Monday, January 31, 2011

Becoming Well-Rounded

Well we've made it to the half way point. Yesterday marked the beginning of the 21st week. Bring on the second half.

As I venture further into this pregnancy, there are so many things I feel I need to accomplish before The Bean arrives. I don't mean just the normal nesting stuff, getting the nursery ready, prepping clothes and diapers. All of a sudden I have this need to sew and to quilt. I want to be able to sew up some things for the baby, to make a quilt to snuggle in, to not rely on store bought items.

I guess this is all part of the adventure to being "well-rounded." I've been reflecting on what I'm good at, what needs to be learned, what needs to be improved, and what needs to be let go. There are some things I feel good about right now like my abilities to teach my students (although I did have a nightmare about losing control of my class), growing The Bean, eating healthy, going to yoga, and taking my vitamins.

There are other things I feel I am not so good at right now such as fulfilling my creativity quotient, being creative in the kitchen (although I did make a mean teriyaki sauce the other day), keeping up with cleaning, putting away laundry, and getting school work done in a timely fashion.

I begin to worry about these things I am lacking in and how I will be able to change those things and adjust before (and when) The Bean arrives. I suppose that's all in the process of being well-rounded. I know one thing I am good at, adaptability. I'll just rely on that for now.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday in Stitches

Saturday morning are great for knitting. A cup of coffee to sip, the peaceful click click click of knitting needles, and a cozy kitty next to me. So much quieter than the hustle and noise of my classroom on a daily basis during the week. Eighth graders can sure make a racket. Even my smallest classroom of thirteen students can be so loud. I don't notice it while teaching, it's just part of the daily business, but then when I am home and sitting in this quiet I realize how noisy the days really are. Back to my click click clicking...

Working on a sweet soft sweater for a newborn little angel. A good friend of mine just had a little baby girl and when searching through my patterns I just had to make this particular sweater (link will be added later after she gets it). I'm using Sublime Yarns Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK in the "Pebble" colorway. It is so super soft and squishy. I will have to make The Bean something in this delicious yarn as well, perhaps a little sweater for cool summer evenings.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Mission: 52 in 52

I decided that the best way to establish a solid stash of knitted goodies for The Bean was to start a 52 in 52 project. The task is to knit 52 items in 52 weeks. It's a daunting task but I have confidence that in the end, The Bean will have a glorious stash of the most glorious knitted items. Pants, sweaters, tops, hats, and all sorts of other squishy knitted goodness. To start off the stash right, a sweet pair of newborn longies.

Project #1: Mosaic Moon Sunflower Longies

Mosaic Moon "Sunflower" on Mt Meadow Rambouillet yarn

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Work In Progress

Meet The Bean
Coming June 2011
Mom's nose included

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What I'm Doing These Days: A List

**Stepping forward in my career path

**Student teaching at a middle school with a great group of 8th graders

**Growing The Bean


**Contemplating creating a quilt for The Bean

**Spending a lot of time staring at baby clothes and other cute stuff


**Eating an amazing amount of salt and vinegar chips

**Enjoying the winter snow

**Discovering all varieties of decaffeinated beverages at Caribou Coffee


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