M had her first cross country meet this Wednesday and I can honestly say I will never forget it. For reasons beyond understanding it was held at a horse racing track that is as north and as east as you can get from my house and still be considered Toledo. Just before the meet started at 5, it started to rain. Pouring rain. Pouring chilly rain blowing sideways.
The kids wear running shorts and sleeveless nylon tops, so they were drenched and cold immediately. I had on a dress and sandals, so I really wasn't doing any better. The girls ran second, so by that time the course was wet and muddy. I didn't see it, but M said there was a pile up at the start of the race when several girls in front of her fell down and were nearly trampled. Seeing that, she decided discretion was the better part of valor and slowed her pace to stay on her feet. I was so proud of her for finishing the run. Her wimpy mom would surely have packed it in halfway through.
The kids have to ride back to the school on the bus, so I sloshed back to my car and shivered back to Whitehouse where the sky was overcast but the ground was dry. Not one drop of rain had fallen! I was too cold and wet to sit in my car, so I paced up and down the sidewalk in front of the school until the bus arrived. I noticed for the first time a sign on the front lawn listing rules and regulations for the campus. It was so hilarious that I had to share it.
1. No intoxicating drinks, drugs, or narcotics. Ok, sounds good. I'm not sure why narcotics are mentioned separately as they are technically drugs, but it is a rule I can get behind.
2. No weapons of any kind. Could be used against the baseball and hockey teams if we wanted to get picky, but again I applaud the sentiment.
3. No horseback riding. WHAT?! That's number three, right after drugs and guns? Is it really that big of a problem at our little suburban junior high? Do they imagine gangs of 8th graders on horseback terrorizing the campus? And is it the horses in particular they object to, or the riding of them? What about mules? Or elephants? I would have loved to be a fly on the wall at the school board meeting when this was decided.
ACTUAL KNITTING CONTENT
I finished my little red shrug. It took almost ever inch of the two skeins of Fantasy, but it basically looks like I had envisioned it. I made M model it.
I have a couple of sleeveless dresses that I hope I can wear with it.
The back center line is more visible that on the Viennese shrug, but still better than a seam.
The other project this week was woven bag #2. I made sure I warped the loom super long, so it took me ages to weave. I finally finished the weaving yesterday and seamed it while we watched a movie last night.
I need to wash it, but I really wanted to get it on the blog today. I imagine there will be a load or two of laundry this weekend that I can toss it into. First I'm off to the mall to get M a haircut. Woo-hoo.