Working part time does not exist

DaffodilsLook how colourful my front lawn has become!  If only daffodils lasted year round – I would love my path to permanently be this bright and colourful!

Yesterday Dad sent me back home with a loaf of bread.  I love the bread my parents get – real fresh bread straight from the local bakery – not processed with loads of additives and ‘fake’ tasting.  Unfortunately though, this does mean we need to get through loaves quite quickly if we ever have them, and this time Dad sent us back with a MASSIVE loaf!  I put a teaspoon next to it so you could compare…

Bread…massive.  Especially for just two of us.  I see several soups and casseroles with hunks of bread in the near future!

Back in September I took on a new job at an Independent School.  The job was only three days a week and at a much reduced salary from where I had been working.
I am somebody that is always – always busy.  I’m someone that always has their weekends booked up for months on end, has become a pro at fitting in running wherever I go and using trips to places to meet up with several different friendship groups during the same day.  I don’t think twice about putting on a smiley face for somebody’s 30th birthday party when I already got up at 5:30am that morning to run 18 miles, then worked all day before heading out.  Days often contain several events all loosely planned around work.  In the past it’s something that Dan was not a fan of.  I was always rushing around, and although I can put on a great face for others – acting super energised and bouncy – Dan and my Mum are the only two people that ever saw how I really felt – the stressed out, miserable, grouchy and incredibly tired side of me.  Then Mum got sick last year and I was travelling back to Norfolk most weeks – sometimes more than once a week – adding yet more extra pressure to my life without being prepared to give anything up.

When my current job was advertised as only three days a week Dan and I had a long chat about it before I went for the interview.  I took a £12,000 paycut for this job (although am working two days less each week).  That is quite a substantial amount!  We both agreed that I was no longer happy in the school I had been in for the past three years, and with no paths open for progression I needed to get out and do something new.  At my current school I am the only ICT teacher, so technically am employed in a Head of Department position – with the same responsibilities such as producing and following Schemes of Work and organising exam entries.  As well as working as a Head of Department, the school was seriously lacking in ICT knowledge.  The teachers didn’t have email – or hardly any computers!  Dan managed to ‘gift’ ten computers from his school (they replace theirs every other year) which I distributed to classrooms.  Student details kept in paper folders was another big no-no at the school that needed organising.  Then as well as trying to organise teaching, being Head of Department, sorting the admin and training staff I also do my best to update the website and send emails home to parents about the school activities.  Updating the school Twitter feed as much as possible.  When you consider that I’m only actually at school 8:30-6pm 3 days a week and I only have 90 minutes of PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment allowance – time in a working day where you are not directly with students) in that time, that’s a whole lot to fit in!  This morning I logged into my work emails and then spent nearly four hours working from home on a day I don’t work for the school.  I replied to a few emails from teachers, added the week’s catering recipes up to the website, replied to some parents, sent in some work for students that have ICT lessons on days that I don’t work and spoke to BT as the school has been losing internet connection each Friday for the past month.  It just never ends!  I am so looking forward to the Summer holidays!

Yesterday afternoon I did manage to get in a break to finish off the last of the wedding invitations though.  I picked up an extra 10 metres of ribbon from Hobbycraft on Monday.

Ribbon

And finished tying the bows onto the front of each invitation and addressing the envelopes.  We’re still a little way off sending our invitations out, – we were thinking June? – but I just want to have them ready to go incase life gets uber busy before then!Invitation

Despite being home in the daytime I decided to throw some items into the slow cooker…

Ingredients

 

Half a jar of tomato sauce, half a pack of Philadelphia, three chopped up rashers of bacon, two carrots and a handful of peas.   Dan often doesn’t get home from footy training until 10:15pm and I knew I would want to eat before then so it made sense to leave his share of the meal in the slow cooker.

Slow cooker baconLoved this meal.  Proper comfort food!  Especially when served with a big hunk of bread and butter on the side.

Cheesey bacon

For anyone on Twitter, tonight I shall be co-hosting the #UKRunchat on Twitter with Howard50at50.  Come and join us between 8-9pm and search for the #Ukrunchat hashtag to join in with our favourite topic of conversation…running!  With it being so close to marathons for so many people this week, Howard and I plan on mainly focusing on race build up and the post race blues!

8 thoughts on “Working part time does not exist

  1. I would love to work part time as then I would not have to work at the weekends- when we pay off our mortgage I have said to Andy that I would love to drop a day, as then I could spend that day at home doing my work and actually be free at weekends. I can’t believe your school didn’t even have emails for the teachers! Our school loves emails and sometimes (and I do check them daily) I can have 20 new emails- just another job to get through (and another reason why part time would be good!).
    I know what you mean about being busy though- I like to keep busy and I hate laying in at the weekends as I just think it is such a waste of a day, although after particularly tough weeks (parents evenings or things like that) I won’t set an alarm on Saturday and try to catch up a bit.
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    1. So many teacher friends have gone part time over the past couple of years. It’s so intense trying to keep on top of a home as well as work fulltime and outside of those hours as well. I definitely advise doing it if you are able. It has reduced my stress levels considerably over the past few months. I’m very lucky in that with my Dad as a builder we were able to buy a cheap house that needed a lot of work doing to it and therefore didn’t have to have a very large mortgage.
      Most of the staff at my school are part time. In fact all but two I think! So I thought it was crazy when staff needed to communicate with me and we didn’t even work the same days, just left handwritten messages on desks and hoped no-one would move them!
      I hate lying in too late on the weekends as well and love to make the most of every day off!

  2. Wow that is a huge bit of bread! Can’t you freeze it? We always freeze our bread because Ben is the one eating it and never gets through a loaf (I’m not a big bread fan – unless it’s fresh out of the oven!)
    Wow that is a lot of extra time you have to spend. I have a few friends who are teachers and before speaking to them (or really anyone who was a teacher) I assumed it was quite an ‘easy’ job in that you finished early and got long holidays. But I know that’s not the case in reality at all. In fact, during my psychology degree I learnt that it was up there with being a doctor in one of the most stressful jobs and highest suicide rates. There’s a nice stat for you 😉
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    1. We’re having freezer issues at the moment and actively trying not to buy anything to add to the freezer right now. Hopefully when we move we will be able to afford to replace it but at the moment it’s icing up within days of being defrosted. It’s fourth hand and about twenty years old, so it’s had a good innings!
      Thanks for that cheery suicide stat! Haha! I know farmers are pretty high in stress levels as well. I think they top the list? I can definitely see why teaching has got a high suicide rate though. You are just never finished. There is always work to be done!

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