Back to work tomorrow, that's the first time I've said that for 5 years! Thanks to feeling so poorly for the full 2 weeks all my big plans for doing stuff to the house have gone out the window. Ah well! But I have spent time thinking and planning. I re wrote my About Me page (linky at top of blog) which helped clarify what I want/need to do with this opportunity of returning to paid work. In a nutshell, I have no pension other than a tiny one with a few years worth of part time teaching contributions. So my reason for working is simply to build up savings for my retirement. I have potentially 20 years of teaching in me so could put away enough for a decent retirement. Simple when I look at it now.
In my internet wanderings I came across this beautiful necklace with the Latin phrase alis volat propriis. The English translation is She flies with her own wings. I thought this summed up beautifully what I want to do with my life. Having a little bit of Christmas money left I decided to buy it (changing the pearl for a red crystal as I don't do pearls). Can't wait for it to arrive :-)
Remember my black fridge freezer? I'm delighted to say that it's fully operational and already filled with lots of home made ready meals and supermarket bargains.
I had a voucher for £15 off a supermarket delivery worth £60 so bought 1.5kg of steak mince and 2kg frozen (British) chicken breast pieces. The mince became 6 cottage pies, 6 portions of taco mince and 6 Burritos. Half of the chicken became 6 generous portions of chicken in white wine casserole using up leftover half bottle of wine from Christmas Day and a load of veg lurking in the fridge. The other half is still to be cooked.
There are also 7 portions of turkey soup and 4 portions of basic risotto, all portioned up perfectly for me to take for lunch. There's a microwave in the staff room so 2 weeks of cheap lunches ahead!
Today's plan is to make some pizza dough (if I can dig out my breadmaker!!) and a vat of tomato sauce so the Teenager has pizzas on hand.
Hopefully I'll get everything done and be tucked up in my wee bed by half ten tonight, ready for that 6.10am alarm tomorrow morning.