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Friday, November 18, 2011

This post is brought to you by lack of sleep

It's finals again so you know what that means.  No sleep.  Staying up later than necessary and getting up earlier than necessary because Alex gets the roosters up.  Surfing the web when I should be researching for a paper.  And blogging. 

So what's new around here?  Nothing really.  I'm knitting more projects that I can count.  I've got a few designs kicking around too.  I've got several repair projects (including the one where the woman complained about the finished results for a sweater that was literally missing an elbow, and the one where the lady had to come get it and take it to be cleaned because it was infested with moth eggs).  I've got research to do for my hubby's side project.  And I've got family holiday knitting.

My boys traditionally (for the last 2 years, lol) get a pair of knit socks for Christmas.  This year I've got other guys who need to get in on the act and I don't have a lot of time.  I started a pair with Berroco Sox in a blue faux fair-isle pattern that's boring me to tears.  Dante selected the skein in the summer, and then Aaron said he liked it so I started knitting the sock.  Turns out that neither of them actually love the resulting sock (and I don't either) so on Wednesday night I broke down and bought a skein of Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in Harmony Starlight...cause it GORGEOUS!  I decided to use that for Aaron's socks and knit the Sox for Dante, but when I showed the Crazyfoot to Dante to see what he thought, he really liked it too.  So now I think I've got to drop another 23 bucks and get a skein for Dante too!  I tell ya...every time I try to knit from my stash, it doesn't work out.  Why do I even HAVE a stash!?

Now, in other knitting news, I'm finishing the first of the Takoma sleeves today and feeling pretty good about the progress on my sweater.  One more to go and I'll get to cut the steeks!  Also, I'm not sure if I'm going to get around to knitting the sweater for Alex's little girlfriend.  It's just too much work this close to Christmas. 


And finally, I'm having the usual issues with Dante's school and the teacher's lack of understanding regarding how to help students with ADHD to be successful in class.  His grades are terrible this quarter and when I spoke to some of the teachers, they acted like they didn't understand why he couldn't just write down his homework like other students because "it's listed on the board for the whole week" or "I tell them to exchange emails with other students so they can check their assignments" or "all my freshmen email me to ask questions if they need to".  Did anyone remind him of that?...cause the other schools didn't bother to teach him any problem solving or study skills or time-management.  Would it kill you to say "homework is on the board...write it down" or "a major assignment is due on Tuesday...remember to get it done"?  So what's a mom left to do when it's clear that her child's school (which...I kid you not...looks like a prison on the inside) can't handle his education?  The school that's failed to meet statewide standards for the last 3 years in a row?  Well, I'll tell you.  If his grades don't improve this next quarter, then I'll be picking up some financial aid forms from the local private school, and contacting some homeschooling companies to consider the options.  His school isn't going to get any better, and I'm not going to let this stand, so I'll have to let you know when I know what my options are and what my next move is gonna be.  Meanwhile, I'll be over here doing my final projects and knitting socks.