I'm finally back in the swing of things around these here parts. The Chase is in full swing, Ohio State football is rumbling along, DC United is winding down and the pile of UFOs is increasingly taking over my universe. It's time to get things under control.
Behind door #1, we have the knitting. The three projects under current heavy rotation are the second Thelonious (aka Monk, bka Vacation) sock, the Rosalind scarf (aka Buckeye DNA) for Dr. T and the Oval of Friends garter stitch blanket for charity. The deadline for submitting it with everyone else's charity knitting is gone, but I'm still going to finish it up and send it along under my own post. It's the least I can do. There's also Mimi, which I'd hoped to finish before Australia, but that didn't happen. Maybe I can squeeze it in before Rhinebeck…
Yeah, I said Rhinebeck!
It looks like I'm finally going to be able to make my first Rhinebeck festival this year and I can't wait!!! I've been to Maryland Sheep & Wool several times, but passed on it this year in the hope that I could do NY instead and it looks like I can! I don't really have many details yet, but I'm SO excited. YAY YARN!
I realized late last week that October is going to be a non-stop month for me. Insane parties, a
wedding, a sheep and wool festival and birthday celebrations are going to take up every ounce of my time. I got a taste of it this weekend with cramming Art on the Avenue, Oktoberfest & a DC United game all into one day. Overbook much?
I'm glad I went to the art festival, despite seeing several vendors I recognized from Eastern Market. It was a beautiful day and at least I got a two-hour stroll in among the booths and
artistry. After I left Alexandria, I headed up to Shirlington to meet some friends for Oktoberfest. I don't know if it was just being out of town for so long or what, but I've felt really disconnected from my friends lately. Even though I had no desire to deal with the drunk fest, I'm really glad I ended up meeting up with everyone and hanging out for a few hours. On the other hand, I'm less-than-thrilled that I left the fun early to go witness another debacle of a soccer game. Again, at least there were friends there to catch up with, although it didn't make the scoreline any easier to take.
In an undoubtedly feeble attempt to get at least parts of my life under control, I have declared this week to be a Week without TV. I am a tv-aholic. I don't know if it's a holdover from being an only child with tv as entertainment/babysitter or what, but I watch an absurd amount of television. For the most part, it's just on as background noise, but the set in my room is on for a MINIMUM of 6 hours a night, which is simply absurd. So, this week I go cold turkey. The Tivo is programmed so I can catch up on the 8 hours of new programming I'll miss this week (yay three-day weekends!), but I'm hoping to use my evenings for something more productive. Going to the gym, reading a book, cleaning my room, knitting, doing laundry, the list is endless. When the tv is on, I end up flopping onto my bed & vegging out, while accomplishing absolutely nothing. Hopefully this will push me in the right direction, so that when I do allow myself to turn on the boob tube next week, I'll only watch what I need to watch and then turn it off when I'm done. Wish me luck!