Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WNBP: A Swing 'n A Miss!!

Yet another day spent nervously checking every news station to see if this latest weather event is going to bury me...and it's looking like everything is going to be okey-dokey!  I'm a teacher and I like a snow day as much as the next educator, but honestly!  I would like to get out of school some time before the new year starts so I think we really need to buckle down and get our perfect attendance attitudes back on.

Of course, there is always room for a wind shift.  Last week and my day and a half of school are proof of that.  But, I still think that we won't see much from this one.  The storm that promises to swat the living heck out of folks further south is only going to give us a little love tap.  Now I can relax and focus on more important things.  Like the Wednesday Night Bullet Post!

*There are going to be a lot of disappointed kids in my classroom tomorrow.

*Most of them are unwilling to believe that the storm isn't happening.

*They're sort of used to the whole "minimalist" approach to education now...

*Spunky Girl has been taking Family And Consumer Sciences this quarter.

*That's Home Ec. for those of us in a more vintage state.

*It's rough since she is only a 6th grader and the youngest in the class, but she is making the best of it.

*Today, she also made teryaki chicken.

*And brought some to me for lunch.

*I commented on the perfectly diced veggies.

*Seriously.  Symmetrical.

*Within the millimeter.

*The Cheerful Teaching Assistant said, "I tried to tell her that it was OK if they weren't all perfect, but she gave me this look and I figured I'd better just go preheat the oven..."

*Spunky Girl has a look that will freeze hardened criminals in the middle of any nefarious act they might be perpetrating.

*Yesterday, I tried to suggest a fun, off-center look to the poster she was making and almost had to go home.

*The look traumatized me.

*Spunky Girl is also an amazing cook.  She has a way with symmetrical veggies and chicken.

*I want to be Spunky Girl when I grow up.

*I've managed to lose most of my fingerless mitts.

*I'm down to the Stoopid Rectangles.

*The ones I crocheted in an hour.  Rectangles.  That I stitched up the side and intended to show to The World's Greatest Stylist And Life Coach as a sample project she could do while re-learning crochet.

*Stoopid Red acrylic.  As mitts!

*Had to wear them on Monday when it was cold.

*The lady at The Convenience Store Where They Call You Honey And Dear And You Don't Really Mind That So Much saw them.

*And asked if I made them.

*And asked me to make a pair for her sister who has a hand injury and who works outside.

*Stoopid Rectangles????  Really???  

*Perhaps I underestimated them.  They do work, after all.  I'm almost finished with a blue pair to bring in on Friday.

*I will not be accepting payment in spite of the offer.  They are Stoopid Rectangles, for God's sake!

*Might accept a free cup of coffee, though.  The nice lady at the convenience store sometimes tries to do that for me but it always felt weird since we are really just Store Acquaintances....

*The Absurdly Gi-Normous Kitty is very cute when he is sleeping.

He's all squooshy and stuff...

*Almost makes me wish I could have a snow day so I could be all squooshed up on the couch with him...

*But that's crazy talk!!!!

*I read Bite Me: A Love Story over the weekend.  The Cheerful Teaching Assistant read it and thought I might like it.

*I kind of forgot that she mentioned how it was part of a series.

*Hence...some confusion on my part.

*A good read, but maybe not my favorite.  Still quite entertaining, though.  

*Some seriously funny dialogue.

*Then I started The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth).

*Sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

*I know, I know...zombies.  

*But I swear to you that these are two of the best books I've read in a long time.

*The zombies are bad, granted.  And certainly featured players.

*But the story is so beautifully written that you almost feel glad they are there.

*And I only just discovered that The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands and Teeth) is coming out in March!!!!!

*Oh happy, zombie filled day!

*That's not true.  I hate zombies.  I loathe zombies.  

*Zombies make me check the hallway every day before I leave and kick the dumpster when I take out the trash.

*Kicking the dumpster stirs up any undead that might be snoozing under the refuse, thus alerting me to their presence before I open the lid.

*My life is very stressful because of the zombies.

*But I am truly enchanted by these books.  Profound sadness and loss plonked side by side with great joy and happiness.

*Zombies make you appreciate the little things...

*I am taking Friday off because I don't think I want to work full time anymore and I don't get a snow day this week.

*And because I have a dentist appointment.

*Since I was almost finished with the zombies, I swung by the school library and snagged a copy of Septimus Heap, Book Four: Queste.

*Needed something to read while I recovered from the trauma of visiting with Dr. DeSade, DMD

*My Favorite Librarian was busy, but said she "always had time to check out a book for a library patron."

*I said that should be on a t-shirt, but I don't think she understood why.

*I still think that should be on a t-shirt.

*I like the sound of it.  

*That and "always kick the dumpster first."

There.  That should do it.  Now I must leave you all and go see about being A Working Gal.  The storm may be missing us, but it is still planning on taking a swing.  I probably should be ready to head out early just in case we have some slippery roads during the darkest part of the dawn.  Wouldn't do to not have matching shoes and coffee at the ready.

We are truly counting on this being a "miss."  Cross your fingers...



Amanda said...

You make me want to read so many books. I'm bad enough on my own at having too many books to read, lol! I'm curious to see the mittens!I'm ok. Sorry. I think it would have been bad to talk with him here. I'll update later. Maybe email.

trek said...

We are thinking that there is a good possibility of a snow day tomorrow. Expecting most of a foot of frozen ice crystals by morning.

I'd buy that t-shirt.

Anonymous said...

I am listening to the audio of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Unfortunately, the narrator is not one of the best. She sounds like a teenager, and she really needs some training on elocution and pronunciation and phrasing. Decent story, though.

Yarnhog said...

At least you can wear mitts at work. I showed my husband a picture of the ones I wanted to knit to wear in my arctic office, and he said, "You CAN NOT wear those at work. No way. Not ever."

I think not freezing to death is more important than my image as a big, bad lawyer, but maybe not more important than avoiding my husband's ridicule.

Mel said...

Looks like delays only, which doesn't count as a snow day! Still, drive safely. Tuck was unimpressed with the drifts when he went out to pee a little bit ago.

Julia G said...

Banging on the dumpster is apt to produce very undead and lively raccoons, at least in my neck of the woods! Seriously, Ms. Sheep, when you are done with the fingerless mitts for the storekeeper, you have to get cranking on some T-shirts: "Oh happy, zombie-filled day!" and "You have to make better choices!" on the back. Maybe Spunky Girl could silk-screen them as a perfectly symmetrical art project to raise money for a class trip, bless her heart.

16" of snow (and thundersnow!) and a highway full of jack knifed tractor trailers here on the CT coast. I fell asleep last night early, zonked out after shoveling and figuring the second half of the storm was going to be a bust and just cause a delay. Instead I woke up to an additional foot of snow -- I'd better get shoveling.

The AGK looks extra fluffy - does that predict a heavy snowfall?

Beth said...

That's really nice that you're crocheting mitts for the lady's sister!

Karen said...

On the play ground at pick up yesterday the mothers were concerned about too many snow days. We may have to go into July at this rate. We got another snow day today...

Cursing Mama said...

I fear that all this snow we've gotten this winter is a SIGN of something. Surely snowmageddon after snowmageddon can not be just the way things are.
I just hope that all the books & movies aren't missing some important information like SNOWMAGEDDONS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

Donna Lee said...

I'm having a snow day. We got about 3 inches of snow and then sleet/freezing rain and then about 6 inches more snow. It's a heavy, wet, mess. Right now, there's a 3 foot berm of snow/ice blocking our driveway.

I'm on my way out to shovel.

Knitting Linguist said...

I hope that's working out for you! (The storm miss thing, that is.) Inspired by you, I made knitted Stoopid Square Mittens for the girls, and you won't believe how many of their teachers want a pair. ??