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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Making some changes

As you probably know by now, I'm knitting the West Knits Mystery Shawl KAL, along with over 2100 other people at last count, lol.  At least this time I can say I got in when there were only around 300 of us.  Usually I wait for the bandwagon to come around and pick me up, lol.  I'm making great progress and I have to say that I just love this thing.  Love it!  As a matter of fact, I'm a little antsy for the next clue and I promised a friend that I would not finish this clue before Wednesday when we can get together again to work on it.  I'm having a heck of a time trying to keep that promise.  And I'm also having a really really hard time not posting a photo here but some of you might be interested in knitting it too and may not want to see what the finished clue looks like, so instead I'll settle for posting a link to my project page (no Ravelry account necessary) so you can go see it for yourself, if you're interested ;)

Anyway, today was a very strange day and things are only going to get stranger for a little while.  My car failed inspection and needs quite a bit of very expensive work before I can get it back on the road.  Being a student means that I'm not working a full time job and I have an extremely tight budget.  I can't afford to do any work on this car until the fall, when I'll be paid for a pattern that I did for a major magazine publisher.  My mother-in-law has already spent a small fortune trying to get my husband's car repaired so that he will pass the next inspection.  It's amazing what can fall apart on a car in two short years! 

This is a big change for my little family.  We're now down to one car, and my boys have very busy schedules (as you know).  I've lost count of all the specialists that Alex is seeing these days, and the first day of soccer is right around the corner.  Thankfully, almost everything I need to get to is within walking or biking distance, so I'm now on the look out for a good bicycle.  And let me tell you, they're a lot more expensive than they used to be!  I only found one bike on Craig's List that might be suitable, and it's all the way out in deep Mass, even though I specified Rhode Island in my search.  I'm not sure if I'll be able to ride it either, because it's a road bike and that will mean that I'll need to hunch over quite a bit.  That's not going to work so well with my back issues.  The next best thing I found were two new bikes from local shops for just under $300.  That's about $100 more than I wanted to spend on a bike.  But at least all this searching has helped me to narrow things down...I'm looking for a cruiser, aka Granny Bike.  They're designed for commuting, the seats are large and comfortable, and the rider can sit up.  One reviewer even said that she's my height and doesn't have to slouch.  So if anyone is looking to get rid of a good bike, or knows anyone who is, please let me know.  I've got to be able to get to work, and PT, and the grocery store, and the post office, and the library, and...

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