Friday, August 21, 2009

I need sleep!

This morning I took DD1 to the Doctors. Nothing too urgent we thought, but the only time we could get into see 'our' doctor. We ticked off the few things that needed checking and then DD thought to mention the 'stiff, lumpy neck'.
Now the Doc is great and very calming, but even though it was preceded by "I don't think we need to do a...", the word 'biopsy' is one word that a mother does not want to hear mentioned in relation to her daughter! Rationally, I know he's not too worried, that we're on a monthly check-up for 6 months and often they go away by themselves.... but in my sleep-deprived irrationality, all I can think is that the possibility is still there that in 6 months if the lump is still there, or if it gets any bigger, there will be a biopsy to check for the big 'C'.

I have been slightly freaked out all day. Luckily I had a paper to write to distract myself, although I'm not going to promote it as my best work.

Tonight I think a glass of wine and some mindless telly whilst cuddling with my kids on the couch might be in order.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Last week...

Well, okay.... this post has been sitting, all typed up waiting for photos, for 2 weeks now. So, lets just call it 'Last fortnight....' :)

Week 1:
What does 15 minutes at a time get you?

The sleeves got sewn into the check shirtdress. When DD tried it on I found it was a bit tight across the shoulders so I let the back armscye out a smidgeon to provide a bit more ease. It's still sitting on the desk waiting to be finished...

Oops, you can tell this has been sitting 'folded' on my desk for a while. It still needs the hem done, belt loops, belt, and buttonholes. All those buttonholes.

I dug out and hemmed a UFO - Jalie 2682, to wear out to dinner on Thursday a week or so ago. (Sorry, the photo quality is a bit rough. That's what happens when my photo helpers are all tucked up in bed.)

This top was sewn over a year ago and I blogged about it then. When I looked at it I realised that I'd shaped the sides after I'd taken the original photo. It only took me a few minutes to hem this and now I have another top to wear. Tho the static cling factor of this one is irritating, as you can see in the photo. I'm definitely going to make this top again in a better fabric. BTW, a year ago DH said he didn't like the seams in the back. Now he does. Men!

I've also cut out another Ottobre gathered neck tee. This is my favourite pattern for tees and I like having a TNT that I can just pull out to make. I'm hoping to squeeze this in around a couple of big assignments that are due soon.

Week 2:
Hmmm, the assignments are still being worked on - 18 books for one alone! Ah, the joys of understanding social cleavage and electoral behaviour. There has also been a third assignment added with short notice by an ever-so-kind lecturer (sob). Today I read a news article about the link between stress and weight gain.... oh dear. Just what I need - another thing to worry about! ;)

No progress on the shirtdress or the Ottobre tee. Both are still sitting beside my desk.
However, I did borrow a Burda magazine from Judy to make a copy of a cardigan she made as a copy of one another friend bought. In a couple of 15 minute (or slightly more) blocks I managed to get this traced, adjusted and cut out. I started this with no idea of whether this would suit me and DD1 has been kind enough to tell me that it looks like an old ladies cardigan, but I'm ignoring her. Again, this just needs hemming.....It's sitting beside my desk.... (And this, folks, is how you end up with a pile of UFO's.)

So, 15 minute blocks are getting a bit of sewing in. The biggest problem is trying to fit in the 15 minutes. Too often this means I am sewing at 2am. Not the best idea. Also not such a good idea is sewing while cooking dinner. I know this from bitter (well, burnt) experience.

This weeks goals - write an assignment by this Friday, then 2 more by next Thursday. I was going to aim for earlier nights, but I'm thinking that may not happen this week. I'm going to see if I can steal time to hem my cardigan. Maybe if I rope in a child to mind the oven? :)