Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weekly Musings

::Weekly Rambles::
I need a magnet for that other GA university, too. The 6-year old sticker is looking shabby!

What’s really on my mind and heart?


Still processing our 2-day orientation and the impending departure of my 4th child for college. Always before, there were lots of little distractions at home to keep me from mourning too much when a child left, though I did mourn. And I still do miss them terribly, but I think this departure is going to be hard. Two kids at our dinner table is too quiet.

What am I thankful for?
I'm very thankful for being on the mend. I was still pretty tired and draggy on Sunday, but noticeably better yesterday. The horrific sore throat seems to be gone. YAY!


What’s going on in school?

Not "in school" so much as "at the Institute". Tom and I spent two long days at GaTech orientation. It was tiring, but I got a lot of convalescing and knitting done. A lot of information to process. The crux of which is that it's a challenging environment for these smart kids who are used to being the smartest one in the room and not having to work terribly hard to excel in high school. They're all going to have to learn to study properly and hone some time management skills in order to succeed. I like that they really emphasized the need to sleep in many sessions----well, not sleep in the sessions, but in the sessions they emphasized the need to sleep. :-)

I'm ashamed to say that I never got a t-shirt for that "other university". I got this one yesterday because I saw another mom wearing it and it was cute. Ladies cut, scoop neck. I'd wear one from UGA if I had one. ;-)

What’s cooking?
No idea. More chicken broth.

What’s on the needles?
My Clapo-ktus grew quite a bit during orientation. (I was the only one knitting, as far as I could see. I don't know how people can sit there and do nothing!) It's a little slow with all the purling and ktbl (knitting through the back loop), and every other row is longer than the last, but when I get to the halfway point where I start decreasing and dropping the purl stitches, it will get faster and more fun. Normally, knitters hate dropping stitches and watching that row run (like pantyhose), but that's the point in this shawl, and it will be awesome!

What’s special about this week?

More braces, car repair, summer camp!
The way to this mom's heart!

What am I reading?

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You on Overdrive. Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wife on paper. Both very different books, but I'm enjoying both of them. When I go to bed, where I read Kristin, I think that I'd rather listen to the other, but I find that I'm perfectly happy to read Kristin well past my bedtime!


What am I praying about?
We're praying novena after novena for our school building campaign. We're not getting as much help from the internet as we need, and time keeps marching us closer to the deadline. 

What’s on my ipod?/
See: What am I reading?

What projects are happening at home?

So much clutter. And school books to get rid of. Maybe, just maybe, I'll find enough energy to focus on some of those things this week.

These 2 were so cute when we were playing Pictionary the other night.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Quick Takes


---1---

omg so sorry!! hope that you can rest up and feel better!! please just call us next week to get r/s when you are better. Hope you get to rest up!! take care, dr.n

I got the above email from my chiropractor this morning. Since I don't have much of a speaking voice due to my bad cold, I opted to send an email canceling my appointment. I was cracking up, thinking that he, uncharacteristically, writes like a 15 year-old girl, when I remembered that his daughter is working in the office this summer. There might be clients out there who don't know that though!

---2---

Also uncharacteristically, I have been sick since Monday! It's Saturday now. I had enough energy to write exactly one Quick Take yesterday-----although Friday seems like daaaays ago from my perspective. Horrible sore throat and congestion. I had a physical scheduled for Tuesday, so they did a strep test which was negative. I look forward to feeling normal again!

---3---

College Orientation tomorrow for me and Tom. That's if I'm well enough. I feel a teensy bit more energetic today, so maybe I'm capable of sitting in a room listening to people talk. Just don't ask me to hike all over campus. My fitbit hates me this week.

---4---

Tom bought a new computer for college, so he gave up his little Chromebook to the family. This is almost as revolutionary to me as my iphone was! Yesterday I was able to work on the AHG treasury from the comfort of my sofa----writing checks and posting transactions to QuickBooks online. It was awesome to have that weight off my shoulders. I've been longing for a laptop for ages---who knew it was right here waiting for me?

---5---

The Polar Vortex didn't last long enough around here. We had a couple of simply gorgeous days that I spent holed up in the house! I did go out to sit in dh's lounger for a couple of hours one day, but that was tiring. Now we are having a heavy, steady rain which is a bit unusual. This time of year is usually afternoon thunderstorms, but this is nice. Everyone left for confession this morning and I was left to walk the dog (who hadn't done his business earlier because it was raining!) who desperately needed to go out. Walking in the heavy rain and deep runoff was kind of fun because it wasn't cold. It's a very pleasant temp. Don't you love walking in the rain?

---6---

These might be the most boring quick takes ever. That's what happens when your world dwindles to the size of your sofa. What do you like to see in the way of Quick Takes?

---7---

It's time to pick up my knitting and my chicken broth now that I've reached the 7th take. I hope your week has been more exciting than mine! Tell me what you've been up to?

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Join the fun at Jen's for more 7 Quick Takes!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yarn Along

Thanks to being sick and too tired to do the many things calling my name, I had time to start a new knitting project! Thankful for the little things! ;-)

I'm still reading Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wife, but I can't knit this project while reading, so I checked out this on Overdrive: 


The first two chapters were good! 


My knitting is Clapo-ktus. It is a super-fun knit! The first half is interesting, and I can't wait for the second half where I get to drop stitches and watch the magic happen! Make sure you click over to see what it should look like---it took a while for me to figure out what I was doing wrong (nothing!).

Stop by Ginny's to see the other yarns.  (This post contains Amazon Affiliate links.)

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