I feel like I have completely isolated myself. Wait, that is because I have. After having to cancel my trip to California, I was feeling pretty down and out, and believe me, you wouldn't have wanted to spend time with me. But I made it to Colorado. The turbulence on the plane was so bad that even the flight attendants weren't allowed to get up. Then the girl next to me lost her cookies during landing. My back was hurting terribly the whole trip and my view often looked like this while I even rode in the car lying down:
But I still made it to the Wool Festival in Estes Park. Sarah was kind enough to chauffeur my butt up there, and and I bought some beautiful yarn from Brooks Farm, a Texas company. There was a lot of livestock at the festival from sheep, to alpaca, llamas, goats, and angora rabbits. It was interesting to see alpaca and llama with show haircuts. But I have to say, these two were my favorites. I wonder what they looked like before shearing.
Since then, I have been trying to take it easy. My back still hurts, but I started working out with Jon to strengthen and rebuild. Now my whole body hurts, so my back just blends in. I still can't touch my feet easily, so watching me try to put on tennis shoes is pretty sad. Also, forget the summer pedicure. At least I can drive again, and can now sit up the whole day.
I am trying to get lesson plans done now, since 4 weeks were wasted. They are all in my brain, but I have to type up a lot of worksheets and organize everything into a logical learning order. Orientations starts the 28th, so I don't have a lot of time. Oh, and I took on a second job, which consumes some time too. Wait, what? A second job?! Yeah. Where was this opportunity 4 months ago, I don't know. But there is an incredible new knitting store opening in Scottsdale, and the owner and I really hit it off. She wanted me to be the store manager and she wants to expand, meaning I could have my own store in a year. Sadly, but honestly, I turned her down. I decided that I owe it to myself to teach because, well, I do. So I am going to work for her part time. Right now I am trying to come up with a class schedule for her first quarter, and will probably teach a few myself. Then I will work 2 days a week, after class, or on the weekend. It will give me a chance to see how business is going, and to see if I like teaching. Then I can make some bigger decisions in a year. I have had dreams of owning a yarn store. But I really think I found my calling in teaching. So I get to be part of both. which is really exciting. All of these things have made me busy, busy, busy. I am ready to get organized enough that I can live normal again, and socialize. I can't stand being trapped in this house all day.