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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Grad school 'n socks 'n stuff

Yesterday, dear readers, I started grad school...and I'm already exhausted.  I'm sure I've done it to myself, but there it is.  So far, my work load is pretty ridiculous but when you really look at it, it's the same amount of work as what I was doing for two classes.  I hope it stays like that and doesn't pick up as the weeks go along.  Thank goodness for Monster Energy drink (looks like I've fallen off the wagon) and spell check.  I was so tired today that I couldn't complete a coherent thought.

Anyway, the day before school started, I finished off my non-school period by finally finishing Alex's rainbow socks.  He's been waiting for these since this summer but that's okay really.  He didn't need them until now.  Here you can see him modeling these brightly colored socks.  I stated on my Ravelry project page that I didn't love knitting with this yarn because it really irritated my hands, but the color was just to intense that I sucked it up and pushed through.  Alex actually likes the way these feel on his feet and has asked for more pairs in this yarn.  I'll have to see what I can do about that (If I can find the time).

The pattern is called Knock Your Socks Off, and I tested it for Helen Bingham.  I made the cuff longer than suggested, and added length to the heel flap and the foot because Alex is tall and has bigger feet than the average child his age.  Lengthening a sock pattern isn't anything new to me, lol.  I wear a woman's size 10 shoe and with the exception of Alex, all my boys wear size 12's (Alex isn't far behind).  Alex just discovered He-Man, and has asked me for a pair of He-Man socks o.0  I have no idea what he means by that and I don't see that happening in the near future, but he stands a good chance of getting the light blue pair he asked for.

In kitchen news, I've been going a little crazy making treats.  Tuesday night I made Snickers Popcorn from a recipe I found on Cookies & Cups.  It was a heck of a lot easier than I expected, but I discovered that my kitchen is too small to really do this right.  It's hard to mix the toffee into the popcorn when I don't have enough counter space to spread it all out onto.  However, baring that little problem, it turned out really good.   Alex had to go to bed before it was ready, and he made me promise to put some in a jar for him and put his name on it, lol.  He's learned that snacks which existed before he went to bed may not exist when he wakes up in the morning.

As you can see in this photo, I complied with his request.  He was a very happy little boy when he woke up yesterday to brand new socks and a jar full of popcorn with his name on it.  I may have even been persuaded to let him eat some of said popcorn before school.  There goes my nomination for Mom-of-theYear, lol.

And finally, I got his evaluation in the mail yesterday.  It was very informative and made a lot of sense.  It's possible that he doesn't even have a defiance disorder, and that all of his behavior issues stem from attempts to avoid certain situations that cause sensory discomfort.  You can bet I'll be studying anything and everything sensory-related I can find while in grad school.  I hope to find some answers by the time I'm finished.

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