Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Progress Report: March 25, 2012

And my progress this past week on March goals:

Lori Birmingham's Jacobean Elegance Afghan:  I didn't even manage to start on my fourth block.  I was distracted by my new toy, a Pfaff Ambition 1.50 electronic sewing machine.

Primitive Needle's Black'd Skie: Block 2 is nearly done.  The date I put in the memorial is the year of my Dad's death ... the charted 1797 simply had no particular significance for me.  All I have to do is finish filling in the marble facade of the memorial stone.  I'll post a photo when it is complete.

But don't expect much stitching over the next day or two.  Today, Monday, is a marathon of a 14 hour day.  It started at 7:00am with grocery shopping for the Confirmation Retreat, a quick run at 7:30am to Bagel World for 7 dozen bagels for my Confirmation candidates' breakfast, the actual retreat ran from 8:30am-2:00pm, and will be followed by office work till classes begin at 4:30pm and 7:00pm,  the whole shebang ending at 9:00pm.  The Confirmation Retreat was a kind of mixed bag of wonderful moments and some unexpectedly disappointing behavior on the part of the candidates.  This particular 8th grade class has been one of the better ones in recent years and on the rare occasions when they misbehave it always takes me by surprise.  Of course, I laid on a heavy helping of Catholic guilt ... "I am so disappointed by your uncharacteristic behavior, I have always expected better from this group, this is so unlike you guys, etc., etc."  Now it's a matter of getting through the next few hours ... I need two substitutes for two absent catechists and another for a catechist who will be arriving a half an hour late in the 4:30 session.  The 7:00pm session will also be a challengte with some volunteer catechists simply choosing not to meet deadlines for progress reports.  Some days it's just not worth coming into work!  Tomorrow will be one of my usual 12 hour days.  Wednesday & Thursday will seem like holidays with only 8 hours on the job. 

1 comment:

mdgtjulie said...

Sorry to hear that it's been difficult for you, Riona. And confirmation is such a big deal too!! Hope tonight goes well for you!!