Okay, here’s the deal. I’ve been faithfully keeping up with my post a day challenge for 4 months and 26 days now. I’ve added nearly 150 new posts to the blog and in many ways it has been a wonderful challenge. But guys, I am SO TIRED. No, not of blogging. I actually enjoy the process of blogging very much. I just think it would be easier and more interesting if my life were more than just trying to get through each day, just trying to survive this damn daily fatigue. I do much less of everything than I used to. I don’t knit as much, I haven’t read anything other than what I find on the Internet in months, I rarely do anything with my kids. If I happen to do anything besides sit still for most of the day it is really and truly a major accomplishment. Unfortunately, if I actually do manage to do anything besides sit still, it’s usually to do the dishes or a load of laundry. Gah. And so, I regretfully, and yes even tearfully, have decided that today is the last day of my post a day challenge. I will still blog, but I just cannot keep up with doing it every single day.
Be well, everyone. I’ll see you in a couple of days. Or so.
In an effort to get some of my energy back, I’ve been trying to get a little bit of exercise. The idea is to do a little every day, but I confess that it’s incredibly difficult to stick to the plan when I am so tired I can barely get through the day without a nap. And this past gloomy, rainy week wasn’t any help either. Yesterday, I finally managed to get out of the house with the boys for a walk down our street and back. The round trip is a nice, flat half mile. Our tree-lined street is a one nice, too. With the except of our condo and the blue condos you see in the picture below, all of the houses are old Victorians, most of which have been converted to multi-family homes, but they are still lovely. It was a nice walk, in spite of yesterday’s shitty ass weather.
There were some puddles to splash in
and lots of flowers (a miracle, given the lack of sunshine)
(the lilac hedge has got to be my favorite!)
It was such a nice walk that we went again today (I didn’t bring the camera this time though). I still had to have a nap today, but it was still nice to get out of the house. :-)
Today I cleared some counter space (always a premium at our house) and unpacked my new mixer. This is the one I got:
And this is what it looked like when I opened the box:
Then I took everything out and set it on my newly cleared counter:
And later, once we had eaten and cleaned up dinner, E5 and I made cookies.
OMG, are they good.
OM NOM NOM NOM!
1. Work on the Blue Blossom Shawl is progressing swiftly now, without all those stitch markers slowing me down.
2. I’ve gotten through 6 repeats of the twee little triangles and have only 6 more to go.
3. I was busy goofing off with my TAS today and so didn’t get any pictures of it (or anything else, really) today.
4. We went shopping.
5. I got a new dress and a KitchenAid mixer!
6. We’ve been watching Jekyll on Netflix.
7. It’s really good.
8. Like, really really good.
The good news is the apocalypse hasn’t happened (although I did find some lovely alpaca lips). The bad news is I didn’t do much of interest today to really justify a blog post. Sadly, I’m well and truly committed to this post a day thing, to my detriment (and yours), I’m starting to think. Is there anyone out there reading this drivel? Anyhoo, I have ideas for the blog, but ideas take motivation and motivation is in rather short supply around here as of late. Most of my ideas are “week of” ideas. “Week of Memes” or “Week of Cats”, for example. But if I am posting every single day, how long is the week? And when does it start? So many questions which require such deep and intensive thought. Ugh, am I going to be able to keep this up for another 7 months? I honestly don’t know.
Hey, check it out, I remembered to get the photos I took off my camera! Michael’s had some exciting new Lily colorways the last time I was there, so I picked up a bunch of them. This one is the dishrag I have on the needles right now.
No, I don’t have a picture of the work in progress. How could you ask such a silly question? It’s almost as if you expect me to provide content for some sort of website or something. Well. We’ll have NONE of THAT nonsense HERE.
Also! There is this, which I started today and worked on it while Isaac was having his clarinet lesson. Check it out:
So there. Now get off the internet!
Today was a scheduled beach day with my homeschool group, but since it’s been rainy all week and the forecast called for unsettled weather with a chance of thunderstorms today, I made the call to stay home and to go to the beach on Monday instead. I felt so torn about this decision to stay home. We’ve been trapped inside all week and the kids are really starting to ride my last nerve. But, on the other hand, I didn’t want to make the huge effort it takes to get down there only to have to come back because of thunderstorms. The weather is supposed to be much more favorable on Monday anyway.
So today I made some cookies, an attempt at spritz cookies which devolved into thumbprint cookies. Then I took a long nap, which was pretty awesome. I did remember to take a picture of the yarn for my next dishrag, but I neglected to get the pictures off my camera. Ah well, tomorrow’s another day.
And now it’s time for tea and knitting. Cheers!
While I was out running errands with the boys yesterday, I finished up another of my traveling dishrags. As you can see, this one is a lovely variegated blue.
You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for pictures of the new one.
Blaaaargh, I’m so so tired today. I was going to do this long thoughtful post on yesterday’s final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Sadly Fatigue is getting the better of me today and I’d much rather just sit here and sit still, maybe to knit, but probably not. So, in lieu of a thoughtful post from me about the shuttle Endeavour, I will point you to a lovely collection of photos on the Flickr blog. Bonus! A picture of me holding a photo taken by yours truly of the day Endeavor was rolled out (of the hangar where it was constructed).
My high school wind ensemble was there to provide the music for Rockwell’s pomp and circumstance. It was pretty fucking cool.
Today marked the anniversary of my birth, the commemoration of another ride on this rock around the sun. Generally this has been a decent year and honestly I have very few complaints. I have two wonderful little boys who bring me so much joy, and a wonderful supporting and indulging husband who never complains about my knitting habit or my internet usage. I have so many wonderful friends on Facebook who wished me a happy birthday on my wall (as an aside, I really love getting birthday wishes on my FB wall, it’s such a small, easy thing and it’s so touching). We have enough money, enough food, enough of enough things that our lives are generally stress-free. If I had any complaints about this past year, it would be that I’ve struggled with fatigue for the last few months, really crushing fatigue. I’ve tried so many things, various vitamins and minerals, oxygen therapy (that was fun), I gave up coffee and evening television. The only thing that has helped even a little was when my pulmonologist reduced my asthma medication by half. So, for the last couple of weeks I have been feeling slightly less fatigued (and slightly more asthmatic). Not 100% like myself, but I’m getting there. So, 38 whole trips around the sun completed and another one begun. Here’s to a great 39th year. Happy birthday to me. :-)