Well, I think the last two months of silence have verified my choice of blog title. But I thought I’d post a little update to catch you up on the last several weeks:
Let’s see. Back in September of 2006, I accepted a new position at the Parable Group, Inc, a marketing and retail services company for Christian bookstores around the country (headquartered in San Luis Obispo). I’m the Mailing Services Coordinator. So for those of you wondering why I was driving home from work in SLO in my last post, now you know.
Why did I switch jobs? Did I hate working for Dad? Did we have a huge fight? Nothing so dramatic. In fact it was quite the opposite. I left for a month of holiday making in the UK, and nothing happened. Dad went an entire month without needing me to do anything. That got me thinking, “Why should he pay me? I’m a grown woman, and I’m mooching off my father!” Enough of that.
So I sent out a few resumes, went through a few interviews, and landed my new gig less than 2 weeks after returning from vacation. In fact, I was in the second half of my interview with a local solar company when I received the offer from the Parable Group. Good thing too, because though I liked the people at the Solar company and the concept of solar power, the actual job sounded tedious and unappealing.
I am very happy at the Parable Group. It is an excellent working environment, and I’m not sure I can praise it enough. Sure, there have been little bumps here and there (our departmental assistant quit in my 3rd week), but overall, I am very thankful to be a part of the family here.
Christmas passed peacefully. Perhaps a first for the Smith clan. We also had a lovely birthday party for Grandma Goolsby, which was a very very good thing, as Grandma passed away on February 5th.
She had a heart attack sometime in the evening of February 4th, and the family spent nearly all of the day at the hospital with her. Monday morning, I was able to visit her for an hour before heading to work, but my wonderful manager encouraged me to go back at lunch and stay as we knew the end was near. Grandma passed away around 5:30 that night. Mom was with her, and I walked in with Mom’s dinner, just as the nurse was pronouncing. Heather, Micah, and Dad had left just 30 minutes or so before as Grandma was doing well, and expected to make it through the night.
Her funeral was yesterday, February 12th, in Fresno. She was buried next to my grandfather who passed away when I was very, very young. Several of her friends came, and all of the Fletcher family (the Fletchers were my grandparents’ best friends and are considered family). It was a nice service, though I have little experience with funerals to compare it to.
The family is doing well, mostly. Mom got very sick before the funeral and again after we returned home. I hope she is feeling better tonight.
On the knitting front, I am nearly finished with the meandering cables cardigan that I started right after my last post. It really is quite lovely. At least, the fronts, and back are lovely. I have started the sleeves, but not gotten past the ribbed cuffs yet.
I took a break from the cardigan to knit my very first pair of socks.
I’ve been knitting for nearly 10 years, and I am ashamed to admit that I have only now braved a sock pattern. So you’ll forgive my enthusiasm as I tell you that I have finished my first sock, and I am very proud of it! It is from a kit I purchased in Lyme Regis back in August. The British pattern claimed it was for a medium sized adult foot, but my first sock is better sized for a small adult. So either my gauge was off (impossible!) or the British have smaller feet than Americans. Either way, I won’t be wearing these socks once I finish the second one. I plan to give them to my friend Mary Ann who went with me and the delightful Jan to Lyme Regis. She has a small frame and I expect small feet, though I must confess to not noticing them at the time. I figure if they are too small for her, she can give them to one of her children.
I will post a picture of the socks once both are finished.
For my birthday, my sister took me yarn shopping in Cambria, and I came home with 25 balls of Debbie Bliss Alpaca/Silk in a lovely shade of rosey-pink. My plan is to knit it into a sweater for Heather’s birthday in August. The fabulous Rookses and Millers combined their efforts and gave me a $50 gift certificate to a new yarn shop in SLO: Yarns at the Adobe. It is a small shop, but well stocked for the space. I picked up 8 skeins of Manos wool in variagated black/pink/red. I went over the gift certificate with that purchase, but the yarn was too lovely to pass up. I’m thinking it will make a fine sweater for Sarah or maybe a blanket and hat and something else for baby Miller.
Once I finish the socks, I’ll start the sweater for little Natalie Rooks who was born on January 14th. She’s so absolutely adorable (click on the link to the Rookses website for pictures) . I am completely smitten with her and plan to spoil her with lots of hand knit items and free babysitting hours.
After the baby sweater, I really need to get to work on Pemberley projects, as the Annual meeting is practically right around the corner (July 13-16) . I really must work out the Darcy scarf pattern and complete it for the auction table.
Although, I also want to knit up the lovely mohair yarn I picked up last time Stephanie and I went to Cambria. At first I wanted to knit it for Sarah Miller, but then I found the Manos yarn and it is much more Sarah than the red mohair. So I’m thinking now that I’ll knit the red mohair for Sarah Hamner who is also expecting.
Yikes! Too many projects, too little time!
And for those knitters who have yet to discover it, you really must subscribe to David Reidy’s fantabulous podcast, Sticks and String. There’s a link on the side so you’ve no excuse! Unless of course you don’t have high speed internet. It’s a bit of a long download on dial up. SO UPGRADE already! There are many knitting podcasts out there, but so far David’s is my favorite. It’s well planned, well executed, and I must confess, his Australian accent is just plain sexy! So subscribe now!