Thursday, January 29, 2009
However, a new problem has settled in. A very unpleasant, nasty cold has settled in and doesn't appear to plan on leaving anytime soon. My very concerned dentist, fearing infection around the "rod", has prescribed a prophylactic 10-day course of penicillin, which is taking its toll on my digestive system. Today's fever is only 100.8. Yippee.
I wish Jon were home. I'm almost out of tissues. And he's pretty good at that kind of stuff.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Which all leads me to the announcement that I may be off the blogs and interwebs for the next few days. Tomorrow, Dr. Andy will drive a titanium rod into my jaw bone and this will begin the process of getting my tooth back. Since the procedure will require sedation, I will be out tomorrow (could someone please check on Kathryn for me!) and Wednesday could be just a yucky, jaw-hurty day. But I'm thinking positive thoughts. Because in 6 - 9 short months, "cruncher tooth" will be back.
Oh - Jon is in Australia. I just told him I was having implant surgery while he was gone but not what kind. He told me to have both done.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I am also an avid audiobook listener. I love listening to books while walking, spinning, knitting, and sometimes - although it's a royal pain in the butt - while trying to fall asleep. The downfall with books on iPod is that you can't rewind in anything but BIG chunks.
And now, thanks to Jon and his most excellent giving of presents-I-didn't-know-I-needed-and-now-don't-want-live-without skills, I am reading via a whole new medium.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Second hour is 6th/7th grade English. We're finishing up our section on Jack London's Call of the Wild. Friday the students presented their final projects and on any one of a number of thematic elements from the book. There were MANY wolf presentations ... many!
Finally, a break with the weather.
Recognize a long blond ponytail in this picture??
I'll admit that gym was not my best class in high school, but with a class of 40 - 6th and 7th grade students, the gym teacher needs assistance just keeping order in this class. So in third hour I am an extra set of eyes and ears in the gym. Last Friday was fitness testing and then some free time. Oops - look, my kid again.
After gym I help in the lunch room with the little guys. You know - making sure they eat enough, don't eat too much, eat their own food and not their neighbors etc. I marvel at how much food mom sends them with vs. how much they can actually eat! Sometimes I eat lunch with Kathryn when the Middle School comes in - depends on her mood. Other times - I eat in the teacher's lounge!! Like a real teacher!
After lunch is 7th grade writing lab, much the same as 6th grade, just different projects. Last period of the day is 7th/6th grade English.
They are also finishing their Call of the Wild projects. Not as many wolf presentations in this class, but lots of dogs!
Friday, January 16, 2009
This outside thermometer doesn't even believe it could get colder than -10 degrees. Silly outside thermometer.
It is now 8 hours later. I have not left the house all day. Hmmmm, wonder why?
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So, Crunchy Parmesan chicken breasts it was. I figure if you learn to bake a chicken breast, you can customize it any way you want. Feel like Mexican, roll it in crushed tortilla chips and serve it with salsa. Feel like Italian, spread pasta sauce, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese etc.
These are simply soaked in milk and butter for a few minutes, then shaken in equal parts bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese seasoned with oregano, salt and pepper. I simply provided the instructions and Kathryn did all the work. Ready for the oven.
While the chicken was in the oven, she followed the directions on the Rice-a-Roni package (OK - I confess, a childhood favorite of mine and I still love it!) Other than the hot splatter when cold water met the hot, HOT, HOT pan and scared the crap out of her, this was prepared flawlessly. The key here was to get her to read the package instructions COMPLETELY before starting. Don't just look at the "What You Will Need" section and start.
There were peas (heated in the microwave) and brownies for dessert.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Mayhem was in the bag early on.
But escaped in time for presents for there was tissue paper involved. From Chris I received a beautiful sheepy mug, some softy-soft Baby Silk Catalina yarn, two skeins of Vinca sock yarn and a spoiled kitty magnet! See the kitty in a bag in the background? Not Mayhem - just the card but considering May's evening activities - very apropos!
CAUTION: Cutest kitten card EVAH alert!From Jeanne - who had to go into a place where things sold to spinners where sold at great personal sacrifice - a beautiful braid of merino silk roving. And I mean beautiful. I teared up a bit just thinking of her going in, talking to a spinning person and actually having to sort-of cross over to the dark side to purchase this thing of beauty for me. Also included were magnetic page holders and a needle gauge charm. I'm still waiting for the grey kitten.
They claim not to have color coordinated their gifts but I think they've been secretly meeting without me and put this whole thing together with the pink / maroon / autumn thing in mind. It's SO like them.
Because see - they are so matchy-matchy now. The last two knitters to have the Starbucks mugs! Thanks Louise!!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The thought of firing up something new - on the new needles - in front of Jon, with three unfinished sweaters sitting around was just too humiliating.
Monday, January 12, 2009
This year's birthday gift though - I think the message was something different. It was subtle and in fact, I'm not sure it was intended to send the message I received. Regardless, it's motivating me. Yesterday I was up at 6:00 AM digging through the basket of shame and began to finish.
Sunrise Circle Jacket. It's been completed for almost three years. It's just been crumbled up in a bag. It's had a nice bath and is now ready to be seamed and displayed.
Neckdown V-Neck Shaped Cardigan. This has languished in the same BoS for ... 4 years. I liked the yarn. As of yesterday morning this needed an entire right sleeve. Today, it needs the edging around the neck and the ties. It
This is a bit more recent. It was started and abandoned in August. The Cropped Cardigan with Leaf Ties just needs 3/4 of 1/2 length sleeves. I think that's about the same as one full sleeve. This weekend.
So what could he have given me to make me want to finish up these long neglected projects. That would make me feel, sort of, not worthy of starting something new until these things are finished and off my guilty mind?
Then again - I needed a circular size six for the blue sleeve!
I'm SO worthy!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
I'm told there are big doings later on - Kathryn is making spaghetti for dinner. This morning it was breakfast in bed and a break from the morning drive to school. In a few minutes my grrlfriend and knitting pal Brenda will arrive with coffee and treats. We'll share the morning knitting and laughing and catching up. Later - probably a nap (because I'm really not 36 ya know!). And then, let the fun begin.
50 has been the best year of my life. I've put myself out more, had more fun, lived more, laughed more, and loved more than ever before. You've all been a part of that and I'm so very thankful for your friendships. I wouldn't change a thing. Here's to 51.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
. . . 5 ounces of Lorna's Laces Shepard Wool Top in "Tuscany" . . . another gift from Kathryn (where DOES she get her ideas?), I should have no excuses for not at least searching for my spinning mojo.Well, there is the little problem of the stealth kitty.
Monday, January 05, 2009
And since I've now declared it "my cup and and only my cup and no one else can ever use it", I've hired a stealth kitty to guard it. I'm so happy to be in the cup club - finally.