Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Speeding Bullets

A very late night for Sheepie.  Very late, indeed.  With Open House happening at school and the need to do many, many things tonight in order that I might make it out of the manse tomorrow in time to get back to the Learn-A-Matorium for my morning bus duty, I have less time for bloggy sorts of activities.  Let's see if I can't shoot a couple of bullets your way in a speedy fashion and hope that this will tide you over until I can find six seconds to do a proper post.

*I had all of one parent show up tonight to visit with me.  Well...another came to call but her son is no longer in my class and she really just wanted to say howdy.  

*She likes me.

*She should.  I have had her son in my class since he was in fourth grade and I have sheltered him from a great deal of drama throughout those years.  

*I suppose, with all that time on my hands and more blog-friendly filters on the Middle School computers, I could have posted from school instead of twiddling my thumbs for two hours...

*For what it's worth, I did knit on the Happy Sock.  But not too much...

*I'm new at this school and you never know who amongst the administrators is an Anti-Knitter.  Best to play it safe.

*The Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty was quite pleased when I returned home.  I think he wondered if I had abandoned him.

*He was more thrilled when I broke out the food cans.  I still believe that he loves me for just being me.

*But sometimes I can't help but wonder if it's really my opposable thumbs that attract him.

*He has really come around to the idea of the canned food.  I know this because he almost knocks me over to get at the contents.  

*Going low carb like the vet told me to is more dangerous than I'd anticipated.  

*And he is not losing any weight.  He is continuing to expand at a rate that frightens me.  

*My back makes a clicking sound when I pick him up sometimes.

*The Big Fluffy Kitty likes the canned food, too.  But she is only big because she's fluffy.  

*I can pick her up with one hand.

*I did that not two minutes ago because she and Baby Brother were having "issues."

*When one of My New And Less Than Cheerful Staff left this afternoon, she pleaded with me to tell her that tomorrow was Thursday.

*It is.  This did not make her any more cheerful, though.  

*I miss my Cheerful Teaching Assistant from last year.  I got to see her at the training yesterday and we are in agreement that this Forced Divorce stinks to high heaven.

*Her new job at the high school is not exactly what she thought she was getting...

*Ms. Sheep would very much like to rescue her and bring her back where she belongs.

*The Former Cheerful Teaching Assistant is still knitting and was all excited when she saw my felted bag.  

*I'm going to work on getting her back.  She is Cheerful.  I miss having a Cheerful Teaching Assistant Who Gets The Whole Knitting Thing.


And now the computer is frantically telling me that updates are available.  If I don't go deal with that little bouncing icon in the dock it is going to drive me utterly mad.  And I sort of don't have time for going utterly mad tonight.  I still have to get the coffee maker programmed for tomorrow, figure out what I'm going to wear and rinse out my thermos.

Oh...and work on my underhanded and nefarious plans for sneaking The Cheerful Teaching Assistant back to my classroom.

SA

13 comments:

trek said...

Much luck with the nefarious plans - mwah-ha-ha!

Kath said...

I think you definitely need the CTA back. And if she needs you - so much the better. Perhaps you can convince the Powers That Be that in order to create order from the chaos that is their middle school program the CTA is an absolute necessity. And if she can convince that PTB that she really really really wants be there...well? Worth it to try!

Donna Lee said...

I worked hard to get a CTA for my own and boy was it worth it. Nothing makes up for Lack of Cheerfulness in a TA. And I am sure my cats love my thumbs more than any other part of me (except maybe my lap when it's cold). If they ever grow thumbs, they won't need me to get food or open doors....but I'll still have the money (unless they figure out how to get into the wallet).

Karen said...

Good luck with getting the CTA back.

Cursing Mama said...

For the record if you were in charge of my son I would have stopped by to mention his existence at open house and then moved on to the much more important business of knitting. I wish I could say that this isn't true, but I know it is because it wasn't that long ago that Gameboy had a teacher who was not only a knitter but also a spinner & keeper of fiber animals...longest conferences ever!

Yarnhog said...

We got a new principal this year (I'm not a teacher, but I do spend almost as much time at the school as my kids do), and I was dismayed, because our old principal was awesome. But the new one totally won me over when we were introduced and she said, "I hear you're a knitter. I'm so excited to meet you!" Turns out, she is, too!

scienceprincess said...

I had one parent at my open house last night, also. I am trying not to be bitter about how long I sat at school for one parent, but . . .

Good luck getting the CTA back. Knitting company makes everything better :-) At my school, the fellow knitters are another science teacher and an English teacher.

Scienceprincess

Jeanne said...

I'm crossing my fingers that the CTA is returned to its proper "owner" forthwith. ;-)

Regarding the AGK: It has been my experience that bi-colored tabbies such as the AGK do tend to expand at a rate that can only be calculated exponentially. Why this is so has muddled the brains of scientists for years. Two of my five are bi-coloreds and they ARE the Biggest of All Possible Cats, despite eating exactly the same food as the other three.

Annie said...

What new felted bag? Don't tease, we need pictures please

Julie said...

The least they can do is give you back your CTA. After all you are saving their failing program! Sheesh!

Knitting Linguist said...

I hope you can get her back! Cheer is extremely helpful in dealing with students...

Army_Wifey08 said...

Ummm. Maybe your Abnormiously Ginormous Kitty, is really a female in disquise and is pregnant...would explain the expanding....


just a thought.

Mia said...

crossing my fingers for the quick return of the Cheerful Teaching Assistant.