I thought I'd have more time once one of my little ones was in school. I don't know what I was thinking.
I haven't picked up a crochet hook in weeks- it's leading to crankiness on my part :) I'm making the Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl by Evelyn Clark, I thought for me, but my mom's birthday is next week and she mentioned that she liked it, so it'll probably be her's if I can get it finished & blocked by tomorrow night's party.
I saw it first in the Wrap Style book, but didn't want an entire book for just that pattern, and I've already paid overdue fees on it twice from the library- I finally just bought the pattern from her website so I'll have it forever and can take my time making a second one for myself.
Just a couple more things that aren't really related to crafting, but are big in my life right now.
Some friends of ours recently adopted a sweet little baby from Ethiopia and we've loved learning all about her old family and welcoming her.
Next, I'm the head of the library committee for my son's school, and besides helping out there once a week we now need to raise some money for the books. The librarian was anticipating a lot more money than she has now for book buying, but we recently found out it wasn't going to happen after all. The standard is a 15-1 book to student ratio, our aim is 6-1 by the beginning of the next school year, but right now we're at 2-1. Sad.
So if you have any suggestions on what you've done at your schools (whether as parents, students, administrators or fellow librarians)- let me know! The only thing is that books can't be donated- they have to be purchased to have library binding so all we can do is find the money to pay for those specific types of books. Oh, and we're trying to grow the Spanish and English sections at the same rate, but since they'll be adding Mandarin in 3 years, we'll need some of those too :)
Lastly, and most definitely one of the most tragic things to happen in our little circle is that a second grade teacher at our school, along with her husband and 4 year old son and 7 month old daughter were killed on Saturday in an accident on the freeway. They were sandwiched between semi's and erupted in flames. It's been a horrible and sobering blow to our school and community and I feel so horrible for their families and friends. It's just been in my thoughts nonstop and I felt I needed to mention it- so please be careful when you drive- it's easy to forget how dangerous it can be.
I plan on being back next time in a better mood :)