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Archive for July 23rd, 2003

Tired but Satisfied

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

Deborah and JackToday was a day for crossing things off lists. I went to a computer client in the morning, where we’ve been working on an issue for over a month. Went to another client in the afternoon and made a plan for installing a database product I made for them months ago but was delayed for several complicated reasons. Then went back to client #1 and finished that project. Whew. And I’m so very close to finishing all the ends on the sox for my friend!

I ended up getting to Habibi Dancers practice late but it was a very good practice. We are learning a dance I really like and have watched many times but never totally learned. I think I am going to really get it this time!

We are getting ready, also, for several performances at the Renaissance festival this summer. We will perform four different dates but I will be there only once.

crowd at Ann Arbor Art FairI’m so booked on summer weekends it seems amazing to me. It’s usually good stuff, anyway. This Saturday afternoon I do the demo at JoAnn Fabrics, and Saturday night 6:30-8:30, The Fabulous Heftones (Brian and I) will play at Altu’s restaurant. Sunday looks peaceful, thank goodness. There may be a picnic with Brian’s co-workers, I’m not sure, but that is low-stress and very enjoyable.

Since I finished up my adult classes at Foster last night until October, I’m sort of finishing a lot of other things as well. I think I’m preparing for a marathon several weeks in the studio, we’ll see how that goes. It is definitely time for change in many ways. My life is so different than it was two and a half years ago, when I picked up those knitting needles again after over a decade. It is sort of dizzying to think of it, but I have no regrets and I’m not going back!

Last night when I finally sat down to knit before I went to bed, I didn’t even finish two rows on the stole before I fell asleep right in the middle of the row. Crashed all night on the couch in the living room (I actually love the luxury of sleeping on the couch sometimes, for some reason it is a comforting place for me). I slept like a baby.

crowd at Ann Arbor Art FairTonight I am going to get going on the knitting earlier so I get a little done. I do hope to sleep earlier tonight, both because I’m exhausted and because I want to get up a little earlier tomorrow in case I can ride my bike to my lab at Foster Center. Right now the weather forecast looks promising for that, I’m crossing my fingers!

(Pictures are of the Ann Arbor Art Fair. First is my friend Deborah/Scarlet Zebra and her husband Jack, who surprised me with a hello. Next is the crowd. Last is the Ann Arbor FiberArt Guild, breaking down the booth at the end of a very fine show.)

Off to knit…

Busy Again

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

Well, I wrote this on Tuesday night but then I couldn’t connect with my web space so here it is a day late…

It was an almost impossibly busy day, but it ended at 9pm instead of midnight so that was helpful.

I had a short appointment in the morning, then went to JoAnn Fabrics to check in with supervisor there. We have a demo day for instructors this Saturday, from 1-4 at Frandor. I will be at the demo day, put pretty things on a table and chat up potential students.

It should be fun, I love demos. Knitting isn’t as easy to demo but I have some specialized classes coming up including a stole class and socknitting. I will want to intrigue as many folks as I possibly can.

Anyone local want to take my simple rectangular stole class? Eyelash yarn and fun colors? It’s gorgeous, and it knits up really fast. I need to have Brian take a pic of me wearing one so I can put it up on this blog.

At Foster, I had 4 knitters, all repeaters. It was peaceful. Nobody finished anything but all of them are close. That was lovely. I had finished the two sox for my friend finally, but they had a lot of colorwork so I had dozens of ends to work in. I’ve finished the ends on one sock and am about halfway with the second pair.

Then I ran to Altu’s restaurant for the quickest dinner I could manage. I had her artful lima beans, and she shared some green beans she had made with a spicy garlicky sauce, from beans given to her from someone’s garden. Yum.

Then back to Foster Center. I can’t believe it, I was gone less than 25 minutes but that was when Luann stopped by to see me. Drat. She dropped off some wool yarn for me (not the kids, how sweet is that) and left a little note. I need to corner her for a cup of coffee/tea someday, and we can talk forever.

I then had a “Let’s Talk about the Internet” class for two students, two retired sisters who have taken other classes from me last term. We had a great time! I don’t have an internet connection but it is amazing how much you can teach with a handout and a whiteboard.

Then I’ve been fussing with my emails today. I promised myself a half hour of knitting on my second JoAnn’s Stole (blues and greens). I had better go do that right away, don’t you think?