Saturday, September 23, 2006


I hate it when I am moved to curse, but last weekend, I swear, I SWORE about 100 times! I had to take the PRAXIS II exams for my teaching certification. No biggie, right? I mean, I've taken two different levels of the Arizona Educator's whatcha-ma-jiggy, so I should be okay with this, right? I had thought "maybe I should study. . ." but, then, well, the reality of my life - I am a first year teacher - set in, and I barely had time to eat, let alone study for an exam that I might, in all reasonableness, already be prepared for.

Well, 101 F#@%'s later, I'm not so sure I'm as smart as I thought. That sucker was hard! I mean, I was an English major in my past life - for my first degree, and on some of those literature questions (that were supposed to be geared towards knowledge that an elementary student - max of 8th grade - would be expected to answer) I was like - "huh"???? And then, just for good measure, to make sure I knew I was pissed at myself, I had to throw in that expletive. A number of times!

Then, there was the whole issue of the very unprofessional testing proctors at Bowie State University. That's a whole nother blog entry entirely, and I have to go sign up for Sock Wars so that I can make sure I'm not about to be assassinated. . . maybe I'll have time later to go into the unbelievable happenings just actually trying to TAKE that test. Oh the horrors!


Monday, September 11, 2006

Fall at

Check out the Fall issue of Knitty! As if I needed any more reason to increase my stash or put another project on the needles!

Check it out:

I especially like "Lucie" although I've just about had it with the midriff-baring lengths to sweaters. I will knit this one longer, definitely, but the sleeves and the neck are perfect - great design!

Also, "Ivy" needs to be in my wardrobe. Not to mention I HAVE this yarn in my stash. It will take a couple additional skeins, but I bought this yarn and color earlier in the year thinking I would use it for Sizzle, but changed my mind when I realized how warm it was going to be (not to mention I would never be able to obtain the desired drape if I knit this to the suggested gauge for Sizzle). I am also considering a shawl with this yarn, however, so this may require a Stitches East stash enhancement depending on what I decide.

And I may just have to try "Sherwood" for The Boy. He absolutely hates wearing sweaters, but that one is so cute - he will agree to wear it for a picture, at least!

Now, where can I find the time to knit all of this?????? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Life is a cruel joke sometimes!


Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Has everyone heard the news? So, so sad - The Crocodile Hunter has been killed! I am seriously down in the dumps about this. This man was so passionate (translate "crazy") about what he did. He absolutely loved what he did. Which is, I guess, then, fitting that he died doing what he loved, but damn! For the fearless crocodile hunter to be killed by a STING RAY? c'mon! They let kids swim with these creatures! What a freak accident, and it makes me very sad. This man had lots of heart, loved his craft, seemed like a fine, stand-up dad, and man in general, and he is gone.

Don't even get me started on the "every perfect man has to die, because the real world just ain't like that" thing. Cause I really do believe that, and Steve Irwin's death helps to prove my point.

'Nuff said.

Steve, you are missed!