Weekend Coffee Share: Better Late Than Never

If we were having coffee, I would apologise for meeting up with you so late. My weekend routine was thrown off a little so I did not get to blog like I usually do on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the week was very busy. I completed all the assessments of my students. They got into the habit of working quietly while I worked with each person at a time. We are now almost done all the activities that I have planned for the year and so the pressure on me has eased a little. The last few days have been beautiful – warm and sunny. Today, though, I see it has reverted back to being dull and grey. I hope it doesn’t last long as days of indoor recess are not fun!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that last week we had the staff appreciation lunch at our school. For this lunch, parents organise a hot meal for us to thank us for all the hard work that we do for their children during the year. I love it – not only the meal itself but that we take a short time out and eat lunch together. The parents also make the setting in the library as beautiful as they can. The flowers always look so pretty.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Friday was a PA day during which I wrote the report cards. I had already done some work on them and I planned to sit in my chair until I got them done. I arrived at school at 8am and got them done by 1:30pm. It is amazing how much work you can do with a little determination and no distractions. I came home exhausted and spent the rest of the afternoon reading.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my practical exam to be a group fitness instructor was on Saturday afternoon. I was nervous even though I had being practicing for hours over the last few months. All my friends made it to the exam and I went in with their encouragement at my side. It was good to see their well-known faces while I was teaching them and their support helped me complete the session. I was nervous for the results as I knew I had made some mistakes (practical exams are not my forte). After my session, the instructor made some comments that made me worried that I had not passed.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I got an email Saturday evening telling me that I had passed! I could not believe it! Her comments and suggestions for improvement are valid and I have something to work on in order to improve. Now I have to decide what to do with this certification. Going through the process has been quite a learning curve for me and I am glad I did it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I now need to get ready for work. Enjoy your day and let’s have coffee next week.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

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Weekend Coffee Share: Reading and Things

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that yesterday was the perfect day weather-wise. This morning was a bit chilly but at least the sun is shining. We are so ready for the warmer weather! The kids too – the weather has been perfect to take them outside to play, and they have eagerly gone outside for longer recess breaks. We have been stuck inside for too long and are now eager for days to take in some sun and feel the warmth of the sun on our bare limbs.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that last Sunday I took part in the readathon organised by the folks at Harper Collins Canada. I spent the day reading along with others online and taking part in the prompts and discussions on social media. It was such fun to connect with other readers and to see their response to the prompts. Even though I did not finish my novel ( a 400 page historical fiction), I put a serious dent into it. If you want to read more about the event and have a look at my photos, you can go here to see the post.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week has been one filled with assessments at school. I have been testing the children in one area of the curriculum every day as this week as I need to begin writing the report cards. It is a stressful time for us at school and one that I look forward to ending. Once the report cards are done, the atmosphere at school will definitely be more relaxed. In addition, my planned tasks for the year with the children are almost done and then we can move onto more fun things.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have also been practicing for my practical exam which will take place next Saturday. The exam is the final step towards my becoming a group fitness instructor and once that is done, I will have completed one of my New Year Resolutions 😀

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I cannot believe that it is already June – the months seem to have flown by! This month will fly by too – before I know it, the school year will be over, and my youngest will have graduated from high school. But until then, I will enjoy the passing of days. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, have a wonderful week, and speak to you next Sunday.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: A Two Week Catch-Up

If we were having coffee, I would apologize for not meeting up with you last week. It was a long weekend – but I was sick. I spent the three days lying on my bed or the sofa resting with a running nose and watering eyes. I was so disappointed as I had been looking forward to three days in which to go out with my family (it was my daughter’s birthday on the Sunday). Alas, the chilly weather and the chills of my body kept me indoors. The plus side is that I read – a lot!

Speaking of reading, today I participated in a readathon that had been organised by the team at Harper Collins Canada. The group of readers who keep track of their books on the 50 Book Pledge website shared their reading and answered fun prompts on the social media platform of their choice. It was fun reading along with participants all over Canada. By Tuesday we will hear how many people participated and who the winners of the giveaways are. From what I can gather on Twitter, the event was a success so I am sure that they will do it again.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my youngest daughter has gone to her prom. After hair and make-up she looked so adult. I was proud of her, and yet a little sad as this means she is growing up and will soon fly the nest. I am lucky that she is staying home during university – but after that … only the future can tell.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that a couple of parents from my class this year nominated me for the Teacher of the Year Award. I did not receive it but it is good to know that the work I do with the children is being noticed and appreciated by the parents. It was a surprise to hear of the nomination on the day after my daughter’s prom – it certainly brushed away the wisp of sadness I was feeling.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that during the past two weeks we had our school concert. I had been practicing the song with my students and was a little worried that they would be silly when on stage. I don’t know what happened but on the night of their performance, they were perfect! They sang clearly, were focused on me and my direction, and were in sync with the actions. How I wished I could have recorded it to show them! I was proud of their performance and they deserved all the praise that they got.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am starting to get things together for the children’s report cards. My desk at school is a mess at the moment with papers everywhere. The only time my desk is neat is at the beginning of the year, and at the end! Hopefully within the next couple of weeks I will be able to clear it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that finally the weather is improving. Today the grey skies of the last couple of weeks has lifted, and the air has a sense of lightness to it. The rain we have been having has turned the grass green and encouraged the buds to bloom. Finally spring is here! I am hoping it will stay this way as I am ready for the warmer weather!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is now time to do my last remaining chores of the weekend. Enjoy your evening and have a wonderful week.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Weekend Coffee Share: A Few Good Things

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Saturday was a beautiful day weather-wise. We enjoyed going outside for a walk and it felt truly spring-like. The weather has turned, however, and this morning the temperature stands at 0c. Brr!

If we were having coffee, I would ask you how your Mother’s Day went. Mine was busy – though not filled entirely with Mother-like activities. The morning I spent reading my current book – and enjoying the quiet time spent in the story. Then I went to a CPR course which is one of the requirements to become certified as a group fitness instructor. When I booked my session, I did not realise that it was Mother’s Day and it was too late to change the date. After successfully completing the course in the afternoon, I came home and napped. Afterwards, my family and I enjoyed some time together.

My husband cooked a delicious meal to celebrate. He had suggested going out but I didn’t want to – I was tired and the weather was starting to get a little chilly. Also, I enjoy our home-cooked meals. For dessert we had some chocolate dipped strawberries (which my daughter had prepared) and some chocolate mousse cake. A perfect end to the meal. I was spoiled with gifts as well – some Lindt dessert chocolates, a cosy pair of reading socks (I should wear them today!), and a succulent (my husband knows I prefer potted plants to cut flowers). My day definitely ended on a smile.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my daughter prepared her first dinner solo on Friday. She made a delicious quiche and salad. So proud of her! I am encouraging her to cook more meals without my help so that she can be more independent when she is living on her own in the far distant future. Yesterday, she was paging through the recipe book trying to decide what she would make next so I am sure that she will go shopping for ingredients later on in the day.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Monday the students in my class built their structures. I was lucky in that I had a couple of parents come in to help the children build with boxes, tape, and glue. The children had fun but by the end of the day I was exhausted and had a headache. In the days that followed, my students did the writing piece and this week they will all present their work for the oral mark. They will also be creating maps of their imagined village. I look forward to seeing what they come up with.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the highlight of the week was seeing one of our family members who flew into Toronto for a few days. We went out to dinner together mid-week and it was wonderful. I love seeing people I know from my past and to see for myself that they are doing well. I do wish we could have spent more time together this week; but I am grateful that she made the effort to spend some time with us.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the upcoming week is busy – but I will tell you more about that next week. Enjoy the next 7 days until we meet for coffee again.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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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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