Every so often, I come to a point where I think it is in my best interest to start focusing on the positive. I'm generally a fairly sunny sort of gal. I can see the up side. However, I still believe it can't hurt to have a list of stuff that is anywhere from moderately to extremely awesome tucked away for an emergency. You never know. Dark days tend to come in strings of ten or twelve. If you are already prepared, then you aren't reduced to stretching yourself into believing that stepping in a pile of doggy doo is a nice way of reminding you to wash your socks.
Here are a few of my latest Favorite Things:
Short Rows, Hold The Wraps
I was startled to learn that a short row heel fits me remarkably well. I was a die hard flapper and nothing was going to convince me that my delicate foot could ever survive being housed in a short row. Until, that is, I tried one. Then I was hooked! Plus they lent themselves so well to the toe-up construction! What could be better?
Well...not having to pick up the stupid wraps on the short rows. That could be better. Wraps suck. There is no way around that. Except that there is!
The interwebs have taught me that the whole wrap-pick-up deal is a big fat lie perpetrated upon us by The Man. TM seems to think that we should all suffer this nonsense for no reason other than it amuses TM to see us going through the agony.
Really all you have to do is get to the point where you'd normally wrap and turn and then just turn. Don't wrap. Wrapping is stupid. Don't go there. Once you've finished the first half of the heel and are at the point where you'd be gearing yourself up for the pick ups, relax. There are no wraps. Every time you get to one before the unworked stitch, knit or purl two stitches together then make one to keep the count right. Turn and carry on just like the wrappers but secure in the knowledge that you have evolved beyond such things.
With a little practice, it looks perfect and even if it didn't there are no wraps so who really cares???
Fellow Educators, hearken to my words! I know your pain. I know what it means to have a roomful of students before you and the need to get all of them on the same web page before the end of the period. I have been there. Some will get it, a few will come close and a small but crucial percentage will give up and just go to YouTube to watch funny baby videos.
PortaPortal is really a much better way to go. As much as I like a good funny baby video, I don't think the taxpayers would appreciate that being a part of the lesson plan. With a free account, you can collect and organize a reasonable number of bookmarks for the little darlings and everyone can get where they need to be with a minimum of scrambling and typos.
The site is teacher friendly and, while the free version has quite a few ads, they are very easy to work around. The whole concept would work well for anyone who needs a lot of people looking at the same thing, really. For example, if you are planning a family vacation and want everyone to take a virtual tour of the island you've chosen to and debate the merits of the bike rental places available, PortaPortal could be most helpful. And you get to choose your own background color, too.
Oh, and yes. The developers are very aware of how much the name sounds like PortaPotty. They did it on purpose because they think it's funny. Which it is.
Yes, it is the American version and yes, we all know that the original BBC show is always going to be better. But I still love this show enough to have stopped watching the latter so it won't spoil it for me. I'll go back later and catch up with it. Josh The Ultra-Adorable Werewolf Who Brings Out A Maternal Side I didn't Even Know I had is worth it. I almost even look forward to Mondays now...
Just kidding. I don't love the IRS. They are not a favorite thing. I sort of hate them even if they are a necessary evil and whatnot. What I do love, however, is that I can get a free transcript of last year's return when my laptop crashes and my "foolproof" back up didn't work out so good either. Of course, I should have requested it sooner, but I like to think a little added stress at tax time is good for the complexion. It gives the cheeks a glow. And that wild, bug-eyed look really takes the crows feet for a nice stretch. You can hardly see them.
Storytelling On A Budget
How happy am I to know that I can get free PodioBooks through Itunes? Here's a hint: VERY! I love to listen to books while I make the dreary commute to work and my Ipod runs nicely through my car's sound system. But audiobooks can get a little spendy and I am, after all, a girl on a budget. I'm not saying that content available for free is always high quality. In fact, it is sometimes kind of dreadful. Still, there are some real gems out there and a great deal of amazing engineering that goes into producing them. Many are even fully cast. And zombie laden. Lots of zombie fiction out there just waiting to distract me from the fact that I am going to work.
I have lots of other favorite things, but these are my current pick-me-ups. When I feel the blues start to peek their ugly little heads around the corner, I just put on my short-row socks, add a new bookmark to my class site and cue up a tale of horrific, ghastly ghouls. Suddenly, the world is a brighter place except for the tax stuff.
I wonder if werewolves have to do taxes...
I would like a typo better
6 days ago