Sunday, April 26, 2009

I Get By With A Little Help...

So I came home on Friday to find that Heather had vacuumed the house, run the dishwasher and made a pasta salad for dinner. Damn. I hate it when I get to relax and enjoy things.

And relaxation is definitely needed. I've been getting up at 4:00 to be at the office between 6:00/6:30 - all so I can leave by 4:30 pm and not have to work late. Very few people come in early so that first two hours is amazingly productive. As an Executive Assistant I get interrupted a lot, so having that time to fully focus is great. The office is still a pretty hopping place to be until about 7:00, so staying late wouldn't give me the same benefit. Plus evenings are for knitting (if I'm not asleep on the couch) and I'm not giving those up.

I just finished the Scrunchable Scarf for my hair stylist:

I like how it turned out - the Dream In Color Classy offers great stitch definition and I love the subtle color variation. Right now it's not the softest thing I've ever knit, but I've been told by several reliable sources that once it gets a good soaking, it will soften substantially.

Good Lord, Another One?

So in June, to celebrate my 50th (holy cow, really?), I'm taking a trip to Vermont for my high school reunion. It's a boarding school so this is a weekend-long event. Of course part of any alumnae event is the fact that it's to help raise money for the school. They're having a silent auction so I agreed to donate something.

Can you guess what that something might be?

Yep, another Swallowtail Shawl. This time in Alpaca Cloud from Knitpicks in Midnight Heather (embiggen the photo to get a better sense of the color). I'd be perfectly happy to try some other patterns (I have a ton in queue) but this is knitting on a deadline and I'll be much more likely to finish on time if I'm familiar with the pattern. Besides, I just love it. I hope someone with cash to spare loves it too.

One of these days I might knit with something that's not nearly black. I'm sure my eyes will appreciate the rest.

Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon*

It has been a nice weekend. Heather and I went to knit with the Minions of the Pointy Sticks for a few hours on Saturday. We got to hang with Jasmin, Gigi, Tika, and a bunch of other fine minions. The woman behind the counter where we met was more than a bit on the surly side, but I'm not linking to the establishment where we met because I'm hoping she's the exception and I don't want to slam an entire group for the behavior of one. Aside from Snarky McHuffypants, it was a lovely and pleasant afternoon.

I got up early (but not 4:00 - I'm not completely nuts) this morning and met up with Kathy for a good cardio walk, and then some chai. A very nice way to start the day, and the workout made me feel great. I've spent the day puttering around the house and knitting, and I'm now on the couch waffling between loathing the annoying the ESPN announcers and enjoying the ball game.

Go Red Sox!

*Anyone know that song? An old fave of mine. Queen is so cool.


AlisonH said...

Snarky McHuffypants. Now, that's FUNNY!

Cookie said...

Snarky McHuffy---

Hey! I wasn't there! :p

That Swallowtail will be lovely.

SpinalCat said...

I need a daughter-in-law. I'd have to have a kid and raise it first, though. :(

Lavender said...

I do the same thing for work...I start really early so I don't have to stay late at night. If I'm lucky and I finish everything I needed to do, I get to go home on time. If I need to put in extra hours, I can still get home at a reasonable time.