Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mundane January Stuff

There comes a point at which January feels like a slog. The days run together, mostly time spent indoors because it's so dismally rainy and cold, work time sliding into leisure time into sleep and back into work time. That's kind of how I feel now. I struggle to come up with anything to write about because most everything is routine.

I have been asked to chaperone a field trip tomorrow -- another trip to the British Museum, this time for 9th graders. I'm much less nervous about them than I was about the 5th graders. And we're going to a different exhibit so there will be something new to see.

I'm also going to lead a photography expedition for 8th graders in April. That should be fun! I'll give them a talk about street photography, and then we'll head out to East London for a day of walking around. More about that as the time approaches, but I'm looking forward to it.

Meanwhile I'm employing my photography skills in another way by taking portraits of some of the teachers as they read books. We're going to use them to produce posters encouraging kids to read -- the brainchild of one of my library coworkers. It's a cool idea, and I think some of the pictures have turned out well, even though I am really not a portrait photographer. It's good to try new things, right?

Dave and I Skyped with my mom on Tuesday night, which was good -- though we started talking at 8 p.m. and soon Dave and Olga were both sound asleep. I suppose 8 p.m. is a little late to begin a Skype conversation when we get up as early as we do! We talked about Mom's plans for downsizing, which I'll be helping her with when I visit next month.

Finally, I did buy some nibblies at the school bake sale for animals. By the time I got there almost everything was gone -- I got the last mini cupcake and one of three remaining oatmeal bars. (No one ever wants the oatmeal bars.) So, yes, I contributed. Far be it from me to let a panda go hungry. Or something.

(Photo: West Hampstead, Jan. 16. I think "Lately" is a bar.)


  1. When I went to London in November a little over a year ago, I experienced that chill in the air so, I know exactly how you feel. It was much colder than I expected it to be and it got to be very uncomfortable being outside for very long. That day I took the tour of Highgate Cemetery, I remember sitting in their little office for 30 minutes after the tour just warming up my frozen toes. On another night, I ended up having dinner around 5:30 in the evening because I just wanted to get out of the cold and when they brought me a glass of wine, I had to hold it with both hand because my finger were so stiff from the cold. I guess it's a good thing I live in the desert. :-)

  2. I know exactly what you mean, minus the cold and rain!

  3. we've had lots of rain and cold overcast days this month too. in fact, right now!

  4. Slogging slogging sloggging... yes!

    And I'm glad you got the oatmeal bar because you're right about no one wanting them (my husband likes them too).

  5. I like oatmeal bars but then again I guess I'm a bit unusual...Is the rainbow flag a universally recognized symbol? I thought of you when I saw a rainbow scarf for winter and wondered if you might wear it...

  6. The little panda thanks you. And, yes, it would be great to meet up with y'all sometime when I am wandering around London. Preferably a park where I can see Olga in action! At the moment looking at a hotel that is not much more than a bedsit BUT is clean and in the middle of easy walking to ...everywhere! So excited.