I’ve had a week of classes now. My classes seem particularly excellent this term, and my summer class did as well. There are three possibilities:

  1. We are using happiness as our group topic rather than global warming, and this just makes everyone so cheerful that we naturally have fun and get more out of class.
  2. I’m developing a reputation on campus, and students who will be comfortable with my teaching style are choosing to take my class.  This is actually possible, I suppose. Two of my students yesterday told me why they had chosen my class instead of someone else’s, so it may just be a less random group.
  3. It’s the beginning of the term and I haven’t yet noticed all the difficult, uncooperative, problematic things. I usually like everyone when I first meet them, so this is very possible.

Last night I finished the shell from simplicity 2263. You can see the drawing and a swatch of the fabric I used at right. I feel as though I ought to open up Photoshop and superimpose the two images. The front is cut on the bias, so it isn’t quite as sacklike as it might be.  I plan to wear it to church tomorrow along with the skirt which was the other garment I made this week.

I have the matching skirt for this cut and hope to sew it today, though I actually have a whole lot of work to do and may not be able to take much sewing time.

I did the hemming of the top last night while watching a program called Kitchen Nightmares. The premise of this is that a successful chef goes into failing restaurants and turns them around.

Some of the issues are about cooking, but he also deals with marketing and management issues, so I was watching for business info. It’s quite interesting, if you’re in the market for increased business acumen, but I don’t know why anyone else would want to watch it.I also don’t get where it fits into the British TV landscape, since it is a) a cooking/business/reality show and b) every other word out of the hero’s mouth is “f-ing.” In one episode  they were in Yorkshire (for reasons I do not understand, Yorkshire seems to be funny in England), where that word rhymes with “cooking,” and most of the other characters said it all the time as well.

On what station, or in what time slot, can you put a show with a combination of cooking and swearing? Maybe it is supposed to make the cooking bit more manly. The guys are constantly going on about bollocks as well, so perhaps that’s it.