Monthly Archives: August 2009

funk

I am in a funk.  I’ve been really tired as of late, for one thing, which has meant a lot of sleeping in, sleeping early, dozing off, taking naps, wearing pajamas all day, and worse than that, I’ve been lazy.  I have a lot of cleaning, sorting, packing that I could be doing, but instead I sit down (or lay down in a configuration of pillows on my bed which I have only discovered since this funk started) and read a novel or stare listlessly and restlessly at a wall.

I have a great desire to get out of this funk, to resume regular and meaningful quiet time (which has been admittedly slow since camp ended), to become organized, dust off the clarinet, and pick up the pieces.  There’s a scene in Pride and Prejudice [A Latter Day Comedy] that shows the heroines, Jane and Elizabeth, coming back from their own slump.  I would play the sound track, but my iPod has decided to pursue a career in mime and only appears to be playing, rather than actually allowing sound to come forth.

I am excited for the fall to start, and fearful at the same time.  What will I do outside the comfortable confines of school?  I am good (or at least have been good) at studying, writing papers, pulling off massive feats of procrastination and stress.  Now that it’s time for [gasp] the real world, what do I have to lean on, what expectations can I have?

I cling to the fact that Jesus is unchanging and am expectant to see Him carry me out of the whole I have dug.  I pray that the Holy Spirit would move me and rescue me from the self-pity and lethargy I’ve wallowed in.

Who knew that summer vacation could be so detrimental to one’s health?  Now that I’ve had three weeks off, I certainly wish it had only been one :).  I was glad to spend time with K, now in MN, and a little time with Dad, too.  Hopefully that can continue this year with my “weekends”.

So here’s to growing up and living to the fullest!

Productive-ish

The height of summer vacation hit today.  I figure it’s halfway point in my three weeks off, and today was a pretty glorious representation of the fabulous mixture of lounging and productivity.

My feats of accomplishment today were strictly limited to solving an iTunes dilemma that has plagued me since returning from England, crocheting 2 potholders (I know!), and I dabbled in fixing my iPod (unfortunately to no avail), cleaning the kitchen a bit, and teaching K to crochet for herself.  These are all relatively small but time-consuming events, so I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the enormous victory of getting things done while still being, for the most part, lazy.

Crocheting doesn’t get a lot of credibility from many knitters and when I read the blog posts or chapters about why knitting is superior to crocheting, I entirely agree…it just so happens, though, that crocheting is the perfect venue for getting rid of yarn and making a product fast.  I have buckets of acrylic yarn that I wouldn’t dream of using for anyone I love or care for, except in the form of a potholder.  Sadly afghans made by me are still acrylic, but they are washable (and somewhat more affordable…if I was to spend any more money on the yarn for afghans, as luxurious as it might be to knit, it would be decidedly better to just buy a nice wool blanket or something)…which could be a bonus if any recipients actually wash their afghans :).

I’m pleased with K’s crocheting aptitude.  She doesn’t particularly enjoy the craft either, but she agrees that its potholders are useful and is probably 1/3 of the way finished with her own.

I’m baking a peach pie in the near future.  I wonder what a bunch of non-ripe peaches will do to the pie…I am afraid the flavor will be lacking and the juiciness will not exist, yielding a drier and tasteless pie.  Sadly the last supper w/K is tomorrow night, so I’ll probably end up making it right away anyway.  Shoot.  Maybe I’ll let you know how it goes…blogging hasn’t been a priority lately.

Reading has, however.  I have read a hearty stack of books in the past week and a half, which is perfect because I’ll be returning them to the Story City Library on Saturday when I head up there for a retreat.  One of the books that I’m in the middle of happens to be rather slow going…but it’ll be monumental to finish, if I get that far.

Peace, and knit on!
Patty