Sunday, January 04, 2009

Tomorrow's Monday? I have classes?

Really.....I should be hanging on, swinging here....
...because..remember that list of things I needed to get done...


Honestly...I tried to get something done today...I really did.

I was in my room earlier, going through some clothes and trying to sort out the different piles
(1. can wear/ 2. won't wear/ 3. haven't worn in many years but might be able to now /4. trash and /5. "fat" clothes I refuse to wear again.).

During the holiday, I didn't consciously make any New Year's resolutions. I find that when I do make them, I put too much pressure on myself and then the guilt trips I can take myself on!?!? Honey!! Please! No, Thank You!!

But...I do make semi-subconscious ones and when I was looking at pile #5, I told myself that we would never....EVER...wear those clothes again. make a point to myself (because, really...sometimes I just don't pay attention!)....I dug out a denim jumper that I have/HAD....then found some Hawaiian material that someone brought from their trip that I have been wanting to do something with and in about an hour and a half later.......

Voila! I give you....denim on one side/Hawaiian print on the other place mats!!!
(Don't look too terribly close...I'm not much of a seamstress ...I'm sure they are waaaay below the standard of what most of you can do...BUT...I've never made these before...had no clue as to what I was going to do and I learned a few things for the next set!! My sewing is a work in progress...I think they turned out okay....but again, don't look too close!!)

And we's midnight...Sunday night... I still have classes tomorrow...and I still have planned absolutely nai!

It seems, so far, as if 2009 will be no different from 2008...oh well...I'm a veteran teacher...I can do this. My ability to "drop back and punt" when it comes to lessons is astounding. Really. It is.

I think I'll go now and find some "Knock Knock" jokes for the kids I'm teaching tomorrow. They lived in the States for a year and the oldest girl's ability is really very high. I taught her some of the easier ones that I know and I think I might have peaked with:

Knock knock.

Who's there?
Hutch, who?
God bless you.

**She cracked up at that one...and the next 2 girls thought it was pretty good too!! The boy? He finally got it, but it took a few times of doing it. The baby? She doesn't really care!! And yes. They have 5 children!!**

I may have to resort to elephant jokes.
Anyone have any good ones?? Maybe if I just Google "elephant jokes"....or "kids jokes"...hmmmm.....wish me luck!!

**Images thanks to Google Images and Natalie Dee and Me!


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I think you should teach them sewing and blog design.

3rdEyeMuse said...

I think your first set of place mats look better than great! and what a terrific idea to recycle those never-to-be-worn again clothes into something useful! well done ...

... ok, I don't know if Winnie the Pooh is liked over there (let alone known about), but if he is ... here's a possible joke:

Q: Why was Eyore looking in the comode?
A: he was trying to find Pooh!

I know, I know ... really bad. (but it does crack me up)

Mommy2Twinkies-Deb said...

Thanks for your comments about understanding missing my family. It really is hard sometimes. I guess whenever I lived somewhere else, like Japan, or Belgium, I always knew I'd come home... now it's even more difficult having my family so far away.. Thanks for the hugs!

I love the placemats! They came out really cute! Did you hear the elephant joke about the butter? How do you know that an elephant was in the refrigerator? Footprints in the butter! (hee hee--that's an OLD one from Dad.)

phd in yogurtry said...

Nice job, I guess they call this re-purposing. I love that you are getting rid of your fat clothes and turning them into placemats. There's a certain irony there!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Get down with yo' bad self!

Love this blog layout.

Wowee Girlfriend!

Also, good move on the clothes. I did that. Got rid of everything in my closet that was above the size I wanted to stay. No "Just in Case"e exceptions because I don't want to wear those clothes. They aren't MY size. And? I have stayed MY size since then. Yeah baby.

Kudos on the place mats! Me? I could have made a table cloth for a seating of twelve people out of one pair of my old jeans. Heh.

Grandy said...

HA! When you went through your closet, did you happen to find that "sweater"? ;) know I had to go there.

What a great new look girly! Keep up the great job!!!

jan in nagasaki said...

i love love love that cow.

it matches the quilt on my couch that my mother made... coincidentally, one of the heart appliques is cut from cow material......

Ginaagain said...

I love the new blog design!!! And that cow! I also love the placemats.. and your commitment to never wearing that denim jumper again!

Now, in honor of the new year... a cow joke:

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Cows go.

Cows go who?

No, silly. Cows go MOOOOOO!

jan in nagasaki said...

wanted to add that placemats are an excellent way to re-purpose existing materials on hand.

denim and aloha... fabulous!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey..Sewing, seems like what I learned in Home Ec was so very long ago. But I too have been sewing, made 3 pillows and a valance (crazy quilt style) for the basement room. Believe I was crazy when I finished. But it did spark some creativiness in me, I have just started embroidering a baby quilt for the new grandbaby on the way. Hopefully I can finish it by March for lil miss Julianna.
The placemats looked d*@n good to me. Later...Shellie

Janet said...


Trish said...

Placemats? How cute!

Here is a knock knock from Henry.

Knock Knock: Who's there?
Zeke who?
Zeek za truz and it vill set you free!

Here is another one from Mr. Smarty Pants.

Knock Knock, Who's there...
Anita Who?
Ay-nita get up but I am too sleepy.
Yep. That will be you tomorrow. (Or today I suppose by now)

He wants to know if you want another one? He is avoiding doing his homework right now.


Mr Farty said...

Try this one:

Knock knock!
Who's there?
The Interrupting Cow.
The Int-

Happy New Year, Lola D!