The Joys Of Being Back At Work!

Can I let you into a little secret? Sometimes, at work, I can be a bit of a moaner.

Actually, that’s a big, fat lie. I’m a huge moaner!

And then because I’m moaning I get stressed.

My one New Years Resolution for this year was to be happy and to achieve this I need to stay a little bit more chilled out.

Not it’s easy to be chilled when you’re sat at home in your PJ’s, watching Frozen, with a glass of Baileys whilst stuffing your face with the leftover Christmas chocolate.

Being back at work this week has given me the opportunity to test out my new relaxed approach.

If you’ve ever worked in a school you will know nothing ever runs smoothly but my colleagues and I often joke that we must be on some sort of Truman Show reality TV where someone, somewhere is having a giggle seeing how much they can disrupt your day before you crack.

Over the past two days my little challenges have been:

The heating not working on the first day, which results in grumpy kids and even grumpier staff sat in classrooms with their coats and gloves on. As if the first day back after the holidays isn’t bad enough!

The remote control not working to turn on the whiteboard projector. This may not sound like too big a problem, but the classroom doesn’t have an “ordinary” whiteboard and all of my lesson is on the computer.

The only way to turn on the projector is to climb on the desks (in heels) and reach up to manually switch it on. Bad day to wear a dress seeing as I don’t particularly want to flash my knickers at a group of 15 year old boys!

Oh, but of course officially I’m not allowed to switch on the projector by climbing on desks as I haven’t the appropriate training (damn Health & Safety)

The staff toilet still without toilet paper despite running out during the last week before the Christmas holidays.

Getting locked in the afore mentioned toilet. Β Maybe it’s just me, but if you were going to lock a toilet from the outside wouldn’t you check if anyone was inside it first!

No computers working in the sixth form block and all your lessons are planed on the computers!

And as there are no computers in the sixth form there is a free for all amongst the sixth form teachers about who can find one of the few free classrooms that has a working computer!

Throw in that we have no budget whatsoever for photocopying and textbooks that are literally falling apart at the seams. Seriously, one of mine is actually growing mould its that disgusting. Although it is amusing to watch the reaction of the poor kid who gets it for the lesson!

Nothing like a great start to a new year, is there?

Oh well, good job I have a cup of tea (in a closed mug for Health and Safety reasons, of course) and my owl pencil case to keep me smiling!


How’s it been for you being back at work? Hope it’s been a little smoother than mine!



  1. January 7, 2015 / 7:40 am

    I had to laugh at the mouldy text book. That would keep me totally amused!!!
    No heating on the first day would have knocked off my happy new year mentality straight away haha!! Sounds like you are doing great with all those tests that have been thrown at you!!! Keep up the good work happy smiley mama πŸ™‚ xx
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  2. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    January 7, 2015 / 8:24 am

    Ha oh dear, the health and safety monsters! This has made me chuckle and also want to get back into my PJs with baileys and chocolate and leftovers! Hope it gets better! ha xx
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  3. Life at the Little Wood
    January 7, 2015 / 8:33 am

    Oh my goodness this sounds just like my old school! I got locked in the toilets all the time too! And my room was in a block where noone really visited. One time i had to start ringing people to come and let me out (That was a lesson learned – ALWAYS bring your phone to the loo!) πŸ™‚ And the computer/projector/desk fiasco? All the time! This made me very nostalgic Jo – perhaps not in the nicest way, but nostalgic all the same! Hope today is better pet xxx

  4. Notmyyearoff
    January 7, 2015 / 8:43 am

    Hehe I can’t believe someone locked you in the loo – I had to read it twice just to check. I hope the week gets better!! Happy new year!!!
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  5. Betty and the Bumps
    January 7, 2015 / 11:54 am

    I’ve got a bit of a fear of being locked in a toilet after I saw it happen one time I was in Switzerland (there were other highlights of the trip!).

    I really really hate my job but I didn’t get all of Christmas off, which in a way made the return to work a lot easier? I had about 9 non-consecutive days off during the two “main” weeks so I never got the total fear.

    Every cloud!


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  6. Ting at My Travel Monkey
    January 7, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Ok, I did moan a little bit coming back to work about the commute and the fact that I couldn’t get onto my spin class – so I’ll just slink off now and shut up! As I didn’t have to cope with anything like you had to! Well done for still smiling. Love the owl cup and case πŸ™‚ #sharewithme
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  7. Jenny
    January 7, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    WOW that is something to all happen the first time you are trying to stay calm and less stressed. It stressed me out just reading it for you lovely. I am trying to do the same. Less shouting at my two toddlers as they break and ramsack the house on a daily basis. I almost can’t wait for Buba to start school in September. It’s going to be peaceful again. hahaha Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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  8. January 7, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Wow – what a welcome back!! I can’t believe you got locked in the loo!! How did you get out? I am imagining you climbing through a small window in your heels and being given a few bemused looks by the 15 year olds! I like your mug and pencil case πŸ™‚ X #sharewithme
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  9. Merlinda (@pixiedusk)
    January 8, 2015 / 10:45 am

    In school in my country we do a flag ceremony every morning singing our national & school anthem. One time the flag got stuck which is a no no. We need to respect the flag. We are about 10-12 year olds. So one of the kids. The hero type ones who are going to be superman when they grow up went to the pole which is awfully awfully high esp if you are a kid and freed the flag. When I read that you cant switch on something I reckon wow where is the health and safety when I was a kid =P

    Sorry your post just brought back school memories.

    I think that you are doing well with your goal as you have handled bad situations with good humor! Plus you really have an awesome pencil case. I am so jealous!

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  10. January 8, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    I work from home so I have other annoyances to deal with, plus I was back on the 27th πŸ™ But then I do work from home so in theory I can do it in my PJs πŸ˜€ x x x
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  11. January 8, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Hello there, and happy new year! This did make me chuckle after a somewhat challenging day-thank you! I love your new cup and pencil case, fabulous! #sharewithme
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  12. January 12, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    Oh Jo bloody hell you are totally entitled to a good moan – especially as most of those things sound so easily avoided! Grr. I hate January, even though it’s my birthday month it’s definitely the season for moaning πŸ™‚
    Hope the rest of the month treats you well xxxx
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