Friday, September 30, 2016

The Road to H-E-Double Hockey Sticks . . .

 . . . is paved with good intentions.


I know now for sure why Joan Anderson says you must leave home to retreat.

I had great plans for last weekend - a personal retreat for myself.  I was going to walk the labyrinth that is not far from me, and I was going to go to the club to get into the water.  I was going to walk around the retention pond for some nature, and I was going to work through some of the exercises in Joan's fourth book, A Weekend to Change your Life: Find your Authentic Self After a Lifetime of Being All Things to All People.  I was going to watch Wayne Dyer's film, The Shift.  I was going to write and goal set, and just generally come home to myself as we enter into fall.

Nearly none of that stuff happened.  Other great stuff happened, but not my planned mini-retreat.

So it's true that it's nearly impossible to "retreat" at home.  The telly calls, and house things call, and it's super easy to stay in your jams and not get out.  And that's exactly what happened to me.

I did watch The Shift again, on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning I watched the bonus DVD features that came with it.  It's even better than I remembered it.  I think that's pretty much the only thing I accomplished from my retreat list . . .

On the bright side, however, I got a lot done on my Quick Sand sweater . . .

. . . but I just had to put it down when I was so close to finishing.  I needed a break from it.  And the socks I cast on for September - a pair I was experimenting with - the colorway looks like mud to me.

 I don't know how something can be so gorgeous in the skein and so not-gorgeous on the needles.  This hardly ever happens.This has been frogged and the yarn will be up on my trade/sell page on Ravelry soon.

I wanted to knit, but neither of these projects called to me.  So I cast on the Nefertem shawl using a Knitcircus gradient that I picked up in April at YarnCon.  I worked on it pretty exclusively all weekend long - and discovered that I'd make an error about halfway through the first repeat on the lace border.  :-S  I ripped it back to the stockinette and started that section again.  I think I'll have enough of the yarn to made a third repeat of the lotus lace.  I'm further than this now - well into the darker charcoal shade you see in the skein.

I made a lasagna using whole wheat lasagna noodles.  It's not very good.  In fact, I ate it for the next couple of days, but I didn't freeze servings.  I discovered - to my dismay - that I was out of oregano, so that could be some of why it wasn't all that great, but I think it was more the noodles.  I eat whole wheat pasta pretty exclusively - except for lasagna.  I was very excited to have found whole wheat lasagna noodles, but they just were not great.  Live and learn (and buy oregano).


Michelle said...

Well, I AM away from home (another country, in fact) and am STILL not accomplishing more on my list "for me" than you did! Maybe we both just have a personal problem.... ;-)

A :-) said...

Well, wherever you are at the moment, I hope you can get a little time for yourself :-) And I hope you're having a wonderful time!