Monthly Archives: July, 2012

The Pell Grant (and others like it)

     It’s nice to know that grants such as The Pell exist and can be attained by those desiring to further their education.

 

      At this time, with the economy the way it is, and Americans just wanting to get back to work, doesn’t it seem like it would be a good (read incredibly great!) thing for The Pell and similar grants to include more certificate courses?  Companies all over are looking for CERTIFIED welders, CERTIFIED HVAC technicians, CERTIFIED machinists, CERTIFIED auto mechanic… .  As it is now, the only certificate courses approved are the ones that lead to becoming a certified BEAUTICIAN/COSMETOLOGIST/AESTHETICS!  WTF????  Okay, there is another but seriously, can we all be beauticians???  I know I can’t.  I get ill seeing dandruff on someone’s shoulders (gag!  the thought of a light wind, picking up and redirecting it anywhere in the vacinity of my immediate breathing space just freaks me out!  OMW!  or the thought of having to apply makeup to someone’s face that has a zit that is red and plump and ready to burst aaaaaaaaack!).  I’d much rather change the oil on a grimey ol’ car

  I have one more shot at proving just how unintelligent I am before my gnarly knitting knuckles curl up and refuse to write anything legible and my eyes can no longer distinguish shapes let alone letters and numbers.

 

 

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Is Your Library Card Up-To-Date?

     Our library has positioned itself in the present as far as technology is concerned.  I knew it was time for me to come to terms with my lack of tech saavy when I found my local library had a website aaaaaand it was interactive.  Hoping books never become a thing of the past, I ventured down to renew my library card only to be told that it was an outdated relic and was issued a brand new one along with a matching one for my keyring (they must’ve had people like me in mind when they decided on that option…I always had a hard time keeping up with my library card).

    My first book, even with an extension, didn’t get read.  It may have been the time I opted to check it out…Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s…I’m almost sure that’s the reason.  Today, I checked out another book.  The librarian asked, “Just the one?”.  “Yes.  Just the one.  Baby steps, eh?”, I replied.  She got a chuckle out of that but I was so serious.  I’ve never been a reader.  I fall asleep.  There may have been a handful of books that have held my attention long enough for me to read from start to finish.  I can remember the titles of even less; My Side of the Mountain, Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate, The Flame and The Flower, The Girl Who Cried Flowers.  I’ve tried a gazillion times with as many different books of a variety of subjects to be an avid reader…I’ll keep trying.  The worst thing that could happen is I’ll get more sleep…that can’t be a bad thing.

Another Knitted Dress

    This time I used size 3 100% mercerized cotton, in white.  After the top was finished, I dyed it with Rit’s sunshine orange (thought it’d be gold like that on the bottle but, it wound up being an incredible orange which matched another color in the fabric so I wasn’t bummed at all…actually, I like the boldness of the color more than the thought of the gold), and allowed it to air dry.  The buttons were covered in some of the same fabric.  This was made using the same pattern as the previous version ( http://setcieboutique.canalblog.com/archives/modeles_gratuits___free_patterns/index.html (the site is in a language other than english but there is an english version of the pattern…scroll down until you find it)).

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