Just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in….
~ Mickey Newbury
I remember my Mom singing this unabashedly tunelessly around the house when I was a kid. Figures it would be about the LSD experience. But it’s running through my mind on a loop as I get the urge to blog again. I attribute this itch to the whole autumn back-to-school vibe that’s floating around. I get it every autumn with the arrival of tumbling leaves and rumbling school buses. And this year I have a preschooler on my hands (!). How and when did that happen?
But I’m feeling a bit better, slightly less overwhelmed, and I think it might be time to get back our (somewhat) regularly scheduled dosage of Knittymuggins nonsense. In keeping with the back-to-school experience I bring you:
What I Did On My Summer Vacation
- In June we took our first real family vacation! We didn’t stray far, just 3 hours to Whistler, B.C., but it was almost like being a world away. My BFF from college and her whole family were here from Kentucky and we stayed at their time-share with them. The weather was gloomy (but we’re used to that!) so we just spent a lot of time swimming in the pool, playing on the playground in the village, and catching up. I hadn’t seen Michele since R. Darling and I got married in 2004, and of her 4 children I had only met the oldest (when he was a mere 6 months old!) so it had definitely been too long. The amazing thing is how easily we picked up where we had left off, as if I’d seen her only yesterday. I wish they lived closer!!
- I quit Facebook. I was wasting WAY too much time on it and found myself feeling truly depressed whenever I logged out. Easy solution: give it up. I feel guilty that I don’t know what’s happening with many of the people I care about (since everyone uses FB and people don’t seem inclined to communicate any other way anymore), but I also love not feeling bummed out every day. Besides, I saw “The Social Network” and that Mark Zuckerberg seems like a total a-hole. Just sayin’. I’ve actually been pretty unplugged all summer and I feel much happier and more productive on a lot of levels.
- I participated in my first ever Ravellenic Games! Well, not “officially”, but in spirit for sure. My friends Jess, Troy, and I had our own personal knitalong conducted mostly via text, and it was so much fun I want to do it again :) Each of us knit Leftie and though I was sure I wouldn’t finish it in 17 days, I totally did. That was a huge eye-opener for me and has changed how I feel about my knitting. It proved that if I stay monogamous with a project (and by now we all know I have a problem with that), it can be finished quickly. On top of that this was the first project, probably since I was a beginner in 2006, where I picked out specific yarn and colors for this exact project. Usually I sort of shop my enormous stash and try to fit project to yarn like a puzzle, with sometimes less than stellar results. But I adore my Leftie and actually plan to wear it a lot this fall.
- I started Body For Life again about 7 weeks ago and have lost 7 lbs! I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight and had the utter joy of being able to put my diamond wedding ring back on after not wearing it since about November 2009. I almost feel like a newlywed because I cannot stop admiring that sparkling chunk of white gold and diamond adorning my left ring finger. Knittymunchkin was shocked when he caught sight of it replacing my plain old white gold band that I’ve been wearing since he was in my tummy. I can’t explain how wonderful it feels to have it back (and a little of my “old” body too!). I’d ideally like to lose another 5-7 lbs to get back to my pre-pre-pregnancy weight, but the progress I’ve made so far still thrills me on its own.
- I have a potty-trained toddler who is also going to preschool in a couple weeks! I am just stunned he is this big already. It’s going to be sad, exciting, and so much more, to watch him go off to school. We weren’t planning on it just yet, but there was a last minute opening in a local co-op preschool that everyone raves about so we jumped on it. I’m going to miss him like crazy, much as I will appreciate the break and the joy I get from watching him make new friends. Wish me luck on this new venture!
I’m sure there’s much much more that I’m forgetting. But I’ll be back with more before too long. I hope you had a wonderful summer as well & look forward to catching up with each and everyone of you just as soon as I can. Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy almost-Autumn!