The color is a little off here (it's really more of a royal purple than blue), but that's what you get when you take a photo at night and then play with Flickr's filters. I have completed the waist decreases and am now at the point where I work even for several inches before starting the increases. It's pretty mindless knitting, which is a good thing, because my brain has really been fried at the end of the day. As long as I remember to cross my cables every 10 rows, I'm good.
I've also made a little progress on my cowl -- once I finished those long ruche rounds, it moved along at a much quicker pace. I'm in the middle of my second welt now, so about a third of the way done with the whole thing.
I expect it to move slowly now that it's be relegated to lunchtime knitting, but I'm okay with that. In spite of the groundhog's prediction over the weekend, we've been having snow pretty regularly, and winter shows no signs of leaving anytime soon.