Sunday, January 30, 2022
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Friday, January 28, 2022
Yesterday was a very weird day. My last class of the day was a bit wild, and as they were heading out after the bell rang a student looked at me and said "sorry for school". I laughed so hard at that! This is the same student who said to me the other day that they can't understand how I teach kids. Some days I don't get it either (or I wonder if I am actually teaching them anything). But I keep on trying.
In other teacher news, I am really pleased with my lesson planning. I have bio actually planned through the first day of March! There is a week of vacation between now and then so it is not quite as impressive as it sounds, but I think it's pretty impressive. I also think that maybe, just maybe, I found a way to make a pretty confusing, very boring subject (cell organelles) a bit more interesting. Maybe. We'll see. But I have some plans. I also have a good amount of math planned out. Not all the way until March, but I could have. I didn't want to write in the plans until I physically had the work ready to hand out. Sooooon...
After school I came home and I managed to get in some time working on a doll I have been trying to get finished up. I managed it! Then I had to go and help someone move, so I didn't have time to do any more doll work. But I got some done. That's something.
The plan was simple, grab some stuff and go meet the landlord to get the keys, drop off the stuff, go to the storage locker and get more stuff, drop the stuff off and go to Walmart before the big snowstorm. It was a simple plan... until I did something stupid. It was a bit dark, being just about sunset when we got the the unit, and I angled the car so the headlights could shine in. I have done it before, it was not an issue. I forgot my battery has been being a bit squirrely lately. So the few minutes (maybe 15? Maybe less? I didn't time it) that I was playing car Jenga was enough to kill the battery. Oh crap. Backup was called in to not only help empty the storage unit some more, but to jump my car. Which did not work. Crap. So I sent the others off and called AAA and Travis and I grabbed the car blankets and bundled up. It was cold.
So we waited for AAA and I admired my car Jenga skills, honed by years of model horse showing. The others came back and we were still waiting. We got in the toasty warm car to warm up a bit. I said why don't we move everything from my car to yours, and you can get more moving done while we can keep waiting. Apparently AAA will come out and replace your battery. Who knew? So I played car Jenga in a new car and decided we needed to get out of the cold. Bundled and blanketed or not, it was really cold. And AAA was very busy since a lot of cars were acting up in the cold. We went next door from the storage place to a restaurant and ordered some dinner... and then I got the text from AAA (lol, of course!) so I asked the waitress if she could box up our food when it was ready and we would come right back and get it. And then we went back to the storage place.
Nick from AAA has some insanely good driving skills. Which you would expect from a tow truck driver, but he backed a long flatbed down the aisle of the storage place! Holy cow! He said he'd try to jump my car first, worth a try since he was there... and Nick must have magic because the car started! I was so thrilled! And cold. I still think I should replace the battery, it has been wonky every now and then for a little bit.
I thanked Nick several times, we did the usual "stay safe" and Travis and I went to pick up our food and drive around a bit to recharge the car battery. When we got home I was really really happy. It was not the end of the day I was hoping for. I didn't get to Walmart to get my errands out of the way, but everything could have turned out a lot worse. It could have been colder. It could have been colder and windy. We could have been out in the middle of nowhere. I could be the type of person who doesn't have blankets in the car (I have several, and several extra pairs of gloves and scarves and so on) I could have forgotten to renew my AAA (I will actually never forget to do that, lol). My cell phone could have been dead along with the car battery. So many things could have been worse. It wasn't fun, I will not go that far, but I am grateful for the efficiency of the agent I talked to at AAA when I called to say their calls were not getting through (I missed 4 calls from them) because I was in the middle of metal boxes. She immediately changed our call to priority when I told her we were cold. There WAS a place to go and warm up (and I was wearing wool socks) and Nick was quick, very polite and had a tow truck, just in case.
And we managed to move almost everything out of the storage unit.
P.S. Merino Wool Bombas socks are not quite as warm as the performance boot socks (I don't think) but they ARE very soft and quite warm. I would highly recommend them for toasty toes!
Thursday, January 27, 2022
And she showed in English. This is a similar Other English (testing a new therapeutic riding horse) entry to the one I talked about yesterday. Different horse, rider, and other dolls, but the same idea. It's a fun, somewhat different idea for other English. I think I added a note saying that this was at a horse show at the therapeutic riding barn and the rider helped between her classes.
Caramel Latte also showed in the other performance/costume division. This was my picnic at a horse show scene. It was the perfect class to follow showmanship. I had the entry set up and just moved the horse and handler over. I like entries that easily follow each other like this. The picnic idea actually originated for this particular class list (different show though). Usually, to win champs, you need the most points. If you have multiple entries in a division (and the champs are done in the usual way, by points) you are more likely to win. And I really love an entry where I can use a ton of dolls and miniatures!
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
I also put in an English Games entry. We did sometimes play musical stalls at the barn. I think my "stall" is just a bit large, but it still worked out. You can fit the entire team into it. If I was to set this entry up today I would potentially add the ramp I made and the tiny radio I bought. After all, you need something to play the music so the music can stop.
I had several other therapeutic riding themed entries in this division, but I can't find photos at the moment. This was definitely a fun personal challenge. Therapeutic riding has been very important to me since Travis was small and took lessons at the PVTRA. I have been setting up therapeutic riding entries since then, and this was just an extension of it. It was definitely a lot of fun and some day, if I ever get bored at a live show again (if I ever want to go to one again) I might have to do this again.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Showing a side saddle entry in a ton of English classes was definitely a fun game to play and an excellent challenge. I didn't manage to get champ or reserve, but that is not always what I am going for (often, not always) and I was pleased to do so well with my set. Now I was hooked on the challenges!
Monday, January 24, 2022
Sunday, January 23, 2022
And she did very well. I know I also showed in the custom division, there may have been other OF horses, but I can't currently remember. But Skippa Latte was a fun show horse. I eventually sold her, I do things like that, but she was great while I had her.
As I have mentioned several times over the past several months, I currently have no interest in live showing. There have not been all that many shows in the past 2 years, but even the ones that have come up don't make me want to get out and show. But there was a time that I would be at every single live show within a reasonable drive. Come to think of it, I think the distance was a 4 and a half hour drive. I used to stay over to do a bunch of shows. I wonder if I will ever feel like doing it again.
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Friday, January 21, 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Last night I found out that a friend of mine died suddenly. I have no idea what happened, I just know that she is gone and it makes me sad. She and I had a variety of things in common, so while we were not super close friends, we had a lot of lengthy conversations. I remember, more than once, she said she couldn't wait until we could figure out a way for me to go to Breyerfest so she could give me the biggest hug. I'm sad she is gone and sad at how long it has been since we chatted. Life is short, hug your people.
Monday, January 17, 2022
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Saturday, January 15, 2022
We're partway into a 3 day weekend and I am really happy for the break. True, we ended up with a 3 day weekend last week because of the snow day, and we had winter break just a couple of weeks ago, but we have made it almost to the midpoint of the school year. Things are settled in, for the most part, but people are tired and a bit antsy. We are now in the countdown to February break. I think it is pretty much perfect how the breaks are spaced out. Anyway, the winter makes me tired, cold and unmotivated, so it's good to know I have an extra day to sleep late this weekend and that a bit of a longer break is coming somewhat soon.
Friday, January 14, 2022
I am working super slowly these days, at least I feel like I am. I am so tired after going full-out at school all day that I don't have a whole lot of energy left for doll work. But I keep on picking away at it. And maybe soon I will have more energy. Right now I am just so cold. I am sick of winter.
Thursday, January 13, 2022
This was one of the times it didn't work. So I decided to just take her legs off and start again. She still has a long way to go, and I have to make her new clothes from the waist down, but she will be better when I am done. She is also getting a bendy neck while I am into fixing her.
Monday we don't have school and I am very happy we will have another 3 day weekend. I have not been getting the best sleep and I have been very tired this week. So my doll work has been slow again. I am making progress, just not quickly. Tuesday I am getting a new student in 2 of my classes. I can't imagine starting at a new school in the middle of the school year. I feel like we should do some introduction stuff to make them feel welcome.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Monday, January 10, 2022
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Even with the need for adjustment the doll looks really nice on this horse. I think I could have gotten an adult rider to work as well, if I had switched to a different saddle. That particular one wasn't working on her, it doesn't mean another one wouldn't have been fine.
I am still not 100% sure that I will be keeping Firefly, or Hawkeye. Right now I have nowhere to put them and I don't absolutely love the color. It's incredibly well done, I just am not the biggest fan of red roan. But she sure is a cute little model. I think I'll just have to think on it for a bit. One of the Breyerfest special runs that has so far been revealed is a set with the Firefly and Hawkeye molds. Both super cute paint horses. I may just need to get a pickup person this year.