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

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

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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

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

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

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

Weekend Coffee Share: A First Step Achieved

Join us for some coffee time!If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is COLD outside. During the past week we have had snowfall, freezing rain, icy sidewalks and patches, and then snowfall again. Tomorrow more snow is predicted  – an event that small children will enjoy very much I am sure. I predict that many snowmen and forts will be built in school playgrounds. The children will come in from recess rosy-cheeked and beaming with happiness. I do not enjoy the cold too much when I stand outside supervising them at play but what I do enjoy is seeing the children enthusiastically play with what has fallen from the sky.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I completed my report cards last week. Tomorrow I will print the draft and they will be read by the administration at our school. Soon they will be sent out to the parents and I will be meeting up with them to discuss their child’s progress. And soon the busy time at school will be over. After mid-February the deadlines will be fewer and I can concentrate on working with my class.

This weekend, I worked towards what I have been thinking about doing for a while: I attended the basic training to be a Zumba Instructor. I am not sure where this journey will take me but I am ready to take the steps. I enjoy dancing in Zumba classes so much and have been extremely disappointed that so many classes at my local gym have been cancelled. My thinking is that at least by working to be an instructor, I can still get to dance to my favourite rhythms. My body is currently aching after a full day of exercise, and my brain is still swirling with all of the information that I have received. I need a few days to process and to figure out how I am going to put into practice what I have learned.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is nearly the end of the weekend and I am tired and ready to go to sleep. I am looking forward to the upcoming week as I will be attending the OLA Super Conference  during the last part of the work week. I had such a good time there last year that I decided to attend this year as well.

I wish you a wonderful week ahead. May it be filled with things you love doing.

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)

Weekend Coffee Share: It’s Cold Out There!

Join us for some coffee time!If we were having coffee, I would quickly pull you in out from the cold. On Friday the temperatures began to drop and some snow fell. The temperature continued spiralling downward yesterday while more flurries fell from the sky. This morning I woke to beautiful blue skies (it has been a while since we have seen the sun) and painfully cold winds. Brrr! Now I know it is January when I step outside and I hurry back indoors as fast as I can. My walks are hampered a bit by the snow, but I am not strolling and enjoying the outdoors!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Friday it was a PA day – which meant that the children did not come to school. The day was set aside for teachers to work on the Term 1 report cards. I had prepared well for this day and was ready to sit in front of my computer and input grades and work on comments. I am happy to say that my report cards are 98% done. All I need to do now is input a last few remaining grades once I have confirmed what they are.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I participated in my first blog tour. It was an interesting project to participate in even though I did not get many visitors. I will do another one in the future but the next time I will be a bit more choosy with the book I choose to host. I did not enjoy reading the book featured in the tour too much so it made the exercise too much like work.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my husband and I decided to go and see a movie on Tuesday night. We chose to see Bohemian Rhapsody  as I love Queen’s music. It was an interesting film and so well made – I am not surprised that Rami Malek received a golden Globe for his performance. The film was long but neither my husband nor I felt the time passing. The show ended late and, because my mind was filled with Queen’s music when my head touched the pillow that night, I did not get to sleep much. As expected, I was tired the next day – but it was worth it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am going to spend the rest of the afternoon snuggled up and reading. It is too cold to go out again and the few things I need I will purchase tomorrow while I am out. I hope that it is not too cold where you are.

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)

Weekend Coffee Share: A New Year

Join us for some coffee time!If we were having coffee, I would greet you with a Happy New Year wish. A new year has begun and the last few days have rushed by. We have already wished our son well as he flew back to his new home (tears were involved); and we have spent a wonderful afternoon and evening with some lovely friends. My first book of the year has been read, and I have begun my second ( my birthday gift has to be read asap!).

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am not ready to go back to work on Monday. I still feel tired (too many late nights!) and still wish to rest, relax, and read. I know that on Monday I will have to hit the ground running as our report cards are due in a couple of weeks. January is a stressful time of year for me as I will have to test the children during two weeks so that I can place the appropriate grades below their names.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is unseasonably mild outside for this time of year. The days have been very grey and cloudy, yet we have been able to walk outside without a hat. We did have some snow fall overnight but, within a day, the white covering on the surfaces had melted. The weather forecast for the first week back at school is mild. I am wondering whether we will experience a lot of cold this winter.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I put on the usual 2kgs over the Christmas break. The overeating on sugar as well as the sedentary days have led to the weight gain. I know that I will have to work hard to lose what I have gained. The bonus will be getting back into my routine of healthy eating and better food choices. Next year I need to make the decision not to buy store bought cookies and candies – and not binge on cheeses, pastries, and crisps.

If we were having coffee, I would wish you well for the second week of 2019. Make it a good one!

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

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

A Family Smile

There were so many things that made me smile this week. Besides being Christmas – a holiday during which I spend time with my family – it is also my birthday. The reason for my long-lasting smile this week is my family. Not only did my husband and children spend time with me over Christmas, but they also spent the day with me on my birthday.

Christmas began as it always does: with me spending some time on the sofa reading before my family awakes. I always enjoy this time in front of the Christmas tree. After sending Christmas messages to my family in South Africa, I relaxed a little with my current read. This year I decided to get brunch ready before waking up my husband and children. The kids are older now so they are not impatient to open the gifts. We spent a lovely time at the table chatting and catching up with our son who is visiting for a couple of weeks.

After brunch, we got ready for opening the gifts. We normally spend quite a bit of time doing this as we open the gifts one at a time and discuss what has been given. We always have a number of laughs – and this year was no different. This year I got everyone a couple of Christmas socks. Of course these were pulled on quickly to show a little Christmas spirit. I am sure the socks will be worn during the year and I will be seeing them in the wash. If not, I am sure they will be brought out again in December in the lead-up to Christmas. After gift opening, we relaxed a little and read. No-one was up to playing board games and we decided we would watch a movie after supper. We did so, and it was the end to a perfect day.

My smile continued two days later with my birthday. When I woke up, I read the messages that friends and family had sent me from all over the world. Then, of course, I spend a little time reading. Then it was time to get ready for lunch. As is tradition, my family and I went out to a buffet lunch to celebrate me being a year older. Upon entering, we were impressed with the effort the restaurant had made this year with the decorations.

The food was also delicious this year. Last year we were disappointed as some of the dishes were dry. This year, overcooked meat was not an issue. Eating out with my family and chatting with them was the best gift they could have given me. I really appreciate that they spent the time with me, especially now that they are older.

After lunch, we went to the cinema to watch Mary Poppins Returns. We had to see this show en famille as all three children had watched the movie with Julie Andrews repeatedly when they were young. They knew the songs – and even some lines! The 4pm show was popular and many families were waiting in line to enter the cinema. There were even some older people waiting in line – curious, I am sure, to see what Disney had done in this sequel of a well-loved film.

My day ended perfectly with a gift from my children – a gift w hich shows that they listen to me and know so well what I would enjoy. We watched Crazy Rich Asians togetheron Christmas Eve and I had said I needed to read the stories because I loved the film so much. Et viola! My first reads for 2019 are now waiting for me next to my bed. Today I hope to complete my current read so that I can begin this trilogy soon – though some more family time and smiles are prepared for the next couple of days.

I hope you enjoyed your Holidays as much as I did. It was definitely something to smile about!

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Weekend Coffee Share: A Sickly End

Join us for some coffee time!If we were having coffee, I would whisper my greeting to you. The school term ended with me feeling absolutely exhausted, and my voice all croaky. I was fighting illness for the entire week as I pushed through the days to get all that I needed to do done. There were so many little things that I wanted to complete before we broke off for Winter break so that I could start afresh on 7 January when school begins again in the new year. I was happy when on Friday I closed the door to my classroom and and set off for home with my goal achieved.

If we were having coffee, I would excuse myself for coughing. I cannot believe that I am sick when Christmas, and my birthday, are so near. I am hoping that the aching throat will not linger. I believe rest will be the key to my healing quickly. I have not gone to my exercise classes since Monday and I think my body will be grateful for the break. I just need to be careful, though, that I do not overeat and thus put on all the weight that I have fought so hard to lose during the year.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that all my gifts are bought and wrapped, and that tomorrow morning – early – I will do the last of my grocery shopping for the big day. Tomorrow I will also clean our home and the children will put the tree up in the afternoon as well. Yes, the tree is not yet up! My daughters were waiting for their brother to arrive so that they could put the tree up together. They love the fun of putting decorating the living area and, now that they are all older, the time when they are all together is more difficult to achieve.

If were were having coffee, I would tell you that I have a number of books to review so in the next few days you will see reviews of some excellent books in my feed. Two of them will be released at the end of this year. Keep a lookout for them – especially if you enjoy historical fiction, or psychological thrillers.

If we were having coffee, I would wish you a wonderful time with your family over the next few days – whether you celebrate Christmas or not. We will be spending it together en famille – it is definitely a day that I look forward to.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

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

Weekend Coffee Share: A Desire to Recharge

Join us for some coffee time!

If we were having coffee, I would greet you with a tired smile. I am looking forward to the winter break for then I can rest and recharge my batteries. This is an exciting time of year for the children and their constant energy tires me a little. Most children in my class are looking forward to Santa depositing gifts at the Christmas tree; and all children are looking forward to two weeks at home with no school. Yes, two more weeks and we can all have a little break.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have bought all my gifts for the great day – and that most of what I can put in the freezer has been stored. Now I need to buy wrapping paper and tape and then spend time getting the gifts ready for everyone. I bought all of the gifts within walking distance of my home so I did not need to get on buses and spend time travelling to buy what I wanted. I was so pleased when I  found what I was looking for at the stores nearby.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week looks to be a busy one at work. On Tuesday, the entire school is going out for the annual movie day to see The Grinch. As can be expected, my class is looking forward to it. When we get back, we will all have lunch and then we will spend the rest of the afternoon working on our Holiday door. Previous experience has shown me that I cannot do anything too academic as the children are all hyper from the field trip.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Wednesday after school is our staff Holiday party. We will be celebrating at a local restaurant. And eating Mexican food. I will tell you next week all about the food. We don’t get much chance to socialise with colleagues so it will quite a social event.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I blogged a little more this week – and even managed to write a flash fiction which I haven’t done in a while (titled Approaching Change) I have missed writing and need to make an effort to get back to it. I will try to write another piece this week – my creative writing muscles need to be flexed!

If we were having coffee, I would wish you a wonderful week. Mine will be chilly as we have had snowfall and it feels like winter.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

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