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December 31, 2014

Good Bye 2014

by Jess Guth

So, only a few more hours of 2014 left. I’m not really sorry to see it go. It’s been a funny year. A year in which I’ve never really quite settled, in which I’ve done loads and yet feel like I’ve achieved nothing. I last blogged in October. It seems like ages ago and like just yesterday at the same time – the story of my year really. The post I meant to publish about the Honor Diaries film sits half written in a file – the story of my year.

As I think back the overriding memory is one of lambs – nothing to do with work, not the conferences or the travel, the long hours, the hard work, taking over as Head of School – none of that. Just of lambs. Having them was amazing and such an antidote to work stress. I mean just look at this:

2 of triplets born 19 Jan 2014

2 of triplets born 19 Jan 2014

It’s odd that having the lambs is all I can pinpoint without thinking about things too much. I remember the bottlefeeding of three including having them in the house, I remember the tiredness induced by feeding every 2-3 hours, the joy from watching them, the pride in knowing that we played a part in bringing them into this world and in three cases – keeping them in this world.  It’s odd because work has so completely and utterly dominated 2014 in pretty much all respects. The hours have been stupid, the trips all work related, all waking hours, and some hours of sleep spent thinking and worrying about work –  Sometimes in a good way, sometimes not. I am finishing 2014 with a few days of sleep, reading and resting and I needed it. I was exhausted and not really much use to anyone at the end of term but I am beginning to come round. So, I will indulge my memory which seems to want me and you to think it was a year about lambs and I leave you with this little video, because everyone should finish 2014 and start 2015 with a smile

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