Friday, October 30, 2009

I'm the man of Nachos!

I was working with a first grader this morning on a math worksheet, and every time she got a problem correct, she would yell out "Nachos!!". She yelled it out such as one might yell out "Yes!" or "I got it!" or "Whooo-hooo!". But instead, it was "Nachos". Keep in mind that I work with the Special Ed kids, so while this made absolutely no sense to me, in her little mind I'm sure she was celebrating her victory over counting by 2s by crying out about her favorite snack. I don't know. I'm just guessing. And then every once in awhile she'd say "I'm the man of Nachos!", and hold her little fist up, victoriously. When she had completed the worksheet, she once again declared herself to be The Man of Nachos, and then did a little dance while chanting "nachosnachosnachosnachosnachos". There is never a dull moment with my job, and I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried, and I love it. I absolutely love these kids. I've also decided that henceforth, I'm going to join her in the great cry of nachos, and will be proclaiming "Nachos!" whenever I do something fabulous or get excited about something.

Has anyone else noticed how I've gotten my Blog Groove back? This is like the 9th time this month I'm posting, which is more than the past 3 months put together. I don't know what it is,
but all of a sudden I'm finding things to write about again. Not necessarily interesting things, but they are things nonetheless, and about them I shall write.

For instance; of little importance and no interest whatsoever is my growing addiction to the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. I anticipate its arrival every fall. As soon as it's back, I know that I may as well just fork over a cold hundy to my local Starbuckle, because at least once a week I am running up there in the morning (early, too, y'all, I have to be at work at 7:00), ordering a Venti and sucking it down before the first bell rings. One week I actually went three times. At $5 a pop, this gets expensive. And I am not a lady of many means. But they are Deeeeelicious.

Also of little to no importance, barely worth a mention, is that I've recently decided to try and take up crochet. Now, as a Bad Ass Knitter, I've been Judgy McJudgealot when it comes to the crochet. I look down my nose at it. It's a far inferior craft, in my humble but correct opinion. However there are a few knitting patterns that call for a crochet border. And it seems to go faster. And I've heard that it's easier than knitting. And I have a blanket that my friend Marcie (who is a crocheter but I love her anyway) made for me, and I love it and I sleep with it every night. (Hi, I'm Linus) So I thought, Ok, I will give this a go. I will learn to crochet. I mean, I already have yarn. I have 2 crochet hooks (used for picking up stitches when knitting socks), what more do I need? It can't be that hard.

Well maybe it's not that hard, and maybe I'm an idiot. Probably both. So let me go ahead and make a long and uninteresting story short and uninteresting: I can't do it. I can do the very fist step required - the chain. I can chain my ass off. See here:

Chain-o-rama. But what the hell am I supposed to do after that? None of the instructions I've seen have been at all clear about that. I've consulted my little crochet booklet that I have. I've searched the innernets for clues. They all have instructions - and they all vary. Really, crocheters? Really? Can't you make it uniform? With knit and purl it's the same. You knit or you purl and when you get to the end of a row, you don't have to bend the yarn, you just turn the damn needle. I give up, crochet. I hate you. Cro-shit is more like it. I should also probably add this: Crocheters (namely Marcie and Charlene, who I am sure are Up In Arms about my proclamation) please do not attempt to help me figure out how to do it. I don't care. Knitting is better and this just proves it.

To make myself feel better, I bought a Pumpkin Spice Latte and knit up a little hat for The Cuteness.

Nachos!! Isn't it adorable? I hope it fits her. I shall see The Cuteness herself tomorrow (hopefully) on Halloween and will capture a picture to share. It's been a good while since I've posted a picture of her. I look forward to see her and BSP tomorrow night for the annual Halloween Party, for which I will be making Caps' Famous Cheese Ball. It's a great party recipe, if you happen to need something quick, cute and Halloweeny to make. I will also have pictures of myself and The Cowboy in our costumes - and believe me, you're not gonna want to miss this. Not so much me, as him.

Happy Halloween! Nachos!


Daisymum said...

I am sorry about your crochet adventures. It can be confusing which chain to work in when you turn your work(am I speaking greek?) I learned how to crochet pre You tube. The hard part was figuring out the directions. I think it is easier to learn crochet before you learn how to knit. Knitting is so easy that you just get mad when you can't figure crochet out, and you just want to go back to purl and knit.
About my socks- I completely understand. I started my socks in Jan. and just finished them. So I know about juggling projects. I am supose to weave this guy a purse for his wife. It has been 3 months. It's cool. Nachos!!!! Have a great week. Thanks for more postings, it gives me something to do at work :)


UMBRAGE! I take umbrage about your crochet anger. I have had a wonderful teacher in Marcie, though, and the spirit of my GaGa holding my hands...
glad to see your post! As an aunt of a special ed guy, I say they are lucky to have you!

Reenie said...

NACHOS!!! I love it.

Very cute hat.

Anita O said...

I love your blog, and I'm so glad you're back to blogland with your bloggy mojo. Nachos!
And cro-shit. Hilarious. I've got to tell my hubby about that one.
It's not as hard as all that, either. Want a crochet FO? That's just a chain? Loop D' Loops. check it out on Ravelry. You'll love it!

Marcie said...

Chip, I'm so sad to read of your hatred for the crochet. Charlene and I have had a number of great teaching sessions and she is well on her way. Don't feel bad, starting after you've done the chain is a little tricky because you can do it a few different ways. I'm sad I'm not in the Lone Star state or else I could show you but YouTube is actually a great option for this. Let me know and I'd be happy talk you through it over the phone. You'll be shocked at how fast it is compared to knitting. Love, Marc
P.S. We are gathered here taDay . . . Remember that! No idea what made me think of it. :)

Cass said...

I feel your pain with crocheting. I used to be pretty good with it but if any amount of times passes I'm like a blank slate. The good thing is though I have this killer book of patterns, but the great part is there's a section in the back that explains everything so simple & with pics that makes me remember it all again. If I can get my scanner hooked up I'll scan it.