Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I put in a lot of time on the Keep Me Sampler (pictured here). There's a bit more progress since this picture was taken. I had some dye lot problems with the overdyed threads that have been resolved. (note to self: purchase extra skeins for these multi-year projects)
Last Sunday, I went to a sampler exhibit with some members of my sampler guild. We are stitching the Petit Sampling Etui as a guild SAL. When I was discussing it with another member, I realized I'm not nearly as far as I should be so I've been working on that.
And lastly, I've been piecing a quilt that will be my sister's Christmas present, and I finally, finally, make the backing for the quilt top I finished last year for my son.
I'll have to call my aunt and tell her that her advice was great!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The moon landing is just one of the historical events that I try not to let my elementary students know that I've witnessed first hand. Not that they would be able to calculate how old I am, but their parents and even more importantly, their teachers (my co-workers) can. I've now reached that certain age where I am the second oldest faculty member at one of my schools and believe me, the parents and teachers look younger every year. In fact, I have children the same age as some of the faculty members (and unfortunately, a few of the parents). And I remember a couple of them when they were students in our building. I have to remind myself not to raise my eyebrows when they call me by my first name.
All of this is leading up to the fact that my birthday will be here-again!-in 3.5 weeks. I'll be turning 56 and I have to tell you this one is hitting me hard. I breezed through 40, 45, 50 (well, maybe not so much), and 55 only to come slamming up against 56. I keep thinking about how that's only 4 years from 60 when I hope to retire. I already feel like I'm a dinosaur at work although I do have much wisdom to offer those 24 year olds. And I've had a couple of minor age-related health problems. A pain in my hip after walking that my sister, a physical therapist, thinks is probably a touch of arthritis. (She insisted I'm not too young to have arthritis, but what does she know? She's only 54). The nice dentist I consulted yesterday said that my toothache is probably because the filling last week came close to the nerve and that as we get older, it takes us longer to bounce back. Yeah, I'm relieved I don't need root canal (yet), but I have a toothache because I'm old??? Sheesh!!
Monday, July 20, 2009
I apologize for the delay between posts. Life intervened in the form of a lot of pain following a dental appointment. That issue still isn't resolved, but I'm going back today so I'm hoping it will be taken care of. We also had an overnight guest on Friday. I always look forward to seeing him as he is one of the most upbeat people I know. Another friend was over on Saturday afternoon which was a perfect day for sitting out on the deck. Due to the houseguest, I had to do a little extra cleaning, but I also managed to get out to lunch with a friend and cut out the pieces for a quilt I'm making for my sister for Christmas.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I used some of the "down" time over the weekend to read Born Digital by Paltrey and Gasser. It's pretty dry and I think they spend a lot of words hammering home their points. Really all you need to read is the final chapter to get the gist of the book. But I was struck by their estimate that their children who are millenial babies (or Digital Natives) will have spent 10,000 hours as active users of the internet by the time they are 20. They say that this amount of time is roughly equivalent to what a musician is expected to practice in order to become a professional.
All of this has obvious implications for educators and how we deliver instruction, but it also gives me pause to think about how I'm spending my time online. I love reading stitching and quilting blogs and looking at what the shops have to offer. I love being able to get access to book and restaurant reviews instantly. I love that I was able to get airline tickets and book the hotels for two upcoming trips in less than 30 minutes. I love that I was able to buy theater tickets to surprise my son for his birthday. But. . .there are those days when I can spend an hour or more surfing just to unwind. I'm having to make choices about using my time that my parents never had to make (wonder it they felt the same way about television). It's a matter of learning to prioritize and figure out what's really important. (Edited to add) And what would I be really good at if I spent 10,000 hours on it?
What are your thoughts?
Monday, July 6, 2009
As I've mentioned in previous posts, I work in a public school. I provide a special education service which means that I must follow a federal law governing the rights of the students. One of those rights is that parents can sue the school district if they make a case that appropriate services are not being provided to their child. For the first time in over 25 years in the schools, I was involved in such as case. The issue was more with classroom services than with my services, and our lawyer feels strongly that the school district will win. Nonetheless, I had to participate in the legal proceedings last week and testified for two hours. It is an understatement to say that it was a nervewracking experience, one that I hope never to have to repeat. I spent most of the day following my testimony laying around the house and trying to regroup. Gradually over the weekend I managed to pull myself together and my energy is returning. I'm now allowing myself to fall into my summer schedule--leisurely reading the paper in the morning, doing a major cleaning project in the morning, reading, stitching or quilting in the afternoon. Ahhhh. . .
(The design on the pillow? It was a freebie several years ago.)