Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The New Theme For Wednesdays.

Bullet points, people. The Sheep is now looking at drive-by posting as the midweek blogging for the forseeable future. Or until May. Or until I decide that getting recertification credits towards my teaching certificate is just not worth the trouble. Tonight was my first class in the oh-so-fascinating world of Administrative Supervision. While not an exceptionally demanding course, it will require some time on my part. And actual attendance. And participation.

Blah.

So here's a few updates for you, generated by the three remaining brain cells that have not been completely numbed by the length of my day and the overwhelming desire to just come home and eat a Hot Pocket.

*While the course is actually one of those "participation and discussion count towards your final grade" type classes, there is great hope for the knitting. During the meet 'n greet portion of the class, the professor commented on my introduction-to-self by saying, "Oh, Sheep! And you are the knitter! What are you making?" I proudly held up my WIP and announced that it was a sock. The fact that this declaration was met by generally confused stares from my classmates did not dampen my enthusiasm in the least.

*My plans for project competion were further boosted by my seatmate leaning over and quietly informing me that the professor happens to be a knitter. I actually did a little dance in my seat. But not so's you'd notice... The Sheep can be discreet when she has to.

*I then learned that the cost of a small paperback textbook is $71.40. For those of you who might think I mistyped this, that is a seven in the tens place, a one in the ones place and a couple of decimal places. Now, don't misunderstand me. I understand the cost of textbooks. I finished grad school a mere six years ago. I've paid for my share of books and I know what they cost. But I'm thinking that the University of New Hampshire might be inflating the bill just a bit for those of us who are taking off campus courses and purchase them through the instructor. I have paid similar amounts for hardcover books that qualify as actual, "tomes."

*I will have a completed sock by week's end. Unless I accidentally sever a digit in the next few days, this will be unavoidable. Writing a check for a textbook that you will, at best, skim is clearly great motivation for the knitting.

*There is nothing better than a Hot Pocket (even if it is really a Lean Pocket) after a loooong day, super chilly temperatures and the first night of a class that you do not want to take. Well, I'm sure that there are many things that are better, but I can't think of any right now. I'm very tired. But my tummy is all warm and Hot Pockety.

And that is all I have to say about that. 'Nighty Night, Folks!

SA

14 comments:

April said...

I've never known a sheep that went to grad school. Or any school for that matter. I'm still having a hard time getting over the fact that there's a sheep on the Internet.

kmkat said...

Congratulations on the knitting professor. (Doesn't that sound like a good name for a TV show?) Apparently your karma is in the happy place. Or whatever.

Julie said...

A Lean Pocket? Was it at least a pepperoni pizza Lean Pocket?

Sorry to hear about the participation requirement, but at least you can knit while participating.

Mia said...

I'm thinkin' that hot pocket you're havin' is almost as good as my ham and cheese quesadilla *grin* Maybe you could chase it with a little nightcap while you write that check...

and really, they couldn't even round off the price of the book to a mere $70 bucks...??

But ya for the knitting professor :) I'm crossin' my fingers for ya!

Bells said...

I want to be able to knit in meetings like you knit in class. One day I'll get a knitter for a boss.

glad to hear textbooks aren't just insanely expensive here, but everywhere. I thought everything was cheaper in the US. Obviously not!

mrichme said...

At least you weren't told by the teacher during the first class that you were too qualified for the class.

Find the balance between classwork and knitting and all will be good!

Anonymous said...

OUCH! $70+ for a book. That is really going to eat into the yarn budget. Did you by chance google the book to see if that's what the real world charges?
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

CursingMama said...

No matter what anyone says I'll never change my mind on the price of textbooks (crazy nuts)after I had to spend all my beer money for a month on the latest updated version of a World History textbook when I know that World History didn't change.

What I wouldn't have done for the magic of Amazon back in those days.......

Bobbi said...

This phrase completely made my day! I think mostly because I so often feel the same way! "overwhelming desire to just come home and eat a Hot Pocket"

Anne said...

I'm chuckling to myself over one of the last classes I took, which was a "Participation and Discussion Counts" class. One of the guys in the class (which started around 5 p.m. 2 nights a week) brought a bottle of old-fashioned root beer in with him (dark bottle with stamped lettering on it). The prof thought it was actual beer-beer, but didn't have the gumption to ask him about it until the second-to-last class. Makes you wonder what grade he woulda gotten if the prof had never asked him about it and she just thought he was likkered up all the time. He WAS chatty tho.

trek said...

Would it make you feel any better at all if I told you that I hade to buy programming text books in grad school that cost even more than $71.40?

Knit, I AM said...

Annie,
Try purchasing textbooks on www.half.com. The majority of college textbooks from undergrad to doctorate are on half.com, and this way you'll have mucho $$$ for knitting...which is so much more important :)

P.S. all this talk of socks is inspiring me to make that my next project since I finally finished that shawl today during the Carolinas snow day...yes...snow in North Carolina...pretty out of the ordinary for me...and, I consider myself out of the ordinary :)

Debby said...

I'm sorry to hear about your class, but hopefully it will translate to good knitting time. You will, however, need to fortify yourself with more than fruit on class night! Definitely the lean pocket, or a good frozen pizza. I do the Weight Watchers ones, which are not "good" but are "food." LOL

Your sock and scarf are coming along fast now!

Diana said...

Sheep,

I was just wondering what kind of sheep are you? My family always referred to me as the black sheep of the family even though I am Caucasian. But, really, what kind are you?