Saturday, October 27, 2007


Little bit under the weather today, but I can't let it affect me. Too much homework to do. The week did not go as well as I would have liked, but it ended well. I got an A on my English Syntax midterm. I missed 3 and a half points. Two of those points I just made stupid mistakes. D'oh. I'm not quite as optimistic as my grades in my Shakespeare class, and have no idea in my Roth class.

I picked something up this swap/gift thing from Anne over on my livejournal:

For the first five people that reply to me and re-post this challenge - I will send you something that I think rocks.
It might be something I've made or something that makes me think of you or something else that is awesome.Whatever it is, I promise that I will get it to you in 365 days or less.
The only thing you need to do in order to participate is to be one of the first five to reply to this, AND post this very same thing on YOUR livejournal - cause it's fun to give people stuff.

1. Anne
2. Lauren
3. Scott

Well, I guess I don't really have enough friends to do five, but it just means I can spend that much more time on the three. I have ideas fo everyone, and am happy that I have a full year to get it all together.

Sigh, the dog woke me up whining at 6:30, and now he's gone to sleep.

Gratuitous roommate's dog photo just for fun:

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He's enjoying my bed.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Yarn Love

I haven't posted in a little while, mainly because of class. I had a midterm on Thursday in Syntax. I studied out the yang, but I spazzed out on the exam day. I'll hold my pessimism in until I actually get the grade. Here's to hoping.

Anyway, I have celebrated the end of the bad week with yarn. Hoorah yarn! I don't have pictures, but I have worked three inches on my first mitten (the cuff) and hopefully will have a lot more done by next time (enough to post pictures). Until then, I have some pictures of yarn projects.

First, some yarn that I have been looking all over for and didn't want to get off the internet because of shipping, I finally found at Old Town Needle:

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Isn't it pretty?? It will eventually be a hat for myself. Second, a WIP and a FO. The FO is a scarf for my mom for Christmas (the pinkish one). I'm quite proud of it. The brown WIP is the one I am still making for my friend. It's going irritatingly slow, and the scarf keeps curling. I'll wash it when I finish, and that should fix the curling...if I can finish it!

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And for my next project, a scarf for myself, in the round:

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The yarn is navy and made from alpaca and wool. It's super soft.

I still have homework to do, and I'll be visiting my mom tomorrow, so I won't have a lot of homework time then. I need to hurry up, but I'm lacking motivation. Surprise, surprise. Among the things I need to do: 1) Think up a topic for my final research paper in Shakespeare, 2) Write a response to Richard III, 3) Read a long chapter in my Syntax book, 4) Complete (and start...ahem) a project for Syntax, 5) And figure out my schedule for next semester.

I know I will definitely be taking Transformation of Literary Study and Visions of Freedom (Modern Lit), but I'm against taking Chaucer. I don't think I'd do very well in the class. And although it has been suggested, and I'd love to do it, I don't think I have the research base to do an Independent Study at this level. Ah well, I hope to get everything but the project done tonight so I can actually enjoy tomorrow without stressing over homework.

It's lonely out here.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Procrastinating Again

I need to read Much Ado About Nothing, but I'm lacking motivation. I'm sleepy and am considering the ramifications of getting a second job. I could really use the money. I just used a little bit from my savings to buy a textbook on rhetoric to help with my master's thesis and hopefully (eventually) getting into a PhD program. I'd only be able to realistically work on the weekends with the exception of holiday breaks. I really just miss working, being on my feet and helping people. I miss the activity.

Did I mention I was sleepy?

Classes are going well, I'm enjoying them, just a lot to do and not enough motivation. On the plus side, when I procrastinate, I typically am semi-productive. I took the trash out and cleaned up the kitchen.

As you can see, I've added my wishlist to the sidebar, and some google links. Most of the items on the wishlist are books because that's really what I enjoy most. The google links is for moneys. Click and support me! Or not, it won't hurt my feelings.

Not a lot anyway.

Well, I think I am going to apply to Borders again and hopefully score some holiday work. I'm trying to avoid going back to a 4am shift at Target, even though I had some good times there. I'm starting to enjoy sleeping semi-normal hours. You understand.

No knitting news today. I'm still working on the brown scarf for my friend. It's going slow, it's Homespun, and it keeps splitting, dagnabbit.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

WIP, FO, and something just for giggles

The week from hell is over. Ah, sweet relief. Classes do not start again until Wednesday, so I have an extra day to recuperate and recover some of those wayward brain cells. In the meantime, I did a little crochet hat, just to get back into the feel of it, and I have to say, I'm pretty darn proud of it. The hat is from Crochet Me, the pattern called, It's not easy being a green hat.

Here it is early in the afternoon yesterday:

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And then later in the evening, after I added the second color:

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And the final product:

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I am going to make a second one, and I think I will adjust the pattern a little. I already did at the end of the pattern, mainly because I couldn't figure out how to do a "bfsc." I get the concept, but it just didn't look right when I tried it. On the next hat, I probably won't knit the two colors together in the middle of the hat either.

I haven't forgotten my knitting, and here is a picture of the Homespun scarf I am working on for a friend:

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And finally, a picture just for fun. My friend Lauren sent me a very nice Halloween gift, and I'm trying to think of something to send back to her equally enjoyable. Ideas (Lauren - if you have anything in mind, it would be a good time to post)?

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Well, I still have homework to do, and some tacos to make. And maybe a nap. I'd love a nap.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Shakespeare has my souul

In the past week, I have had more experience working with Macbeth and Othello than I care to admit. I wrote a paper on guilt and catharsis in Macbeth, and in seven hours, will be doing a 20 minute presentation on Transformation and Comedy in Othello.

I'm just a little nervous.

I've been insanely busy over the past week. I had to read Operation Shylock over the weekend, and it is a long and intense book. Ridiculously difficult, in fact. Class was cancelled this week though, so I have some more time to figure it out, and reread parts. Fall Break is next week, so I won't have the class then either. Only missing one class, though.

Anyway, I made a dishcloth from this pattern. It was fun to make, and not difficult. Shows how much of a Harry Potter nerd I am:

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First week of knitting classes went well. I learned a better way of casting on, and found out we will be making mittens in the class as out major project, which is exciting. Otherwise, I knew how to knit and purl, I just need to retrain how I hold the yarn. I have a feeling to really learn everything that I posted on the list, I'm going to need to take the set of classes a few times. I don't want it to take years, but I have a feeling that is what it is going to take.


Have I mentioned how nervous I am about this presentation? I hate speaking in front of people. Narf, guess I'll have to get over it. I'll let you know how it goes.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Coming Soon

Coming soon to a blog near you!


I'm too busy to write anything more than a few sentences right now, but updates are coming within the next few days.

Plus, drum roll please, a picture of a dishcloth knitted from this pattern!

Egads! Contain your excitement people, at least for the moment.