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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Sad, sad times...

I finally did hear back from Brooks Farm today. They do not have any more of my dyelot. C'est la vie. They do so many shows, I knew not to hope. My choices are:
1. Continue knitting and pray I have enough yarn. Then frog if needed as described in step 2.
2. Try on garment, mark where I can eliminate extra middle section repeats. Go ahead and frog and rip back middle section repeats. Pick up dropped stitches and rock on.

Husband is an advocate to #1. If I do #2, I would probably want his help on marking the garment with stitch markers anyway. I think I will think about this and wait until tonight.

Inside Out sockie is progressing. I have to go to a stinkin' homeowners association meeting tonight, and I swore to DH that I am bringing my sock with me, I don't care what people say. Because we all know that I will be stuck there for hours in some uncomfortable folding chair, hoping to successfully fight the desire to self-lobotimize with my DPNs. I will have flashbacks to high school where I fought that same urge, only with pencils. Ugh. My neighbor (bless her heart) is trying to get me to run for the board because of my numbers background. I say nay. I have enough drama in my life. I made some excuse about needing to take more classes to get ready for graduate school (partly true) and that I am working on some business ideas (partly true too). I do not need to serve on the board with my neighbors whose dog keeps pooing in my yard and they never pick it up, etc., etc.. Okay, enough with that but you get the idea. I don't want to be a slave to people who are miserable and petty. If I wanted that, I would still be working as an FA in some silly pressure cooker company.

Oh, and a warning, the next statement may offend some: The assumption that a person who does not work a "regular" job and who does not have kids has all the time in the world to take on all the other crap in the world that others do not want to do annoys the crud out of me. And that I don't have enough other very important stuff going on that I am really into. I can draw two parallel situations, one of which I have been in:

1. The single person working for a company gets asked to work through holiday vacation plans, nights, weekends for any emergency that comes up because your personal time is not as valuable as those who are married (with or without kids). This applies no matter how many years of experience you have and where you are in the pecking order.

2. Mothers with children who get asked to take on all sorts of stuff at school, church, whatever (whether they work or not). Because it is assumed they "wouldn't mind" helping out, or taking on just a few more kids other than your own for an afternoon. As if you have a ton of free time yourself. (I've seen this happen to my mom and friends.)

Enough said. (You can feel free to submit your own rants on the same topic to me. I will appreciate all views.)

The Project Spectrum colors for the next two months are:
April / May: Green, Yellow, Pink
And Sundara's Bird of Paradise Yarn fits perfectly. Only I am not on gage. So I will have to frog back and start again. On socks, you can see a trend. I love to live dangerously and check gage as I knit. :)

The weather is supposed to dip much colder the next few days. I am not happy about that, but I knew it was a possibility. I just planted some dahlias, daisies, daylillies, basil and impatiens. The dahlias, daisies and basil are in pots and can be brought into the garage for refuge. The daylillies should be okay. I only planted two impatiens, so no biggie. But still. I knew I was living dangerously, but I don't want to wait till next month to plant in that heat.

And now for some viewer mail:

Beverly said...
" Not only do you have a lot of gardners in your guild, there are several master gardeners. I was definitely impressed."

I agree. I am going to go to the garden organizations with some of them. I am going to see if I want to go through the master gardener program myself or not. Growing up where I did in Alaska, the soil is so rich all you have to do is plant something and fertilize it. Here, it is much tougher and I feel I could stand to learn alot more. I also have friends and family who will think I have lost my mind undertaking such a thing; they will think I am wasting my time. I don't care. I defy stereotypes and expectations all the time as it is. :) And I have always had a natural green thumb, even for a city girl. There are also some other areas of interest I am going to pursue this year as well, but I am keeping those to myself. :)


YarnThrower said...

I can relate to your comments about single people in the workplace, and as a stay at home mom, I know there are lots of people who think I have time to eat bon bons..... After having a chip on my shoulder about the mom thing for about a year, I finally decided that people weren't trying to be malicious; they were just ignorant about what it is like to not have a job and still have lots of things to do. Before I quit my job to stay at home with my newborn first child, I figured that I'd have lots of time to re-finish furniture, etc., since I wouldn't have to go to work. My sister, who had her first child seven months before I did, simply said, "Let me know how that goes". Now I see how naive I was about what it takes to keep a household running smoothly and organized -- especially when I have so many things I want to pursue, too! ...but I would have never believed it without experiencing it first hand!

Beverly said...

I've always worked a 'regular' job and with neither a husband nor kids there's always been the assumption that I don't have anything to do with my time. My first priority has always been to quickly 'nip it in the bud' wherever I've worked and among my siblings that have spouses and kids as well.

At my age, if someone takes advantage of that fact it's because I let them and believe me there's not a chance of that happening.

Anonymous said...

Everyone has the right to have a life. Work/life balance shouldn't be seen as a moms' issue, or even as a parents' issue -- it should be a social issue. The non-parent shouldn't have to carry a heavier workload; we all have stuff we want to (or have to) do outside of work. And for people who stay home (with or without kids), the assumption that they have more time in their day than other people do is simply erroneous. We're all given the same 24 hours with which to work, and chances are that most of us are just as busy as we want to be, ThankYouVeryMuch.

And what's the deal with the phrase "full-time mom?" or "part-time lawyer?" I am ALWAYS a mom, even when I am at work. And, for better or for worse, I am always a lawyer, even when I am at home. Just because I am not actively engaging in mom-ly or lawyer-ly activities at that moment does not change who I am.

OK, I think I've ranted long enough.

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