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Last weekend before work starts

On Monday I start work after the summer. I'm feeling both kind of eager to get started and almost wishing I could have more vacation. Starting a new school year is like that. Kind of scary, but exciting, and oh, so much work.

This summer has been great, but hard work. We've rebuilt our garage, well I was feeding the people who were building it, someone has to, after all.

It's also been a summer of a lot of TV-series. We discovered Haven. I didn't expect to like it very much, since I'm not really a Stephen King-fan, but I loved it! Great atmosphere, lovely characters and fascinating story.

Some other shows we discovered were Lost Girl (loved it) and Primeval (great fun, with dinosaurs) just to mention a couple.

I've had time for some computer games and reading too. Neil Gaiman's new book was fantastic!

I remembered my user info!

Well, I officially s**k at this. But I am impressed with myself that I actually remembered my username and password.

So, I'm giving this a new try...if I get a routine going before I start work, I might actually get this off the ground. I Will really try :)

Just remembered...

I have a livejournal...went back and took a look at some old entries...and was yet again struck by the fact that I'm really bad at these sorts of things...oh, well, let's give it another try...

Bought a house, moved and am now trying to learn all about gardening...or at least enough to keep a few plants alive. Haven't done gardening since I was about 15 years old, I think...not like riding a bicycle...

Oh, and I've forgotten about lunch...best go fix something or I'll be grumpy towards my students before they misbehave...

If only I had more time...

...there are so many books to read, films to see and places to visit, and I'll never do half...

The reading is getting to be a problem - I've always loved reading, and now I really dont have the time...except on the tram. That's not the place for anything too deep or difficult, though...I think I've overdosed on Terry Pratchett for now - three books in a row were a bit much, they were not among the best of his either. So, now I've left fantasyland altogether to tackle a book that I've had in my bookshelf for ages, 'cause I really should read it: To Kill a Mockingbird. So far it's quite good, but not nearly as good as people say...but, then I've only read about 50 pages.

The weekend was a bit hectic - party on Saturday, celebrating friend's 30th and same friend's daughter's 1st birthday on Sunday. Very nice, but I don't really feel rested. Oh well, I'll manage. ;)

And the boyfriend is looking at house adverts when his work leaves him without anything to do...so, we'll see how long it takes before he drags me to showings...

Work...frustrating business...

Mostly I like my work, but some days it hardly seems worth the trouble...today, Spanish lvl 1. 33 students are registered for the course, 20 show up, 10 have done the homework. Classes were out last week so they have had TWO FULL WEEKS to learn the Spanish equivalent of I speak, you speak, he/she/it speaks...

*grumble*

Stardust. Aaw!

Went to see Stardust with a bunch of friends on Sunday. Such a cute film! And funny! I thought that they had (mostly) managed the balance of changing things for the film without destroying it very well, too. I haven't read the book in a while, so I don't remember all the details, of course...

Also, after a tip from a friend (the latest of a loong list) I finally started to read The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Charming book! It just makes me feel good...

Again realised that normal people are boring. Went to Cabaret Cartwright on Friday, boyfriend's job organised it. It was funny. Across from us were another couple, who, it later turned out had lived quite interesting lives, especially the woman. But who kept talking about what she would cook tomorrow, and were there enough potatoes for our table. They seemed really nice, and were very kind all through the evening, but I just couldn't help thinking how glad I am to be a nerd!

Doris Lessing - but, I've read her!

So, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been announced: Doris Lessing, which I'm sure everyone knows by now... I feel kind of proud - for the second time in my life I've actually read something by the Laureate before they got the award! The first time was J M Coetzee, one of his books was required reading for a course at uni. I remember that it wasn't really my thing. I did like the Lessing, though...

Why, oh why is there no emoticon for smug among the green stars? ;)

And, on Sunday we're going to the cinema to see Stardust...yay! I've been looking forward to this for a while now.

Surely I'm not THAT old! Am I?

When I was around 17 I bought Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, the same day it was released in Sweden. To this day it remains one of my favourite CD's in my collection. The other day I was caught by surprise when a student said: Alanis Morissette? Yeah, my dad loves her.

PAIN! HORROR!

What a party!

Well, the big autumn feast is over. It's a bit sad, really...of course I was one of the people responsible for the main meal, so I didn't get to see that much of the musical entertainment, but what I did see was too funny!

I'm really impressed with the ensemble, and got quite jealous that I couldn't join in - in spite of my stage fright.

The food turned out really well, even if I do say so myself, and in spite of working my behind off the entire weekend, it was one of the nicest autumn feasts I've been to! Of course I always work a lot on the autumn feast, but usually in contact with the rest of the party...

I'm not really in the mood to go to work tomorrow, though, seems a bit anti-climactic to teach English B the morning after such an event...

Ooh, and I want to see Stardust soo badly!

Start of term, always stressful

It's been an interesting start of term - LOTS of new students, of course. Remodelling of parts of the school, new colleagues etc. Stressful as always. New names to learn (what?!? FIVE Sara's in one group?!?), management trying to cut down on costs, as usual by limiting the language courses... :( Fascinating isn't it - we're living in a world that's becoming more international by the minute, but no one wants to spend money to give people the opportunity to learn more languages...oh, well it'll soon get better.

Nice, calm summer. Staying at home, relaxing, a couple of cinema visits, meeting friends and playing board games. Just what we needed after we both worked way too much in the spring.

I've started reading the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher, and they're just what I need right now - easy to read without being stupid, funny and so far they're getting better and better...

Somehow we got to watching So You Think You Can Dance, which is great for tired brain...no thinking, just admiring people doing things I could never do. Hrm, it used to be that I liked intelligent shows that made me think a lot...even documentaries. Now, my brain is too tired of an evening to have the energy to watch anything more advanced than CSI. I guess that's what happens when you have to use your brain a lot for work ;)

Well, I'm off to fix my bike, so I don't have to take the tram in the morning...