Syndactyl Salutations

Thoughts on writing, knitting, and the world around me.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Aaaahhhhh......I Needed This

I slept in today, then stayed in bed and read for a while. I still took a walk -- went to market for a few things, had lunch, visited with a few people, then came home and watched a movie. I didn't knit at all or block the scarf. I will, but I'm still really tired.

I think I've been running on adrenaline for the past few days, and today I finally crashed. I go back to work tomorrow, but as far as I know, I shouldn't be working this weekend, so I'll be able to catch up then.

In the meantime, I'm going to bed early-ish again tonight.


Monday, January 08, 2007

The Giant Rock Has Rolled On...

and after another 14 hour day (this one with no food and no breaks) we are only mildly banged up. We didn't miss the deadline, somehow. Most intense work experience EVER. Tomorrow I am sleeping in and probably not doing anything except knitting, and maybe actually blocking the scarf, finally.

Sleepy now, but still keyed up from work.


Sunday, January 07, 2007

What Weekend?

So tired.

No blocking.

Walked to and from work (another 3.3 miles).

55.5 hours since Tuesday.

Deadline now = this in my mind's eye. And it will catch up, one way or another by Tuesday afternoon.

Nice unexpected dinner with friends.

Bed now.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

64 F, 9:30 am, January, Pennsylvania

If that isn't an argument for global warming, I don't know what is.

I walked to market and to work ( 4 miles total today) and was very warm in a long-sleeved shirt and jeans. It's January!!

Anyway, still up against the deadline, spent six hours at work today, need to go in again tomorrow. By Tuesday it'll be over, one way or the other. I really love the work when I'm doing it, but I'm exhausted and not sleeping because I'm worried about what still needs to be done. This is what I get for being responsible.

I STILL need to block the scarf, poor mom. She will get it eventually, I swear! And you'll get photos eventually too.

ETA: Has anyone noticed that all of the posts on my front page are actually consecutive dates? Cool, huh.

Friday, January 05, 2007


If I didn't really like the work I'm doing right now, I would SO be exercising my "I'm only a temp" veto power. A bit later than I wanted to today, no lunchtime, and I have to go in tomorrow too.

Frustrated doesn't really cover it.


Thursday, January 04, 2007


Today wasn't as long as yesterday, but yesterday has caught up with me, so I'm still not getting much accomplished.

I did get to get T-pins, but don't have the energy to actually do any blocking. Of course, that means that my mom will get her scarf a little late (her birthday is tomorrow), but I told her and she's okay with it. I'll block it this weekend.

No walking either, except from one building to another, which is a bit of a hike, but not quite enough to bother measuring. I'll be able to start walking to work again next week, because my hours will get back to normal.

I believe it's almost time for bed. No, I don't usually go to bed quite this early, but it seems appropriate, somehow.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What a 14 Hour Day Deprives Me Of

(WARNING: I am going to whine now. I know many of you work long days regularly, I do not, especially not without lunch, and mostly without dinner.)

  1. Lunch
  2. Most of dinner before 11 pm
  3. Knitting
  4. Walking
  5. Talking to my parents -- I decided not to return their 6 pm phone call at 10:50 pm
  6. T-pins -- it's after Christmas, regular retail isn't open past 9 around here now
  7. Blocking Branching Out -- see #6
  8. Sleep -- I am exhausted, yet need to wind down before actually going to bed
  9. Reading

I'm sure there's a #10, but I don't know what it is right now. And the best thing, I'll probably have another day just like it tomorrow, because the progress we made toward Friday's deadline was glacial, at best.


Tuesday, January 02, 2007


I walked to work and home again today, then inhaled half a dozen (or so) Christmas cookies as soon as I got home. But, hey, I got nearly three-and-a-half miles in today. So...3 down, 97 to go...

Of course, I have to drive tomorrow because my work day will last an indeterminate amount of time (working against a HUGE deadline, and things just aren't falling into place as they should be -- but I still LOVE this assignment) and I don't want to walk across town alone after the sun has set. And I need to go get T-pins so that I can block Branching Out. I finished the knitting on it this weekend, but my pins are MIA, so I need to get some. I thought about going tonight, but it didn't feel right to get in the car when I got home after avoiding using it during the day.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

I rang in the new year with three friends, two of whom just moved into a new house last week. It was very low key, just right.

I'm not going to make resolutions, because I know how that turns out. There are some things I want to do this year, though.

I want to write more thank you notes and letters. I always say thank you to people, but I'd like to follow up with an actual note from time to time. And I need to write more letters to my youngest sister. I wrote her one yesterday, and I need to not wait for a month or two before I do it again. No matter what my conflicted feelings may be, she is my sister, and she should feel like I haven't abandoned her.

I need to get out more. I do a few things regularly that get me out, but I need to do it more, get out of my apartment, mix with people.

I want to knit from stash, pretty much exclusively, at least until Maryland. I tried to find some sock yarn I'm sure I haven't used yet, and got a glimpse of just how much yarn I have. I can't say I won't buy yarn at Maryland, but I'm pretty sure I won't before then. I haven't since September, so it shouldn't be too difficult.

I want to find a way to get into shape. I've lost weight since moving out on my own, which I knew would happen, but I'm not in very good shape. I need to decide whether to join a gym again, or take a class, or something.

Let's leave it at that. I'm hoping I can follow up on these things, I know they would all be good for me and my general well-being, but I'm not always the best at following through on things that are good for me.

Happy new year to all of you, and best wishes for 2007.

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