and last night was no different. except it was worse. because there was a giant storm and we lost power. and didn't get to eat dinner. well, dinner was half cooked, but we didn't get to finish cooking it, so instead of homemade pasta sauce and garlic bread and salad, we had pb&j. that's right, my last meal before back to school was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and an apple. not a very strong start.
and then i spent half the night worrying that i would have to get ready in the dark this morning. but at least our water heater is gas, so i would have had a hot shower. luckily the power kicked back on at 4:30, but it was a rough night.
all the same, i survived the first day, as i always do, and now i just get to be nervous about my first day of class tomorrow... but more on that later.
meanwhile, i had a great last few weeks before school started, and crossed a few big things off my to-do list!
first, and most proudly, i finished ALL 5 BRIDESMAID SHAWLS! that makes 6 shawls since thanksgiving that i've finished, and i feel super accomplished. i love the yarn that i found with the help of the awesome folks at silk road textiles. i'm not even sick of looking at it after 6 shawls!
here they are in order of completion:
i started with my own, because selfishness. it is called the beginner's wedding shawl, but don't let the simplicity of the name lead you to believe that it is not intricate and delicate to work. and beautiful to behold. i love it.
the first to speak to me was for casey. it's called cameo flower, which seemed appropriate because she has moved far away since high school and now only gets to make cameos in my life. but she is an indelible part of the fabric of who i am, so this shawl symbolizes that.
next came amanda, j's sister. this one is called rilsdale, and i chose it because the design made me think of her. both edgy and classic at the same time, which to me is a lot like amanda.
the hardest one to pick, by far, was for my bestie, helen. (also you'll note that i'm not so great at blocking right away after finishing... none of the rest have been blocked from here out). this shawl is called the darwin shawl, and once i had locked onto it, it was perfect. it symbolizes a simple beginning that grows and evolves into something intricate and lovely, but the evolution is natural and easy. this is how our friendship has been. i can't tell you the moment she became my best friend; it happened so naturally, but she is such an intricate part of my life now that there is no reason to even question how we got here. also, darwin = science, and we share a healthy respect for that particular discipline.
for my cousin katie, the natural choice was traveling woman. she is an amazing, adventurous spirit, and she will conquer the world someday. her hope is to simply travel and experience the world, and i want that for her so very much.
last, but not least, is j's friend katie, who has become one of my favorite people since she arrived in my life. this shawl is the making tracks shawl for dog lovers, which may seem like an odd choice, but hear me out. firstly, we bonded over our shared love of dogs (because dogs), and she told me her heart just goes out to dogs and kids (a shawl of kids seemed a little creepy, so i zeroed in on the dogs). then, there's her personality. she loves with her whole heart, and is fiercely loyal and protective of the people she chooses to let into it. so, in a way, there is no other homage i could give her than this shawl with puppy prints all over it.
so that's one big accomplishment for the summer.
i've also finished a couple socks, and i'm working on a baby sweater. and we got our save the dates ordered so we can send them out in a couple weeks, and we took down three of the thirteen (13!) bushes in the front yard. so, to say that the last weeks leading up to school were productive is an understatement.
now, i'm ready to take on the fall (sort of) and be back at work full time (maybe) secure in the knowlege that i have fewer projects hanging over my head (gifts for suit-wearing members of the bridal party, mothers, grandmothers, readers; making all the flowers; coordinating with the venue about decorations, dinner options, wine selection; finding invitations; figuring out seating charts; booking hotel rooms... the list goes on) and i can settle in for the school year (screaming in my head!)
happy first day of school, ya'll!