GETULLY's SparkPeople Blog GETULLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I feel lost I feel like I am pulled in too many directions and am losing focus on everything. My Dad is still hanging on (in Hospice) and Mom is becoming a bit more frail every week when I go to help. <BR> <BR> I want to do more things at home (knit/weave/spin/clean!/treadmill) but a lot of the time when I get home I am absolutely knackered and unable to do anything. There are nights that I do not even check email at home, I so do not want to be in front of another computer. One good thing at work is th... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:57:44 EST Plodding along Today was the last day of finals at the law school. We have nine days as opposed to the five days for the major part of the university. I had five exams I was proctoring. Most were three hour exams with two four hour ones. That meant I had a lot of reading/knitting time. I am beta testing a pattern (almost done) for a designer. Most of my knitting on it was done while proctoring. I would use my phone as a book weight to hold my book open and read and knit at the same time. Went through 4... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:06:28 EST And more wildlife Last night I made a flying trip to my parents to pick up some papers. Fortunately I was driving slower than the speed limit when a doe crossed the road (well-traveled road) a few yards in front of the car. She was in front of me and passed before I really registered she was there. Lots of fun, now that it is full dark by 5:3opm! <BR> <BR> The moon looked great. It is waxing gibbous but was clouded from storm clouds. Very ethereal quality. <BR> <BR> My current knitting is a pocket for a s... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:33:27 EST Wildlife while walking Now that the time has changed walking--long walking only happens on weekends. Soon it will be dark when I go to work and when I get out. Today I almost left it too late. But when I was walking at a favorite park a dog walker told me there had been a deer on the path earlier. I kept watching. As I was on the last leg, nearest the largest stand of timber, a young buck came out and crossed the path about 50 yards ahead of me. I stopped, he stopped. I did not move, his head swiveled to look at ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:11:30 EST Weaving Weekend! The last two Saturdays, Wednesday, and today had huge chunks of time spent threading and making ready three looms at a museum and historical village for this weekend. It is the fall festival and I have been weaving on one loom for approximately 25 years, each September. This year I was also tasked with setting up and being certain that the looms in the loom house were set up for other weavers to work on. One has a small bit of warp that could be a runner. The second one has a red and white... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:58:06 EST Another Huge Break in Writing Finding the time to put into words what is going on in my little corner of the universe has not happened lately. There is my Dad, now in hospice. Which has been a really good thing. He does not lie to the hospice people. They have been a great support to Dad and Mom and I worry less. <BR> <BR> Work has turned totally craptastic. Cannot even write about that because I am still trying to process everything. <BR> <BR> On the great side, I am in Providence RI at a weaving conference with DB a... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:24:35 EST Long time It has been too long since I wrote last. I have thought about writing but many nights have just been too whipped. But I woke up this morning at 4:30 and just decided to get up and do a few things before work. <BR> <BR> Work is total chaos. My Dad is now under hospice care. Many days I feel like I am barely holding on but from the comments I have received no one else sees that. "You seem to be coping really well, from outward appearances." I got that from one of my supervisors at work durin... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:45:25 EST Make it Work I love that phrase that Tim Gunn uses. It means to not throw out what you have already done when it does not seem to be going well. Look at it differently and make it work! Build on what you have already accomplished. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to do this with my life. I got back on really watching what I eat--and have lost pounds. Now that the ice is mostly gone on the sidewalks, this week I walked to work twice. That is three miles in one hour. It feels like it is all up hill but my kn... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:44:56 EST Nearly a month My last entry was the last post-op appointment for my Dad. He got new glasses ordered that day. He is seeing much, much better now. That was also in the middle of two weeks of exams at the law school which was its own kind of craziness. Work just never stopped between the end of fall semester and the beginning of spring semester which started 13 January. I had three days off (24 and 25 December, 1 January) as vacation, which was not enough. Years ago it was mentioned that I should not eve... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:50:46 EST Perhaps the last post-op appointment Today might be the last appointment for my Dad's cataract surgeries. Even though he will not be driving for very much longer I am glad we got this done. It makes reading and other things better for him. Christmas Day we had 13 around the table. At the last minute two people dropped out because of colds and illness. With my parents having somewhat fragile systems and a 3-month-old no one wanted to bring massive colds and yuck to the party. We had a great time and good food. The grab bag pres... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:11:49 EST Hotel crazies Staying in the hotel, mentioned in the last entry, was fabo! Quiet, I got lots of knitting done (completed a scarf) and had some alone time. Alone time is very rare since DB was laid off in August. I am the one with evening meetings not him. <BR> <BR> But the second time I was in the same hotel, 17 December, it was a very different story. I felt like I was an imposition on the hotel keeper (it is a small mom/pop hotel). About 20 minutes after I fell asleep a group of people arrived. I do ... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 17:50:01 EST Heaven tonight!!!! I am alone in a hotel room--no cats, no DH, no dishes, no nothing!!! Just me, my knitting, my book and my alarm clock. Tomorrow morning at 6am we must be at surgery for Dad's cataract. That means leaving their house at 5am (with clear roads). Since we have had snow, melting, freezing, I am staying at a hotel in their town and we will be starting at 4:45am (most likely). I do not want to be rushed if the roads are bad and I do not want to end up in the ditch. So we leave early and take it... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:26:29 EST Snow Day Very glad the demonstrating was yesterday! Snowing like mad now. I hope the roads are OK for driving tomorrow. Monday starts the rounds of pre-op, operations (2) and post-ops for my dad. All out-patient for cataracts but still worrisome. <BR> <BR> On other news I have got the loom going again. My yarn for the winter afghan was a bit hairy so I had to hit it with starch and combing to get it on the loom. Before: <img src=""> and after... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:28:03 EST Day three of walking to work Walking to work gets me 60-65 minutes of walking. I record it as hiking because it is 97% hills, both up and down (feels like all up <em>334</em> ) with a 12lb pack. It is 3+ miles so I count myself as walking a 20 minute mile. This morning, after I got to my office, I felt like it took 5 minutes to get out of my coat and extras. It was only 9degrees so I had on shirt, sweater, vest, sweater, coat, scarf, hat, and really-really good mittens. And my walking stick. I found if I walk wit... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 16:59:03 EST Crazy Life!! I think November 16 was the last semi-sane day I had! After that it was prep for Thanksgiving. You know--clean the house, bake, line up everything that people were not bringing. We had 13 adults and my great-niece (born in September). Watching the cats try and decide what they needed to do when Jecka got fed up and started fussing was a lot of fun. Next year will be even more fun. She will be of the tail-pulling age and a second great-niece will be 10 months at that point. <BR> <BR> Work ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 17:36:47 EST Shepherds Market today! I am there all day with a information table about Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners. Perhaps we will gain a member or two and maybe some of the groups that make up the federation will gain members because I have information about and a person to contact for each group in the state. <BR> <BR> It has been a delight to talk with people about the event to explain that it is shepherds as in a group of people not as in a possession of a shepherd. The site is a renovated school that has... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 07:42:51 EST The promised baby blankets picture! The blankets were all completed in time for the handoff to the local grandparents. The brown one is going to Mexico, one of the purple ones is going to Florida. The second purple one is, I hope, being used as you read this. It was delivered on Saturday. The blue one is awaiting the shower on the last day this month. The yarn is a workhorse for kid's things: 85% acrylic/15% wool. It has the warmth of wool but it can be tossed in the washer and dryer--just not hot! <BR> <BR> Behold! <img... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 12:49:32 EST This was perfect! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was what I needed for the kick-in-the-butt to move forward. I am ashamed to say it but my weight is up, my walking is down, and I feel like crap. <BR> <BR> On the good side is that I got up this morning and did one of the, for me, harder incline programs on the treadmill and ate properly--mostly. I really did not need the 3/4 cup of peach cobbler for breakfast. <BR> <BR> I aim to go forward. <BR> <BR> Get b... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 12:42:45 EST Way, way too long gone! I have been going nutso at work, at home, at weaving. I have four great nephew/nieces that have arrived or will be arriving shortly. The last week has been an all out push to get the four baby blankets done so I can hand off two of them tomorrow night at a family gathering. At least I hope to hand off two of them. One is for the child of a niece that no one outside of her immediate family has met her husband or seen the baby. I hope my sibling is there so I can get the blanket star... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 23:42:38 EST The rugs Please excuse the phone photos of the rugs. It was all I had with me when the rugs came off the loom. I had set up the loom for 5 rugs all woven 64 inches long. That way when the rugs came off the loom and were no longer under tension each would lose a little length. After the first wash (nothing is counted as finished until washed because it changes) a little more length would be lost so the final rugs were to be approximately 60 inches long. <BR> <BR> The loom was threaded with a colorfu... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 23:33:12 EST The looms Life has been crazy this week. DH had a colonoscopy on Monday so I was his driver and minder at home. Things were not well overnight so I stayed home on Tuesday also. Wednesday and Thursday were nutso at work. Meetings that went overlong; extra work; and being taken to task for not completing a large task that must be done within the next two weeks before the ABA site visit later this year. Too much when I would really rather not be there. <BR> <BR> But On To Something Fun. I have photos ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 23:23:49 EST One loom good, two looms not so good My principal loom was in fine shape. (The one in yesterday's entry.) The two looms in the loom house needed a lot of work. One needed to be retied so someone could weave. That I accomplished in about 20 minutes. But then I noticed that several things were not performing well. I made a few changes about how the shafts were connected to the treadles and now it works much better. <BR> <BR> Then I moved to the smaller loom that I and Emily had fought with for two years. And something clicked... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:15:11 EST Getting Ready for the Fall Festival in Kalona Thursday is my prep day at the museum. I go the day before the festival to be certain the loom has not been messed up between my weaving days. The docents cannot always keep an eye on everyone in the area and the loom just begs to be messed with. All those lovely strings that could be twanged. The beater that could be thwacked, both forward and back. Someone small could find the scissors in the basket and cut the warp or the connectors for the shafts. Any number of things could have happen... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:58:32 EST The Real MN Renn Fest Sorry, Sorry, Sorry! Work and home life got crazy so I posted nothing from the renn fest. <BR> <BR> First up, after getting a cup of draft cider was Snot & Puke! <img src=""> Under the cartoon characters it says "Not so much an act as a cry for help!" The pre-show was Monkey Boy, a solo act. We had seen him years ago as part of a duo, Yo and Ho; singing pirate songs of course! <img src=" Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:47:39 EST MN Renn Fest This entry is pre-renn fest. We both woke up early--actually our normal time but today was to be a "rest" day. No 5am alarm and no early walk. We will be walking all day at the fest so we were giving ourselves a morning off. But here it is only 8am and we will not be leaving the hotel until 9:30 or so. I have DH's sock that I am knitting on 000 needles with me specifically to work on last night and this morning in the room. So after I sign off, I am going back to that project. I am so ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 09:07:41 EST We are still walking And I am amazed. Since we started walking I have only missed days that we had early am events (like leaving home at 6am!) and once that I overslept and knew we did not have enough time to walk and get to physical therapy (at 7am) in time. I tried to make up by walking the stairs in the building more that day. DH has missed two mornings that I have gone due to aches and pains. If he cannot stand straight, not really a good idea to pound the pavement for 45 minutes or more. <em>30</em> Bu... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:50:36 EST Bad Food... The food was not bad, the timing and amounts were. At the state fair two days this year. Two corndogs. That is not so bad but having the ice cream things each day was. With the pressure of the class starting this week I ended up eating a lot of the grapes that were left over from the lunches as well as 1 ounce packets of crisps and too many cookies. (Any cookies would have been too many!) <BR> <BR> I allowed stress and situations take over. That is over now. Not having hard cider this even... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:24:36 EST Crazy early class! Our masters students start classes 2 weeks before the fall semester. It is only one class that is pass/fail for them but it causes many headaches for me. Monday, with the early walk with DH, and my running up and down stairs with the start of the class I had my 10,000 steps around 2:30pm. Yesterday afternoon the professor found out that the university orientation, going on at the same time, changed their schedule so we had to do a quick revamp of our schedule for classes. All of our maste... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:52:11 EST Iowa State Fair We left the house at 6am and got to the grounds a little after 8am. Traffic got very crazy the closer we got to the gate for Unload/Load. I was manning an information table for the Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners at the Spin/Knit event. It was a great time, but being an introvert it is hard to be "on stage" for 6 hours at a whack. <BR> <BR> DH and I walked a bit at noon. I received an honorable mention on a kid's sweater I entered. Friends did much better in the ribbon-receivi... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:39:06 EST Even without DH! I got up and walked this morning. Over the last two days DH has had some leg cramps and since we are going to be at the Iowa State Fair all day tomorrow he decided that he needed to cut back today. That is perfectly fine as long as Monday is not a drop day also. While I am minding the Iowa Federation booth in the sheep barn he has the chance to walk all over the grounds. At noon I have an hour to buzz up to the Threads and Fabrics area to see how my entries, as well as other guild members... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 23:26:20 EST Different in a good way! DH losing his job may not be the worst thing. He has risen at "a god-forsaken hour" every day this week to walk with me. I had not been walking on most days because I have to be out of the house to catch the bus around 6:18am. No matter what I did, I could not get my head around getting up at o'dark- 30 to walk and still make the bus. With DH not going to work he is driving me to work; I miss the walk across the river from the bus stop but I am walking more than 3 times as much when we walk... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:26:56 EST Things will be different I have been off the blog lately because of life changes that are happening. (Will try to not be a total downer.) <BR> <BR> My father is stage four cancer and we have been trying to deal with much of his funeral things before he dies so it will be as he wishes. It is a bit harder on me since out of six children I am the only one dealing with this and the only one financially supporting my parents. Without what my husband and I do every month they would not be in the home they are. As it is I ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:27:16 EST Excuses AMANDARAQS blog entry of a few days ago hit a nerve. I know what I need to be doing to get back to where I was a year ago (30 lbs lighter). But I am making excuses, mostly to myself, about what to do to get there. Do not want to walk after work (90 degree heat and dog-tired after the drama in the building). When I went cold-turkey with no sweets (no Edy's fruit bars, no half-cookie, no two or more pieces of fruit in one day) I lost weight. Lots and fast. <BR> <BR> I need to talk myself back... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:05:06 EST Mutant Hostas Last night we dug up and moved the mutant hostas. DH and I call them that because no matter what we do, when we divide them, in two days they are back to normal and grow really, really tall. They had to come out, along with the fence for the tree removal. <BR> <BR> We have a tree crew coming sometime soon to take out the sycamore in the back yard that has been dropping limbs with every large storm (wind, snow, rain). Rather than wait until it takes out the house or garage or a neighbors' hou... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:04:37 EST Thursday and Friday sucked! Back at work and spending a hours sending comforting emails to panicked international visitors and students. I am no longer allowed to check my email from home so all anyone got was the automatic message that I was out of the office until 27 June. If I could have spent 30 minutes every third day of vacation responding to the international they would not have been in such a panic. But.... I am almost caught up with things. I did mange to get my in-box down from three full screens to one scr... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:26:04 EST Monday dead tired! Yesterday was all about the drive home after the conference with a stop in Lawrence, Kansas at the Yarn Barn. They had a booth at the conference but two things I thought they would have at the conference they did not so we stopped on the way home. But we were always planning on stopping there. Sooooo more rare sheep breed wool was added and a whole whack of square knitting needles, both sock needles and circulars. I have found the square ones are much kinder to my hands and wrists in the ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:39:23 EST Saturday morning walking This morning I was up before my suitemates again so went walking on campus. Really only planned on coming to the campus center to use the computer but, silly me, the buildings are not open until much later (7am). I was walking at 5:30am. <BR> <BR> My conference is great. I and a friend had a class on lace weave yesterday morning. I need to quit working and do more weaving! Yesterday afternoon and evening, at moonlight madness, I helped make the vendors happy. Found some paco-vicuna to spi... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:52:22 EST 2nd day in a row! I am on vacation right now. Almost every morning as I am walking to the bus I see people out for their morning walk and wished I could do that (walking at 6:15am). Yesterday and today I did that! It helped that I did not need to be anywhere early so I got up my normal time and hit the streets. The temperature was lovely (about 58) and no bugs! <BR> <BR> To do this on a normal day with leaving the house at 6:15-6:20 to catch the bus I would need to get up no later than 4:30am. If I could ge... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:36:08 EST Not a good plan! I had planned to blog on the day after my festival (10 June) but was at my parents helping them with things and did not get it done. Then 3 days of work intervened. Why is it when everyone knows you are going on vacation all the deadline tasks (that were not even on the radar) MUST BE DONE BEFORE YOU LEAVE. Well, some of them were not and one got passed to another person to do. I still was able to leave on time last Thursday. <BR> <BR> I have had three days of vacation that have been fill... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:40:15 EST May be away for a few days Starting tomorrow I am setting up for an information booth at the Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival <link> </link> for Saturday and Sunday. There are a lot of classes that I will not be able to attend--I am working the booth. But...with World Wide Knit in Public Week (no longer just a day) starting on Saturday I have three different projects to knit on during the day and a more complicated one to work on evenings at the hotel. I will also have two spindles to sp... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:39:35 EST Woke up early.... Sounds like the beginning of a bad pop song from the 60s. But I did wake up early and once I was ready for work did not want to start doing anything at home so I put my pack on and started walking. I got to work at the same time as normal. In an hour, going up and down (feels like mostly up) I walked 3 miles. One of the main reasons I did it was it was still quite cool this morning. Only 54 degrees when I left. I had hoped the gnats would be non-existent, but no such luck. I did not ge... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 09:04:28 EST Tiny Little Library Open For Business We have ours done and ready for people to take books. I talked about this earlier but now I can show you! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We still have to paint the post but it is there, books are there; it is open for business! <BR> <BR> Yes it was work but it will be fun to see if the neighborhood uses it. Our neighbors across the street have been waiting to see it up. Their daughter has been most anxiously awaiting it. <BR> <BR> Alon... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:07:40 EST Weavers' meeting Just got back from the weavers' meeting of the craft guild. It was a smaller group tonight; the final meeting for the year (our year goes August-May). Normally I go; sit and knit; participate in discussions, and that is how it goes. Rarely do I take show and tell. My things are usually woven and packed off to the person who ordered it, by the time meetings roll around it is a week past the time I shipped the package. Right now I am hesitant to put anything on the loom when I cannot be here... Tue, 28 May 2013 23:21:51 EST Stop lying A few days ago my status said that I was making decisions for change. One of the decisions is to stop lying on my spark page. According to my weight counselor I am maintaining. According to my scale I am not. Before this weekend I had gained weight back from my 60 pound loss. A lot. It is not entirely due to my lazy attitude and poor choices, but a large part is. <BR> <BR> Last November I got a flu shot that I have had complications with ever since. The upshot was about 7 weeks ago my doc... Sun, 26 May 2013 23:45:36 EST Huge storm! For the last three days the weather people have been predicting storms and more storms. The big one happened last night! The sirens were going off for a long time. We lost power for long enough that the clock on the stove turned off. Neither DH or I know how long it was off because we just went to bed. I did see some smaller branches down in the yard (happens with every wind) but did not have a chance to check everything. That is on my agenda for tonight: pick up all the sticks/branches. <... Mon, 20 May 2013 08:49:16 EST Balance With grading and all the aftermath of finals, work has been crazy! Faculty forget from semester to semester how to grade to the curve and all the steps that we, as staff, have to go through after they finish the grading to post the grades on the university system as well as record them for the registrar. But, thankfully, I have only one professor with one class yet to finish his grading. He will be finishing grades in China as he leaves on Sunday and I know he will not have the exams graded... Fri, 17 May 2013 07:35:16 EST Pleasant surprise today Had a check-in with the doctor regarding my nerve pain--it is subsiding with the drugs but I hate taking drugs. We are staying with it for one more month and then I can see what happens without the drugs. That is all to the good, I think. <BR> <BR> The best part was I walked to the office, a little over a mile in 20 minutes. I know, a "true walker" does a mile in 15 minutes. This was up and down, watching for traffic and waiting to cross streets. I think 20 minutes was very good. But th... Wed, 15 May 2013 23:59:44 EST Yesterday was so good, today had to be also! And it pretty much was. Nice day, little cold walking across the river at 6:40am. That makes for good time, brisk pace. Mornings are such a great time. The air is clean, people are not yet frazzled by the commute/work. I just really like being at the office when it is quiet. Even though I am at my desk before 7am I do not clock in until 8am. I work on stuff that I run out of time to do at home and help the occasional student or faculty person. There is a great deal of emphasis being put on ... Mon, 13 May 2013 22:02:02 EST Can we say Terrific Day!?! Today was just a totally fabo day! Great weather, cold this morning but warming up; never enough that I went to a t-shirt but nice enough for long sleeves and a vest. Lots and lots of sun and blue sky! Had a great time this morning with the knitting/pilot group. After I got home I had quiet time of coffee and reading the paper. This usually never happens. Paper reading ends up being sandwiched between everything else that goes on. <BR> <BR> Then, since DH was still asleep, I started knittin... Sun, 12 May 2013 23:10:12 EST French night and champagne Our Dinner/Booze group met tonight for bouillabaisse and champagne based drinks. It was a fun night. The couple that had dessert this time made a souffle with Grand Marnier. Very tasty. It is just a fun group. Talk is always very wide ranging. <BR> <BR> But I am very glad that I started doing the stairs the weird way on Thursday. Friday was another day of a lot of stairs so I was feeling it a bit today. Plus on Friday the person who was going to give me a ride, I thought, left the build... Sat, 11 May 2013 22:43:07 EST