Monday, March 26, 2012

Stress Orders

Alexandra is now home from the hospital, and, hopefully, on the road to recovery. Let's just say my stress coping mechanisms have been stretched to the breaking point over the past week.

As soon as Alexandra got sick I fell off the wagon and started drinking my tea with honey in it again. Copious cups of tea, each with a heaping spoonful of honey. I can't say I started eating chocolate again, since I never stopped in the first place. What I can say is my personal chocolate consumption hit an all-time high. Chocolate bars, chocolate cookies, gluten-free chocolate cupcakes, and at one particularly low moment handfuls of chocolate chips straight out of the bag - it really didn't matter, if it was chocolate I ate it.

Oh, but it didn't end there. On the final day, worn down by a week of much worry and little sleep, I stupidly clicked on a link for some knitting project bags that had just arrived at Simply Socks. I was fine, really I was. Right up to the moment I saw the bag with the dachshund print. So what could be so wrong about ordering a project bag for my knitting? Well, maybe this...

Who could resist a knitting bag with sheep?
Or this...

How could a gardener not fall for this?

Or this...

Everyone loves sock monkeys!

Or this...



This was to make up for the fact Kamloops doesn't allow residents to keep chickens in their backyards.
Instead, I keep chickens on my zipper pulls.

No matter how you look at it I did not need another knitting project bag.


There's only one thing I needed less than a new knitting project bag. And that was the skein of Opal Van Gogh sock yarn I threw into the shopping cart just before hitting the Purchase Now button.

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  1. Oh wow! The chicken one is pretty much the cutest thing ever! It's a shame you cannot keep chickens in your area, they are wonderful little pets to have.

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    1. I keep hoping the by-law will get changed so we can have chickens. We used to have them when we lived on a rural property. I miss the fresh eggs! If you follow that link to Simply Socks they have some of the chicken bags in again. They sell quickly though!

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  2. I have a fridge magnet that says "When the going gets tough, the tough eat chocolate". Words to live by! I think I need one of those sheepy project bags...

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    1. Ha! My fridge magnet would have to be quite large to cover all my coping mechanisms from the past week! I bought the sheep bag a couple year ago, and it is no longer available. Simply Socks has some really cute bags though, just not sheep themed.

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  3. I agree with Pumpkin, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the chicken bag! They're all really cute, and while you didn't need them, you obviously "NEEDED" them to get through this bout of stress. :-D

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    1. If you want one I recommend going to the Simply Socks site right away. The last time she had the chicken bags in they sold out very quickly!

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  4. Just think of your project bags this way: if you had bought & consumed their worth in chocolate ...

    So glad your kiddo is home and on the road to health. (My daughter & I spent a few hours in an Urgent Care facility yesterday for what turned out to be, thankfully, a minor thing. Still a good thing that my sock in progress came along.)

    Cheers!

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    1. That's a scary thought about having consumed their worth in chocolate! :-) I am glad your daughter is okay, and socks are definitely the right thing to have while waiting at the hospital. i made great progress on my current pair last week.

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  5. That's great news that she's home and doing better! About the bags, well, maybe your 3 least favorite could become gifts for the other knitters in the family. Or you could give them your old ones. I may have mentioned that my dad used to give me some of his used (but not yet hole-y) socks. It was odd--I could afford socks. Now (just this moment) I'm wondering if he did it just to clear drawer space for his new purchases. Hmmm...

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    1. The problem is I don't have three "least favourite." :-)

      I think your dad had a pretty good system going for getting new socks. Maybe you should carry on the tradition with your kids??

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  6. Oh my, they ARE cute!! Never regret. Bags always get used, one way or another. And chocolate, well... you can have my share. Too much of it and I'm guaranteed a migraine that will keep me in bed for two days. Enjoy it while you can!

    Thankfully, you're daughter is home; hopefully she's doing well.

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    1. Yes, they definitely get used. In fact, all but one of those bags have a current project in them, which would be another problem for another post! :-)

      Sorry to hear chocolate gives you migraines. Alexandra is doing better, but has a ways to go to be back to where she was before all of this happened.

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  7. I used to have a wall hanging that said "Hand over the chocolate and no one gets hurt". The sentiment is still valid in this home today! You're not the only one who finds her hand in the chocolate chip bag now and then!
    Glad Alexandra is home again! :)
    Great post!

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    1. I am glad to hear I am not the only one who resorts to eating chocolate chips when all other sources have been depleted. :-)

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  8. You almost caused me to swing over to Simply Socks! Whatever it takes to reduce the stress - go for it.

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    1. Come on. Go over there and have a look. I dare you! :-)

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  9. Looks like you and I have similar mechanisms for coping with stress! My philosophy is that if you can afford it and/or your coping mechanism doesn't hurt anyone...so be it. We do what we have to do in order to get by. Glad to hear that Alexandria is doing better!

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    1. I like your philosophy! I guess $20 spent on a knitting bag is way cheaper than some other things I could have indulged in, and it didn't hurt anyone so all is well. :-)

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  10. How are you doing now? It's so hard when they are in the hospital.

    I love those bags. Maybe some day I'll buy one.

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    1. I'm better. I'm still eating chocolate but I have stopped buying project bags and yarn. :-)

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  11. You dear sweet normal person! Whatever helps, and chocolate certainly does. (I am the mother who was looking for a tin of soup, with my head in the cupboard. No, I wasn't, but if the littlies has seen me eating chocolate, they would have needed some too)

    At least the bags don't get eaten - they will be around to give you pleasure/remind you for a while.

    And it is so good that she is improved.

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  12. That is hilarious! Your kids must have thought you liked soup an awfully lot. And thanks for the reminder that I am normal. :-)

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  13. I'm so glad to hear Alex is feeling better! I hope she recovers completely soon.

    I eat chocolate when I don't feel well, like, all the time. Straight out of the bag too, if it hasn't been made into something recently. Mom says it's because of the endorphins, so when I'm feeling low I crave them. I suppose stress is the same.

    The bags are so cute! Makes me think I should start knitting just to buy one for myself!

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    1. You definitely should take up knitting Lauren. I think you would really like it, and you have your mom there to teach you how!

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  14. Oops, but if you're going to fall off any kind of wagon the honey/chocolate/knitting wagons are great ones to fall off. So pleased to hear that Alexandra is on the mend x

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