Category Archives: Scotland

That was… unexpected

Work was very unexpected… I will be signing a new contract this week, which is working massively in my favour. Not something I expected at all on being summoned to meet the head of department and her sidekick. (My boss’s boss was how I described it to my students, who wanted to know where I was going, leaving a lesson five minutes early. Outrageous behaviour.)

So, I’m staying put until a more ideal job comes along, and as I’ve no clue what that is, I’m taking this as a Sign I’m in the right place, doing the right thing for now. I’d been half heartedly job hunting, as I do want to have a job closer to home, but maybe this is how it’s meant to be.

Then, yesterday dealt me the interesting blow of a problem in the roof space, one that I don’t think is going to be solved easily or quickly. I think it’s been a problem for a long time… then there was the frozen pipe, but I’ve learnt my lessons very well there, and with the help of three hot water bottles and a hairdryer, that one was solved.

It being Education Sunday (no, I’d not really heard of it either, but it exists) we were in the interesting situation of being a very full church, lots of children, teachers and parents from the church primary school, with very few regulars. I was moved to think it was just as well, as there really wouldn’t have been enough seats otherwise… I may have gone to the Quakers next door in that case! I was charmingly entertained by a beautifully well behaved toddler, who responded well to smiles, and peek-a-boo when it was all getting too boring up front… I think I have a new friend. The intercessions were entirely predictable – prayers for teachers and pupils in schools and universities. I prayed fervently for all the support staff and admin staff, of any kind,  and those in FE and higher education establishments that are not universities.

The weather has brought unexpected entertainment. Well, it was much more interesting watching cars struggle and fail along the little hill, and unexpected bend outside my house. No damaged parked cars, fortunately. Locals know not to park this end of the road, if it can be avoided, in the snow.

We won’t discuss the Rugby. I despair.

Here’s hoping the snow doesn’t freeze overnight. I’d rather work this week, than have to make up hours during half term! I’ve got plans for half term!!

That Time of Year

It’s getting towards That Time of Year again… Saturdays and Sundays will be planned around the Six Nations Fixtures. So, I looked for the Fixtures List to bookmark it, especially as students are now mentioning it.

My bookmarks are all relatively well organised into folders, and when I add a new one, it often suggests  which folder I should put it in. I’m not sure the “Bible and Prayer” one would’ve been my first choice, though it has been suggested to me that my team of choice need much prayer!! (Rude friends I have.)

Happy now!

Scotland won!!

For the less well informed, there are also Rugby Union Internationals going on at the moment, and I delightedly discovered Scotland had a match against Argentina last night. I followed it on the internet as there’s a delightful little page that updates every couple of minutes, which is useful because it’s far less stress-inducing than watching, on the whole (watching Scotland can be a painful experience) , but did mean I occasionally produced loud yells of delight when Scotland scored.

I’ll have a smile on my face all day today!!

No, I wasn’t dreaming, it really happened…

With apologies to my Australian readers, I am now going to gloat and I shall be floating on a cloud for days now. Wearing a Scotland Rugby Shirt!!

Scotland really did beat Australia… I didn’t dream it.

I have, for some years, been describing my loyal and faithful support for Scottish Rugby Union, especially in the Six Nations, as penitential. Who needed to take on extra penance during Lent when the five matches of the Six Nations involving Scotland so often provided angst and misery enough to fill many Lents.

So, I take my joy and happiness where I can find it, and today is definitely a happy one for Scottish Rugby Union.