Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I'm all done with this semester--phew!--and am all set for next! Unfortunately, the boys have been sick sick sick, and I have a lot to sanitize.
I have done some knitting, and have started a crochet project I really think is cool. (It's filet!) I haven't taken photos yet, but will soon!
Really, I'm dropping a line to say I'm on face book. Wanna be my friend? (I reserve the right to deny you on the basis of looks, religion, politics, personality, and taste in music, tv, movies, or jokes.) I'm Christina Donaghy, if you are interested!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Last week--for the WHOLE week--I dealt with a stomach bug that hit my oldest. It pretty much stayed with him the whole week. Next, my five year old got sick....the day we were supposed to leave to visit family. That same day, the youngest got sick. I spent the entire week up to my elbows in ick. I've done so much laundry--the piles of waiting-to-be-folded clothes teeter in their baskets, threatening to topple.
Last week's time was important to me. I needed that time to work on two research papers. The first paper is due tomorrow. I've been working my behind off the last two days trying to catch up on the valuable time I've missed.
On the bright side, school is almost over for this semester. This weekend I'm going away for Thanksgiving. One whole week in which I am not responsible for cleaning house or cooking! (I'll help my in-laws, of course!) I can sleep in, pig out, catch up on my knitting! I CAN'T WAIT! I just need to get through this week.
I have one other little thing to report. I've finally gotten my hands on a WiiFit! I loooovee it! I haven't had much time to play with it, but I like it so far!
So, that's all for now. I'll probably be MIA for the next two weeks, but I'll post pictures after returning from New York! I always get such good photos!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Knitting--no pics to show, but I've made very little (but some!) progress on Sean's hat. The sense of urgency is gone because the last few days have been warm. I'm slowly working on it, though.
Fitness--had some progress last week. Sean was invited to a birthday party on Sunday, so I did plenty of running around then. (The party was at the playground.) And we mustn't forget Friday. Walking was involved then.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Phew, it's nice to just "be myself" every now and then!
So, there it is! Your belated Halloween fun! More posting later!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This is her after the cake...
She had fun, to say the least!
On to progress!
Okay, I moved backward on Aaron's scarf, froggin' the whole damn thing. I redeemed myself, though, finishing it...in a different style. I ended up crocheting it. It went a whole lot faster, giving me the extra time to work on his hat!
As you can see, I'm not totally finished. I still have to weave in ends and start on mittens BUT before I do that, I'm starting on Sean's hat. This is what it looks like now:
I'm doing his hat first, scarf, second, and then mittens. I'm on a time line here. The weather is already horribly cold (for October, at least), and, again, Autumn catches me off guard. Every year I vow to knit up the winter stuff before winter and end up squeaking the stuff out--if I'm lucky--by mid-January. Not this year! My kids will not be cold...or wear mismatched hats and scarves (which is usually what happens.)
Crafty progress? There is some. Not much, but some. No picture, though. (Sorry!)
Healthy progress: I'm still eating better. Not great, but better. I made an awesome batch of Iced Pumpkin Cookies on Sunday. (I like to bake on Sunday, for some reason.) They were too good (not bragging), which led me to eat many of them. But, they were made with pumpkin, so I'm sure they were vitamin packed! ;-)
Weight, about the same.
Fitness? I've actually been working out. A little. I've been sneaking yoga in when the beast is a sleep. (Maggie is very clingy, lately.)
Homework? I took two tests. I scored a 94.5% on my math test, and I don't have my grade for government yet. Started planning out my two papers due next month.
That's it for now. Maggie is having a meltdown about something. (She really just wants to be held.)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Progress at school...it's progressing! :) Actually, I'm doing fairly well even though I feel so overwhelmed at times I just want to quit! (Don't worry. No one will let me.) I'm halfway through the semester, I have the majority of my field observation hours taken care of, and math--which I thought was going to suck--er, be difficult--is actually my favorite class! I've also planned out my courses for next semester. I'm going to take another education course, environmental science, statistics, and either World or British Literature. (Any suggests on which?)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I also think of skulls and skeletons. I like comical skeletons, like those in "Army of Darkness."
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Tuesday I spent time in Aaron's class. I got to supervise one of the work group tables. The kids had to cut out a leaf, glue it to this paper, then give three words that describe the leaf. The had to attempt to spell the words, and I would go behind them and write what they were spelling underneath the word. How could I mess it up?
It was almost time to switch groups, and I told the child in front of me that he needed to hurry up and put the last word down because we were about to change groups. He gave me a confused, worried look. I repeated, "just write down you last word. What's the leaf look like?" Mind you, I wasn't being mean, but I was pushing him a little. Well, his eyes started to water, and he did that breathing thing kids down when they want to stop the tears before they start. I immediately noticed, and as if in slow motion, I said, "noooooooo," followed by a few small "oh no. No. No-no." Too late. The child started bawling. I felt HORRIBLE. I think I teared up, too. I called the teacher over, and she said, "it's okay. This has happened before," and she whisked him away to the tissues.
This ruined the rest of my Tuesday. I felt like a crappy person the rest of the day. I was so sad! I could almost feel his worry and embarrassment as he tried to hold those tears back! Aw, I feel terrible just thinking about it.
So, today I'm heading back to the class. I'm the "mystery reader" today. Not only do I have residual guilt from my last classroom visit, but I'm going to have to sit in front of the entire class and read a book. I'm nervous. My husband laughed at me and said I could read on a 1st grade level and they would still be impressed--they're only kindergartners! True, but what if I mess up?
Next week I'm back in the work group chair, helping (if you could call it that) the kids. What am I going to change to make things better? I'm going not going to rush anyone. I'll remove all sense of urgency from my voice. (Yeah. I don't have an f-ing clue.)
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
What I did do this weekend:
I baked cookies (oatmeal ones), I watched two movies--I even got some knitting done!
What will I do today?
I plan on more knitting. Maybe some crafting, since I did some knitting yesterday. Maybe some reading.
And to cap of the evening, I am going to watch the season premieres of two great shows, one of which I have been looking forward to since last season ended...DEXTER. :) Ooooh...I love Dexter Morgan! Great books, great show!
Anyhow, I'm off to continue my wonderful weekend of NOTHING! All stress-inducing activities resume tomorrow. (Bah.)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I bought the yarn one Sunday (I remember it was Sunday because football was on) because I was sooooo antsy and ready to have the pregnancy O-V-E-R!! I thought knitting a blanket would take my mind off of things.
Just think, if I stuck with the blanket, it would be done by now! I will finish it...eventually. (For her sweet 16, maybe?)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Good day, all!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Since I'm not a big fan of blog posts without pictures, here is an old sketch I recently scanned on to my computer. (BTW, I now have a scanner!!!!!)
Oh, and there is a slight chill in the air...I almost feel like breaking out my needles...I should. It would relax me. I need something to ease the stress. Stress physically manifests itself on my body--I have rheumatoid arthritis. Whenever I encounter a lot of stress, my body reacts. Sucks. It's actually a vicious cycle. Stress causes pain, which causes more stress, which causes more pain. Exercise helps. Yoga helps. Meditation helps...but who has time for that? I will, once I join a gym. I learned that exercising at home is IMPOSSIBLE with an almost 1 year old. Try doing a downward dog while someone is crawling under you, as if you were an overpass.
Wow. I'm a little chatty today.
Here's another picture. The Tin Man is my son. For reasons I'll never understand, he thought it would be a good idea to take my silver stamp pad and paint himself. (This gives me an idea for a Halloween Costume.)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It is 7am and I am drained. I haven't even started the day yet and I want to end it. I spent all day yesterday stressing out over an outline for a debate. Now I can turn my attention to a Field Observation essay I have to complete by...tomorrow. Not to mention, I haven't done any of my "regular" work for this week. Blah!
A little back story:
I'm going to school to become an Elementary Teacher. One of my classes this semester requires 10 hours of field time. I did my first on Tuesday. I helped out with work groups for my son's kindergarten class.
When I first decided to become a teacher, I didn't want to do Elementary. Then my oldest entered school, and I would love the atmosphere of the school every morning when I would bring him in. It brought back so many memories! Those first years of school were so exciting! But, I thought, I don't want to do kindergarten. I want kids who can read so I can share my love of books with them. (Originally, I wanted to be an English teacher.)
Well, I would like to say I was wrong. Kindergarten is GREAT! The kids were so cool! And how excited was I when some of the kids could read a few words! It dawned on me then, as they enthusiastically approached their work, and upon finishing the work, reached for books, that Kindergarten is where you begin to love school. It is the first year--the first impression! It is the year that sets the tone for the rest! And yes, you can learn to love books in that first year. It's only week four (0r five?) and the kids have learned a few words!
So, I feel better in my decision to do Elementary. What a wonderful time!