I took a day off. This is big, huge amazing news. Tuesday is supposed to be my day off, but I typically do not stick to that for a full day. I work at home (when I am not teaching), and I do work that I truly love. That means I am often working at 3am, happily, and I have to make myself go to bed. That means I work nights and weekends, and I don’t mind at all.
But I just had a five-day work experience of the most intense kind. My body was wiped out from standing/walking on cement for most of a week, and my smile muscles were just plain worn out! I needed some peace.
The wonderful news is that my neighborhood is finally quiet again. For months and months, a major bridge in Lansing has been torn down and rebuilt, about five blocks from our home. The quickest way to get from A to B used to be over that bridge, but since spring it was past our house. One day I sat on the porch and counted 45 cars in 5 minutes. That is 9 cars a minute, in a normally somewhat quiet residential area with two lanes for driving and one side of the road for friends to park when they visit. It was so loud that I have not spent much of my time on the porch this year.
So about 2 weeks ago the bridge was re-opened. I have been out of town a lot since then, but Tuesday I really noticed the calm. I loved it.
Here’s what I did on my day off: I tried to sleep in but woke up after 7 hours and couldn’t go back to sleep. Got up and had some great tea, read some emails, did a tiny bit of knitting on a sock, and went to lunch at Altu’s restaurant.
Had a great time at Altu’s, chatted with Altu and Charles and a few customers who came in (one of them knew my mom and recognized me). Ate great food.
Wandered to the Gone Wired Cybercafe just because I wanted to. Got a cup of oolong tea. I have a lot of tea in my house but no Oolong so that is what I get when I go there. Yum. Got the tea to go, and went home.
OK, I did work long enough to drop 2 packages of patterns in the mail to online customers. I was going to the post office to get my mail anyway, and I did have one of the envelopes addressed before I went to bed last night.
Went home. Dug out the yarn I bought at Webs on our trip 2 weeks ago. Uncovered my bulky knitting machine and made 3 swatches from some of the yarns I bought there, and also a swatch of humble but turquoise Cotton Ease. Threw samples in washer and dryer in eagerness and anticipation of sweaters to come. One sweater is for Brian, the other 2 for me.
Met Jesse at Panera Bread, talked almost an hour. Got a really good smoothie from New Aladdin’s Restaurant. Went to shoe store (Cobbler’s Bench at Frandor), got great service as always, didn’t buy anything but tried on merely one pair (at their recommendation) and am going to save my pennies for that very shoe. For my aching little feet.
Somewhere in there, Brian came home and I made the easiest of all dinners… pasta and red sauce with canned beans for protein. Ate together on the (now quiet) porch.
Made 2 one layer cakes. One is for me and Brian and the other for my friend April and her family, across the street. Ate too much
Talked to my friend Ulyana on the phone for almost an hour. Made a date to see her again on Friday. Spun 4 oz of Bonkers Superwash Merino roving in color Raspberry, mostly while talking to her.
Read 3 blogs written by other folks. Checked 1 more, no new news on that one.
Got tired. Saved blog… off to bed. Happy happy me. The weather is cold (56F tonight, very chilly for this time of year) and I don’t like that much, but it means wool is useful again and I won’t complain too much.
May you have a day this fine. Soon.
Photo is the Regent Theatre in Allegan, Michigan (where the Michigan Fiber Festival is held). Contrary to what this photo may imply, I did not go to a movie on my day off… some of you may remember that I am very fond of old neon. This example is really fine, don’t you think?