Thursday, 27 February 2014
I have been increasingly unhappy for some time with how much of my life I have now given over to Twitter.
I started with one account in 2012 which I used for following craft and books/authors. I eventually started following some role players too and quickly became addicted to the story lines I followed. I then started to follow some motivational people and one of those was Mermiddan (Precious Moments). He wrote some poetry which I greatly enjoyed reading so I started writing a bit too.
Then came my second account which was just going to be devoted to poetry. For a very long time, my follower count was low and I was able to read a great deal of what was written. As I started to do the WOTDs, my follower count increased greatly and became all sorts of genres. I always feel it is impolite not to follow back so I have now got to a point where I just cannot follow my timeline. I use hashtags instead and this limits what I read.
I am generous with my favs and RTs to the point that I am spending over 90 minutes a day just doing that. The result is now that a lot of people RT my RTs (!) and actually don't RT my work!! I am feeling very used!!
Add to that the time it takes me to write my short stories and poems and the time spent on Twitter has become ridiculous. Not to mention Follow Fridays and all the thank yous etc that fill my mentions.
So for my sanity and creativity (my work has become "must do" rather than "want to do") I am having a while away for reading and craft.
Monday, 24 February 2014
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
I have spent hours over 5 days writing my final module assignment. It is a lesson plan for teaching present perfect for experience. As an experienced teacher, you would expect that I can knock out lesson plans quickly. And I can...if it's for Science lessons! I have agonised over this and I am still not happy with it, although happy it is done! But at the end of the day, does it really matter?
Monday, 17 February 2014
Saturday, 15 February 2014
Friday, 14 February 2014
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
I applied for early retirement and a pension, and I learned this morning that it has been accepted. I am offically retired from the 17th February and get my lump sum the same day!!
It is such a relief, I just cannot begin to explain it. When I left teaching in September, I always thought that I would want to go back after a few months. If anything, though, the break has just reinforced that I don't want to teach again. Having this money has given me the freedom to take my time to find a part time job that I will really enjoy doing.
So today's plans are now on standby. I was going to start writing up my final module assignment, but there is no way that I could complete such a focused piece of work.
Anyway, more as it happens!!
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
We used to have a shop in Gloucester that just sold Indian sweets, but it closed after a few weeks. These are my favourites and I haven't had any for years. Then on Saturday, I found some in the chilled food aisle at a local supermarket.
Monday, 10 February 2014
One of the reasons, is that I decided that I just had to get THE COURSE out of the way. Well...the longest module anyway. As of today, I just have the final assignment to do. And I haven't had to redo any of the ones I submitted this year. Something just seems to have clicked (at last!).
Mind you, I still have one more (20 hour) module to do before I get my certificate, and it needs to be all completed by the end of April. Sounds easy, I hear you say, but there are 11 assignments within this.
With the course and other things going on (mainly trying to get my pension sorted out), I have been feeling more than a little depressed. A friend of mine is taking part in the above, so I thought I would too. It basically involves finding something that makes you happy each day for 100 days, photographing it and sharing on a social network. There are official rules and regulations but I am basically doing this for me.
It is also a way of getting me back on here, because I will put the photos on here (maybe not every day!). They will also go on my Twitter account Ali_Edmunds.
Here is yesterday's photo. Just a simple decision to replace the rather grey nets in the front room and hall. It has brightened up both areas considerably.