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February 07, 2006

Stress Reduction

I love lists!

Between the Knitting Olympics and the semester starting and my upcoming trip (not to mention the regular two-job insanity), I'm running around like, I don't know, a chicken with its head cut off, I guess. (And apparently too brain-dead to come up with original similes.) So I'm going to try taking a few steps toward stress reduction, because what's the point of going on vacation if it's just stressful, right?

1. I bought a black wrap to match my dress. Therefore, I don't have to worry about finishing the Clove Stitch Shawl.

2. Other things that have been deleted from the "Must Do Before Trip" list: wash sheets and towels (because that requires a trip to the laundromat), finish short story draft, finish other socks before Knitting Olympics, finish father's and brother's Christmas gifts. (Mom was more excited about hers, so that's my priority). Oh, and cleaning my bedroom.

3. I got more than a day's worth of work done at the day job today, and am planning to do the same tomorrow, so I can panic uninterrupted on Thursday and Friday.

4. I will hereby stop worrying about the following things, because I have no control over them: what my mother, grandmother, or other relatives might say about my weight and/or appearance; other family drama; whether the friends I'm visiting in Texas will like me in person (we've only met online/phone); plane crashes; the weather.

5. Lists, lists, lists. My coping mechanism of choice.

6. I am going to pack as much as possible tomorrow evening, so that Friday evening will be less stressful. Theoretically.

Oh, and a Knitting Olympics note: athlete sign-ups end at midnight tonight. I will keep adding team links, buttons, media coverage, etc. for the duration, though, so keep them coming.

Posted by Kat at February 7, 2006 05:43 PM

Lists always make things seem more manageable for me, too. If you've met online and talked on the phone, there might be a few minutes of awkwardness (eeek! we're embodied!), but it will quickly pass because you know each other so well. Sounds fun!

Posted by: Chris at February 7, 2006 07:04 PM

Don't worry, if we don't like you we'll be nice anyway. Everyone is friendly in Texas ;) LOL
I'm so excited!!!!! My latest life motto is don't worry, let it all go and just LIVE and when I start to worry I have to remind myself of that. Nothings as bad as it seems. Like Randy getting mad at me about calling up last Sun saying I couldn't work this past Sun ? I was like you know... I need to let that go. And it was good.

Posted by: aisling at February 7, 2006 10:55 PM

I made a special note of #s 4 and 5.

Posted by: stephanie at February 8, 2006 12:50 AM

Please, please, please can I be a member of Team NH?? I live near Concord. I just found you guys today and I'm already a member of the USA Sock Team but I was hoping I wasn't the only eejit Granite Stater participating in this madness so I was so happy to find you!!

Thank you, I'll calm down now. Really. I will.

Posted by: Jo at February 8, 2006 05:59 PM

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