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Archive for February 2008

Well, I made it through the first week of school relatively unscathed. The first three days were filled with meetings and some time to prepare to educate the yoof. We had a very interesting session about giftedness which made me think about how I can better cater for those kids in the classroom. This year I seem to have kids that range from very low to very high ability, so it should be interesting trying to make sure all of them are engaged and learning! Apart from a fight that I had to get in the middle of and having a go at the ‘jocks’ and the ’emos’ for hating each other, it all went pretty smoothly. The classroom stuff was great! Not too many yawns!

I have done a tiny bit of knitting. I finished one button band on the black cardigan. I am thinking at this point that I will not put buttonholes in the band, but will make a loop and just have one button at the bottom of the ‘v’ and then it won’t look so blasted big. Either that or eat pizza every night for a month! I will try to get the cardigan finished this week (one button band should be achievable!) and take a picture as soon as it’s done, even if it looks bad!

I have been working on this too:

I really like it. Very fine and soft.

Apart from that, nothing. I have zonked off for a disco nap two nights this week – Friday between 6pm and 9pm. Then I fell asleep yesterday afternoon as well. I am out of form, that’s for sure. I have been watching quite a lot of television – lots to see! I really enjoyed Underbelly (sorry Victorians – it’s really good!), and the final of Beauty and the Geek (I have been addicted from the start – guilty secret!!), and got straight back into the swing of Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters. As well, I managed to see how well the horrible teens featured in last year’s Brat Camp turned out, ready for a new series. I wonder if they’re taking nominations? If I’m not careful, I’ll have square eyes!

I have been reading though! I got these books from the library after reading a thread about our fantastic library system in the Tasmanian Knitters group on Ravelry:

All three knitting books have some things that I like. Fitted Knits has some little chunky cardigans that I would benefit from owning. The Felted Knits book is okay – but I think the only thing I might knit would be the ballet slippers. And the Classic Knits book also has quite a few things that might just make it to the queue.

Also on Ravelry, Fi mentioned this book:

I am about a quarter of the way through, and it is certainly food for thought. A year only buying the bare necessities is quite appealing to me at the moment for a few reasons – interest rates, petrol prices, the increased cost of living . . . and our plan to go to Thailand next year to celebrate a decade of marriage! We were thinking of having a big party but decided it might be much more fun to have a second honeymoon! Yay! And in that spirit, we are going to start keeping track of what comes into the house, and what goes out. We have a small house, three children and far too much crap! The Spunk has a week before Uni goes back and his mission is to rid us of some of the crap. I will keep you posted.


Back to work tomorrow! This is an interesting time, because it’s great to catch up with colleagues and see how much the kids have grown over the holidays; to welcome a new batch of Grade 7 students into the school and start predicting what their contributions will be; to meet new people; to see time stretching ahead with the promise of achieving great things with the students this year. It also a bit sad because we get so busy and I have been so blessed this holiday to have spent so much time with my family relaxing and doing only what we really wanted to do. We have watched lots of movies, read lots of books, been crafty and generally mooched into the year. This year all three kids will be at full time school, and we will hit the ground running this week I guess.

Our mini holiday to Coles Bay was so fantastic and lovely. I had never been to that part of the East Coast before and found it completely gorgeous. We were staying within the national park and could walk to the beach in about two minutes. We also set off over the mountain to Wineglass Bay, which was very isolated and I spent some time imagining what it would have been like when the whalers were there, filling the water with blood. Amazing to think! I am such a history nerd!

The walk over to the beach took about an hour – up, up, up, up, up and then down, down, down, down. I had an epiphany after about ten minutes. Sitting on your backside for most of your leisure time is VERY bad for fitness. Holy crow, I almost died. All of these fit backpacking types (you know, those brown lean people?) were bounding past us speaking in foreign tongues. I translated for the Spunk . . . “Ooh, Hans, look at the half dead woman sitting on the rock!” My legs are just recovering, a week later. Ouch! However, I am proud of myself for keeping on going, and for making it back again! Some photos:

And the view from the house where we stayed:


And knitting . . . well, I have almost finished the Basic Black cardigan (button bands in progress) and it is slightly large-ish for me, so I am trying to decide whether to wear it belted – which could work – or to throw it in the drier and see what happens. Bugger. I knew it was going to be too big when I had finished the back. It seems that all my care over the CPH and the wonderous time I had making that has meant I slipped back into my old slack ways! Because apparently it’s okay with me if I spend freaking hours knitting something that won’t fit! Geez Louise!

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