The school year ended for me on Wednesday, and it was bittersweet for a change. One of my best friends took a job at our Central Administration, which means I will see even less of her next year than I did this year. Several teachers were furloughed due to budgetary reasons, and others reassigned. Two good colleagues retired after a combined 70 years of service. And sadly, for me at least, several students said good-bye for what I know to be the last time as one was a foster child and two more were living in shelters. Usually I am really happy when the end of the year comes, but this time . . . kind of a little sad as well.
A few weeks back, Mountain Knits and Pearls hosted classes by Annie Modesitt. Considering my personal days were eaten up by a Kings Of Leon concert, Dad's convention, and graduation (umm, that was the last post), I was only able to take the afternoon class on knitting techniques. While I was really looking forward to her combination knitting class, I was supremely chuffed with the knitting techniques class. Talk about fun and informative! The I-Bobbles that Annie demonstrated were worth their weight in gold (and considering I was using Cascade 220, that would be worsted people . . . little knitting humor for you). I've used them on every bobble produced now on the Great American Afghan. The edging that she showed us would only make sense for a knitter since it didn't roll at all. Good-bye stupid looking garter edge, hello perfection . . . meow, indeed!
Lola has been in Los Angeles for this week on business. Our parents were super concerned about her driving in LA as she had a tendency to get lost as a teenager but hasn't had any problems with it during her ten plus years on the road. Why they were concerned is beyond me . . . even the Flyer told them that she would be fine. After talking to her on Wednesday, she said it is worse driving in Detroit than LA. About two weeks ago, she bought the Wii Active and started the 30-Day Challenge. Not to be left out, I picked it up Wednesday after school got out (fine, after I had lunch and drinks with my team and then came home and slept for three hours) and started yesterday. Learning from my sister, I opted for the low intensity workout. Ummm, EA Sports? How about a "you are a couch potato and really need a no intensity" level? That would be really nice, thank you very much. Not for nothing, but the trainer, who I am dubbing DTB for "Digital Trainer Bitch", doesn't need to complimenting me on my form so profusely. A little, "Keep it up" now and then would be fine . . . not as much, "Wow! You have stellar form!" since I know I don't. Either way, it is giving me a good workout and making me slightly more accountable.
Knitting news? Not much, but I did finish my friend L's first Monkey sock. I love this pattern (hell, it's memorized), I love this yarn (Cascade's Heritage Hand Paints - can they do anything wrong?), and I love this friend . . . it's a trifecta of love!
Off to mow the lawn since today looks like the only rain free days for about the next five and then laundry . . . housewife is back, Flyer baby! Enjoy the weekends, again!