Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ummm, OK?

"Ummm, is everything OK over there?" A kind cyber friend of mine noticed I hadn't been posting much this week on the blog, hadn't posted to a list or two, that kind of thing. She must have been psychic.

I'm having a rough work week, but I'm feeling very upbeat about it. Relieved, as a matter of fact. Like when you've been running with the cool crowd at school, and then they kick you out of the club all of a sudden. It's a let down, sure, but it's also a relief. You don't have to keep getting up early to do ridiculous hairdos or some other fad. You can sleep in a little, and then hang out with the folks who are actually nice. You know, your friends.

I'm sure this sounds cryptic but it's about all I can say right now. Have to maintain a sort of privacy about work stuff, as I'm sure you'll understand. In the meanwhile, I've been exhausted each evening and I crash about 9 PM. Then I have weird dreams.

I haven't even started Harry Potter yet, so please keep it a secret a little longer for me! Thank you!

My best friend and I used to joke with each other when we were adolescents. "You know, your mother hasn't paid me this month. I don't know if I can keep sitting next to you on the band bus..." Or "I'm going to have to raise the rates! Tell your mom to pay up. Being your friend has been hard work this month!" It was all a joke, of course, and she's still my best friend!

Yup, this is my form of paying you. I've got these two little odd bunches of perfectly nice yarn. The red and gray bunch? Full balls of Ribbon yarns...the Katia Denim red is leftover from a kid's cardigan, and the Online Vision gray from a vest I made myself. Fun stuff. The pink? Heirloom Breeze --Wool, Cotton blend with a touch of lycra, DK weight, I think--good for cushy socks if you like such things. Leave me a cheery note in the comments, and this weekend I'll have a drawing for two lucky folk. Wherever you live, if you win, I'll mail you a treat. (Assuming mail service goes from my country to yours!) Of course, you'll always be welcome to leave a note without pay--just tell me you don't want to enter the drawing!


Blogger Peggy said...

I think your house IS a fiber amusement park!!!! AND you are the awesomest(?) guide!!!! Sorry to hear you have been feeling frumpy but you know.....that crowd is so superficial. Love ya!!!!

July 26, 2007 at 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing about shifts is they open space for something even better.

Deb Robson (who has GOT to figure out why her Google/Blogger info works to sign into the accounts directly, but never when she wants to comment . . . but has more important things to do this month)

July 26, 2007 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Laura A said...

Hi Joanne. I really enjoyed sitting with you at Black Sheep! I wish you a very happy day.

I've never been in the cool crowd. I know you were speaking metaphorically, but there is happiness to be found outside of it. Good luck finding your way.

No drawing for me, please. I'm trying to minimize and be very deliberate about what enters the stash, like, project already in mind before it gets to take up space :-).

July 26, 2007 at 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never liked hairspray much and there's only so many times in one hour that you can apply lip gloss. The cool crowd can be really draining to keep up with.

I'm glad you're posting again! Have a wonderful day.

July 26, 2007 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger annmarie said...

I don't want to be "entered in the drawing" since I'm dealing with my own overwhelming supply of singletons and twinnies, but you *did* get me thinking about this phenomenon and what to do about it. You also have me thinking about friends and loving one's own self. :)

July 26, 2007 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

No drawing for me, please.

Be true to yourself and your projects! The Universe will not let you down. Highs and Lows are needed to develop that perfect center, you know.

You'll be fine. Do I need to send you more tea?

July 26, 2007 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Romi said...


I'm glad you're getting some rest. :)

No drawing for me, please! I need to destash, myself.


July 26, 2007 at 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I tried for years to make it into the cool crowd and was about 17 before I realised I could be cool in my own, different, way. I think I still have issues with this sometimes - which is why I hungrily count my blog comments every day - but I'm working on it.

True friends are the ones who don't care whether you're wearing lip gloss, pass you a tissue if you need one, and don't need to know what's wrong but just send hugs and support regardless.

Take care xxxx

July 27, 2007 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger SueJ said...

Work can get like that ....pressure.... pressure.... don't quite make the step & then ...relief. I've got the t-shirt. About a year ago I had an interview for a post as part of 'restructuring'.I didn't get, I was initially gutted but have spent the last year watching the guy who got it (a good friend) & being very glad its not me trying to do the job! Don't count me in on the drawing but thanks anyway. My stash is healthy & not in need of diversification! I have alot of sock knitting & lace knitting planned in the year ahead! Stay happy in your own skin!

July 27, 2007 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

You know, beauty and cool are in the eye of the beholder. So we think you are cool and you know you are cool, so that is the end of that. I hope you have a wonderful relaxing weekend.

July 27, 2007 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

It is a small world. The Tabitha on my blog is the mom of Peggy's granddaughter Emma.

July 27, 2007 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

It's great to see your out here in blogland. I'm glad you found the time to post! You're in the "in" crowd here - you're stuck with us (your mamma has paid this week!) Haha!
No drawing for me my friend.

July 28, 2007 at 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi to you and the pups. Breathe fresh, breathe free.

July 28, 2007 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

No more yarn, thanks, but I had to leave a comment. I was in such a hurry on Friday I neither left a comment or made a link to your blog in my post!

Life is crazy in the summer...

I need to think up some creative ideas for unloading stash, too...


July 28, 2007 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Joanne - sorry I haven't been reading much but I've been thinking about you.

I hope you are happy with the outcomes. You're part of my crowd which is cool enough for me.

August 4, 2007 at 10:24 PM  

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