30 Days of Blogging Challenge – Day 29

Welcome back to the blogging challenge, we made it to Day 29,ย Maggieย andย Cheila! One more day to go in the prompt! Day 29 is about my favourite social media sites.

So, there’s only really a few social media sites I’m active on. That’s my blog, right here, where you can always find me as I never seem to leave. This is my top favourite, I’ve been on it for the least amount of time, but it has become the best social media site for me. I love everything about blogging, and I can see myself continuing to do it for a long time.

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The other is Instagram.ย I love sharing photos (obviously, since my blog is heavy with them), which is why I love this platform! I normally only post once a day, usually with a recent image that’s been on my mind, or something as I reminisce and look through old pictures, I’ll post one of those instead. I normally do this during my lunch break at home. Also, I love looking through everyone else’s photos!!

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Weekend Review #3

Weekend Review #3

Late Start Saturday

So technically, I got up at 7. But I just chilled in bed and read blogs for a few hours. We got up past nine. During breakfast, Rory watched Rick and Morty, and I started doing some colouring. Then we started laundry. The weather is drab and grey, so we had to leave it inside with the dehumidifier. It was a nice, slow morning. We looked at some open homes for tomorrow, and decided on a few to check out.

At 12, we decided to go get groceries. It was pretty busy, we normally go a lot earlier.

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We got back and had lunch. The weather got more grey, but I decided to go for a walk to the library. I kept putting it off all week, so I decided to finally just go. I got After You, I also wanted a few other books but they weren’t available. I did manage to also get Buffering by Hannah Hart though. I haven’t read any biographies since Tina Fey ๐Ÿ˜€

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After that, I did more colouring and finally finished a page in my new Mandala colouring book. I really like it!

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30 Days of Blogging Challenge – Day 28

We’ve made it to Day 28 of the Blogging Challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along with me,ย Maggieย andย Cheila! Day 28 is about What Makes Me Happy.

I’m just going to list things.

  • Spending time with my family
  • Playing games (video, computer, cards, board…)
  • Colouring in my book
  • Blogging
  • Singing along to songs
  • Reading a good book
  • Eating sweets
  • Laughing
  • Buying something I’ve really wanted
  • Watching a good movie/tv show
  • Seeing cute animals (in person or online)
  • Writing in my 3 year journal
  • Looking through old pictures
  • Planning a new trip/vacation
  • Friday evenings
  • Flowers
  • Sunsets
  • Clouds
  • Miniature versions of normal objects
  • Stationary
  • Random silly videos on the internet. Like this:

That’s all I can think of for now! Any of these on your list of what makes you happy?

Angela.

Songs From Work

So this post is a little random, the idea popped into my head because I was thinking about allย the latest songs that the kids at my centre have been interested in.ย We love to sing songs. A lot. The songs often go in and out of popularity, but they’re all catchy, and I will come home inevitably singing or humming some earworm and getting it stuck in Rory’s head. So I thought I would share with you guys, the current popular songs going around my centre.

The Classics

As always, there are the usual songs that are popular.

Wheels on the Bus is great. There’s lots of actions, and recently, one of the 14 month old girls has worked out how to do the “Shh” noise, so she always wants us to do the song.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat. But with the crocodile ending of course, because what one year old doesn’t love screaming.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is also huge right now. We love to do the actions, and the kids love wagging their finger as we say “No more monkeys jumping on the bed”

The Cultural

So New Zealand is a bicultural (or multicultural really) country. The Maori language, Te Reo is often used in the centre. We have lots of key phrases we use, and do our best to incorporate songs and prayers in Te Reo during out day to day activities. These include Tutira Mai, Ma is white (Colours), One Day a Taniwha, etc.

Currently, our toddlers are obsessed with Poi E. A kiwi classic, all in Te Reo. I recommend you guys watch the song. I have always loved it myself. Plus look at all the 80s fashion!

One particular little boy will swing his pois around like projectiles, and we have to move him to his own area so he doesn’t hit his friends as much. Our pois are soft, as they’re made from cotton and plastic, but he swings them fast enough that his friends get annoyed when he accidentally swings it into their face. For those wondering what a poi is, it’s featured a lot in the clip. It’s a small ball attached on the end of a string which is used a lot in Maori dance and culture.

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30 Days of Blogging Challenge – Day 27

Maggieย andย Cheila, my challenge and blogging buddies, we’re almost at the end! Welcome to Day 27! Today’s prompt is about a challenge I overcame.

I have overcome many challenges, (some were due to luck, others due to working hard, a lot were due to both) but this post asks for one in particular. So let’s strap in for a story time.

In November 2014, I had completed my one year, full time Graduate of Diploma teaching course. I was now a qualified early childhood teacher, rearing to go and optimistic about getting a job. I was currently working as a reliever, and was already struggling to make my half of the bills for Rory and I. I had opted to go back to being a poor student and move out of home to be closer to campus. This put more pressure on Rory, as he had to make up for what I couldn’t. Bless him though, he never complained. It got to the point where all I could pay was my half of rent, power and internet, and everything else was up to him. I didn’t buy anything that whole year pretty much, and I saved nothing.

I applied for everything, every job listing for any Early Childhood job. I applied to around 20, heard back from 10, and got to the interview stage to at least 4. One let me know straight away that they decided to go with someone more qualified. Okay I guess that’s fair. Many of the ones who emailed back had the same response. They decided to go with someone with more experience. By this stage, it was January, I was starting to dip into savings now I didn’t get government assistance as university had finished. Rory and I started thinking about Plan B. Maybe we would need to move back to one of our parents’ houses until I was able to get a stable job.

Finally, in February, (my savings were getting lower, our lease was about to expire, and I was ready to full on freak out ) I got to the interview stage for two more centres. I made sure that they were asking for new teachers, or graduate teachers, those who didn’t ask for someone with much experience. As they were both for covering maternity leave, they were happy to take a chance with someone new. I loved the first centre, it was a mixed age group, ranging from under 1s to 5. I spent an afternoon there as a trial, I got along with the teachers and the kids and I was in love with the place. The interview went great, they told me that I was one of 3 out of 20 candidates who got to the interview stage. I left feeling great. The second centre was small too. It was in town, and also mixed age. They had a separate area for the under 2’s. I remember being shown around the centre, and meeting all the teachers, everyone was lovely, and the kids were noisy and happy. I was again terrified in the interview, I had read up a little on the place, and due to the many other interviews I had, I knew what sort of questions to expect, and had examples and answers at the read. I left that interview also feeling great.

During a relieving job, I got a call from centre 1. They loved me, but had chosen someone else, I was very close though and they wished me all the luck. I was shattered, I thought I had nailed that interview. I went back on the floor, thinking about asking mum and dad if it was cool that we crashed there for a bit. I’m sure it could be worse, but to me, this was a low point. In my next break, I had a missed call from centre 2. I expected another sorry, but instead the manager said that they had loved me, that I seemed really enthusiastic, I had thoughtful answers to their questions and I would be a perfect fit in the centre. When could I come in to start? I literally screeched with joy, which alarmed her, but then she laughed. I had a job!! A job I’m still in over two years later.

Then, there was our living situation. This is when luck steps in again, we decided to look at a place near town. The flat wasn’t ideal, but it was perfect for two people, and bigger than the bedsit we were in previously. We jumped on it, and moved in on the day our lease ran out in the previous place.

So there we go, that’s a lot rambling. But there’s a challenge I overcame. A combination of luck, perseverance, determination, with a dash of freaking out. I’m aware that everyone has challenges they overcome, others may be more severe than mine. But I wanted to share my story. ย I’d love to read a post, or a comment about a challenge you guys overcame. Celebrate the victories, both big and small ๐Ÿ™‚

Angela.

30 Days of Blogging Challenge – Day 26

Welcome toย Day 26 of the Blogging Challenge. I’ve been doing this all month withย Maggieย andย Cheila! Today’s prompt is about People I Admire and Why.

Okay, well you guys know that I admire my family. I literally talk about them every other day, they’re the topic of a lot of my Photo Challenges. And guess, what? I’m going to talk about them again. But I’ll keep it short, and then I might talk about some celebrity type people I admire, to shake things up.

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Dad and Mum. I admire them together and individually. I admire that they are still together after 30 odd years together. I admire that they raised three well-adjusted (for the most part) children. I admire how hard they worked for us to finish school and get into university. I admire the lessons they taught us, and the endless love they have for us.

My siblings, Jo and Andrew. I admire them both for different reasons. I admire my older sister for howย strong, smart and clever she is (especially at Art), and I’ve always looked up to her (literally, girl is an Amazon). I admire that you put up with my many questions, and our late night chats about anything and everything. I admire my younger brother for his smarts, knowledge and weirdness. I always thought I was the weird one, but you always found a way to top me, as was your job as the youngest sibling.

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Rory (You all knew he was going to show up). I admire your knowledge and skills when it comes to directions, cars, computers, and all things I know nothing about. I admire your unwavering support in all my many interests, especially when it comes to blogging. I admire your honesty in all things, even when it’s to let me know that you’re trying to watch your show but I’m rambling about something completely random. I admire that you always want to make me happy, to motivate me, and push me a little out of my comfort zone. I’m not the same girl I was when I met you, I’ve changed for the better ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that we have finished the family portion, let’s talk about people I admire who I have never met!

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I mean, duh. Emma Watson is the picture of grace, feminism, smarts, beautiful, amazing, wonderful, kind human being. She also was Hermione and Belle, two clever ladies who had the biggest hearts, along with their super brains.

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Both Amy and Leslie are both incredible people I admire. They are clever, quick witted, ambitious, positive and amazing people. I strive to be as awesome as both Amy and the fictional character she played.

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Finally, Lin Manuel Miranda. I admire his brain, his talent, his creativity, his sunshine personality, and everything about him. He is such a force of nature, and Hamilton is proof of that. As is his many other works, but Hamilton is what introduced me to him. “There’s a million things I haven’t done but just you wait”

Also, I’m cautiously optimistic, as my last comments have been going through. Hopefully all is well.

That’s all for people I admire! Who do you guys admire?

Angela.