Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drug Tested

So I got a phone call from my doctor's office on Thursday telling me I had to go in to get a urine test before she would refill my pain med (Acetaminophen and codeine) that I take for my migraines.  I refill it about every 6 weeks and haven't ever had to do something like that before but I do have to go in to get blood tests for a couple of the other medicines I take so figured that since she is a new doctor maybe she had some new test she wanted to run.  Silly me.  She was drug testing me!

Well, I didn't get the results back, so I started to get a little suspicions and sent her an email on Saturday to my doctor asking what the urine test was about.  I finally heard back from her today that yes, indeed it was a drug test.

She blamed it on new regulations for all patients with chronic pain that they have to get tested once a year and come see the doctor every six months.  Well, she doesn't check her calendar because I just saw her four months ago.  I was so furious that she tricked me into getting a drug test that I wrote her back asking what she was expecting to find in the drug test and how often I was supposed to get a refill on the pain meds.  The doctors don't offer anything else for the pain for migraines and I've been to every specialist they have at Kaiser.  Here this new lady who is younger than I am is thinking she knows more about my migraines and thinks that I'm abusing my pain medicines?

Well, she writes back a rather not so nice email and that was it!  I changed doctors tonight!

With a degree in science, I do happen to know a thing or two about my own health and don't need a rude doctor giving me a lecture about abusing pain medication.  Of course, by changing doctors, now I have to go in to have an appointment with the new doctor, but at least she looks nice from her picture on the website.

I actually felt quite relieved after sending my email saying I didn't appreciate being tricked into taking a drug test and that I didn't trust the doctor and that I had changed to a new doctor.

The funny thing is, the regular doctor doesn't even deal with my migraines.  I see a neurologist and a nurse practitioner at the headache clinic who regulate the migraine medicine medicines and they tell me what to take and how often.  For some reason, this doctor decided it was her job to take over and tell me what to do.  Sorry lady, you just got fired. :)

I need a vacation!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Getting more done

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During my marathon grading session, I was able to get this quilt done as well.  It's amazing what you can accomplish 5 minutes at a time.  I downloaded a stopwatch app to my ipod and would grade 3 lab books and then take a break to roll the quilt on the frame.  I would time myself to see how long everything took.  While it encouraged me to work faster, it was also a bit depressing to watch my life tick away on that little timer next to me.

My little dog had to get in on the picture here.  She's pretty funny!

Prolific piecer

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My adopted daughter, Jenny, is becoming quite the prolific piecer.  She is cranking out these quilt tops like crazy.  She plans to give them all away as Christmas gifts, which means I have to get busy quilting them all up.  There are two more waiting for me and I'm sure she has more in the works.  I used a really cute butterfly pattern on this one and quilted it yesterday while grading lab books.

I totally know it is my fault, but I spent 22 hours this weekend grading.  In the end, I felt totally crazy!  Even with all the extra help this year, I let these lab books pile up and had 4 labs in every book and 5 in the honors ones.  Each book took about 10 minutes to grade, and when you have 90 of them, it adds up.  It was nice to take a break every 3 books and go roll the quilt.  I don't know what I would have done if I had to grade non stop!  But it sure made the weekend go quickly.

This is finals week and then vacation!

My girls come home on Thursday.  :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

so far behind

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I haven't had a chance to quilt anything for several days and I am behind in my goal of one quilt a day.  Hopefully when school is out on Friday, I will have time to catch up.  Today is another LONG day of lab book grading.  I didn't quite get through half the books yesterday after 12 hours of grading.  Shame on me for procrastinating for so long.  I had 4 labs in my regular kids' books and 5 in my honors books.  The trouble is, we have labs back to back this time of year and there isn't time in between to drag the boxes of books home to grade them.  That's my excuse anyways.  But, this weekend I'm really feeling the pain of the procrastinating and surely wishing I had brought them home at least once.  Or had my TA's grade part of them.

I got in new rails for my quilting machine and am wanting to change them out too because they are really pitted and make for some wobbly quilting, but that is going to have to wait too.  It will take me about an hour to change them out and that's an hour I just don't have today.  Once these books are done, I will be free again!

Yesterday I did manage to get this quilt done while taking short breaks from the books.  Every row, I would get up and reset the machine and then race myself to see how much grading I could get done before having to get up and move the machine again.  

Of course, the Christmas cookies that the Special Ed aids made for all the teachers surely helped with the grading too.  Every year, they have a cookie exchange and give us all a bunch of cookies.  My husband doesn't eat his so I get extras.  I ate about 6 of them yesterday and the extra sugar helped me keep going on my marathon grading session.

That's all my husband does every weekend and every vacation.  Grade papers.  All day, every day.  He teaches 3 AP (advanced placement) classes and has 40 students in each class.  He's constantly grading papers.  I think I would go crazy if that was my life.  So, I guess I shouldn't complain as much as I am now.

At least most of the time I get my grading done at school, or have my TA's get most of it done. :)  My fellow teachers think I'm crazy to have 3 TA's (plus my former student who comes back 2 days a week to help me) but I know what I'm doing.  I need my quilting time!

This quilt was made by our new special ed teacher who teaches our Emotionally Disturbed class.  She is giving it to a charity, I think as a fundraiser for breast cancer, but I may be wrong.  It may be going to someone who has breast cancer.  It was given to me by my friend Sandy who does a lot of bindings for our Binky Patrol group and she asked if I could quilt it quickly for her.  

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lab book kind of day

Finals are next week and I have three classes of lab books to grade this weekend.  After procrastinating this morning, I'm finally buckling down and grading.  I'm trying to multitask by grading and cleaning and quilting.  The books are driving me a bit crazy, so I'm happy for the distraction.  I've cleaned the air filter for the heater, which needed it badly and I've put off for far too long, so that's a good thing and I shampooed the carpet where the old dog had an accident last night.  You know I must be desperate to look for chores like that to do!  12 books graded, 78 more to go.  It's going to be a long weekend!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Stockings for Veterans

The National Honor Society Kids helped make Christmas Stockings for our local Veterans and wounded soldiers who come through Travis Air Force Base during the holiday season.  Today some other volunteers helped stuff those stockings with candy, granola bars, chapstick, and gloves.  They will be passed out over the next couple of weeks.  I love being able to say Thanks to Veterans for their service.

Storm of the Year

Yesterday we had what was billed to be the "Storm of the Year" by all the weathermen on every TV station, including the National News.  People were out buying bottled water, generators, toilet paper and flashlights.  It sounded like we were in for some really bad weather.

I live in Northern California.  We have had a drought for a few years so I guess people forgot what rain looks like.

Instead of the killer storm, we got some rain and a little bit of wind.  Nothing major.  Seriously, I'm happy about that, but what was annoying was I had 3-6 kids in every class absent because someone made it look like there was a message from the district saying that school was closed and all the kids showed their parents.  The parents who didn't bother to check the actual website, but trusted their kid, kept the kids home.  I had to make the choice, with finals being next week, to change my lesson plan that instead of teaching new material that I would have to reteach to 30 kids to do something those 30 kids could do on their own this weekend.  Sometimes parents don't realize that when they make a decision like letting a kid say home because it is raining, it has a domino effect, not only on their child's grade, but on all the teachers who will have to spend time reteaching the material.  Never a dull moment in the teaching profession!

So glad the storm wasn't anywhere near predicted.  I know some areas got it much worse with some flooding and mudslides.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

so nice to have a large stash

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There's a special student at my school who is in foster care.  She recently found out she is pregnant and her foster family kicked her out.  I can't even imagine how she is feeling.  I had some quilts on my desk at school and her science teacher asked her to pick one.  She chose a little one.  I told her that she could have that for the baby and I would make one just for her.  I asked what her favorite color was and she chose purple.  

Having a large stash of quilt tops ready for quilting is so nice.  Sometimes I feel bad that there are so many waiting their turn to be quilted, but when a situation like this comes up, it's nice to be able to reach in the cupboard and pull something I think will be perfect.  This quilt looks more green in the picture, but the purples really pop in person.  I will get bound and given this week.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2nd body pillow

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Ok an even worse job of hiding the pile of clean laundry waiting to be folded.  You would think I could find an empty spot on the couch, but no.   I was going for the dramatic effect.  The juxtaposition of beauty and reality.  Peace and stress.  Daily life vs. escape from chores.  Who am I kidding.  The camera was there and I just threw the quilt over the pile, hoping to hide it.  Normally, the quilt is bigger :)

Here's the second body pillow my friend made.  I believe this is a disappearing 9 patch pattern.  Again I used the fleece instead of batting and just a white muslin backing and switched to a Signature thread and had no troubles with the thread pulling down into the quilt.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

quilted body pillow

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I have to laugh at myself.  Most bloggers stage such lovely quilt pictures.  I lay them on top of the pile of clean clothes waiting to be folded.  I don't even do a great job of hiding the fact the the quilt is on top of the pile of clean clothes.  I mean, you can clearly see the black sock here!  Keeping life real people. :)

My friend brought over two body pillows she wanted quilted.  She brought fleece to be used as the batting and asked if I thought that would be a problem.  I wasn't sure, but said I would give it a try.  I am sure it will shrink differently than the cotton top and backing fabric, but I'm not sure the body pillow will get washed much, so I'm not sure it's going to really matter much.  The machine didn't have a problem with quilting it.

I used the same blue thread on this quilt as on the one that kept breaking every 6 inches and although it didn't break as much, it did keep getting sucked down underneath a couple of times.  I didn't notice it until I pulled the quilt off the frame.  It's a good thing this quilt will be a pillow so you will never see the back because it's a blue top thread and a white backing.  You can see the blue thread on the back a couple times.  I'm not sure why the machine doesn't like this blue thread.  It's So Fine, which my machine usually loves.  I guess you can get a bad spool of thread sometimes.  I will give it one more try on one more quilt and then call it bad thread and see if Carla wants to try it on her machine.  I hate to throw away a $10 spool of thread.  This one was donated by someone who has me quilting lots of Quilts of Valor, but still, someone paid good money for great thread and it just is having troubles.

Anyways, it's a nice quilt. :)