October 6th, 2007


(no subject)

My husband works in an elementary school. For the second time in two weeks they've had to go into lockdown due to bomb/gun threats at the high school next door.

I couldn't imagine being a 4 year old and being locked in a classroom, paper taped over the windows and no communication with the outside world or even the office. These little kids get spooked, herded in to classrooms and then they sit there terrified at every little noise. I also wonder what sort of training the teachers really get for dealing with these situations. When they started opening the classes again, one of the little kids ran out into the hall and hugged my husband telling him he was so glad that hubby was there. Poor little guy.

There really has to be a better way. The teachers should have some way of knowing and being able to communicate to the students that the person they hear walking in the halls is a police officer, checking all of the rooms and not a bad guy. Actually, what do they even tell the kids about the situation? Does a four year old need to know there might be a gunman in the school?

This last one was pretty big. Apparently there were 2 separate anonymous 911 calls made about gunmen on site. Not only did they shut down the 3 schools in the area, they also cordoned all the roads around the schools for blocks. It's pretty odd that of the 300 or so schools in the area, this one has had 2 lockdowns in two weeks for gun calls.

I must confess

I visited the evil empire today. I've been looking for a bunch of fabrics to do some sewing, and have spent quite a bit of time going to almost every fabric store, including the quilting stores, in the area. None have a decent collection of bright, fun prints. I'm looking for cotton, flannel, fleece and cotton interlock or jersey. After a frustrating day that was capped off with a semi-successful visit to the quilt shop in Bell's Corners, I came home to search the interwebs for Canadian distributors of fun stuff. Well, the shops I could find seemed to be sold out. I'm not really in the mood to go sourcing through Etsy, although I may resort to that, and there was nothing on e-Bay. I also realize that with the weak American dollar, I could buy in the US, but then you always run in to the wonderful customs hassle and the postage at some sites was insane. A $2.50/yard of fabric - one yard, and they wanted to charge $10 postage.

So, in a final act of desperation I visited the den of all evil, justifying the visit with the fact that I had exhausted every other local resource. I came away with armloads of fabric, fleece and vinyl for $50. When I explained the vinyl was to layer in a change pad, the sales person helpfully tried to point me at the baby section, where I could just pick up a couple of change pads. *sigh* Did she not see the armload of batiks (which she called stained glass), dragon fly prints and tie-dyes that I had? What would make her think I'd want a boring old change pad? Do I look like a person who wants pastels? Oh, but the best, soul-sucking part of it all was when she told me that she had been excited to work in the department at first, but now she was just sick of it and didn't sew at all. When do you ever encounter that attitude at your favourite small pusher's store? I am so used to enthusiastic, hobbyists that I really had nothing to say to her.

All has been well washed, hubby hasn't stopped mocking me yet, and I need a shower, but I'm pleased with the fabrics and cannot wait to start sewing.

One thing I still cannot find is any decently printed jersey or other sleeper-type material. I'll take a web store, or local, or anyone who will ship to Canada. I just need fun, stretchy cloth. I am to the point of considering dyeing, stamping, painting my own. Anyone? Hints?