Things Cut Close

It’s Sunday night, and I don’t want the weekend to end. This is the first Sunday we’ve had at home together in a long time. Instead of packing the day full, we left plenty of time to hang out in our pajamas and fix a brunch of waffles and sausages. Then we went for a walk in Carondelet Park, did a little shopping, and made dinner (this chicken over rice instead of noodles).

I spoke to my mom earlier today, and she told me that all of my brother’s work buddies were laid off last week. His company laid off 500 people nationwide, including 60 people at their headquarters where my brother works. All 60 people were in the IT department (my brother’s department). My brother is super worried that he will be in the next inevitable round of lay offs.

I know of a few other people who are being directly affected by this recession. It’s really quite scary.

Most of the projects at my center are funded through the next two years, but I’m still worried. It doesn’t help when the Chancellor sends out an email announcing that the university’s endowment has shrunk by 25% and that we probably won’t receive raises this year and so forth.

But, meanwhile….

I’ve been knitting!

The February Lady Sweater is coming along well:


I also made the Star-crossed Slouchy beret for a coworker’s birthday:


I made the beret last weekend. I casted on Friday night and finished it Saturday after our trip to the Laura Ingalls Wilder house in Mansfield. While it was a fun little trip, it was freaking cold. On the way down to Mansfield, we went through a bit of snow! After visiting the museum and the houses (Rocky Ridge and Rock House), we spent the night at Porkchop’s parents’ house.

This week, we’ll see my parents and siblings. For Thanksgiving, we’re going to my brother’s apartment in Little Rock. No, my brother isn’t cooking – I think everything will come from Honeybaked Ham or a similar place. However, we will make chocolate gravy for breakfast on Friday! While making waffles this morning, Porkchop actually said something like, “chocolate gravy is what I really want.” Music to my ears! Chocolate gravy is one of the Best Things Ever!

So, that’s it! Have a great week! I hope you’re not laid off!

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