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Name my cat

On Friday I went to GAWS (Geelong Animal Welfare Society) to check out who was in need of a home. I was aiming for a puppy but already owning one gorgeous dog Alfie (even though my parents fostered him while I went to live overseas for a bit and now have kidnapped/adopted him) I felt like maybe I shouldn’t …

When I got there it was raining cats and dogs! 😂 I had a quick look in the dog section but nobody caught my eye so I sought shelter in the cat section. I could not believe how many! SO MANY! Too many! Get your cats (boys and girls) fixed my friends! Ginger, tabby, black, white, short-hair, long-hair, some new little baby kittens, others basically teenagers (in cat months), even poor old beauties who had been dumped from previous homes poor old mates. They all had their own unique personalities, some quiet, others cheeky, some friendly, others loners, all adorable. I was standing in front of a cage of prticularly entertaining kittens when one of the lovely volunteers asked if I would like to go in. Well I can’t say no to holding a baby be it human, bird, mammal or reptile so in I went. Down the back in “bunks” I noticed two beautiful grey tabby kittens. As I approached them one started purring and came closer for a pat. I happily obliged of course. Then, as I reached down to pat the quieter of the two, Little Miss Chatty decided to step down on to my back and have a rest there! Smooth operator. We had a little cuddle (for about five minutes) but not wanting to get attached, I put her down and walked out to have another look at the dogs.

Fifteen minutes, a quick talk to my Mum and $200 later and I was in my car driving home with 12 week old, desexed, defleaed, vaccinated grey tabby no. – an absolute bargain for the hours of entertainment and cuddles she has already supplied!

One thing left to do – NAME HER!

I have four literary inspired names on the short-list … go to NAME MY CAT to have your say! #gaws #geelonganimalwelfaresociety #adoptdontshop #cat #kitten #readingaddict #booklover

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The year that was 2016

What a huge year this has been! 

2016 has been getting a bad rap lately, and if you look globally I guess I understand. You could say the world is in turmoil, wars, terrorism, ridiculous leaders, people more worried about themselves and keeping the status-quo than thinking of others, what feels like many famous figures dying; but I also see people fighting for their beliefs, for equality, showing support for minorities, expressing gratitude, caring for others … yes lots of bad, but much good too! 

More importantly I look closer to home, to my own life.

I worked with the most amazing team and taught 24 of the most delightful, imaginative and energetic students I have ever been lucky enough to know. 

I joined Barre class (which I cannot wait to get back to), a new netball team (and made some great new friends), and accepted the challenge of F45, on my way to being healthier!
I bought a house, well a unit really, which is tiny but perfect for me and I love it and the fact I can do what I like to it – I have so many ideas and plans that it is hard to keep within my budget!
Three of the most caring and lovely women I know left this world. Nanna had been sick with dementia for a long time, so while it was heartbreaking to lose her, it was a kindness to her. Mary was like a surrogate Mother to my Mum, so interested in what was going on in my life and my brothers, also asking after us and being so excited for us. Chris was a workmate and friend, her passing left a big hole in our school life and a beautiful young family without their Mum and Wife. I will miss these beautiful women and inspire to be more like them.
My brother and sister-in-law bought a new house too, and gave me a beautiful new nephew to join my gorgeous niece! They both made fabulous job changes too!

A whole heap of friends had adorable babies, or got engaged, or bought houses, or went on awesome holidays, or moved to new countries, or generally did something fabulous! Plus I have the very best friends.

Such an eventful rollercoaster of a year, I am so thankful for everything I have learnt from this year and I am very excited to see what the next one will bring! 

#365grateful #gratitude #2016 #theyearthatwas 

That gratitude thing.

#365gratitudeWorkmates who are friends, and yummy food! #gratitude

Last night I celebrated the birthday of my beautiful friend. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with, and get to know, her and our fellow teammates this year, as they have quickly become friends as well as coworkers! 

We enjoyed a lovely night of conversation, laughter, and amazing Korean food, all of which was much needed; having recently lost our amazing teammate Chris, it was the first time we had all socially been together again, and we definitely all noticed the hole her absence leaves in our lives.

Allowing ourselves to feel her physical presence missing, but at the same time knowing she was there with us ‘in spirit’ gave me a deep sense of gratitude. I am very glad to have these amazing women touch my life, and I am a better person having met them all.

I might not share it every day, but I try to identify something each day that I am grateful for, the crapper my day has been, the more important it is to do so!

#bethelight

On the 17th of October I shared the following on Facebook:

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On Friday I shared the following reading from the Gospel of Matthew, which was prayer at our school assembly that morning. 

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” 

It struck many of us there, how much the organising teacher embodied that message. Such a kind, generous, hardworking woman, who always had time to for others. Someone who I don’t think I had a conversation with where she didn’t make me laugh, or where I didn’t walk away feeling a little bit good about myself. I have been so privileged to have such a special person as part of my amazing team this year.

Today, I still cannot fathom how someone so full of light, and love, and life could have been taken from us so abruptly. My heart just breaks for her beautiful family, and I am so sad for our students to have lost such a wonderful role-model, who always guided by example. Our St Pat’s family is devastated. But I am so proud of how supportive and caring everyone has been, as we slowly pick up the pieces. We are truly blessed to have one another, and to have had Chris in our lives. 

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A month on, and the grieving process continues. Our workplace has been an amazingly supportive place to be. Leadership down, but also person to person. We take in turns looking after each other. Our parent community check in on us. Our students are so strong and gentle and caring and special. We have officially mourned her passing and celebrated her life, and now we go on, each day getting easier, or smacking down on us hard, but continuing on.

myfavouritekidsnovel

#myfavouritekidsnovel 📚 

When you were in Primary School, what was your favourite chapter book? Do you remember the first novel you read? For book lovers it is a hard question, but amongst all others I chose #anneofgreengables because I adored the language, the story, and Anne-with-an-E just like me. 

I am trying to put together a great, diverse list of novels aimed at mid-primary aged students. I would ❤️ to hear your thoughts and ideas!

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