Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On the Wildness that is My Life....

I fully intended to blog last week. I had all the best intentions. In fact, I even had a blog tour stop planned; but when I went to post it, Blogger was down. So the one time I had time to think about blogging- it was impossible.

All that to say, the wildness that is my life is getting out of control. Not that I ever had control, really, but I like to pretend sometimes. I'm good at pretend, actually. The thing is- once again- I'm wildly busy to the point that I can't think straight 3/4 of the time, but I can't really figure out what I do all day to be that busy.

I can tell you that I'm busy in a few additional way because my sister has moved in with us for the summer. It's great really, because she actually likes to cook and bake, so she's been testing gluten-free recipes for me. I'll cook, but I only really enjoy cooking/baking when the mood hits me once every 3rd Tuesday of the 6th week of the 14th month in the 7th year after the buffalo migrate across the prairie. (ok, so it's not really that bad, I enjoy hyperbole a little more than cooking, though, obviously)

The gluten free thing has been adding an amazing amount of internal noise to my head. I think I may have reached a crisis point with the internal noise over the weekend- and yesterday. It seems to be calming down now, and I'm hoping that the confusion and stress about it is over. I have been GF before and it wasn't this big of a deal. I'm really not sure why I've been so worried about it. But hopefully, the stress bit is over. And my sis tested a recipe for hamburger buns for us yesterday- and even my picky eaters liked it, so that was very very encouraging. :)

The knitting thing has been wild over the last week and a half. I did finish off the big sweater- the knitting part anyway.... I hope. Yes, hope. I'm not sure the sleeves really work. And I discovered yesterday as I was grading sizes for the pattern that I may have made more mistakes on them than I realized. Which is not cool. I'm not interested in ripping out 2 weeks worth of work. And I don't intend to if I don't have to. I'm going to have the person it is for try it on sometime in the next week or so and make sure. If it works, hooray; all I need to do is sew in the waterproof fabric pockets. I'm 16" away from finishing sewing in all the zippers; I have the pattern written, but I haven't finished the sizing yet(mostly b/c I need to know if I messed up on the sleeves). So if it works on the body, I'm stoked. If not? Well, I'll make it so I am.

While I wait for the fitting, I have been working out my next 3 designs. I have one OTN for my purse project, but it is not a high priority just yet. It's going well, and I work on it when out somewhere, but I have some big projects that aren't portable that I need to work on more consistently.

Yesterday, I finally had a breakthrough in a design idea, and I'm really excited about it. That one, I'm waiting for yarn for, but when it comes, it's the most urgent. The one I'm working on while waiting for yarn is one I've been playing around with in my mind for literally 2 years. I'm still not fully settled on what I want to do with it, which is odd, but I hope to get some time today to sketch and look at stitch patterns. I'm hoping that does the trick. I'm at least going to start the basic calculations so I can cast on tonight. I've been sewing zippers for the last 2 days, and my hands are begging to knit. My calluses are starting to peel off. (sorry, was that more information than you wanted? oops. ;))

Last week, Daisy took her State Assessment test. I'm pretty sure she did great. She finished 45minutes early, so that's either really good, or really not so good. I'm going with the glass half full on this one. She's pretty awesome and smart.

We're about 3-4 weeks away from finishing school. I haven't told the kids that yet, because I want them to stay focused. I also haven't told them yet that we are studying insects for the next 2 weeks or so. I admit, I am totally not looking forward to that one. I don't like bugs. But they do, and I think they are going to love this. I got some rubbing alcohol yesterday so we can start an insect collection. Joel is going to make us a bug box that we can pin the creatures to. This should be an interesting couple of weeks!! I will try to be good and take pictures....

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