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Illinois, United States
I am a band director at five private schools in Kankakee. Music is a big part of my life, but knitting and crafting are right up there too. I own a ridiculous stash of yarn, which I am slowly using... and replacing with better yarn... I tend to knit and crochet a lot, in class, out of class, while watching tv, while driving, pretty much constantly. I have been involved with crochet romantically for 15 years, and involved with knitting for 11 years. They sometimes get jealous of each other. I think its funny. Along with knitting and crocheting, I quilt, spin (drop spindle) and design patterns!!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I have been absent more then expected this year for my blog/podcasting.  For some reason, this second year I feel I have to prove myself even more at my job then I did last year.

Last year every knew the band struggled (well two years ago). So any improvement I created with the program was DRASTICALLY better.  But now that we have taken that step up, and lost 4 really GREAT musicians to graduation, we have to work even harder to get to that standard.  We had our Christmas concert last week, and while the students knew their notes, the tuning was off.  (silly violins who do not listen to me when I hand them the tuner and say "fix it")

I am proud, because we can carry a tune.  While its not the best HS band in the world, we are a standard, small, private high school band.  We do not meet as much as public schools, we do not have as many students as public schools, but we do have quite a few students who will work very hard for the concerts.  I just wish everyone was as "all in" as I am!

I have been keeping busy craft wise, amazingly doing a whole bunch of quilting! I surprise myself sometimes because I realllllllly hate sewing.  I am slowly changing my mind.

I am currently working on two quilts- the first one is just missing the binding, and the second one needs fabric for the backing.

This is my baby quilt that I am almost done with!

Coda approves!

My second QIP (Quilt in progress) is laying folded up in my craft room waiting for some extra fabric!  

I just have to get through this week. I am taking some band students "caroling" this Tuesday for the local Hospice Christmas dinner, then Wednesday night is the Grade School Band Concert. 

Once this week is over, I will have so much stress off my back! I am utterly excited!