Monday, May 05, 2008

Monday...don't believe the hype.

Monday morning is never really a time when I shine.  Not my finest hour, you might say.  I did pretty well this morning, though.  Had I not forgotten to put water in the coffee maker and been forced to re-attempt the making of the go-juice, I might have even arrived at work a little bit early.  As it was, I made it on time and that is good enough on a Monday.

I greeted the children warmly.  I faked an enthusiasm for teaching and standardized testing that I generally do not feel at this time of the year.  There was a little glitch in the professionalism when a student came to me with his math journal requiring some assistance and I came across a problem that simply eluded my deductive reasoning abilities.  I opted to hide it from mine eyes with a sticky-note upon which I wrote:  I cannot do this one.  Hence, I have dubbed it "unworthy" and have decided that it does not exist.  Please make a note of it.  Sincerely, Ms. Sheep"

The classroom teacher in this case has an amazing sense of humor about these things and is easily charmed by my wit.  And, in spite of finding my note to be of the highest calibre in terms of humor, he still felt the need to send the workbook back with the solution.  I guess some people are not yet on board with my ability to make that which bothers me go away...

Other than that, though, I was a paragon of educational virtue.  Honest.

I made it through the day's meetings and to my car without incident.  I arrived home and proceeded to go about the Monday workout.  75 minutes on the bike and another 15 with the weights.  Although, in deference to the whole "tweaked back" situation, I opted to eliminate a few of the more stressful moves.  I really wanted to apply that theory to the abdominal work, but that doesn't really hurt my back no matter how hard I try and I couldn't find a way to make the guilt disappear like I did that math problem.

The Invisibility Shawl was increased by 8 rows during the biking time.  I was all about the doing of good things today.

After logging my exercise time into my insurance company's reward program website, (because why else would I be doing this if I couldn't earn free panini makers and sound machines?) I was able to tear into that which was found in the mailbox this afternoon.  Rules are rules.  You can't open packages until the workout is done.  Unless you think it is Anthrax or a letter bomb.  Then you just can't open it at all but you should call Someone In Authority rather than pedal the exercise bike and knit.  That is kind of a loophole in the rules.  It has never actually happened.  But I often wonder if it would be preferable to doing the workout...

Wanna know what I got in the mail today?  You'll like it.  It did not explode nor did it contain a plague of any sort.  It is genuine Blog Fodder, my friends.  And you have Ronni to thank for it!  I think you will immediately understand why she thought of me when she saw it.  






Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure.  Seriously.  Do you LOVE it????


I laughed until there was the serious threat of some sort of injury to my spleen or medulla oblongata.  Funny things tend to come from Ronni's corner of the world.  As do really great cards.  See the little knitted swatch on there?  Fantastic! 

But it's hard to get past that Crazy Cat Lady.  Or the fact that she is an "action figure."  OMG that just gets me laughing every time.  Thanks, Ronni!  You know how to work a Monday, girl!  Oh, and you know what I like best?  Look closer:


Big, Fluffy Kitty.


I'm doubled over, here.  I may die from the laughing.  But laughing on a Monday is probably one of the top ten ways to go.

SA

20 comments:

Donna Lee said...

That is so great. I wonder what kind of action the figure of the crazy cat lady would do? Spread greenies on the floor?

trek said...

Oh my good ness! It really is the BFK. Hope you negotiated royalties in Greenies.

Kris said...

It really does look like BFK, but what is up with the CCL's eye make-up?

Kath said...

Wow, is there a teeny bag of Greenies in the package? Because that'd be about the only thing missing since the action figure apparently has some knitting going already on the front of the card!

And I don't suppose that math problem had anything to do with two trains leaving a station? Those always get me.

Knitting Linguist said...

I am more amused than I can possibly say. What kinds of actions do you think the action figure is capable of? (And how did Ronni get the cat to match yours?)

crzjane said...

That is one great gift! And with Big Fluffy Kitty too!
What a great way to finish a Monday!

Beth said...

How great! That BFK has hypnotic eyes just like the real BFK!

kmkat said...

I know what was NOT in your mailbox today: your prize from my contest. I still haven't settled on the fibery part of it. Soon now...

Is that the ghost of Small Less Fluffy Kitty on your shoulder?

Nannette said...

I have to tell you that I too have the Crazy Cat Lady action figure. For my birthday last month my coworkers gave me an identical outift so I could actually BE her. I have the headband, the plaid flannel pants, the robe and slippers. Of course I already had the cats - only two and I don't think that makes me a CCL. But I guess my friends disagree!

Mia said...

the laughing is good :)

catsmum said...

oh oh oh
I want one too !
I wonder if I can find one on Ebay??

Karen said...

Too cute!

Cursing Mama said...

It is my understanding that firemen and policemen come running when you receive questionable packaging. Given the correct circumstances and the right kind of heros I would think you could have a mighty fine time in your hour of need. Mighty find indeed.....

I have a feeling the Crazy Cat Lady action figure may become the next pink chibbi.

Yarnhog said...

Oh, man, I love that crazy cat lady! Do you suppose they have a "crotchety old bag" action figure? I could use one of those.

Ronni said...

I wish I could take credit for the BFK look-a-like but I cannot tell a lie. I saw it, I grabbed it, and I paid so I wouldn't get chased by cute policemen as I ran for the door clutching it and giggling hysterically about sending it off to Ms. Sheep. If you got even a tenth the laughter off it that you've given me since I started reading your blog, Sheepie, it was well worth it.

I love your method of dealing with math problems. My husband and I probably drive our child crazy since we are constantly criticizing and/or correcting the way her problems are posed. There's one in particular in one of those trivia in a tube things that my husband goes a little wild-eyed about every time.

Ronni said...

Oops, forgot the key part of the not telling a lie sentence (it did go on a bit so I think I forgot I hadn't taken care of it earlier - where was I - oh yeah) I didn't really look at the individual kitties. Just saw, giggled, grabbed, giggled some more, and grinned evilly to myself when the young man running the checkout started to back away cautiously.

The same company (I think - I really can't picture there being more than the one) makes a number of other strange action figures (Jung and Freud among them iirc).

Julie said...

A friend of mine, who actually has more cats than I do, received the same action figure from her coworker. It is hysterical!

Lorraine said...

ROFLOL! ME WANT ONE!

catsmum said...

drat
I didn't even know these existed and now I've scoured these here internets and bought one from a nice fella - I'm sure he's a nice fella - in texas.
They do apparently have them here in OZ but the fella in TX was cheaper even WITH the postage.
see what you've reduced me to ??
It's all your fault.
I'm sitting here in my crazy cat lady type jammies and robe looking for action figures when I should be getting in the shower.

Geraldine said...

I want one, even if I never get to be one!!! This is my kind of action figure and action feline!!! Too cool. :<)

PS: What does Fluffy One think? Did she get Mr. C's amorous email?