Hi, all. I apologize for the lack of posting lately, which it seems I’ve been saying every time I write a new post. Life has been more hectic than usual around here. I’ve been really busy with schoolwork and teaching and, to top it all off, the wedding planning is nearly killing me.
I love lists. Whenever I have things to do, I sit and make lists, and I squeal with delight when I check each item off. It makes me feel in control, I guess, to see that I’m actually getting something accomplished. The thing with wedding planning is that the list goes on forever. I never feel like I’m actually getting anything accomplished; instead, it seems like my wheels are just spinning forever and I’m not going anywhere.
Lately we have gotten some things done. I’ve been working on the Save the Dates in the evenings when I don’t have class/reading/writing (which, let’s face it, is rare), and they’re almost done. I’m really pleased with the way that they’re turning out, and I’ll show them here if anyone is interested when I’m through. Other than that, we’ve been running around meeting bakers (a gross misadventure), we registered for gifts on Friday (not as much fun as it sounds), and I feel like every spare moment not devoted to schoolwork is spent researching things for the wedding or setting up appointments.
This means that the knitting and spinning has slowed to a near halt. This is problematic, as I wanted to get J’s engagement sweater done in time for our engagement photo session. I’ve got about 1-2 weeks, TOPS, and I just started the second sleeve last night. I’ve really got to hustle on this one.
One thing I’ve realized, after my wedding-stress induced freak-out this weekend, is that I’ve got to force myself to make some time for me. I’ve really got to combat this stress, because it’s to the point that it’s affecting my sleeping schedule. So, I’ve made a few changes over the past few days, and I feel better already. First, I’ve stopped having any caffeine at all. Second, I’m trying to take time out for myself to relax, whether that means an hour of yoga in the evenings or knitting and watching a movie one night a weekend. I’ve also instituted a “No Wedding Tuesday,” during which I will not discuss the wedding or do any sort of planning, including making lists.
Yesterday was my first and, after finishing my work for the evening, instead of working on Save the Dates I watched a movie with Jason. During the movie I did some knitting, and spun up an entire bobbin of singles (my first spinning since my last post). Whether one day a week off from wedding planning will make any difference, I don’t know, but I do feel more relaxed today.
The funny thing about all this is that we’re having a relatively small, relatively relaxed wedding. Even with those caveats, the planning is overwhelming. I can’t even begin to imagine how people handle the enormous, all-out affairs we’ve seen. Sheesh.
So posting and knitting will both be sporadic over the next few months as the semester and planning picks up momentum, but know that they’re going on behind the scenes. And since I can’t bear a post without photos, here’s some cute for your enjoyment.