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Looking for an outlet

August 9, 2009

Reading over my last post, I can’t believe how much has changed in a year. I completed my first year of the Master’s program at Teachers College (no, I’m not studying to be a teacher), and am now starting to apply to doctoral programs. I’ve stopped working as a temp and have been slaving away at my work study job, coordinating a GED program at Columbia. (You’d think work study would give you some time to, well, study. Not so much.) And… (drum roll please)… I got engaged!

So, while I now have absolutely no time to do much of anything, between finishing up the MA (I’m planning to graduate this December), applying to PhD programs, working and volunteering, and planning the wedding, I thought I would open the ol’ blog back up. I have no illusions that I will be writing regularly; I just sometimes need an outlet for all the craziness – and V needs a break sometimes.

Knitting pictures and venting (about school, work, wedding stuff) to follow…

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More of the same

July 17, 2008

It’s been over a week since my last post, and, strange as it may seem, nothing much is new. Knitting-wise, I still have the same three projects on the needles. Sheldon literally hasn’t moved, still due to the lack of black embroidery floss (or sport/sock yarn). Hopefully I’ll be able to finish him soon, though – when I went into my local craft store last weekend, the owner said that they were, in fact, expecting a shipment of black embroidery floss this week (I’m not sure why, but I find that a little hilarious). (more…)

Too many projects*

July 7, 2008

Yes, that’s right, I have three WIPs on the needles! It all started with Sheldon, who is going to be a gift for a friend’s (now almost 2-month-old) new baby. I have all of the pieces done except the very tip of the face, because I have to put the eyes on before I can finish. And therein lies the problem. (more…)

Pictures at last!

July 6, 2008

As promised, I finally have pictures to share. I didn’t get the chance to take them until this afternoon because of the weather – it rained most of Friday and Saturday – and my landlord/neighbors (I’m sure they think I’m crazy already, but I think taking pictures of my knitting in their fig tree might be too much). But today was gorgeous and sunny (and the neighbors were nowhere to be seen!) so I was free to take as many shawl-in-the-tree pictures as I wanted!

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Motivation, or a lack thereof

June 25, 2008

Right now, I should be learning my understudy lines for Saturday (ok, if we’re going to be picky, I should really be working. It’s a slow day, though.) One of the other girls in the cast – the one who plays 4-5 small parts in the play – is going to be out of town for the last night of the show, so I’m taking her second-act roles, while “Margaret” takes her first-act ones. It’s nice since, for one night, I will spend four times my usual amount of time on stage AND do some swordfighting. But, on the other hand, I have to actually learn her lines. (more…)

A Knitter’s Dilemma

June 18, 2008

Just as a warning, this will be incredibly boring for non-knitters. Sorry.

I have a knitting dilemma. Nothing life-or-death, or even terribly exciting, but it’s something that comes up often enough that I thought I should mention it.

I’ve been working on my Laminaria (that’s a Ravelry link – login required) for a while now, and it’s been going incredibly smoothly. The pattern is complex enough to be interesting, but repetitive enough to still be relaxing, and by following a few rules – the main one being “No Lace On The Morning Commute” – I have been error-free. Until now.

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What to expect

June 13, 2008

After attending the Teacher’s College Admitted Students Arbitrary Two-Day Period Weekend last Friday and Saturday, I feel both better prepared to enter grad school… and scared out of my mind. I’m not sure if they purposely designed this event to evoke both of these emotions in such a rapidly-alternating way, but they did a damn good job of it. (more…)

My summer job

April 9, 2008

Not even a week into my regular-posting resolution, and I’ve already missed a day. I have no real excuse for not posting yesterday, except that the sun was out and I spent most of the day outside.

Today, though, was good and busy. A friend of mine will be going on maternity leave soon and she figured, rather than hiring some random temp, why not bring in me? (more…)

Awfuller than all the awful things that ever were…*

April 3, 2008

Tomorrow is my birthday. I usually try not to highlight that fact, but I feel like my readership here is small enough that it’s not like having it announced at a cheesy chain restaurant or anything (not to minimize the awesomeness of all of the people reading this!! You are fabulous, and I appreciate you putting up with my rambling, more than you can imagine!) As long as I can remember, I have hated having “Happy Birthday” sung to me- a friend who has similar feelings says it’s because you’re getting a lot of attention for not really doing anything (perhaps we should all sing Happy My Birthday to our moms instead). For me, I think it ties into my innate shyness and introversion, although I have trouble reconciling that with my need to be at the center of attention almost any other time. And, of course, the fact that I want my life’s work to be performing in front of many people. So maybe it’s just my own personal weirdness. (more…)

So, kids with health care is a bad thing?

September 26, 2007

For the last few weeks, I’ve been planning to revive this blog, probably making it more knitting-focused (I’ve signed up for Secret of the Stole and, well, everyone else has a blog!) However, after reading this article, I couldn’t not respond.

I have known for some time now that our president and I do not agree on many things. I don’t think we should be at war- he does. I think schools should get funding for non-abstinence-based education- he doesn’t. And so on. This time, though, he’s taken it to a whole new level: I, personally, think we should guarantee that all children have access to health care. He doesn’t.

What’s worse is this (restraining myself from letting loose all  seven words and then some) man’s justification for opposing health care for children: it would be “an incremental step toward the goal of government-run health care for every American.”

Maybe I’m biased, as an American without health insurance, but… um… why is this a bad thing? And why don’t we get rid of a leader who will deny children proper health care because it might result in the entire country having access to health care? Does anyone else find this incredibly twisted?