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This past (!) year, while finishing up my comps and waiting for Teddy to arrive, I compiled a TO DO list, and here’s how it turned out:

*There are 3 rooms to paint (playroom, bathroom, and guest room)  KINDA DONE.  Managed to paint bathroom.  Then we moved and I ended up painting BOTH boys’ rooms, the living room, hallway, dining room and kitchen.  In four days.  Beat that!

Ok, so I had a little help!

*Teddy’s blanket to finish – Still waiting on four squares.  Almost finished!

*Teddy’s birth announcements to make – DONE.  

*Thank You cards – DONE.  

*Halloween + Thanksgiving cards to create and have on standby.  – Started and never finished.  Alas.

*Christmas cards – DONE.

Jack (3) and Teddy (3 mos)

* Christmas gifts ?!?!?  – Sorta kinda.  Made art trays for the boys, and a monogram letter for Charlotte.  (see here and here)

* Blanket for my friend’s December baby – didn’t happen.  Gonna have to work on that.

* My Etsy shop to update and add to – Right now that bad boy is out of commission.  Boo hiss.

* A matching scarf + hat to knit for Ksmart, who just moved to cold, cold Illinois  : (  – Scarf, DONE.  Hat, not gonna happen.

* Earrings using fabulous Kazuri beads I’ve had for-ev-er.  – Nope.

* Button bracelets to thread and sell.  – Made three, never posted or sold them.  Jack later broke one of them.

* Learning to thread and use super expensive sewing machine that’s been sitting dormant for almost a year.  – Managed to unpack and set up sewing machine.  Threaded it.  Then packed it back up and moved it.  Still in box.  

* Learning to embroider on said sewing machine – MEH.

* Making a new duvet cover for our bed. – I’m just gonna buy one.  Screw that.

* Sewing/creating throw pillows for just about everywhere.  – See above.

And other fun things yet to be determined…  Does moving count?  Cause we did that.  
So I managed to get four projects completely finished.  I suppose that’s not too bad, considering everything else that’s happened during that time!

In a few days (countdown:  T-9), the agonizing experience of comprehensive exams will be over.  It’s not so much that this exercise is terribly difficult – I mean, I know the stuff – but the worst of it is that I have to produce something under a deadline.  Well, two somethings – 2 25 page papers.  And, if you know me at all, you know that I don’t make deadlines.  Not ever.  Never.  Like, the idea that I will have to submit this stuff at 5 o’clock next Wednesday scares the pee out of me (not that that’s a stretch with this baby pressing on my bladder, but still!).

I’m anti-deadlines.  I think they are great for everyone else, but I have the worst time hitting one.  Seriously, I cannot think of a time that I turned a paper in either a) ahead of schedule (who does that?!?) or b) by the due date/time.  I am the queen of extensions, incompletes, and begging on my knees.  So needless to say, it’s the deadline that is freaking me out.

In order to quell my anxieties – no Xanax for the preggie lady! – I’ve turned to daydreaming about all of the fabulous crafting that I will be able to do in just a few days.  Because, you see, this is the first time that I will turn something in on time, and thus, it is the first time that I will not have a project hanging over my head.  Yay me!

No nagging papers to write.
No papers to grade.

Effective Wednesday, August 17 at 5 pm, I have nothing to do but cook this little bean in my belly.  I’m not going to be teaching, taking classes, or managing projects this semester.  I’ll have a little housekeeping to do with my assistantship, a small talking paper to write for an upcoming conference, and fieldwork – but other than that, let the nesting begin!

My plans keep growing and growing and growing, so I’ve started making a list.  Yes, a list – a very long list – of all the fun and super fabulous things I want to do and make during my rare down time.

There are 3 rooms to paint (playroom, bathroom, and guest room)
Teddy’s blanket to finish
Teddy’s birth announcements to make
Thank You cards
Halloween + Thanksgiving cards to create and have on standby
Christmas cards
Christmas gifts ?!?!?
Blanket for my friend’s December baby
My Etsy shop to update and add to
A matching scarf + hat to knit for Ksmart, who just moved to cold, cold Illinois  : (
Earrings using fabulous Kazuri beads I’ve had for-ev-er
Button bracelets to thread and sell
Learning to thread and use super expensive sewing machine that’s been sitting dormant for almost a year
Learning to embroider on said sewing machine
Making a new duvet cover for our bed (I’m thinking red?!)
Sewing/creating throw pillows for just about everywhere
And other fun things yet to be determined…

I’m so pumped!  Just nine more days.

Nine more days.  Holy crapnuggets.

(&)(@#*&$)(!!  I need to get writing.

As if I needed something *else* to do with what itty-bitty-teeny-weeny spare time that I have, in the last few weeks, I’ve picked up knitting.  Yes, knitting.  With needles, yarn, and all the accoutrements.

See, it started like this:  one of my friends on FB is always posting these awesome crafty type things that she’s created for her daughter, her friends, and her family.  She is a knitting diva, and I just fell.in.love with this little gnome hat she stitched for her munchkin:

(I would post many more adorable photos of this hat, but I’m not entirely sure she would appreciate me splashing her doll all over the internet!)

So all these pictures and projects got me thinking.  I am completely addicted to Criminal Minds, and woe is me! they don’t stream that on Netflix InstantWatch.  So I have to go downstairs (boo!) and watch it on Ion every night.  Every night.  From 9-11 or 12, and sometimes 1 am.  I’m not kidding.  Every night.  Aaaaannnnd, since I was spending those hours in front of the television anyway, I figured that I needed a project for tv time.  Enter:  knitting.  I can pick it up and put it down.  I can watch tv and purl my little heart out.  Ta-da!

But where to start?  My lovely husband went to Borders one night and surprised me with a book so that I could teach myself.  (My friends who are in the know said that this is the best way to learn.)  Add a knitting starter kit from Michael’s with a few youtube videos (here and here) and I was ready to go!

Thus far, I’ve drafted one half of a scarf using a standard stockinette stitch.  Knit one row.  Purl one row.  Repeat.  I was so proud when I used up the whole skein!  But alas.  I needed more yarn and I haven’t had a chance to get back to Michael’s, so my scarf sits unfinished…

But wait!

My handy-dandy starter kit came with TWO sets of knitting needles, and me being the savvy spendthrift that I am had already picked up three other skeins of yarn (bought on sale!) so I could start a new project!  And tonight, I did just that.  Scarf #2 is on its way.  And my newly minted knittin’ fingers are happy.


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