Unbelievable how fast October is going. I imagine November will go just as fast, because I'll be just as busy.

The weather is predicted to be "wintry mix" tomorrow and Friday. My favorite! Time to get the peacoat relining finished - it's definitely time for the wearing of such things. Tonight I have a haircut at 5:15, so when I get home from that I'll heat up some of the rice noodles and broccoli in peanut sauce I made last night, and then clear off the dining table so I can cut out the lining pieces. I have no idea whether it is a realistic goal to get the relining done tonight, but I'll try.

Last night I actually left work at 5:30 and had a whole evening at home. That was awesome. I did the aforementioned cooking, and then sat and embroidered for a while. I ran the dishwasher and packed my lunch and gym bag for today, and still went to bed around 9:30. It was so good.

Which reminds me, I hit a new high in sumo deadlift today: 195. Two sets of two and two singletons.

Hope LJ lets me crosspost today...
Today is chilly. This is not a terrible thing. I tend to like winter until about March 1, when I want it to go away already. Of course, since it's not uncommon for us to have a blizzard in early April, that's a problem, but it is not a problem at this moment.

The to do list is proceeding at a good pace; three of the items have to do with the textbook, and on two of them I have done the non-computer aspects (find some more exercises and make decisions on section organizing) and just need to enact them in the file. I wrote a report of midterm standing for one of my students and gave class, which is two more items crossed off, which leaves two or maybe three more (one is a meeting with the student who is guest teaching in my class on Wednesday and Friday, which may happen today but maybe tomorrow).

So, back to weekend crafting. Friday and Saturday nights I didn't get much done - Friday I deliberately navigated to TVTropes.org, which is never good for doing anything again the whole rest of the day, and Saturday, well, I don't remember exactly but I think I dinked around online for a while and then read Predictably Irrational, which I expect to finish this week because it is interesting and fun to read.

Yesterday was crafting day. Well, it was coffee and puzzles and dishes and tidying day too, but I sat down and looked at the projects I currently have. I divided a page into 14 sections, for the 14 weeks that start today, and figured out what I need to do to get the projects with deadlines done by their deadlines, at least at the weekly level. I am learning some things in the career counseling sessions about focus. Right now, while I have very little free time, I need to focus my efforts craftwise on the things I care most about. The complication is that I have some things that aren't my main focus, aren't the things I care most about, but that have deadlines in the near term and that I do really want to finish. The other minor complication is I would like to continue blogging twice a week, and right now I have only one post ready beyond today and Thursday's posts. That requires finishing items on a regular basis.

Why 14 weeks? Because that takes us to the end of January (aghast!), which marks the last external deadline: The Sketchbook Project.[1] To get that done on time I must complete an average of a page a week, counting the covers as individual pages (and "page" means both sides). Three pages and the cover are partially completed, but there's a lot of time involved. However, that's getting pushed off until mid-November (I will make it up over Thanksgiving and Christmas), because I have two even closer deadlines. The first is November 7 for the Feeling Stitchy book cover embroidery contest, and the second is November 19 minus shipping time for my brother's 40th birthday gift. And meanwhile, various small things so I have something to post about twice a week.

With that in mind I hopped to and did one and a half sketchbook pages (the other half was the very first one I did, so I took care of the back) and wrote the blog posts for today and Thursday. I have a schedule now for the next 14 weeks, though it will be adjusted and added to (my internal deadline items after the next couple of weeks have been entirely omitted), and hopefully it will keep me on track. After all, if I hope to make this a business some day, I had better treat it as work!

But last night, after about 45 minutes of work on my book cover, I went to trivia night at the local pub, with a couple of friends and the husband's parents. Fun and educational! :-)

[1] Interestingly, going back to that page, I see the theme I chose (stitches and folds) is no longer listed - apparently it filled up!
Good morning!
I am happy to report I have already crossed two items off my list! Of course, the list is long today - there are still ten items left on it - but some of the items are brief and several are appointments, that just happen independent of my work ethic. :-)

Today I am very excited about my craft blog post. It will look familiar to those who read this blog...

Monday's craft blog post will be a sketchbook update. That was originally scheduled for today, but I neither wanted to postpone the gazebo nor put the time in to have a sketchbook update prepared for today. I'll sketchbookify over the weekend. Lately I've been crocheting monsters (Stumpy's girlfriend and designs for the mix 'n' match monsters book I'm planning to write), and actually reading. Shocking! I finished the last story in the Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine I picked up at Borders, and started Predictably Irrational, which made me get to bed late because it's so interesting. It's also Thing (#18), as a bonus.

And a report on an experiment: I had one of those excessively large bars of soap in my shower. It had started out as a massaging soap, with a nubbly surface on one side (like this), wore down into a kind of uncomfortable canoe-like shape, and finally broke in half the long way. There was still a lot of it left, and I hated to waste the nice orange smell, so one day late last week I chopped it into bits with a big knife, mixed it with water in a bowl, and zapped it. I had to do two rounds of that, mixing with a fork in between, but then I dumped it out onto plastic wrap and shaped it into a bar to cool. Now it's in the shower again, and I have to say it was a distinct success! It's a little rough - if I had been doing things properly I would have blended or food-processed the soap before wetting and heating it - and it's definitely softer because of the added water (not a bad thing), but it's cohesive and usable.

So maybe eventually I'll get into soapmaking. There could be translucent glycerine fairy soaps and solid castile monster soaps.

That is definitely a project for another time, though. For now, back to the list!



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