I know I didn’t post this weekend, I was not in the mood. 🙂 My whole plan for last week went kerflooey when I came down with a cold late on Sunday. I went to work Monday, hoping I could make it through the twelve hours, but I went down hill fast – came home at 1, went to sleep. Stayed home not doing much on Tuesday, tried again on Wednesday. Again made it to about 1, then headed home for a nap. So my day off for making things did NOT happen. In fact, instead of taking a day off to keep my hours under 40, I had to use some vacation time to get them up to 40! Even with two very long days on Thursday and Friday. The good news was, that by Friday, I could tell I was getting better, and by Saturday, I was really fine, just tired.
So – odd little things this week.
#1 As soon as I knew I was getting sick, I hopped over to the pharmacy and picked up some disposable masks. My boss, with whom I share a small office, was scheduled for some nasty oral surgery on Wednesday. I knew he did NOT want a head cold. I wore the mask while at work Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, because even though the boss was out Thursday, it was a tax day, and I didn’t want to share those germs with all the clients.
It amazed me the number of people who stopped to ask “why the mask?” and made a face when I told them “to keep my germs to myself” but not one of them said “Oh, don’t wear it on my account” 🙂 Today a coworker approached me at lunch time and thanked me for wearing that mask. I really appreciated that on her part.
I am of the school that says “stay home when you are sick” so that everyone doesn’t share it, but this week it just wasn’t possible, so this seemed the second best thing.
And HR has ordered a box of masks to have on hand! I might have started a trend. 🙂
#2 By Friday, even though I was getting better, I was really done with work, taxes, and not feeling well. And Friday was a Milbridge tax day, which essentially means 12 hour day. Sigh. I carpooled with the other volunteers, so only had to drive 2 miles. And it was a lovely, sunny day! So sad to be stuck in side with computers and more clients than we expected (last clinic there, we always get walk ins. But we got LOTS of walk ins!) so when the day was over, we packed up and cleaned up FAST, hit the road. It wasn’t until we pulled into the parking lot next to my car that I realized I forgot my coat and car keys back at the tax site, 50 miles away.
Ugh. My wonderful volunteer drove me home, where I convinced A that it would be a fun thing to hop into the truck, drive the 20 miles to Ellsworth for dinner at our favorite take out place, then continue on to Milbridge. It was nearly 9 o’clock by the time we pulled back into the driveway. I won’t be doing that again. I could have lived without the jacket, but not the keys.
So that’s why I was tired on Saturday. Not too tired to go to Whorls and Purls, though. 🙂 A few solid hours of knitting with people who love fiber is always good for the soul!
Sunday I just laid low – did a few household chores and lots of knitting. Oh, and some spinning. Did I mention that the new spinning project was kicking my butt? It was. I posted on the dyer’s Ravelry group and got loads of advice, some of it good, all of it well-intentioned. 🙂 I decided that the ones who told me to add twist were on target, tried it very carefully, hand turning the wheel at the start, until I got going. It worked! So Sunday I made sure I was going ahead properly on that project.
And, I finished my socks! They are so cute, and very thick and warm. In spite of me spinning the thinnest yarn I could they are still a bit thicker than commercial sock yarn. But not so thick I can’t wear them. 🙂
The sweater plods along, as does the shawl, although both show signed of progress. the shawl only needs one chart plus the edging, the sweater sleeves are near the top, decreasing now! No photos of that stuff as it looks the same as last week. But soon we will have more finished objects.
The blue foolproof cowl is also nearly done, I will show you that next week, all complete. After that I will knit a hat to match it. I have to hold off starting a new pair of socks until May 1 – self-imposed rule, only allowed one sock per month, or I will run out of sock yarn before the year is over, LOL.
Monday was our very last tax clinic anywhere for the 2016 filing year, and boy were we all ready! It was a tough year with the new software. I hope they spend the summer making it easier for next year! We celebrated with dinner out in Ellsworth, and everyone made sure I had my keys before we left. I did. 😝
So now the week will be spent telling people other ways to get their taxes done, and working on reports. Oh, and there is a grant due this month. The boss told me yesterday that he wants to bring in a new partner on it, that the program manager will write it, I just have to “review” it. It’s due while I am on vacation, so they have less than 2 weeks to get it ready for my review. My experience tells me that after I review it, I will be doing some serious editing. I think I will be ready for that vacation!