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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Why does this always seem to happen?

Is anybody still reading this blog?!  I've really neglected this space and I'm sorry about that.  My life has been so busy and I just haven't made the time.  Last weekend, I taught a lesson in Sunday school about the importance of journaling for future generations.  Then I promised that I'd make an effort to start again.  That was a week ago.

Recent developments include taking my son to the Social Security office to request a duplicate card (as evidence in this photo where he's not trying to be in this selfie with me), taking the other son to a pop-up carnival where he managed to give himself a minor concussion on the giant slide, and joining a gym.  I'm also going to work summer school this year to help cover expenses, while Aaron goes back to school online. 

Lets see...what else?  I seem to have gotten heavily into makeup.  It's not really that I need it, but more about the fact that thanks to Sephora employees and youtube videos, I can now successfully get the look I've been after for so long.  Nothing makes you feel like makeup is a waist of time more than putting a lot of effort into it and not getting the color to show up on your skin, or having it all sweat off before you even get to work.  These aren't problems anymore and now I can cover up for the nights I'm up till 1am watching Cracked.com videos. 

I have been knitting, but for reasons I can't explain, I haven't gotten around to writing up patterns for the three prototypes I knit up in January.  I'm starting to think that I lost my mojo during my stint in graduate school, and it just doesn't seem to be coming back.  I have a booklet full of ideas but I just can't get started.  Maybe this was just a way to express my creativity during a time in my life where I didn't really have an outlet for it.  My current career path takes a lot out of me mentally, and I don't have much left over at the end of the day.  I prefer to spend my free time knitting brilliant patterns made by others, and knitting samples for designers and yarnies.  I recently knit two for Zomari Dyelabs (and I'll get decent photos soon), including Cannetella in Doppler, and Monkey in Newton.  It's a little scary how small an average woman's foot is compared to mine.  I knit this and it felt like I was making it for a child.
I'm also knitting On The Spice Market for myself with a rainbow Maki from Play At Life Fiber Arts.  This pattern is simple, yet engaging, and the colorplay is enough to keep you going when you find yourself with hundreds of stitches on your needle.  I'm having a good time knitting it, despite all the garter stitch.  Really looking forward to wearing this on the playground during recess duty.

All that being said, I'm going to make a real effort to come back to this blog regularly.  Blogging is journaling too, and it's less cramppy on the hands.