Been a while. Sorry. I’ve been very busy training to better myself.
I spent half-term week travelling to Skipton every day, having to get up earlier than I would on a work day. A 40 minute train journey then a 20 minute walk (very nice, along the canal thank you) to a hotel, where I spent the day, every day with 9 strangers, training to be a bona-fide swimming instructor. In the morning – death by Powerpoint trying to train my brain to remember lots of stuff about human anatomy, numbers of vertebrae and different swim strokes, techniques & density of different types of water etc. In the afternoon – poolside or in the water, trying not to annoy the hotel residents as we tested our teaching styles on each other under the eagle eye of our tutor.
There was laughter, lots of eye-rolling, some tears and panics. Lots of cups of lukewarm tea and coffee. An impromptu science lesson on how leaving a pasty in front of the window in the weak October sunlight will not, in fact, cook it (don’t ask). And I have a new adopted 17 year old daughter and two new 16 year old swim teaching colleagues who have, between them, changed my view on the general uselessness of teenagers today.
Despite the distraction of being assessed on Friday by not one, not two, but three other tutors (one of whom was indecently attractive), we all passed! I can now pluck casualties from the water and teach anyone to swim (not just in a school setting). Bring it on (and way to go me!)
Knackering week – but well worth it.
On Saturday I went to see Metallica with my brother. Yeah you heard me – Metallica! I won’t lie, despite liking some of their old stuff, I wasn’t sure I could deal with 2 hours of them live. But I could and I did. It was an amazing show. We loved it! They even did a quick rendition of ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and some Joy Division as a bit of an homage to Manchester.
Top night! Well worth it.
Lovely Sunday morning spent with the Fam at my sister’s, celebrating my mum’s birthday and then back to Sadford ready to get back to the grindstone.
Only 7 weeks until we break up again.
Not that I’m counting…