Thursday, December 17, 2015

Prepping for Vacation

Four days of work left before my vacation.  I can't wait.  It will be good to have a break and just be at home.  I don't have to shower or dress if I don't want to - though the other people at home might object if I go too long without showering.

My plan - tackle the boxes of yarn for Vicki and get as much done as possible.  I'm currently stalled on the blanket I'm working on.  I'm doing a more intricate border and it is taking longer.  However, I'm hoping to finish it tonight and move on to one of the other three I have prepped.  Two of them are smaller so if I do complex, it still won't take as long and one is a blanket but needs a simple edging.

Once I'm done with these four, I have four more to do - two for my mom and two for Vicki.  Then I also have the basket full of material which needs washing - though I think most of that will be decided on after Vicki comes home.

The semester is winding down.  The work load is easing off.  I'm saying goodbye to one student worker as she student teaches next semester.  Otherwise I'm just wishing them all happy holidays as they finish off their finals and head for home.

My desk at work is getting clearer as I finish up a number of tasks.  I'll be cleaning up some tasks so they can be marked as complete - at least as far as I can take them for now.

It is nice to clean up and clear off before I go on vacation.  It means when I come back to work, I'll have emails to deal with but few URGENT projects.

This year I find myself wishing my daughters could all be home.  I feel a need to have them near for family time.  I know the two in Georgia can't make it home but I am missing them.  We will video chat on Christmas.  I'm looking forward to spending the time with them that way instead.  I think we are all going to try to go to the movies on that day.  It's convoluted but we will all at least be doing the same thing - if not together at least at the same time.

I know part of this is my normal holiday grumpiness.  It's just hit me a bit harder this year.  I'm coping.  My crocheting and meditating help me deal with my feelings.  Crocheting - creating really - helps to lift my spirits.  I know I'm creating things which will brighten people's spirits.

My inner dialog has been rough the past week or so but as I work on a project, produce more, it helps me be kinder to myself.  I can't really explain how or why but it does.  Also, I'm clearing out some of the clutter in my living room with each project.  As the room gets neater, I start to feel better.  I'll get through the stack of projects and then I'll put away most of the yarn except my container of projects.  We do have to prep for the grand fur babies coming home, one of which is a mischievous bugger who gets into everything.  Clear up, clean up, and prep for the visit.  That will be the weekend.

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