So, yeah. We’ve been home from vacation not quite 3 weeks now. It’s been a blur, especially since both My Old Man and I have each taken a weekend work-related trip. So this is the first weekend since we’ve been home that we’ve all been home. Might as well start blogging again.
Anyway, no matter where I’ve been or how long I’ve been away, reentry is always hard. Do you find that to be true, too? So here are some things I’ve found that make it suck less.
1. Receive amazing gifts.
I participated in a swap through a group I’m in on Ravelry (Misery Knits), and WOW was I spoilt.
She also included some Brazilian chocolates that I didn’t let sit around long enough to snap a picture of (YUM!) and some equally delicious yarn, Haneke Exotic, an alpaca/silk blend, fingering weight, in white (I’m really bad about photographing stash, so no pics of it yet either). What a rockin’ package – and a great treat to come home to.
2. Make a few gifts to give.
My swap recipient for the same swap was tarewyn.
I made her one of these:
pattern: Dolores Park Cowl
yarn: Malabrigo Chunky, in Forest
needles: size 13
verdict: the postal worker nearly had to pry this one out of my hands. I am definitely going to be making myself one of these, in the same color.
And a set of these:
And I sent her some Sea Wool and some cookies. (The swap was to include a handmade item, a skein of yarn, and an edible treat. Yumminess all the way around!).
Once I remembered how much fun it was to make stitch markers, I kept going. Here’s a little set I made for Val.
3. Order yourself a little something.
All I’ve done with it so far is drool. I love it so much. I had to get it after being so inspired by Amisha’s lovely creations.
Because it’s so much more fun that doing what you’re supposed to be doing. Like, you know, unpacking. (Let’s don’t talk about that one bag of beach things that’s still sitting unpacked right next to my bed, where I stumble over it every morning).
5. Take breaks. Spend time with special people.
6. Donate to a worthy cause.
Who of us hasn’t been known someone affected by breast cancer? Mel, who lost her mother to breast cancer four years ago, is walking 60 miles to raise money for breast cancer research. She’s giving away prizes, too! For every $10, you will get a chance to win. The contest runs through the weekend of the event, October 3-5, and she’ll do the drawing on October 7. I gave in memory of my grandmother, who survived two battles with breast cancer (and had two radical mastectomies) and in memory of my friend Sara, who survived her first battle but not her second. She died two years ago, leaving behind two sons in grade school. Mel will be carrying a banner with the names of the loved ones of her supporters, so if you donate in honor or memory of someone, let her know the name.
Now, then. Reentry is feeling better already. Maybe one of these days I’ll even get back to regular blogging!