Monday, November 20, 2006

Day One:

The Sheep can now say that she is officially 1/2 way through her two days of Teacher Workshops! How did it go? Well, in the four years I've worked in this school district, I can honestly say I've had worse. Last year, for example, I had a staff meeting go horribly wrong and had to miss the second day to have a little date with my dentist. I'm not sure which was worse: the staff meeting or the root canal. At least I got some of the sweet, sweet Vicodin for the root canal...

Of the four sessions I attended today, one was actually pretty good. The rest were lackluster. The worst of this is that I signed up for much of the day's offerings. This little on-line registration process is one that I unfailingly screw up and I have never once managed to finagle my way into one of the more interesting workshops. I suspect that those with whom I attend these sessions are in the same boat and this does not for good behavior make. By virtue of our tardiness in registering, we are like those kids we all remember from high school: uninterested, tardy and shameless in our disdain for those who are actually enjoying the learning experience. I however, being a fairly decent human being/sheep, really do try to put a good face on the whole thing if only for the sake of the presenter. After all, I spend 5 days a week trying to impart words of wisdom to little minds that would rather be playing X-box. I can relate. Others do not necessarily feel this way. I spent a good chunk of my day wondering if the ladies behind me would consider ending their fascinating discussion over nothing in particular for a price. And what that price might be...a hundred dollars? A thousand? The opportunity to not be poked in the eye by a knitting needle?

But that's not what you're here for, now is it? You're wondering just how much knitting the average Sheep can get done while in these little educational concentration camps? Well, lemme tellya! I arrived at the high school with a four inch scarf. An infant, really.


And was able to add another twenty-six inches over the course of the day. I gots me a teen-aged scarf!
Yeah...there was a whole bunch of sittin' time. Loooooong stretches. I think I may actually have this thing done tomorrow! It seems a little "plain" to me, though. I may add a fringe or something just to jazz 'er up a bit. We'll have to see how much of the "oomph" I have left after tomorrow's day of professional development. I have to admit that I'm sort of wrung out right about now.
All that knitting and pretending to pay attention will really take it out of a Sheep.
SA

14 comments:

Julie said...

26 inches! That's fantastic. Sounds like there's a very good chance of you finishing it tomorrow. While I can't really see the pattern in the picture, the color certainly is pretty.

Anonymous said...

I've been here for 3 and half hours and I've met 1 parent. Oh hum!

The Purloined Letter said...

Great job! Yep--I think some fringe would look great on the scarf. Glad you are surviving the meeting.

Debby said...

You are in the home stretch now -- one day down, one to go. When I saw your photo, I gasped and thought, those have got to be some pretty boring meetings!!! (Please post the hide-the-knitting strategy in time for next marketing meeting I will have to attend (Yawn)).

Beth said...

Your scarf is great! Sorry to hear that not all the workshops were, though. You're almost done!

Anonymous said...

Your scarf looks wonderful! I am amazed at how much you got done in one day. Fringe would look nice.
I hope tomorrows selections give you just as much time to knit as todays.
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Sheila said...

Wow, that is A LOT of knitting!
I copied the Harlot scarf pattern (like I need another project) for just such an occasion.
Do you think the gals behind you would get the hint if, in the middle of their discourse about nothing, you looked back at them and rolled your eyes in a most exaggerated manner? I dare you to do it...it might spice up the day.

April said...

Great Googly Moogly, look how long that beautiful scarf is!

Your hooves must have flying!

trek said...

Adolescent scarfage - lol here.

catsmum said...

see we all TOLD you that scarf was a fast knit!

Kate said...

Wow! I'm impressed. Not just with the scarf, but with the fact that you didn't threaten anyone with your pointy sticks. And you were worried that knitting may be frowned on! What would the chatting teachers do if their students behaved like that in the classroom?

cursingmama said...

Wow - thats long enough to scare a person. It's too bad we can't trade places - I could use some professional development.

Bobbi said...

wow! I'm working on a scraf, I almost wish for workshops to knit through. almost! :)

Anonymous said...

i gotta sign me up for some of those sessions....

knit on sheepie :)