Tuesday, September 29, 2009
You can see a video of the project and photos of the dogs dressed in their finery!
AND... Abby and I won a "Cheerful Applique and Handwork" prize for our summery daisy scarf!
If you comment on Kelee's post by October 1st, you will be entered in a draw and another $1.00 for each comment will be donated to help animals in need.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Today's party started at 10 am. I had a little trouble finding the house because it's in an area of town that I rarely visit. But I made it there on time and very much enjoyed myself at the party. The hostess (who is also the consultant), Vicki, made wonderful corn chowder and mini carrot cake muffins while we were there, demonstrating many of the products. What a great lunch!
So, what did I buy? I bought a chopper - the OnlyChild has been asking for one of these for a while and it would have come in handy when I was making all that salsa.
I bought a mini muffin pan - also at the request of the OnlyChild. She can make mini cupcakes in this and I know I'll use it too.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Pat at Silver Thimble is having a wonderful givaway to celebrate her 150th post. I hope you go and visit her, even if it means you reduce my chance of winning! Every time I see "Pat of Silver Thimble" I always think of the L.M. Montgomery (author of Anne of Green Gables) book, Pat of Silver Bush. I loved that book when I was a young girl. Little did I know I would grow up to marry a man from the same island as Lucy Maud. Since Mr. P and I met, I've had the chance to visit all the Prince Edward Island tourist sites based on her books, including the house that inspired Silver Bush.
But that's not what this post is about, is it? Here's another great giveaway: Go and visit Gene at Gene Black an Alabama Artist to help him celebrate his 250th post and the arrival of a new 'baby' (the easiest kind of baby - no diapers to change, just bobbins).
And it's the weekend. I'm supposed to be marking. In fact, I have assignments piled all over and they're getting in the way of me playing on the computer. I get sidetracked easily, though, which is why the marking has been shoved aside so I can blog. Better get back to it even though I have other, more important (fun) things on my to-do list, like finishing that "Let it Snow" quilt which has been nicely laid out on the spare room bed for months, waiting for me to sew the blocks together. Oh, it's been hanging around for such a looonnnnggg time now.
As my mother always said, There's no rest for the wicked. I wonder if she was actually talking about me when she said that. Hmmm...
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
It was part of Kelee's scarf decorating project that raised funds for homeless animals. Kelee reached her goal and now is celebrating with a party!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
- I have 127 days left in my 30s. Well... 126 if you consider that today is pretty much over. Ouch.
- I am not enjoying the course I am taking. I don't understand it, I'm not interested in it, the textbook is boring, and the people in the class are pretentious.
The first revelation came about during announcements at school today when the 'prayer person' said that there are only 100 days left in 2009. Have you been living your resolutions? How's that 2009 to-do list looking? (Mine is on the right hand side of the page... still many projects unfinished and unstarted.)
The second big awakening occurred about 5 minutes ago when I felt the panic rise inside me again. I'm trying to write my online posts for the course and I have only tonight and maybe Friday night to do 4 of them. I'm reading the chapter in the textbook and I keep having to re-read paragraphs because it simply makes no sense to me. When I read, I take notes so the information sticks in my brain for later use. It's not working! The text is 403 pages long and I'm sure that 400 of those pages are complete bullsh*t.
Boy, I'm just full of insights today...
Monday, September 21, 2009
Still piles of other stuff to finish, but it feels soooo good to be able to check this one off the list!
And it only took a cup of tea and one chocolate bar.
That's me to the right, sitting at the computer. Of course, I wasn't wearing a dress to get this work done. I was in my comfiest clothes and my booties!
Aren't these the cutest? Adult booties. My friend Erminia's Nona (Italian grandmother) made them. While we were in Jesolo (near Venice), Erminia's aunt visited her bringing a pile of pairs of these in an array of colours. I got first pick!
They're so nice and warm. My feet were freezing, even though it's a nice-ish day outside. The weather has been strange lately. Mr. P removed our air conditioner from the bedroom because we were sure that Fall had arrived. He had to re-install it a couple of days later because it was unbearable in our room at night. Our bedroom is tucked up under the eaves of the house - hot in summer, cold in winter. We're going to wait until at least next week before we put the air conditioner away again!
Happy Autumn, everyone!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
When the OnlyChild was younger, I went to all of those meetings, too. It was easy for me, though. From Kindergarten to grade 2, Mr. P and I both worked in the same school that she attended (it was K-12) and from grades 3 to 5, we lived in a small town and knew all her teachers socially as well as professionally. The junior high years were a little different, but I still made the attempt to attend as often as I could. Rarely did I hear from her teachers, though, with good news or bad news. They were not good at keeping parents informed. Since she attends the school where I teach now, I hear everything... whether I want to or not (and quite often, I do not want to know what's going on...).
Our school is different, as some of you know. I work in a self-directed program. We don't have regular classes (seminars once or twice a week) and there are no homerooms. Instead, the students all have Teacher Advisors. When I get a new student in my group, I set up a meeting with the parents and the student; these usually take place in June or August, before the new school year begins. I become the school contact for those parents. If they have a question about their child, regardless of the course it pertains to, they call me - not the course teacher - and I find out what they need to know. The parents love this system because it simplifies the contacts. I have to stay in touch with the parents throughout the year, by phone or email, to let them know how their child is doing. Some parents want to hear from me every week; some prefer once a year. I let them decide the frequency.
So... no wonder we have such a poor turnout at Meet the Teacher night. The parents have already met the one person at their child's school that they need to know. And we're in regular contact.
Plus, it's a high school, and it's a well-known fact that parental interest in education decreases as the child gets older.
Okay, onto other things...
I marked assignments for three hours today. I had a meeting at 9:00, then I came home and made coffee and was at my desk by 11:00 am. I told myself I 'd work for two hours and then take a break, but I really wanted to get through the whole pile so I kept on going.
When I was done, I finished my September Bunny Hill block:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Not much has been happening in the sewing room, other than frantic typing of tests and learning guides on the computer and even more frantic marking of assignments. I'm even at the point where I'm trying to combine my leisure activities with school work - marking while watching Glee in the OnlyChild's room Wednesday night, choosing the movie Sicko as our Saturday night entertainment because I had to preview it before I show it to my grade 12 Social Studies class, taking my marking into the porch in order to enjoy this beautiful sunny Sunday.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
I made Fresh Summer Salsa. Want the recipe? Okay, I know Pat and Sara don't want the recipe, but others might. ☺
Fresh Summer Salsa
4 large tomatoes, diced
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp white vinegar
pinch of pepper
2 pinches of salt
Combine all ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips or (my favourite) pita chips.
Pita chips? Take a pita; cut it in eighths then peel the layers apart. Place on a cookie sheet, spray with cooking spray, and bake in 350 oven until slightly browned. Yummy - and much healthier than tortilla chips.
This salsa will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for a week, give or take a couple of days.
Sorry, no photo. I'm too lazy to trek downstairs with the camera right now.
Plus... I have other things on my mind. Such as...
After searching high and low in bookstores across the city and not being able to get my paws on a copy of Blogging for Bliss, I was prepared to order online. But now I don't have to.
The lovely Jeanne of A Bushel and a Peck picked my name ~ MY NAME ~ in her draw for the book. I'm so excited. Thank you, Jeanne. Thank you! I'm so looking forward to curling up with this book during my (ahem) spare time some weekend.
And speaking of spare time, it's becoming rare around here. I picked up the marking from my mailbox today and it is ~ no exaggeration ~ about 5 inches tall. The kids have only been in school for a few days. Little keeners. I wish they'd slow down. Arrggghhh. It's so busy at work!
Yeah... so why am I messing around on the computer...? Sigh.
(I won, I won!) ☺
Monday, September 07, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Back to school... the grade 10 students arrived on Wednesday, all eager, excited and nervous. There were no grade 11s or 12s there that day, so they had the teachers all to themselves for orientation. As I've mentioned before, I teach in a self-directed program, so the system is a bit different for students who have been used to traditional classrooms and bell schedules.
Now, lest you think my job is easier than being in a classroom all day, consider this: In one of my 'classes' I have 65 students. That would never happen in a traditional system. No way. Well, except for that year I had 54 students in grade 10 English class. Yeah, that was fun.
Anyway... We do teach some classes. We have 'seminars' every week for each class we teach. I also teach one class every day (80 minutes) in the upgrading program. The rest of the time we are working on the 'learning floor' providing one-on-one help to students. And marking. And writing learning materials. And taking care of our 16-20 'advisees'. We are responsible for their education plan, schedules, contact with parents, giving them a much-needed kick in the butt every so often, counselling when they have personal problems, etc.
My school is a very busy place to work!
Now it's the weekend. It's a glorious, sunny Saturday. I have lots of work to do, but not today. Maybe later. Today, I'm going to try to enjoy a bit of relaxation. Maybe go to the gym (I've been neglecting/avoiding it this week), perhaps take the OnlyChild to a movie. She wants to see The Time Traveller's Wife. The book was excellent!
And did you see the new t.v. show Glee? I hardly ever watch television, but Mr. P was away Wednesday evening so the remote control was in my hands. The OnlyChild and I really enjoyed Glee. I think we might have to pencil it in on our calendars for the rest of the year.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Anyway, as the saying goes, I'm back in the saddle.
We've had two days of meetings and... church. We all attend an opening mass at the beginning of the school year. I took this photo with my cell phone from the choir loft (I was in the choir). People were just starting to file in around 8:30 this morning.
The mass is held in the professional concert hall downtown. It's a beautiful facility with great acoustics. There were about 25 of us in the choir plus two cantors, an organist, and a 9-piece brass band.
Tomorrow is the first day with students. The grade 10 students come for orientation, then on Thursday grade 11 and 12 students have their first day. It will be busy. Yep, we hit the ground running!
Teaching: Wimps Need Not Apply!