Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Sunday 18 February 2018

Pretty Chuffed

This afternoon I received an e-mail from the Head of Faculty for Education at Massey University nominating me to submit some of my work from 2017 (i was the top Educational Psychology student in my course) -

From someone higher up in the university she got this e-mail -

Kia ora koutou,

Please would you encourage your top students to consider making a submission.

Last year Christabelle Mason was an awardee from Education, and Massey as a whole did exceptionally well .

and sent this to me -

Hi Kim, how are you? Hope you started the year off well!!
Kim, I’d like to nominate you to apply for the international undergraduate awards. I nominated Christabelle from last year and she won, so  when applications were invited on Friday, I immediately thought of you. I really would like you to consider it as you get consistently high marks and your work is excellent. If you’re interested, the information is below: I can also put you in tou ch with last year’s winner if you’d like to talk more about it – just let me know –OK?
Go for it, girl!!
Cheers, Teresa

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I'm rather pleased with myself! And my placement at school is going extremely well too. A couple more days there and i'm back at university with assignment, after assignment, after assignment - that's why one goes to uni - ha ha! Bit daunting though....

Monday 12 February 2018


We have had such an incredibly humid day at 100% - hideous being in a classroom with only windows to open, no fans or cooling system. And poor kids having to do running beep tests.

Loving my classroom - taught maths today and it was a-okay. There's a whole lot of kiwis out there my age who think they are rubbish at maths, inclusive of me....

It's crazy the amount of beginning of the year testing students do.

I got an A- for my first university assignment - yippee skippee.

One of the teens cut his long hair off - that's big to me!

I used the clothes drier 3 times over the weekend - we've had astronomical amounts of rain and since I threw out our indoor drying racks due to age/going rusty etc, there was little choice. I struggle with drying clothes in a drier at the best of times!

I've written and posted long 10 letters in the last week - it's #lettermo month. I love my snail mail and am hoping for a bunch of new penfriends.

I did a mail order of postage stamps the other day - a first for me. it keeps more mail coming through my letter box.

The knitting situation is s-l-o-w. I'm so tired after school! Tt's too hot you know.

The eldest quit his movie job. He has another job which is far more lucrative and does not involve clearing up after lazy people who leave their popcorn pottles and other rubbish scattered all over the floor in the movie theatre.

I've started watching "The Returned" on netflix. I watch so little tv. This is one episode per night, as it is *freaking* me out.....

The vege garden has gone vrooompf due to the high humidity and rainfall.

The youngest is still going to the gym.

The middle one will receive an award at the NCEA Scholars assembly next week. He *hates* getting awards.

The new school year started and I didn't take one photo of any kid on the first day of the school year. Two weeks in, I still haven't taken one...

We've had a record low on the visa bill this past month. I'm sticking pretty well to the not buying stuff I don't need. A few treats here and there, but it's fab saving money when we can, for a rainy day. I keep on patting myself on the back for this.

I saw Maurice Gee's "Under the Mountain" in theatre over the weekend. A masterpiece like the book. I jumped in my seat more than once....

I'm loving reading to students again. The class are well and truly sucked in by Maurice Gee's "The Fat Man"  (the real teacher's choice and it's a goodie).

I've taken to adding my home library to the android app "My Library". What a wonderful tool this is. I've spent quite a bit of time looking for 3 particular books for school this past week, which i swear I have... *somewhere* - possibly up in the attic which is over 45 degrees c. I'm hoping this app makes my book hunting and buying (found quite a few multiple copies of books...) a lot easier.

Well off to write up my observation notes from today.

Saturday 3 February 2018

A giveaway ....and the weeks carry on...

I've finished 2 weeks of uni - all good so far. I did have a hiccup with a presentation last week, but just need to get over it and think of it as a wee blip.... I'm at a school for 2 weeks from Monday tagging a teacher - I'm so excited!

We've had another good dump of rain! The vege garden is loving the wet, warm weather and has gone a bit crazy - I love it!

Today I made a rope mat! I'm rather thrilled with it! It was a free class held at the Maritime Museum here in Auckland (which by the way is an excellent museum, with the most brilliant exhibition on knots). I was the slowcoach in the class, as I twisted the mat a bit back and had to un-do and start again... I was miles behind the rest, but I got there in the end! I'd love to make more - it's easy once you get going past the first round or two! This used about 20 metres of rope.

Two teens are currently cooking us dinner - the middle one and a mate. I'm impressed with that too - taking themselves off to the supermarket and then cooking without even being asked! (mine's on the left). They've even made the pasta from scratch!

It was delicious!

The city had lights light up the harbour bridge last week for a few nights - it was a dancing light show along with music (via our cellphones) and was rather neat. We viewed it from Mt Eden late at night.

I've a book to give away. This is real chick lit - a quick light read. I read it once in a few hours last weekend and won't read it again.... leave me a comment and I'll draw a winner next weekend. Open worldwide.