So, a jigsaw update.
Back in February, I wrote about my extreme jigsaw activity and the fact that I viewed doing a 1000 piece Star Wars jigsaw as good preparation for embarking on writing a school timetable.
I think that the learning I gained by doing the jigsaw has indeed helped me with the Herculean task of timetabling thus far.
1. My brain is finding it hard to switch off from trying to find timetable solutions, as it did when doing the jigsaw.
2. I have not exactly needed specialist clothing but I have needed to put my glasses on (usually kept for driving out of vanity) as hunched over the computer and squinting is not a good look.
3. A night's sleep and fresh eyes really do help make what was impossible become possible.
4. My tendency to catastrophize has been exacerbated. I have been heard to utter "that's IT! It can't be done!" several times a day.
5. Time and patience are indeed very important.
6. And asking for.... and accepting.. help are crucial.
Thank heavens for a man called Alasdair who gave up a day of his holiday to teach me and for a man called Steve. I am married to the latter and I had forgotten that he was once a demon timetabler.
I have a long way to go. But I have started and I have learnt a lot. 6 weeks ago I was insanely jealous of people who talked about COS, SETTS, schematics, triples and pairs and knew what they were.
I have joined their ranks.
That we will have a working timetable on May 30th when we need it is still no certainty.
But if we don't, it won't be for lack of trying.
Image from: www.quotemaster.org/Asking+For...