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October 15, 2011

A Week in the Life, Day 6

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Ahhhh, Saturday… yawn, stretch, roll over, go back to sleep….NOT!  Day 6 of A Week in the Life was another one on the move.  I’m in the middle of a Saturday morning graduate level class that is meeting for 5 Saturdays this fall, so I had to get up anyway, but today I had to be up earlier than normal because of this:

Participants in the Fall 2011 administration of the PSAT had to be at their high school at 7:45 this morning.


Don’t all these 16-year-olds look so thrilled to be back at school early on a Saturday morning?  I found myself with a little extra time this morning since I didn’t have to be in Westfield, MA, for my class until 8:30, so I stopped to take a few photos.  I took what I thought would be a nice one of the sun coming up over the small, local mountain, but it is pretty blown out.  I also realized later today that I had left my white balance set on “tungsten” from taking pictures of dinner last night, so most of the pictures I took this morning had an odd blue cast to them.  I managed to edit the two above to look okay, I think.  Here’s one that any of my former ‘Chaug classmates who could happen to pop over here might find interesting – here’s a little glimpse at part of the new Minnechaug, currently being built:

After taking my photos, I made my way west down the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 3 and pulled into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express where our class was taking place.  Five colleagues from my school are also taking this class, so that helps the time to pass more quickly during the rather dry material that we are presented.  Best part of these classes?  Going to lunch with three of the folks I work with.

Upon returning home, I got back to work on those baby quilts.

I’m feeling good about the progress I made today.  I added the borders and quilted the three layers of the “quilt sandwich” together (quilt top, batting and backing for the uninitiated) on both quilts.


I just have to make the bindings and sew them on to the raw edges of the quilts now.  While I am quilting, I always put my iPod into my Kicker speakers.  Today I  was listening to my “Pink” station on Pandora:

I consider my taste in music to be rather eclectic, so I’ve often wondered as I sit at my sewing machine if very many quilters often have the likes of AC/DC and Aerosmith and Nickelback (or Maroon 5 and Pink depending on my mood that day) to be blaring in the background of their workrooms.  In fact, my throat is feeling a little raw right now from all the singing along I’ve been doing today!  Sometimes I think I could have been a brilliant scientist if I had only been able to set my high school chemistry to music.

Tomorrow will be Day 7 of this week  in my life!  Gee, it went by kind of fast.  See you on Sunday!

(what I am singing right now as I finish up this blog post: )


  1. Sounds like a rather boring Saturday… until you got back home. Sitting in a classroom (aka hotel conference room) isn’t exactly my idea of fun 😉
    I always wished I could quilt. The two you’re making are turning out really nice!

    Comment by thedailyclick — October 16, 2011 @ 7:42 am | Reply

    • Thankfully that class is out by lunchtime! I spent the whole afternoon after I got home quilting. Quilting isn’t hard to teach yourself, if you understand the basics of using a sewing machine. I’ve read lots of books and patterns over the years, now I am comfortable coming up with my own designs too.
      Thanks Michaela.

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2011 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  2. The new high school is coming along really well. Even though I drive by the driveway regularly I don’t see the construction. At first I thought that the beer was being enjoyed with breakfast and I was thinking that that’s my kinda class!

    Comment by Becky Sue — October 16, 2011 @ 8:39 am | Reply

    • There’s much more to the school than you can see in this picture – you ought to just drive through the parking lot next time and check it out.
      Nope, no beer in class, LOL! I have discovered that I do like “Blue Moon” with a slice of orange with my lunch though.

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2011 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  3. New High School? Are they building it behind the current one? At least that is what I think someone told me, but I could be totally wrong. 😉

    Comment by Andrea L — October 16, 2011 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

    • Yes indeed Andrea. Poor ol’ Minnechaug is falling apart and the towns determined it would ultimately be cheaper to build a new one than fix the one we’ve got. It is being built on the former track field. Meghan will be the first graduating class of the new school – class of 2013.

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2011 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  4. Love those quilts!

    Comment by Cyndi — October 16, 2011 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  5. You’ve just inspired me to create a “Pink” station for myself! My parents bought me a gift subscription for my birthday a couple of months ago, and I absolutely love it – I listen to it all day at work, and I just got an iPod Touch, so I listen to it there, too!!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — October 17, 2011 @ 10:32 am | Reply

    • Subscription for Pandora? Is that listening without commercials? I just downloaded the free app to my iPod. A commercial pops up every now and then, but far less frequently than on regular radio.

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

      • It’s totally commercial-free, the sound quality is better, and it’s unlimited listening (the free account only gives you 40 hours a month, and that isn’t enough when I use it every day). I LOVE it!!

        Comment by Photo By Holly — October 17, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

      • Oh I didn’t realize that about Pandora. I did notice, however, when I had been listening to it for most of an afternoon that songs started to repeat.

        Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  6. School on a Saturday !!!… Oooh that’s just so not right…. lol… and especially not at 7:45 !!…

    Comment by FS Photography — October 17, 2011 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, the kids weren’t too happy about that I’m sure, but this test is the pre-test to the big one most kids have to take for college admissions. It is also a qualifier to be considered for a national scholarship, so every little bit helps when it comes to potential financial aid for college.

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  7. Fascinating…to think of what we can learn about others, even if we’ve been regularly reading blogs. This is like discovering all the missing puzzle pieces of your life. OK, a few of the missing pieces.

    Comment by Kathy — October 17, 2011 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

    • I’m curious as to what you found fascinating. Was it the bit about the music and singing and being a scientist? LOL

      Comment by Karma — October 18, 2011 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

      • The whole thing is fascinating. All the little details. It just paints a bigger picture than ever before.

        Comment by Kathy — October 18, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

      • Cool! Gee, how will I follow all this up? 🙂

        Comment by Karma — October 19, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

  8. The quilts are beautiful! It looks like another good day. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — October 18, 2011 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin, the quilts are getting there! I can’t wait to finish them and present them to their new owner.

      Comment by Karma — October 18, 2011 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

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