Another Mustard Post

December 8, 2006 at 8:57 am (Crochet & Crafts, General Life, Teaching)

…time to catch up. I haven’t been blogging much this week. It’s been rather hectic. Here’s the updates on the goings on in Sarah-ville.

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All your yarn are belong to us.

November 3, 2006 at 10:21 am (Crochet & Crafts, Fun, Funny, Silly)

Thanks to Kari for highlighting this blast from the internet past.


I want one. Now.

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Crochet Club Pics

October 27, 2006 at 2:45 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

Here are some pics from Crochet Club. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scrapbooking is fun.

October 21, 2006 at 8:21 pm (Crochet & Crafts)

We got our wedding pics back from the photographer, and thought it would be an opportunity for me to try out something I’ve wanted to do for a while – scrapbooking. Emma and I went to AC Moore today, and got about $50 worth of scrapbooking odds and ends – an album, a book of plain pages, 4 fancy pages, gold lettering, wedding & fall stickers, ribbon, and some of those 3D sticky things. Emma ended up enjoying it more than I did, and we think we’ve found a new hobby for us to share. All be it, an expensive hobby, compared to crochet.

We’ve got about 10 pages done, and have already discussed going out to get more things for more pages, as well as possibly putting together another book of our trips when all the photos come back from the immigration people.

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“It’s a mustard day…

October 5, 2006 at 8:45 am (Crochet & Crafts, Personal Revelations & Whatnot, Teaching, The Big Move)

…it’s time to ketchup.” Or so my 5th graders tell me. So, here’ s a post that’s got a little bit of everything in it – work, crochet, wedding, and personal.

On the wedding/move front – I took Wednesday off too. I did go to the DMV and get what I needed there. Which took a lot less time than I planned. Trips to the DMV are famous for going into the 5+ hour range, but I was blessed enough to be in and out in less than half an hour. Without any troubles at all. It indeed was my lucky day. After that was done, Em and I developed some more pics to go into the evidence binder. This thing is getting pretty damn big, but I guess it’s better to have more evidence than is needed, than not enough in the first place. In the process, we discovered that emails that Emma had saved in her hotmail account (dating all the way back to 2001) have mysteriously disappeared. Hmm.

I called a JP, and confirmed the date and place for the ceremony. For those who want to know, it’s October 13th (Friday the thirteenth….ooooo!) on the waterfront in Fall River.

Crochet club went well on Monday. All of the kiddos who showed up (17) were able to be single crocheting by the end of the evening. Next week’s going to be continuing to practice sc. When the kids voted to see if they wanted to do one major project, or individual ones, the decision was pretty much split down the middle. So, I might split the group down the middle, and have one group work on a blanket, and the other work on smaller things.

I’m stuck doing make-up standardized testing this morning, with the regular-ed kids. So, I have about 2 hours to babysit and crochet while the cherubs break their brains over filling in those lovely bubbles. I can slowly feel my Lexapro starting to kick in (after 5 days of not taking any and truely falling off the deep end), so today might not be as bad as I thought it would be.

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The Crochet Cult, middle school style.

October 2, 2006 at 11:57 am (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

Day two of Crochet Club is here, and I’m expecting about 20 kids to show up. I’ve “officially” closed the club to new members…mostly because I don’t have enough supplies/help/hands to teach to all those kids. I already have five that are coming that missed last week, so I have to teach chain to those, while the others move onto single crochet. I have to remember to bring the camera sometime, so I can take some pics.

So, as a responce to me not being able to  take more kids in, the kids themselves have started “offshoots” of the club during lunch and recess, and are teaching other kids what I teach them the week before. How cute it that? The staff here calls my group the Crochet Cult, since they are SO into it. Does that make me some sort of yarn-toting cult leader?

Emma’s grandma got home safe and sound, so now Emma and I can get down to
buisness as far as everything we need to get done leading up to my move out there.


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Week One of Crochet Club…

September 25, 2006 at 6:34 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

…a success! I had 16 kids show up, and all of them were able to make a chain by the end of the 90 minutes. I didn’t even need to worry about “projects”; they were happy making bracelets and necklaces. Emma showed them how to make a chain with two strands of yarn, and they were all about it. 🙂 The kids actually want to do a crochet-lunch bunch, and and meet on Thursdays, in addition to Mondays. We’ll see.

Very much looking forward to next week.

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Work Whatnots & Family Fun

September 25, 2006 at 10:57 am (Crochet & Crafts, Personal Revelations & Whatnot, Teaching)

I’m up to 16 permission slips back for Crochet Club today. I’ve asked the clubs advisor if I can split the group into two, and do half on Mondays, and half on Thursdays. Even with Emma helping me out, 16 is a lot of kids for such a hands-on activity. I’m a bit panicy, since I only bought 10 hooks. I brought mine, so I can lend that out.

My school has Stanford Testing this week. One of those lovely fill-in-the-bubble standardized tests. Yeah. It’s only week 5 of school, and we’re already into this garbage. The kids are shot for the rest of the day. Does this make sense to you – I teach 5th and 6th this year, but they had me with a 7th grade group. The 7th grade Title 1 para took a 5th grade group. Even though I have worked with those 7th graders before (last year), doesn’t it seem a bit backward to you? Especially when the 5th grade group involved the student that I work with 1:1, with Asperger’s syndrome? Once again, I am left saying, “I would have not made that decision if it were my place.” I seem to be saying that a lot this year.

Long week for me this week. Every day at work starts at 7am. Monday’s crochet club until 5pm, Tuesday’s professional development until 5:15pm, Wednesday’s staff meeting until 4:45pm, Thursday and Friday are normal (out at 3:45pm). It’s Emma’s Nana’s last week here in America (she’s been here for a month), so Emma and she are taking a coach trip to Boston, probably Wednesday. Saturday is bringing Nana to the airport, then shopping in Wrentham with Emma and Clint. Sunday is moving all of Emma’s stuff from the apartment, to my house.

My house is going to be chock-full next week. Aaron’s girlfriend Jess lives in New Jersey. She’s taking some time off of work, and spending most of October with us. So, we’ll have Mom, Dad, Aaron & Jess, Saul, Abe & Rachel, me & Emma. That, and Abe just had a friend move back from Texas, and we jokingly offered a couch to him. Yay 10 people living in 1 house!

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Crochet Club

September 19, 2006 at 8:27 am (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

Wow. I’ve already got 20 permission slips back from kids wanting to do crochet club. Because of ratios, I can only have 12 to a group – even with Emma coming to help me out.

I have this group of girls that I worked with last year, when I brought in my crochet stuff to do at the end of the school year. They can’t do Mondays (chorus) – I let them know that if they can get a group of 8 to stay on Thursdays, I’d do a day with them. I ran it by the director here at work, and he was fine with that. Not that it’s the #1 factor, but another day of crochet club means more stipend for me. Which is very much needed.

I started on the hair scrunchie that I linked to in my last post…it seems pretty easy to put together. I do like the ideas of lanyards and shoe laces, too! Here are my project lesson ideas:

chain – scrunchies, shoe laces, bracelets, lanyards

sc – wrist bands, head bands, pot holders

hdc – clutches, phone & game cozies

dc – scarves, purses & bags

I also have 5 sessions at the end set aside to work on one continual project. I’m going to talk it over with the kids to see what kind of thing they would want to work on.

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Need Ideas for Chain-Stitch Project

September 18, 2006 at 12:20 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

Okay. So Crochet Club is officially up and running starting next Monday. I have it pretty much set what I want to do, project wise. I’m just looking for ideas on what to “make” the first week, when I teach chain stitch, other than the typical snake/necklace/bracelet type thing.

I did come across this:

But, I have more boys than girls in my group. Ideas, anyone?

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