Ugh Back to work tomorrow after a week of vacation that even though it wasn't perfect, was still better than being at work. I'm already telling myself that at least next weekend is a long weekend for Labor Day. I hate wishing the week away like that, and am trying not to do it other than related to work.
Thank you for all of your kind words and concern after my last post. To make a very long story short, I had been lucky enough to have two interviews for a new job at a place I think I would enjoy working. I had not been assuming the job would be mine, but I felt I'd done pretty well at the interviews, and more importantly, it gave me hope that I could leave where I am, which is becoming more and more toxic every day. So even though I hated going to work, I had hope. Well, last Tuesday I got an e-mail from the HR person at the other place, telling me they were not "going further with your candidacy." That's bad enough, but it was also the very first thing I saw on Tuesday morning, which didn't help. Jobs of any kind are few and very far between around here, and it was the first call I've had for an interview in 2+ years of looking. To say it was upsetting is putting it mildly.
I worked really hard last week to not let it ruin my whole week, and to concentrate on the good as much as possible. For the most part, I was successful. And as a dear friend said, try to focus on the small good things, and that you enjoy your life outside of work. It doesn't solve anything, but it does help. Those are wise words - I just hope I can keep them in mind.
So you see I am fine, and plugging away at other things. Like my lemon meringue pie, which was a success - nice and tart but not too sour. The last pieces will be for tonight (bad timing there!). I am really thrilled with how well it turned out.
Our beach day was perfect - the temperatures were in the low 80s and there was no humidity to notice at all. After we left the beach, we went and had a late lunch/early dinner at our fave clam shack, so that was a treat as well. Sadly, it's the first time we made it to the shore this year. Not that we usually go every weekend, but almost always it's more than just once by this time during the summer.
I've also been knitting of course, and I gotta tell you - I was really hoping the Scattered Wishes shawl would be finished by Labor Day weekend. Not because it had to be, just because I thought that would be a good time for it to be finished. I am on the lace border, which is 26 rows - 13 lace-patterned, and the other 13 just knitting back. As you may recall, lace knitting and I do not have a solid relationship And that lace border is kicking my butt! Whether or not I've been using a lifeline, regardless of how slowly I go, it's just been a mess. I am however, determined to "get" it. I am back at Row 1 of the border, and will try my practice of *only* working on it first thing in the morning when I am freshest (and possibly only on weekends), and only do two rows at a time. Every time I feel confident going past the second row I'm doing, I screw up. I'm sure it's as much psychological as anything else, but I am determined to get it done! Maybe just not by Labor Day ... ;-)
My socks are going well, and I've been reading a book I'm really enjoying. This morning I spent about an hour and a half cleaning up in the garden. Other than watering things, when it's really hot and humid, I just can't handle cleaning up. But it looks pretty good right now A few of the flowers we planted never made it, so I just pulled them up, but others are doing OK, and some are very happy!
This has also recently started:
Here is Pip, happily curled up and napping. You can't necessarily tell from the photo, but he has decided that the small cubby under the table in our TV watching area, where I keep my laptop, is his new fave place to relax and hang out, He barely fits, and it takes him a few minutes to get situated. He's content to be there whether or not the laptop is. Sigh. He is a weird cat! If any of the others attempted this, he would narc them out in a second, especially if they got on top of the laptop ...
The weather is still nice here, which is enjoyable not just during the day, but nice for sleeping at night. I keep thinking of everyone having to deal with the hurricane and its after effects in the Houston area, and hope they get some relief sooner rather than later. It looks as if a lot of people are checking in on their neighbors and trying to help one another, and I know that some Philadelphia firefighters left today for the area to do what they could. When something like this happens, it really does take a village.
And that's all from here on a Sunday night. I hope you had a good weekend, and that the week ahead will treat you well. I'll be back soon with a giveaway to celebrate (belatedly) my blog anniversary, so stay tuned!