Monday, February 28, 2022
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Yesterday I went to see my friend Tracy and she did her magic on my hair. It is amazing! I can't wait for you to see it!
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Friday, February 25, 2022
So I guess, "vacation" is not feeling like I have no time for anything. "vacation" is sleeping decadently late (7:00 or 8:00 a couple of times!) and going to bed super late (like 10:30). "Vacation" is not stressing about the time, or how much I have gotten done, or how much more there is to do. I really have enjoyed my week off from school and I am kind of bummed I have to go back on Monday. Can we just have another week off?
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Today the purging will continue. I am hoping to finally get into the closet today. I know there are some horses that need to come out of storage. I have a couple of different ones that I want to get into the closet. I want to find the rest of the crystal horses, and whatever Breyers are hiding out in there that I am going to let go of. I think only Firefly and Hawkeye are in that closet. Who knows. My props bin is in there and I want to go through that. I am sure there are at least some things I want to let go of. I know that I don't have nearly as many things as some collectors, but I do have a lot. And even if I let some things go, I will have a lot. But I am definitely OK with having less.
Monday, February 21, 2022
But I kept on going and even went out and sprayed more matte finish on him. In the dark. I practice "no fear" painting. And finishing.
Yesterday we had sunshine and it was the moment of truth. Does he look like garbage when I can actually see him? The answer is no, he looks amazing! I really love how his nose came out especially.
This was the first time I have painted a chestnut horse and the first time I have done gray hooves. I wish I had gotten them to be a bit more detailed, but they are not too bad.
Sunday, February 20, 2022
I finally got started. The purge has begun. So here's the thing about me. I am not a hoarder, but for my whole life I have sometimes struggled to let things go. Some of it is wondering how to get rid of certain things. Clothing is fairly easy. If it's in good condition, toss it in a donation box. But what about books? Books are actually pretty hard to rehome. Even libraries rarely take books these days. It's kind of insane. And used book sellers online MIGHT take books, but they will usually give you a few cents per book (unless it is a fancy hardcover book, and then you might get a few dollars), and you need to have a certain $$ amount before they will send you a shipping label. At least the one place I found that buys used books. Other things are also tricky to rehome. Because of all that I sometimes end up holding onto things far longer than they are useful to me. And then I wonder why I am still holding onto them. But then I think about all the money that was collectively spent on the things... and they stay. Maybe I can sell them? Lol, sometimes, but not always. And sometimes when you list things for sale they sit for a good long time before anyone wants to buy them.
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Yesterday I meant to start going through things and purging again. But instead we had a very important home project that needed to happen right away. In the cold. And the wind. There was also a bit of snow. But we got it done and hopefully we are done with that. Which would be great.
Friday, February 18, 2022
Thursday, February 17, 2022
So the other day I passed the rule in most of my classes, no more cell phones in class. I said they would be given 5 minutes at the beginning of class, and MAYBE 5 minutes at the end. They heard that they could have 5 minutes at the beginning of class and then be immediately back on their phones once they rushed through their work that they cheated on. No. Hard no. I did tell them if many individuals continue to try to cheat and abuse the privilege of having phone time, they will all have to put their phones in phone jail. I am sick of these games. Many of the kids are actually trying to learn the work. They are struggling, because it's a weird concept (sort of) with a bunch of rules in it. So they ask for help. And when the paras and I are helping, the ones that put in maximum effort to cheat will pull out their phones and look up the worksheets. I am an overworked substitute, so I don't have time to make/create all of the worksheets. Not everything I need to put on a worksheet is in the worksheet creator programs. So I find worksheets. And then the kids go find them and copy the answers. And it makes me mad. Finding ways to get around them cheating should not be part of my job. But apparently it is.
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Western side saddles are very strange things. But they are interesting, and definitely a new challenge.
I played around with this doll for a while, trying to get her to sit properly. I snapped her leg off at one point, stuck it back on, moved her some more. Checked from the side, checked from the back. I had no idea if it was right or not. So I sent photos to Fabian, who said I did a great job. I think I will still give her bendy legs, this process was a huge pain! And I will make her clothes too of course.
So I got a couple of new pieces of tack in and I am still not excited for showing. I don't know if I have just totally lost interest or if I just need a break from things. I am definitely down this week, vacation can't come soon enough, and I am really struggling. I had a couple of really excellent days, but those seem to be few and fleeting. I hope I can snap out of this soon.
So this morning I realized I had no post for today. So I checked my photos to see if I had anything I could talk about. The short answer is no, I don’t. The last things I worked on were the dog beds, and I already talked about those. I could talk about being cold and wishing it was Spring, but I have already done that. So I pretty much have nothing.
Yesterday was not a bad day at school but it was not a spectacular day. I had some classes that were fine, except for some temper tantrums (I wish I was kidding) about things that should never be an issue. Especially in high school. There were some pushing of boundaries, which may result in the kids getting a lot more work. If you can’t handle some downtime appropriately, you will lose it. I had an issue that could have been a big issue, so I asked admin to come visit my classroom. There was some really excellent teamwork that made it all work out well, while allowing education to continue for everyone. But it should never have been a thing. And I have weird issues with one of my classes often.
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, we are halfway through February and I have not had a chance to work on my NaMoPaiMo horse since last Tuesday. Maybe today I can squeeze in some time to work on some details.
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Thursday, February 10, 2022
So I got the photo and clicked on solving steps and all of a sudden I also knew how to do this scary looking problem. And since I know how to do it, I can teach the kids how to do it. I am currently foreseeing many of them needing a lot of days to work on this stuff. But that is OK. We will go just as slowly as we need to. I want them to actually learn the stuff. I'm weird like that.
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Distressing jeans is also weirdly fun. Trying to make sure the wear looks believably realistic can be a challenge, but making things look used is interesting.