Aside from that vicarious pleasure, a lot of true loveliness came my way this week and made for a super easy TToT. Forward!
There's an article on Lefty Pop this week, written by Natalie. Excuse me while I get political in my favorite subcategory, but a court in California made the profoundly poor decision of ruling teacher tenure a violation of students' rights. This is yet another stroke against public education in the guise of improvement. When will we stop teacher bashing and consider problem solving using teachers' teachers' experience and input? Even if you don't live in CA, give it a read. Seriously, do it now. This decision will spread.
So why is that on the TToT? I knew about the decision and wanted to write something but knew I didn't have the time. I am so happy Natalie wrote such an excellent article. It's fair and true, true, true. If you doubt whether I am qualified to speak on this subject, please read this true story of union retaliation in the public school system.
And on to lighter subjects...
On the Myers-Briggs, I am a J, which I understand means (in part) that I am more of a finisher than a starter. Working purely from home has brought out the P in me as evidenced by the numerous unfinished projects that litter our office. Nevertheless, it gave me great pleasure be able to finish several projects in the mending pile. Functional sewing is something I'd like to do well, both from an skill point of view and an economic one. I practice on my own clothing, but this week, I mended several items owned by other family members well. If not the on the first go, then the second with no one the wiser.
I also got to do some fun, creative sewing too. Years ago, I decided I wanted to make my daughter curtains for her room. I had my father sketch out some animals, and then I embroidered them on muslin ("Muslin curtains give the room such an air, don't they?" said Anne Shirley). But we never got around to more than one panel (and I accidentally used the rest of the muslin on another project), and it's been languishing in a closet since we moved, and I just decided it could become a decorative pillow instead. I had to cut off the pig, but he'll find his home in another project down the road.
Moving on, I noticed on facebook this week that an old high school friend commented about our upcoming 20-year reunion. I had never made it on the reunion list, which is not at all surprising considering my high school popularity, and I was not at all bothered since I wouldn't have gone even if I had gotten more than two weeks' notice, but I have 100% enjoyed snooping into the lives of old classmates without having to have any social interaction with them. Facebook makes it easy to be an introvert.
|Gosh, I loved that wedding dress. I worked with a dressmaker on it, and my aunt described it as Grace Kelly-esque.|
I remembered that we decided last year that we would save money by skipping anniversary gifts and going out for a nice dinner. But Brian forgot, haha! So in addition to a lovely meal in a snazzy restaurant, I got a new set of playing cards (I believe in having a set of cards on hand at all times) and a new sundress (in the form of a gift card).
And check out the presentation of my bronzini!
Finally, with Brian out of town for a conference and sitter coming tomorrow morning so I can go swimsuit shopping alone (oh, the freedom and solitude), I am getting much needed quiet time in preparation for a week of company. I am going to love seeing our visitors, but it's going to drain me of all my social juices within hours.
P.S. I've been reading up on Clark's Doctrine this week, and I made an effort to show all three sides in this post. How did I do?
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