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That’s the ninth skein of Wool of the Andes. I’m finishing up the sleeve caps, and that might eat up the tenth skein. Fortunately, I found a couple more in the back of the yarn drawer.

There should be enough to finish up the sweater.

Things have been exciting at work. La Bella and I went to church last night to find that choir practice is ended for the summer. We changed the paraments and had a pleasant outing. That’s what I told her. She was miffed at the choir director, but I suggested the reframing of a pleasant outing. It was for me. I got back home and continued with my knitting.

Time has flown by since I completed my staycation.

I’m making things, and doing the minimum of housework to avoid squalor. Working nine and ten hours a day. Reading novels and spending some time with my family.

I’m not doing well with self-care.  My skin is dry and splotchy because I’m not following my skin care regime. I’m not managing eight hours of sleep any night. I’m dressing like a grown up, but sporadically. My weight is showing variations around the mean, one to three pounds over my goal but never quite getting to that goal.

It’s no mystery. I’m exercising just as minimally as I’m cleaning. I’m eating in a generally healthy fashion, but including quite a bit of the Evil 6 along with my fresh produce.

I think this is a pattern for me. If things get challenging at work I get too focused, almost frantic about working. I let other things go. When I’m not working, I rest. Knit, read, watch Netflix. Limited and sedentary.

It’s just been a couple of weeks. This might be what I need right now.

A year ago I was in Paris. I did some knitting and reading, working, even watched TV with #2 daughter. I was quite active, taking 8,000 to 15,000 steps a day and eating very well (though I did have plenty of the Evil 6). I lost four pounds in the two weeks I was there.