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Over the hump

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

I *think* I’m over the hump.

This month has involved multiple 18th birthday parties and my daughter splitting up with her long-time boyfriend and moving to England to art school, all of which was fairly stressful for all parties concerned. It is hard to get things organized when the person leaving has retreated to her cave and spends days crying, but we did it.

The trip to England was a 6 hour whiz in and whiz out for me, made considerably more frantic as we had to wait 1.5 hours for the rental car and I only caught the return flight by a nanosecond – but the school seems to have started well, so that’s positive.

Work is still insane, but I’m getting better at drawing lines – and I got to go to Rome for two days last week (and ate the worst meal I’ve had win a good long while, which was a bit of a surprise. I also stayed in the most hideous hotel I’ve ever seen  – think black vinyl floor, one black wall, lime green shag pile carpet….really nasty). I also absconded for a couple of hours for a manicure and pedicure in exchange for some of the overtime I’ve worked recently. I shall do that again. It was utterly delicious!

So now I’m officially declaring a lowering of stress levels – helped by my doctor who has given me beta blockers to deal with migraines, which have also had the effect of lowering my blood pressure. The headaches are better too…

The most stress I had today was realizing almost at the end of a delectable yellow sock that the remaining ball of wool was going to be way too small to produce a second sock of the same dimensions. Aargh. Nothing for it but to pull right back and shorten the leg. I could have kept going and prayed, but you know it just wasn’t worth it. I’m nearly back to where I was a couple of days ago – but that’s ok. Go with the flow and don’t sweat the small socky stuff.

Tomorrow is a half day in the city of Zürich – for boys shooting day. I could spend the free afternoon working, but you know, I rather think I’ll come home and hang out. I may even do a little sewing.

Now that would be something, wouldn’t it?



10 Responses to “Over the hump”

  1. CarlaHR Says:

    How lovely to see a post from you and so pleased to see that you are taking some “me” time.
    Hope that your daughter enjoys her studies and that the heartbreak will soon be a distant memory.
    Enjoy your half day off tomorrow, try to get some sewing in if you can. I pieced two blocks today after not having touched my machine all summer and it felt really good.

  2. Vreni Says:

    Oh dear, it seems the timing wasn’t perfect with break up and going away. But maybe the going away part is the best medicine to get over the break up. Glad to hear you are getting over the hump. Long may it last!

  3. Elisabeth Says:

    Hurrah for getting over the hump! Sorry about the break up but it might be a blessing in disguise, you never know.
    I hope you enjoyed your time off and spoiled yourself.

  4. Annabella Says:

    Oh the Rome experience does not sound good Helen! Good to hear that DD is safely installed so now you have to try and relax…a bit 🙂

  5. jan - isisjem Says:

    Hmm that’s not how I imagine a trip to Rome! I hope all you’re doing to reduce stress really works for you x

  6. Julie Says:

    How well I remember the pain of young love and the ending of a relationship. I’m glad you’re on the downside of things, and you’ve found some time to knit even if you had to revise. That’s sort of life, isn’t it Helen? Try to make something beautiful, see it’s not going to go as planned, revise, start again, keep working on that beauty again and again. You do that so very well, dear friend. I’m knitting a winter hat for Michael and I’m such a beginner…gah. It’s filled with love and tears though…. xoxo

  7. Diane stanley Says:

    It sounds like things are progressing in a positive way, only a bit slowly. Cheers to a less stress/ headache free lifestyle.

  8. Leanne Says:

    I hope you took that half day off and take more in future too. And it’s good to not stress the sock stuff, they knit back up relatively fast anyway.

  9. Katy Says:

    Yay, glad you’re over the hump!

  10. Kathryn Says:

    Also going through the long term boyfriend break up here – daughter is the one who decided to end it, but even so something of a trauma. Glad your daughter is settling into art school and that life is now less stressful.