I do dislike this messy end of year business. I don’t know why I’m complaining, it’s this way every year! There is a technical end of term, but students finish when they’re all signed off, and they’ve been going in dribs and drabs for weeks now. My students were all done and out of the place last week. I’ve been working with students I don’t know (who all still have masses to finish) this week, but it’s all been a bit erratic, and today’s student didn’t turn up. (Frustrating when that happens.) But, I think I can safely say as of today, my direct contact with students is over for this academic year.
But, I’m not going to work next week. Thanks to the wonders of TOIL, (Time Of In Lieu) I have all of next week off. In what is still technically term time. I can’t quite get my head around that, but it is so.
So, for the next nine weeks, three of which are holiday, I turn up at the start of the day, am assigned work to do, (or carry on if I’ve got a biggish project on hand, which I know I have for two of the weeks) and work only my set hours for the week. How I do them is up to me. Sadly, I can’t quite squeeze them into three days, but still will get long weekends, as I’ll probably work Monday to Thursday.
There is still decorating to finish.. I have bathroom, stairwell and kitchen woodwork to gloss, and wallpaper to stick back on a few bits of ceiling. I have one door (one side only) to varnish. There appears to be a jungle to deal with… I have gazed in awe at the nettles that are taller than me, but I have managed to cut most of the grass this afternoon.
However, none of it’s going to get done this week! It may be a TOIL week, but I am remarkably tired, and am going to be quite, quite lazy. The house is clean, I’ve sorted all the paperwork out, cleaned my bag and pencil cases out, the laundry is done, the ironing is done… yep, a lazy week beckons!!