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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Why do I do this?

This week has not been fun here in the Washington household. Dante has been as space camp for most of the week and was not here to play with Alex. That left me to try to keep a three year old busy all day while trying to get my school work done for the week. The work load in my math class is seriously ridiculous! I had to read 35-40 pages, work practice problems, do a project, take an assessment and a quiz, and post to two discussion questions totaling 151 math problems for this week. Next week I'll have aprox 179 math problems to work on and another 40 pages to read. This doesn't count my work in my Honor's Psych class, which thankfully only has three projects due for the term but they all are big points. I've also got the regular final project, and an honors final project due for that class. This would be tough to figure into my day all on it's own but now add in the little complication of my going back to work on Monday. There's eight hours out of my day that I won't be able to use for school. I'll be cooking less real meals and I probably won't be able to bake as much of my own bread (which I'm sure my husband won't be heart broken over as he doesn't like it for sandwiches anyway). I've only knit a few rows in the last week, mostly to try to hold off the anxiety attacks I've been dealing with this week. This is just too much to do, but I can't refuse work or I'll lose my unemployment benefits, and I can't drop a class because it will affect my financial aid and push my graduation back. I'm going to have to make the most of every spare moment for the next 10 weeks and hope for the best, but I've already decided that I'm keeping my Tuesday craft night for my sanity.

Today I stoped into Bella Yarns and chatted with Naomi (co-owner) for a bit about the great new yarns and things going on there. They got a huge shipment of books, including Barbara Walker treasuries, and more sock books. I bought Nancy Budd's vintage socks finally. I've been eyeing it for a while now and finally broke down and bought it. There's some great socks in there that I've seen showcased really well on Ravelry that don't look like anything special in the book's illustrations. I also bought some Berrocco Comfort Sock for my Vaili socks (August pattern for the knit-along) in white, and bought some J Knits Superwash in a lovely cool spring green and some Skinny Feet Sheep 2 in a lovely variegated blue/green. Lots of money later, I should be all set for a little bit with yarn for my next month's knit-along pattern.

I'm starting to fade here. It's 10pm, and I want to knit a little bit before I drop. I hope these vitamins the pharmacist recommended will kick in soon and help me bounce back. This vegetarian diet (which I'm finally cool with and rather enjoying now) really wiped me out recently and I need to get back on track again.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The best day ever! (part two)

Look what came in the mail today! My books finally arrived today for this up coming term. The mail-lady brought me an open box and told me that the UPS driver delivered them to the wrong 234 in my complex and that the woman living there had given it to her. She brought them to the back door and knocked, which was odd since she had already been to my back door and literally opened the door and threw a package on my kitchen floor...so I sort of expected her to do the same this time. Maybe the only reason she actually knocked is because it's a crime to tamper with my mail, but it's perfectly acceptable for her to just open the door to my home and throw stuff inside. So anyway, I opened my first package and (I kid you not...) I jumped up and down screaming that my Wollmeise arrived. I am totally in love and I can't wait to knit something with this yarn. But first I think I'll just keep it for a little while, and touch it and love it before I even get around to winding it into a lovely center pull ball.

I went onto the Wollmeise site today (I've taken to stalking it like other obsessed knitters) and I was very upset to find that she had updated the "in stock list" today and that everything was already sold out. I've looked every day for two weeks and today I got lazy (I was preoccupied with trying to get through to the RI Unemployment Teleserve line) and I missed it. Nuts! Well...I guess I'll just have to pay more attention and stalk it properly. I need more.

So, Monday will be the big day and I'm not too excited about it. I'm going in at 9:30 am and I'm sure I'll be fine when I get there but I'd much rather be at home with my boys...even if they act like they did today. I've gotten my work clothes washed and sorted out, and I've been back in the gym for the last week or so, which helps my work clothes fit better :) I also needed to get back in the gym because I need to get my energy back up. I also needed to get some iron pills because I just felt really weak around that time of the month, but I've been feeling much better now. I think I'm getting the hang of this "vegetarian" thing, and I'm cooking more now. It's been fun and my family will eat some of the things I cook (voluntarily). Maybe I can slowly shift them over.