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Taking the Melatonin at 8 seems to have worked much better.  I fell asleep fairly quickly and stayed asleep until 3:45 when I needed to use the bathroom.  I kind of went back to sleep after that and then got up when Josh left.  I got all of the morning chores done and got to spend about 20 minutes with the sock.  Ah yes, progress…

I do feel better this morning.  Still not 100%, but better.  I’m trying to keep my calendar clear today so that I can take it easy here and not over tax myself.  This means the end of the week is going to be busy, but I’m betting I feel better by then.  Here’s hoping anyway.

The sock should only need a few more hours to finish, which makes me very happy.  I’d like to get Josh’s Christmas socks started by this weekend.  I’ve added a few more gifts to make, but I still feel like I have adequate time to do everything.  I decided for sure on what to do for my nieces and the brat for Christmas and for the nieces for their birthdays.  That’s the thing that sucks – their birthdays are both at the start of December, so I have to make 2 gifts for each of them.  Oh well, the stuff I’m making this year is fairly small and shouldn’t take too much time.

I started a new pattern last night that I’m hoping comes out well.  If it does, I’ll post it and share.  My mom has decided she’d like a pair of mitts for herself and I decided I could do better than the weird cables on the pattern I did for myself.  So I took that as my starting point and rewrote the cable part.  I’m about 2/3 of the way done.  I’m hoping to get the left one finished tonight.  If I do I’ll post a pic.

I’m getting really anxious to order my yarn.   I need materials for 2 Hobbes dolls, a pair of gloves, 5 bunnies, and 3 butterfly mobiles.  I’ll also need to make 2 more pairs of slippers, Gemma’s surprise giftie, Josh’s socks, and something for Jeremy.  I’ve pretty well decided that I’ll just buy something for Grandma – probably some sweatshirts.  And I’m not going to make the soaps to go with the washcloths, I’m going to order them.  I had gotten this really good soap at a craft fair and I found this weekend that they have a website you can order from.  Time saver!

The mood has pretty well settled back down.  Josh and I had a fairly quiet day yesterday and I know that helped.  I’m just hoping that today goes well and the rest of the week can be normal again.  I feel like I have a good amount of energy and motivation right now, I just need to channel it appropriately.

I’m still kind of in the mode of trying to figure out ways to save myself some time and money.  Making my own mocha helps, as does making Josh’s lunch every day.  I’m trying to use yarn that I have on hand for as many of the gifts as possible.  And I’m really trying to be as efficient as possible.  I’m all about working smarter, not harder – particularly when it comes to the chores.  That’s why I try to do as much stuff at night before I go downstairs as possible.  I know once I start relaxing that I’m not going to want to have get up and do more things.  I also know that I’m not a morning person, so anything that can be done the night before is a good thing.  I even get my clothes and jewelry out the night before so that I don’t have to think about what I’m going to wear and hunt for things in the morning.  Sounds silly, but it helps.