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I know it’s May, and I should be talking about garden plantings… but I can’t. Not because I don’t want to, but because I literally cannot seem to get into the garden to get it cleaned out so I can even attempt to plant because of all this rain we’ve been getting. As soon as it gets dry enough to try to get out there, it rains again! It seems like our spring is a bit delayed, so instead of traditionally planting on Mother’s Day weekend we’re going to be a week or more behind. Oh well.

In my attempt to be somewhat productive, I’ve been trying to (slowly) clean and re-organize and take inventory in the kitchen. Last night the Mr and I had a lovely date night away to Columbus, and while in the area I popped into Sur La Table, which I can never resist when I’m nearby. It’s fun to look at all the kitchen pretties and dream of a different kitchen decor, or all the things I’d make if I had the time and calories didn’t count, etc. I picked up a container of this Boos Block Board Cream to refresh my (very worn) cutting board and spoons. I’m afraid to say that I bought that cutting board years ago (like, when I was 18 and moved out on my own and had all these hopes and dreams about how fancy my life would be that I’d need a wood board for cheese and wine parties and such) and this is the first time I’ve done anything to it. The poor thing was so parched and dried out looking. But the difference that board cream makes is phenomenal! The wood glows beautifully now, though you can see all the abuse I put it through over the years. If I remember right, Alicia over at Posie Gets Cozy posted a recipe she used for some spoon oil, and I think I even bookmarked it with the idea that I’d order the ingredients to make my own… but who am I kidding? I’m a full time working mother who can barely manage to cook anything anymore – ain’t nobody got time for that.

Anyway. The new job is sucking the life out of me. It took me 4 days before I cried when I started, and Friday I thought I’d cry again. Bleh. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love being busy and having work to do. I love being closer to home. I love that I don’t spend my day surfing the internet and then wishing I could live somewhere where I don’t have internet access because I’m so fed up with my life being spent that way. Butttt it’s a lot of new stuff to learn and every time I feel like I’m getting the hang of something, I discover something new that throws a wrench into everything. It can be very defeating.

On the knitting front… I haven’t really completed anything in a while. I have projects I “nibble” on here and there, but my completion rate has stalled. I have a uniform at this new job, which means no wearing my hand knits to show off and I think that’s changed my willingness to spend hours knitting on a sweater. I mean, sure, I love wearing things I made – that’s a given – but I’m struggling with the concept of “enough.” When 5 days a week I’m wearing a work uniform, that leaves 2ish to wear my own clothes (ish because I can obviously change when I get home, but if I do that I’m either wearing gym clothes or PJs). If I only have a handful of days a week that I can wear those items, what’s the point in buying/making more when my closet is already full? I’m sure I’m probably being a little silly, and this uniform thing is probably more of a blessing than I realize since I’ve struggled with my minimalist ideals and the realities of trying to part ways with my wardrobe… but for now I want to kind of whine about it, haha.

Anyway, that’s about all I can think of so far. Life hasn’t been overly exciting, otherwise. Slogging through books. Attempting to keep the house clean. Trying to find a new normal with the routine change and the ever-evolving life with a toddler… so basically the same thing, just a different day. :)

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