Sunday, January 16, 2011

Routine Or Something Like It

Let's see.  Where were we?  When last we left our intrepid Sheepie, she was buried under over a foot of snow and reveling in the end of the first snow day of the school year.  She was also medicating herself with a vast array of OTC pain relievers because the mean plow guy buried her car without so much as a fare-thee-well.

The storm was a doozy while it lasted, but wrapped up fairly quickly. Then it was back to the routine, if only for a couple of days.  I tried to keep a stiff upper lip about it.  It is poor form to complain about going back to school after a bonus day off and a recent lengthy holiday vacation.

But I really wanted to spend some time at home.  I wanted to finish a sock.

I've suffered some sock loss lately.  I had some critter damage the summer before last and, while I don't welcome the moths with open arms, I do consider them the cost of doing business.  At least if your business is fiddling about with wool.  It's going to happen.  I don't race about like a madwoman or anything. There is no wailing nor rending of garments.  When I see damage, I salvage what I can and try to be good natured about the losses.

Then there was general wear and tear, not to mention the fact that kitties often enjoy napping in laundry baskets.  The act of stomping the dirty clothing around until it is "just right" sometimes involves a claw or two.  That can be rough on socks, I think.

There was also a bit of knitting avoidance for a while there so I sort of found myself getting low on socks.  However, a gigantic pile of snow landing on your doorstep can go a long way towards inspiring a knitter.  The sock-in-progress (the second of the pair) was quickly brought out of hibernation and worked frantically all throughout the snow day.

I didn't make it to the finish line, though.  Not even close.  So, as much as I hate being the kind of person who complains about having to work even if I haven't worked all that much, I really resented the time spent teaching.  I should have been knitting.

I knit all weekend.  With great gusto.  I turned a heel, I gusseted...my fingers flew.  And, tonight, I realized that I wasn't going to make it.  I'd done all I could.  But it wasn't going to be enough.  I would enter into the new work week sans new socks.  This made me sad.  But, what else could I do?  It's not like a person can magically get another day off.  I don't control time.  I can't make the hours slow down or speed up to suit my footwear needs.  I'd just have to accept it.  Maybe there would be time to finish Mr. Sock during TV time on Monday night.

Then I realized something.  Something wonderful.  Something I probably don't even have the right to feel good about considering the amount of time I've had off lately.

Tomorrow is a holiday.  It's a three day weekend.  I don't have to go to work.  I can stay home.  I can finish my sock!  

And, if the weather reports are any indication, I'm probably going to need it by midweek...


SA

9 comments:

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I'm reading this...thinking...she doesn't have the day off tomorrow? I know some districts in CT fought it and some did not have it off...I think that is all settled now..

Karen said...

YAY!! Another day for sock knitting! Your feet will thank you.

trek said...

Yup. A three day weekend. After a three day trip and a lot of driving, I am looking forward to a day off tomorrow.

kmkat said...

That feeling is akin to waking up at the usual time and realizing it is Saturday and you don't have to get up. Unless you have kittehs that demand their breakfast. (Ours don't do that because we leave their dry food out all the time.) Enjoy that blessed extra day!

Kath said...

And since I now work for an academic institution I can share in your joy of a 3 day weekend. These holiday thingies are pretty nifty. I'm starting to realize what I missed out on all those years of working in tourism!

Donna Lee said...

Sitting here at my desk (since I work in an institution that does NOT have the day off), I am envious. I worked furiously to finish a sock last night but just didn't make it. It's ok, I was bedazzled by a new project which took up some time and I do have a drawerful of socks.

Enjoy MLK day.

Amanda said...

One of the great joys of teaching :)

Julia G said...

Hooray for days off, holiday or snow day! Although yesterday we had more of an ICE day...

I've been on a mitten/glove/fingerless-glove-with-flipover-mittens tear lately, although I always carry an emergency sock around -- just in case I'm at a fiddly point and don't have the time to pay attention to thumb gussets and such.

Enjoy your snow day!

Knitting Linguist said...

It's this time of the semester that I realize how seriously my work eats into my knitting time. Alas. I hope that sock keeps your tootsies warm!!