Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
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Charting Rocks; Juggling Everything

Filed under: Daily Life,Games,Holidays,Knitting — folkcat at 2:11 pm on Thursday, September 20, 2007

I did get my desert-themed entrelac bag charted yesterday. It helps a lot to have already decided where the squares of different colors will be going.

WIP - Christmas 2007 #3, Desert Bag, Chart

The bag is knitted from the top edge down to the bottom, so the chart actually shows the rim of the bag at the bottom. The rocks are arranged so that there will be at least one good outcropping on each side of the bag.

There are more tiers of squares in the final bag than are shown here, but most of those I didn’t chart will be less visible on the bottom of the bag. I’ll probably use the variegated, desert-floor color until it runs out, then alternate colors that remain from the other balls of yarn. And maybe I’ll finish up with one more little patch of sky, with a sun in the middle.


The knitting itself probably doesn’t look like I’ve done much since yesterday’s photo. And that’s the absolute truth, I haven’t. I’m finding things just a little more difficult to juggle at the moment.

My active day usually starts with Gryphon and I doing chores and errands together before he goes to his job at 3 p.m. After that, I focus on getting blog posts written, spending time evaluating products to review for Shopping Jen, and doing any shopping I need to take care of by myself.

I take a break for something to eat now and then. I don’t eat three big meals – rather, I might have a salad at one sitting, then sometime later I’ll have an entree-like item, and so on.

After I’ve finished the blog work for the day, I try to squeeze in a little Second Life Time. Or Knitting Time. Of course, often enough, I’m finding that the instant I sit down for either of those activities, the Rattie Sisters are awake and clamoring for Mommy Time. Which, of course, they have to have separately, since Lola doesn’t play nice with Sable.

So Second Life and Knitting wind up waiting until I’ve fulfilled the Rattie Sisters’ needs. By which time, I’m probably ready for another installment on the day’s meals, further delaying me from getting to the crafting and virtual reality.

Television Time is a haphazard thing at the moment, and the Tivo is starting to feel clogged, even though the season has barely begun. I can watch television while I eat, or craft, or play with the rats. I can’t watch television while I do anything else. And since I’m trying very hard to spend time doing those other things – blog-writing, reviews, Second Life – Television Time is suffering.

It’ll all work itself out, I’m sure. Second Life is a new component in the equation, as are the review blog and the separation of the Rattie Sisters. I’m aware that the current imbalance is mostly because I’m in a transitional phase, as my daily schedule shifts to accommodate these new elements. One thing I may wind up doing is having concentrated, longer Second Life sessions on the weekend, so that I won’t feel so much need to go in on weekdays. (Not that such a plan ever slowed me down when I played EverQuest or Star Wars Galaxies…)

Meanwhile, I’ll just keep tossing all these balls in the air, one at a time, and try not to drop any. But if I do, and any of them roll over by your feet, could you do me a favor and just gently throw them back?



Comment by FemaleWriter

September 21, 2007 @ 8:38 am

I wanted to make a comment about an earlier entry…with Lola hanging out under Gryphon’s shirt. My BushBaby is also a shirt diver. Although he feels more like a third boob at times, even though he prefers hanging out under my arm. I think its common for rats, especially dumbos, to hang out under shirts. At least in my experience, only my dumbos have wanted to be under shirts (and I’ve only had 2, and 5 standard eared).

Also, your desert theme bag is coming along nicely. 🙂

Take Care!


Comment by Elspeth

September 26, 2007 @ 10:07 am

I have that problem too. Our TiVo has always seemed like “work” that we have to finish. I hope you can get it all done!

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