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I am doing the National Poetry Outloud Contest with my advanced acting class.  We were looking through the online archive of poems and I found a whole bunch of FIBs. 

I had never heard of a FIB before.  It is kind of like a Hiku, except the lines are based on the Fibonacci sequence of numbers (1/1/2/3/5/8).  I think they are kind of cool.

Anyway, the poem:

Fib to a Knit Dweeb
By Mary Roberts
I
spend
my days
wondering
if Lion Brand Fun Fur
will make a nice pair of undies.
COULD YOU JUST DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I came across this on another blog from a knitting theatre teacher (really, there are more of us- it is a stressful job- the wool helps!) 

I’m not sure how interesting everyone will find my reading list- I enjoyed thinking about it . . . I guess it is true . . . my sweetie does say I read a lot! 

I am not sure if it helps to know that my first obession has always been reading (I nearly failed 3rd grade . . . because I did NOTHING else but read- I would hide books in my mathbook!)Before I was a theatre major- I was an English major (actually I ended up with a double- in 4 years- I may be a bit crazy!).  I thought this was fun!

Here’s how it works: In the list of books below, bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, put an XX before the ones you won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

 1. +The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) 2. +Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. +To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)I even had to teach this my first year teaching- I love the book- but teaching it sucked- I don’t think I will ever read it again- it was not fun to teach- I had to spend 9 weeks on it (the time line was set for me) 3-4 weeks would have rocked- 9 weeks SUCKED


4. XXGone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)

5.+ The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. +The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. +The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8.A nne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)

9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. *A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. +Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. +Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17.* Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. XXThe Stand (Stephen King)- Iget scared way too easy!
19.+ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. +Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
I have a deep love for Victorian Lit!  Really!  Bronte’ and Austin are my friends!
21.+The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. XX
The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)This is one of the worst books EVER- I do not like journey stories- I just don’t and this one fits most steroptypes!
23.Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

24. *The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25.
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. +The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
I didn’t get this!  I read it when I started dating my husband- he loved it!
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. +The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
LOVE ALL OF THESE- Read all 9 last Christmas just for fun!
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. +Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33.* Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. +1984 (Orwell)
35. +The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. *The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. *The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38.+ I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. +The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)

40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. *The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. +Bible (some of it, at least)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. XXGreat Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)

56. *The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. +Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. +The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
THE BEST BOOK EVER!  My fave 3 auhors Atwood, Austen and Allende (I know they have NOTHING in common except they are women- but I love them anyway!)
60. *The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)

63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)

64. Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. *Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)

69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
I read this A LOT-  A sweet little book (2 hours tops) about the problems with becoming and adult and how much we loose as we grow up!  I love it!
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. *
The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)

79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. +Charlotte
’s Web (E.B. White)
81. *Not Wanted On the Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. *Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. *Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85.
Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. *The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. *Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. *Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. *In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James
Joyce)  

Friday was awards night for my Thespian Society at school.  We had the best time!

Zae was pretending that he was the teacher!

  

The Little Teacher

And then, my kids gave him an award!  He got to go up on the stage and EVERYTHING!

 Best Knock Knock Joke!

 I Got an AWARD 

Zae told the cast of the Spring Show a joke:

“Knock Knock”

“Who’s there?”

“Taco”

“Taco Who?”

“Taco on a Pirate Ship!” 

Yep, that was the award winning joke!  My kids are so sweet!  The award made his night!  He had me hang it in his room where he can see it every night! 

Another proud moment- MY DRESS!  I haven’t had it on since before I was Prego!  Last time I tried, it was about 6 inches from zipping!  I tried it on Friday, for a kick and it FIT!!!!!!!!!!  Not the best picture of it . . . but I had to share!

My pretty dress  

 

That is all, not much knitting going on in our world- it is finals week!  I have the class that is in the room RIGHT NOW to grade then I don’t have any more classes!  Just a room to clean etc!!!!!!!!!!!  I am SO ready for vacation.

 

Especially since I just found out that I am teaching Film History next year.  I know NOTHING about film history.  I have never seen Citizen Cane or Gone with the Wind or ANYTHING like that!  I don’t go to the movies that often. 

I am trying to focus on the good side- I am going to HAVE to watch movies all summer- I will be working!!!!!!  And when I watch a movie . . . I have to knit . . . it helps keep me focused!

See it is true . . . every cloud does have a silver lining!

I can’t wait till school is over.  This last month has been VERY long.

 

Zae had an “issue” with his teacher- and we had to move him classrooms.  I have had problems with this teacher for a while now, but was doing the head low- it isn’t a big deal thing.  Then she was MEAN- SUPER EVIL –MEAN to my little guy and I LOST it.  If Zae had done something that would be one thing, but she was just mean for no reason- without details, she put him down during circle time IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE CLASS!  Zae was heartbroken!  Mama Bear came out and it wasn’t fun.  The end of the story is that with only 1 month left in the year- Zae got moved into the next class up.  He has wanted to “move up” for a while, and I think the class is a better brain fit for him.  The fact that he can do ALL the work that the class up is doing WITHOUT having been in the class does not say much for the school- this is why he will be at a new school next year.  Right now EVERY morning is a fight- he doesn’t want to go to school.  He just wants to stay home.  He and I have made a paper chain so he can count down the days.  I feel AWFUL for him.  It makes me so MAD that this person made a thoughtless comment and now my son is unhappy with school.  Until the day it happened, he has been excited to go to school.  I just hope the summer off will help.

 

As you know we have been at a contract problem with our district.  This is solved for now (YEAH), but the 2 weeks in May we spent working to contract put me SO far behind that I can’t get caught up.  My Thespian Awards night is going to suck as they are not getting any awards (they won’t be in on time).  I feel AWFUL!

 

All of this other junk has left me with this . . .

 Please play with me . . .

 

Knitting I really need/want to get done, but I don’t know when.  9 ½ school days left, 14 real days . . . I think I can . . . I think I can . . . I think I can . . .

We had a rally this morning.  A total waste of my time!  My kids even wanted to know if the class could all SKIP the rally and keep working (this would have made the period 2 1/2 hours long).  That the kids (granted, it was my advanced class and they have a show next week) would rather work in class than attend this thing says a lot!  My kids sat there and did work! 

I understand the need for school spirit and such, but PLEASE- we are here to get an education- not sit in the gym and watch pie eating contests.

Did I mention this was a rally to honor academics- we took class time (most classes are only 30 min- pointless) in order to honor kids for doing well in class.  WE wasted a day of teaching in order to honor kids for grades,  all during the end of the school year, with major projects, class trips and graduation looming around the corner!  And it was for 1st semester, it took this long to get it together for LAST semester, it was over the end of January- I can’t even remember what I did in January! 

This is what I did during the rally . . .

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Another bib for another baby.  One of the women who sits behind me in church is due next month.  I thought I would do a few of the M&D Bibs for her.  I don’t know her well, I am not even sure of her name, but it just seems like a nice thing to do.  This is not the cone yarn- but Sugar and Cream.  I was going to do the first sweater in this, but dye lots being what they are- I couldn’t find more than 1 ball in any lot- so I have like 3 balls in this color that DON’T MATCH AT ALL!

My next post shall address the EVIL that is the new M&D baby sweater.  The problem is not with the knitting, but with the fly by the seat of her pants, I know what I am doing and I don’t need to write anything down knitter.   I wonder, will I ever get the fact that I NEED, MUST write down what I am thinking!

I don’t think so either . . .

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This is what my family did for fun on Wednesday night.  The blurry pic (on porpose) shows just a small portion of the teachers and teacher supporters at our School Board meeting last night. 

We had a rally/protest before the meeting then a few people spoke at the meeting.  We returned the LAME, TRASHY CHEAP tote bags given to the teachers yesterday for National DAY OF THE TEACHER.  We asked insted that they fill the bags with health coverage.  That is the sticking point.  They want to cut our health coverage.  We say NO!  We want the same choice we have always had.  Benifits are one of the real good things when it comes to teaching.  The pay is garbage, but full coverage is nice-  They want to take that away from us.  And they are surprised when my school alone has lost 44 teachers over the past 4 years!  Gee . . . anyone have any ideas.

Tonight I hope to get some knitting in- if the migraine I am fighting today doesn’t win.  I think it might be stress related.

Thanks for letting me vent!

OH MY GOSH!  I went with my mom, and a high school age cousin and his friend last night to see Kathleen Turner and Bill Irvin in Albee’s Whose Afraid of Virgina Woolf.  OH MY GOSH!!!  WOW!  I love when I get to go to “Big” theatre (tour shows from New  York and the like) and they are as good as I want them to be!  Last night was.

Ms. Turner is as wonderful live as you would think.  When you go see BIG theatre with BIG names, there is what I think is this STUPID moment when the NAME comes on stage and the house claps.   I hate this.  As a massive theatre geek, I think that real clapping, more than just the polite thank you for performing for us, should be earned.  I think that just because you have had amazing performances BEFORE the one I am about to see does not mean that you deserve to be clapped for BEFORE you perform for me.  Live theatre is just that Live . . . I can’t count the number of times I have told my kids that no matter how good last nights show was, it doesn’t count and might as well not have ever happened for all it matters.  It is this show, this audience that counts, everything else is under the bridge.

Having said that- SHE REALLY DESERVED IT!  WOW!  The whole cast (all 4 of them) were great, amazing really.   If you ever get the chance to see the show- DO IT!  Wow- it is dark, funny, twisted and one of the saddest thing I have ever seen- but SEE IT.

They other joy for the evening, my cousin and his friend.  Both are in or will be next year an arts academy program.  Friend is in the Drama portion.  It was fun to get to attend such a show with 2 kids who wanted to know more.  We talked about false arches (when you make the traditional stage opening smaller in order to focus the attention in on a drama).  We talked about the acting challenges to holding the attention of thousands of people when the house is so open and large and designed for things like musicals (I saw CATS and Fiddler and RENT in the same theatre we were in last night).  It was fun.  It was also really sweet to hear cousin’s friend say, “WOW your cousin is brilliant!”  to which cousin said, “Yep, if you want to learn about theatre, you want to go with Kae and Auntie( what he calls my  mom).”

Later, they both said they wished they could come to my school instead of theirs.  That my program sounded much better than thiers!

It was a great night!  Today we are off to a children’s museum!  Have a great one!

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