Aug. 17, 2020

Another Day of Rest

I decided to take yet another day of rest because my body was just so sore from working in the yard and garage. Also, I ate way too much last night because my husband bought some chips, and I just can't resist potato chips. I was bloated and uncomfortable when I went to bed and still felt full and blah when I woke up a little before 7am. I made some coffee but didn't even feel like emptying the dishwasher.

I spent most of the day working on my Harry Potter cross stitch, although that got interrupted a bit around 8am when my oldest son came to pick up the rest of this stuff. I stopped to talk to him for a bit then helped him load his stuff into his sister's car (they work together, and she drove him home then was dropping him off at his house before running errands and coming home to sleep). I also got him to put the closet doors back up in the loft in the garage--we were using them to block off the kitchen after the baby learned to walk at 10 months! but not how to stay out off stuff. Now that he behaves better, we don't need them getting in the way.

After my son left (officially moved out on his own, although, he's just living at a friend's house with his parents at the moment), I got more coffee and went back to my cross stitching. I had just about finished everything I could with the colors I have available, but I also managed to get my daughter to secretly help me with the next part of the pattern. See, the project is this "stitch your own adventure" thing. My daughter got into Harry Potter earlier this year so I wanted to make this for her. The first part is just the background then you add your wand by rolling a die three times (for color, style of the front and style of the back). I got her to roll the dice to figure out the wand (thankfully in a color I had). That gave me something more to do. She also figured out her Hogwarts house.

I was kind of surprised she didn't already know, but she took a quiz online (not the Pottermore one) and decided Hufflepuff fit her best (I figured Hufflepuff--like me--or Gryffindor) so I can move on to the second part which is adding a banner for the house she belongs to. Then I'm stuck again until I get the colors I need to finish the frame design. I have no idea what part three looks like because I hate spoilers and haven't looked that far ahead.

Anyway, I worked on that until I had to cook dinner at 4pm then after dinner, I started a new project (because why not have three projects going at once?). This is a mystery knit-a-long. I had all the yarn I bought over the last few weeks but no idea what to make with it. I have no idea what this thing is supposed to be. The description said you could wear it or use it as a blanket. It called for DK weight yarn which I don't have and can't afford in the amounts I would need so I just used the worsted weight I had and size 7 needles giving me 5.5" squares (at least with the brand I tried--there are three different brands of yarn mixed together). As always, I'll be improvising everything.

I only made the first square and haven't decided if I'll piece together whatever monstrosity the design is for or just stitch them together into a blanket.

On a health note...

I've been on these new meds for nearly two weeks. The majority of the chronic fatigue seems to have cleared up. I still don't have a lot of motivation and feel run down, but it's nothing like it was. Except late at night when I can barely function or keep my eyes open. The other night, I forgot to take the mood stabilizer with dinner, instead taking it around 10pm when I finally remembered. It was the first time in a week I didn't feel overwhelmed with fatigue in the evening. In fact, I had been up since 6:30am and was still wide awake and feeling pretty good at midnight. Then right after that, I started to crash.

The only difference between that night and the others was the meds. Then last night, I took my meds right after dinner (around 6pm) and by 9pm, I could barely function which sucked because I still had to do my journal entry and that's right when the 10yo gets booted off the computer and comes upstairs to bug me out of boredom. I barely made it to 11pm last night before crawling into bed and passing out. I don't like it. I hate feeling like that. It reminds me of how I felt nearly every hour of the day for months.

As an experiment, I didn't take the pill with dinner tonight. Here it is 11pm and I feel fine. Just the normal kind of tired you get after being awake since 6:40am. I took the pill about an hour ago so I'm guessing I'll start feeling tired around midnight. I believe I was told to take the pill with dinner because it could make you sleepy but we eat dinner at 5pm. I do not want or need to be sleepy by 7pm. I guess most people eat dinner much later in the day but my husband goes to bed around 8pm so we eat early.

So I'm switching to taking that pill between 9 and 10pm (haven't decided which works best--waiting to see when it kicks in tonight).

I'm definitely feeling better even if I haven't done much the last two days. Tomorrow, I'm going to attempt to pull some more weeds in the morning before it gets hot again. Doing things methodically in a certain order helps me focus. Pulling weeds is such a daunting task when your entire yard is weeds. With the side of the house, I started at the back and moved forward and finished the front on the right side of the driveway (the part most visible from the street). Tomorrow, I want to tackle the left side of the driveway then work my way along the house on the top part of the retaining wall.

I just plop down and do little sections at a time--getting every last weed and stray bit of grass--then spraying them and moving on. There's no way I can get it all done tomorrow, but I'll focus on the part by the driveway which is also visible from the street. Eventually, I hope to get to the backyard which is overgrown with weeds so no one even goes out there anymore.

Written by justanotherjen

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