Today, I gird my loins and conquer my classroom, which is an incredible disaster. I also figure out what the hell I’m doing tomorrow in class and make sure I have all the shit to do that. I might even sleep before tomorrow…certainly, hopefully, more than last night. I have never been so unprepared…wait, no, the year I started two weeks in because we were waiting for a background check and they wouldn’t even let me on campus…that year was worse. It’ll be fine. I’ll remember how to do this in person. Last year will stop clouding my brain. It’s PTSD over the workload more than anything. Ugh.
So I’m at school today until it’s done…or I collapse from exhaustion. Which might be by 9:30 AM. That’s what tea is for, yeah?
I finally organized all the fabrics for the current quilt. This is my documentation of the 185 fabrics I used…
Lots of earthy stuff.
I started cutting out Thursday night…continued on Friday…
Friday was fairly exhausting. Then Saturday, the neighbors have a wall being built, so there was jackhammering and Mexican polka. I had a headache most of the day, unfortunately. Tried to do some schoolwork and just couldn’t get my head around it (see distractions above) and ended up cutting out pieces for hours…
Seriously, like 5 hours of bingewatching and cutting.
I also drew a Patreon reward…
I was trying to make it less complicated than last year’s…failed. Oh well.
And then I traced it on Wonder Under…
And then kept cutting out pieces on the other quilt. I’ll cut these out sometime this week and get going on that.
Then last night, I kept cutting.
I’ve been cutting trees for days. Seriously.
I finally got to some different stuff late last night. I might be halfway? I might not. It’s just hard to tell. I’m sure you’re looking at these and going, yeah, can’t see it. It’s not until I see the bottom of the box peeking out that I think I’m almost done…and I can’t see that yet. That’s about 10 1/2 hours of cutting there.
But it’s progress.
I also washed the dyed stuff out. I like the backgrounds, but I’m not sure what I will do with them.
Because I don’t want to cover any of it up.
Maybe I will have to draw something specifically for it. To fit into the background.
I think I missed one…there should be four, I think. Ah yes, my favorite.
The best thing in the world is ironing these and seeing all the interesting little bits of dye overlap. Anyway. We’ll see what happens next with these. I also did socks…
I need to clean out my sock drawer so they have room to breathe in there. I’m a bit of a sock whore. Ironic since I don’t wear even shoes for a good chunk of my existence. Anyway. I have socks.
I finally photographed all the January and February Homegrown blocks too…
Embroidery that keeps me sane in stupid meetings or on nights when I can’t deal with anything else.
Gophers killed one of my milkweed plants and I found this little guy wandering around on the dead one, so I moved it to the living one.
I have a bunch of baby milkweed plants that I’ve been trying to grow in a shady space, away from the bunnies. They won’t be ready for this caterpillar though. I hope there’s enough food.
I need this in a poster.
It’s been hot.
Petting animals is helpful for back-to-school anxiety…
We got up early Saturday and walked before it got hot…so many sidewalks were marked up.
Some sort of abstract art.
So many of the apps we use for school are not up and running yet. Ironic.
I have to be up and running, but with none of the things.
This is accurate.
Seriously accurate. OK. I have to go to school. I was going to meet with my principal in person and I was debating masks. He’s vaccinated but he has small children. So many decisions to be made. I might just stay masked all year. But now his kid’s class is quarantined (yeah, that shit is still happening), so we are doing it on Zoom. Then get keys to the art room (and supplies!) and meet with the art teacher. Attack my room with some sort of plan. Make lists. Eat lunch. Counseling. That’s necessary. More room attacking, more lists, possible shopping post school for the shit I don’t have. Probably not sleep well another night. I should put a walk or trip to the gym in there somewhere. Then tomorrow is the first day with kids. Oh yeah, I should cut more stuff out. Always.
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Middle school is crazy enough as it is without this COVID crap. Nice to see your process for your quilts. Thank you and good luck.
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I hope you had a good day back! Our students start back next Monday. Last year, we “taught” in person and online. I’m feeling burnout for real and we’re not even into the school year. IDK. Just trying to take one day at a time. Best to you!