I’ve reached the point — and I’ve been here before — where sleep deprivation has become the main thing about my life. I know there are people all over the world who get up in the wee hours of the morning, and presumably they don’t all go around in a state of exhausted misery all the time. I don’t know how they do it.

My house is a mess, I’m eating any old thing that happens to be lying around at mealtime (including fast food that the kids go out for when it becomes clear that I’m not going to create lovely meals for them), I’m getting to gym class once or twice a week only, I’m being bad tempered about things like large, well paying jobs coming in, and I actually missed a meeting.  I haven’t been to church since Christmas. I look — oh, I don’t even want to think about what I look like.

Eventually my husband’s schedule will change, or maybe I’ll learn to go back to sleep, or I’ll get good at napping or something.

#2 son goes back to his college tomorrow, and #1 son and I both start back to school as well. I have to get my courses built this weekend, and I have to figure out a schedule. I have to clean my house, too.

I’m beginning a new knitting project. There is no reason for this. I have plenty of half finished projects. But a friend at church made the Nantucket Jacket from Interweave Knits which you see pictured here, and Elann had an amazing sale on discontinued colors, and I don’t have the energy to figure out where I was on any of the unfinished projects, so I have a new one. I downloaded the pattern, so I will have to sort out the issues with my printer today (or perhaps put it on a jump drive and take it to Kinko’s) and get it started.

The discontinued color in which I am making this is Cedar, a very nice green. I like the blue green family, and my eye color is in this family, so I figure it’s probably becoming.

It is not among the trendy colors for the upcoming season. One of the big colors for fall was teal, which is not at all dissimilar to this shade — it is, at least, a blue green. The spring fashion colors are showing a very pretty almsot sage green instead.

I can get my Nantucket Jacket knitted up really fast so it can get in on the tail end of the teal craze. I can make it at a leisurely pace and wear it when that color returns to the trendy side. Or of course I can ignore the trendy colors entirely, since I usually continue wearing not just colors but actual garments until the have holes in obvious places.

These are the colors for spring. The neutrals are gray and khaki, though they’re named Driftwood and Starfish, and those are pretty basic colors for me. The deep blue is a great color, too, and I think it could be worn as a neutral. I’m g. lad to see the end of all the chocolate browns; brown is a trying color for me.

The color of the year is Tangerine Tango, and it’s paired with a warm golden yellow. Cabaret is a deep pink, so we can sneak in all that hot pink from last year. Cockatoo is a nice blue green, and I plan to watch for a jacket in that shade, or a lovely wool which I can make a jacket from (or at least add to my collection of jacket fabrics I’m afraid to cut up and ruin). Then we have two purples: a darker blue purple and a pale pinkish one.

All in all, it’s a pretty collection. I think a spring SWAP in Cabaret and Sodalite Blue would have much the power punch of red and black, without the severity. Starfish and Cockatoo would let those who’ve been loving aqua or mint with brown carry on the combination for another season. Gray and purple are a nice combination for those of us who have gray hair, and also for blondes.

I may go back to sleep now, in hopes of having a better day today.