There is absolutely no way I’m going to write a novel this month (it’s NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month).  Even if I a) had the energy to write 2,000 words a day and b) had an idea about which to write, I am absolutely convinced it would be the dullest novel ever written.  I fear that it would rank up there with the textbook for my Academic Library Administration class — it put me to sleep every single time I attempted to do the assigned reading — and no one should be to be subjected to voluminous dull prose.

That said, perhaps I can manage National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo).  I’m not dedicated enough to commit myself to posting a blog a day, but perhaps I can manage a blog a week.  Frankly, if I can write 2 blogs before Christmas I think I’ll tie a personal best. In any case, even if I write something boring and awful, each post will be relatively short.

Knitting is the best way to pass the time before a book signing!

I’ll start by admitting that I had a little bit of fun in October.  Perhaps fun is a bit strong – but at least I got out and about and wasn’t miserable.  I began with a brief “I deserve it!” delusion and decided to celebrate my promotion by scheduling a facial.  Two hours of pampering was wonderful – by the end of the day I convinced myself that I should indulge in a spa treatment every few months.  My blissfully relaxed state must have lasted a few days because I also decided to brave the crowds and attend a book signing later that weekend.  I arrived two hours early, met some very nice knitters, saw some friends, and didn’t break out in a cold sweat when the bookstore finally acknowledged the need to hand out wristbands.  The reading itself was delightful and I’m really glad I made the effort to attend.

October was a good month overall, and I’m a bit sad to see it go.  However, since November is usually my favorite month of the year I’m sure I’ll adjust to the idea of Christmas being just around the corner.  With any luck we’ll get a few more cold fronts to convince us it really is fall.

What’s in store for me this November?  Well, I think a little reality might be a good start.  After taking part in the ritual first-of-the-month-bill-paying-extravagana, I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that additional spa days are not in my future and splurging on an Amazon order wasn’t necessarily in my best interest.  It’s just as well – an empty checkbook means sitting at home – and I need to sit home for at least the next three weeks as there is much Christmas knitting to be done.  On that note, I shall set aside the keyboard and pick up the needles….

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Summer is over!  It’s still warm, but the 100F+ days of the year are behind us and it’s such a relief to turn off the AC and open the windows.  While I was hoping the cooler weather would improve my disposition, my living situation has become rather miserable and home is no longer a good/happy/relaxing place.  Bad apartment management hit spectacular new lows over the summer; a new manager started to improve things — but last night someone shot a bullet into my next door neighbor’s apartment.  I try not to think about it too much as I’m locked into my lease for another 10 months.  And thanks to the local economy being better than most and the thousands of people who lost their homes in the Bastrop fire, local news reported this week that apartments in the area are at 100% capacity, lease renewal rents are going up by $100-150 a month, and apartment waiting lists are filled until 2013.  Not sure there is a bright side to life, but at least I have plenty of yarn to keep me occupied while I’m trapped here.

Since I’m stuck where I am, I may as well knit.  I have some sewing projects to work on, too, and I’d like to make some card sets for Christmas gifts, but I’m not terribly motivated to do much beyond knitting.  After nearly 2 months in a non-knitting funk, I dropped the latest sweater project and started working on smaller pieces that I could complete in a few weeks – and that choice has made all the difference.   My Ravelry page is expanding with photos of finished projects and I look forward to picking up something to work on in the evening because I know I’ll see some progress before I go to bed.  Sweaters are wonderful, but not necessarily the most interesting thing to work on when it’s over 100F.

Looking forward to not traveling this Thanksgiving.  Found a project I want to make for myself; if there’s anything left once I pay November bills, I’ll splurge and have the yarn ordered so I can spend my holiday weekend working on something to keep me warm.  In the meantime, I will still be plugging away on smaller projects in hopes of having a few hand-made gifts to give this year.

I can’t figure out how to get photos to appear correctly in this post, so I’m going to try to upload a gallery of some images from the last few months.  Probably should write a lot more, but I’d rather go find lunch and stand in line at a book signing.

Trying to find something good about losing a week to a fever of unknown origin.  OK, here it goes:

  1. I tested negative for flu, so I’m dealing with some random virus rather than a known killer.
  2. No sinus infection yet.   This is a BIG deal, because almost every fever I’ve had in the last decade was a result of a sinus infection.
  3. After 4 days of coughing, my lungs are starting to hurt less.
  4. There are no photos of feverish and coughy me to accompany this blog entry.
  5. I haven’t been hungry this week, so there’s still one  GF cupcake in the fridge.   It gives me something to look forward to once my appetite returns.
  6. If I had to stay home sick, this was a good week for it — I was able to listen to the rain.
  7. Yes, I said rain.  We’ve had rain.  No, it’s not a typo – rain.

That’s all the happy I can think of at the moment.  Given my mental state a few days ago, I think I’ve made big strides in seeing the positive side of things.