Wednesday, March 19, 2008

WNBP: Because I Can

Yup.  It's Wednesday.  Let's all sit back and enjoy the opportunity to not make any real sense or adhere to rules of continuity.  Bullet points rule!!!

*For any other fans of Cornelia Funke, author of the popular Inkheart and Inkspell, may I make a recommendation?  I hadn't read any of her earlier stuff and happened to find a copy of The Thief Lord while I was perusing the shelves of the used bookstore during my monthly Treat The Sheep To New Books trip.  It's quite charming!

*Yes.  It snowed again today.  But only a little.  And then it rained.  This is a net loss of snow.  I'm on board with that.  

*Especially when it isn't the slippery kind of rain or snow that makes me all clenchy while I'm driving.  

*Rumors are flying all over my school to the effect that one of the teachers is being transferred to the Middle School next year.  I am enjoying the sense of panic that is filtering from classroom to classroom.  For those who missed it, that teacher is me.  I am disturbingly pleased by the sense of power that comes from knowing what others do not.  

*Budget cut years are rough.  You have to find your entertainment where you can.

*Wait until they find out that the middle school position may be of the part time variety.  There will be mass hyperventilation.  It would be in poor taste for me to find that entertaining, so I shall assume a somber sort of face and pass out paper bags for the hyperventilators.  

*Also for those who missed it, I volunteered to be the one to take the pay cut.  There are reasons for this.  That's another story for another day.  For now, I am something of a hero in the eyes of several administrative types who are not sleeping these days over the lack of incoming funds.  My sacrifice may not be needed.  But, if called, I shall serve.

*I have done something vile and unspeakable to my wrist.

*That is an exaggeration.  It is tingly and sort of clicky.  I kept thinking I had an extra pulse while I was doing bench presses during the workout.  It was really more of a twitch.

*This means that I get to wear the unnecessarily large and ostentatious wrist brace to school tomorrow and soak up all that sweet, sweet wrist sympathy!

*I am needy that way.  Just be glad you don't have to work with me.  You'd have to talk about my wrist all day.

*New fiber came today!  I'm all a-tingle and not just because of the weird wrist thing.  It's angora bunny fluff from Wooly Wonka!  Joining that exotic fibers club was just about the most fun thing I've ever done for myself!

*Gosh, angora bunnies are soft!  I should get a couple of those...

*The fiber came with the pattern for the Miriam Felton's Persephone Scarf.  The BFK is quite flattered by this.

*Her real name is Persephone.

*I am not knitting her a scarf.

*Don't tell her that.  She thinks that she is the daughter of a Greek goddess and that scarves are named for her on a regular basis.  Since we cut back on the Greenies portions, she has so little about which to be happy.  Let's give her this, OK?

*She is as soft as an angora bunny, but I don't think she would like to have one as a pet.  I may need to rethink the bunny plan, now that I think of it.

*I am going to knit this scarf, though.  Someday...

*The other thing I like about Wednesday is that it is the last workout day of the week.  I'm up to 75 minutes on the little exercise bike.  This is probably why my wrist hurts.

*Shut up.  It could, too, be why my wrist hurts.  The fact that I do not use my wrists at all when on my little fitness pedaler has nothing whatsoever to do with the potential for grievous wrist injury.  The body is a system.  It's all connected.  Sort of.

*Is anyone else counting the days until next week when the Easter candy goes on sale?  I have finished all my half-priced Valentine's Day candy and am in need of a sugar fix.  Is it just me?


Candy, books, budget cuts and fiber!  I do believe I've covered all that should be covered in a good, knitting-themed blog post.  I even included a little of the wrist clicking, just for good measure.  But, I'm tapped out now and ready for some prime time TV viewing.  Enjoy your Wednesday, your Thursday and any days after that of your choosing!  

SA

18 comments:

trek said...

I wouldn't knit the cat a scarf either - even if she is named for a Greek goddess.

Future SIL said...

I heard that bunnies and cats get along great.....or was that skunks and cats. Not sure which one.

Beth said...

I was really trying to figure out what biking had to do with your wrist. :)

kmkat said...

I too love the sense of power that comes from knowing what others do not. Kinky, eh?

Knitting Linguist said...

I'm voting for the bunnies. They'd be company for BFK, and you could name them things like Andromeda, to sort of stick with a theme. I've been told that it is possible to spin directly from an angora bunny sitting prettily in one's lap. You could find out if that's true! :)

Kris said...

Is it bad that I abandoned your post mid-read to see the scarf pattern? But I didn't see it on her website...

Hang in there through the budget cuts. Spring is just around the corner. It was nearly 50 here today, which means the weekend should be nice for you.

Cursing Mama said...

If it is revealed that the poor sheep with the wrist brace is also the teacher who is being transferred - you will receive so much sympathy & attention you might be good for 2 or 3 whole days!

Kath said...

BFK is probably carrying a faint ancestral memory that tells her that her kind were once worshipped by paltry humans. So she really isn't wrong in her instincts - just very late to the party!

Mia said...

I'm still good with the stocked up Valentine's candy, and christmas candy. And um... still a little Halloween candy. Just sayin'.

But then again... I wouldn't want to run out...

And about the angora bunny? I had one a few years ago. We should talk before you make any hasty decisions *grin*

Karen said...

Rest your wrist.
I think bunnies would be nice. Tell BFK that they are in fact BFKs but she gets all the treats and they have to eat veggies. It would work.

Deb said...

My fifth grade daughter read Thief Lord in a weekend - loved it!! She's also a big fan of Inkheart and Inkspell!!

Mizzle said...

Nope. You're not the only one...

Only five more days! (Around here, the shops will be closed on Easter Monday.)

BTW, your word verification doens't work in Firefox (my browser of choice): the image is not shown...

Cathy said...

My little Dori-poodle is convinced the knitted merino bed shawl (to flip over my shoulders while reading in bed) belongs to her. I wake up to find her on my pillow nestled in my shawl. Did I mention it's pink?

Yeah. So make BFK the scarf. Just don't show it on your blog, okay?

KnitKicky said...

The Thief Lord is an awesome book! I read a lot of teenage fiction. Cuts down on the bad language, and those Newberry Medal books are generally quite good. Have you read House of the Scorpion? Or The Giver? Whoops, this blog is about Knitting? My bad!

Julie said...

I don't think Trek likes kitties :-)

I used to have a mini french lop bunny and a kitty who were the best friends ever! I also had 2 angora bunnies once and one of them was very, very vicious to the other one who was very, very sweet. Come to think of it, the mean one was mean to everyone! I think you should get the daughter of the Greek Goddess a bunny, but not an angora bunny.

I also think if you loved her, you'd knit her a scarf to match the lovely fur coat she has; everyone needs a scarf to match their coat!

Okay, I'm losing it; I'll stop now.

knitseashore said...

I love the WNBP. Something we can count on in this unstable world of ours, where teachers may be transferred at any moment to another school.

Does the BFK read patterns? Does she know it's a scarf? Maybe you could knit her a Persephone cat blanket instead. (And that is one of my favorite Greek myths, btw. Isn't the mythical Persephone due to come up from the dark place anytime now, and give her mother and us our 6 months of sun and warmth and green?!)

April said...

My co-worker is threatening to give me a bunny for Easter. Because, as you know, I don't have nearly enough pets. But if she gave it to me I'd have to keep it right since it was a gift and all. Can you re-gift a rabbit?

catsmum said...

you certainly can pack more into a WNBP post than any other sheepie on the planet, can't you?

have a happy easter sweetie