The Overwhelmed Nerd

I know, I know – I didn’t post last week.  And here it is, Wednesday, and I’m just now getting around to this week’s post.

Long story short, I’m pretty overwhelmed at the moment.  Changes at work, combined with nearing the end of my final semester of grad school, with extra anxiety thrown on top, has made things a bit of a mess for me lately.  And trying to keep it all together lately is a bit of a struggle.

This pretty accurately describes how I feel right now. Overwhelmed Peridot, attempting to hide in a toilet… although I wouldn’t necessarily choose that as a hiding space…

I’ve been trying to find ways to calm my brain down, and reduce my stress – mostly they involve crafting.  I picked up quilting recently, and the intense focus quilting requires has done a good job at not giving my brain any room to process anxiety.

I made this quilt over the course of a few weeks.

That’s been helpful on the anxiety front, but not quite so much for the schoolwork front.  I’ve been trying to balance it all, and I’ll admit, I’m not doing a very good job of that.  And on top of it all, with so many work changes going on, things just are a discombobulated mess for me right now.

So, I apologize for not having anything of substance to share the past couple of weeks.  I’ll at least try to share some nerdy stuff next week, and post any quilting stuff I’m doing to help keep my brain sane, but bear with me if it doesn’t end up being as awesome as usual.

Thanks for sticking with me, readers – I do all this for you.  And a little bit for me, because I don’t want to overwhelm poor Ross with my crafty ramblings. 🙂

Nerd world problems

Well.  Here it is, Sunday evening, and I have no idea what to write about.  I don’t have a planned article that’s ready enough for the world to see, I don’t have a batch of craft projects to share with everyone – so instead, I’m going to ramble about my nerd world problems.

Grad school starts up again tomorrow.  I don’t have any classes until Tuesday, but still – the school year starts anew, and I have a fresh batch of classes to work through.  I’m fine with that, I’m actually rather excited about classes, but what the heck am I going to make while I’m in class?  I honestly think the reason I got a 4.0 in all my classes this summer is because I had a craft project in my hands, keeping me from surfing the internet and helping me absorb all the knowledge for that day’s session.  But aside from this massively massive capelet I’m making (it’s from a Game of Thrones themed pattern, and it’s going to be My Little Pony themed – the colors are black and navy blue, Princess Luna’s colors!), I don’t have anything I’m working on that’s small enough to toss into my backpack.  I might work on a cowl, might work on a scarf… I dunno yet, though.

Nerd world problems, I know.

I did put about 30 miles on Scooterlou this weekend!  And it spurred me into making a website for our scooter riding group.  I spent maybe four hours cranking out the website last night – you can see it here if you’re interested.  My eyes were going crossed by the end of everything, though, and I fought with phpBB for a good hour on top of that.  I dunno if anyone’s even going to use it, heh, but it’s there.  And it looks pretty awesome, I think.

Aside from that, there’s not much going on in my little corner of the world – just gearing up for the beginning of a new semester.  I promise there’ll be more exciting things to talk about on Wednesday!