I really do want to keep up with this blog... really, I do. There has been so much going on in my life that I have felt hesitant in throwing out into the blogisphere, but after a conversation with my brother, I think I need to stop being so hard on myself about having things just right, and be a little bit more casual with it all.
This week has been epic. The looming legislation that teachers thought was coming down the pipes, has indeed come down the pipes. It's bad, really bad, not just for teachers, but for students and education as a whole. I've read over it in detail, so I can specifically point out the bits that make major changes to public education; I can explain the whole thing in layman's terms, but I'm not going to bog down my blog with all of that... at least not yet ;) Here is a link to the legislation if anyone wants to take a gander. If you have any questions about it and you want a teacher's view, please feel free to drop me a comment, as I have no problem dialoguing (as many of my friends and family can attest... let's just say my facebook has been a hive of pro-teacher and pro-public education activity).
Teachers participating in a three day walk out this week, in response to the legislation. There was a rally on Tuesday that I attended with little Z strapped into the stroller. I wasn't sure how he would do with the big crowds and the shouting, but he actually fell asleep! My little activist :) The turnout was fantastic, and the weather couldn't have been better. Apparently, there were about 5000 who attended the march and rally, about 2000 of which were union members from other occupations showing their solidarity. It was so encouraging to have others standing with us, recognizing that this legislation is an assault to collective bargaining. The schools are now moving into spring break, which should be a nice break from all the political and job action drama.
On the home front, my little baby boy has been developing in leaps and bounds, and as a result has been keeping me up all hours of the night, fussing during the day and in the evenings when it's time to go to sleep. I should specify that by fussing, I actually mean full-blown air-raid crying. It has been a very trying week for me and I'm glad to see the end of it. Today is Saturday, and my wonderful husband is home, and nothing could make me happier than to have a helping hand. Most of the things that Z has been throwing my way are all natural and perfectly in tune with where he is developmentally (aka DON'T LEAVE ME MOMMY!!), but it's so much harder to handle when you haven't had a good night's sleep in days and are majorly sleep deprived!
On the knitting front, I really haven't been getting much done. I think that's probably a good thing as with my lack of sleep I'd probably be making a lot of mistakes! I have been plugging away on my dad's socks, and thinking about lovely things I could make for when the weather gets warmer. My knitting friends and I have been salivating over this beautiful pattern by Jane Richmond, a local Victoria-ite. I sense a KAL coming!
Oh, and I can't resist sharing this; it's in response to the asinine comments that Rush Limbaugh made on his show recently.