May Favourites

Woohoo…it’s June tomorrow!!! Hopefully we might even get some sunshine in the foggy, grey, chilly Bay Area. I particularly resent paying California rental prices when we don’t get California sunshine!!!!

Anyway. May was busy (as ever) but here are some of the things I most loved.


Somehow, I survived my first semester! My three courses are finished. This month I studied the development of adolescents (which made me hugely grateful I’ve chosen soft-cheeked little ones rather than sweaty teens, and which also made me quake inwardly for ten years time). As a group, we made a short film about a non-profit preschool and we learned about teaching kids with special needs.

I’ve signed up for another course over the summer – a super-intense 6-week course on Observation and Assessment but I have two weeks off before it starts, which I’m really looking forward to! I haven’t got my grades for the past semester yet but hopefully I’m 9 credits up towards the goal of 24!

Me studying in Maui last month, just before Cane Spider-Gate



I read some good books this month, four in all.

I started with Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, whose Gilead I read and utterly adored last year. My expectations were high but I didn’t love it. It was fine, but not amazing.

Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne was one of those great Christian books that make it really uncomfortable to be a Christian. The author is a really interesting guy who rails against the comfort and complacency of the modern-day church. He talks about materialism, apathy towards poverty, pacifism, those easy kind of questions. The book challenged me to rethink a lot of things I thought I had sorted. Horribly uncomfortable but really worthwhile.

The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy, is one of my very favourite books of all times. (Nothing to do with God, btw). I try to reread it every year or so and was prompted to do so because Angela was reading it too this month and I wanted to compare my thoughts with hers. This was the first time I’ve read it since I became a mother and as such, I found it even more heartbreaking than before. Even on the fifth rereading, I found it beautiful. This is such a gorgeous book.

I also read one more book but it was rubbish.


Game Of Thrones continues to rock my world. Oh I love it. We have three more episodes left and I’m getting nervous as this is usually the point where someone I love is killed brutally.

The Scandal finale was rubbish.

We finally got round to watching Wild and both the Husband and I really liked it. It was better than the book and a really good evening’s entertainment. I was secretly dreading the Husband deciding he wanted to hike the Pacific Coast Trail but he hasn’t mentioned it since.

The Unbreakable Kimmi Schmidt has given us much light pleasure this month. It has an awesome theme song.

I know this came out a few years ago but we watched Inglourious Basterds this month. I flipping loved it. Brilliant film! The guy who plays the baddie was terrifying and he’s going to be the baddie in the next Bond movie apparently. Perfect casting.



Apart from obsessing about my final grades, I’ve been getting super excited planning our summer trip to Utah. We’ll be road-tripping it from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. I’m hoping for safe views of bears and bison.

I also spent a lot of time obsessing about cycling. I’m getting back into it, bit by bit, after 5 years off, and I’m really excited about including it in my training. I spent a lot of time trying to find the right century ride for me in the Autumn and I’ve settled on this one in September, which the Husband is doing too. Anyone fancy joining us? Or babysitting? 😉



I have no idea if this is one of those old songs that all Americans know but no-one told me about, but this month, we have been singing Pineapple Princess on repeat all month. Not the Husband, he asked me to make it clear that he has not been singing it. The Dude and I love it a LOT.

Looking Forward To

June is going to be amazing. We go camping up at Truckee, I’m excited about my next course…and best of all, tomorrow I start teaching!!! Seriously!!  My work permit arrived last month and I have a four-week job at the Dude’s old preschool, teaching at their Summer School. It’s an amazing opportunity to practice being a teacher and I am honestly beside myself with excitement.

Come on June, I’m ready for you!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Grace says:

    I can’t believe it’s June tomorrow…where did the entire month of May just go? (Oh wait, I think I know.) Speaking of adolescents, we live on a university campus in grad family housing, and the other day it struck me that we’ll someday be dropping our son off or picking him up from university, which reduced me to a hormonal quivering mass of tears. Yay for that century ride, and for the teaching stint – is it a practicum for school?

    1. Cathryn says:

      Those first few weeks are so hormone packed, i used to cry at adverts with puppies in.
      The teaching stint isn’t for school but just as a short-term job. I’m so excited.

  2. Michaela says:

    I want to ride with you!

    1. Cathryn says:

      I want to ride with YOU!!! We need to plan something with Layla, Kristen, you and me.

  3. Angela says:

    Glad to hear the studying continues to go well & you’ve got a chance to give it a try with real live kiddos!

    And, how jealous am I of your Utah trip??? SOOO JEALOUS!! Seriously, Zion & all that business are high up on my list so take lots of pictures please.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Def taking loads of photos!!!

  4. Bean says:

    Congrats on the teaching that is so exciting!!!! I also love Inglorious Bastards. It is brilliant.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Wasn’t it brill!!!!

  5. Good luck with the work. I am sure you will be amazing at teaching. 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you! My first day went well. I probably wasn’t amazing but no child was injured in my care so I call that a first day success 🙂

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