Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I Love Teaching

That's all there is to it. I just love it. I've said it and in a couple of months when I have apparently forgotten it, I'll just reread this entry and remember that I love it. Busy, frantic, disjointed but I'm sure next week will be smoother when we get our schedule under control and we'll fall into a more natural rhythm.

I left school early (shortly after the kids) to take my baby to the airport. She took off but had to circle SLC for 45 minutes because Air Force One decided to land there and so no one else could! They had to land elsewhere to refuel and by the time they got back to SLC she had missed her next flight. She's found a room and they have her scheduled for a flight tomorrow. Needless to say, she ain't happy but she's fine.

I was going to go knitting with Karen tonight but because I left school early I returned to finish my work. Someday soon I hope to knit again! :::sigh!:::

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


What a fantastic day! Great kids! Busy, busy, busy! I'm exhausted but a good exhausted. I don't have that much to say because I'm heading for bed.

Monday, August 28, 2006


Tomorrow is the day! We met our new student today and the rest come tomorrow. He's far. No, I'm sure he'll be just fine. I was home around 8:00. That's the earliest I think I've every been out of the classroom the night before school starts. I should have been sharing a contract all along! :)

The shower was great and the birthday party was fun. It's always great to see my "extended" family!

I still haven't picked up any needles since Wednesday. I'm going through withdrawals! I may go knit with the Crazy Basket Lady on Wednesday evening after I take Ames to the airport (if I'm still awake!)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Party People

We just got home from a great party for Matt and Julie held in Lincoln. Our hostess is also a fantastic knitter and has recreated a beautiful cabled $1200 cashmere designer purse for a smidgen of the price. I took photos but I'm too tired to try and get them off my camera tonight. We have another party tomorrow. A charming little boy in the family is turning 2! He is actually Amy's cousin's son. I don't know off hand what you call it--first cousin once removed or second cousin. Whatever, he's precious.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Back in the Saddle Again...

I'm getting back into it now. I started a bulletin board today and that kicked my brain into gear. The a/c is fixed and that makes hauling it up and down the ladder less miserable. And...

My kiddo is home! I picked her up at the airport this evening. She is getting her hair done in the morning then a friend from school has invited her out. Then I'm sure she'll be THRILLED to come and help me in the classroom! Or not, but she'll help. She's a good kid.

No knitting today :(

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Another great exhausting day. Two meetings of smiling and nodding. Active listening is tiring!
I went to a knitting session with Karen tonight and that was very pleasant. I bought some Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL, 50% Baby Alpaca-50% Merino Wool in Aged Wine to make these mitts from-- where else? Knitty! There was a woman at the knit shop who had made a pair and they're darling so I thought I'd give them a try. I knit a bit more on the purse from the silk sari so I'm closer to finishing that. Right now I'm exhausted and heading off to the snooze basket. No meetings tomorrow but still a lot of work.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...

I had a great day today. Really. If I described it in too much detail it would sound rotten but it was really good. I went to our all-school meeting. I was 45 minutes early but there's a first time for everything. The meeting was fine, as meetings go. The trustees prepared a BBQ for us afterward and that was very nice and unexpected. I met up with many old friends and met some new ones. Pam, Helen, Anita and I met and got quite a bit of planning done. The a/c is broken in our room but I did report it and hopefully they'll have it working by the first day of school. It was 93 degrees today but should only be 92 tomorrow! :)

I didn't get any socks started but I hope to because I have another meeting in the morning and I did all the busywork I had to do in the meeting today! My "crazy basket lady" friend, Karen, feels that the Trekking is the way to go. I second the motion and it's a done deal! I have a few of color choices but they're all multi-colored. I can't commit to one color so "multi" covers it for me. If I could resolve all commitment issues this easily!

My baby comes home the day after tomorrow! She'll be home for a week inbetween "block" of her classes. I wish I wasn't going to be so busy but that's life and she understands...I hope...:)

Monday, August 21, 2006


There's nothing like being physically fit--and I'm nothing like it! I'm out of shape! I'm really going to have to work out to teach this year! I'm sure some will just drop when I get back to the routine--at least what I've put on since I left. There are many field trips this year that I will have to WALK on! Some where I will have to sit on the GROUND! And then get back UP!!!!
I used to look like this:

and now I look like this!
Ugh! Granted, 23 years passed between the two photos but still! Goodness gracious, Gertrude! I've got my work cut out for me.

I dragged myself into a local teacher supply store to get a plan book. I'm just not mentally into it again yet. But I had a great meeting with my new partner (and her darling baby!) and so at least I have an idea about the curriculum. Tonight I went with friends to a farewell party for a dear woman who has been at the school for 34 years and was my principal when I left. I will miss her but she has (finally!) gotten a grandchild deserves to go and play a bit.

I'm going to do a bit of laundry and knit a bit. I found a couple books about knitting socks on circular needles so I'm going to send those off to Linz. If you're reading this, Linz, update your blog! In your spare time, of course! :) I'm debating starting a pair of socks tonight to work on at the meetings I have this week but I'm not too sure how well it would go over. But, better to be prepared than sorry, right? That's enough to convince me, I'm so glad we could discuss that.

Well, I have stitches to cast on (I just do the same pattern everytime for my gi-normous feet) but first a yarn to choose. Ah, what to choose? Opal? Lorna's Laces? Trek XXL? I have too much stash to choose from. Such a delightful dilemma!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Here I Go...

In an effort to retain my sanity while embarking on a new phase of my career I am going to use this blog to keep my thoughts straight and not lose "my life" to "my job."I'm in my early 40's and have a daughter in her early 20's. I've just completed a M.S. Ed Autism/Asperger's and am starting back to teaching in a couple weeks after a 3 year absence. I'll resume teaching but will also work as a learning resource. I'm very excited about it but I don't want it to consume my every waking moment. Therefore, I will try to limit entries to this blog related to my j-o-b.

I mentioned my daughter, who is the light of my life. No pressure, Kiddo! She is studying to become an elementary teacher and she will be fantastic. I don't know if she'll pursue special education but she certainly has the disposition for it. She loves kids and is very patient with them.

I have a precious pup, Tinkerbell, who just turned 9 years old. She's a rescue and is either Shih Tzu or Lhasa Apso or both. Her tongue is too long for her snout and always hangs out(unless she's made to go out in the snow!) VERY cute and she works it. I need to replace all the carpet in the house.

I have an eclectic taste in music. I listen to music from the early 1900's to contemporary. I adore XM radio.

I love to knit but don't get to do it as much as I used to. I usually knit socks but am right now working on a purse. I picked up the fiber while visiting the "Lambtown" festival in Dixon, CA with my fellow knitting friend, Karen. Sorry, no pix and it's unlikely I'll be going back anytime soon. Not that great. I like knitting with the silk but it doesn't have any "give." It should turn out pretty sturdy.