Hello! I thought it was about time I filled you all in on why I haven't really blogged since the beginning of October. As much as it might sound cliche, life has been a little bit of a roller coaster ride over the past couple of weeks with some exciting highs and stressful lows.
I'd had my trusty Peugeot 206 automatic since April 2010. It had really served me well, getting me from A to B while studying for my degree in Chichester, and then getting me too and from work. However, the gearbox had recently started to go making the dashboard light up like a Christmas tree, which was no good when trying to drive to placements for my PGCE and to work. It had become more trouble than it was worth and I just couldn't justify spending money fixing the never ending problems.
Ian and I decided it was time to say goodbye to my 206 and get another car. At first I hadn't really thought of getting a brand new car, just a nice little secondhand one that would get me through the rest of my PGCE and for a year or so after while I complete my NQT year. We had a look at our local Peugeot dealership but nothing caught my eye so we had a look at Toyota. After looking on the forecourt for what felt like hours still nothing caught my eye. Then I saw the new Toyota AYGO and fell in love. We spent a few days going backwards and forwards to our local Toyota, checking out all options and deals, before finally signing the paperwork. My very own Toyota AYGO X-cite was officially on order!
My car turned up at the end of October, with just four miles on the clock! It is such a lovely car and so nice to drive. I want to do a more detailed post about the car and my experience ordering from Toyota because I think the post will help anyone thinking of buying a new car. Toyota were so helpful and I am very pleased.
University, Work, Work, University...
I love teaching and can't wait to graduate from my PGCE but I have to admit the work load has really gotten me down recently. I work in a primary school three days a week and then switch alternate weeks between two days at university or two days on placement in a primary school. My weeks are very hectic! To make things even more complicated my university time table is different everyday too, which makes it impossible to find a routine.
Recently I've been working out a study timetable so I can better divide my time between placement work and university work, as well as giving myself some 'me' time. I'm gradually starting to feel more motivated and less overwhelmed. I still get distracted at times when Molly decides to use my course books as a pillow! Work and my PGCE have to come first so recently I have not had that much time free to spend on my blog. I'm slowly learning to scheduled my blog posts a little further in advance so that I can hopefully aim for at least one blog post a week.
Please let me know some of your tips and tricks for planning and keeping up with your blog posts! I'm hoping you will have a few helpful suggestions for me to try.
Claire Louise Xx