This is the first day I've not been to the hospital. My Dad had his surgery last Sunday after falling on the previous Friday morning. My sister and I have been everyday. We've realized we can't keep that up so we are now going separately on alternate days. Unfortunately he is in a hospital in the far east end of the city and I live in the west end so the commute has been a major time suck.
Tomorrow my good friend Wanda will be driving me there and if things go well we will go out afterwards for dinner and a movie. Last Sunday I had brunch out with a group of friends and when I got to the hospital later I realized it really is true that you need to distance yourself for a least short periods of time, after having decompressed with them I really felt recharged and as though I had more resources to deal with the situation.
Last year after our first hospital experience with him I kept an outfit on a hanger at one end of my closet so that I could always get dressed at a moments notice if we got another emergency call. I never thought to make sure I would have knitting as well. This time I was just about to start a new knitting project so I grabbed that and took it with me. I did the swatches while sitting with him waiting for the surgery. Unfortunately I could not deal with working out the numbers for the sample. Instead I decided it's time for a simple project so I'm now working on what my husband has dubbed the Lady in Waiting Scarf. It's one step up from a plain garter stitch pattern and I had to put markers in to keep track of a K1, P1 row!!!!!!
Ouch, It's amazing how being stressed knocks out basic intellectual capabilities. I even messed up on the K1, P1 rows. I can tell my eye was looking for something cheerful. I pulled a solid orange and variegated pink, orange and yellow yarn out of my stash to work on. It will be a long scarf that can be wrapped around your neck more than once.
I sent 3 interview requests out today so I hope to get back to posting on the blog this week and will post an interview if anyone gets back to me by Wednesday.