The weather is cooler now, but I still have the blahs. You know, I should do the laundry, but I don't feel like it. I could knit, but I don't feel like it. I could go for a walk or to the library, but I don't feel like it. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I did something totally out of character for me: I decided I needed a project of instant gratification. (In this case Sophie. Yeah, I'm one of the few who hasn't done it.) I had two skeins of Cascade 220 in violet just for this purpose, so I grabbed them and the first circular needle that came to hand and started knitting today. This is very unusual for me as I don't usually act on a whim. Have I told you that the first thing I knitted after a long hiatus was an Aran afghan? It measures approximately 115 x 170 cm (45 x 67 inches), took me about two years to finish and I loved every moment. But now I feel the sudden urge to finish something quickly. Weird.
Starting Sophie excited me so much that I decided to do the opposite I would normally do on an average day. I bought an ice-cream even though it was almost raining. I sat down in a cafe, had a latte and knitted Sophie when I would normally rush home as quickly as possible. And I almost went to see an apartment for sale (two rooms and a large sun terrace on the top floor), but at the last minute I got to my senses. (Yes, a sun terrace on the roof. And for nine months in a year a really, really windy rain-sleet-snow terrace.)
I'm rambling here, but do you know the idea behind The Dice Man? I haven't read the book yet, but I saw a documentary about the author, who at least to some extent let the dice rule his life. For instance, he would list six tasks and then let the dice decide which was the one he would do. I know it sounds stooopid, but for some reason I find this fascinating. I'm toying with the idea of doing a Dice Man Day, just to get out of my daily routines for one day. And to make it really interesting and totally random, I could ask you to come up with the tasks. Now there's a crazy idea :) Maybe that would get some comments out of you lot. Which reminds me...
Okay, okay, I myself haven't been commenting much lately, but I'm getting there. Only 197 unread posts in Bloglines at the moment.
Here's something that had nothing to do with instant gratification:
Remember I told you we bought a new bed? Well, we had to assembly it and it was surprisingly difficult. Those two men were on the instructions sheet and they're quite broad-shouldered, aren't they? I think it took us two or three hours to do it, so obviously we're not broad-shouldered enough, but we made it in the end.
Our first futon bed. I know, it shouldn't be against the wall as changing the sheets is difficult. But look how simple the bed is. So WHY did it take us a couple of hours? Argh. But the bed is called Mojo, so I guess it's a good sign :)