Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Week 17 - Just Catching Up

I started the week with Drew leaving. I got up at my regular time and got ready before waking him up, which took a few tries but we were out the door at 8:00 as planned. I was dropping him at a Starbuck’s in Omaha where he would while away the morning waiting for his ride to pick him up. Having just been off for a week, there was no way I was taking another day so he’d just have to tough it out. I bought him breakfast and a coffee and left him with a $10 card to keep him fed and caffeinated all morning then left for work. I arrived at 10:00 and plowed in to catch up post vacation. The day was over in a flash.

I worked a bit late so was only running into the house to get my project bag on the way to pick up the pizza for knitting. I was only out of my car for 3 minutes and foolishly left the windows open. Well, the damn neighborhood cat got into my car and sprayed on the front passenger seat. I did the best I could quickly – blotting, washing and febrezing before heading to Pizza Hut. I knew it’d smell but hoped it would be short lived, figuring it’d bake out when I parked in the sun in the newly warmer weather. Only when I got to knitting did I realize that he’d also sprayed my purse and book bag. #&$*!@#&%*$!& I transferred everything to grocery bags for the time being and happily knitted away. I left the book bag outside pending a weekend load of wash and got out the orange clean, hoping the smell wouldn’t have sunk into the leather. Damn cat!

The purse still smelled in the morning but I didn’t have time to transfer everything to another purse (I LOVE this purse so nothing else in the cupboard was going to work) so doused it with Febreze and headed to work. I stopped at the Hort Club sale on the way in and so started the day buying plants, which were gorgeous and reasonably priced. It was an uneventful day, which worked for me. It was nice to just be home alone.

I was watering seedlings for Lorri Urban so had to stop at her house on Wednesday and Thursday after work. I had planned to swim on Thursday but was worried that it would do my knee in and I needed to be mobile on Saturday so I didn’t go. I was completely absorbed in the book I was reading (Dust by Hugh Howey, which is the 3rd book in the Silo Saga) so happily went home to read instead. 

Campus was a ghost town on Friday (It was Arbor Day – Nebraska’s state holiday that no one else celebrates. Every state seems to have one.) but I had a productive day while it was so quiet. I went thrifting on the way home and hit the mother lode at Goodwill, scoring 43 skeins of yarn for only 99 cents each. There were lots of fat quarters too so I ended up spending $92, which is a record for me but was well worth it. Here are some pics. : )

Saturday was a busy day. I set my alarm for my workday time because I wanted to get my bed stripped and the sheets washed and hung out before heading out for breakfast with Darla, which was delicious. We met at Penelope’s CafĂ©, which is new and near Darla’s house. It’s always fun to hang with Darla. I had half an hour between breakfast and meeting Nora at 10:30 at her kids’ school to help with a plant sale soI  popped over to Anne’s to drop off some yarn. Since I hadn’t been swimming, we had lots to catch up on so I ended up dashing to get to the school. The plant sale was perfectly pleasant. People had pre-ordered plants so I just checked to make sure they took the right plants and answered a few questions here and there. I was scheduled for a double shift but it was so slow that I left an hour early and headed to St. E’s. Anne Marie had had baby #8 on Friday night so I spent a couple of hours with her and little Philip then headed home. It was a long but pleasant day.

I had been doing laundry all week and hanging it out because Sunday was going to be rainy, which it was – thunder storms early then delightfully light, spring rain until mid-afternoon. This meant I only had neatizing and some kitchen stuff to do on Sunday. I had thought Lorri would stop by after church to pick up her key. She didn’t but I got everything done in the morning just in case, which left me with the afternoon wide open. I had hoped to get some cooking done but somehow that didn’t happen. Other than knitting, not much got done but oh well. I can live with that. At least I’d gotten plenty done before Sunday afternoon. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway. No matter how much I get done, there’s always more. That’s life!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Week 16 - My Week Off

Well, my vacation plans were not working out as planned. I started the week with another miserable night’s sleep because of the worst cold I’ve had in recent memory. I knew I wasn’t going to be getting much done so made a list of errands in town and did all those. That was it. I spent the rest of the day endlessly blowing my nose and feeling like crap. So crappy that I didn’t go to knitting. That’s bad.

I felt better on Tuesday so got busy on my now shortened list of must do chores before Drew arrived. Number one was reclaiming the spare room, which was mostly taken over by badly organized yarn and knitting stuff. I actually had fun sorting my yarn and bagging it up so it would stop disintegrating when I was rummaging. It took a couple of hours but was done. Unfortunately when I stood up from the bed, my knee was a mess. It hadn’t hurt when I was sitting but wouldn’t straighten and was painful as all get out. Great! Just what I needed.

It was time to call in the troops if I was going to get anything done. I called Anne Marie and arranged to pick up her 2 oldest girls at 4:00 to do some raking. Yeah, that didn’t really work out either. They worked for an hour and it was clear they had no idea how to rake. Seriously. I took them home just after 5:00 and went out to rerake everything they’d done with my knees locked. Here’s a pic of what I raked from the supposedly already raked beds. Sheesh! Unfortunately I wasn’t going to be able to bend to pick the leaves up so could only do where I could leave the piles, so the front parking strip was still a mess. Oh well. I tried.

My knee was some better on Wednesday so I did what I could in the house in the morning and emailed my neighbor at work to see if I could hire her daughter to pick up the piles in the yard. She said she’d have Emma call so I got to enjoy the afternoon. Darla came by after work for tea and we sat and chatted for hours. It was great to see her again. Emma called and said she had too much homework. Huh? What’s wrong with kids today? I would do anything for money when I was young but these days kids have zero motivation, almost no skills and don’t seem to need money. I just don’t get it. Anyway, Emma came over after her mom got home from work (forced for sure) so at least the leaves were done. All but one pile and I had plans to put my nephew on that.

I met Helen for breakfast on Thursday morning (it was great to catch up) then finished my Drew prep and headed to Omaha with Andrea for a quick shopping run. I needed some groceries since a 20 year old boy/man was coming. We did a quick route, ending at Aldi where I bought a ham for Easter dinner and various and sundry other foodstuffs. Then it was home to wait for Drew’s call. When I finally gave up waiting and called him, it was to find out he wouldn’t be getting to Omaha until nearly 11:00. I watched some Hulu and then headed to pick him up. It was a long night by the time I got to bed. Clearly Drew was younger and had more stamina.

Drew slept in much later than I did on Friday. Go figure. I cooked bacon and eggs and then we headed to the SAC Museum because Drew’s into planes. When I mentioned the museum, he seemed thrilled. Did I mention that this museum is 2 enormous airplane hangars full of planes? On a bum knee. I managed to gimp through the first hangar but opted for sitting on a bench after half of the second. I so wished I’d brought my knitting. But Drew enjoyed it so I was the good auntie, right? From there we headed to Lincoln for the all you can eat Chinese buffet in my lame attempt to fill his bottomless stomach. Then I took him to campus, where we ended up going to the movies at The Ross. I’d already seen The Grand Budapest Hotel but I was being the good auntie so…. At least I could sit. I was done eating after the Chinese food but Drew was hungry again so he snacked his way through the frig when we got home before heading to bed earlier cuz auntie was tired. : )

After another home cooked breakfast, it was time to head to Helen’s farm. Drew wanted to see the horses. I sat in the car. After a bit, Helen came over and suggested that Drew stay and help and I could come back later and get him. Yee ha! I was off the hook. My knee was much happier at home than sweating in a car cuz it was pretty darn warm. I relaxed the afternoon away, picked Drew up later and then we both got cleaned up because we were going to Farmer Brown’s with Helen for prime rib. Yum! We were there when they opened at 5:00 so were home by 7:00, full and happy. I then continued good auntie mode and watched Caddy Shack. Yikes!

The weather was supposed to suck on Sunday so I’d declared it stay at home day. Drew had brought some homework with him so dug into that after breakfast. Since the rain was holding off, I went out to prune my roses, which I managed to do without my knees getting worse. It still wasn’t raining so I planted my early veggies (1 bed out of 4 done, yay!) while the ham cooked. Drew moved the last pile of leaves and set up my hoses, which required kneeling, before dinner. We ended up eating in separate rooms – Drew out front over homework and me in the back while watching PBS. It was not a particularly festive Easter dinner but fine for a heathen and a Jew. Nora stopped on her way through town and dropped off some yummy carrot cake. I went to bed, giving Drew strict instructions to pack before bed because we’d be leaving the house at 8:00 come hell or high water.

So, it wasn’t the super productive week I’d planned but I did get some yard work done, had social time with Darla and Helen and spent a nice weekend with Drew. He seemed happy and I’d gotten enough done despite being betrayed by my body at every turn. I’ll take that.

Week 15 - Prepping for Vacation

Everything this week was about getting ready for my week off. I wanted to make sure nothing would get in the way of a week of peak productivity. Yeah, that worked. Ha!

Early in the week, my nephew Drew called and asked if he could come for Easter weekend. You could have knocked me over with a feather. He goes to University of North Dakota and could bum a ride to Omaha with a friend. OK. I’d be on auntie duty at the end of my week off so would just have to get everything done before he got there. Doable.

The week flew by and it was Friday before I knew it. The new cleaning ladies wanted to switch my week to work better with their schedule but I asked them to fit me in later in the week so they wouldn’t be coming on my week off. They agreed to come on Friday so I got home to a clean house with nothing broken for the first time. No awful smells either. Nice.

I had been sniffling for a few days and had runny eyes so chalked it up to allergies and went to bed with dreams of productivity. I woke up at 3:10 so congested that I couldn’t breathe or sleep. It was so bad that I got up to take a Claritin D. I never really fell back asleep so got up early and prepped for the Friends meeting at 10:00. I went to that then hit the bank and was done. I felt like crap and was exhausted. I had invited people over to knit on Sunday afternoon but felt so bad that I cancelled. I sat like a zombie waiting for bedtime. Not a good way to start my vacation.

Of course I felt much better Sunday after getting a better night’s sleep. I still had the cold though so didn’t impose my germs on my knitting buddies, who were knitting at Lori’s after my cancelation. I spent another day sitting and knitting, hoping laying low would help with my cold. I still had hope for the beginning of the week. I was going to not count the weekend as “vacation” in hopes that Monday, my first official day off, would mean a fresh start.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Week 14 - End of Leisure

Work was super busy this week, which made the time fly but I was dragging most afternoons because I wasn’t sleeping well, mostly just whackadoo dreams. It probably doesn’t help that I haven’t been swimming (no endorphins) but we got news that the pool was operational again on Thursday so this was my last week of leisure. I’ve enjoyed going right home after work like a normal person. The weather wasn’t warm enough for yard work so I can’t say I got much done with all that extra time. Some extra knitting but that was about it.

Other than knitting on Monday, which is always fun, especially since we’ve added pizza and beer, the only social thing I did all week was movies and dinner on Thursday. We saw The Grand Budapest Hotel at The Ross, which was good and reminiscent of Moonrise Kingdom. I checked when I got home – same director. Anyway, since I hadn’t seen Nancy in person since the fall so we had a good catch up over sushi at Hiro 88, the new restaurant in the entertainment district. It was a late night but since it was the only one that week, it was fun rather than debilitating like last week. And the next day was Friday.

I had no plans for the weekend and was looking forward to it big time. The only thing I absolutely had to do was my taxes. And chores. There’s always chores. Since Saturday was the better day weather wise, I did my laundry then so I could hang it outside. Love it! While I was at it, I did all of my chores, which would leave Sunday for taxes. Yee ha! Lori did come over just as I was sitting down to tea. She had picked up sweaters from a woman from the unravellers group on Ravelry who was downsizing and needed to offload some sweaters. We sorted through them and immediately went out on the deck to start the unraveling. I had started dyeing some yarn before Lori came and finished it up after she left. I hadn’t dyed in a long time and it was a nice end to a productive day.

So, tax prep day. Not fun but it had to be done. I finished at 1:00, which worked great because Andrea and I were headed to Lori’s to knit the afternoon away. We had a lovely afternoon and I got home just in time for dinner and TV. I even managed to finish Anne Marie’s socks, which are for her to wear during labor. She’s do later this month but is HUGE so I didn’t want to take any chances. They were my last deadline knitting so now I can relax and knit something at a leisurely pace. That’ll be a switch. Now to decide what’s next. But since I'll be back to swimming next week, my extra leisure time will be gone. The endorphins will be worth it, right? That's what I'm telling myself. : )