Projects – Writing and Crochet

So far, I have four spring scarf patterns and one shawl to publish.  I have probably two more scarves I’ll make up and then I’ll go into publish mode with them.  This will mean a couple of days of getting the files set up, covers made, and then publishing.  After I publish, I will post on Facebook, Twitter, here, Ravelry, and a few other places.  This all takes time.

I’m hoping to have the two scarves done shortly – maybe this week.  I meant to crochet last night but I had such a headache, I could not manage it.  Light was hurting my head.  I gave up and turned off the lights, put my chair back and watched Criminal Minds in the dark.  I couldn’t even text without the phone bothering my eyes.

Hopefully tonight I’ll be able to work on crocheting.  I’ve got three things I want to finish before the end of the week if my head will cooperate.

Once that is done, I’ll probably look at editing as I have the two novels done for the first draft.  I need to do the searches for all the words I overuse.  Then a spelling and grammar check before I print and do a read through edit.  At the same time, I want to work on writing and finishing two other projects I have going.

The craft room still needs finishing.  I need to make time to finish it soon.  I’ve got more things to go in there as I’ve finished some projects and need to put excess yarn away from it.

I spoke with someone who said they retired from their job years ago but within a year went back to work because they were essentially bored.  I really don’t understand this.  I’d like more non-work time to be able to try out more of the things I like to do.

I know everyone is different.  I’m fairly certain it would take me at least a year to run out of projects (probably two years).  At which time, my daughter would have more projects she’d like me to do.  I don’t have enough time to get all the things done I want to do.

It’s Only Tuesday?

It’s only Tuesday.  I keep telling myself there’s only three days left but it feels like I’ve already worked a week.  It is the week before classes start and the building is buzzing with activity and last minute tasks.

One of my student workers came back today.  I had a long long list of tasks for her to do and she barreled through half of them.  While she worked on her list, I worked on the Student Employment Handbook I’ve had on my to do list for a while. It took most of the day to pull it all together but I got the first draft done.

On top of the heavy activity at work, the weather changed so I’ve had a constant headache for about four or five days.  Tylenol helps somewhat but it is still tiresome to have a headache.

I’m restless and unable to settle to anything, probably because I am so busy at work.  I know it will settle down after a couple weeks of classes – well at least for a bit.  I’ll get more into routine and back to writing at night more.

The good thing, I got another crochet pattern done and will be publishing it soon.  I’ve posted my patterns on Ravelry and am getting some good hits on there.  It’s a marketing tool which hopefully will lead to more sales.  However, at 99 cents, my patterns aren’t going to bring in money hand over fist.  It’s more like a trickle.  I’m okay with it – it’s nice to know my patterns are out there and people are using them.

Sunday, I made a new recipe for my breakfasts.  My niece told me about it.  It’s oatmeal (rolled oats not instant), yogurt, and fruit.  You mix it up and let it sit for 8 hours in the fridge.  It has a consistency of a soft muffin.  I struggle a little with the oatmeal but overall I like it.  I can’t see doing it every day but it is a good start.  I found a recipe I want to try to intersperse with it.  It’s essentially an egg muffin or egg cup.  You fry up your meat – sausage, Canadian bacon, or bacon, and chop it up.  Then you mix onions, peppers, cheese and eggs into a bowl, add the meat and pour it into a well greased muffin tin.  It’s baked and you can put it in the fridge or even freeze them.  I’m going to try them to see if they are easy to make and good to eat.  If they are, I will stop driving through McDonald’s for my bacon, egg white and white cheddar, bagel with apple juice.

I’m so not good in the mornings so breakfast has to be easy or I won’t bother.  It’s easy to drive through but it adds up.  If I can replace my morning meal, I can save myself a lot of money.

I’m loving the cooler weather.  It’s nice to step outside and be able to enjoy the day rather than hurrying to the next air conditioned place.  For August, this high of 60s is cool, especially when we’ve been in the upper 80s for a couple of weeks.  It’s a welcome but unexpected relief.

It’s not even 10:00 and I’m thinking about crashing for the night.  This is an oddity for me, but I know it is the time of the year.