Sunday, November 16, 2008

Knit Two

About a month and a half ago my advance copy of Knit Two by Kate Jacobs arrived. I was thrilled but cautious about when I would actually have the chance to crack it open. Well, during the last two days of my student teaching experience, I did just that. I wasn't teaching and I didn't have lessons to plan, so during my free periods I read.

Knit Two is a return to the gang from The Friday Night Knitting Club. Five years has passed and changes are underfoot. Not only is it a return to familiar characters, it is a return to a better story than the author's second novel. It was almost a relief to me to dig into this novel after my disappointment with her last (not that I didn't like Comfort Food, but my expectations may have been too high).

This is a light, easy read, so if you are into knitting and/or stories of friendship and women, this might be a book you want to check out. Read The Friday Night Knitting Club first though.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Last Day

Today was my last day of student teaching. My host teacher took back the class yesterday with the start of a new unit. She expressed great sorrow at my departure and will be writing me a reference letter to add to my credential file.

Now I have the weekend to pound out some schoolwork of my own before returning to work on Monday. I will be returning to an office that has gone through a system upgrade that I am not familiar with and to an additional eight or so temporary staff that were hired for me in my absence. I don't relish the idea of supervising an entire staff that knows more about the new process than I do.

I am, however, thrilled to be able to start using my big purse again. Since I didn't want to have it in the classroom with me, I've been constantly without some essential item that would've been in it if only I'd had it with me. Money, credit cards, chapstick, the essentials that never made it into my school bag after the weekend. No more hassles of that nature at least.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Panty Pursuit

I am always in search of the perfect pair of panties. The elastic bands often irritate my skin. I do not want them to rise too high or too low. I often buy a pair to try, determine them to be worthy, and then buy a pile of them, only later to discover that I don't actually find them to be comfortable with extended exposure. I've been wanting to try the so-called boy shorts, so I picked up a two-pack at Tar-jay this weekend. They are comfortable (so far) but weird. They are long in the leg like the boxer briefs some men folk wear. I probably would get used to having to pull down the legs each time I pull my pants up, but I don't know if I want to bother. I certainly don't feel sexy in them, that's for sure. Maybe I need to try the shorter ones that look like hot pants.

Does anyone have any fabulous suggestions on panties I should try?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I Love Your Blog

Momma Val has bestowed the I Love Your Blog award on me. I am honored and tickled pink. It's always nice to know people enjoy reading what I'm writing.

Part of accepting this award is:
  • Displaying the award.
  • Linking back to the person who gave it to you.
  • Paying it forward & nominating 7 blogs.
  • Leaving comments on their blogs telling them they’ve received one.
  • Enjoying the award.
As soon as I can figure out how to display the award I will. I'm having a slow moment. As for my 7 nominees:
  1. Lake Loop
  2. No Polar Coordinates
  3. Smellyann Strikes Again
  4. Just Crazy Enough to Try
  5. That Silly Mommy
OK, that's all I've got. For 6 & 7, I'd give the award to Momma Val and Squirrel Chatter, but they already got it.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Urban Dictionary Meme

As seen on Smellyann's blog.

Rules: Go to and type in your answer to each question in the search box in the top right corner and then write the first definition it gives you!
(this is not kid friendly so beware of words and sentences little eyes should not see)

1. What is your name?
Very Beautiful, simple the hottest.
Her personality is very kind and generous. Never met another person as wonderful as Nadine
"Wow your so beautiful almost as good as Nadine!!"

(As most of you know, this is not my real name. I was going to put just the definition of my RL name, but any fool would've been able to guess it in a heartbeat.)

2. Your age?
A wanksta flip guy that gets 32% in school
Shane is 32.

3. One of your friends?
An awesome girl who likes to be ghetto, and pulls it off even when white. Generally pretty.
"Melanie is beautiful."

"And Ghetto."

4. What should you be doing?
Homework: (Noun) a punishment given to students by evil teachers after the students have already put in 7 hours of hard labor.

5. Favorite color?
yes... it is most definitely referring to the marijuana... and also, upon occasion, any substance with similar uses. too, properly, of course, it is a golfing term, but that's really not very much fun, now is it?
'yo, where da green at?'

6. Hometown?
The pot-smoking capitol of ****.
i live in **** and i have a neighbor whose garage is literally stacked wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling with boxes filled with bags of weed. he sells it from his house during the week and goes to Canada on the weekends to get more. welcome to the pot-smoking capitol of ****.

7. Month of your birthday?
a female of wise words. Often regarded as a "panda" person. These types of females are very energetic and friendly, and when you see these types of girls down, you feel down too.
hey, dont feel so down. That's not very april of you.

(There was no definition that referred to the month, not the name.)

8. Last person you talked to?
noun. A person identified as an easy target, or "sucker". A mark is always the short end of a joke or scam, and is never let in on whats going on. A mark is usually being cheated out of money. It's origin is from old English traveling carnivals from the late 1800s to early 1900s, where workers would refer to people paying to see their made up shows and games a "mark". not from urban gangsters like most people think. Mark is also the origin to the term "smark" or "smart mark" which is a person who know's he/she is being scammed.
This town has a lot of marks.

9. What did you eat last?
a. A stunt performed in a car.
b. Breakfast of champions, admired by Homer J. Simpson.
c. Cop food.
d. Love hole.

10. Your nickname?
Someone who manages to make a conversation boring, often by bringing statistics into it.
A **** can also bring silence to the liveliest of parties or social gatherings.
John: Are you guys going to the concert?
Bill: Did you know that over 50% of concerts are held in bars.
Everybody: Silence
John: Bill, your such a ****.

11. Your significant other?
a pronoun used in place of a persons real name when one doesn't know the name, is too lazy to say the name, or just wants to say ****. Is often used in conjunction with curse words and/or words describing a woman's attributes.

Commonplace at WT Woodson HS in NoVA
SHit! Look at those bitches titties ****.


Naw, fuck that shit **** you know im too lazy.

(I realize that this meme may have been more entertaining with all RL info left in. Too bad, so sad.)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A Privilege

I stood behind one man, as he chatted with the volunteers behind the desk. I briefly reviewed the layout I would see in the booth. I'm always worried I'll get in there and not know where my people are. That was not the case though. I pulled the curtain closed behind me and took a deep breath. I carefully took hold of the lever and closed my eyes. I'm not the praying sort, but I took a moment to reflect on the importance of this action. I'd been waiting 8 long years for this moment. Then I pulled the lever for president of the United States of America. I made my other choices and stepped back. I just wasn't ready to leave yet. I took it all in and then carefully pulled the handle to open the curtain. It was over too soon.