Wednesday, May 28, 2008


How strange it is to be doing a Monday Night Bullet Post...  Of course, it is not really Monday.  But the real Monday was a holiday and then I had to take Tuesday off so that I could sit around in an agony of anticipation and self-doubt waiting for the Hot Water Heater Inspector Guy to come and declare my hot water heater to be the finest in all the land.  This means that I went to work for the first time this week today.  But it is Wednesday.  Not Monday.  It feels like Monday and I am confused beyond all belief.  But I do know that it is a day for random, bullet-type posting.  I guess I'm not in such bad shape, really...

*I'd feared that yesterday might not go well in my classroom with me not there.  Especially after the secretary called to tell me that there would be no sub coming in to help the poor Cheerful Teaching Assistant.

*I was right.  It was as bad as I'd envisioned.

*Except when it was worse...

*This, combined with the fact that I got that 'summer vacation' feeling all over the place yesterday and had no real interest in going back to teaching during what my inner clock was saying was my break, made for quite the day back at work.

*I have 13.5 days of school left.  

*That's not counting the weekends because they just don't count.  I'm not at school.

*Yesterday, I broke out a bag of Shetland lamb that I finished carding not too long ago.  I'm thinking that this lovely stuff will be the next up on the wheel.  Cathy sent it to me almost a year ago and it seems a shame to have not made it into the pretty-pretty yarn yet.  

*Haven't a clue what I'm going to do with it, though.  Any thoughts?  It is as soft as a fluffy cloud and a lovely, creamy shade.  Suggestions of a soft 'n fluffy nature are welcome.

*Hmmm...Blogger keeps cutting out on me.  Wanna take bets on how long it takes me to post this thing?  

*I seem to be having a Cornelia Funke thing going on around here lately.  I found two more of her books at the used bookstore last weekend.  A happy thing since I've been working my way through a few of her titles over the past year.  Love her!  I want to ride a dragon, become the lord of thieves and read characters to life in my spare time now...

*The Big, Fluffy Kitty has nixed the dragon idea.  She is, however, in favor of my reading the label on the Greenies treats package to see if I can't magic a few of those into being.

*We have had to cut waaaay back on the Greenies treats.  She stopped eating her crunchy, healthy food.  The very expensive, crunchy, healthy food that I had to get for her because the vet tech. told me I was feeding my cat the equivalent of snack cakes.  

*The cat eats a finer class of food than I do.  Or rather, she is served a finer class of food than I.  Which is pointless since neither of us are actually eating the finer foods.

*Everyone will be pleased to know that I remembered to eat lunch today.  I had half a salad (sort of...salads are yucky, you know), cottage cheese, some low fat cheddar cheese cubes and five strawberries.

*This was not nearly as delightful as the carb/fat-filled treats I ate during my four day weekend.  Not by half.  

*You can pretend that your cottage cheese is cake all you want.  But it never will be.  There is no magic that will make it happen.  I have an email out to Cornelia Funke to see if she can help, but I don't have a good feeling about it.

*Wait.  Tomorrow is Thursday.  That means that the next day is Friday.  And that the weekend is almost here!  Back to eating brownies for breakfast!!!

*I think I kind of like these three day work weeks.  

*At least the part where the week ends sooner.  The part where I have to face the Cheerful Teaching Assistant after she's been left alone with the less-than-well-behaved children for a day is not something I think I like all that much...

Hope your work week has gone smoothly and that you are gearing up for the brownie-eating days ahead.  Time flies when you are consuming your cottage cheese!



trek said...

Neatnik has 9 school days before kindergarten graduation. I am having diffoculty assimilating this little factoid.

Sorry about the faux summer vacation day.

Bring the CTA a bag of chocolate tomorrow. It will help.

Ronni said...

Poor CTA and poor Sheepie. I am on the other side of the panic though. In my case it's "Oh no! Only 11 more days of school left!"

knitseashore said...

BFK's colleagues over here are way into the Intimidation to Hand Over the Greenies or Else. The expensive food sometimes sits in the bowl, until they eat it overnight. But I don't know how much longer the two-leggeds in this house can stay in your classroom when you are absent, we are always on the verge of a shift in power.

Mel said...

You could, I suppose, put some pineapple on your cottage cheese and make believe it's pineapple upside down cake. Somehow, though, I don't think it'd work very well.

Except for me. I like cottage cheese.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, Sheepie; the shorter my work week, the longer it feels. It's weird, but true.

Mel's pineapple upside down cake/cottage cheese sounds like a good idea. You know, you can even buy it with the pineapples already in it!

sophanne said...

Sometimes I pretend cottage cheese is ice-cream. I put a yogurt smoothie on top like it's the sauce and add walnuts or pistachios and bananas. It takes as long as a banana split- there's at least that.

7 days but I'm not really going to count today- I only have 2 classes of kids and it's the easy ones. (a 7th grade general music and a 1/2 hour choir rehearsal)

They're painting my room this year so I have to make sure all equipment is stored in a Painting ready position. Time to play "have you used this in the last three years?"

Cursing Mama said...

I was recently told not to eat any white carbohydrates for breakfast; chocolate muffins should fill in for my steel cut oats nicely. Healthy eating is a crapper for sure.

Donna Lee said...

Cottage cheese is definitely not cake but it can be made palatable. I put fruit in it and it is filling until I get home and realize that there are cookies there and suddenly I am ravenous and can't wait until dinner and have to have chocolate milk and cookies NOW!

Knitting Linguist said...

We need more of those three-day work weeks. Maybe we should propose legislation?

Beth said...

E has been reading Cornelia Funke books lately, too. She's listening to book tapes, looking forward to the movie, etc. I have to admit that reading/pulling characters out of books is a cool concept.

Yarnhog said...

I don't know if this will help at all, but my favorite lunch when I was a kid was cottage cheese with fruit cut up in it. The juice from the fruit makes the cottage cheese sweet. Not in a gross way, although it kind of sounds that way. You could have your healthy cottage cheese and your healthy fruit, and it actually tastes kind of like dessert.

catsmum said...

I am shamed to report that I have never heard of Cornelia Funke - slinking off to check the library database now but I suspect that they haven't heard of her either.