even though i worked quite a lot while i was in sydney, i managed to avoid going into the office. this week, i must face that ugly reality, especially tomorrow when the weather is threatening 43 degrees celsius (109F) and we have no air conditioning (air conditioned academic offices? pfft, why would we want to do that?!). thankfully, we have an air conditioned library, and i think that’s where i will be. i am not minding the heat so much this year, but it has definitely gone up a few notches, and there are serious fires everywhere. i would rather live somewhere where it snows, to be honest.
i’m surprised at how happy i am to be home. i felt the relief almost the minute i walked in on saturday night. my own bathroom, with the shower just right, my own bed – not too soft, not too firm, clean white sheets, big bay window, jasmine outside, birds in the morning (cockatoos even. at 7am. i mean, really, thats just rude). living in other people’s spaces gave me a renewed appreciation for my own, but also gave me some really great ideas for storage and organisation. so before it got too hot i set about moving furniture and tidying things up. i started with the crafty stuff. one of the luxuries of having a three bedroom house to oneself is spreading things out everywhere. you can just leave things where you put them and dont need to put them away (although that could be just me. i have a habit of leaving things not put away properly. ask trent how he managed 15 years with me not screwing a single lid on a jar properly. i have no common sense, really. none.)
so i havent really had to think too much about storage. recently, my dining room had become a kind of defacto sewing room. ive gone a bit off the sewing (long story), so i decided it could all go out in the sunroom, with the knitting stuff, to make a proper craft space.
this meant putting all the random left over dog and camping crap in an actual cupboard, and throwing out a heap of empty boxes. i dont know what i was keeping them for…the zombie apocalypse maybe?! then i decided to attack the kitchen cupboards. its not a huge kitchen, but its got plenty of cupboards. they just werent…organised. things sometimes fall out on my head when i open the doors. the tupperware in particular is plotting a revolution in there, i swear. so i moved all the cooking and baking things into one space
and all the crockery and glassware into another space (that i can actually reach without the chair), and i filled a box of old canned food that i havent even thought about opening in the 3 years i’ve been here (again with the zombies?!), and i wiped out the cupboards and put excess glasses and mugs in storage, and threw out most of the food in the fridge (which then meant i had to go to the supermarket. ugh).
then it was onto the office. i am lucky to have a whole room set up to work in, with a big desk and a powerful PC and two monitors even! but i have tended to use it as a ‘throw the unpaid bills in here and hope they will pay themselves’ kind of space. so i sorted through all the papers and put stuff away into drawers in the actual cupboard i have in here for that purpose, and now i have a nice clean work space.
and a nice uncluttered desk (unfortunately the bills have not somehow miraculously paid themselves)
this year i have taken a bit of a leap and gotten rid of my usual ‘day to a page’ diary. im going to try and rely more on my smart phone being integrated with my exchange calendar, and use the whole ‘digital’ thing properly. but i couldnt quite bring myself to do away with the paper entirely, so i just got a one month to a page notebook instead and in it i wrote a list of all the things i have to do in january,
and then i felt quite ill and needed a little lie down. something else i cant get rid of is paper books. i dont have a kindle or ipad, or any other kind of ereader, and i know it might be a good idea when i travel quite a lot, or to read work stuff on, but i just cant do it. my house is full of books and i treasure them. 18 years ago i crawled into a rehab with only a garbage bag of clothes to my name, after having pawned all my books in the month previous. yes a serious low point. and no they dont give you much for the entire penguin classics collection. anyway, i have worked hard to build that library back up again and im not getting rid of it. i bought and was gifted quite a few books over christmas, and just finished the first linda wallander ”before the frost”. the big decision last night was what to start next
i went for the mankell. i’ve been watching forbyrdelsen season 3, and i’ve obviously got a thing for scandinavian crime right now. also, it snows there, a lot.
finally, yesterday, i sat down to knit. there are three things i am working on, but really i should be concentrating on the socks
and the cardigan
the cardigan is ‘atelier’, (not pink at all like in this photo, but rather a lovely pearly grey). its in the madtosh pashmina i got from knitty city in NYC back in december 2010 and i want to wear it when i go there again this year, its coming along nicely now that i’ve got past the sleeves/yoke and am onto the body. but its not a particularly portable project, because im alternating three skeins of yarn at once. there is enough variation in this stuff to cause stripes if i’m not careful, so im being careful. its a pain the arse, but worth it i think.
both of these things would be done a lot quicker if i hadnt been side tracked by a little knit-along with lyn, sue and missfee bought about by brooklyn tweed’s clever little pre-christmas kits. we all got one of the ‘sempervivum’ kits and i am up to here (that is, not very far):
i have laboured long and hard over the ‘lace on the wrong side’ rows with the goddamn ‘slip & purl two together through the back loop’, and i finally got the hang of it yesterday. you cant really see but its making a nice pattern.
but i need to put it aside for awhile. its only 8 weeks until i leave, and i need the cardigan finished. for that reason, i am not even thinking about my other knitting goal this year, which is to try my hand at stranded colour work and maybe even steeking, enabled by the clever kate davies releasing a gorgeous book (which quite a few of us bought!). i want to make this one, the northmavine hoody
and this one, the stevenson sweater
but i want to replace the orange with red and make it into a cardigan (hence, the steeking). so much knitting, so little time. it would be so much easier if a) it wasnt stinking hot and b) i didnt have to go to work.
speaking of, i had better stop procrastinating and get on with it. hope its not too painful in your workplace, wherever you are.