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Saturday, July 11, 2015

First Saturday off

I'm feeling a little afloat out here with no school work to do.  It's my first real summer vacation in six+ years, and I'm not sure what the heck to do with myself.  And it's finally hot here.  So what does a New England family do when it's too hot to really be outside, and there's no homework demanding my attention?  Read super-silly books while the husband plays Call of Duty, of course. 

Last night's book was Whales on Stilts!, and it' hilarious.  Alex kept making me read more and more chapters until I finally had to call it around 10 pm.  To be fair, the battery in the clock stopped around 8:45 pm so we weren't aware it was that late.  I think we're going to finish this book today. 

I've been reading a lot myself.  I just finished Pines, which is the first book in the series that the current show Wayward Pines is based on.  And it's such a good book that I couldn't put it down.  I'm reading another book by the same author now called Run.  I also have a copy of East of Eden to get through and I'm kind of excited about it.  The sample I read on my Kindle was very good.  As you can see, I'm just as scattered with my books as I am with my knitting.  Always 3-5 going, all the time.  I'm super pumped about it.

Another exciting thing about new found freedom is that I can finally organize my dining room, finish building my IKEA furniture, and cook dinner.  I might even be able to start baking bread again!  I had to give that up about 18-months ago when I went back to work full time.  Looking forward to my first loaf of sour dough. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Back in the saddle

Well, it's summer finally and the weather is too warm to wear my knitted pants (or much of anything else).  It's perfect however for sock knitting, and I've been busy knitting and designing patterns for the 2015 season of the Super Sock Scarefest.  I have three of them this year, and I've had the support of two extremely talented indi-dyers.  I can't share them just yet, but I'm really excited about them and looking forward to showing them off.

In other news, I'm back at work (still on light duty) after 4.5 months out.  Physical therapy is going really well and I'm able to do all sorts of stuff that I couldn't do before surgery, but I still can't do all the things that I need to do in order to fulfill my duties at work, so I'm sitting at a desk and doing busy work.  But it's still nice to be back around familiar faces and to be getting paid a full paycheck again.

I also just finished all of my course work for my master's degree (as of yesterday), and I'm just waiting on a final grade.  If all goes well, I'll have initials after my name, and a master's in applied behavior analysis.  I never thought I'd ever achieve something like this, and it's amazing to know that I completed something this big.  I could never have done it without the support of my family, and my faith to keep me going. 

And as if that's not enough, Dante graduated from high school, turned 18, received his Patriarchal blessing, and was ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood!  He starts college in the fall, and applied for his first job.  Oh, and Alex turned 9, and is finally out of a car seat.  Everyone is huge (except for me because I've lost 15lbs since starting the Fit Mormon group on Facebook).  Speaking of Facebook, I had enough of dealing with the crazy and next year is an election year, so to save my sanity, I took a break from FB.  I just don't have the mental energy to deal with everyone else's junk, and I'm pretty sure it's one of the reasons why my blogging became so sporadic (that and Grad school).  So you'll see less of me on FB, and more of me on the blog, plus there are designs that have been on the back burner and I'm itching to get back to it. 
He made it!

At the Lego store

Random desk knitting