Thanksgiving itself was great! Having two kitchens made a huge difference in terms of getting everything on the table at the same time, and we had a really good crowd. <3
Friday I paid the price for Wednesday and Thursday; I was laid out in pain and massive fatigue all day. I was so stupid from pain that I forgot that I could take anything for the pain. I have now told Judah that, if I'm that wrecked, I'd like him to remind me that I should take something for the pain. He was baffled that I hadn't realized that. But I know all y'all chronic pain people are nodding along. A certain level of pain makes one extremely stupid.
Saturday was dedicated to Elayna and her college applications! Turns out she hadn't asked the teacher who's writing her arts supplement recommendation letter to write it yet. She isn't able to submit her Common App without that letter. Nyargh. So she did that via e-mail. In the meantime, we narrowed her video selections down, and she chose dance, a capella, and band clips for her video. We'll be filming her in The Shakespeare Project on Friday; she'll use either Lady Macbeth or Hermia as her theater clip. She was able to submit her applications to the three schools she's applying to that don't use the Common App, and we requested that her SAT scores to her chosen schools, so at least something got done!
Saturday night and Sunday? MARATHON KNITTING. I have set myself impossible tasks hat make me want to stab everyone in the face with my knitting needles. *sigh* Next year I need to plan this better. Or hopefully have sufficient money to buy more gifts; some of this is stuff knit from stash yarn to save money. (It is all gorgeous stuff. My stash has beautiful yarns in it.) Also I need to get better at estimating completion times. It will take me much, much longer to knit a complex lace shawl than it will to knit three simple shawls, simply due to the interruption factor. If I have a deadline on an item that I need to concentrate on in any way, the whole project becomes a huge stressor, simply because no one in the household is able to keep from interrupting me repeatedly in the course of a single row.
The lace shawl for my mom is done now and soaking. And everything else I'm doing should be easy. Note to self: Only easy projects for holiday knitting. Your threshold for easy is sufficiently high that no one receiving the gift is going to think you're a slacker.
I am having a hard time right now because everyone else just had five days off, and I had five days of hard work instead. I haven't had a break in a very long time, and I don't know when I'll get to. November's been moving at breakneck speed, and so will December, and I'll be in Florida with my birthfamily for a week at the end of it - and while I like them, that's a source of stress because of the difficulty in feeding myself safely there.
I am very much playing catchup today, needing to list everything I have to do and figure out how to stack things, like submitting poems while the shawl is soaking. I'm still so very far behind. Just now realized it's 2:00, and that's why I'm dizzy from hunger. Where did those hours go?
I am not making sense at myself right now. Lunch is the better part of valor.