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2016: A Scrapbook


January round-up

Valentines and visiting Jess
A weekend in London: two worlds
First night at Deaf Club
Comics and Cheltenham
Megan's 21st Birthday Party
Using Gousto for the first time
→ Mensa Test Result: IQ 133
Moving home
First performances with Handy Voices<
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Debbie's 30th and Vita Fest<
Grandad's 80th and The Story Museum
Jersey Eistedfodd

→ Spotlight

→ Joy
→ The Hateful Eight
→ Room
→ Steve Jobs
→ The Big Short
→ Boyhood
→ Carol
→ The Revenant
→ Norm of the North
→ Arrival
→ Loving
→ Hacksaw Ridge
→ The Birth of a Nation
→ Deepwater Horizon
→ Sully
→ Hell or High Water
→ Captain Fantastic
→ The Lobster
→ Nocturnal Animals

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→ The Big Bang Theory

The Crown
How To Get Away With Murder
Once Upon A Time
Breaking Bad
→ Orange is the New Black

→ Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse


I worked the full school year for the supply teaching agency.
Key schools included:
SS Philip and James Primary School (Foundation)

New Marston Primary School (Year 3)
Larkrise Primary School (Year 5)

Summer work: Super Camps

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Just a quick entry because I'm on the LJ app in Jersey. Yesterday was the sign singing competition and WE ROCKED!!!

Megan and I scored 88 and won a gold certificate, coming second. (Honestly though, the people who came first were not as good as us and a few other people were robbed too.) But 2nd! And gold! I'm so proud of us. Especially Megan who translated lots and so grateful to Christine for all her help choreographing it and tweaking the translation.

I can't wait to show the children in my class our certificate. They are going to be very happy :D
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We're moving!

But not far. Seriously. Our new place will be less than a 10 minute walk from our current flat, which is awesome as we won't need to move doctor's and it is right by the school Megan works at.
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We get the keys 30th July and officially move out of our current flat on 20th August. So plenty of time to move all the stuff and have our check-out inspection.
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Because I haven't really updated since I got back from holiday over 2 weeks ago:

  • I went to Deaf Club with Megan on Friday and it was an absolute baptism of fire. Next time I'm feeling overly confident about how well I am learning sign language I shall recall how absolutely lost I was for the majority of the evening. It was useful though - I learnt a few more signs and did manage to have some rather stilted conversations in BSL.

  • I am absolutely dreading Easter holiday work. The bad side about being a supply teacher rather than a permanent class teacher is that I don't get paid during the holidays and so have had to take up some Easter holiday camp work. The days are LONG and the camp I'm working at always feeling majorly stressful. But it's money, so I'll just have to suck it up. Good news is that I persuaded them to pay me an extra £10 a day to cover my travel expenses, so thats one bonus to when I have worked there previously.

  • On a Monday and Tuesday I have regular supply work in a Year 3 class and this term has been pretty stressful as we've had to perform a play AND make hand-bound books. It wouldn't have been nearly as stressful if the other teacher (who is their permanent class teacher) would actually pull her weight. It's very hard to fit in writing and making a whole story book AND play rehearsals, when the other 3 days a week the teacher seemingly does fuck all. But thank fuck it's all over by the end of this week. Bring on the new term, it can't be as hectic as this one!

  • Megan, Nina and I went to Julie's house last night for dinner to watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and catch up. It was nice. Megan and I of course wore our robes (any excuse). I'm very excited by the fact that Nina, who when I first met her used to derisively scoff about Harry Potter, is now actually reading the books and sparks conversations about Harry Potter. We can theorise together - its awesome. It'll be even better when she finishes them all (she's currently on Goblet of Fire) because then I won't worry about spoiling her in all these conversations we are having.

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Happy New Year...

My New Year's Eve last night was a bit of a bummer.

I was really looking forward to enjoying a chilled, but booze filled evening, with my wife and our two best friends, Nina and Julie. But another girl, Jane, from our roller derby team was complaining loudly on facebook how lonely she was and how upset she was to not have any plans for New Years Eve. So my friend Nina, who was hosting, took pity on her and invited her.

She is a fun sucker. She sucks the fun out of EVERYTHING.

Jane kept dropping weird comments about how New Years Eve is really just an arbitrary date and just another day blah blah blah. Then why were you so upset to be spending just another day with no plans?? Spend your arbitrary date at home and stop raining on our parade you big dud.

At five minutes to midnight, she decided to start having a rant about how shite her work was. At 5 minutes to midnight. Dude. This is not the spirit of how anyone wants to bring in the new year. I was pouring prosecco while she was ranting. FUN SUCKER.

At only half past midnight, Julie decided to go home. I'm not sure if it was because Jane had sucked the majority of fun out of the evening, or if she wanted to go home and continuously text a girl she is interested in that she met on Tinder. She spent the entire night glued to her phone talking to her and had been skyping with her the previous day until 5:30am. It annoyed me. You can spend the whole night texting some girl, but you can't enjoy a proper new years eve with your best friends? Ugh.

Thank fuck, Jane decided to go shortly afterwards. After moaning for ages about how she would have to walk across town to get home. I'm not sure WHY she was moaning - it seemed like she was hinting for a solution. But each solution we offered she wouldn't  take. We looked up buses for her, we offered her a taxi, she was even offered to crash the night at Nina's house. She declined all of them and yet still ranted on. My wife and I don't drive, so we couldn't give her a lift even if we hadn't been drinking, and Nina had drunk way over the limit. Eventually she left.

Nina, Megan and I then actually had an ok time, watching a random penguin documentary in sign language until 4am when we got a cab home.

Happy New Year!

The wand chooses the wizard...

My first wand was a Cherry/Maple wand from Alivan's.

I was particularly pleased that these wood types were available because my surname is Cherry and I have had a long held fascination with Canada. My favourite ice hockey team are the Toronto Maple Leafs, I love maple syrup and the prettiest leaf shape by far is the maple leaf. So this wand seemed like an awesome fit.

My second wand was Hermione's wand.

It was a particularly pretty wand. I loved the carved design and felt it was by far the best designed of all the official character wands. She is also my favourite character.

But unfortunately, some how over the years, they seem to have gone missing. I think they are in my parent's loft. But I have asked them on multiple occasions to look for me to find it and they have said that they are unable to look/find them. Frankly, I think they just can't be bothered to look, which sucks, because it leaves me with a tricky decision to now make.

I got some money for Christmas and have decided to purchase a new wand. But which wand do I get? Do I replace one of the wands that I previously owned? I really liked them, but what if my parents finally find them again - I'll end up having two the same when I could have had a third design.

At HogwartsisHome I was stamped with Cedar wood

So I'm wondering if I should maybe get the only official cedar wood wand we know of, and the one pictured in the tag above: Professor Slughorn's. But I don't like Professor Slughorn at all, and I don't particularly like the design  of the wand. It seems so simple to pay around £40 for. However, I do like the description of cedar wood, and I think it mostly fits:

Cedar wand owners often possess a strength of character and unusual loyalty. You will never fool the cedar carrier, as this wood finds its perfect home where there is perspicacity and perception. One should be careful in crossing a cedar wand hold, especially if harm is done to those of whom they are fond. The witch or wizard who is well-matched with cedar carries the potential to be a frightening adversary, which often comes as a shock to those who have thoughtlessly challenged them.

I do also like Neville's wand made of cherry wood. Oddly, for some reason, cherry is one of the woods we're unable to be stamped as at Hogwarts is Home. It seems weird for a main character's wand wood not to be a stamping choice. It was also the wand wood of Gilderoy Lockhart and Mary Cattermole.

Decisions, decisions.

So what wands do you guys have, if you have any? And how did you pick them?