Lost Boy

Loyal blog followers,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will be discontinuing my blog indefinitely.

I do hope to continue it again one day, but for now, I think it is best for me to take a (hopefully temporary) hiatus and focus on some other things.

If we are currently Facebook friends, please do feel free to message me anytime to see how things are going and I’d love to chat! If we aren’t Facebook friends, follow me on Twitter where I will make a solid effort to do most of my life updates from now on (although I’m private so you’ll need to wait for me to confirm!)

I hope that you all understand! I have been so blessed to have such a loyal following for over two years. 

I won’t say goodbye because “saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting”, so… 

Until next time…

-Moose ❤ ❤

OK, It’s Alright With Me

Hello loyal blog followers! Happy Saturday!

I am currently sitting in a Caffé Nero (as I do so often on Saturdays, these days!) in the basement where, to my right, there is a father helping his daughter with her maths homework, and directly in front of me is a man tutoring a woman who is learning English. It’s a pretty magical sight for a teacher to witness!

This week has been interesting. I arrived back from Canada on Monday afternoon in Gatwick airport… Rob arrive about an hour after I did but at Heathrow so we couldn’t even see each other as he was flying to Spain and not staying in the UK. 

Last night I went to a comedy night with my agency. I went alone but I made a friend so that’s nice!

It was a pretty funny night, there were three acts and we also got two “free” glasses of wine (the tickets were £7, regular £21, which included entrance to the show and two glasses of wine… so I count that as free)!

I’m really excited about the upcoming week because I’ll be entertaining visitors (I’ve lived in the UK for 20 months and this is the first time someone has really come to visit me)! Mathea, who is my Mentor Teacher’s eldest daughter and is doing a semester abroad in Paris, and Teighan who is her best friend and is flying into London on Thursday morning from Canada!

Also, I’ve just realized that I’ve been in the UK for 20 months and my visa expires soon and now I’m having a panic attack in the middle of the Caffé Nero basement. (Not actually… but I am super stressed)

Oh! An exchange has just occurred at the table directly in front of me… there is now a DIFFERENT woman learning English…

Marry Me

It was a whirlwind of a week in Canada with lots of exciting stuff (hence the blog post not being posted on time!)

As mentioned in my previous blog post, last Saturday I took the WestJet inaugural flight from London Gatwick airport to Edmonton, Canada (WestJet’s first flight from London to any Canadian city!).

The flight was actually really good! I would highly recommend flying with WestJet if you have to travel across the pond! While the food was rather expensive, they had a really good selection, wifi (available at a cost), tablet rentals, really friendly staff (the most hilarious cabin manager!), and free soda + pretzels and/or cookies!


At one point when I had wifi I texted Rob and asked if you see my location on Find my Friends and he could, so that was pretty cool!


After arriving in Edmonton I met up with my lovely friends Shay and Cody in Leduc for lunch and it was great to catch up with them!

Then I went to visit my oma at the hospital on Red Deer, as she had just had surgery, and then I saw my opa in Sundre and we had dinner together!

Then I went to bed because it felt like 4am to me by that point!

On Sunday/ Canadian Mother’s Day, my dad and sister and I went to Elbow Falls to spread my mom’s ashes. It was really nice and now I feel like I’ve had some closure.


After spreading mom’s ashes we went for lunch at a place where the server put pepper on my Caesar salad even after I specifically told her I didn’t want any, and I’m still bitter. Haha.

On Monday we began our journey around southern Alberta! I stopped in Claresholm to see my aunt Janet and uncle Mike, and also to get a slurpee because… Duh!


Then we went to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre which was very informative and I would recommend it as a quick stop for anyone who wants to learn a little Canadian history (we spent about 90 minutes there which was plenty of time but you could do it in an hour if you skip the video)!

After Frank we had lunch in Pincher Creek and then headed to Lethbridge where I caught up with some friends (Heidi and Elyse… I forgot to get pictures with them and I am very distraught!) at Firestone restaurant (I had the crispy potato rolls!) and then we saw The Jungle Book which was phenomenal!!

I slept at Heidi’s house and she let me use her bed, which I am super grateful for, because it was really comfy!

On Tuesday morning, dad, Samantha and I had breakfast at Cora’s… I had the banana caramel waffle and I can now never eat sweets ever again! Well… I’ll probably have another slurpee later.

Then we went to see my friend Stacey, her adorable son Lucas, and his brand spanking new baby sister, Mia! They are so cute (but of course I forgot to get pictures…)!

I totally forgot to finish this blog and then accidentally published it anyway!! Here is the rest:

On the way back to Didsbury we stopped in Carstairs where my step-sister, Teal, did my nails for the wedding for FREE (because I’m her stepsister… you can’t have yours for free… muahahaha). She gave me science stamps and they are awesome!


On Tuesday evening, my beautiful Katie-Boo came to spend the night with me in Didsbury, and we drove to Beiseker when she showed me a tiny graveyard (probably only 100 graves or so) and one of the graves was broken like someone had escaped from it and the name on the stone was Katie Schmidt! So naturally I ran away screaming because I was apparently hanging out with a zombie.


On Wednesday morning we watched Sleeping with Other People which was hilarious, and then Katie went home and Dad, Samantha, and I drove to YYC to pick up the boyfriend! He’d been in Washington for a few days before that for his birthday, and so we celebrated by seeing Captain America: Civil War, which I really liked because it had Spiderman in it and I love him.

On Thursday, we drove back to YYC to collect James and see Caitrin and Johannes for the first time in ages, and also our friend Konsti who I may have mentioned in my blog before but I am too lazy/ jet lagged to go back to my posts from last March to find out if that is true.


Rob, James, Konsti and I left for Drumheller to the Royal Tyrell Museum and check out some dinosaurs!

It takes two British men to make up half the height of this Calmarasaurus’ right hind leg.
After returning to Calgary, I parted ways with the boys and went to Liz’s house for Caitrin bachelorette party/ hen do. I won’t tell you what we did there because… well, you know. I’ll just show you some pictures instead!


On Friday, Rob came with my dad and Tiffany and I to Sundre to meet my oma, opa, cousin Shelley, her partner Alan, and their two daughters, Josephine and Abigail (I DID manage to get a picture this time… well I stole it from Shelley!)


Then Friday evening we went to help decorate the hall for the wedding and the Caitrin, Scotland, Sophie and I all slept over at Liz’s house as a last girly hurrah before Caitrin tied the knot!

Here is Rob and Sophie, occupying some chairs which were important, I guess…
The wedding was pretty fantastic! If you’re engaged, consider getting married at Fort Calgary!

Here is Caitrin enjoying a nice banana just prior to her walk down the aisle…
Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures during the ceremony, and we all know I suck at remembering to take pictures anyway, but here are some from the after-reception that I took! (well, Rob took them on my phone)!

Obviously we are elephants…I love this man ❤ ❤

James and I are very pretty.

And then on Sunday evening I flew home!

That’s all there is, there isn’t anymore!

Oh, except for this: Thank you to all the people I stole photos from (Rob, James, Teal, and Shelley!)

Stay tuned…

-Moose ❤ ❤

Angel

Happy Saturday everyone!

I am currently sitting in Gatwick airport, waiting for my gate information for my flight to Edmonton!

As you may or may not be aware, today is the first day that WestJet flights are going from Gatwick airport to Canada, (I happen to be taking the inaugural flight!) and so the entire North terminal is packed full of WestJet paraphernalia and there is even a stage with a Canadian woman singing exclusively Canadian songs (currently Sarah Maclachlan… My dad will be jealous he missed it). 

The woman before this current one was British, but still singing exclusively Canadian songs. It was special.

So anyway, I’m getting emotional and will probably cry when I land.

Oh gosh, the Canadian singer is going to try to get us to sing along with her… This is all very intense. 

Ooh! I just got a prize!

And I met the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess and Queens! What a great day. 


My gate is about to be announced. Gotta go!!

See you soon Canada!!

Stay tuned…

-Moose ❤ ❤

Wonder What You’re Doing for the Rest of Your Life

Happy Saturday, everyone!

I’m currently sitting in a Caffe Nero, where I am enjoying a Banana Caramel Frappe, and a Sticky Toffee muffin, because I know how to do breakfast the right way.

I can’t say that I have much to report about my first FULL week of teaching at my new school (since last week was inset for three days, and there were no students in), but that’s probably because I’m trying to block it out of my memory because it was so stressful that on at least one occasion I found myself alone in the science equipment room, crying like a baby.

I will say that I have had a really fun time preparing my science lessons (I’m sure Rob is proud) and on the occasions when I actually get to teach my lessons (because the students are feeling ambitious that day) I really enjoy teaching it too!

I do have some students who are really good at science and really do enjoy learning it, so that is awesome!

So on to other things…

I leave for Canada in 13 days (for those of you keeping track)! I am really excited (except for the long flights all by myself… I’ll have to bring books and other forms of entertainment… and a pillow). I fly into Edmonton which was kind of a last minute decision but actually turned out to be perfect because my dad works just north of Edmonton and can pick me up on his way home for the week, and then I fly out of Edmonton so he can drop me off on his way back to work… plus, we live in Didsbury, not Calgary, so it’s actually pretty much just as convenient! Also… it was way cheaper!

I have lots of exciting things planned while I am home, the most exciting, of course, being Caitrin’s wedding! Rob and I appear to be making a habit out of going to Canada, attending a wedding, and then flying back to Europe the next day… but I’m fine with that! I wonder whose wedding we will go to next (in Canada)…

ANY who… I will be sure to keep you all up to date if anything exciting happens, but I have a feeling that next week’s blog will be a list.

Stay tuned…

-Moose ❤ ❤

 

Everything is Awesome

Hello loyal blog followers!

Happy Saturday!

So I’ve got a few things to catch you up on, but first… A LIST!

Things I Wonder About the World:

  1. Is there some kind of universal sign or symbol for indicating that there is no toilet paper left in the stall you’re in, before you find out the hard way?
  2. Why is Cookie Dough Ice Cream always chocolate chip cookie dough? Why not peanut butter cookie dough, or sugar cookie dough?
  3. If the president of the United States dies during his second term in office, does the vice president (who then becomes the president) get to run for a second term because technically speaking he has only been the president for (under) one term? Or does the original president’s first term count as time served for the former vice president , now current US president?
  4. How do I use the word perspicacious in a sentence without sounding pretentious or contrived?
  5. Why is it that the earth is 150 MILLION km from the sun, and yet a 23degree tilt in either direction can cause temperature changes ranging from -30°C – 30°C in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (and other places, but for the sake of argument, let’s just stick with Calgary).

Phew, that was exhausting.

Ok, on to the life updates:

  1. I have a new job teaching at an all boys school for boys with SEN statements, etc. It’s a 30 minute walk from my flat (which is AWESOME!), and I’m making a crap ton more money that I was at my last school (also awesome) and they’re giving me time off to go to Canada (mega awesome)… I’ve not met the kids yet so they could be (and probably are) little terrors, but that’s ok, because I like that kind of thing. (By the way, this school is probably not going to sponsor me, but at least I have a job while I look for another one!)
  2. Last night was Part 1 of Epic Date Night with Rob. We went to see the Peter Pan statue together in Kensington Gardens, and then we went bowling, which was so fun! Admittedly, bowling with only two people isn’t the best because the game goes by so quickly and you don’t get any down time to chat with people, but we had a fun time! And then we went to see Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice which we were both slightly disappointed by, but I WILL say that the movie was very aesthetically pleasing… like the effects were, I don’t really care to look at Ben Affleck or Henry Cavill. Today is Part 2 of Epic Date Night, but I can’t tell you what is going to happen because it’s a surprise.
  3. Sainsbury’s has produced Pure Canadian Maple Syrup… so this ought to be a fun experiment!
  4. It is officially 27 days until I go to Canada! I am flying into and out of Edmonton, because it’s cheaper and it made more sense since my family now lives in Didsbury.
  5. I’ve decided two things recently: One is that my blog post isn’t interactive enough, so I’m going to start asking questions to be answered, and the other is that I need a new hobby.

On that note, the question to end my blog post:

WHAT SHOULD MY NEW HOBBY BE!?

(Please answer in the comments!)

Stay tuned…

-Moose ❤ ❤

Coming Home

Loyal blog followers,

I do apologize for my recent lack of blog updates… but I’ve been going through some stuff and blogging has been far from my mind as of late.

BUT I do have some exciting news which I have been (impatiently) waiting to share with you since Thursday… and that news is:

Robert and I will be coming to Canada in May!!!

I’ll be there from May 7-15 and Rob will be there from May 11-15 (he’s going to Washington first with our friend James… who is also coming to Canada!)!

Since it is such a short time, (we are coming to see my beautiful best friend marry the love of her life) I don’t know how many people I will be able to see… but fear not, because I’ll be back again soon, either permanently (which we don’t want) or to sort out my visa to return to work in the UK (which, yes, we DO want… we REALLY REALLY REALLY want this one to be the case!)!

But even if I don’t get to see all of my favourite Canadians while I’m there, I am still really excited because I cannot tell you how badly I’ve been craving a cream soda Slurpee and a whole jar of dill pickles to myself! In fact, if there is not a cold jar of dill pickles waiting for me when I get home from the airport, I’m going to have a legit apoplexy right in the kitchen.

On that note, I have decided that my blogs are not interactive enough, and so, in the comments, I’d like you to tell me the thing you would miss the most if you have to leave your home country, wherever that may be!

Sorry for the short update… I’ll have more next time!! 

Stay tuned…

-Moose ❤ ❤

 

Rest Your Love

Guys… it was half-term break this week… or as we Canadians call it: Reading Week!

On Saturday, Rob flew into London and we spent a portion of the day packing up a moving van with all of his stuff that we’d previously driven from France and put into a storage unit.

On Sunday (aka Valentine’s Day) we (ok, just Rob) spent eight hours driving said moving van in preparation for moving all of his stuff into his new flat on Monday! But it wasn’t an entirely Valentine’sless Valentine’s Day! We spent the night in a hotel (Partially so Rob could have a break from driving, but also a little bit so that we didn’t have to install a bed upon arrive at an empty flat after nine hours of driving), and we also went for a really nice meal at an Italian restaurant where I was given a heart-shaped, helium-filled balloon! I also got Rob a toy dinosaur which I have dubbed “The Valentinosaur”… I’m pretty proud of that one.

  
Our glorious hotel bed with a fuzzy green pillow!

Monday was, as mentioned, spent moving everything into Rob’s new flat (which is awesome!!) It’s still not fully set up yet but it will be so nice when it is!! The best part was that his flat is only on the second floor (as in one up from the ground floor… I have to say that because British people would just call that the first floor and that doesn’t sound as nice), AND it has an elevator/lift!!

On Tuesday Rob and I travelled to the airport together because he had to fly back to France and I had to fly back to London, but his flight was several hours  before mine so I just waited around in the airport and got some marking done and felt like a very productive human being!

On Wednesday I had a Diabetes appointment at the hospital that took three hours of my life. In general, I’d have to say that seeing the nurse and the dietitian was pretty standard and I could probably have gone without seeing either of them, thus saving myself two hours, but then I got to see the podiatrist and that was really helpful because I’ve never had my feet properly looked at in all my thirteen years as a diabetic and it was a relief to know that they are doing well!

On Thursday I just got on with some lesson planning… nothing much to report there.

On Friday I met up with my lovely friend Shelby for a much needed catch up, and also chatted with not one, but TWO friends from Canada via Whatsapp call/ Skype!

Back to work next week!

Stay tuned…

-Moose ❤ ❤

(It’s) Hairspray

So I can’t say that anything overly exciting has occurred this week. I went back to work, which was nice. It was the last week before half-term break so it was quite a relaxing week… Most classes were doing assessments so my lessons consisted of me sitting at my desk and changing the “You have {insert number here} minutes left to complete your assessment” slide on the PowerPoint every five minutes. 

If the class wasn’t doing an assessment then it was a fun lesson anyway. I had my year 8s write some love poems to complete their poetry unit, and a few students even got to make a good copy of their poem on some nice red paper so they can give it as a gift for Valentine’s Day. I must say, I was very impressed by some of the wonderful things my students had to say about their loved ones! One boy wrote a heartfelt acrostic poem about his five year old sister, and another boy wrote a very sincere (but also very funny) Limerick for his dad! It was a lot of fun!

For my year 9s, we’d been studying Arthur Miller’s play, A View from the Bridge and since they did their assessment on Thursday, we spent Friday doing a Valentine’s quiz, and playing Mafia… Except that I made all of the characters in Mafia characters from AVFTB so it all tied in nicely! 

On Thursday night I also got a haircut…

  
So that’s been my week! 

Crazy shenanigans are sure to ensue this weekend as Rob and I move all his stuff in to his new flat!

Stay tuned…

-Moose ❤ ❤

Heart Attack

Happy Saturday, everyone! It has been a very eventful week!

Last Saturday, I went for dinner with my friend Erin, from Canada, and her friend Caitlin from Australia! We went to a steak place called Flat Iron. It was so amazing! The only thing they have on the menu, aside from whatever the daily special is, is STEAK! I REALLY enjoy a good steak! I had mine with peppercorn sauce, a “Sophie’s Salad” (spinach, candied pecans, blue cheese, and lemon dressing), a fancy cocktail, and I ate it with this mini cleaver:

  
   
 After dinner we went to Snog for frozen yogurt…

   
 Here is a photo I’ve stolen from Erin of me and Caitlin eating our Fro-Yo:

  
You can probably tell in this photo that I look quite ill, which leads to the next exciting bit of the week…

On Sunday I was so ill with a cold that I stayed in bed all day. I spent Sunday evening on the phone with Rob while he typed up my sub/supply plans for the next day because I was too sick to go to work and I had a headache so bad that I couldn’t look at my computer screen…

Then Monday came around and things went downhill… my headache was unbearable, I was physically sick, my chest felt like it was going to explode, and I had ketones…so my landlord took me to the hospital, where I was told I’d only have to stay for three or four hours. But NOPE! There I was, for three days…

I was admitted with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)… I was tachycardic, vomiting (sorry), dizzy, achy, short of breath, and in all kinds of crazy discomfort! Thank goodness THAT’S over.

But actually being there wasn’t even the worst part, necessarily. The worst part was that I had no phone service and I wasn’t allowed to leave my room (I was in a room in the ward all by myself because apparently I was infectious and/or contagious), and the nurses were too busy to call Rob and let him know what was happening and he was worried, and because I couldn’t talk to him, I was worried, which was probably making me even sicker… and it was all a big disaster.

Anyway, I got out on Wednesday, but I took Thursday and Friday off work because THE HEADACHE THAT NEVER ENDS WAS NEVER ENDING AND IT HADN’T ENDED YET AND IT STILL HASN’T ENDED!

Rob and I figured out it was probably caffeine withdrawal and so on Friday, when he flew in to see me, we made tacos and I drank Pepsi Max… and that helped, a little.

Anyway, I’m fine now… still not 100% but definitely better than I was last weekend!

Still no updates on visa stuff… when there are, I will let you know!

Stay tuned…

-Moose ❤ ❤