E and L have occasionally called each other "El" or "Lor" for a few years now. I'm not a nickname fan, but it hasn't bothered me. HOWEVER. They've started to call C "Char" and I can't. I don't like it. I never intended for her to be nicknamed and I don't like Char. (I am TRULY SORRY if your name is Char. Different strokes, right?) This is the downfall to thinking I'll just correct people when they use a shortened version of her name. I can only correct HER SISTERS so many times before they start using it for the express purpose of annoying me. For the record, THEY are the only people who call her Char and despite my mild, casual request that they stop and C's request to be nicknamed "Lottie" (only slightly better), they persist. I think this will be a battle I'll choose not to fight, but I cringe with every Char.
I followed a knitting pattern!
This is my practice for knitting an actual place mat. I cut all the numbers on the pattern in half, so my final piece is half as small vertically and horizontally as a real place mat would be. It turned out pretty well, though, and I'm pleased. Not bad for a beginner.
When I picked C up from school on Tuesday, her teacher told me that she had a very runny nose, was coughing, and cried easily. It's the first time someone has been sick since I started working day shift, so we put our theoretical sick day chain into practice. Luckily, my FIL didn't have anything planned on Wednesday, so A dropped her off that morning and she spent the day blowing her nose and playing on his iPad. We kept her home on Thursday, too, and A worked from home, but looking back I think she could have gone to school. It's hard to make that call in the 30-45 minutes between wake up and walking out the door. Anyway, this is one of the things I've been dreading and it went pretty smoothly, all things considered. She was, OF COURSE, fine to go to school today on my day off.
I've been feeling rushed and stressed for the past week and needed a pajama day, so I spent the morning in my PJs. I knitted, caught up on blogs, and did a few things around the house. It was nice and relaxing. I did a double class at the Y before picking the kids up from school. We cleaned the fish tank, they did homework and played the wii, I knitted, made brinner, etc. It was the kind of day I've been needing. I'm working myself up for my work Christmas party tomorrow night. I like the people I work with, but this awkward small talk thing at an official gathering is a nightmare for me. Plus, there are names I don't know, so I've warned A that I'll have to do that thing where I say,"Oh hi! This is my husband, A!" and hope they supply their name.