Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Well....that was a long coffee break.

So much has happened in the last few months - I've retired - great but the run up was very hard work and tiring. I had to not only get all my work up to date, some of it a year ahead as exam work had to be prepared ready to go to the examiners next May/June, but I also had to train my replacement. Not easy as both he and I still had our teaching timetables so eventually had to spend a lot of time leaving copious notes and instructions on the computer.
Had a wonderful retirement party, lots of gifts and some lovely things said. Followed this by taking my teaching assistants out for a meal which was a nice finish to the term.
So forty years after I first stepped into a classroom as a teacher I said goodbye to my pupils and school. Quite emotional as you might imagine.

Next thing of note - had a brilliant week in New York with my daughter - my big retirement treat. Flew business class - what a treat- and stayed at The London NYC, very swish, had a suite and on our last night had a meal in Gordon Ramsay's Restaurant which is in the hotel. Excellent dining experience, staff were wonderful and I could spend the next three pages describing the food - enough to say that I could happily return as often as possible- but only if I wasn't picking up the bill. Did all the tourist things including a dinner cruise up and down the Hudson river which was great as we had wonderful night-time views of the city.

Finally - today was my induction day at Teesside University. I am starting an Honours degree in History next week, part-time, so that I still have time for me and hopefully my mojo will return. Have loads of crafty goodies I have gathered in the last few months which haven't seen light of day - including stamps and Copic Sketch markers which I bought while in New York.

So I hope I now manage to call in and add to my blog on a regular basis, preferably with some cards and scrapbook pages to show you and have time to call in on the forum and on member's blogs.


Jackie said...

Glad you had a fabby time in usa... and good to have you back xx

Jak Heath said...

Sounds sheer bliss that break you had with Louise, I'm so pleased that you had a great time Jean.
As for your induction, I bet you were excited, I can just picture you with your head stuck into the history books, enjoy it Jean it's about time you had so time to do what you want to do.

PeeJay said...

Good to see you back Jean. Busy time you've had over the past few months but hopefully you can settle to some sort of routine now and get some of the 'me' time you deserve.

Toni said...

wow Jean your break sounds fabulous and chuffed you had a brilliant time. enjoy your time at Uni

Cazz said...

It all sounds like you've had a very wonderful time and are now starting a new page in your bok of life xx The holiday sounded a lot of fun and a well deserved treat xx

Good luck with your degree course x

Liz said...

Sounds like life has been hectic lately Jean congratulations on your retirement. Good luck with the University course.

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