Thursday, November 02, 2006

Semantics...

This is one sleepy Sheepie typing out to the blogosphere tonight. The eyes are at half-mast, the chin keeps hitting the chest. The Maine Public Schools have worked The Sheep a bit harder than usual on this day.

My district "offered" a workshop today from 4:00-6:00. I use the quotation marks in the most sarcastic sense of the punctuation as said workshop was also mandatory for those of us who teach grades three through five. (voluntary for others...) I fail to see how that which is offered can be anything other than a choice. Mandatory is not a choice. Mandatory is, well... mandatory. I am one of those odd-ball employees who works in one building, but is considered to be between two schools and two schedules. It was unclear whether I was supposed to be there. But, I am new in this position and the principal seems to favor me at this point.

I took the high road. I went. I'm sure it was the right thing to do. Especially since I was unclear on whether or not the whole thing was mandatory. Besides, this could be a good knitting-in-public opportunity!

Unless, of course, your new principal is sitting right in front of you. And is sending scathing looks at some of the other participants who took advantage of this "offering" but were not necessarily behaving as well as they might have. (there is no group of professionals less inclined to good behavior than teachers once released from the confines of their classrooms.) This Sheep knows when to play nice. I put on the most interested face humanly possible as I entered the ninth hour of my working day and diligently took notes on the benefits of computerized testing protocols.

I'm something of a kiss-up... I'm OK with that.

Thus, my Feather And Fan scarf languished in my professional leather work satchel, untouched and unloved. I thought of it often as the presenter slogged through a Power Point presentation of epic proportions. By slide 3,872 I was giving serious thought to impaling myself on a knitting needle. Alas, I had naught but circulars and those, as we all well know, do not lend themselves well to the hari kari type maneuvers. I somehow found the strength to remain awake for the presentation, relocate my vehicle in the darkened parking lot, find my way home and snarf down something vaguely resembling dinner. I am tired, though. Power Point presentations are my own personal vampire-type entities. There is nothing better for sucking out my strength and will to remain awake.

On the plus side, there was a bit of the good news waiting on the answering machine. I had to delete my way through umpty gabillion messages from the local politicos who want to ensure my vote in this upcoming election, but I did manage to catch it. Despite still having a wee bit of the lingering rash from the bandages, my actual skin biopsy was benign. I don't know whether to be happy about the lack of the cancer or ticked off that I bled profusely and still itch over something that just could have stayed on my flesh without complication. And I'm really too tired to ponder it for any length of time.

Maybe I should just go rescue that scarf and see if I can't get it to forgive me for all the neglect.

SA

15 comments:

Beth said...

Yes, you need some knitting to relax you after a long, long day. It sounds like it was quite a drag.

Julie said...

Oh Sheepie, I feel for you. There is not much worse than sitting through a boring presentation and having to pretend you are listening. I'm sure your scarf will understand that the neglect was necessary.

April said...

Hooray, the Sheepie will live to sit through another PowerPoint Presentation! Congratulations on the good news about the biopsy.

You still owe me $19.50 though.

mehitabel said...

I'm focusing on the good news about the biopsy! That is wonderfully encouraging. And as for the presentation, well, it's just part of the job, isn't it? Thanks for reminding me, once again, why I'm now selling books instead of back in the classroom! Have a good sheepy sleep and a good day--Friday is almost here, and with it the end of the workweek. Hmmm--well, for teachers. Not for booksellers!

Lorraine said...

Poor scarfie will realize that job security only serves the whole family in the long run. If you keep your job, that means more money to provide little scarf/sock/mitten siblings in the future. In the meantime, I'm rejoicing that the health news is good. Knit on!

Anonymous said...

It seems you had a rather even day: a bit of bad and some good to even it out. A nine plus hour work day does suck the life out of you though. I hope you got to knit and relax your evening away. Glad the biopsy was negative.
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Debby said...

Glad to hear the biopsy was negative and our sheep will not (I'm assuming?) be tortured further for the time being...the powerpoint sounded like enough torture for one week.

TGIF -- I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing weekend planned. :)

Sheila said...

That is wonderful news about your biopsy....better safe than sorry, so no regrets about having it done, Sheepie (I use to work in Oncology).
Power Point presentation are my Krypton, so I feel your pain with that meeting.

G said...

Congrats on the good health report!

Ya should have gone for it Sheep, shocked the H....out of the whole crowd, they were probably just as bored as you were. The road not taken eh, fun to think about what the reaction would be though. Maybe there were a bunch of languishing projects, in other locations amongst the crowd?

Happy Weekend, Huggs, G

cursingmama said...

ahem -
tired sheep + knitting = sure disaster. I suppose I'm too late though...

Annie said...

The only thing worse than a tedious presentation like that is when there are endless tedious questions by the audience.

At least you made it through and probably scored lots of points with the principal.

molly said...

I'm so glad you resisted temptation to use your knitting needles to hari kari yourself. Blood can be so difficult to remove from handmade items.

Glad the biopsy was negative...don't think twice, it's good you had it done.

Hope your dinner went well, you're going to let us know, aren't you?

Sweet dreams, dear sheep.

Mel said...

YAY!!!!! on the biopsy results.

Now I want to hear about Sheep on the Town.

Diana said...

Glad the biopsy results were negative. I always hate to hear about the sheep being shaved and tortured.

And I have a very strong dislike for the word "Mandatory."

Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

Yay for the good news Yahoo that you survived, Yippiee that the knitting is still there to be worked on later. You might have had it taken away if you worked on it instead of listening to the boring powerpoint.
Deb