Monday, May 21, 2007

Back to normal

No more company to play with. That's just sad in my opinion. Anyway, now that things are normal and there's no party to plan or people to entertain, I guess I have to get back to my normal housekeeping routine as well. We stayed home all weekend, and the kitchen is gross. I'm looking forward to getting into routine again, it seems I've been stressed out about our party and finishing everything that it's been a while since things have been normal.

In addition to cleaning, I'm also looking forward to working on some projects. I still have puppets to finish, and I'm meant to finish embroiderying a pillowcase for ma. I did the first one while she and dad and I were driving around last week, but that's the thing with pillowcases, there's always a second one. I made an apron out of dollar store kitchen towels last night. My very favorite apron is made the same way, but it's red and green plaid and decidedly Christmasy, and it's seen better days because I like it so much, I use it all year long. So the new one is white with yellow and red stripes. And it's nice to have a nice new apron. I have some more of those to finish too, though that will involve a supplies trip to find towels to match some that I bought a while back.

There's knitting too. I bought lots of yarn while I was out with ma at yarn stores. Sock yarn for me and for ben, white for some baby things. I just couldn't resist that because it's so soft and baby things are so fun to make, and there's always someone to give them to. And I was showing ma some of the yarn I got from knit picks a while back, and just touching the Gloss made me want to start socks out of it, NOW. So maybe I'll wind it up tonight and do some gauge checking with that one. I do have black Sockotta on the needles for Ben right now. The cuff is about two inches long. These are going slowly.

I'm thinking of buying Sweater Wizard. Any informal reviews from those of you who may have used it?

Work has been giving me lots more hours, at a time when I'd really like to be doing fewer. I'd like to only have two days a week, as I really want to start devoting a lot more time to the house and to my projects. I want to learn to quilt, and I did get a few fat quarters to that end. I was hoping to start devoting each day to a different activity, so then I would remember to get on the sewing machine more and work on clothes for me, learning to quilt, making Gabe's puppets, that sort of thing. For some reason, even though I only work about six hours at a time, I can't seem to do anything but the basics on the days that I work. I'm just feeling like the job drains a lot of energy out of me, even though I really enjoy it. Maybe I should just work on some time management techniques. But my hope is that before long, I'll be back to two days a week.

What's a blog post without a picture?

This is a church in Miami, AZ that we wanted to see closer after we'd driven through on the way to (the torture of) Bingo in a little casino out in Globe. I think it's called St. Mary's. It was very pretty. And it was raining when I took the picture, so it's a little dark-ish.
Also, I've promised a scathing review of Knit 1, Bead 2 in Jerome, AZ, a shop we visited last week. I'll have to save that for another day, since it's time to get moving and get some of those dishes done. Just know that Jerome is cool, but the yarn shop Knit 1, Bead 2, is not, and the owner (if that's who was working) is so not, and it's in for a scathing review. Yes, scathing.

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