Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Working, dancing, knitting, blogging . . .

. . . somethings gotta give!!! Some days it just seems there are only so many hours in the day and too much to do. The obvious one to give up would be work (at least 8 hours chained to my desk and about 45 minutes to an hour of commuting on a highway that looks more like a parking lot). But we need to eat, our house needs some major renovating, and we have to pay for our dance lessons (and my yarn), so I guess I'm not quitting anytime soon.

The dance lessons. Yes, as in ballroom dancing. My husband and I started taking lessons before our wedding and enjoyed it so much, we never stopped. The exercise is better than you would think and the people are great. We're up the three nights a week (and sometimes a social dance on the weekends), but I guess it's better than being home glued to the television.

And now the blogging seems to be taking a big bite out of my free time. I find myself constantly scribbling down notes for bog topics on a little notepad I keep in my knitting bag (which pretty much goes everywhere with me). Writing the posts are pretty quick - I've always liked to write and so far they seem to just flow. But adding all the fun web-links and pictures and trying to get my sidebar set up the way I want it (it's getting there, but not quite) . . . that's the part that gets time consuming. And I find myself getting more and more hooked on other people's blogs, and even striking up friendships with other bloggers. Fun world, this blogging!!!

So, what time is left for knitting. Basically, any time I can manage to squeeze in during the week, and a lot of hours on the weekend. Since I'm just learning (and also slightly addicted to it), I make sure knitting is the first thing I do in the morning (okay, second after making the coffee) and the last thing I do at night. I try my best to knit in the car (only when it's my husband's turn to drive!!), but since I get car sick far too easily, that doesn't always work. Last night I tried to knit at The Brewhouse, one of our favorite restaurants (the food is always great and the desserts are to die for). My supportive husband humored me, as long as I promised I "wouldn't ignore him" . . . for a long time there I couldn't talk and knit at the same time, but I'm better now!!

In a nutshell, I guess I'll just have to use my time wisely. I love all four things (okay, I don't love work - but work's not going any where, we covered that). So for now, I'm off to work on that sweater sleeve. I am spurred on by the words of encouragement left in the comments posted by my husband and knittin' mom, both of whom have helped me understand that my very first sweater does not, in fact, have to be perfect and that when it comes out funny I should view it as a learning experience instead of a failure. Thanks guys, I needed that!

1 comment:

knittinmom said...

I hear ya! I could use about 8 more hours in the day. Let's see - I can't give up work, because my work is my kids (and I just can't convince my mom to take them). I won't even entertain giving up knitting or my new blogging addiction. What does that leave? Sleep! Who needs it, anyway?

That's too cool that you like ballroom dancing. I took a class w/ an ex-boyfriend and we had a blast, although I was much better at it than he was ;-).

Happy knitting!

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