I can't say when exactly things changed. It may have been when I agreed to become the PTA Fundraising Chair. It might have been when my mom moved down from Dallas to a house only about 10 miles away. It might have been even farther back before I became a grandma, I just can't figure out when exactly my life changed, but it did and I haven't quite adjusted to it yet. I really miss blogging. I really miss me time. I really miss lots of things I used to do and don't seem to have the time to do now and yet, I keep trying to do it all. Which means I am doing most things in a very half-assed, scatter-brained sort of way. My life is spread so impossibly thin between work, family and volunteering that there is less and less time I get to spend at my favorite passtimes.
I used to think that I had to have something craft related to talk about in order to bother with a blog post. I got over that a bit, but then I got completly sucked up in Twitter because Twitter can provide that instant gratification that you can't get from regular blog posting. Twitter is impetuous and reactionary. And it limits you to 140 characters. It's been a real lesson in brevity. It's very "in the moment". At least for me. Anyway, I would truly be dangerous with a smart phone because at least for now, I can only Twitter from a computer, which I am almost always in front of. So, lately I don't blog. I Twitter.
And there has been precious little knitting. I started a sweater for Abby. Starsky Jr in Cascade 220 Cranberry. I got to the armholes on the back and held it up to her. I don't know why I can't seem to keep up with this child's growth. I measured her. And made the smaller size. Now it's too small and I have to rip and start the next size up. The pattern is killing me. I love cables and was thinking this would be like that and it's not. I still love the design, but it's a lot harder than it looks. Something like a 14 row repeat that is hard to read on the needles. Anyway, I think I'm getting better at reading it and only refer to the chart every so often. Also when I sit down to knit these days, it's just before bedtime or during debates (try debate watching while Twittering the drinking game AND knitting), so it's not real productive knitting time. Now I'm ripping. <sigh>
I did manage to sew Abby's Halloween costume while she was at a Brownie Sleepover last weekend. I think it's big enough for her to wear next year too. We're still looking for a Toto stand-in for this gig.
The Daylight Savings thing begins again this weekend, so what that means to me is: short, dark days when I can't get a decent photograph of anything that I made. It also means that it's winter.
I started having hot flashes. It took me a while to figure out what was happening. I always thought it would be great to feel warmth instead of cold all the time. But it's not like that at all. It's like being really embarrassed. It's not just warmth and it's not all over, it's just from the chest up and it's a discomfort - not horrible, but it gets your attention and it's hard to ignore. But it passes. My chiropractor tried to get me to take these Chinese herbs, she said something about my pancreas steaming. As scientific as that sounded an all, I decided to pass for now and we'll just see how it goes.
Changes in Attitude
It's a really stressful time for lots of people, like those with money in the stock market or in real estate, or in retirement accounts, but I can't really get too worked up about that right now, maybe because there's not a damn thing I can do about it. I am very excited about the prospect of a real change in the leadership of this country and I don't think much can spoil this optimism. See, I don't dislike change, I embrace it. Tomorrow I am voting, I have never voted early before. I always liked the excitment of voting on Election Day, but I don't want to take ANY chances on something going wrong that day. I am really looking forward to Tuesday night TV. I wonder if we have any champagne?