Sunday, May 23, 2010

Something fascinating

I discovered something fascinating this week. A check mark or a 'tick' as we British would call it has two completely different meanings in two different continents. When correcting school books this week the classroom assistant sitting next to me commented "how come all the ones you grade have so many wrong?" I looked at the page I had just graded and saw a page full of check marks/ticks. I replied "wrong? they have a 100% correct"

It was then that I discovered that the same symbol meant something very different in Britain to what it means in America. Frankly I think it's barmy that a tick can indicate that something is incorrect!

Needless to say a few students must have been horrified looking at their graded work after they had seen my check marks all over the page, especially seeing as i've been grading for a few weeks now!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

So which wise guy came up with the invention of spinning?

Spinning. Have you tried it?
It's one heck of a good workout but seriously who came up with the idea that grown adults would meet in a room cycle on STATIONARY bicycles and pretend to race each other?
Besides it being a good leg work out I also find it particularly good for the abs- this is due to the fact that me and my friend find plenty of things to laugh about whilst in spin class. Not only are the instructors pep talks of encouragement something to giggle at but the sheer diversity of craziness among the participants is enough to send you into a fit of laughter. For example at our class we have one serious head swinger, every time a leg goes down to pedal her head swings out to the side at great speed, I am surprised that she does not give herself a whiplash injury. We also have the lady who ignores every instruction given and just pedals her little heart out at an insane pace the entire session. And don't get me started on the skinny man who wears Lycra!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A weekend of great food, sewing, family and friends

Where to begin?... beautiful weather, that's always a good thing. Good weather also brings with it a delicious season of barbecuing cuisine- well for those of us who are fortunate and do not end up with a pile of charcoal ed (burnt to a crisp) meaty offerings. Quite the contrary for me, thankfully, with a husband who is blessed with excellent grilling techniques! perfect organic beef slow roasted on the BBQ with a mu skeet, delicious.

Sewing has been a slow process, I fear that is partly due to my perfectionist traits. I have almost finished one vest/bolero I just need to insert some ruffles around the armhole- I say 'just' but this will most likely be very time consuming!

You know how everything always takes longer than you expected!? but I am seriously hoping that I can finally get the first few items into the Frenchy and Sophie store this week. Anyway I'm hoping for an early night tonight, another day full of first graders tomorrow. Enough blogging for today, more to come tomorrow :)