You can see my notes in the photo above. I have sort of a strange way of keeping track of patterns, but it makes perfect sense in my head. I have to write out the pattern as a series of lines or circles to be crossed off as I complete each row. Any shaping is abbreviated and placed where it falls in the pattern. This allows me to both visualize what I am doing and make sure I understand the instructions before I start. OK, maybe that is not so strange, but what definitely qualifies is that I knit two rows (ie a knit row and a purl row) before I cross of two of the lines. I can't knit a row and cross off a row one at a time. It just doesn't feel right!
Work is starting to slow down to a more normal pace where I am not thinking that driving my car off a bridge is a suitable alternative to showing up for work in the morning. In fact, I left at 4:45pm today (15 minutes early). My boss and a few co-workers had already left, but I still felt so incredibly guilty about it that I had to talk myself out of driving back there to answer some emails, even when it had become way past 5:00. Why do I always have to play the responsible one?!