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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Well, That Didn't Take Long!

Schools been in session for what, three weeks now. Two of those weeks were short weeks so our system has has ONLY been in session for 12 days. 12 DAYS! That's it. The students have only been here for 12 freakin' days and it's already happened. *What?? What's happened?? You are all asking yourself*

It would appear that I have officially pissed off a teacher in my new school! *I know, you are all asking yourselves "What? How? Sweet, little 'ol Pheelya pissed someone off??"*giggle* Yes folks, apparently my explaining how to schedule a class to come to the media center was taken as a reprimand by a teacher! A reprimand!!


I was simply explaining to her that when she spoke to my assistant, that a message was being passed along to me and that she had NOT been officially scheduled for the time slot she was asking for. Considering that I already have another class scheduled during the period that she wanted to bring her class down, I thought I would clarify this. Had I NOT clarified this and she came down here on Friday and found another class in here what do you think her reaction would have been? Yeah.

Just had to share the humor with you all *grin*

A reprimand?! *LAUGH*

Speaking of Christmas in July

OK, so I missed July and skipped straight through to September *grin* I thought it was time to start organizing my projects for Christmas gifts. This year Christmas will be in New York at my folks house, so I have a few extra little gifts I'll need to make for people. My baby sister is also pregnant and due sometime around Thanksgiving. So, here is my attempt at getting organized *yeah, I know, scary isn't*

To Knit/Crochet Holiday List

September: Christening gown for my sister's Baby Shower - by September 26th - Started!

  • Mr. X - not a freakin' clue
  • Baby M: Elijah
  • Mom: Cardigan - Noro SG yarn in stash - casted on
  • Dad: Vest - Peruvian Alpaca yarn in stash - swatched
  • Sister M: - Waves Scarf (Ravelry link)- Completed!!
  • BIL M: Felted Clogs (Ravelry link) - Paton's Classic Wool yarn in stash
  • Niece G: Gentle Waves Round Ripple afghan (Ravelry link) - Red Heart Soft - started
  • Niece J: Holey Moley - Prism yarn in stash
  • Sister S: Felted Clogs - Cascade 220 yarn in stash
  • BIL E: Felted Clogs - Paton's Classic Wool yarn in stash
  • Baby: Cardigan or sweater
  • Cousin C: Soft Waves afghan - Bernat So Soft yarn (blues) in stash
  • Zia & Zio M: Ripple afghan - Bernat So Soft yarn in stash
  • Cousin F: Scarf & hat set - yarn from stash
  • Cousin C: Scarf & hat set - yarn from stash
  • C's Hubby: not a freakin' clue!
  • Mr. X: not a freakin' clue!
  • Baby M: Baby Surprise Jacket - pink yarn in stash

See a stash busting trend in that list? *grin* So now the real question becomes can I get this all accomplished before Christmas Eve??

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thank Goodness the Two Week are Over!

Sorry I haven't been around much the last couple of weeks. School has started back up and I have been trying to readjust my sleep pattern to accomodate a 5:15 AM wake-up call to be out the door by 6:15 AM to be at work by 7AM. Very hard considering last year I was waking up at 7AM to be at work by 8:30 AM. Really, 5 AM is for the birds! On the flip side though.... No more Crazy Sally! No More Crazy Sally!! *does a little happy dance around her office* So far, so good here at high school :)

What a difference the atmosphere is here compared to my old school. I actually walk in with a smile on my face and my shoulders relaxed!! I did not realize just how tense and stressed I had been about work while I was still at the other school. The 2nd factor that really hit it home for me was my Advil Migraine. *I know you are all going - HUH??* I had kept a large bottle of Advil Migraine in my desk draw because I am prone to migraines and Advil Migraine is my first line of defense when I feel a headache coming on. Anyhoo, I didn't get much sleep the other night and started getting a headache while at work. Without thinking, I reached into my drawer to pull out my bottle, only I hadn't brought any in yet. Luckily a co-worker had some Aleve on him and I was able to get rid of the headache. I emailed myself a reminder at home to bring in some Advil Migraine. When I got home I immediately when to go get my home stash to throw in my school bag. That's when it hit me - BOTH my bottles at home were empty! I tend to keep one bottle upstairs in my linen closet and one bottle downstairs in my food pantry. There were days that I would come home just so stressed out that I needed my Advil right when I walked in and then would lay down on the couch with an ice pack on my head.

Now, since I had the surgery over the summer I didn't have a single headache and I knew I hadn't had any Advils since the end of school. So when I had a whooping TWO whole pills left in my house, that's when I realized just how CRAZY that woman made me!

Anyhoo, the change over to high school has been good so far. I get the destinct impression that the person that left was not very friendly when it came to dealing with students and staff. It seems like if I smile, keep the media center open and allow kids to check out books that would be a HUGE improvement. That kind of releaves some stress off of me in that I don't have to kill myself making improvments all at once :)

On to knitting news... I have finally finished all the pieces to the Moss Bark Short Sleeved Cardigan (Ravelry link). Each piece has been blocked and now I just need to sew it together and then do the collar edging and wahla it will be finished!! I love, love, love the color/yarn combo on this!
Moss Bark Cardigan pieces

My Juliet is not doing so well, sadly. I had gotten all the way through the 5th repeat of the lace pattern and tried it on only to find that the weight of the yarn stretched the garter stitch pattern at the top so much that it stretched all the way down to my waist!! So, rip, rip, rip all the way back through all that pretty lace and several rows of the garter stitch. Try number 2 - I made it through 6 repeats of the lace pattern, tried it on and just didn't like the fit on the shoulders. Too big!! So..... rip, rip, rip it all the way out!!

Next up is the One Row Scarf (Ravelry link) designed by the Yarn Harlot. I'm using stash yarn *yeah for stash busting!!* called Dance. It's a cotton/acrylic blend. Very soft but I went crazy finding needles pointy enough for this yarn!! It was splitting so badly on my other needles. I have no idea where these plastic red ones came from, but they are nice and pointy and puuuuuurrfect for this yarn!

One Row Scarf

A while back the Columbia Sip 'n Knit group put in a large order with 100purewool.com. I have been wanting to try out their 3-ply yarn and to check out some new colors, so I ordered a few single skeins and with one of those skeins I'm making a scarf for the Red Scarf Project.

Whimsy Scarf

Next up, I purchased a bag of this Noro Silk Garden from LittleKnits to make a cardigan for my mother for Christmas. Aren't those colors purdy! I immediately cast on for her sweater, but had to put it on hold to make a Christening gown for my sister's baby. We're having her baby shower on September 27th so I HAVE GOT to finish that gown first! :) Pictures of that will come later on.

Silk Garden

And of course I can't sign off without a picture of Frisco. I think he was a leach in his former life. I can't sit out the couch without him coming over and laying on some part of me!