Weekend Coffee Share: Exhaustion!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am feeling exhausted! It is that time of year again when I look forward to the end of the school year and the summer break. I know I will feel better when the air starts to warm up – and stay warm! The weather has often reverted to chilly temperatures and I cannot wait for warm-filled days.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Wednesday I attended the Pembroke Publishers Showcase at which authors of teacher books speak. (You can see my post on the event here.) The event was inspiring and I left there with a few ideas to implement in my classroom. In the afternoon, the organisers had invited some authors of fiction to speak. It was interesting to hear them speak about their experience.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have been building structures with my students in the classroom. On Thursday, I had a person come in to do some woodworking with them; on Friday I helped them build some cars. Next week we will continue with the building as I will give my students time to work on their final structure for the unit. The next few days will be busy and they will be days which the children will enjoy.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you to go for a walk with me. The weather today is beautiful outside: there is no wind, the temperature is above 10c, and the sun is shining. I hope days like this are here to stay. As I have already mentioned, I am ready for warmer temperatures!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am actually up to date with my book reviews! Last month I read a total amount of 10 books – and 9 out of 10 novels I really enjoyed. The poetry collection was a disappointment especially as April was poetry month. If you want to see what I read, head on over here.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to enjoy the rest of the weekend. My eyelids are drooping and I think it is now time for a nap! Have a good week!

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: A Long Weekend

If we were having coffee, I would wish you a wonderful Easter – or Passover – if that is what you celebrate at this time of year. This weekend has not only been a time of reflection, but also a period in which to relax. I have been feeling quite tired recently and looked forward to 4 days of no work.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Friday afternoon was spent sleeping. After my nap, I left the papers I had brought home to correct in my bag. They still remain carefully organised on the sofa and will probably see light of day tomorrow. I am a little behind on my marking and will take the opportunity during this long weekend to catch up a little while listening to some music.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that yesterday I met up with a close friend of mine. It had been a while since I had last seen her and we spent hours talking. How I wish we lived nearer to one another so that we could meet up more often. Good friends are definitely treasures to have in one’s life and, to me, she is definitely one of my favourite people.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that now my girls are older, I no longer organise an Easter egg hunt for them. I also do not buy them loads of chocolate. This year I offered each family member a small packet of Lindt chocolates instead of the requisite Easter rabbits and chocolate eggs. These chocolates will definitely be savoured more, I think, than the sugary offerings that line the store shelves.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am finally going to take the time to figure out how to download/upload some of the music that I have chosen for my practical exam. I currently have 40 minutes of Zumba choreography and will soon I will have enough for an entire class. Maybe another month of practice and I will be ready? On Thursday my Zumba instructor asked me to take over her class quickly for a song – and happily I remembered all of the dance moves! 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would wish you a wonderful week ahead. Schools are closed on Monday so I will have another day at home. 🙂

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: An Aching Body

If we were having coffee, I would welcome you out of the rain. After a wonderful spring day yesterday, our skies this morning are grey and rain is falling. It is the perfect day to curl up with a hot beverage indoors and chat. If we were not having coffee, I would definitely be reading or watching Netflix.

Speaking of Netflix, last night I watched The Perfect Date starring
Noah Centineo – the make lead in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. The film is centred around a high school student who creates an app to offer his services as a fake date to make money for college. He develops feelings for a girl and his plan gets complicated. This film is definitely a lighthearted story that makes you smile. It was perfect viewing for a Saturday evening.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my muscles are aching from the practice I am doing for my practical exam. In the upcoming week, I am going to have to change my schedule a little to give my body some rest. I have been practicing with some of my colleagues and I think on Friday afternoon we got a little too enthusiastic 😀

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Sundays I try to prepare some of my posts in advance. One of these posts was published on Friday afternoon and, for some reason, did not receive as many views as I normally receive. Do you have any suggestions as to why this may have happened? The post is a book review on my favourite book for March – and is written by a fantastic author who has created a well-written story that I believe is stellar. Head on over to the post here to give it some love – I would appreciate it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Wednesday the internet at work was on the blitz. Result? I could not do any of my work! It was extremely frustrating and it highlighted how much we depend on technology to do things that before were done with paper and pencil. The funny thing is that the next day when I could access my email, the technology department of the school board had sent an email telling us that the internet had been interrupted. I don’t know how they expected us to access this email with no connection!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this afternoon I will spend doing some corrections of my students’ work and then I will take out my crochet. The apartment is feeling a little cold and the afghan I am working on will warm my legs. What will you spend your afternoon doing? Have a wonderful week and speak to you next weekend.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: I Am Exhausted!

If we were having coffee, I would apologise for dropping in so late. After a tiring week, my weekend was filled with mommy events – plus my eldest daughter was using the space I normally use to type my blog posts. She is studying for her final exams and I wanted to give her the area to use. I cannot believe that she is almost done with her first year university – my baby girl is no longer a baby!

On Saturday I went prom dress shopping with my youngest daughter – another of my babies who is growing up. After finding a dress, we decided to look for the shoes next weekend as I was struggling – my energy was definitely flagging. I am hoping by next Saturday that the stores will have beautiful sandals available for her to choose from – though she would love to be able to wear her boots with her long evening dress 😀

Saturday evening was the highlight of the weekend. Our son is in Toronto for a few days and we had dinner together. It was like old times when he used to come over to dinner every weekend to spend time together. We caught up on one another’s lives and had a few laughs. It was definitely like old times! One day the girls will move on too and our dinners together will be what my husband and I will look forward to. This is the cycle of life and we are lucky that we have the gift of our children with us for so many years.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am practising some of the choreography for my practical exam every day. Slowly I am starting to remember the steps. It is a lot to get into my brain – and to remember when I am teaching the people in front of me. Doing this practice, though, is making me active every day and it can’t be all that bad for me – it is definitely helping me get those steps in every day!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that now I need to get ready for work. Have a wonderful week and we will chat next weekend.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: A Voiceless Week

If we were having coffee, I would quickly welcome you in indoors. This morning when I stepped out, I was greeted with a white-washed world. What!?! you may say. Yes, it is supposed to be Spring but it seems like Winter does not want to let go its hold on the seasons.

An early morning sight. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

As I am writing this post, snow is falling outside. I am so disappointed as the weather was perfect on Friday and I was thinking of putting away my boots. The thick falling snow flakes outside are letting me know that my hopes are dashed – and that I need to keep my hats and gloves in my jacket pocket.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I lost my ability to speak on Tuesday. The morning began with a husky version of my normal speaking voice and by the end of the day I had strained it so much that it was gone altogether. My aching throat encouraged me to stay at home Wednesday so I could rest it. Thursday I went into school and I used a lot of whispering and sign language to communicate with my students. On Friday, I am happy to say, my voice started coming back to me. It is now completely back with some mild itchiness. I am sure it will be strong tomorrow.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I practiced leading a Zumba class with some of my colleagues on Tuesday after school. What fun it was to dance with them! They were so supportive of me and assured me that they enjoyed themselves. I will practice again with them on Tuesday.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that practicing my Zumba moves with my colleagues gave me the added confidence to do the warm-up and a couple of songs this morning in front of the class I usually participate in. The added practice is not only giving me confidence, but is also ensuring that I make less mistakes with the choreography.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week I read a book that I have been looking forward to for months: The Rebel Mages by Laurie Forest. I went to the bookstore to get it as soon as it came out – and then I put it on the top of my TBR pile. I finished it yesterday afternoon and I loved it! Hopefully I will post a review of it this week.

If we were having coffee, I would wish you well for the upcoming week. My week seems routine As usual right now – but that may change. 🙂

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: Written Exam

If we were having coffee, I would greet you with a sigh of relief. Yesterday afternoon I wrote the exam for the Canfitpro course that I did. I was nervous about writing it as there was a lot of material to memorise and understand. Reflecting on my answers afterwards, I know that I have made mistakes. Hopefully, tough, I have enough correct answers to to pass the exam (the pass mark is 80%). I will know my results during the upcoming week. My mind will not be settled until I know.

Studying for my exam. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that even though my time was taken up with learning the material for the exam, I did read a little. I did not blog as much as I wanted to but I am hoping this week to write some more posts and to visit some blogs. I have a pile of books next to my bed waiting to be reviewed – and it just keeps getting higher. I do this every time but when I am in the mood for reading, I do not want to sit in front of the computer screen and type down my thoughts on what I have read.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that at the beginning of the week, I had a number of students who were still on vacation. By the end of the week, I had almost a full class and Monday will be back to normal. I have started the inquiry on structures and we are doing quite a bit of building. The children love this unit as it is a lot of fun. I enjoy seeing them design structures and build them.

Building structures with pipe cleaners and modelling clay. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

This week I brought the iPads out again for my students to type their sentences. I took a picture of the structure they had built. Using the app Picolage, the children had to upload the photo and then type what they had built. I am currently still helping them use the iPad, as well as giving them the sentences to copy down. By May I hope to have them working independently.

Students recording their work. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that for a few days, it felt like winter again – we even had flurries! This morning, though, the weather was perfect when I went out. It is currently mild – and there is no wind blowing! I am hoping it stays like this for the rest of the week as I really want to put away jackets and boots. My body is tired of wearing all the warm clothing.

This afternoon I will spend time completing my weekend chores and will probably watch a film on Netflix. I have picked up my crochet hook again and am working on a project. Crochet and Netflix go well together 🙂

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: A Crash Course

If we were having coffee, I would apologise for meeting with you so late – and after the weekend has ended. The weekend was exceptionally busy – as well as the week leading up to it. Thankfully for the next 5 days I will be able to take things a little slowly and catch up a little on my blogging and book reviews as it is March Break – a week in which the schools are closed.

The week leading up to the weekend went by quickly – though my students were very excited for the upcoming break. Two of them left on Monday so I had two children left in my class. During the week, I kept hearing snippets of where others were going: Florida to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Switzerland, Amsterdam, and even Montreal. While these children are jet setting all over the world, I plan to stay at home to relax and little and to study.

Study? you may ask. Yes, my March Break began with attendance at a crash course by Canfit Pro to become a group Fitness Instructor. As you already know, I have done my basic Zumba Instructor training. In order to teach at the gym, I need to do my certification with the Canadian licencing board.

The books I spent the weekend with.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

The course began at 4pm on a late Friday afternoon and finished on Sunday at 4pm. The weekend was filled with information and lots of new learning. Some of it was very interesting – and gave me insight into not only what the group fitness instructors are doing, but also what they are not. I came home on Sunday afternoon exhausted and sat myself in front of the TV with my crochet. It was a good place to unwind.

I am currently catching up on my viewing of Grey’s Anatomy. I do prefer waiting until all of the episodes are uploaded on Netflix as then I do not have to wait an entire week before finding out what happens next. I am sure that by the end of this week I will be caught up. Then I will be faced with the dilemma of what to watch next!

If we were having coffee, I would leave you now as I have my weekend chores to catch up on.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: An Exhausting Week

Join us for some coffee time!If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am tired to the bone and cannot wait for the next school break. Last week in particular was tiring as there was so much to do. The week did seem to fly by, though, and I cannot believe that the weekend is almost over. What I do want to be over is Winter. The ground outside is still covered in white – in fact we had some snow fall on Friday and Saturday. We all keep hoping for Spring but right now it seems so far away. I am tired of wearing the cumbersome winter gear and I cannot wait to hear birdsong and see leaves on the trees.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my week began with attendance at the Youth Arts Program event on Monday evening. Both my daughters submitted a piece of art for the exhibition that is held every year at the Ontario Legislative Assembly and Monday night was the opening night. I am so proud of my girls and pleased that they are confident enough to put their art out into the world.

On Tuesday I took my class on a field trip with the other grade 1 teachers to attend the Gregg Le Rock concert. As always, the children had fun singing and dancing to songs that we had been playing in class. The trip was tiring though as I was with the children the entire day – even during lunch time. We got back to school after lunch and ate together in the classroom. It was such fun seeing the children get excited about singing in French at the concert. Their favourite song is definitely the Terry Fox song which they sang with enthusiasm.

Wednesday at school was another fun-filled day as the entire school participated in organised activities for our Carnaval (which is based on a winter tradition in Quebec). This year I ran a station – one on dance. I created a Just Dance playlist and the children danced to the videos I projected up on the wall. What fun we all had! The station was a favourite for many children. Other stations included bingo, flag making, and plasticine building.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that by the end of the week I was bone-tired. I have rested a bit over the weekend but am still feeling fatigued. I am looking forward to the upcoming school break – only one more week to go!

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: Ready for the Next Week

Join us for some coffee time!If we were having coffee, I would welcome you in rather late on this Sunday afternoon. It has been a busy weekend and I would welcome a little chat before completing my chores for the day.

If we were chatting, I would tell you that even though the work week was short (Monday was a public holiday), the week was very busy. There seemed so much to do at work – it is almost as if we squeezed five days of work into four. In addition, I had my evaluation on Friday and I was busy getting ready for it in the days leading up to Friday at 10:25am.

Every five years, the teachers in the school board I work for have an evaluation  – which basically means we are observed by the administrator of the school. Our principal came in to observe one of my lessons (I chose to do a language lesson). My students were a lot calmer than usual (though they were not little angels 🙂 ). My principal and I had a chat after school and I explained how I do some things (she is new to the school and therefore does not know how I work). She is going to type up her report and share it with me once she is done.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have just come back home from an event at the Harper Collins Canada Publishing House. Today’s event is the one they hold for bloggers in Ontario and the one at which they tell us about the upcoming new releases in Young Adult fiction. I enjoyed learning about the new books as well as chatting with other readers who love books and share their love through blogging. I am new to their influencer program and am starting to get to know other Canadian book bloggers.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have two events this week to look forward to – one with my daughters, and another one I can attend as a teacher. But that is for the next coffee chat.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: An Extra Short Week

Join us for some coffee time!If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this weekend we are enjoying a long weekend. Tomorrow is a public holiday titled Family Day and it is a perfect break from the Canadian Winter weather. The day is a perfect time to do activities with your family. My family and I will be relaxing – which for my daughters and husband means a late morning sleep-in 🙂 My husband intends to try out a new recipe so I foresee a lot of time spent at the dinner table.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we had a snow day on Tuesday. I got up as usual in the morning and, by the time I was ready to eat breakfast, I learned that not only had the school buses been cancelled but that the schools in the school board I work for had been closed. I was surprised by the decision – especially as the snow storm had not yet started. The unexpected day off, though, was a pleasant surprise which I spent reading and relaxing. Once the snow storm started it was not at all pleasant outside and I was pleased to be indoors.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week my student’s report cards were sent out and I met up with a number of parents to discuss their child’s progress. I also had an open class for a couple of hours so that the parents could come in to view their children’s projects as well as to see their portfolios. It was good chatting with the parents and seeing the children proudly show their mom or dad what they had done.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Valentine’s day was a low-key celebration in my classroom. The children brought in cards which they gave to one another. I did not have a class party, but I did give them the time to read one another’s cards and even eat a candy or two that had been attached to a card. My students also wrote out cards for me – and I particularly enjoyed the homemade ones. I smiled at the one made for me by a student with a good sense of humour. He worked very hard on his cards as he individualised each one for each person in the class.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Normally we do not – my husband is not the romantic kind to organise a celebration. I went to my normal Zumba class, and he went for his massage therapy. He did, however, surprise me with a beautiful pot of miniature roses when I got home. Shows that no matter how long I have been married to him, he can still surprise me on occasion 😀

My week has been very laid-back. My next week will be a bit busier albeit a short one. May yours be fruitful and enjoyable.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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