Morning, everyone! After a shockingly wet and rather windy day yesterday, right at the moment (just after five), it is dry and calm again. I haven't checked Beeb but it doesn't matter to me because I have no plans to go out.
After several nights of great sleep, I awoke at around half three in the middle of a very vivid and not nice dream. It was weird and very much showed the sort of anxieties I had as a teacher, in idiotic form. I had heard about a post in school that had been advertised so I had said I would go for it, although I had no idea what it was. The next moment (as dreams tend to progress) I was watching another candidate teaching a group of four and realised I had no idea what the job was and what I was supposed to be teaching. I asked the head and the deputy who were observing along with several governors and someone from the LEA but no-one would say. I was going to pull out but wasn't allowed to. Then to 'my' observed lesson in my own old classroom - no plans, no learning objective, no outcomes, no resources apart from an old fashioned white board on a easel with kitchen paper bulldog clipped in (that's going back a good few decades now, isn't it?), a whole class of children I didn't know, restless and unsettled and aaarrrggghhh. I woke just as I was getting into my stride with some waffle about healthy minds and bodies and what to do when you feel fidgety! It was terrible.
And then I couldn't get to sleep again.
Never mind, I can snooze during the day but, for me, it was a horrible dream and where it came from, I have no idea.
Yesterday was a lovely, easy, self indulgent day. The hair is clean, the nails are shiny and I have caught up with some new QIs that I recorded as well as vlogs I follow before shutting the bad weather out by drawing the curtains before six.
Strictly was good. I have my own thoughts as to who should go this week but we will see this evening. I know there are spoilers out there saying who has gone but I don't go looking for them.
And the apple was totally delicious. Very juicy, sweet with a bit of tang to it, crisp - everything that a good apple should be. I'm looking forward to the next one now, whenever that will be.
I'm also looking forward to my other columnar trees being delivered some time this month, I believe. A pear, a plum and a Braeburn apple. They should be fine outside and if really severe winter weather is threatened, it won't be too hard to bubble wrap them for a bit of protection.
Today is another quiet day although I will do a few more chores around the house. I have some presents to wrap for Beth's birthday later this month and a few more Twelve Days of Christmas presents to wrap too. I'm doing them early in the vague hope that I will forget details although I will remember one which is a book! I think I'll make sure that's opened good and early, maybe the 27th!
With some nice meals planned, it should be a good day. I hope yours is too. xx
Thankfully, I rarely have dreams like that but I know how exhausting they can feel when I do. I expect it will play on your mind all day now but I hope you manage to get some more sleep at some point.ReplyDelete
The weather yesterday was just miserable. Gloomy, windy and pouring with rain all day. You were wise to stay home. It is much the same here again this morning, so I'm going to finish off some jobs indoors and hopefully get out for a short walk this afternoon when the rain is meant to clear. X
It wasn't a nasty dream as such, just thoroughly unsettling. I know I say this now and again but, while I absolutely loved the teaching side of things, I don't miss the unpleasant aspects of it at all. I suppose I will always have some residual stuff in my brain.Delete
We had a filthy day here as well rain and wind almost the whole day.ReplyDelete
Vile, wasn't it? xxDelete
Our new Braeburn tree produced 5 apples but 3 must have fallen and rotted before we came up. We enjoyed the larger of the two yesterday - delicious. It was my leaving present from work and I wasn't sure it would survive the strong coastal winds here but so far it has managed to. I might put a wind break behind it this year which should help to keep it snug. Just not sure how to prune it now! xReplyDelete
How lovely- that was a great gift. Thankfully, columnars are not supposed to require any pruning at all.Delete
A wind break sounds a good idea.
I wonder if your dream was triggered by clearing out some of your old work books/lessons and such that you mentioned last week. You said the lessons were no longer useful. Perhaps that set off the teaching dream and the sense of being unprepared. Still, no fun being woken in the middle of the night with those discombobulating feelings. Hope you get a pleasant nap in today.ReplyDelete
I never thought of that but it wouldn't surprise me if you were right. The mind can play some funny tricks on one.Delete
I did catch up, thanks.
I wondered the same as Mary (previous commenter), whether clearing out teaching resources triggered the dream in some way. Hope it's a one-off.ReplyDelete
Answering your question on your other blog, I'll be making lentil and veg soup, pea and ham soup and, if I roast a chicken this week, will make chicken soup as well.
Ditto as for Mary. It could very well be.Delete
Your soups sound gorgeous. If I didn't have all my meals more or less sorted for this week (and a fairly full freezer), I would very well be following your example. I have a broccoli stalk all ready and waiting.
Wishing you pleasant and more settled dreams Joy. Glad the apple was delicious and hope you get lots of fruit from your new trees next year xReplyDelete
Thanks, Viv. It was much better overnight (it's now Monday).Delete
The allotment apples have been a disaster this year. Hardly any and all rotten inside. Such a shame.
It's funny how "teaching dreams" suddenly appear isn't it? I'm retired 4 1/2 years and I still have them from time to time as does my husband, also a retired teacher. I don't do the twelve days of Christmas, but I do enjoy buying little gifts for myself to wrap for under the tree. It's amazing how one can forget and is "surprised" when opening the gift!ReplyDelete
Really? I guess, maybe, it goes with the job then.Delete
I got the idea of the Twelve Days from Sue C last year and it just appealed. Very self indulgent but, I reckon, after days of quite hard work (assuming one is hosting Christmas), one deserves a few little somethings to brighten up the post Festive days.
It really is surprising how well the memory plays along, isn't it?
I really wonder sometimes where our strange and unsettling dreams come from. I really can't remember any of my dreams since I had a very unsettling dream that actually came true a great many years ago.ReplyDelete
I hope you got a it of a nap this afternoon.
I think the commonly accepted explanation is that they are the brain working out things that trouble or worry us or which are unresolved. But who really knows? I do think that sometimes they appear 'prophetic' in that they are reflected in future events but how much of that is subconsciously reading the signs and how much is genuinely seeing ahead, goodness knows.Delete