Thursday, 28 June 2007

(Un)Happy Birthday...

I am not a happy bunny. I want sympathy. Lots of it...

First things first... it's my (*ahem*)th birthday, and I was due to go and work at a school to do some supply teaching. This could be considered good news, apart from the fact that the Agency seemed to think I'd need something along the lines of body armour, as the school was what they referred to as "challenging." I would quite have liked to turn down the work (I mean, why work on your birthday if you don't have to), but Summer is a thin time of year for supply, and there's no work at all during the holidays which are rapidly approaching...

I went to check my emails, and found that the cat had been sick on the keyboard... and the computer was making very strange noises. I cleaned the keyboard, checked the cat, but couldn't check my emails as the keyboard didn't work any more.

The school actually had a nice feel to it. ...unfortunately, I guess my day really got off to a bad start when I accidentally wrote on the interactive whiteboard with a normal whiteboard pen... (in my defence, someone had taped some notices up on it with sellotape, covering the word "Promethean") With a sinking feeling I tried to find a technician or science teacher so that I could confess my heinous crime. Luckily it had been a proper dry-wipe whiteboard marker, and the application of ethanol with cotton wool succeeded in restoring the board to its original state.

I did manage to avert a water-bomb incident (threatening children in a non-Catholic school isn't half as much fun as in a Catholic one... hellfire for all eternity just doesn't cut it!) and the rest of the day went reasonably well. Until the end of the last period.

Another teacher came in and informed me that she had come to relieve me, and that I should go down to reception. Cover teachers don't normally get covered, so I was a little confused. I also spent three minutes trying to work out what rules or regulations I had unwittingly infringed...

Reception directed me to some workmen, who were shuffling their feet and looking slightly guilty. They asked me to walk over to my car, as they had had a little accident, and they needed my details...

They had been cutting the grass on a verge outside the school, and a stone had been thrown up, and, you guessed it, smashed my driver window. The particular model of car isn't common, so Autoglass didn't have the glass in stock, but a perspex one could be fitted temporarily, if I could drive over to the nearest centre before someone or other went home...

I know, I know... "offer it up" !!

12 comments:

newhousenewjob said...

So you got a new unbreakable window for your birthday? What are you complaining about?

Hope your day improves now. :¬)

Ma Beck said...

Ohhhhhh, poor Mac.
:(

I'm sorry about your no-good horrible day.
Hope it gets better from here!

(Hey, my dog threw up today on the rug - have those two been hanging out together late at night?)
;)

Fr Justin said...

Happy birthday, Mac!
I'm so sorry you've had a beastly day. Once I managed to spill a glass of gin and tonic into my laptop and the whole thing gave this sad little cry and died.
Take my advice and have a lot of chocolate, (or in my case, a glass of whisky by preference) a warm bath and an early night with a really good book.

Anonymous said...

Time to get out the chocolates!!

Happy birthday.

Mark said...

Awwww... Mac; sorry your birthday didn't go the best. I've been having the birthday blues too, so here's a virtual box of chocolates. :)

Esther said...

Happy Birthday Mac!!

Kasia said...

Happy birthday and at least another *ahem* more!

Fr Nicholas said...

Happy birthday - hope you had a better evening!

a thorn in the pew said...

Happy Birthday! From the sounds of it, you are stuck in the same parallel universe that has trapped me. This too shall pass....

In the meantime, we are praying for you!

Mark Higgins said...

Happy Birthday. Give thanks to God for he definitely loves you, and, what's more, He has shown you today how much you mean to Him.

Fr John Boyle said...

What a day! I think you need an official birthday.

antonia said...

Oh dear! Not so fun!

Happy Birthday anyway!
Hope you had a relaxing evening anyway!

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