It’s Friday, it’s summer, the air-conditioning is out in my office and there are workers “repairing” (aka dismantleing) my cubicle (with loud power tools!) right this minute. Oh, and did I mention that my Mom is coming to spend the weekend? The Baron generously offered his guest room so she wouldn’t have to stay at a hotel, and glamorous and I have lots of fun plans in the works. But still. It’s a little stressful.
I’m feeling a little scattered, so here are some scraps:
– The hummingbirds in The Baron’s yard are really really amazing. They’ve been buzzing around like crazy and will perch on the feeder almost within arm’s reach. I’m stunned every time I see one up close.
– I’ve been trying to find a good “Word of the Day” for my blog sidebar. I didn’t like the first ones I tried because the words seemed sort of ordinary, and I thought I’d like the Oxford English Dictionary word of the day because browsing the OED online was one of my favorite procrastination activities in college. So far I’ve been underwhelmed, until today — the word is Illyrian, a beautiful word that describes the part of Austria-Hungary that became Yugoslavia, the part that my ancestors are from. Hey, family, we’re Illyrian! So for now, the OED stays.
– I went to SnB WeHo last night and once again had a fabulous time. Yes, it’s kind of intimidating walking in to a new group of people, but everyone is just so welcoming and friendly. Everyone seems shocked that I can work on the Frost Flowers & Leaves lace there, but once I get started it’s almost as easy as just straight stockinette. I don’t work as fast as I would by myself at home, but I still made it to the final row of round two, chart two. I can taste how close I am to finishing it today. And since I’ll have lots of time with glamorous this weekend, I hope that by Monday I’ll have a plan about how to tackle the rest of the shawl. At the very least, I am no longer at the mercy of the lace. The lace is not yet my bitch. But I’m hoping.
– An item for the list: I need to get all the crap out of my car. Really. If I’m going to feel good about myself because my Civic is fuel-efficient, I have to unload all the crap so that I’m not using energy to schlep several goodwill boxes, a few bags of books and a year-old bag of dry-cleaning up and over the hill and back every day. I will do this by next weekend.
– And something I feel I should say outloud in order to keep myself honest: I’ve been an angry and unkind person in the past few days. I need to be less apologetic about my bad behaviour and more proactive about not letting it happen in the first place.
I’m learning more from blogging and from reaching out to other knitters than I thought I would. Openness is all you can ask for in yourself and in others.