Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Mysteries of Life

My knitting life has been rather uneventful lately, I just haven't gotten all that much done. I should have a before and after on the felted pumpkin for you soon though.

I've spent the last three days driving back and forth to and from St. Cloud. It's about 60 miles north of here. Saturday I went up because my SIL (yes, RC's wife) had a Tastefully Simple party that I promised I would attend. My dislike of home parties is legendary amongst my friends and family so my attendance at one of these things is a gesture of love. Especially driving 60 miles to attend a dreaded home party. Luckily the Tastefully Simple party involves a lot of food and some wine. Plus my SIL's friend who is the rep doesn't pressure everyone else to throw a party. And she is relatively normal. Part of what I hate about home parties of any kind is an uber-perky sales person trying to get me to host a party of my own, or worse work for her giving home parties. "But you can get up to $100 of free merchandise!", howse about I give you $100 to leave me the hell alone?

Sunday the whole famdamily drove back to St. Cloud to set up a booth for a trade show. Being in the car for more than an hour makes my son squirrely. After a half hour stuck in "coming home from up north" Sunday afternoon traffic, listening to him sing commercials and make up songs, I nearly put him out on the side of the road.

Yesterday I drove BACK to St. Cloud for the trade show where I spent 8 hours on my feet in heels smiling at people who were only there for the free stuff. As my free stuff basically sucked, I practically had to be a carnival barker to get people into my booth. I've got a basket full of business cards and really sore feet to show for it. Yippee.

Last night we attended parent teacher conferences at the High School to find the answer to the burning question, why is my son getting a better grade in French than in English? English being his native tongue and all. The high school was built a zillion years ago and is a one story building laid out like a maze. Much of our two hours there was spent looking at the provided map and arguing about whether hallway F is really next to hallway G or inexplicably next to hallway A. After stumbling around lost, we discovered the answer to the French vs. English question and discovered that if he doesn't start paying more attention in Social Studies he will make a fine and funny feature on the Tonight Show's Jaywalking segment. He is, however, getting A's in math and gym.

So with all the driving and the smiling and the parenting I haven't gotten much knitting done.

7 comments:

Guinifer said...

I can so relate to the high school boy "thing". Sorry about the trade show - I know they can be miserable - hope it was profitable, at least.

Julie said...

ugh! I with you on the home party thing. Gawd, how I hate them!

Beth said...

I agree that those home shows are just bad. Around here, Pampered Chef shows are really big. I think I've been invited to 6 in the last year. Now a yarn show, I would go to!

Sheepish Annie said...

Parent/Teacher conferences are grueling for everybody! And to have to go to one after traveling umpty bazillion miles AND suffering through a home party? That is just beyond imaginable.

I'd say you've earned a weekend of uninterrupted knitting...

Sydney said...

Eeeuuwww! I hate home parties too. Luckily most people realize that getting me to one of those is almost hopeless. I hope you get some knitting time.

Debby said...

We went through a slew of candle parties a few years ago...I don't mind if I can use the item, but I'm happier not to go at all. I barely cook, so Pampered Chef parties are more than stressful. What do you use all that stuff for?!

Hope your week gets better from here...

Chris said...

Ok, it's not necessarily THAT funny about your son getting better grades in French, but you stated it so well! Hope there's not much driving in your future...