Monday, December 31, 2012

finished knits of 2012


How is it I only completed 21 projects this year?? I didn't blog all that much this year either but out of 24 students, 22 know most of their uppercase and lowercase letters by now and 20 students know at least 20 of their letter sounds!
These are not in any particular order of creation.  1. Henslowe  2. Moss Grid Hand Towel 3. Bow Scarf  4. Sorpresa Blanket 5. Heartache Cowl 6. Baby Bolero 7. Color Affection Shawl 8. Courtyard #1  9. Abra Alba Wrist Warmers 10. Stripe Study Shawl 11. Hedda Slouchy 12. Ebbtide Shawl 13. Elvar 14. Hidden Path Socks 15. Colorblock Handwarmers 16. Chosen Path Shawl 17. Abra Alba Wrist Warmers 18. Cabled Button Toque 19. Pebble  20. Type 'N Swipe Mittens 21. Courtyard #3
 I realized that I don't have many hats so my goal this year is to change that!  I am also going to cast on for my very own slouchy. :) Oh yeah, if you noticed that courtyard #2 is missing that is because I ran out of yarn. Phooey.

Friday, December 21, 2012

I owe you one

It has been a hectic few months. Wow! I uploaded some pics from my camera a lil while ago (my first step in getting ready to do a blog post) and there were pics of my class before school even began. I'm so ashamed. Here is what my class looked like about a week before school was going to start.
Do you see the floor?? I decided that I was going to sort all my picture books this school year.
I was feeling very inspired this school year and decided that I didn't like white window sills. I wanted painted ones. Both windows are observation windows and the kids know that people can see them. They can see the people too! The above window is near the block section.
This is the new kitchen/dramatic play area.  Last year, this was also the kitchen but the dress up was over by where the blocks are (at least near to there). I wanted everything together this year.  The hubs also painted the back wall which is where the kids paint.  For the past two years, there has been an accumulation of paint splatter. I did not want to look at that any longer. My idea was to paint the wall black. I got vetoed and we went with a dark blue instead. More pictures to come. I think the rest are on the hubs' computer. Below is a shot of a math activity I had my kids do the day before the last day of school before winter vacation began.  They made cookies.
There has been a bit of knitting while I have been in the throes of my teaching this year. I think this year I have completed the least amount of projects ever. So sad. I am nowhere near completing my 12 shawls in 2012 either. Oh well. I'm thinking for next year, I am going to do hats instead of shawls! Here's what I've made in the last few months:
someone was having a baby and the future grandma asked me to make a little sweater since the lil bundle was expected in November (too bad I kept forgetting to give it to her when it was finished!),
I picked out this yarn for my boss, (the one we dog and house sit for), and here's what I came up with. Though this is the hat still in its unblocked state.

Let's see what else have I been up to? I've been reading about as much as I have been knitting. I am 2 books shy of completing my Goodreads goal of reading 25 books this year. I knew I should've left it at 20! Oh well.

I leave you with my gingerbread house that I started working on while at school and had to take home (along with ALL that candy!) to complete. It's missing windows..but at least I've got a roof, a pathway, and a door. I realized that the 2 red figures must be the hubs and I and the green one is probably my sister. :)

More to come once I get the rest of the pictures from the hubs computer!
There have been inspiring sculptures at my school over the last few months and it is partly due to the new friends the hubs and I have made.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

finally breaking my silence

Wow. School started and it has been a roller coaster ever since.  Note to self: I need to suggest that we not do home visits at the beginning of the school year like we did this year (which I was against in the first place!) and maybe we need to revisit having conferences in October. It was great having them so early because there wasn't any pressure but we need to consider our sanity during this time of year.  The first three and a half months of school are always the craziest at my school and this year has not been a disappointment.  Though I have to say that I am happier than I've ever been.  We're doing new things and it's really having a positive effect on the kids. They have made amazing growth since school first began.  Plus I have a fantastic group of children this year.  Their parents are awesome too! 
During mid-October, I also got a student teacher. Did I mention this already? She was supposed to have started right when the school year began but unforeseen circumstances occurred.  I didn't expect to see her ever again but then she just appeared one day in my classroom!  Things are going okay with her.  She just began her solo (which means that she is the teacher in charge) and yeah.  I have been trying to not be in the classroom with her so much because I want her to exert her authority over the class but she would rather have me in the class with her.  Also, I can't watch someone do things incorrectly, particularly when it is my own classroom.  So in my mind, I've got things to do and places to go!
Today was day 2 and a MAJOR faux pas was committed.  I have already complained about it to several people.  I can't believe she did what she did.  I know you want to know. She left my class unattended! Well, technically.  It was during Free Choice time, and granted I was there, my aide was there, a parent volunteer, and the sub was over in the other class we share the space with BUT she didn't tell anybody that she was leaving the room. I noticed after about 10 or so minutes.  When my aide appeared, I asked if she had seen her and she said no.  I decided to search for her.  She ended up being in the teacher lounge prepping some stuff for an activity that she didn't even do today.  I was SO pissed. I still am!  I told her that she just LEFT the classroom and she responded sarcastically to me!  She could not even SEE why I was so irritated by what she had done.  Maybe she wasn't taught common decency. I don't know. 
When we returned to the classroom, I had to leave. I couldn't stand being in the same room with her because I was so upset that she didn't get it.  I grabbed my laptop, told her I was going to print some things and then headed for the office.  THEY couldn't believe what she had done. Oh my word! She didn't redeem herself either.  The rest of the day was sort of downhill.  Imagine a Kindergartner sniffing a watch that she cut out of a magazine to decide if it smelled, good, bad, or dangerous. Sigh...She will be the teacher in charge until December 7th.  So that's the current school front.  I can't wait for December 8th!!
I haven't been reading too much until a couple days ago. I picked up a fun book called Where'd  You Go, Bernadette.  It was just the book I needed.
In terms of knitting, there has been some but I am so, so behind on my goal to make 12 shawls in 2012. I only have five completed shawls!! I have two on the needles right now but am at an impasse with one of them.  I'll be casting on for a third as soon as my friend's yarn arrives and she gives it to me.  I've made a bunch of new mitts, a little baby bolero and that's about it. :(
With each passing year, school seems to take over more and more of my life!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hit the ground runnin'


Well, I have just completed the first full week with my new students and so far so good. I have a smaller class than I've had in the last couple of years at my school (but I'm not complaining!). :)  I went back to work on the 6th and the hubs, my assistant, and I completely and totally changed the look of my room. I haven't taken any decent 'after' shots but I intend to do that soon.  It looks really good. In fact, one of my moms from last year commented on how much nicer the class looks this year. I guess it took me three years to finally feel like it was my own space. 

Both of the trainings I had to endure were awesome but it is a lot of 'newish' things to implement. The great thing about the reading training is everything was in line with what I wanted to do this year anyway! We have yet to fully implement the math piece since there aren't enough hours in a day to accomplish everything! This year we are more about laying the ground work for a strong sense of number.  If you're a teacher, you've been hearing the word subitize for a while now. I first heard it last fall.  If you're a parent, it's something you should know about too!

Home visits began this first full week of school and it has been crazy. I am going to request that rather than starting the first full week of school, maybe we can wait a month into school.  Administration wanted to try something different this year rather than have the teachers wait until October to do them. I am still on the fence about how I feel about doing them now but I can say that it has been tough. 

There has been no knitting and no reading for pleasure around these parts! My sister flew into town the day before school began so we've spent a bit of time together. She has mostly hung out with the hubs!  She left this afternoon to go back home.  I think the next time she'll be back in town is around Christmas.

Just thought I'd check in!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

uninspired

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Well. I haven't enjoyed a book in a number of weeks.  I cast on for something new but I don't even think I like it anymore.  I go back to work on Monday and I've got all these things that I need to get accomplished. Maybe all my inspiration can no longer be found in my hobbies. It seems to have migrated into my classroom. I have painting to do (trim and a wall in my room), chalkboard walls to create, books to sort by genres, and I have to figure out what the heck I'm going to do on the very first day! Maybe after all that has been accomplished, I'll be able to read for pleasure again..and possibly find just the right knitting project. Instead I have been listening/watching the Olympics and I have been watching more Dawson's Creek reruns on Netflix. :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award


It has been a while since I have received an award for my blog. So thank you, Danielle!  I discovered her wonderful blog during the month of April while I was doing the Blogging through A to Z.
The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are:
Create a post for the Versatile Blogger Award. (check)
Add the Versatile Blogger Award. (almost check)
In the same post, thank the blogger who gave you the award and put a link back to their blog (check!)
Nominate 5 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award and inform each nominated blogger by posting a comment on each blog (almost check)
In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
In the same post, include this set of rules.  (check)

Okay, so here are the random facts (hopefully they're new ones!).

1.  I will be a godmother for the first time ever!
2.  I didn't ever play any organized sports as a child.
3.  I will only eat avocado in sushi (because I can't scrape it out) and sometimes in burritos if I forget to ask for no avocado.
4.  When school is out, I like to stay up really super late (try until 3 AM sometimes!).
5.  Miraculously,  I can readjust to getting up early again pretty easily.
6.  I like balancing my checkbook.
7.  I sleep with earplugs.

Now here are my nominees:
1.  Work, Knit Study
2.  Crazy Knitting Fool
3.  Knit & Purl Mama
4.  The Life of a Catholic School Teacher


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

my new favorite shawl

I finished this shawl earlier this month and I had already done a photo shoot but somehow I accidentally deleted the shots I had. So the hubs and I had to do a second photo shoot.
Excuse the hair in the way. I didn't know until after the fact that my hair came out of it's little bun!
So we took more with my hair out of the way!
Now I'm having a hard time figuring out what to knit next..

Monday, July 30, 2012

catching up

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post!  While I've been away, we dog sat, a baby was born, a quick trip down to San Diego was taken, a blanket knit up, the Red Bull US Grand Prix visited, and a baby was visited and hand knits gifted.  Before all of that though, I was feeling a bit like a workaholic!  I had been reading a lot and purchasing books about reading workshops and writing workshops.  Yet over the past two weeks, I haven't been reading as much and school starts up in 18 days!  I need to get cracking.  After my last blog post, I believe that was around the time I agreed to go with my friend down to San Diego because she had never been before and I've been a few times.  We were going for the California State Games.
Well, after agreeing to go to San Diego, then my best friend called to see if I'd be able to be 'on call' for when the baby comes!  She even asked that I be in the delivery room..  Talk about a dilemma.  I ended up going to San Diego because I was the one that offered to go.  She didn't ask me.  I willingly offered my services.  The hubs didn't think it would be cool to back out on her either.   Fortunately, my best friend was okay with that.  The whole experience was pretty cool. I had no idea what a big deal the California State Games were until we got there.  There was even an opening ceremonies at Qualcomm Stadium.  
Now the baby? He came the day before I was to leave for San Diego.  I didn't make it to the delivery.  I had already made plans to go to my school to start to put my class back together.  I ended up doing a LOT of cleaning.  It's funny how last year, I didn't notice anything needing cleaning but this year, yuck!  I have big plans for my room this year though so maybe that's why.
While I was in San Diego, I worked feverishly on the blanket that I had cast on for the day I finished goldfish. I ended up finishing it late last Friday so I was able to block it and have it ready for our visit yesterday!
Here are the gifties for the baby. Mom and Dad loved them.  Dad was impressed with my handiwork. :) 
And here's a glimpse of the new baby!
Oof, before we even went to see the baby, we went to the Grand Prix! 
 This is the car the hubs test drove on the rocky terrain created by the Land Rover guys.  It was small, tight, and insane!  He got to drive the new Evoque.
 There was a cute tee-shirt for kids that said, "My daddy drags his knee."  
 More knee draggers.
 A view of what was on the other side of the course. 
 A different part of the track.
And the checkered flag.
Since we only had tickets for the first day, most of the heats were either practice runs or qualifying ones.  We only really saw the moto gp. I'm not really sure if that's all that was going on or what.  It was fun though. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

goldfish

My best friend whom I have known since middle school is expecting her second child (a boy). We saw her over the 4th of July and the day after I thought, "Holy crap. I didn't even make him anything!" On Tuesday, I spent many hours pouring over my patterns that I have here at home and on ravelry to finally come up with a couple of things. This is the first.
I almost thought that we were going to need to take a trip to Beverly's to find some buttons but I happened to have these in my stash. Thank goodness for my love of goldfish. :) 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

no sugar


Last month, I decided to try out not having any sugar for a month. The hubs and I started earlier this month. Though we have had a little tripping up because to me, sweeteners are considered sugar.  We accidentally had diet coke sometime last week and while we were at my best friend's house, she swore up and down that Coke Zero has no sugar at all.  The only sugar we've been eating is natural sugars from fruit. Can I tell you that it's been hard!  I am a girl, who loves her sweets. I miss having chocolate! I miss eating ice cream!  Now the reason behind going no sugar? Really just to see if we could do it.  The first few days, left us hungry. We noticed that a majority of the snacks we eat are sweet ones (hence the hunger).  The hubs also said that sugar fills you up more.  At least I still have popcorn!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

a quote

I had intended on sharing this quote that I received from goodreads on Saturday but the only thing I had time for that day was downloading all the free teacher created documents I found! In any case, here it is:
Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. 
                                                                                                                             -Carol Shields
Isn't that awesome? I'm so glad I signed up to receive daily quotes!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

the digital age and dawson's creek

I have been watching reruns of Dawson's Creek, season 3 in the wee hours of the night. Season 3 is by far my favorite season and it is when I began to actually watch the show. I boycotted it for the first two seasons. Anyone that knows me knows that I tend to stray away from overly hyped things i.e. Harry Potter (in case you were wondering).  Anyway, it dawned on me that teenagers do not communicate with one another in the same manner that they are portrayed as doing on Dawson's Creek.  Can we get an eye roll here? There's too much subtext and I know it's hard being a teenager but do they really have all those thoughts swirling around in their brain? Here's another thought I had, teenagers now, don't even interact as much as they are seen doing on Dawson's Creek.  I noticed that people weren't glued to cell phones and texting hadn't even been invented yet (or had it?) I long for the days when people used to actually like talking to one another face to face (shudder to think!) or via phone instead of just texting.  Sure it's convenient but don't you think it's one of the reasons teenagers don't know how to speak to adults anymore? That along with facebook, angry birds, and every other game or form of social media has done more than enough to strip this generations ability to speak face to face to people. In fact, respect has been thrown out the window too.  When are people going to stop making it that much more convenient to access the internet? Soon we might be able to just insert a chip into our ears, and presto, a touchscreen will appear out of thin air.  What are we really gaining from being able to access the internet anywhere and everywhere? How about installing wifi in public bathrooms? I know, I'm getting over the top here but seriously? How far are things really going to go?
I leave you with a clip of the last episode that I've watched of Dawson's Creek. Things are just starting to get good!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

my guts are hanging out

Haha. I began this blog (wow, six years ago!) and it has evolved in many ways.  Originally it was just to showcase my knitting.  Life can't be only about knitting-which I soon discovered. My real life started to seep in.  I tried drawing a line between my real life and my craft to have some modicum of privacy.  But then my blog was invaded with so much life, people probably didn't know what to do with it all! Then I scaled back a bit (on the life drama part).  There has been an ebb and a flow to this blog.  This year, I discovered many, many, many teacher blogs (which in real life is what I am if you didn't already know that) and I was overwhelmed.  When I look at my blog list on my google reader, about 80% of the blogs I now keep up with are teacher blogs while 10% focus on food, 5% focuses on crafts, and the other 5% focuses solely on knitting.  How on earth did knitting begin to take such a backseat in my life?  Now I am not posting to announce that this once knitting blog is going to become a teacher blog because I am not as talented as all those other teachers out there in the blog world. Have you seen some of the things they've created out there? They're all over pinterest!!  
Anyway, this is my feeble attempt to let myself know that it is okay to post about anything and everything.  I am not limited to only posting about knitting (as if there has been much of that going on over here)!  In fact, when I did those blogging A-Z challenges, I had the most fun doing those!  So, be on the lookout for more from me (let's hope)!  

Monday, July 2, 2012

remember me?

Well, I can now announce that I'm officially on summer vacation. Before school ended, we had a Casino Night. We won prizes!!
a very cool sand painting. This is what I wanted most of all!
School ended on the 13th of last month with our end of the year picnic.  Some bees decided to join us.
We had a teacher workday the next day and the following week I spent working on my narratives.  The week after that, I had a week-long series of professional development seminars to attend in the afternoon.  It was awesome and I learned so much. It also reaffirmed a number of things which was great.  Now to apply it all this school year-that will be the challenge!
The caterpillars all turned into chrysalises and at one point we had about 30+ butterflies!
This chrysalis
is actually on here!
We transferred the chrysalises to the butterfly house.
 Here's our first butterfly!
 Here's an aerial shot of some of them in their house, eating.
 Here they are hanging out.
 Here they are getting some rays.
I wanted to wait until all the chrysalises had hatched before we released them all (I just figured that would be more efficient) but these butterflies quickly began mating and I did not want to go through the cycle again! So away they flew. 
Now I have been keeping myself busy with some crafts for the classroom.  Currently, I am working on some mod podge clipboards. This isn't the original post that I first saw but it's basically what I have been doing.  I now want enough clipboards for my whole class so for this year, I am going to add clipboards to our wish list.  This year, I would also like to have these and these made for our room.  I am planning to suggest these as projects for parents to do. I can't wait!  
The upcoming school year is going to be different than the last two have been.  This year, I will be the resident Kindergarten teacher extraordinaire because I will have a new teaching partner who has never done this grade level before!  It's exciting and for once, I am thinking ahead and trying to get things ready before the new school year begins in about a month and a half!