Thursday, July 17, 2008


Do you know anything about dreams?

I've been having the same one for about two years now ....and it's all about WORK!

Last night it was really bad.

I'm in a frenzied panic because I haven't set or marked the practical assessment of the A level. The results are due soon, all the students will fail and my ineptitude will be exposed.

This assessment was the worst part of my job which I always left until the last minute. The marking was excruciatingly boring and time consuming.

I blame it for driving me to the drink.

But when I wake up from the dream the relief that it's all in the past and they'll never catch me is overwhelming.

Almost worth it.

However, last night I had the dream THREE times.

Each one was more terrifying than its predecessor and by the end the story was headlines in the tabloids, the parents were taking out law suits and I was forced to flee the country in disguise .

This time it stayed with me all morning.

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Blogger garfer said...

This is your sub conscious telling you that you are an idle good for nothing malingerer who needs to get back to work.

Go see MJ, she dreams about sausages.

I dream about teacakes.

8:49 am  
Blogger Dave said...

It's either:

a) a guilty subconscious.


b) you're bonkers.

8:55 am  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I'd go with bonkers dave.

Seriously though, I sometimes wake up all sweaty remembering stuff I must do at work. That sucks.

Don't know what I was dreaming about, as I imagine I was dreaming something. Does everyone dream every time they sleep?

9:24 am  
Blogger SL said...

That's not a dream. That's what happened, isn't it. It's why you're in Spain so often and why there are unmarked SATs STILL knocking around Northern schools.

Shame on you, Kaz. Shame on you.

9:46 am  
Blogger tony said...

You still in Spain? I always dream more in Spain (the heat???)
I am reading a book in bed (before I go to sleep!) It's called "A BOX OF DREAMS" by David Madsen
i read this last night......

"...............The dream is continous.It never ends.It never finishes,never has a begining,a middle or an end.It's like a river except that it doesn't have a source.It flows perpetually.When you sleep, all you do is step into the dream and when you wake, you step out of it again.It doesn't depend on you for its goes on whether you're in it or not.It's independent."

11:10 am  
Blogger Murph said...

You only remember dreams when you are awoken. Kev probably woke you up 3 times in the night then.

Drew used to, until recently, get similar dreams about being a week off his finals and not having done any revision or even work to revise. I suspect his quill pen had run out of iron gall ink or the parchment monitor hadn't been round.

12:08 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

If you would eat more sausage, you could have dreams like mine.

12:20 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Isn't A Level Chemistry multiple choice then?

1:27 pm  
Blogger Donnnnn said...

You had better check and see if there is a batch in your closet that you forgot to mark...

go ahead I'll wait...

Well I'm at a loss. My prescription would be to immediately start increasing your daily ration of happy juice.

2:58 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

I USED to have dreams such as these Kaz.. a bit different but waking up in a blind panic and greteful to realise that is was just a dream... I do not have them any more though... How can I tell you this without worrying you....
They sstopped after my heart attacks and my by-pass.. it might be the medication I'm now on .. but as your dreams and mine were stress related... Beware..
BOO! If you are still sat in your chair and not flopped on the floor your heart is fine. :O)


3:01 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I don't need to listen to my sub conscious when I can rely on your good self to put me straight.

I admit everything.


My (sub or otherwise) consience was well developed as a child.
That's what made me bonkers.

OK - bonkers it is - you are all so erudite.

I think our mind does keep going when we sleep and we only remember the very last bit when we wake up.

Nothing gets past you does it?

Just don't tell anyone when there's a claim on my insurance policy.

Yes I'm still in Spain and I do dream more here.

That theory of dreams is a new one on me. It sounds a bit like a script for Dr. Who.
I shall give it some thought.

Yeah - any excuse to blame Kev.

The 'no revision for exams dream' is of a similar kind.

By comparison it looks like my dream will be around for the next 40 years.

I haven't had a sausage for 20 years.
Not even a veggie one.

Only a bit of it which is marked by machine.

The practical scripts are covered in student's scrawl. I had to scrutinise every paragraph for loads of words and phrases, give each one a tick, divide by a number, add it to another number etc......

Sorry. I'll calm down now.

Fortunately we still don't have closets in England ...... I'll check the cupboard .......

O.K. just a few skellingtons.

I'm sitting here with a glass of rosada - is that suitable?

Dr. TOM:
(gasps for breath) Give me some of those pills this minute.

NOW I said!

5:48 pm  
Blogger Lubin said...

I have a similar dream, usually the week before term starts. Either I've missed a seminar, or don't have my lecture notes due to them getting lost on my computer or the printer not working. It normally ends in the students complaining about me. I'd hoped they'd stop eventually when I retire - but if I'm anything like you, it looks like they won't!

Hopefully it just means we're conscientious!

6:35 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

Come back home Kaz. Come back home to face the music, and possible jail sentence.

If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

7:29 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...


One comment though if you were forced to flee the country in disguise, at least you'd know where you were going.


7:34 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

"flee the country in disguise" - dressed as Dolly Parton? Madonna? Cherie Blair? Not Amy Whinehouse, surely?

8:18 pm  
Anonymous Arabella said...

We really should get together (not that way) because my recurring dream is about revising the wrong subject for my A Levels.

Perhaps it's a case of Imposter Syndrome after the fact?

Try having dinner before 10pm.

12:15 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Oh yes I so remember the 'lost notes' one.
Conscientious? Certainly - except for those bloody practical assessments.

Thankyou most sincerely for being blunt. Sometimes people just need to hear the truth.

I think there's too much empathy in blogging - don't you?

I'm just waiting for your next post and I'll be round to sort you out in return.

Yes - see I already have.

They are all too tall apart from Dolly who would be impossible for me.

So it'll have to be Bill Oddie.

I think these comments are showing that the stress of exams lasts for a very long time for both teachers and students.

'Imposter syndrome' is an interesting one. Apparently it applies almost exclusively to women.

Yes and I'll take more water with the wine.

7:15 am  
Blogger I, like the view, still said...



I often dream about being the student who hasn't put the work in to even be able to write the paper - if you had to mark my exam, you'd be thrilled: a blank page!

(I have terrible dreams)(far worse than the school/uni ones)

distract yourself with Friday nibblets, chez moi

whyever not?


11:57 am  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

A. Don't watch the news before bedtime.
B. Kill that cheese-before-bedtime snack!


5:42 pm  
Blogger Mopsa said...

Ha! I was about to say you should eat more cheese. So I will. Eat more cheese Kaz!

12:27 am  
Blogger Gordie said...

Dreams are supposed to be buried emotions in the subconscious, bringing themselves up to the surface.

So if you're dreaming about school, you are repressing something way more scary. But this is a really good metaphor.

1:06 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

I used to long for blank page.
Thanks for the Crunchie.

OK mum!

I'll watch my Gavin & Stacey DVD and have a nice cup of Horlicks.

More cheese??

Lancashire on toast with a glass of red wine.
I think I can see which advice I'm going for.

"Way more scary"?

It doesn't come more scary than this. Unless you're talking about bodies under the petunia patch.

It's all about guilt isn't it?

7:18 am  
Blogger ziggi said...

it means you left the gas on - but probably the place has blown up or burned down by now so don't worry about it anymore.

Hope this helps (as VS would say)

10:14 am  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

This week I dreamed I was cleaning my boss' house which was on the beach and outside the window, sharks circled in the water. That tells you everything you need to know about why I'm looking for another job at the minute.

4:15 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I'm sure that the erudite Mr Scurra has many other sterling qualities you could aspire to.

Anyway my flat's all electric ... hahahaha!

Oh dear - I probably left the iron on.

Yes - and good luck with the job search.

But I'm more worried about why you were doing the cleaning. Very odd.

7:00 pm  
Blogger Pete said...

shall we get you an application form for Asda or Tesco?

8:07 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

So kind of you - but I think I have a doctor's note somewhere.

9:35 am  

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