benc's far more detailed LJ entry on it here)

We were walking back from the bus station to Watling Street Car Park (that's the one next to Whitefriars ;)) to the car when I noticed a man and a woman having an argument...when I next turned around he was pushing her over fairly violently. Then he got into the car and started to reverse from the parking space. She started to scream for help and she was clawing at his door trying to open it. The next thing I knew the screaming had stopped, she was on the floor and the man had stopped his car next to ours asking if we'd seen what had happened and would we stay around for the police so we could verify his story...

We went over to where she was lying and she seemed proper out of it. He kept telling us how she was really drunk and they'd been thrown out of Cafe Rouge and she got violent when she was drunk. Apparently she'd been trying to vandalise his car - they were partners apparently. She was lying on her back but we didn't know how she had got there. She was breathing so we left her like that and I covered her up with my coat while another bystander called for an ambulance. She's still unconcious and the man keeps asking her if she wants to go home. The witnesses (including ben and I) kept saying as she was unconcious she shouldn't be moved. I don't know about anyone else but part of my motivation in saying that was so she didn't go anywhere with him. He came across as a right sleaze. Yes, she was definately pissed - you could smell it, but she was unconcious and he didn't make any move to cover her up, check she was breathing or call for an ambulance. If you care about someone enough to date them and live with them why would you just not react at all when they are seemingly hurt?

Eventually the ambulance turned up and they got her up, awake and into the ambulance. When they woke her up she seemed really disorentated and whispered some stuff that ben could hear - her neck hurt, she wanted help, call the police. Then she came to herself a bit more and screamed for the police, that he was known to the police, he'd done this before. Once she was in the ambulance he took our names and drove off - didn't even ask about her...

We got the number plate - the police took it when they arrived and put out a call for it. Hopefully they'll find he's been drinking and he'll get done for drink driving (sorry - I really didn't like the guy). The police took our details and will get in touch if they need to.

So she is an apparently violent drunk, he's a scumbag who wants to move someone who possibly has head and neck injuries and who he was happy to drive away from earlier. Seems almost like they deserve one another. I dunno :|

I feel really shaken by it. Of all the witnesses I was the one who saw the most and I saw him push her over and I didn't do anything. I remember thinking conciously "What if he's got a weapon or something. I should stay out of it. I don't want to get hurt" I just stood and watched and it wasn't until she went down and stopped screaming and he stopped his car I went to do something.

When you hear about those people who have walked past when there has been an assault going on I keep thinking "I wouldn't do that". Faced with that situation I'm not convinced. I feel really bad about myself right now. I'm worried I would just walk by.

I don't want to be that person, I just got so scared.
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Teal'c)
Ben and I now have our first Christmas tree and it is very beautiful. Typo brought over my decorations last week and putting them on our tree was nice. Each one has a story - "this one had money in it which was a pressie the year we went to disneyland" or "this one was brought back from alaska when Auntie Pat went there on a cruise" :D

Rah came over today - was good to see her. Watched Cadfael and stuff :) Saw foo briefly as he ate our soup and bread and ran away. Now awaiting the appearance of [livejournal.com profile] red_pill who is in Canterbury gaming...oh - and doing all that work that I've been chipping away at all weekend. Stupid PGCE ;)

Also, the Carols at the Cathedral I went to on Tuesday with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo, [livejournal.com profile] benc, [livejournal.com profile] fooflington, [livejournal.com profile] rahslowe, pao and mrspao were lovely :D I cried in Once In Royal David's City and the candle light was just amazing. I always think when I'm standing there in the candlelight about all the generations, the thousand years or so of people who did all this before me. It gives me shivers.

At the moment I must admit to quite looking forward to Christmas - we've even done a large part of our shopping! Just need to survive to Wednesday now :)

Squee!

Christmas Tree! )
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Teal'c)
Ben and I now have our first Christmas tree and it is very beautiful. Typo brought over my decorations last week and putting them on our tree was nice. Each one has a story - "this one had money in it which was a pressie the year we went to disneyland" or "this one was brought back from alaska when Auntie Pat went there on a cruise" :D

Rah came over today - was good to see her. Watched Cadfael and stuff :) Saw foo briefly as he ate our soup and bread and ran away. Now awaiting the appearance of [livejournal.com profile] red_pill who is in Canterbury gaming...oh - and doing all that work that I've been chipping away at all weekend. Stupid PGCE ;)

Also, the Carols at the Cathedral I went to on Tuesday with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo, [livejournal.com profile] benc, [livejournal.com profile] fooflington, [livejournal.com profile] rahslowe, pao and mrspao were lovely :D I cried in Once In Royal David's City and the candle light was just amazing. I always think when I'm standing there in the candlelight about all the generations, the thousand years or so of people who did all this before me. It gives me shivers.

At the moment I must admit to quite looking forward to Christmas - we've even done a large part of our shopping! Just need to survive to Wednesday now :)

Squee!

Christmas Tree! )
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Teal'c)
Ben and I now have our first Christmas tree and it is very beautiful. Typo brought over my decorations last week and putting them on our tree was nice. Each one has a story - "this one had money in it which was a pressie the year we went to disneyland" or "this one was brought back from alaska when Auntie Pat went there on a cruise" :D

Rah came over today - was good to see her. Watched Cadfael and stuff :) Saw foo briefly as he ate our soup and bread and ran away. Now awaiting the appearance of [livejournal.com profile] red_pill who is in Canterbury gaming...oh - and doing all that work that I've been chipping away at all weekend. Stupid PGCE ;)

Also, the Carols at the Cathedral I went to on Tuesday with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo, [livejournal.com profile] benc, [livejournal.com profile] fooflington, [livejournal.com profile] rahslowe, pao and mrspao were lovely :D I cried in Once In Royal David's City and the candle light was just amazing. I always think when I'm standing there in the candlelight about all the generations, the thousand years or so of people who did all this before me. It gives me shivers.

At the moment I must admit to quite looking forward to Christmas - we've even done a large part of our shopping! Just need to survive to Wednesday now :)

Squee!

Christmas Tree! )

Quiz

4 December 2005 09:21 am
lizziec: (Third Watch - bosco and yokis (coffee))
HASH(0x8ce8f9c)
Remus Lupin
You are looking for someone sweet, intelligent, and
understanding. Although he may have big
troubles to overcome, with you by his side this
wolfman will at least have a non-judgmental,
loving romance.


Who is your Harry Potter love match? (for girls)
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In other news:

I don't have an advent calendar. Noone seems to have them any more. This makes me sad :(

Also, I have marking to do today, and lesson planning. This makes me even sadder :|

At least I'm at home and warm with ben and this makes me happy :) There are also only 10 more days left at school before the holiday which makes me want to dance ;)

Moof curry tomorrow, so I will work hard tonight so I don't have anything to do when I get back from it.

*bounces*
lizziec: (toys - Epstein-barr)
So last Thursday I went to the Annual borefest prizegiving at the Beacon School, Banstead to see Phil pick up an award for "Most Progress, Curriculum Support, Year 13". I was very proud of him even though he bit his thumb at me. We had a lovely dinner at the Mint in Banstead and I stayed the night before coming back the next day for a thoroughly pointless inset day. Inset days are much more fun as a pupil, I guarentee it.

It was lovely to have seen mum and Phil again :)

Additionally, I told you I trod on a plug and it hurt :P

quizzes )

Woo!

9 November 2005 04:03 am
lizziec: (XKCD sheeple)
Look how much essay I wrote tonight! :D

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,951 / 4,000
(98.0%)


*dances*

All done!

*hugs* to [livejournal.com profile] benc and [livejournal.com profile] evad_ukc who have kept me sane :D

Time for a couple of hours sleep then... ;)
lizziec: (XKCD well duh)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,660 / 4,000
(40.0%)


Slowly approaching the half way point...

[edit] 23:28
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1,788 / 4,000
(44.0%)


Just 6 more % before I can move onto the next section. Yay(!)

[edit] 23:38

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,949 / 4,000
(48.0%)


Almost there... (I think I can, I think I can...)

[edit] 00:11

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,203 / 4,000
(54.0%)


Feel incredibly restless right now :(

[edit] 01:43

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,528 / 4,000
(63.0%)


Keep falling asleep, ben keeps waking me up. No proper sleep for me tonight then I guess :(

[edit] 02:10
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,820 / 4,000
(70.0%)


I think ben wants to go to bed... :/

[edit] 02:33

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,128 / 4,000
(77.0%)


Ben's gone to bed :(

[edit] 03:04

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,409 / 4,000
(85.0%)


Into the final stretch now :D

Is it just me, or does this one in particular look like a penis?

[edit] 03:08

Thinking about it, they all look like penises :O

[edit] 03:30

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,763 / 4,000
(93.0%)


So close!

[edit] 03:42

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,951 / 4,000
(98.0%)


Woohoo! It's done :D

Just the bibliography to do now, then I can grab a couple of hours zzz :D
lizziec: (acid)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,421 / 4,000
(35.0%)
lizziec: (animals - badgers)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,044 / 4,000
(26.0%)


I may get some sleep after all tonight...
lizziec: (animals - bunny!)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
723 / 4,000
(17.0%)


...and with that, so to bedzzzzzzzzzzzz *sleeps*
lizziec: (animals - duckling-bum)
Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday today :D

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce WA1, a 4k word essay due Wednesday - you will be seeing a lot more of this guy ;)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
271 / 4,000
(6.8%)


*yawns*

Looks like an all nighter for tomorrow then...
lizziec: (animals - giraffe kiss)
Guess what?

I'm getting me a thinkpad today :D :D :D

*dances*

So excited...don't know how I'll get through Uni!

*dances more*
lizziec: (apod - milky-way eating)
Some pictures from my visit to London and the IWM last Friday, for your perusal ;) It was actually wetter than it looks in some of those pictures.

Aeroplanes! :D )
lizziec: (gemini - side on)
I'm sitting here feeling really overwhelmed right now and the reason is today's trip to the Imperial War Museum's Holocause Exhibition.

The day started out early (5am - I was barely aware there was such a time ;)) and was on a train by half six. Got to Waterloo, had breakfast and wandered to the museum, getting soaked in the process (socks have only just dried off). Went into the museum and our first session of the day dealing with teaching sensitive topics. It was suggested that we try things like brainstorms (how much do you know about the Holocaust etc) as a way in and also brainstorm words we would apply to the victims, rescuers and perpetrators, and then use photographic resorces to prove these ideas wrong: not all victims were weak, pathetic or passive, not all rescuers are saintly and not all perpatrators were evil and they certainly did not look their roles.

Let me put it this way. Does this man )
look like the architech of mass murder to you? (if you know who he is try to look at the picture dispassionately - here he looks like a "nice" family man.) The reality is really quite shocking.

There were 20 images or so of this type and most of the time the people were not in the roles our first glance would have assigned them. It seems like a really good starter activity to use with children :)

Then came lunch and after thatCut because some of the things I'm going to talk about are really distressing )

After that came the exhibition which I didn't find nearly as awful as the workshop. Some bits were horrid and made me very sombre, like things that are LJ cut to prevent undue distress )

Anyway, the exhibition was good, but the artefact workshop was better for achieving the aim of making the holocaust more real to the student (or regular person).

I urge you to go see this exhibition.

It can't be described in words, though I have tried here.

Amazing.

Wow.

Shamelessly cross-posted to my other journal

Ick

21 October 2005 07:42 am
lizziec: (apod - Venus)
Am on a train on my way into London.

I've been up since 5am and on a train since half 6. The weather is awful and I am fairly sure I will get soaked on my 15 min walk at the other end (if anyone is in the vicinity of waterloo and wants to lend me a brolly... ;)) Am tired but have a good feeling about today's trip to the iwm otherwise so far :)

The real purpose of this entry is to ask anyone who sees ben today to buy him a coffee - he has a bad cold and slept horribly but decided to get up when i did and come see me off on the train (fool!) Then he went straight to work. So yeah, if you see him - coffee :) You will have my undying gratitude. Anyway, London ho!
lizziec: (hale-bopp comet)
I love my mummy.

She is wonderful :D
lizziec: (blue-sombereo-spritzer)
Today I finished Uni early and was annoyed that I had to wait around for ages to see the councellor. Turned out to be a good thing(tm) as I decided to go home on the direct bus. Ended up paying for the ticket of a bus friend and her four year old daughter who otherwise wouldn't have been allowed on what was the last direct bus of the evening to Rough Common because she only had a £10 note and the bus driver wouldn't change it. She was really greatful. I was just glad I'd been able to help :)

Warm fuzzies. Mmmm :D
lizziec: (Lizzie-ben-wedding)
Wheee-splat.

Lots of stuff.

Major update at [livejournal.com profile] chapter_read

Absolutely knackered.

It's only going to get worse :(
lizziec: (Default)
Cos I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] benc and [livejournal.com profile] no1typo

Bah.

Write 20 things about yourself. Then tag as many people as it take minutes for you to write these 20 things.

1. I've been awake since 4:30 this morning
2. I went to sleep at 12:30 this morning
3. I like cream slices
4. I love Linux. Seriously. Favourite Operating System Ever.*
5. the above point is true because I like the intellectual challenge of it - it makes my brain work
6. I still read girls school stories even though I am married and nearly 22 (google for "chalet school" and/or "elenor M Brent dyer")
7. As of tomorrow I will have been married two weeks.
8. I have a fascination with stars, astronomy and the night sky.
9. I passed my driving test on the second try.
10. The bouquet I threw at my wedding was actually one of the bridesmaids - the real one I left on my father's grave in Sutton Cemetary
11. CCCU's SU is way way better than UoK's. Especially when it comes to social events. Ph33r them.
12. I think sean bean is sexy
13. ditto johnny depp
14. my one of these is way less interesting than ben's or mamma's.
15. I get a perverse pleasure from winding up mormons.
16. I play(ed) violin at grade 5 standard
17. I sing(sang?) at grade 6 standard
18. I used to want to be an opera singer
19. I'm scared of failure.
20. This coming year is especially scary for me and I already feel overwhelmed.

I tag... uhm... [livejournal.com profile] x_tn, [livejournal.com profile] lonecow, [livejournal.com profile] lisaofdoom, [livejournal.com profile] oziris_00, [livejournal.com profile] pornqueenie, [livejournal.com profile] slimeypete, [livejournal.com profile] mortuus47, [livejournal.com profile] evad_ukc, [livejournal.com profile] cutter666, [livejournal.com profile] dharvsied.

Yes, it really did take that long. Ben kept talking to me ;)

*just my point of view ;)

Rar

11 September 2005 08:36 pm
lizziec: (Pretty)
Everyone please go try the last few bits of my meme and my survey, which is partly procrastination, partly to help me choose the username for my new LJ which will be concerned with teacher training matters and work (which will be friends only) so I can keep this LJ completely open :)

Go do stuff :P
lizziec: (Lizzie-ben-wedding)
clicky for large version of new LJ pic! )

Wedding was lovely. Lots of links to piccies of lizzie-ben wedding here for those interested. (I think the one above is one of nert's but I wouldn't swear to it ;)) Honeymoon pics up soon.

Back from honeymoon BTW. Whole nother story that, also something for later. Grr. (see [livejournal.com profile] no1typo's journal (here) for that story if you want it now.)

Mmmm, wedding.

*ahhem*

13 April 2005 10:23 am
lizziec: (Default)
I have an announcement to make:

clicky )

*ahhem*

13 April 2005 10:23 am
lizziec: (Default)
I have an announcement to make:

clicky )

*ahhem*

13 April 2005 10:23 am
lizziec: (Default)
I have an announcement to make:

clicky )
lizziec: (Default)
Well if I don't hear from CCUC soon I think I'm going to go insane (well more insane :P). The first time I checked the gttr website to see if they'd updated it was 6am on Thursday morning. Then, despite the long Easter weekend I have checked it at least twice a day from then on. I'm not sleeping well either, and last night was the final straw. Went to bed, finally feeling the "tired" at about 3am. I didn't get to sleep until 4am. I woke up at ten to eight. I'm exhausted but feel unable to sleep. I just feel nervous and agitated. This of course, was not helped by finding out that my third and fourth choices of institution have no more vacancies for secondary history so if I don't get into CCUC or Kingston then I don't know what will happen. God I feel sick :(

At least it's not quite as bad (yet anyway) as the summer I spent waiting for my GCSE results where I had between 2 and 4 hours a night for four or five weeks. At least they were productive weeks I suppose - I watched and accurately labelled all the videos in the house (some 200+).

I just need to hear, whatever way it goes*. Then I can at least start planning for the next stage...

*Though I'll admit that if I don't get CCUC I'll be crushed :(
lizziec: (Default)
Well if I don't hear from CCUC soon I think I'm going to go insane (well more insane :P). The first time I checked the gttr website to see if they'd updated it was 6am on Thursday morning. Then, despite the long Easter weekend I have checked it at least twice a day from then on. I'm not sleeping well either, and last night was the final straw. Went to bed, finally feeling the "tired" at about 3am. I didn't get to sleep until 4am. I woke up at ten to eight. I'm exhausted but feel unable to sleep. I just feel nervous and agitated. This of course, was not helped by finding out that my third and fourth choices of institution have no more vacancies for secondary history so if I don't get into CCUC or Kingston then I don't know what will happen. God I feel sick :(

At least it's not quite as bad (yet anyway) as the summer I spent waiting for my GCSE results where I had between 2 and 4 hours a night for four or five weeks. At least they were productive weeks I suppose - I watched and accurately labelled all the videos in the house (some 200+).

I just need to hear, whatever way it goes*. Then I can at least start planning for the next stage...

*Though I'll admit that if I don't get CCUC I'll be crushed :(
lizziec: (Default)
Well if I don't hear from CCUC soon I think I'm going to go insane (well more insane :P). The first time I checked the gttr website to see if they'd updated it was 6am on Thursday morning. Then, despite the long Easter weekend I have checked it at least twice a day from then on. I'm not sleeping well either, and last night was the final straw. Went to bed, finally feeling the "tired" at about 3am. I didn't get to sleep until 4am. I woke up at ten to eight. I'm exhausted but feel unable to sleep. I just feel nervous and agitated. This of course, was not helped by finding out that my third and fourth choices of institution have no more vacancies for secondary history so if I don't get into CCUC or Kingston then I don't know what will happen. God I feel sick :(

At least it's not quite as bad (yet anyway) as the summer I spent waiting for my GCSE results where I had between 2 and 4 hours a night for four or five weeks. At least they were productive weeks I suppose - I watched and accurately labelled all the videos in the house (some 200+).

I just need to hear, whatever way it goes*. Then I can at least start planning for the next stage...

*Though I'll admit that if I don't get CCUC I'll be crushed :(

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