Trying to Feel the Love!

Ah, February. The longest short month imaginable, right? I have always found this time of year to be the absolute worst as a teacher--typically it's a long stretch without any holidays, lots of lousy weather, and kids who seem to have made no progress since the school year started in September. During my first year of teaching, February was the month I walked off the job in frustration. That event never repeated itself, but this is traditionally the time of year I most want to jump ship for another career. This year it actually got off to an above-average start, so I may have deluded myself into thinking the February blues weren't coming. :-)

I don't have any one specific complaint. No horrible tragedy has befallen me, so for that I should feel grateful, I'm sure. My students' work habits are slipping, I'm feeling overwhelmed by various responsibilities, and the typical adolescent complaining is getting annoying, but that's to be expected at this time of year, right?

As I sit here with my nice glass of red wine, I guess I can console myself with the fact that there are only 3 more days left in this dreaded month, right? And then after that there's only one more week of school until March Break, and after that things always look up.

Now, in addition to trying to feel the love for my students and my job, I'm also trying to feel the love for sock knitting! This is my February Sockamania sock:
It's actually a lovely pattern ("Simply Love"), and when I sat down to work on the foot on the weekend I flew through it and right up the heel. I just haven't touched it again since, and am feeling drawn to other projects. This means that I once again won't finish the pattern by the end of the month, but who am I kidding--it wasn't going to happen anyway!

To end on a cheery project has drawn my attention and love this week. This project is destined to end up the hands of a lovely friend and reader here, so I don't want to give too much away. Hopefully this picture gives you a tiny taste of the object in question (excuse the awful photo, the light is terrible because it's FEBRUARY! And it's SNOWING!):

I have one more small addition to this gift to complete, and then it will be in the mail to its recipient, and I will be able to tell you all more. Now, off to enjoy my wine and chase up something for supper.


Anonymous said…
Hi there Lind's...hope things are good. Haven't been in touch in a while...totally busy. But hey, that's the life of a teacher right! I hear ya on the February blues...God this month is too long! Anyway, give me a call soon...we will have to get together again. Emma is now reading, and doing math (1+4, 3+2), and has learned the planets, and now working on magnets. Cool!

Take care,
knitty_kat said…
that sock is lovely! I hope you get back to it soon.
Bearium said…
the sock's really pretty, what yarn are you using?