If we were having coffee, I would invite you in from the cold. After a lovely stretch of mild weather, winter seems to have arrived with a vengeance. We have woken up to ice, then snow, on the ground. Flurries have fallen from the sky as we have walked outside. Children have found spots of ice in the playground to ‘skate’ on. I have had to knuckle down and wear my hat – something I am not too fond of doing! Children have started wearing their snowpants which means I have to factor in extra time for them to get ready to go out for recess, or to go home.
The arrival of the cold is acknowledged, but we are not too focused on it as we prepare for Christmas. I love seeing the decorations wherever we go. We have our tree up in the school and the beautiful decorations in the office. Slowly parents are sending in decorations for our classroom and this is changing the look inside of the room. In class the conversation buzzes around Santa as the children look forward to Christmas and the moment they open their presents. Those children celebrating Hanukkah are excited as well as they look forward to lighting the menorah and opening their gifts.
I still haven’t caught up on my marking and documentation but it has reached a point where it is more manageable. I am hoping to at least get the filing of my students’ work up to date before the Winter break so that when the parents come in for the class party, they can see most of what we have done in class. I have managed to change one of my documentation panels on the bulletin boards outside my classroom and have got everything ready to do the second on Monday. The panels were due for a change as the last ones were put up about a month ago.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am hoping to complete my shopping for Christmas gifts this weekend. I know exactly what it is I am going to buy so it shouldn’t take too long. It is snowing as I am writing this, so it shouldn’t be too cold outside. Writing of feeling cold makes me think of how cold it has been in our apartment for the last week. Something must be wrong with the heating system as the rooms are still uncomfortable, especially our bedrooms. I am hoping that soon the heating will be sorted out before it gets even colder outside.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am looking forward to the time over the weekend when my chores are done. I have started book 3 in Neil Shusterman’s Unwind series and it is as good as the previous ones. In addition, I intend to start working on my gift for Secret Santa. The recipient of my gift will be receiving a handmade crocheted scarf. I am making one using a stitch I haven’t done before and I am hoping that I can get it right.
If we were having coffee, I would wish you a wonderful weekend as you get ready for the upcoming Holidays.
What would you tell me if we were having coffee?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)