Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Toddling around sports day

Dom spent a half hour this morning running around the school and investigating Athletics Day. It got the Dom seal of approval :-)

He also exhibited his most posey model behaviour ever, giggling and posing for the camera. It was very cute and since it was in the middle of a very large field I didn't have to worry about him running off and getting into trouble before I put the camera away!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Like lung tissue under a microscope...

was a simile a Science teacher used to describe how pretty the red clouds at dawn were on her morning walk earlier this week.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Time mismanagement

Students sitting a test at the start of the year = opportunity to draw.

Wish I could have spent the hour getting started on the marking, but I'd already finished the previous class set of essays they wrote so had no marking to do. Well, I had 3 essays that were handed in late. Still, I got some 1 panel comic stuff drawn, which was fun. I just have to make time to scan the drawings in, add a bit of colour, borders, captions etc.

I should get that done by the end of term :-)

Monday, February 15, 2010

A little behind the times

So, apparently Debbie and I are something like 30 episodes out-of-date in Heroes. I think the last episode we watched was season 3, episode 13. I didn't know season 4 had started but evidently it's up to episode 19 already, and we still haven't seen the second half of season 3.

The first season was awesome, the second season disappointing, and the first half of season 3 was an infuriating mix of compelling and stupid. Still, having had a year's break from the show I'm actually very keen to watch it.

The season 3 dvds come out later this month, so we should be able to get them from the video store. By the time we plough through those season 4 will be finished and we can decide whether the carnie action is worth our time :-)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010


We had whole-staff PD this morning for an hour. I ended up drawing for most of the time. The lecture was reasonably interesting and I made the effort to go say hi to the presenter at the end and reassure him that I had in fact been listening - I just like to draw when I'm listening :-)

I thought it was a good idea to let him know I was listening as I'd been sitting near the front and had my head down most of the time. My body language could have read as fairly uninterested, though that wasn't the case!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Work is harder than not-work

Today was tough. The actual teaching parts were fine but the lunchtime duty was double length (due to a non-standard Thrusday timetable) and was officially VERY HOT. Like Tyra Banks on a photoshoot the sun in summer is fierce.

Fortunately I was rescued by Debbie and Dom who picked me up in an air-conditioned family car and whisked me away to a land full of cold coke, chocoloate, trampolining, delicious smoked-chicken pasta dinner and ice cream. A lovely way to recover from a Thursday :-)

Tonight a story I wrote last year is being published on Every Day Fiction. It's the same site that published Debbie's story The Death Meter in January :-)

EDIT: Linky! http://www.everydayfiction.com/dead-weight-by-matt-cowens/

They also now have a podcast of Debbie's story, and on the first of March they'll post up another story I recorded (Mr Sterne by Michael Tracy). I will no doubt record Dead Weight (my story) some time soon also. It's quite fun recording flash stories (under 1,000 words)!