Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Squeal! Good Yarns, Books, and Friends

If you read this blog even semi-regularly, you know that it's been a tough school year for me. And I know I'm not special; there are lots of articles out there about teachers struggling and leaving the field. But things have let up a bit on me (outside of the paperwork!), and I'm enjoying some breathing room.

And even having fun. I started my annual Black History Month unit on roots music today, and my students loved learning about Robert Johnson. Usually, they are not impressed by the scratchy recordings of this iconic bluesman, but this morning my students listened raptly.

And I'm happy with my knitting. The Winter Ridge Poncho is coming along nicely. As promised, I took a photo to show the edging at the bottom, where you start. I had to cast on 488 stitches and figure out how to cast-off without knitting, but it was totally worth it. There is a lot of stockinette in this project, so I caught up on Downton Abbey Sunday night. I am loving it even though I suspect it going to have a ridiculously happy ending.

Then, this arrived in the mail:
I am the lucky winner of Bridget's giveaway. I cannot send enough gratitude to Bridget, who blogs at The Ravelld Sleeve. There are few things I love as much as wandering around a bookstore with a gift certificate in my purse!
I had a couple fabulous hours at Barnes & Noble and decided to treat myself to these two novels:
Satin Island is a very literary novel, the type that requires concentration and thought. A Reunion of Ghosts is the story of three Jewish sisters told against the history of the 20th century, and the author lives right here in Madison.

Thank you so much, Bridget. These are the dog days of winter (if there can be such a thing), and your sweet gift means so much to me. You are an awesome blog friend and I love following your life.

Now my only problem is deciding which to read first.

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along.



17 comments:

  1. Yay for happy endings-yours and Downton!

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  2. Ooo I love the poncho's edging with those little loops. Very pretty. How exciting to have won a gift card! It's almost as if you won an event(shopping)and a gift. Sounds like you had a great time at the bookstore picking up a couple of interesting finds.

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  3. I love that edging with those loop details, looks very fiddly and time consuming to knit!

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  4. Hooray for your great win! As a book lover myself I think you were the perfect person to win that gift card. Glad things are lightening up a bit.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. A gift card to B&N is always a good thing. I like how your poncho is coming along!

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  6. I love the poncho edging. And congrats on winning the gift card. Enjoy your new books.

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  7. Ooh, both books sound good! Hooray for a little breathing room at work -- teaching is not easy, and I admire all who do it. I taught Greek and Latin at the university level for years and loved it, but my one summer spent teaching high school Latin in a residential setting. Oy vey, not for me. Never any downtime, so many emotions and hormones...

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  8. Good job figuring the knit/not knit out! Glad you won the books!

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  9. Ohhh don't you love opening the mailbox to happy surprises! Congrats, I am sure those books will serve you well. As for the knitting, I am loving your colors :)

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  10. So glad to hear that your schoolyear is improving!! Love the shawl; it looks like it will be very cozy. Haven't heard of those two books, but what a fun treat you had in the search. I just finished The Nightingale and loved it.

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  11. Great job on using music to start off the unit? I don't do that enough but when I do, it's so much fun! Thanks for the nudge. And glad you had a good day

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  12. Congrats on the giveaway win. I really like the edge of that poncho.

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  13. Thank you for popping by on my blog. I like the look of those books. Well done for the giveaway win. Barbara

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  14. I am so happy that your school year is improving Yay! and what a nice win, loving your knitting is simply the bestest.

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  15. Glad your time is getting a bit easier.
    Enjoy your new titles they both sound really interesting :)
    x

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  16. What a wonderful gift, so much more than its monetary value! Enjoy your books!

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  17. Congratulations on the giveaway win. I like Bridget's blog a lot too. I feel like the winnings and the winner are good pairing :)

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