Kate's Blog

Follow me if you will as I try to navigate through the ups and downs of my world.

I'm writing this blog to help me make sense of all that has happened - from my diagnosis with non-Hodgkins lymphoma while pregnant with my third child in May 2008
, through to my reflections on chaotic family life as I try to pick up the pieces of my life again.

The kids are so small, and I'm working hard to keep us all safe and to stay in remission.

Stay with me - it won't be all doom and gloom I promise!

Friday, 25 March 2011


I'm sorry my blogging has been so sporadic recently. There's family stuff going on which concerns others so I can't post about it here, but it's certainly taking up a lot of emotional and physical energy.

And I'm going for those job applications. I had a full on, major, day-long interview on Tuesday for a full time teaching position. I didn't get it - but the interview practice was useful at least. I had to teach my first lesson in 3 years to 25 fifteen year olds, while being observed by two people and then I had two formal interviews one after the other. I was really disappointed but also relieved as I don't really want to return to full-time work until Hattie is in school. But this seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

Anyhow - back to those applications!

I've had some rejections for my children's picture book - but I'm hanging on in there and trying not to get too disheartened.

And that's about it. The kids are driving me mad with their constant bickering - will they ever grow out of it or will it just get worse? Who knows? It's just awful to live with though. And Hattie is revelling in her hoodlum role as she approaches her third birthday. Often by the end of the day I'm absolutely shattered - being bossed around all day long by a very small and hugely determined person is rather wearing. Sometimes full-time work seems very appealing indeed!!


legend in his own lunchtime said...

Sorry to hear of the family stuff. I hope they sort it out soon. I have one of those bossy types, two if you count my wife. Between them both, there's not much time for anything else.
Take care Kate

Vince said...

What's the situation over the water regarding teaching these days. Will my BA(hon) Hist&Class Civ still be accepted as license.
I do so hope you're in a school that allows you to teach rather than attempt crowd control.

Tracey said...

I know exactly how you feel. Well, about being bossed around. I am not searching for a job. Though that could change at any moment.

I hope the picture book works out. That would be the best solution wouldn't it? :)

Rebecca S. said...

Hang in there, Kate! The right thing will come along at the right time, I'm sure. As for those kids...get 'em outside as much as possible. At least it seems to diffuse the bickering a bit. And then sit 'em in front of a movie, or get them involved in a project. That's how I coped, I think.

purpletrumpet said...

I totally hear where you're coming from!!
My 7 yr old is a bossy madam!
I only had one to avoid the bickering ha ha. she was too hard work and i couldn't face it again!!
you're doing a fantastic job!
deep breaths and look after yourself xx