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I wasn't born with wings, so I'm trying to make my own
 
Friday, January 24, 2003  

Sorry about all the crabbiness yesterday! Today went much better (except on the knitting front, where I'm still quite crabby, thank you very much! You'll see why if you read along). Work was still crappy, but I only worked a half day and it wasn't as god awful as yesterday. Besides, it's hard to have an awful day when you only work until 11:30. So, I came home, went to T.G.I.Friday's for lunch with Mark, then we went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which was as marvelous as everyone said it was. My mom said she might want to go with us, which was a surprise because sitting still for that long is not her thing. I was hoping she would go with us, but when we finished lunch and I called her to see if she still wanted to go, she wasn't home. I was really bummed that I hadn't even been able to get ahold of her, but when we got to the movie theater, there she was waiting for us. I was so happy to see her! I felt awful though, because we were a little late because our server was really terrible and lunch took forever. But we only missed the first minute and we greatly enjoyed the rest. It was so great being there with my two favorite people. Anyway, after the movie we popped over to my mom's house to pick up a few things, then headed back to the apartment. Going to movies during the day has a strange effect on me. During the beginning of our relationship, Mark and I would go to the movies once or twice a week because there's a second-run theater close to my house that has cheap tickets and it was a cheap date. We'd always go to the 9:30 shows and when I got home it was bedtime. Now, whenever I go to a matinee, when I get out I expect it to be the middle of the night. But it's not! And it's such a bonus to me, like I got eight extra hours. When we got out of the movie, it felt like the lunch and movie were "today" and like my morning at work was "yesterday." So my afternoon started out great, and I thought it would be a good night. I took a nap when I got home from Mom's, then got up and did some knitting. Things were flowing along smoothly, I started out in the middle of row five and worked from there. I THOUGHT things were going great, took a break in my knitting for dinner, settled down with Mark to watch some TV, was going along on my shawl, got to almost the end of row eight and found a mistake in the beginning of row seven. So, I "unknit" nearly 500 stitches (I am unable to rip at this point. It is very difficult for me to get ALL the stitches back on the needle. My only viable option is to reverse knit, undoing one stitch at a time) and now I'm back to the beginning of row seven, less than two rows done today :-( I'm quite grumpy about this, but I'm glad I went back and fixed it because it would have been an obvious mistake (obvious to me at least) that would have upset me every time I saw the shawl. So, now that won't happen. But I'm so frustrated because I did the body of the shawl, a whopping 113 rows (that's a lot to me, at least, even if it is garter stitch) in five days and in the past three days I've done seven rows. *Sigh* I was really hoping to be a whiz and finish a whole shawl in a week, which would make me feel like uberknitter extraordinaire, but it looks like no such luck. I'm off to knit some more and see if I can get some more done for today. Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading! Hey, by the way, I joined the knitter's webring recently, so my number of daily visits is going up. If you read and you like what you see, I'd love to get tagged! It really brightens my day when someone likes my work enough to comment. Anywho, make it a great weekend, and I'll update you as a plod along on my shawl!

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