Seeing as how it's been a few months since i last posted, i figured it was time to post an update on life :o)

Every year i make the resolution to be more active in lj, and to make more of an effort to respond to my friend's list...and this year was no exception - and i was going to! Until my computer broke. Over Christmas we were planning on reformatting the hard-drives on my computer as it hasn't been working properly for a long time now, so there i was, backing up everything on the new external hard-drive that i'd brought, when one of my drives chooses that moment to fail. Luckily i'd backed up the majority of stuff, but it turns out the computer motherboard no computer. My poor brother took my computer with him back to Aberystwyth when he went back to uni, so hopefully i'll get it back February half term...Easter at the latest. Of it would happen just as my new course begins, which co-incidently relies heavily on the use of a computer. Luckily i have a nice family who don't mind me hogging theirs for the time being!

In other news...Torchwood has eaten my brain again. Seriously...there's another 11 episodes to go. There is no physical way i can possibly maintain the level of excitement that i have for Torchwood for another 11 weeks...i may possibly explode. But....Jack/Ianto!! How do i love thee...i love that it's canon (for now...i keep waiting to be disappointed...and i really hope i won't be), i love that it's hot...and i love that the kiss in my icon will be on tv tomorrow night. *dies* I will seriously explode. What with Stargate Atlantis becoming the love story for John and Rodney, and Jack and Ianto living the love story (With aliens as a bonus on both shows) live couldn't get any better!

I'm back working with two new kids last week...and already watching them progress and recognise new words fills me with so much glee - i can't believe i was planning on giving up the voluntary's soooo fulfilling! When they get words right that they previously didn't's confidence building for both me and them. It's so much fun!

And i think Joan is beginning to warm up to me now. In the past she used to undermine me with the children at lunchtime, and make sarky comments but lately she's been much nicer and is actually talking to me, and she's started bringing me pudding from the kitchen after all the kids are gone. I hated school dinners when i was at that school, but i loved the pudding...and now i'm getting them again!

And today i received mail from the Open University announcing that i've won the 'Julian Hodge Award' , for getting a distinction in my T172 Technology course. I've been invited to an awards ceremony on my birthday, where i will get a certificate and a cheque for £225 and they want me to write a profile that they can send to the local newspapers and use in the OU magazines. Don't think i'll be doing that bit...i hate getting any sort of public attention, so i'm not sure whether to go the awards ceremony. But! That money covers half the cost for this new course i'm doing! Working hard literally pays!

Are you guys all okay? *Pokes friends list*

*Goes back to staring at The Icon Of Love*
It's highly unlikely that i'll be posting again before Easter (because, let's face it, i'm terrible at updating this thing!), so i just want to wish everyone and anyone who reads this entry a VERY HAPPY EASTER!

Life has been rather busy of late with my courses, but i'm still semi-enjoying them. I have a first-aid course to attend to tomorrow for work, which will be a lot of fun as i get to humiliate myself doing CPR on a dummy. I know it's important, but the last time i had to do that was in front of my form class 10 years ago (I wasn't that close to the majority of my form, as they made my life hell for the first few years)...but still, the memory is slightly tingeing my feelings about tomorrow. 

I had what was hopefully my last hospital appointment on friday, and to celebrate, i took the younger siblings to see the new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle' film.  Can i just step out of my closet for a moment to admit that the two major childhood loves that have continued into adulthood are the 'Turtles' and 'Thunderbirds'?  Seriously...i could watch these shows anytime, and will always watch any new releases.  So we went, and we saw...and it was cheesy as hell, and i loved it. 

Also! as Little Sister came out of school half-an-hour ago, she handed me a bag and said 'that's for you'. When i looked inside there was Dairy Milk easter egg with a home-made easter card that had been made and signed by her whole class. I just...the card makes me all teary and happy and actually good about myself, because, while i don't read with the whole class, they know me from the canteen, and as L.S' big sister, and although they all signed their names: the majority of the 17 i read with every week all wrote little comments in it for me...and that means SO much to me, i can't even say, because everytime i think about it, i get this huge smile on my face. Like this J.

Happy Easter! xxx
I think i've just done something monumentally stupid.

So i was taking Becky to school just now, and on the way home, just around the corner from my house (i live about 8 minutes walk away from the school), there was a little boy crying his eyes out, with two old ladies, and a father with his son on the way up to the school trying to calm him down.

Now, I know this little boy. (Okay, he's nine - not so little). I read with him every monday, i talk to him in the canteen, i see him back and for every day to the school with his mum, and he's one of Becky's best friends. But the people trying to calm him down didn't know who i was.

Turns out, Tom had forgotten his drink, and his dinner money, and he wasn't feeling very well. His mum had dropped him off at the school gates like normal, and when he realised he'd forgotten his stuff, he'd left the school grounds, and tried to find his mum...BY WALKING DOWN THE MAIN ROAD.

So these trusting strangers, leave Tom to my care...since i know him, and he's calmed down a bit. So i walk him back to his home - to see if his mum has arrived there (which she hadn't). We spent 10 minutes waiting in the hallway outside the flat to see if she'd turn up (which she didn't), so i started to take him back to the school. Luckily, we met his mum en route, so i left him in her capable care.

But i put myself in such a compromisable position. I didn't have my phone on me to contact the school to let them know that i had him and for 20 minutes, technically, Tom was missing. He'd disappeared off the school grounds, and he wasn't in family care.

I know i'm not a stranger to the kids at the school, and that i wouldn't do anything to harm any of them...but it terrifies me that someone could report for doing what i did today. There are four people out there who can say that they saw me take Tom...and it scares me that they took me at my word that i knew him - they didn't actually check with Tom...none of them offered to walk with me to make sure i didn't do anything. And it's frightening.

What if his mum decides to report me for kidnapping? The police could come round my house and check my computer, and discover mountains of slash on computer...and decide that i'm a dodgy character? I know it sounds ridiculous...but i'm really worried that this could happen.

Was doing what i did the wrong thing to do?
So today was my first day as a 'better reading partner' at my local primary school.

Basically...i supervise 2 children for 15 weeks, and help them with their reading and their spelling. Most parents these days don't have time every evening to listen to their children read, while doing the 15 million jobs that need doing. I know. I've watched my parents struggle to help my brothers with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD, as well as listening to my younger sister read.

So...i get to help children! I met my 2 'charges' today. They are 8 years old, and their names are Daniel and Liam. Liam is the nephew of Steve who resigned from work a couple of weeks ago (Small world). And i love it! I have a box with my name on, and reading schemes, and dice, book sets and everything! And the boys are lovely! *Major squeeing*

I went down WHSmith to buy a notepad for progress notes and spelling lists...and i cant wait for next friday!

Oh...and all the Mckay/Sheppard stuff i've read is soooo good!

Oh, and [ profile] luthienberen, *cringes* here's the drabble i wrote for you: Angels )

Don't hate it too much!



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