Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

Hello, lovelies. We’re in March! I love this time of year; spring showers, longer days, warmer weather, beautiful flowers popping up. What’s not to love?

Again, my work week has been a rollercoaster of emotions as I’ve had to lead a Key Stage Two assembly by myself, for the first time, which was rather scary. I’ve had meetings scheduled, meetings cancelled and some rather good news.

Evil Genius with Russell KaneOutside of school, it’s been wonderful. Have I mentioned I’ve really gotten into podcasts? I’m currently working my way through My Dad Wrote a Porno, Evil Genius, Like Minded Friends, David Tennant in Conversation with…, Private Parts and Standard Issue. They’re pretty much all comedies, or involve comedians. There’s a definite theme. If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them.

milton-jones-chapel.jpgYou’ve probably figured that I love comedy. One of the places I love going to is Live at the Chapel in Islington. You sit in the church, drinking tea and watching comedy. Last night we saw Joel Dommet, Rhys James, Nina Conti and Milton Jones. It was FANTASTIC. Check the venue out, you won’t regret it.

I also started driving lessons today. This is a big step for me as I’ve been putting it off for a long time. It wasn’t as bad as I was expecting but I felt exhausted after it.

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

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Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

My Sunday Smiles

It’s back to work tomorrow after a wonderful half term.

We started our half term by spending a few days in Bath. We spend the first, wet, day in Longleat, which is always fun regardless of the weather. We then spent the second day in Bath itself. Highlights of the trip were;

Thermae Bath Spa (£36, £40 at weekend) – we didn’t book so we queued for about an hour. The unlucky people in front of us were under 18 and didn’t have ID so didn’t get in. We got in about 5 which was perfect as we were able to see the city from the rooftop pool during sunset.

Bath Abbey- I would highly recommend booking a trip up onto the roof (£8). There are 202 steps but you stop off at the bell ringing room, the clock and the bell room on the way.

We also went around the Roman Baths, Pulteney bridge, up to the Circus and Royal Crescent and around parade gardens.

We then went to see this small play. You may have heard of it? Hamilton?! I went in knowing nothings about it other than it includes hip hop. I’m sure you’ve heard all about it’s rave reviews, and it lives up to them. I just a few minor issues with it like, what was the point in including Peggy? I couldn’t always hear what they were saying due to annunciation so found myself a little confused in the first half, I found myself thinking ‘is it over now?’ due to all the belters at the end of songs, and there were fans, or possibly Americans, in the audience who kept cheering unnecessarily. Regardless of those minor issues, it was very good and there is no denying that they are incredible singers, especially the person playing Eliza. I also loved the king.

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What’s made you smile this week?


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Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

After a long old week of parents evenings, trips and observations… IT’S FINALLY HALF TERM! Hurray!

Avenue Q Last weekend we went to see Avenue Q at Wimbledon. I’ve always wanted to see it and this is the first time it’s been on stage since I’ve been in London. It was brilliant; the staging, the singing, the muppets, the songs, the voice control, everything! It’s going on tour around the UK and I believe there might still be tickets left. If you don’t mind puppet sex and songs about porn, it’s for you!

We kicked off our half term with a Harry Potter Tour bus then seeing Home, I’m Darling. I’ve lived in London a while, and am a HUGE Potterhead, so I’ve seen and done most HP themed stuff. Because of this, I wasn’t going into the tour with huge expectations but was pleasantly surprised as there were a couple of new things I learnt. We started off at St Paul’s, where they filmed the spiral stair cases in the bell tower and destroyed the Millennium Bridge. The tour guide also pointed out lots of London history and trivia as we went around, including the gum artwork on the Millennium Bridge. We then went to the locations for the Ministry of Magic, Gringotts, Leaky Cauldron entrances and finally Platform 9 3/4. It was a lovely mix of Harry Potter, London sight seeing and trivia.

Home I'm Darling. Photograph of Katherine Parkinson, wearing a 1950s floral skirt and an apron, holding a tray with two cocktails We then went to see Home, I’m Darling, a play that was originally in the National Theatre but has been brought back, following a sold-out run, and is currently in the Duke of York’s Theatre, Leicester Square. Judy hates her job so when the company begins to downsize she decides to take voluntary redundancy to be a stay at home wife. With an obsession passion for the 1950’s, she wears vintage 50’s clothing, has everything from the 50’s in her home and a perfect 1950’s housewife. (I adored the dresses and want all of them for myself. I’m about the same size as Katherine Parkinson, right?) Humorous and thought provoking, Home, I’m Darling, encourages the audience to think about the gender divide, what women want and how they might successfully find it

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It’s the start of the new year! Begin as you mean to go on… I haven’t been to the gym once and I didn’t leave the house for two whole days, hurrah!

Haha, I have actually had a pretty good week. I’ve managed to read FIVE books so far. I know! I’m incredibly shocked too. They’ve all been good but none of them incredible so far.

Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter, #1)Black Butler, Vol. 2 (Black Butler, #2)Black Butler, Vol. 3 (Black Butler, #3)Forensics: The Anatomy of CrimeMy Thoughts Exactly

After looking and longing and pining every day since the sales began I finally caved a booked a holiday for August. We’re going to Dubrovnik! Woohoo! any suggestions for things to do would be brilliant 😀

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Image result for woman in black stage showWe went to see The Woman in Black  on Friday. Oh man, if you haven’t seen it yet, go! I was on edge the entire time but it was SO good! There are only three actors in the entire show, the two main men playing multiple roles. It’s set in a theatre so they use the bare minimum props, lighting, sound effects and simple costume changes to tell the story.

Yesterday was our annual uni christmas meet up which is always a laugh. We’ve been lucky enough to see each other loads this year due to various weddings ❤

Our flat has been smelling delicious. I get myself very worked up over buying people gifts. I have a lot of TAs and LSAs this year so I’ve decided to go for the cooking touch. We’ve been making brownies, mashmallow ricecrispy squares and truffles. Of course we’ve had to taste test them as well…

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Yesterday was our housemate’s birthday so we decided to surprise him by taking him to Cambridge. This kind of backfired as the trains weren’t running from our station, something we discovered after we bought the tickets. Four hours later, we arrived in wet and miserable Cambridge. We went around the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Science, which was really cool; they had collections of rocks, minerals, fossils and skeletons. We then went around Cambridge town, managing to stumble across the exits of the colleges instead of all the entrances. Because of how long it took us to get there, it meant we could walk around the outside of Trinity college but were unable to get into the Wren library as it closes at 12:30. We were able to go into King’s College chapel for the Evensong which was very nice. I would also recommend the SmokeWorks which was delicious! I especially loved the topped chips and that you turned on a lighting system to get the waiters to come over to you.

I would definitely like to return to Cambridge again, probably on a warmer and sunnier day!

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Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

As we find ourselves coming into autumn, with the rain hammering against my window, I find myself remembering why I started this post up. When I was in Uni, I found myself getting quite depressed. Actually, that’s wrong. It wasn’t quite depressed. I was depressed. I found a good way of helping myself get back into a positive frame of mind was to write down 3 good things that happened that day. Some days it was really easy and I would exceed that 3, other days I wrote down things like ‘I got dressed’ or ‘I left the house’. A few years on and I find myself not needing to do it every day but this weekly Sunday Smiles is a gentle reminder to myself to look for the positives in each day.

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On to this week… It’s been an incredibly uneventful week with me not leaving work until at least 5 most day (considering I arrive at 7:20am, that is late). On the bright side, due to network changes, I can’t access the server at home meaning I can’t do any more work even if I wanted to. Silver linings.

There have been lots of birthdays meaning there’s been SO MUCH CAKE in the staff room. I’m super proud of myself for actually showing some self control and only having one piece all week! (Let’s just ignore the fact that I ate Nutella straight out of the jar today.) I was also really proud that I was able to do a move in yoga that I couldn’t do without use the wall to help me balance a few weeks ago! Hurrah! Baby steps.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and remember to look after yourselves ❤

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It was my first full week back at school. I fell asleep before 9pm on Friday and slept for a solid 10 hours.

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We’ve decided that it’s time to sort ourselves out. We’ve cut down on takeaways, joined up to the gym and are going out for walks on the days we don’t go to the gym. Last weekend we walked along the river to London and managed 8 miles. This weekend we went to Richmond park and walk around the perimeter. We did 11 miles in total! I’m so proud of us for smashing last weeks total! Plus it’s a person best on number of steps for the day (25,907 steps). My feet are less proud and are screaming out in protest. Hopefully next weekend we’ll get even further!

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<– Literally me on Thursday night. The children were back to school on Wednesday and it’s been an interesting week. I’m in Year 3 so it’s a big jump up from infants for them, which I don’t think they were expecting. The lack of playtime in the afternoon definitely shocked them.

I bought a Triwizards Tournament cup as my reward for the table of the week. Their little faces when they saw how big it is was very sweet. Even more so when I turned on the blue light.

Image result for tim minchin backI LOVE seeing comedians, everyone needs a good laugh every now and again. I am thrilled that this week I managed to get tickets for Tim Minchin who has been on my list of comedians to see for years. I also went and treated myself to Hamilton tickets too!

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Today is the last day of the summer holidays. Considering I haven’t gotten out of bed before 9 o’clock for the past week, tomorrow is going to be a challenge.

This week has been a surprisingly busy week for me. On Monday, we saw two of our friends get married, which was beautiful.

We drove back on Tuesday and spend the next few days setting up our classrooms. Both of us are in new classrooms this year, with me moving year groups, so there was a lot of work to be done! Of course, it always takes longer than you expect as you have to catch up with everyone (and I’m a sucker for being distracted).

Image may contain: Emily Cheatham, sitting, eating, food and indoorAfter saying in my August wrap up, that I haven’t got any plans for September and that’ll we’ll probably do an impromptu trip to London, guess what we did yesterday? We went to Greenwich, had pie and mash, took the boat back into central, got some doughnuts and then went to see Mouse Trap, which was brilliant (but I did manage to guess who did it!)

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.