LAP STAND: Thank you for all the links and suggestions. The best advice, though, was to slow my roll, since I don't know the actual logistics of dialysis yet, and whether or not I will be able to even stitch at all. In the meantime, I have several things I can do to help Buzzy not get so sore...namely move him around a bit every now and then instead of keeping him bent up for hours at a stretch.
SEWING MACHINE: Problem solved. I grabbed my sisters's machine from the house and hauled it over here to CS2 and used it like a boss. But when the time comes for my sister to ask for it back, I have several great options at the ready.
GUILT, SHAME, AND BITCHING ABOUT HOW MUCH STUFF WE'VE GOT: Kids, can we put a moratorium on apologizing for our stuff? I have been watching Flosstube like a crazy person and am continually amazed at the lovliness of each and every single stitcher I've ever met. Take it from somebody who knows this first hand: Stitchers are the nicest, most generous, least selfish, smartest, funniest, warmest, kindest people on the planet. But we seem to be the guiltiest too, since every introduction of one's latest haul or parade of WIPs or showing of stash is precluded with a "I really shouldn't have" or "I'll never get this finished in three lifetimes" or...insert sense of guilt and shame here. You know what? Every single one of those purchases or acquisitions should be viewed in a positive light. If we stop buying, shops close, designers retire, and the world tilts off its axis. There is no such thing as having too much stash...you are simply enriching your passion and your time with something you love and that will keep you out of trouble, the depths of idleness, and pessimism. I personally think that having several hundred things going is a sign of good luck...you need to stick around long enough to make a dent in it all while simultaneously increasing your luck by building the pile higher and higher. Unless you and your children are starving in the street because you spent the rent money on Dinky Dyes...go for it, buy all the things, and come show them to me every chance you get.
(That entire diatribe could have been put thusly...life's too short.)
SUNSCREEN: My old lady bathingsuit arrived from the big old lady store, so I decided that I might try a dip in the pool this weekend. But I also figured that I might want to get some sunscreen (which is something I have never once purchased in my life), since I haven't been in the sun in about 15 years and really don't need to do anything silly like get a massive sunburn on top of everything else. When did sunscreen get so darn complicated?! I stood in that aisle for a good half hour trying to figure out what to get, and ended up with a 45 lotion and a 70 spray. Good grief, Charlie Brown! It will probably take me longer to wedge myself into the old lady bathingsuit and get the bloody sunscreen on than it will to determine that it's too hot outside and come back in, so wish me luck!
DR. MELFI SPEAKS: I saw Dr. Melfi yesterday and confessed that I told all of you that I see her. And she said something pretty brilliant in my opinion. She said that the stigma of seeking help with one's mental heath is baffling to her, because she sees people who are working hard to be the best version of themselves...not people who are crazy or weak or lazy or stupid or whiny. After all...we maintain our cars, our furnaces, our teeth, and our pedicures. Why wouldn't we maintain our ability to navigate the world?
(You just have to love that about her, don't you?)
WEEKEND PLANS: I am going to try to finish Bobbin Garden and then play with whatever else strikes my fancy. I might sit on the floor in the cube room and re-organize a few bins, or I might just pull out a WIP or two and see if I can gett jiggy with something fun. I also want to get my groove back on with an "on deck" basket for Fall, but that might end up with an obsessive planning session or (Heaven forbid) the implementation of a rotation! Yikes! But first, I need to go water plants at CS1 and then think about a nap. I didn't sleep at all last night for some reason, so my heiney is dragging.
That's the report from the steamy confines of CS2 today. I hope you have started your weekend with a cold beverage and a hot project in hand! Don't forget to show me all your stuff and to enjoy every bit of it!