It all went very well tonight and the guest speaker was marvellous. She's in her early 30s, an 'old girl' who, having been disappointed by her A level results and having found her university place through clearing, worked hard to make a success and now has fulfilled her ambition to be a BBC journalist. She spoke really well and was inspirational for our students.
I was fine, did the job I was supposed to do, didn't draw too much attention to myself and made no verbal howlers. Got a couple of intentional laughs, but didn't make an attempt to be too funny. Glanced at notes, didn't read them out. Made some eye contact. The Sage came, but I couldn't see him, though I was looking. I introduced him to the Head, afterwards, they've each heard a lot about each other but had never met.
I asked Sean what he was doing over the holidays, he said he's going to the Seychelles. "We spent our honeymoon in the Seychelles," I squeaked excitedly and he said "haven't I told you?" and explained his son is getting married out there next week. I must remember to tell him about the sudden temperature drop that happens at sunset, before a balmy evening. I'd love to go back there, they were beautiful islands.
I went to Norwich this morning to have lunch with a friend. She asked me for 11 o'clock, and offered me coffee first. I drink coffee black normally, but she was measuring out a cup of milk and one of water. Okay. She heated them, added Gold Blend and we went and sat down in the dining room. She added generous top-ups of Bailey's to each cup. Fine. I can rise to most occasions.
Later, I ate an enormous lunch, fish pie and crème brûlée, a dish remarkable for three different accents which I hope aren't represented by little squares in your browser. They all work in Safari, anyway. I am getting worryingly fat. I can't get into all my size 10 clothes any more (that is, I can wear some of them, I'm wearing a 10 skirt now). I can't bike in this frosty weather, I'm afraid of a fall. I could always eat less, I suppose. Oh dear. Bit of a last resort, that.