I worked both Saturday and Sunday. Monday morning I was somewhat lacking in energy and managed to miscalculate how much time I had available, but still made it to MMs on time. It was a mostly very nice session but I had to rush off at the end to get to work again. The Saturday, Sunday, Monday part of my rota (fortnightly) is a bit too much like full-time work!
Once I got home last night I wasn’t fit for anything much. I have been getting nasty stomach cramps every now and again recently – sort of acid indigestion type thing – and I think it is somewhat stress related. I’m also very tired by the evening and keep falling asleep in front of the TV.
Progress on our kitchen/bedroom re-organisation is good. I’ve finally got the window company coming to do the replacement window on Friday – paid the deposit six weeks ago! This morning the builders came round and we agreed a start date for the rest of the job. They can’t start until the beginning of November but I’m hoping that gives us time to de-clutter a bit. It would be great to lose some of the stuff in this house…
Vague future thinking here recently has been around how P might acquire four or five GCSEs (or, more probably IGCSEs) so she can go off to college at sixteen and do some A levels – something she has said she wants to do. Several home ed kids that I know of round here have gone to college at sixteen and done GCSEs then - but we think that it would be a reasonable option to do one or two a year over several years. That way P would get the idea of the whole course, exam type thing over time and not be launched into it ‘cold turkey’ at sixteen. It would also give her some experience from which she could judge whether she does want to go to college and some bits of paper if she wants to get a job.
Anyway, that’s the rough plan at the moment – maybe starting next Autumn. We’ve had a good look at the Edexcel IGCSE in English language and we reckon it is maybe a good one to start with. We have tentative thoughts of offering to host a small group of home edders who could study for it together – though it would have to be very small!
Who knows? The plan is all up for discussion and re-assessment and we’ll happily abandon it if it turns out to be rubbish!
Leo holds firm to his idea of ‘going to art college’ and he plans to work as a postman alongside this endeavour. I reckon that could work quite well with a part-time course – albeit with a lot of early nights! Leo has been keen on ‘art college’ since he went to a presentation by Chris Riddell, one of his favourite illustrators, who said that he went. We nod and smile but sometimes I do wonder if he really will turn out to be on that illustration degree at Brighton in 12 or 15 years time…
Anything might happen – and something will. I have no idea what is prompting all this thinking!