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Not long after my last post I received word that, indeed, I am again gainfully employed but they don't want me to start until after Thanksgiving. Great, I thought, I will dash down to Arizona to visit the family. We had originally planned a true family get together where all the siblings would be together for the first time in years. And likely it will be years before we can do it again.

This sounds lovely, doesn't it? The catch is that it means my first day of work at the new job is the morning after a 12 hour drive in from Northern California and the day after that I fly back to Northern California for a few days at the head office. Travel days that are also work days suck! Then I topped the week off with a day back at the office.

Oh, and add to all of that the fact that I am sick. I woke up the morning I was hitting the road back to Oregon feeling like I was getting sick and I knew I was doomed. So my first week of work, the week I'm making first impressions, I couldn't have been more repulsive. Well, I guess I can always be more repulsive. I was just snotsy and congested. Oh, and I think the times everyone else was freezing and I stood there with sweat POURING down my face and chest probably looked good.

I feel really guilty for being out in so many public places and spreading my plague. That is a pet peeve of mine and I've riotously bitched about other people doing it but I just didn't see any way around showing up to work my first week.

I have spent the weekend in bed. Well, practically. But it did me a world of good. I'm feeling close to human and the cough isn't as scary as it was.

The Christmas knitting begins in earnest. I'm not doing a lot. Just a couple of pairs of socks I think. But I do have to sew up the ballet wrap sweater I knit for my Aunt. I haven't yet because I am flummoxed by one small detail. the sides have a nice edge detail. A roll that kind of looks like an i-cord is sewn on or something but the back does not have this.

I keep reading and re-reading the pattern looking for where it tells me to put in that detail but I never see it. Am I blind? Has anyone else knit this or looked at the pattern and can steer me right?


I'm so glad you're feeling better!!