Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
What is not well and is mostly dead is my internet connection. We piggyback on the ministry network and the middle of last week, all of a sudden, we weren't getting a signal. The IT guy came over, still intermittent coverage. And now, nothing.
What's a girl to do? Pack up the laptop, run over to John's office and post a quick note.
So, yeah, I'm ok, just wirelessless.
Chaplain Dan came Thursday night and left Sunday morning. He was attending some kind of Army training in the area, and we enjoyed seeing him briefly each evening.
Mia came up on the train on Friday (doesn't that sound romantic?) and in the afternoon we took a quick trip over to LA's Fashion District to look for material. She found some sweet material for a summer dress--$1.00 yard! My wool for felting is harder to find and so, more expensive. But one piece is an incredible purplish blue. Then on Saturday morning we drove to Sun City, in the desert east of San Diego, for a bridal shower, over the mountains to Oceanside, where Mia caught the Coaster back to Chula Vista. I drove home and pulled into the driveway a tired little kitty. Almost 200 miles. But the shower was fun and lovely and I was pleased to be included in the festivities.
Alas, no photos. BUT the Beaches Blanket is eleven blocks from completion!
Monday, February 19, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
This is how I spend my mornings. I help students do things like identify vowel sounds so they can sound out and read words. We work on "i" sounds, move on to "a" and "e". Next week, we'll review them so we are sure we can always identify these sounds wherever we might find them--in books, on billboards, on cereal boxes, in stores--the options are limitless! My goal: these kids will move into adulthood with confidence in their abilities to succeed.
I've realized that I will never change the world. If I change one kid's prospects for a successful life and career, I myself am successful in my job.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
So, in honor of the 100th day of school I shall attempt to accomplish 100 chores around my house this morning. Here is a partial list:
make up guest bed
clear off dining table
put away extra yarn
put away extra needles
take out recycle
organize seeds for planting
plant flower seeds
search for photo of recently deceased friend to send to his family
call two friends
write three thank you notes
call in rx to RiteAid
sweep leaves off cement walk on side of my house
21 so far. I'll be lucky to get 10 done.
22. reduce amount of tea in my cupboard
23. use up more yarn
24. take more digital photos
I have a vacation day on Monday. It's so much fun to think about what I want to do with another vacation day...
Monday, February 12, 2007
The weekend was busy. On Saturday morning we rode our bikes 11 1/2 miles. I am definitely out of shape for biking. Walking uses a different set of muscles. I need to cross train more.
Friday, February 09, 2007
and recuperating from my dentist visit this morning.
and helping with a wedding reception, then attending it.
and having coffee with friends after the reception.
I am writing up the instructions for my entrelac swatch. I've realized that the only way I'm going to get in writing correctly is to knit another swatch and write as I go. I'm on the second set of triangles/rectangles, have three more 'sets' to write.
I also restitched the duplicate stitch on the duplicate stitch swatch. It looks much better. I blocked it yesterday and now it's drying on the ironing board.
Last night we walked about 2.5 miles. It was a short one because we had small group meeting last night and we just walked down to 28th st and then on to Jefferson and then back up to 28th. Then after small group we walked home along Vermont so we could stop at Ralph's for milk and bananas. This living close to stores and work is a great thing. We are walking so much more, saving gas money and depreciation on our six year old car.
Weekend knitting will include more work on the Beaches Blanket, entrelac swatch, and I think a try on Roxie's square beret. Thanks, Roxie, for sharing the pattern. I will never reach anywhere near the same level of creativity and design quality of your work.
Dear readers, Roxie is the most amazing woman who taught me to spin and encouraged me to do the TKGA certifications in hand knitting, and every day I think of her and thank her in my mind (except for the days I have a tantrum over how difficult one of the swatches is and then I want to throw sharp and heavy things at her effigy). Roxie is my knitting mentor and when she produces yet another incredible piece of work that uses design ideas I can't even imagine trying and says they're easy, I know I'll never be a true master knitter like Roxie. I remember back in the day when she pulled out a mobius scarf she was knitting and I just stared. How did she do that??? And now she's a published writer of fantasy books. Sanna, Sorceress Apprentice is her first book. If you like fantasy and any kind of needlecraft, you'll like this book.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I am pulling out and redoing a duplicate stitch swatch because I see a couple of small problems with my duplicate stitches looking like they are twisted. So. If I sent it in anyway, it MIGHT pass. I found a couple of stitches in my intarsia swatch where my yarn split and I decided I'm not going to redo it because it doesn't affect my intarsia pattern at all. But the swatch that requires me to do all kinds of decrease stitches with yarn overs is confusing and I think I messed up a couple of decreases, so I'm going to look it over and probably rework it. The entrelac is going as is. If I have to redo it later, so be it. I'm sick of it for now.
I remember that in doing the research for the history of knitting report in level 2, I researched off and on for A YEAR! Admittedly, I was also moving and teaching, but eventually I had to laugh at myself. Enough already. This is a TWO PAGE REPORT!
In other late breaking news, our heater seems to be broken again. It is blowing cold air out the vents even though the whole thing is turned off. This is the same problem we had in November. One may think that not having a heater in Los Angeles is no big deal. But our nights do get cold and I for one do not enjoy sitting around in a house where the temperature is 52 degrees. It is not sunny this morning. All I see out our kitchen window are very slow cars on the 10 Fwy and gray sky.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Another to do sweater will be going to my great niece, LAJ, who just turned one year old. She is going to get a sweater and hat combo in rich, yummmmmy chocolate brown with an accent color for fun.
I am feeling the push to get more done on the level three certification. My biggest obstacle is my perfectionism. Each item must be as perfect as I can make it, so I reknit, tink, frog and redesign way too much. I should just get on with it, huh?
My goal is to work 15 minutes every day on the certification. Maybe if I do it in baby steps I'll actually finish.
I have registered to participate in the L.A. Marathon 5K walk on March 4th! A school friend is registered, too. I've been walking almost every day. Tonight John and I did 4 miles. Last night I didn't walk but instead I did two 15 minutes sessions on my elliptical machine because everyone knows that a woman by herself should not be walking the streets on South Central LA after dark and John was teaching his class at the Union Rescue Mission at 5th and San Pedro. John registered for the LA Marathon bike tour--22 miles. He rode 8.5 miles this afternoon.
Monday, February 05, 2007
I was able to do some knitting in the car as we traveled around visiting. The Beaches Blanket is growing.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
I am getting the house ready for company. John's cousins are coming tomorrow from Ioway and will stay several days. Room in back is ready for company. Soup is cooked for tomorrow's lunch, laundry is caught up, house is clean (thanks to a friend who needs a little extra cash right now-that symbiotic relationship again). And we have ordered warm weather for the weekend-the forecast is for highs in the 80s.
I taught the letter "f" this morning as well as played sight word bingo. Then I had some soup at school and came on home. I've been running around for 4+ hours and I just realized I'm pooped. So I have my choc hotolate and I'm getting ready to knit a few rows on the blanket.
I also felted three red sweaters, one pink sweater and a brown blanket this afternoon. Guess what I'm going to do with those??
A word of explanation about the Gray Kitten-- I 'think' he meant gray kitchen, but you know you can never be sure so maybe I should check, huh?