Wow! I've had several very good nights of sleep in a row (almost 9 hours last night!!). [Hopefuly I have not just jinxed myself.]
Work was annoying (what a surprise) and busier than I expected yesterday. The parking lot had a lot of cars. Fortunately I did not see everyone - LOL. I spent some (frustrating) time with Bruce. Long story, but basically I cannot really be supportive of him and his team if they don't help me out. For over 6 months now, Bruce has been saying things will change and they don't. I guess I finally got fed up and kind of laid down the law yesterday. Really I don't want to ruffle too many (but a few) feathers, but I would like to be able to do my job. We shall see if my little talk had any impact...if not, the next year plus should go fairly quickly and then (hopefully) I will be ready to retire (if not before...).
I did start to do open enrollment, but I need to finish that up today. Open enrollment closes the 17th and I'd like to be finished with it. The balance of my agenda today is picking up my new glasses (finally!!) and working on some financial spreadsheets for both Mike and Lisa. A stop at the post office is in order as well.
But first...it is Unraveled Wednesday and as usual I am linking up with Kat and her merry band of Unravelers to talk about making and reading. Do take the time to check out the links on her blog - so much inspiration there!
After (finally) finishing the socks for Peggy, I cast on the scarf for Zhongren (Mailing's Dad) that I want to have finished before Christmas. The pattern is simple (easy to memorize), but effective and I love the yarn I am using.
That's about 18" or just about halfway through. Here's a close up so you can see how the pattern knits up:
The yarn is some I bought at the NJ Sheep & Wool festival this past September. It is Jackalope (80% superwash merino and 20% nylon) from the Light Brown Hare and the colorway is Call Box #3 (someone said this is from Dr. Who? I don't know as I've never watched that show). The pattern is Mariner's scarf from The Seamen's church Institute and is free on Ravelry (Rav Link).
I've been thinking of making This Cowl for Bonnie (Mailing's Mom), but I'm beginning to question whether I will have sufficient time. I may end up making her some fingerless mitts and then knit the cowl next year. Time will tell.
On the reading side of things, not much has happened. I did finish Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie (book #11 in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series). None of the books in this series are what I would call compelling - they are just enjoyable mysteries. I enjoyed this one as it talked a bit about Narrowboats and after reading "The Narrowboat Summer" a few months ago it was fun to get descriptions of some. Many are really fancy and outfitted with the most modern of conveniences. Still...7' wide is not very wide...Of course, our camper is like that (and much shorter than a Narrowboat), but we don't live in our camper...we just use it for a week or two here and there.
Last night I started reading The Sweetness of Water and oh my! I have not gotten far (only 25 pages or so before my eyes were closing), but I have already come across several sentences I want to share with my friend Leslie who is a writer. The language and the writing are both beautiful. I can tell that the book will not be a happy one, but coming across phrases and sentences that I want to jot down is sheer joy!
OK! My second cup of coffee has been poured and it is time for me to do a bit of work before heading out for errands. Be sure to check out the links on Kat's blog and have a fabulous Wednesday!