Friday, January 15, 2010

Well, I'm glad that's over...

... this week was a tough one. Lots of work stress, lots going on around the studio and it was all punctuated by brake failure, an expensive tow and a costly repair. Yup, I'm glad to see the back end of this week. I still have to work tomorrow - but hey it's almost Sunday.

I am lucky however. My car was out of commission for three days, but I had a mom who was able to front the money for the repair and a boyfriend and father who were able to chauffeur me back and forth to work (and Dad handled all the business with the mechanic too!)

I did however, have to take the bus on Thursday to get from Job #1 to Job#2. I didn't think it would be a big deal. I lived in the city for 10 years before we moved away - I didn't get my driver's license until I was 22, and didn't have a car until a year or so later - I went everywhere on the bus, sometimes having to transfer two or three times to get where I wanted.

But there are a few of things I must have blocked out....

1) I don't remember the bus being that smelly. I thought maybe I was unlucky and sat beside some one with serious b.o. - but the second bus I transferred to had less people and smelled just as bad. Bus people out there - how bad does your bus smell?

2) I don't remember the seats being so darn uncomfortable. Maybe it's just because of the back problems I have now, but it's actually much more comfortable to stand.

3) I don't remember it taking so long to get anywhere. But that's probably just because I'm used to taking a more direct, less stop-filled route in my car. It normally takes me 15-20 minutes to travel between jobs, but the bus took a little more than an hour.

As the week was a little chaotic, there wasn't much knitting going on - but there was some:
I got a little more work done on Dave's sock - mostly over lunch at Job #1
I got the shawl back to where it was - a little further actually. I started the second lace pattern, but have once again screwed up. It's going up to Mom's on Sunday to be pulled back a few rows - unless I get frisky tomorrow night and tink back myself.

In other knitting news, Mom scored me another skein of Skinny Bugga in Rainbow scarab.
It will be for Multnomah, which I will cast on for it as soon as I finish the Fluffy Cat Shawl - which, with any luck and fewer vehicular catastrophes, will be next week.

I relieved a little stress by dying up some more yarn today - no pics but they will come soon. These ones will be hard to put up in the shop....

6 comments:

Samantha said...

In my experience the bus has always been that smelly. Sad but true.

Sorry your week has been garbagey. I hope next week is better. :)

Abby said...

A liaison with the mechanic - priceless! And glad you were not hurt. I've never used our local bus service because (as you discovered) it takes so much longer to get anywhere, plus if you miss the bus, it is an hour before the next one shows up. :-P

lexa said...

Glad your stressful week is over! I know too well what those are like. Isn't it great to have parents that can help? Don't know what would happen to me without mine...

trek said...

The shawl is looking quite pretty.

Dee said...

Glad the crummy week is over.

Buses can be a mixed bag. The ones out our way aren't too bad smelly wise, but it takes 2 hours to make what would take 30 minutes in a car.

The buses downtown are disgusting! Trash filled, dirty --- YUCK! Oh, did I mention sort of expensive too?

I don't take the bus since there aren't any stops close to my house (2+ miles away is the closest one), but if my car breaks down I guess I would learn to make the hike.

Knitting Linguist said...

Ooh, that does sound like a stressful week. I well remember lots of bus riding, but my most vivid recollections have to do with insane bus drivers, rather than the smell. Maybe it was just where I lived...