Monday, June 23, 2008

Back To Business

Last week began with a day and a half of school.  Come Wednesday, I was officially on Summer Vacation.  Yet, it still felt like an "odd" week.  It was all half 'n half.  I had a ton to get done at the beginning, not so much in the middle...and then I got a new cat.  There was no way I was going to be really in the groove. 

 So I gave myself a break.

I put the afternoon workouts on the back burner and the diet never even made it to the stove top.  I ate what I wanted, knit when the spirit moved me and napped with wild abandon.  The whole week wasn't going to make sense anyway.  Might as well dance to to the tune that's playing...

Summer break is a tricky time.  I'm not complaining, mind you.  I chose a career that came with a decent amount of vacation.  I like that.  However, I have come out of a whole lot of summers with nothing to show for it save a brand new wardrobe.  And that was because I lay around for two months eating ice cream and couldn't fit into the other stuff.  I need to keep to a schedule.  I need to set goals.  I need to be my own boss and a strict one at that.  The boss was out of the office last week.  This week, she came back and things were going to get a little more ship-shape around here!

I dutifully set the alarm last night so that I could impress Ms. Boss Of Me.  I was ready.  I then kicked off this week of self-imposed organization and Stuff-doing by smacking the snooze button with great force and eventually turning the whole buzzing contraption off.  

I overslept.  While on my own schedule.  Not a good start.  The boss is not impressed.  

I tried to make a comeback.  Having committed to two daily workouts of short duration in the hope of keeping myself from straying back to the couch, I did the first weight session bright and early (ish).  I picked up the hooks and knocked out a couple of rows on the blankie for the Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty.  I looked around the condo for things that needed wiping down, putting away or outright disinfection.  I tried my best.  But the day was rainy, the schedule was already shot and there was really no help for it.  Normally, I'd just say to heck with it and try again tomorrow...

But that seems sort of Give-up-ish.  I'm nothing of not a trouper.  I'm going to stick with the plan as best as is possible.  I promised you pictures of fibery progress and, by God, I'm gonna give it to ya!  



Wait...how did that get in there?  

No, no!  No more kitty pictures!!!  That was the rule!  Fiber!  Fiber, I say!!!


That's better.


This the the first of the Shetland lamb/silk blend that I've been working on.  The yarn is a combination of fine gifting courtesy of Cathy and Kat.  The Shetland came from Cathy has been waiting for my attention for nigh on a year.  But I'm glad I held off.  Had I not, then there would have been none of that beautiful silk from Kat to blend in there.  I guess procrastination does pay off sometimes...

Meanwhile, there has also been progress on the blankie for my handsome boy.  I'm not sure that he is fully aware of the fact that this is to be his snuggly thing, though.  He discovered me crocheting happily away this morning and began to "help."  It was a near thing.  Within minutes, I had an Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty fully wrapped in strands acrylic boucle and every reason to believe that the whole project would need to be sacrificed in order that I might save him.


But, in the end, all was well.


I was able to do more on this than I thought.  Thankfully, my baby boy sleeps for much of the day.  You would too if you were up all night "helping."  Last night's assistance came in the form of Bug Control.  While the helpless females cowered in the bed (that would be the BFK and yours truly and we weren't so much cowering as we were trying to sleep) our fearless Man About The House chattered menacingly at the bugs we couldn't see and leaped at them most aggressively.  

Very helpful.  Very helpful, indeed.  

It is entirely possible that the sleep deprivation is impacting on all the Doing Of Stuff around here.  Ironically, the boss doesn't seem to think that the AGK is even remotely part of the problem.  She has been heard to praise him lavishly and I suspect that he is in line for a promotion.  He'll be my supervisor before the summer is out, of that I am certain.  I'll be lucky to be working in the mail room.  

I need to try harder, focus more.  I can do this!  I can keep to my own schedule and follow my own rules of conduct.  It's just a matter of staying the course.  No more fooling around here.  No more making rules and promises just to break them, all willy nilly.  Time to get serious.  The weights need lifting, the condo needs cleaning and the blog is for fiber-related stuff.




Whoops!  That wasn't supposed to happen.  My finger must have slipped or something...

Tomorrow.  I'll stick to the plan tomorrow.  

SA

12 comments:

trek said...

"Tomorrow"

Uh, huh, Scarlet, we've all heard that one before.

kmkat said...

Heh. I set my alarm this morning and only hit the snooze twice before leaping out of bed. At 9:23.

Look on the bright side. I bet you were not bothered by a single bug of unknown origin today.

Jeanne said...

What? What? Sorry, I was distracted by the photos of absolutely adorable cats.

Karen said...

Can you spin that lovely fluffy kitty fur? It would combine both the fiber and the kitties.
Good luck with tomorrow...

Knitting Linguist said...

If you figure out a way to make one stick to one's own plan, you should patent it, 'cause people like me would like up to buy it. My summers are never as productive as it seems like they should be...

April said...

That little pink nose is KILLING ME.

Ahhhhh, I can't stand it!!!

Kath said...

TWO daily workouts? Ummm....masochism maybe?

But I think it's good that AGK has decided to take up pest control as a profession. 'Cause really, doesn't the world have enough slacker cats?

catsmum said...

hello - yes it's me with nothing intelligent to say - still on the narcotic hallucinogenic CS - so I'll settle for a quick aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
and get outta here before Prometheus seduces me with that gorgeous face ... oh and BFK I still luvs ya!

Julie said...

But of course AGK will be your supervisor; I'm kind of guessing that he already is (right along side of BFK). Don't feel bad though, I have 8 furry supervisors and one not so fury supervisor (well, I guess she is kind of furry; she does have a lot of hair).

p.s. Don't you know that there is a rule about setting alarms while on vacation - you are NOT supposed to be doing it!

Donna Lee said...

What I can't understand is why summer vacation has to be productive? What's wrong with lazing about and enjoying the stress-free life? I would totally get up and go to bed when I felt like it and not even dust the alarm clock till the end of August. Go on, be a slug. You can still exercise and eat right just do it on your time.

Cursing Mama said...

I don't think you've consulted the Organizational Chart in a long time....I'm certain both the BFK and AGK are above you in rank.

Lorraine said...

I am completely enamored! No problem for me, seeing kitty pics. Keep 'em comin'.