The end of November and all of December is a month of numbers for me. This is what’s going through my head and preventing sleep.
- There are 11 days until my Scrap Squad #6 quilt is due. I’ve had an extension already. It was supposed to be due last week! I have 2 borders and quilting left. If I add a border tonight and a second one on Thursday, I can quilt it all day on Friday and then I’ll have 7 days to actually write and put up the post.
- There is 1 one day left of regular school – today. I have 4 assignments left to grade. I have 1 final left to make up. I have 20 hours of finals to host.
- What? 20 hours of finals? I am teaching a class for the first time in 6 years. I went with the schedule of the last instructor and he gave individual hands on finals for each student in the class. I am doing the same. 45 students…. It fills all of Tuesday – Thursday plus next Monday. That’s just for one class. I teach 4 others.
- I have 6 days before my office needs to be vacated and I need to move into my new office.
- I have 3 days after finals and before the college closes to move two labs worth of computer equipment and supplies to the new labs in the new building.
- I have 1 instructor left to interview to teach a night class for my program next spring.
- I have 1 Christmas tree up – zero (0) other decorations or outside lights.
- I have zero Christmas presents purchased. (Presents are such a stupid idea that needs to be discontinued.)
- I will not go to DJ’s Scholastic Bowl match again tonight. I missed last week’s also. This week’s is over an hour away.
- I have 6 wreaths to pick up tonight and distribute to people who purchased them from DJ for a fund raising benefit. Since he won’t get home until late and the wreaths where delivered late, I need to get this done asap for him.
- I got zero loads of laundry done this weekend. I must get the bare necessities done tonight.
- We ate one meal last week that wasn’t fast food. This week will be similar.
- I cancelled Gianna’s pitching lesson tonight. I have to attend her practice tomorrow in Dan’s absence if he is not able to attend because of work.
I could keep going on. But I’ll stop here. See why I get so overwhelmed and crabby during December? I don’t sleep. Dan is “going live” with a new software module for his company today. He’s been working day and night for two weeks straight. Every weekend… every night. Sometimes from home… sometimes at work. He worked until 6pm last night and then went back to work at 3am this morning. Things are going well so maybe by next weekend that will be settled down enough that he can pitch in some more.
Family and work really take a front seat for the next few weeks!
Dan’s working twice as much to implement a new project on Monday. That means that means he works all day and then comes home and works all night from home! I’m a single parent during this time. Luckily, the kids’ activities aren’t that jam-packed. Just kind of jam-packed!
For example, yesterday I worked til 4pm. DJ had a Scholastic Bowl match in a neighboring town. Gianna had a pitching lesson. I didn’t go to DJ’s match because it had already started by the time I got off work and had to drive a half hour to get there. Next week I should be able to go… I think. They won all three rounds. The JV team is undefeated. They are good…. Dan wasn’t sure if he would be able to catch Gianna, so I went to the lesson with her. Tonight, Gianna has her school band concert. Wednesday… well, that’s my marathon day – 9am to 9pm. You get the idea.
At work, we are a week before finals. That means all my grading has to be done. I gave quite a few last minute projects, extending due dates. So I’ve got a “to do” list of grading that’s a mile long. I’m moving at work. We built a new building and my two labs and my office need to be moved between the end of finals and December 23rd. I have a week in January that can be used also. So every day, I come in an hour early to pack up a little bit and clean and even move some non-essential stuff.
I am also a member of a computer group. We don’t meet that much. We just plan conferences and give away money. :-) All the money we make from the conferences is given away as grants to local schools and libraries to update their computer hardware and software. Here is a list of winners.
I think that’s really cool and I’m glad to be a part of that organization!
Now you see why my knitting production has increased and my quilting has plateaued. I’m never home! You have to be home, at the sewing machine, to quilt. But I can pack my knitting and take it everywhere with me. A row here and there really adds up quickly.
I like it – I like it a lot. But I’m not going to have enough yarn. Cables eat up a lot of yarn. The Custom Fit programs said I need 470 grams of yarn and I have 466. PLUS a 15 gram swatch that can be unraveled if necessary. But that’s cutting it awful close. So I think I’ll just make this sweater a classic rib and the next one can have a cable running up the fronts.
I finished both sweater sleeves on our Chicago trip. Here is one blocking.
Now, how do I line up those vertical stripes so the fronts and back meet them correctly? I’ve been thinking of nothing but that for hours now. I think I’ve got it. I charted out the right front.
The first vertical stripe starts 6 stitches from the side. The first stitch is a selvedge stitch here and on the front. So I should be able to begin my seam side of the front the same way and it should be okay. I think….
My husband just asked me if that was my grading I was working on. 😔. No… But I need to get working on that instead of this….
Our Chicago trip continues on. Yesterday was very relaxing. We played three games – King of Tokyo, Settlers of Catan, and Five Crowns. I’m sad to report that I stunk at all three. Not that I’m competitive or anything…. But nothing brings me more joy than beating the pants off my family members. No joy yesterday. Instead I was beaten and badly. I must redeem myself soon.
We went to see “Catching Fire” at the Navy Pier IMAX theatre last night. This was out family’s first experience in an IMAX theatre. Wow. Loud and huge! This Hunger Games part 2 movie was much better than part 1 in my opinion. I think it followed the book very well also. I hate when they stray too far from the book.
Finally, I’m getting my share of knitting done on my vacation.
Train knitting, downtime knitting…. There seems to be plenty of opportunities for me to knit a few rows here and there on my sweater sleeves. The pattern is pretty mindless. This is another pattern that I made up and had Custom Fit generate for me. I’m using lambswool from an unraveled thrift store sweater again. It’s a heavy worsted weight – maybe even a bulky weight yarn. It will be a warm and cozy cardigan eventually.
Today? It’s sight seeing, shopping, a German festival, and a zoo trip (believe it or not) here in Chicago.
The four of us are spending a few days in Chicago. We invited the older kids to come along, but they had other plans. We took. The train in to avoid driving. I love the train for no-stress travel!
Gianna is rocking an awesomely knitted hat on the train! I wonder who knit that? 😍
Here is out view from the hotel window.
We are right in the middle of the loop.
Last nights supper was at P. f. Chang’s.
This is as friendly as DJ gets at age 15. After the restaurant, we went to see Wicked! at the Ford Oriental Theatre. What a great musical and beautiful venue. We walked back to the hotel in some pretty brisk weather.
This morning we had a competitive game of King of Tokyo. I was eliminated before my third turn. I think that’s a record. Oh well, the aggressive strategy I was using just didn’t work out. Dan won and got to pick the lunch restaurant.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. I am thankful for a great family and extended family. I hope everyone enjoys their time today!
Just like with quilting, you always have the next knitting project tumbling around your head even while the current one is still going on. Well, having finished Sweater #2, I’ve been designing Sweater #3. I’ve got two swatches I’m auditioning.
This is a worsted weight lambswool in an oatmeal color. It’s from an unraveled thrift store sweater. I’ve got about 1050 yards and 440 grams of this yarn.
This is a DK weight alpaca/wool blend. The color is habanero with lots of black and white tweed bits thrown in there. I have 1203 yards and 489 grams of this yarn.
I know I have enough of the habanero yarn to make the sweater but I’m not sure about the lambswool.
What design? Another cardigan but this time with a deeper v-neck. I envision that cable running up the front and curving with the neck line. I like the faux rib look on the lambswool. I tried that on the habanero swatch initially but it wasn’t showing up at all because of the busy-ness of the yarn itself. Maybe I didn’t give it enough rows and I should try that again on another swatch. I’d like to do a cable pattern up the back too to make my knitting more interesting. Stockinette stitching is not relaxing for me – it’s boring as heck.
Which one do you vote for?