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Friday, April 26, 2013

Sleep deprivation (again)

I don't know why but I'm exhausted again.  I swear I've been going to bed at a reasonable hour and I've cut my caffeine consumption way down, and yet for some reason this past week or two I've been really tired.  So tired that I'm having difficulty with following up on things, which means that I've lost all control over my routine again.  For some reason I can't explain, dinner has this the table close to bedtime.  Bedtimes have been pushed back.  We're barely getting out of the house on time. 

On the upside, I bought the Camry so I've been taking care of some long neglected things in the morning before my husband is up and moving.  It's been heaven.  I forgot how much I love dropping Alex off at school and jumping on the road to go to the market or some other place. 

I've been forgetting about all the little things lately and I've called in the "Big Guns" to help me get a grip on it all again.  I added a new cookbook and got a little sucked into it so some other things slacked off for a while.  That's my MO.  If I add something in, everything goes to seed until I manage to get a grip on it all again.  Every.  Single.  Time.  Now that I'm getting the hang of using this cookbook, I'm trying to get a handle on Alex's allergies.  He tested severely allergic to dust mites.  That's a lot of dusting, more frequent sheet changing, more frequent sweeping/moping of the floors, running air purifiers and keeping an eye on their filters, more allergy check up's, more red tape as I attempt to get the apartment complex to agree not to put carpet in this unit during the renovations.  You get the idea.  And that's just his allergies.  Next I have to get a handle on the sensory diet cause I still don't have a handle on that one.  (Typing that line just reminded me that Alex needed to take a sensory break, lol). 

Anyway, I'm having to embrace the fact that although I don't have ADHD, I do in fact carry that gene (as evidenced by my 2nd cousin and my oldest son who both have it), and that I could benefit from applying some of the organizational principles to my routine.  I already do many of the suggested activities, but one thing that stood out was that I'm not getting near enough sleep and that's why everything is spinning out of control.  Sleep is key for me. 

Now, to the knitting (cause I know that's what you come here for, lol).  I've been happily knitting along on on Alex's Kindling Season and I made it though the body.  These pictures were taken a few days ago before I finished the bind-off, but you get the idea.  I went into the shop on Wednesday to try to find buttons but I only found two that matched well enough, that fit through the holes, and we didn't have enough of either in stock so I went online to one of my favorite etsy shops and ordered buttons online.  I got bamboo anchor buttons and I think they're going to be just right.  More on that later (assuming I don't forget, lol).

Sunday, April 21, 2013

This is gonna be interesting...

As you've probably noticed by now, I'm on a baby sweater kick.  This is the finished Cradle Cardigan from the Hannah Fettig book Mabel's Closet.  If you have a little girl (or know a little girl), you should have this book.  It's adorable and I had a blast knitting this little gem from my two skeins of Madeline Tosh Sport in Tart.  I've loved this color for EVER!!  I had to skeins laying around (one I bought and the other was gifted to me) and I knew I had too much to simply knit a small accessory, but not enough to knit something substantial for myself.  I finally decided to knit a baby sweater.  I think I have enough left over to do the matching beret. 

I modified the sleeve a tiny bit because Clara is a little thing but she's growing like it's an Olympic sport and she's going for the gold!  She's wearing 12-18 mo things now, so thank goodness I had the forethought to knit her the 12-18 mo size.  I figured her mom could put it away for next season, but she'll likely be wearing this right now, lol.  It was with this in mind that I decided to do a slight decrease of the cuffs to pull them in a tiny bit, so that they won't get in the way of her tiny little hands.  I worked the last row of stockinette (before starting the garter stitch cuffs) by knitting 2 sts, then knitting 2 together, all the way to the end.  It created a subtle little puff right at the end and I'm pretty taken with it.

In other news, I started a sweater for Alex (cause he was up next in the rotation, lol) called Kindling Season, by Alicia Plummer.  I love this thing and I was thrilled to get this as a gift directly from the designer.  I meant to get to this pattern sooner (it came out last October) but better late than never.  I had a few yarn choices for this, but Alex settled on my red Berroco Vintage Chunky.  Not the most exciting of the selections, but it's a pretty color and it's machine washable, so it's probably for the best.  I started a few days ago and I'm already through the sleeve separation and working on the body (working from the top-down). 

Finally, church is getting pretty interesting these days.  I recently experienced my first Ward split and last week was our first meeting in the new building.  I officially belong to the Providence 2nd Branch now, lol.  It's all new and we're filling all of the offices as quickly as possible.  Last week it was all new and exciting and we had a large number of people who showed up.  This week, the Honeymoon was definitely over.  I noticed a stark contrast between how members of my old ward conducted themselves, and how the members who have joined us from other areas conduct themselves during the meetings.  We're all going to have to make some adjustments and I hope that by the time we get all of our offices filled and we all know where things are, it'll all settle down.  Otherwise it's fair to say that I'll be called into another primary calling to act as "the enforcer" (as I was apparently known in my last ward, lol). 

If I look back over my history of callings, I'm always tapped when the ratio of boys to girls is significantly skewed (think 10 - 1 or higher), or there is a serious problem with reverent behavior, or the children in the Valiant class are all getting ready to age out into the Young Men's/Young Women's groups (they get pretty antsy those last few months before the shift).  Basically, if there are lots of boys, lots of trouble making, or lots of pre-teens, then I'm up to bat.  I've got a degree in psychology and child development, and I've got a house full of trouble making boys (one of whom is a teenager) so I'm fully qualified.  And being 6' doesn't hurt one bit ;)  So, I'm going to go knit Alex's sweater now and I'll let you know how it goes in the branch.  Oh, and I should have a picture of Clara in this sweater some time soon.