Back to School

Christmas Coffee

I’m very aware that as a teacher I’m lucky to have such fantastic holidays. I’m not about to start defending this by saying how bloody hard teachers work during term time, working crazy long hours (although this is the case) rather, I’m going to list the things I’ll miss once I’m back in the madhouse come Monday morning.

Being the Queen of Procrastination that I am, I find I very easily slip into the habit of lazing around wasting my time. As a result I will miss the following come my 6.30 alarm call on the 9th:

1: Wasting hours dicking around on the internet.

This is one of my worst time wasting habits. I will, however, defend this to a point as this holiday I have finally sorted out ordering our wedding photo book (I’m so excited for it to arrive!) and I’ve ordered a couple of little arty bits for the house from Etsy (which obviously required hours of searching to ensure I’d found just the right pieces!)

2: Lie ins.

Easily one of the best parts of the holiday is the not having to get up crazy early or, as is the case at the moment, getting up whilst it’s still dark. Jonny has been back at work the past couple of days so my body is slowly getting used to a much earlier alarm but I’m definitely not out of bed before 7am just yet. Monday morning is going to be a real shock to the system.

3: Drinking copious cups of coffee.

Now I love coffee. My tiny mouse bladder does not. This means that whilst at school I have to stick to water or caffeine free hot drinks such as peppermint tea to avoid having to nip to the loo on an hourly basis. Hanging out at home means I can drink as much coffee as my body can deal with knowing that no-one will judge me for my frequent toilet visits (although I know it annoys Jonny when we repeatedly have to pause Netflix for my bathroom breaks!)

4: Being able to spend plenty of time with friends and family

An added bonus of this is all the baby cuddles I’ve been able to get with friends’ babies and my gorgeous little squish of a nephew.

5: Not having to work.

I know this seems like an obvious one, but it’s been so lovely to have 2 weeks not worrying about constantly having to plan lessons, mark books, analyse assessments, faff with Maths subject leadership thrills and so on. During term time it’s not uncommon for me to work at school then continue once I come home. It’s been a real treat to have time to just sit and read, play board games and spend time making fancy dinners without the weight of school work hanging around at the back of my mind.

Today was the day I set aside for cracking on with some school work for this coming term, so obviously I’m online writing a blog post instead. I am about to start some proper work soon, although any tips for avoiding the procrastination trap would be very gratefully received!

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4 thoughts on “Back to School”

  1. Having been back at work for 4 days already I can tell you that this morning’s lie-in was most gratefully received! There’s something so lovely about the Christmas holiday in particular – I think it’s time to start planning another trip immediately to look forward to throughout dark chilly January/February!

    Hope your first week back goes well and you’ve drunk enough coffee over the last few weeks to get you through 🙂 C x

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    1. I definitely think planning another trip sounds like the perfect way to while away this dismal weather! And I can get my coffee fix whilst planning that trip at home

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  2. Oh, the holidays feel like they were so long ago already! The copious amounts of tea are a feature for me too and being able to read for pleasure and not spend a lot of time looking at a screen.

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