Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Prepping

It is now the time of year, which I face with mixed emotions. I try to remember all the good that will come of this time. I focus on the fact that it only lasts a few months. I surround myself with others who are sympathetic. I look at the young people and know it is good. I push aside memories of the late nights spent trying to get the numbers to balance. I try to forget the worry over boothing and cash boxes. I focus on the positive, because for our family, there is no escaping Girl Scout cookie time.

I am the leader of a Girl Scout troop. The troop is comprised of homeschooling girls eager for fun, friends, crafts, and cookies. In an effort to help with our sale this year, I am also the cookie mom. Instead of my current book, I am reading all the cookie material. I am also acquainting myself with the online record keeping and stressing a bit about the whole process.

In an effort to remain sane, I am casting on for a few projects of varying skill. I am making some socks with afterthought heels in self-striping yarn. A cozy pair of lacy legwarmers made from stash yarn is my more difficult project on the needles. The final project is the Through the Loops mystery sock. I am hoping each will keep me distracted enough but present enough to make it through the next few months of cookie sales.
So, if you see me a bit frazzled, know that I will probably ask you if you want a cookie.

24 comments:

  1. ((hug)) count us in for a few boxes. i never liked the cookie time, and i wasn't even a leader!

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  2. Oh dear! Hopefully you can get a lot of knitting done whilest helping with sales ;) And I hope your girls sell lots!

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  3. I understand what you mean. I just started a 4H craft club for homeschool girls and I too am wayyyy busy getting it together. Knitting is a great stress reliever isn't it?

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  4. I haven't had any since I was a kid but I remember some chocolate minty cookies that were the shizam!

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  5. good luck with the cookie sales! Your knitting project sound like the perfect balance:)

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  6. I find that having projects of varying difficulty going simultaneously is the perfect antidote to stress. When I need to forget everything else, the more difficult project does the job. When my brain just needs to disengage and rest for a while, easy project, here I come! Good luck with both.

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  7. happy days mama, happy days xx

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  8. It's always nice to have a few stress releasing projects going, it helps.
    Girl Scout cookies already? The girls here set up outside of that terrible all purpose store and sell their cookies, I buy many boxes of Thin mints for my husband! ;)

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  9. Good luck with cookie season!

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  10. Knitting does offer relaxation. Hope you can enjoy the cookie time instead of being stressed through the whole thing. (I know I'd be stressed!) The only G.S. cookies that I like are the thin mints. Of course, wouldn't it be nice if Girl Scouts offered a healthy or organic alternative?

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  11. I wish we had a girl scout that knocked on our door:)

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  12. i love girls scout cookies...definitely a weakness of mine! I actually wish they were allowed to sell them online, we never have anyone around here that sells them :-)

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  13. Girl scout cookie time! Love the peanut butter chocolate ones. Can't remember their name.

    Hope you have great sales! and knit to relieve your cookie stress :)

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  14. I considered the mystery sock you posted right up until the comment about "bobbles." I think I'm too "Vanilla" for bobbles.

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  15. Ooooh, lacy legwarmers. I hadn't thought of that. I think I might have to add that to my to do list.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  16. It sure seems like cookie time came quickly this year. Hoping you have a successful and *fun* time!

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  17. oh dear, i'm sure you'll do fine, and bless the knitting that will surely help. all your projects sound great!

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  18. Oh my, you are a queen! You are cookie mom and the leader?! I am in awe. I am sure you will do just fine. You are a whole lot nicer than I am. ;) Knitting saves the nerves; I look forward to seeing your projects.
    xo, Angela (Peach Coglo)

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  19. Made me laugh because I was once a girl scout leader, too! My daughter was in a homeschool GS troop as well. You can do it! Yes, I know you can!

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  20. Golly, the stress! Hope the knitting brings some relief ;)

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  21. Good Luck with the cookie sales! It looks like you've got some great knitting projects to see you through!

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  22. Wow - i love learning about all these things in the world. i have never heard of this - and to think it has it's own season too. What a good kind woman you are xxx

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  23. Oh boy. You are a brave mama! I remember selling cookies quite a few years ago when I was a girl guide.

    Have fun with your sanity/distraction knits! ;)

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  24. Thanks for the laugh! I am visiting from Ginny's. Blessings for a peaceful cookie time.

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