Another Award! *gasp*

super-sweet-blogging-award21w6451I’ve just been nominated for the Super Sweet Blogging Award by Jackie over at Knitting With Heart, and let me tell you, what a wonderful surprise to find just after dinner!  Seriously, I’m grinning so wide right now it’s a wonder I can still feel my cheeks.  To not only have received the Liebster award last month, but now to have gotten this one….. it absolutely blows my mind.  I started this blog thinking that I would be one of the only people to read it; what a wonderful, uplifting feeling to know that not only do others read it, but they actually like the nonsense I write!  (Really, I should be banned from making blog posts at midnight when I’m sleep deprived.  Going back to some of those older posts are horrifyingly cringe-worthy.)  So thank you Jackie, from the very bottom of my black little heart.  ❤

 

Well, what would an award be without rules, right?  So… on to those!

 

THE RULES:
Copy & Paste This Whole Post and Replace All Your Information — who awarded you, for example.

1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.
3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post.
4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other deserving bloggers.
5. Notify your Super Sweet nominees on their blog.

THE 5 SUPER SWEET QUESTIONS:

1 – Cookies or Cake?
– I suppose that depends upon the cake being offered.  Usually I’ll go for a chocolate chip cookie, snickerdoodle, or white chocolate macadamia nut cookie over cake….. but if it’s German Chocolate cake?  Get out of my way before you get trampled!

2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
– Vanilla

3 – Favorite Sweet Treat?
– Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers

4 – When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most?
– I usually don’t crave sweets as I’d rather have salty snacks.  But every once in a while, I get a craving for candy… and it’s usually strongest when I haven’t had any candy or chocolate in a few days.

5 – Sweet Nick Name?
– Mom.  Or, if you’re one of my students, Mrs. Mommy.  ^_^

 

Now for the hard part.  So MANY of you are deserving of this award, and since I’m assuming that there are no tag-backs when nominating people, that means that I can’t include Jackie.

MY 13 NOMINEES FOR THIS AMAZING AWARD ARE…

  1. Kais at Empress27
  2. Kate at The Polka Dot Room
  3. Small Girl – Big Crochet World
  4. Rachell at The Little Room of Rachell
  5. Vicky Myers Creations
  6. Mrs. B at Mrs. B’s Adventures in Crochet
  7. Mtetar at Projects by Mtetar
  8. Crochet Missy
  9. Craftaceous Period
  10. Avis at Oh Sew Tempting
  11. Wisher at Pretty Little Things in a Box
  12. Fiona at Cursing and Crafting
  13. Kim at Humor Happens

Congratulations to all my nominees; each of you has a unique perspective on things and wonderful ideas to share, and I never fail to leave your blog with a smile on my face.  So, thank you for being so wonderful, and thank you to Jackie once again for thinking of me and nominating me for this Super Sweet Award.

Final Countdown

Well, okay.  I guess it’s not the final final countdown.  I’m not dying or anything.  But we’re in the single digits for our countdown to the last day of school.  Yes!!!  This much-needed break can not come quickly enough.  I am utterly, absolutely, without a doubt exhausted.  It just seems like we constantly have something going on, or somewhere we’re expected to be, or things that have to get done… it is literally never ending.  And honestly, it’s like this every year the closer we get to the last day of school.  The kids are fried, the teachers are toast, and everyone’s patience and tolerance levels are so much lower.  It’s difficult, but we’ll get through it and then we have 9 weeks of summer break to enjoy.  (That’s the bit I’m looking forward to.)

 

So, two days ago was our Celebration of Learning, and my choir was asked to perform a few songs in the library so as to show parents and other students what we’re all about, and to provide a bit of entertainment as they’re walking around and looking at all the displays.  The kids did a phenomenal job; I am so proud of them, I could burst.  We got a ton of compliments from parents, teachers, and other students, and I had about two dozen approach me to tell me that they would be joining choir next year.  This is EXCELLENT!  Then yesterday was our Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, sponsored and hosted by the wonderful ladies of our PTO.  We were each given an insulted purple lunchbox with the phrase, “Ironwood School ROCKS!” emblazoned across the front in bright yellow.  I love it.  I brought it home and scrawled my name on the inside in permanent marker almost as soon as I walked through the door.  The lunchbox was filled was yummy treats like candy bars, Cheez-its, a Rice Krispies treat, and even a Smencil (scented pencil) that smelled like Peppermint!  Unfortunately, I had to leave the luncheon early to get to my CPR/First Aid re-certification class on time, but I got through that with relatively no bumps or bruises, though I did volunteer to let the teacher splint me for a broken wrist.  And, plus side, I get paid for my time in the class.

 

Next Thursday is our official choir concert, and Friday is the school’s Talent Show – in which my daughter is performing and so is the choir – and then it’s only Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week before WE.ARE.DONE!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be so close to the end of this year.  It’s gone by fast, but the days themselves have been long.

 

In other news, I have been crocheting like a madwoman and would like to enter a couple of things into the Woolhogs May Made It Challenge.  First up is the doily I crocheted for my Mother-In-Law for Mother’s Day.

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This is the first 11 rounds of the Thistledown Doily, found on this page.  There’s a LOT of really pretty patterns there, and not just for doilies!

Next up is the Diamonds Shawl that I crocheted for my Secret Buddy at work.  I have been working on this thing for MONTHS, but it’s so gorgeous and perfect for our Arizona desert weather, and I’m just glad that I managed to finish the thing without taking a butcher knife to it at least once.

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Heidi really seemed to like it, so I’m glad about that (that’s her in the first photo, wearing her new shawl).  It’s actually quite long – so much so that it’s longer than my kitchen table.

 

Well, fellow bloglanders, that’s about it from my little corner of the world.  I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far, and I will see you again when I have more projects to share and/or more tales about my life to bore you with.

Playing Catch Up

Whoo!  The last few  weeks have been ridiculously busy.  I’ve barely even had time to breathe (or pee by myself), let alone post about crochet projects.  First up, let’s catch you all up on what’s been going on in the life of Gray, shall we?  (Because you’re all so interested in the inner workings of my life, I’m sure.  *insert sarcastic eye roll here*  Just bear with me… I promise I’ll get to the crochet stuff.  Eventually.)

Three weeks ago, I accompanied my daughter and her 6th grade class on their Catalina, California field trip.  It was 8 hours of bus ride, 3 hours of ferry ride, and two and a half days of corralling 6th graders and reminding them to behave like humans instead of animals.  There were sick kids to contend with, scheduling conflicts with instructors, asthma attacks, snorkeling adventures, octopuses (octopi?  Isn’t that the plural for octopus?  Stupid spell check says it wrong.  OCTOPI.  Take that, spell check.  TAKE.THAT.), and so much more.  I didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked due to only having my iPhone with me, and the battery constantly dying because it was searching for a non-existent signal at CIMI (Catalina Island Marine Institute).  I did manage to get a few pictures, so here are those.

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This is my daughter and I together, just after the 8 hour long bus ride, during the two hour long wait for the ferry, and before the three hour long ferry ride to the island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0752And this is me and my friend Mallory, who is a 2nd grade teacher at the same school I work at.  She and her husband were two of the eight chaperons we had on the trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And these are just some of the random pictures I took.  One is a picture of our dorm – it used to be a military training facility.  And another is the bison that kept coming down into camp, despite how many times workers and instructors kept shoo’ing it away.  He’d lay down in the sandbox and look at us with these huge eyes like, “What?  I belong here, too.”  We couldn’t approach him or anything, but it added another level of ‘cool’ to the trip for the kids.

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And this…. this is the coolest octopus I have ever seen.  (Not that I’ve seen many.)  She’s a Red Octopus, and is – according to our instructor – one of the most poisonous and deadly species of octopi.  She would hang out around the top of her tank and – I kid you not – I could have stood there for hours just watching her.  But every time I moved, she would swim right up in front of me, like she was staring at me, and go from this pale yellow color to a deep red – almost purple – and pop out these spikes all over her body.  Then I’d just stand still for a minute and she’d go back to her natural pale yellow and start swimming around her tank again, but the second I moved, she’d be right back in front of me and that dark red again.  COOLEST.THING.EVER.

 

 

Me and Yoder

After I got back from the Catalina trip, I’ve had music gigs up and down and all over the place.  Monday night, I had a three and a half hour band practice after working all day – I didn’t get home until after 9:30pm.  I was EXHAUSTED.  Then Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I played the piano for the local high school’s Ice Cream Social (hence the three and a half hour band practice on Monday.  It was the only night we could all get together before the Social).  To make matters worse the choir teacher at the high school is retiring at the end of this school year, so Friday was his last concert.  I BAWLED.  It was horrible.  Anyway, the theme of the social was Country and Western, so here is a picture of myself and Mr. Yoder (the high school choir teacher) on Friday night.  He looks quite authentic.  I, however, don’t.  It was the best I could do on short notice and with no budget.  I’m not exactly a Country and Western sort of girl.

9th AnniversaryWednesday night (yes, the same night as the Ice Cream Social), Dean and I celebrated our 9th Anniversary.  Well, okay, we didn’t do much actual celebrating on Wednesday, but it was our Anniversary.  We went out to a very nice dinner together on Saturday, instead, at the same restaurant where he proposed to me.  It’s our tradition to go to this place, with the same server (who we absolutely adore), for our anniversary every year.  What can I say, we’re creatures of habit.  It’s a black tie sort of place, so this is Dean and I all dressed up and ready to hit the town.

And that’s about it.  You are now all caught up on the Life of Gray!  Don’t you feel ever so much better?  ^_^  Now, ON TO THE CRAFTING!

First, I’m still working on that Diamonds shawl.  It’s taking ages, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I’ve only got 11 more rows, and then I am FINISHED with this thing.  WOO!  I’ll post pictures once it’s done.

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Second, I finished a coin purse for my coworker.  She loaned us her carpet cleaner machine thingie, so I’ve made her this coin purse as a thank you.  Unfortunately, the zipper I bought was a little too small for the opening, but at least it’s sturdy, and the bag is fully lined.  I hope she likes it; it’s the first time I’ve ever installed a zipper on one of my crochet pieces.

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And third, I started working on a new circle shawl for Mother’s Day for my mom.  I can only hope that I’ll manage to finish it, what with all the other projects I’ve got lined up to work on , too.

Well, that’s it from me, fellow BlogLanders!  I’m off to bed to prepare for another exciting day at work.  Yipee.  Plus side?  Only three more full weeks until Summer Break.  YES!