Vacation at last
It’s December 20th, and I realize it’s been months upon months since I’ve blogged. I think to myself… ‘I know I can get back to regular blogging… especially because it’s a vacation week’. However, reality strikes and I realize that I’m swamped with ‘enjoying’ the vacation with my children and family and those moments when I could have blogged dissolve away quickly…
I do miss blogging,… it got me through a difficult few years when I was lonely and unhappy with our move to PA. I met many wonderful and supportive friends, mostly knitters, who shared in my passions of family, dogs, kids, running, cooking and knitting. Most of these lovely people I’ve kept in touch with through facebook, or Ravelry… because those social networks are a bit quicker and easier for me to update than this blog… but I still do miss blogging, so I’m going to give it a try at least over this holiday break from school.
Working full time has taken away much of my free knitting time and crafting time, but I still squeak out a few knit projects here and there and of course decorate cakes whenever the need arises… whether it be a birthday party or school fundraiser, I just adore coming up with a way to make a unique and fun cake.
This is my third year of teaching (well, not a full year, but I’m counting it as my third.. because… well.. this is my third group of 6th graders). I’m enjoying my job more and more with each passing day. The students overwhelm me with their eagerness in my classes, and their love for science and for all of their teachers. Many people have responded to my choice to teach middle school with surprise or the exclamation that they could never do it…. and my response is always that this age is wonderful. Students in the 6th grade still have a love and respect for school and their teachers…. (there is something magical that happens in the summer of 6th to 7th grade that instills a level of hmmmmm….. what to call it that isn’t derogatory… let’s just say a level of self knowledge…. that explains why so few 7th graders return to visit me each year.. it’s ok though because in 8th grade they get over themselves and they make their way back to my classroom…) 6th graders are eager to please, and are children who are explorers… exploring their own world as it morphs around their own morphing bodies… I love being a part of all of that.
Besides knitting time, I miss the extra time I had for meal preparation. In spite of the fact that our lives are always going at breakneck speed, and the activities have increased as the kiddos have aged… we still manage to have a family dinner nearly every night of the week. One of my favorite (and lately only) channels to watch on tv when I can squeak in a show or two is the Food Network. And… this week while on vacation I sat in our big oversized chair with Emmett and knit like a looney while watchign a new favorite cook… Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman. Wow… just wow… her recipes are pretty basic (mostly) and just wonderful ‘down home’ cookin! Perfect for my family. I’m trying many of her recipes this week and am really thrilled… so far.
Tomorrow we’re having our neighbors over for dinner and I’m trying her Pot Roast recipe. I have not made a pot roast in years… mostly because hubs doesn’t love pot roast… he confided in me that it was because when his mom made them everything was just super bland… and so I’m going to try this recipe and hopefully will hit a home run with it. I’ll be serving roasted garlic mashed potatoes with it because, like Ree, I cannot stand the way that potatoes prepared with a roast get all mealy tasting.
I’ll let you know how it turns out. Ree is the ‘inner me’… that I’ve always wanted to be… she’s a spiritual, educator, who loves crafting and cooking… plus, she lives on a ranch… (how awesome is that!)
On the knitting front, I’ve got a major case of the mojo! I’ve knit pretty consistently each day… I already cranked out two dishcloths, two hats, a scarf and have another hat on the needles… I’ll update when I can with pictures.
Hope you are having as wonderful a week as I am as we inch ever closer to Christmas weekend!